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Question added to topic MarketingAugust 23, 2007

What resources are there for a publicity and marketing planner in training?

Even though you just graduated from school, you are really a student for the rest of your life if you are lucky. Look in your community to see what types of professional trade organizations exist... (more)
Question added to topic MoneyAugust 23, 2007

As an entrepreneur visiting Chicago from Mexico, what kind of investors should I be looking for? Venture capital or private equity firms?

Your email question doesn't provide information that would help me answer you. Where you are visiting is irrelevant. Where you are from is irrelevant too. What matters for this question is the... (more)
Question added to topic MoneyAugust 23, 2007

As an entrepreneur visiting Chicago from Mexico, what kind of investors should I be looking for? Venture capital or private equity firms?

Your email question doesn't provide information that would help me answer you. Where you are visiting is irrelevant. Where you are from is irrelevant too. What matters for this question is the... (more)
Question added to topic Building a WebsiteAugust 23, 2007

What websites will be the best at helping me build my e-commerce site?

The first place to start is not in evaluting the solution providers you mentioned�in your question. You want to start by evaluating your needs. What do you want your e-commerce site to... (more)
Question added to topic Building a WebsiteAugust 23, 2007

What websites will be the best at helping me build my e-commerce site?

The first place to start is not in evaluting the solution providers you mentioned�in your question. You want to start by evaluating your needs. What do you want your e-commerce site to... (more)
Question added to topic Selling OnlineAugust 23, 2007

How can I be sure I

Being successful on eBay isn't impossible, but it's tricky and as you indicated, you want to make sure that you're not taking a loss. A good place to get bidding information about... (more)
Question added to topic Building a WebsiteAugust 23, 2007

How do I find the best and most cost-effective website development firms?

While the phone book is great for finding the nearest dry cleaner, you might want to think twice about�searching there to find the web development company that's right for you. The... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 22, 2007

Should I incorporate several business ideas into one company or create separate companies for each idea?

As far as I know (and I'm not an attorney) there's no hard and fast legal rule for this, but my advice is make your first business successful before you start your second; which means incorporate... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 22, 2007

How do I not let my disability deter me from my startup plans?

I'm uncomfortable presuming to answer this question without having dealt with your disability, but from what you say here, it seems like you are well on your way--already further than a lot of... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingAugust 22, 2007

Does a retailer always have to sell at the suggested retail price?

Of course you should always check with your attorney, but if you want a quick guess in the meantime, lots of retailers routinely sell products for less than suggested retail price. If they push too... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingAugust 22, 2007

Does a retailer always have to sell at the suggested retail price?

Of course you should always check with your attorney, but if you want a quick guess in the meantime, lots of retailers routinely sell products for less than suggested retail price. If they push too... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingAugust 22, 2007

Does a retailer always have to sell at the suggested retail price?

Of course you should always check with your attorney, but if you want a quick guess in the meantime, lots of retailers routinely sell products for less than suggested retail price. If they push too... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingAugust 22, 2007

How do I build a business through referrals and word of mouth?

Here are three fundamental elements necessary for (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesAugust 22, 2007

What should I do first--secure financing for a franchise or continue with the application process with the franchisor?

<P>Which comes first - the chicken or the egg?  Great question.  Both of these steps are essential in getting your new business off the ground, so I would work on the basics of both needs at... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesAugust 22, 2007

How do you build a sales team paid on commission with very little money to spend?

The standard approach is to hire manufacturers' reps who service your audience.  But, be warned: Even if you hire manufacturers' reps, you must find some way to motivate them to sell your product... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingAugust 22, 2007

What's the best way to advertise a non-profit business?

Advertising is one part message, one part delivery vehicle. Signs, T-shirts, newspapers and billboards are merely delivery vehicles. The key to success, however, is your message. My suggestion is... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingAugust 22, 2007

What's the best way to advertise a non-profit business?

Advertising is one part message, one part delivery vehicle. Signs, T-shirts, newspapers and billboards are merely delivery vehicles. The key to success, however, is your message. My suggestion is... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingAugust 22, 2007

How do I sell companies or ad agencies my independent advertising ideas?

Attach your scripts to a resume and apply for a job as an ad writer. Your best bet is a radio station. Ad agencies, as you menioned, also employ ad writers. Unfortunately, ideas, scripts and... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingAugust 22, 2007

How do I sell companies or ad agencies my independent advertising ideas?

Attach your scripts to a resume and apply for a job as an ad writer. Your best bet is a radio station. Ad agencies, as you menioned, also employ ad writers. Unfortunately, ideas, scripts and... (more)
Question added to topic SalesAugust 22, 2007

How do I convert hits on my site to a dollar value?

Divide total sales by unique visitors and you'll establish a dollar value per unique visitor. In other words, if you bring in 100 dollars in sales per 1,000 visitors, your visitors will have a... (more)
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