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10 Trends That Could Change Your Business

From crowdsourced shopping to mancessories to new ways to get green: The 10 trends that will define opportunity next year.

Are You Ready to Launch?

Three key questions to ask yourself before you start your own business

Business Planning for the 'Lean Startup'

This next-generation strategy calls for planning--and revising--as you go.

The Four Keys to Raising Capital

Address these four points clearly and confidently, and your investors are likely to buy in.

Success Stories

Get inspired by these entrepreneurs who have taken their idea and made it a success.
Have a Business Idea? 6 Ways to Research Your Industry.

Have a Business Idea? 6 Ways to Research Your Industry.

by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc.
When deciding to launch a business, it's important not only to talk to potential customers, but to gather all of the industry data you can. Here's how to do it.
December 18, 2014
The 3 Secrets That Have Led Me to Success

The 3 Secrets That Have Led Me to Success

by Adam Toren
Get the inside scoop on the three traits I've discovered have been the key to a life of an entrepreneur.
December 18, 2014
How to Determine If There's a Market for Your Business Idea

How to Determine If There's a Market for Your Business Idea

by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc.
Before you jump in and start your business, make sure there's a market for it and conduct market research. Read on to learn how.
December 16, 2014
Lacking Capital, Talent or Connections? That's Just the Fear Talking.

Lacking Capital, Talent or Connections? That's Just the Fear Talking.

by Kuty Shalev
To see if there is any future for a new business, focus only on the essentials and develop a minimum viable product.
December 12, 2014
Sift Through Your Business Ideas for a Winner With These 3 Steps

Sift Through Your Business Ideas for a Winner With These 3 Steps

by Adam Toren
You may have lots of great ideas, but which ones are actually profitable ones?
December 11, 2014
Magic Johnson: The Businessman Behind the Basketball Legend

Magic Johnson: The Businessman Behind the Basketball Legend

by Benjamin Snyder
The basketball great is just the second person to be honored with Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award.
December 10, 2014
5 Killer Lessons I Learned from Interviewing World-Class Entrepreneurs

5 Killer Lessons I Learned from Interviewing World-Class Entrepreneurs

by Eric Siu
These founders have taken their businesses to the next level, and you could do the same by applying what they've learned.
December 9, 2014
6 Stories of Super Successes Who Overcame Failure

6 Stories of Super Successes Who Overcame Failure

by Jayson DeMers
They're perfect examples of why failure should never stop you from following your vision.
December 8, 2014
3 Dominant Ad-Tech Companies Share the Secrets of Their Success

3 Dominant Ad-Tech Companies Share the Secrets of Their Success

by Zach Cutler
How did these startups grow from tiny teams working in closet offices to multi-million dollar companies with more than 100 employees?
December 4, 2014
The 4 Types of Business Plans

The 4 Types of Business Plans

by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc.
Learn which of these four business plan formats best fits your needs.
December 4, 2014
Why Your Business Idea Should Sell Itself

Why Your Business Idea Should Sell Itself

by Peter S. Cohan
Come up with a winning proposition that others will like. But remember that good concepts invite copycats.
December 3, 2014
Do You Need a Great New Idea? Stand On the Shoulders of Giants.

Do You Need a Great New Idea? Stand On the Shoulders of Giants.

by Jeff Shore
Go shopping -- not for products -- but for new concepts you could use to improve your business.
December 3, 2014
5 Reasons to Write a Business Plan

5 Reasons to Write a Business Plan

by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc.
There are any number of reasons why you need to create a business plan, including starting a business, seeking funding and more.
December 2, 2014
5 Secrets to Running a Successful Wholesale Distribution Business

5 Secrets to Running a Successful Wholesale Distribution Business

by Entrepreneur Press and Bridget McCrea
The pros chime in with expert advice on what you should do -- and what you shouldn't -- in order to succeed in this competitive industry.
December 2, 2014
3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs You Probably Haven't Heard Of (and How They Did It)

3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs You Probably Haven't Heard Of (and How They Did It)

by Sujan Patel
There are plenty of lesser-known successes out there that can teach you a lot.
December 1, 2014
Hate Being Stuck Behind a Desk? 7 Business Ideas for You.

Hate Being Stuck Behind a Desk? 7 Business Ideas for You.

by Nina Zipkin
If you're driven by getting out and meeting new people, these businesses might be for you.
December 1, 2014
TOMS Founder: 'Focus on Your Passion. Nothing Else Matters.'

TOMS Founder: 'Focus on Your Passion. Nothing Else Matters.'

by Nina Zipkin
After failing at launching a cable network, Blake Mycoskie found his passion in social entrepreneurship. Here is how he turned TOMS into a global force for good.
November 27, 2014
The Ultimate Guide to Staffing Your Wholesale Distribution Business

The Ultimate Guide to Staffing Your Wholesale Distribution Business

by Entrepreneur Press and Bridget McCrea
We'll show you who you need to hire, how to find them and how much to pay them.
November 25, 2014
Stuck at the Idea Phase? These 6 Collaboration Avenues Can Help.

Stuck at the Idea Phase? These 6 Collaboration Avenues Can Help.

by Peter Gasca
Working with others on a project is one of the most effective ways to move an idea forward.
November 21, 2014
The Navy SEAL's 10-Step Approach for Creating the Ultimate Business Plan

The Navy SEAL's 10-Step Approach for Creating the Ultimate Business Plan

by Jeff Boss
Similar to mission planning in special operations, there are myriad unknown factors that entrepreneurs must consider before they unleash a new product or service.
November 21, 2014
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