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By the Numbers: Sturgis

The people of South Dakota can expect nearly 500,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to rumble into their state this August for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a culmination of biffs, tats, pits and pucks.
Your Business Plan

Economic Crises Call for Better Marketing Plans

Waiting for the next crisis to hit means you will have waited too long to revise your business plan.
Business Ideas

100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites

Whether you need to find a home, share a huge file, or throw a wicked curve with a Wiffle ball, you'll find these sites indispensable.
Networking

Specialists Win More Referrals

If you claim to do everything, your clients won't rely on you for anything.
Home Based Business

Workplace Flexibility Lets Mothers Thrive

Get creative with scheduling and tap into the experience and talents of women seeking a mom-friendly workplace.
Online Marketing

A Business That Succeeds With E-mail Marketing

Fur-Get Me Not keeps customers well-informed with company news, events and stories.
Startup Financing

3 Honest Ways to Raise Startup Money

Create a healthy foundation for your business by combining enthusiasm with honesty.
Success Stories

Life's Lesson Learned

Thirteen years ago, former H&R Block CEO Tom Bloch audited his life and found something was missing. His decision to become a school teacher granted him the ultimate return.
Starting a Business

Surviving Business Boot Camp

Programs nationwide offer budding entrepreneurs lessons in startup.
Success Stories

Moon Cakes Are Big Business in China

American pastry shops and other suppliers have discovered Chinese moon cakes as a new profit center. For other businesses, the pastries are great networking tools.
What's in a Name? Everything
Naming Your Business

What's in a Name? Everything

Good company monikers suggest rather than describe; great ones have the flexibility to survive unforeseen changes or expansion.
How to Search for Existing Patents
Inventing

How to Search for Existing Patents

Before you spend a lot of time an energy creating the next big thing, use a patent search to make sure it hasn't already been done.
Startup Basics

Avoid These 7 Partnership Killers

Pitfalls abound when entrepreneurs decide to become partners. Know what they are ahead of time so you can set up guidelines that allow people to walk away if things go wrong.
Success Stories

How to Grow Without Growing Pains

Ray Barton transformed Great Clips from just four hair salons into nearly 3,000, and he did it by turning down franchises that didn't fit into his expansion strategy.
Business Ideas

Scout for Deals Long Before Black Friday

You shouldn't wait until the last minute to snap up great deals. But you have to know what a bargain looks like.
Startup Basics

Failure Isn't Fatal

Entrepreneurial ventures fail. It's a sad fact. How your business fails will determine whether you get another shot at success.
Startup Basics

The Last Lecture

How Randy Pausch's life lessons can help you connect with employees and become a better entrepreneur.
Leadership

The Secret Upside to Fear

Don't let fear make your decisions. Find out how to ease your worries, and boost your business to new heights.
Your Business Plan

Budget Strategically to Stay on Course

These 9 tips will help you manage your budget, steer straight and control your destiny.
Advertising

Do You Know What Your Audience Wants?

Define your target market and stay up to date with its needs.
Startup Basics

7 Biggest Mistakes in Setting Prices

Learn about the pricing paradox that's driving away sales from most startups.
Success Stories

A Healthy Pet-Treat Business Worth Barking About

What brings this entrepreneur success is letting consumers sample his pet food product for free.
Success Stories

From Basement Boostrapper to Prominent Retailer

How this young entrepreneur grew his basement-housed clothing startup into a multi-million dollar retail and online community business.
Success Stories

A Rare Jewel of a Vacation in Hawaii

This young entrepreneur found success by tapping into an unmet Hawaiian market: upscale vacation services.
Success Stories

Serious About Student Achievement

High standards have helped this tutoring business become a celebrated franchise.
Success Stories

His Watchword Is Customer Service

This company has been through the wringer and come out on top.
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