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There's more than 28 million small businesses across the U.S. -- and a simple idea was behind each and every one of them. Most entrepreneurs realize that their own innovation and creativity plays a critical role in developing unique products and services.

When brainstorming your next venture, consider your own experiences, needs and interests to unearth new customers and markets. Focusing on your passions can lead you to the next big thing.  

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Saying Yes to the Extreme Proposal Biz

Saying Yes to the Extreme Proposal Biz

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Cleveland's Perfect Proposal transforms proposals into events rivalling the wedding itself.
August 30, 2013 in Business Ideas
4 Tests to Fail-Proof Your Business Idea

4 Tests to Fail-Proof Your Business Idea

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Before pumping every last dime and ounce of sweat into launching your business idea, test it out with these four strategies.
August 30, 2013 in Business Ideas
How to Capture a Trend-Setting Business Idea

How to Capture a Trend-Setting Business Idea

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Following trends can be dangerous, but if your business idea is ahead of the curve, you can expect success.
August 29, 2013 in Business Ideas
The Wild and Crazy Career Paths of 5 Self-Made Billionaires (Infographic)

The Wild and Crazy Career Paths of 5 Self-Made Billionaires (Infographic)

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Epic entrepreneurs Richard Branson, Mark Cuban and Elon Musk started young and started up often.
August 23, 2013 in Business Ideas
A Facebook Alum Builds an Intelligent Sales Platform

A Facebook Alum Builds an Intelligent Sales Platform

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Darian Shirazi turned down a $35 million acquisition offer from Google, and leveraged his massive local database to provide real-time information for sales teams targeting the U.S. small-business market.
August 20, 2013 in Business Ideas
Young Entrepreneurs Create a Formula to Give Ads a Viral Boost

Young Entrepreneurs Create a Formula to Give Ads a Viral Boost

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Virool gives businesses a self-serve, social video advertising platform to help get the kind of exposure that only a viral hit can bring.
August 20, 2013 in Business Ideas
Siblings Revitalize Dad's Hospitality Business

Siblings Revitalize Dad's Hospitality Business

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The Melman siblings opened several bars and restaurants to revitalize their father's 42-year-old hospitality company Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises to appeal to younger clientele.
August 20, 2013 in Business Ideas
College Students Bring Targeted Media to Doctors' Waiting Rooms

College Students Bring Targeted Media to Doctors' Waiting Rooms

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Shradha Agarwal and Rishi Shah saw an untapped opportunity to bring video segments with tips on diet and exercise to patients in doctor office waiting rooms.
August 20, 2013 in Business Ideas
How to Turn Your Business Idea into a Business Model

How to Turn Your Business Idea into a Business Model

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Once you have a business idea, it's time to get to the real work of getting it off the ground and running. Here are three ways to get started.
August 16, 2013 in Business Ideas
Meta Networking and How This Entrepreneur Built a Business Empire on the Need for Sales Leads

Meta Networking and How This Entrepreneur Built a Business Empire on the Need for Sales Leads

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It's often the case that necessity is the mother of invention. That's how a one-time management consultant grew a business-networking company from an urgent need to generate sales after his biggest client went under.
August 16, 2013 in Networking
Why Brainstorming is a Waste of Time and What You Should Do Instead

Why Brainstorming is a Waste of Time and What You Should Do Instead

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There are other more productive ways to come up with business ideas. Here are five effective alternatives.
August 13, 2013 in Business Ideas

How Your 'Box of Possibility' Can Help Drive Your Entrepreneurial Passion

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In her new book Do Cool Sh*t, social entrepreneur Miki Agrawal talks about the importance of choosing an entrepreneurial venture based on fulfillment.
August 13, 2013 in Starting a Business
5 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

5 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

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It takes more than a great idea to launch a successful business. Here are five qualities to have under your belt.
August 12, 2013 in Leadership
Out of Fresh Business Ideas? Try This.

Out of Fresh Business Ideas? Try This.

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Everyone has experienced a dry spell when it comes to generating ideas. Here are seven steps to keep your idea well full.
August 8, 2013 in Business Ideas

Amanda De Cadenet Proves How Great Conversations Can Empower Brands and Viewers

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As host of Lifetime's The Conversation, Amanda De Cadenet has amassed a huge following. Here's how the model/actress is making that viewership count.
August 8, 2013 in Marketing
Catering to Boomers, a Cell Phone Company Takes Off

Catering to Boomers, a Cell Phone Company Takes Off

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Consumer Cellular made the call to target an older audience -- a move that's led to robust growth in revenue.
July 30, 2013 in Marketing
Richard Branson on the Best Places to Find Inspiration

Richard Branson on the Best Places to Find Inspiration

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Getting inspired to start a new business means paying attention to the world around you. Here's how Virgin's CEO seeks out his own inspiration.
July 29, 2013 in Business Ideas
The Most Important Test Your New Business Idea Needs to Pass

The Most Important Test Your New Business Idea Needs to Pass

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Even when the numbers tell you to press on, if your instincts are sending you warning signals, it might be time to step back and reevaluate your business idea. Here's one entrepreneur's story.
July 25, 2013 in Business Ideas
New Product Makes You Invisible to Mosquitoes and May Save Lives

New Product Makes You Invisible to Mosquitoes and May Save Lives

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Kite Patch makes people virtually undetectable by mosquitoes and could save millions around the world from mosquito-borne diseases.
July 24, 2013 in Business Ideas

So Many Business Ideas, Not Enough Time?

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Co-founder of SkyMall Inc. and Worthworm Alan Lobock provides insight into narrowing down business ideas and execution.
July 24, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs
An Ohio Startup Cuts Its Teeth and Turns To Toothpaste

An Ohio Startup Cuts Its Teeth and Turns To Toothpaste

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Branam Oral Health began life as the maker of the Gibby-Oral pacifier. But when sales of its natural toothpaste took off, the company pivoted.
July 23, 2013 in Business Ideas
Worthless, Impossible and Stupid? Why Contrarian Business Ideas Make It Big

Worthless, Impossible and Stupid? Why Contrarian Business Ideas Make It Big

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In his new book, business professor Daniel Isenberg says if people think you're crazy, you're onto something.
July 16, 2013 in Business Ideas
Startup Offers a Digital Take on Art for Your Home

Startup Offers a Digital Take on Art for Your Home

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PIxeled app lets users send images and animation to framed displays on their walls.
July 13, 2013 in Apps & Software
Searching for Business Ideas? 9 Industries that Obama Policies Will Actually Help

Searching for Business Ideas? 9 Industries that Obama Policies Will Actually Help

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A report from market-research firm IBIS World delves into the segments of the economy most likely to be affected by laws out of Washington, D.C., in coming years.
July 12, 2013 in Business Ideas
Business Finds Success With Clothing Fit for a Royal Baby

Business Finds Success With Clothing Fit for a Royal Baby

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Lauren Levy rushed to bring Magnificent Baby's "An Heir Is Born" clothing line to market. Find out how her hustle is paying off.
July 11, 2013 in Business Ideas

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