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Safeguarding Your Brand? Avoid Intellectual Property Landmines
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Safeguarding Your Brand? Avoid Intellectual Property Landmines

Your idea isn't the only thing that needs protection. Your name, your logo, your images and your sounds--are the intellectual property that makes your business your own.
The Lowdown on Why Denver's So High on the Startup Scene Hotlist
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The Lowdown on Why Denver's So High on the Startup Scene Hotlist

Denver has been hovering in Boulder's startup-scene shadow, but the 'little sister' city has been drawing its own star power of late.
10 Startup Lessons From Kaplan's EdTech Accelerator Demo Day
Startup Basics

10 Startup Lessons From Kaplan's EdTech Accelerator Demo Day

Learn business tips from the 10 companies that are reinventing conventional learning and disrupting the education industry.
What's the Next Kale? How Business Owners Can Capitalize on Food Trends
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What's the Next Kale? How Business Owners Can Capitalize on Food Trends

Stemming from the nation's current obsession with kale are some important lessons for business owners about how to latch onto trends.
Feeling Down? Here Are 3 Ways to Stay Motivated
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Feeling Down? Here Are 3 Ways to Stay Motivated

As an entrepreneur, you will face many challenges. When the going gets tough, here are three ways to stay upbeat.
Where New York Mayor Candidates Stand on Business and Entrepreneurship
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Where New York Mayor Candidates Stand on Business and Entrepreneurship

From former Congressman Anthony Weiner to Gristedes owner John Catsimatidis and the first openly gay New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the slate of candidates in the Big Apple primary is diverse and opinionated.
Incorporating? Avoid these 5 Mistakes
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Incorporating? Avoid these 5 Mistakes

Deciding when to put an Inc. at the end of your company name can seem like a big step, but those three letters can offer some precious protections.
3 Reasons It's the Perfect Time to Be an Entrepreneur
Startup Basics

3 Reasons It's the Perfect Time to Be an Entrepreneur

Starting your own business couldn't be a better idea with these three factors lined up for you.
What Makes Silicon Valley Successful? Not What You Think
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What Makes Silicon Valley Successful? Not What You Think

A white paper released by the entrepreneurship organization Kauffman Foundation today says it is the presence of existing companies, not a network of local universities generating talent, that most directly spurs startup activity.
Hiring a Lawyer: 5 Mistakes to Avoid
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Hiring a Lawyer: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Getting the best counsel for your buck is a big step for every startup. Our experts suggest 5 ways to do it right.
3 Lessons Worth Going Back to School for
Startup Basics

3 Lessons Worth Going Back to School for

With the back-to-school season in full swing, it's a good time for all entrepreneurs to beef up their on their own business skills.
3 Lies You Heard on 'Shark Tank'
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3 Lies You Heard on 'Shark Tank'

Can you really trust reality television for sound advice on how to start your own business? Here are three 'Shark Tank' nuggets of wisdom you might want to question.
How Entrepreneurs Think Differently and You Should Too
Startup Basics

How Entrepreneurs Think Differently and You Should Too

Execution is everything in entrepreneurship. But often your state of mind -- or perhaps more accurately, how you think -- will help determine what products or services you'll create and industries you'll disrupt.
The Secret to Israel's Startup Success
Startup Basics

The Secret to Israel's Startup Success

'Silicon Wadi,' the high-tech startup mecca in Israel offers valuable lessons about what it takes to start and run your own business. Here are three key takeaways.
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 Cities for Entrepreneurs
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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.
The Best States for Entrepreneurs
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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.
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.
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