Startup Basics

Forget Advisors -- How to Find and Woo a Power Mentor
Starting a Business

Forget Advisors -- How to Find and Woo a Power Mentor

Power Mentors are super successful people who can offer startups a long-view perspective and wide network of contacts and resources. Here are some tips on how to find them.
Why Joining an Accelerator Isn't for Every Startup
Startup Financing

Why Joining an Accelerator Isn't for Every Startup

Co-founder of nonprofit Practice Makes Perfect dishes on what he wished he would have known before joining an accelerator.
U.S. Remains Dominant Force in Global Entrepreneurship... For Now
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U.S. Remains Dominant Force in Global Entrepreneurship... For Now

A new report from Ernst & Young says that while the U.S. is home to one of the best entrepreneurial environments in the world, there is no 'margin for complacency.'
6 Tips for Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch
Financing

6 Tips for Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

When all you have is 60 seconds, you'd better make them count. College entrepreneur Dwight Peters offers his top tips for polishing up your elevator pitch.
A Foodie Startup Nixes Web for Brick-and-Mortar Shop
Startup Basics

A Foodie Startup Nixes Web for Brick-and-Mortar Shop

Freshfully started as a virtual marketplace for finding local food. When connecting buyers with their farm-fresh fare proved tricky, the Alabama startup shifted to a traditional street-side model.
The Best States for Entrepreneurs
Location

The Best States for Entrepreneurs

We checked out the data and talked to the experts to find the best states that best cater to small business. Here, our look at the places that are going the distance for 'treps.
The Best Cities for Entrepreneurs
Location

The Best Cities for Entrepreneurs

We looked at the data and talked to the experts to find the best cities for small business. Here are five emerging entrepreneurial hubs.
Race to the Top Goes to College
Startup Basics

Race to the Top Goes to College

President Obama laid out a plan for combating the rising cost of college, but passage is far from apparent. The plan is also not obviously advantageous for students.
Starbucks, Casino 'Whales' and the 80/20 Pricing Power Curve
Startup Basics

Starbucks, Casino 'Whales' and the 80/20 Pricing Power Curve

By focusing on your customers who are willing to spend more money on your products, you'll increase sales revenue as you decrease sales efforts.
How to Successfully Turn (Almost) Anyone into Your Mentor
Startup Basics

How to Successfully Turn (Almost) Anyone into Your Mentor

Behind every great entrepreneur, there's often a great mentor. Here's how to find one and turn this person into your biggest asset.
How Not to Bomb the Pitch of Your Dreams (Like This Writer Did)
Startup Basics

How Not to Bomb the Pitch of Your Dreams (Like This Writer Did)

Ask the right questions and be prepared and you'll avoid screwing up on a pitch that's big for your business.
Keys to Success: Overcoming 5 Fears That Hold Entrepreneurs Back
Startup Basics

Keys to Success: Overcoming 5 Fears That Hold Entrepreneurs Back

Here's how to move past your personal obstacles and get your startup idea off the ground.
How to Avoid Side Hustle Burnout
Startup Basics

How to Avoid Side Hustle Burnout

To find success, you'll need to make a serious commitment to starting up -- even if it's just a side gig.
How a Handshake Can Destroy Your Business
Legal Center

How a Handshake Can Destroy Your Business

Handshakes, verbal agreements and even email documentation aren't enough to ensure you aren't in legal trouble should a business relationship go sour. Here's how to protect yourself.
The 25 Best U.S. Cities for Tech Startups
Location

The 25 Best U.S. Cities for Tech Startups

These U.S. metro regions have the highest ratio of tech startups compared to the national average.
How to Make the Most of a Summer Internship as an Aspiring Entrepreneur
Startup Basics

How to Make the Most of a Summer Internship as an Aspiring Entrepreneur

As a student entrepreneur, a summer internship is no excuse for making zero progress on your business. Here are some tips to keep you on point.
Why Your Lawyer Might Be Wrong For Your Business
Legal Center

Why Your Lawyer Might Be Wrong For Your Business

It's easy to hire the wrong lawyer and not realize it until you've lost lots of money. Here are four signs to watch out for.
10 Questions to Ask if You Want to Create a Winning Business Plan
Your Business Plan

10 Questions to Ask if You Want to Create a Winning Business Plan

Throw out everything you know about a business plan. These are the questions you need to ask to sell your idea to investors.
New Student Loan Law Offers Short-Term Benefits and Potentially Long-Term Headaches
Startup Basics

New Student Loan Law Offers Short-Term Benefits and Potentially Long-Term Headaches

President Obama is expected to sign a new student loan bill into law today. While it stands to reduce costs for many in the near term, students could face higher costs down the road.
Why Bartending and Other Odd Jobs Can Help You Start a Business
Startup Basics

Why Bartending and Other Odd Jobs Can Help You Start a Business

Being creative and diverse about your work experience is a smart way to prepare yourself for running your own company. Here's one entrepreneur's unusual path.
The Changing Economics of Student-Loan Debt: How to Pay It Off and Startup
Startup Basics

The Changing Economics of Student-Loan Debt: How to Pay It Off and Startup

The president may soon sign into law a new student loan bill that reduces rates for many new borrowers, but the high-cost of education isn't going away. Here are four loan pay-off strategies.
Startup Wisdom From 3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs
Success Stories

Startup Wisdom From 3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs

We've gathered advice from entrepreneurs who made millions on their first businesses and are applying that hard-won wisdom to their new startups.
Startup Basics

Why Your College Student Should Start a Business

There are lots of benefits to having your college-age kids start their own business. Here's why and how you can help them get going.
What Bluffing, Folding and Betting Can Teach You About Entrepreneurship
Starting a Business

What Bluffing, Folding and Betting Can Teach You About Entrepreneurship

After participating in the World Series of Poker, Matthew Toren provides insight on similarities between poker and running a business.
Lori Greiner's Advice on How to Get Your Invention on Store Shelves
Marketing Basics

Lori Greiner's Advice on How to Get Your Invention on Store Shelves

The 'Shark Tank' investor and inventor of over 400 products offers her advice to move your product from idea to sales.
Pushy Sales Reps and Unreliable Vendors: How to Survive in the Unpredictable World of Business
Grow Your Business

Pushy Sales Reps and Unreliable Vendors: How to Survive in the Unpredictable World of Business

Green Bean salad-shop owner delves into how she handles dealing with unpredictable people.
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