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Wooing investors is a challenge even for entrepreneurs who're enthusiastic about their business. Here are ten tips on how to craft your investor pitch.
Customer Loyalty and Retention
Rule No. 1: Entrepreneurs who pursue their own passion can't lose sight of what makes a business successful. Two 'Project Runway All Stars' recently made this key-business flub.
If your marketing could use a new twist, consider these new ideas to reach today's customers.
Despite studies showing that meetings are a colossal waste of time, they remain common. Here's how to collaborate while cutting back on meetings.
Buy-local advocates are creating 'cash mobs,' which ask people to patronize local stores at a particular time. Here's how you can get a cash mob to shop your store.
Blogging is increasingly popular, but that doesn't mean it's right for your small business. Here are some reasons you might want to hold off on blogging.
Getting turned down by the 'Sharks' was the best thing to happen to one contestant.
Contests are emerging as a popular, low-cost way for big companies to connect with their small-business customers. Check out these three business contests.
When you have something to sell, being stuck in one place isn't always a winning idea. Fortunately, there is an alternative.
Kodak and Hostess may have landed in bankruptcy court, but you can avoid their fate. Here are four tips.
Closing the Sale
This week's upcoming 'Shark Tank' episode spotlights the importance of learning one often-overlooked overlooked skill: When to stop selling and close the deal.
Some small businesses may need to declare added income on their 2011 returns. Here's what you need to know if do business on eBay or Etsy.
Hiring a celebrity spokesperson doesn't have to break the bank. Here are three, low-cost ways to involve celebrities in your business.
The SBA's Small Business Development Centers serve over 500,000 entrepreneurs a year, but they're still on the budget chopping block.
With the economy still so uncooperative, how can you sell customers on a price raise? Here are a few ideas.
Even before the nation added 200,000 new jobs in December, business owners were starting to feel more upbeat about 2012. Here's how to take advantage of that warm, fuzzy feeling.
Here is a guide for giving your business website a makeover that will help attract more clients in 2012.
Borrowing Startup Funds From Friends and Family
Business ownership is all about being your own boss and getting to call the shots, except when investors, partners, your spouse or even your mom butt in. How do you stay in control?
How do the big companies stay on top? Take a look at some of the new customer-service ideas Amazon, USPS and Starbucks have in store.
Radicals & Visionaries
Apple's lawyers are in a snit over the recently released, creepily lifelike Steve Jobs doll. Here's why they should back off and let the doll become a smash hit.
The retro-1950s-diner restaurant theme has been done to death. So how has DickieJo's managed to start up and thrive?
There are some advantages to starting a new business in a downturn. On the reality-TV show Jump Shipp, host Josh Shipp helps would-be entrepreneurs take the plunge.
Cash Flow & Money Management
In 2012, it will pay to keep an eye on a few key big-picture trends. Here are the ones that make my list for top insomnia producers.
A new contest from the Wharton School of Business gives entrepreneurs a chance to win goodies -- by describing a clutch mistake that turned out to be a good business idea.
From estate planning to health care, here's how to prepare for next year's tax time.
When you've got a business idea, it's easy to get excited and start talking it up to possible investors. But if it's too soon, that can mean missed opportunities.
For many businesses, January is a dead month. Here are some ideas for how to perk up your post-holiday bottom line.
Should federal law be changed to allow crowdfunding to become more widespread? Here's why that may be a bad idea.