Starting a Business

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.
Success Stories

A Business Based on Harmony

Chris Lighty veered from the front line of the music business to become a marketing maven for musicians.
Success Stories

More Than Just a Pet Project

Maria Peevey used the power of big retailers to take her business to the next level.
Success Stories

Spelling Out Success

This family turned a childhood game into a multi-million dollar business.
Success Stories

Riding the Green Wave

Darren Kimura traded in his surfboard for a booming renewable energy business.
Success Stories

A Business Comes Into Fruition

Despite the troubling economy, this young millionaire's produce company is ripe for profits.
Success Stories

Before There Was Web 2.0

These two entrepreneurs developed a way to connect employees and customers through community software.
Success Stories

Rethinking Allergy Relief

This young millionaire aimed for better allergy barrier bedding.
Homebased

Mama Needs To Get Out of the Home Office

From virtual offices to shared space, there are options to take your home office to a more professional level.
Business Ideas

5 Green Trends for Small Business

When you can make money and make a difference, everyone wins.
Success Stories

They've Got Baggage

Thanks to this one-of-a-kind business, countless travelers' losses are one small town's gain.
International Growth

Beijing's Hutongs: Preserving History Through Business

These Chinese entrepreneurs sacrifice profits to maintain a piece of their culture.
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