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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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Recognizing the Silver Lining -- And Business Idea -- Behind a Bad Internship

Recognizing the Silver Lining -- And Business Idea -- Behind a Bad Internship

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After a dismal summer internship experience, Shara Senderoff wanted to help others avoid the same fate. Here's how she's attempting to start up a bad-internship antidote.
August 2, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Community and the Value of a 'Kinky' Business Idea

Community and the Value of a 'Kinky' Business Idea

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Do others feel your pain? Then you might just have a great business idea. A recent online kerfuffle underscores the power in harnessing the passion of a community.
August 2, 2012 in Finding Ideas
The Reality TV Show that Wants Your Offscreen Ideas Too

The Reality TV Show that Wants Your Offscreen Ideas Too

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'Everyday Edisons' producer Edison Nation has major connections and can help you bring your idea to market.
July 27, 2012 in Inventing
How to Train Your Creative Mind

How to Train Your Creative Mind

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Four techniques to help you become a more creative business leader.
July 23, 2012 in Leadership
Must-Read Books to Fuel Your Summer -- And Your Startup

Must-Read Books to Fuel Your Summer -- And Your Startup

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Even if you can't get away this summer, consider these top tomes to help make the most of your downtime.
July 22, 2012 in New Ideas
How to Create a Vision Board for Business Ideas on Pinterest

How to Create a Vision Board for Business Ideas on Pinterest

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A quick guide to pinning down the big-picture view of your business.
July 17, 2012 in Business Ideas

Must Read Books to Fuel Your Summer -- And Your Startup

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Even if you can't get away this summer, consider these top tomes to help make the most of your downtime.
July 13, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
4 Ways to Find Your Next Revolutionary Business Idea

4 Ways to Find Your Next Revolutionary Business Idea

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As you reflect on your business this holiday week, consider these strategies to generate new ideas that will grow your business.
July 4, 2012 in Finding Ideas
Need a Business Idea? Tap Into Lifestyle Trends in the Evolving Luxury Market

Need a Business Idea? Tap Into Lifestyle Trends in the Evolving Luxury Market

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Here are three ways startups can tailor product offerings for growth industries.
June 28, 2012 in Finding Ideas
Food Trucks Need Love, Too

Food Trucks Need Love, Too

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When one young entrepreneur witnessed a line forming at her favorite food truck in New York City, she also saw a business opportunity.
June 26, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
5 Ways to Hatch Your Next Business Idea

5 Ways to Hatch Your Next Business Idea

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The first step in building a successful business is to stand out from the crowd. Here's a real-world, step-by-step guide to distinguishing yourself and your product.
June 13, 2012 in Finding Ideas
Liquortarians Hope to Get Your Vote

Liquortarians Hope to Get Your Vote

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Why should you raise a glass to the Liquortarians? Their platform is all about teamwork.
May 25, 2012 in Hot Trends
Video: Fresh Founders on Packaging a Product for SuccessPlay Video

Fresh Founders on Packaging a Product for Success (Video)

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In this 'Trep Talk Extra, Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg share advice for entrepreneurs bringing a product to market.
May 8, 2012 in Branding

5 Recession-Era Recovery Strategies for Young Entrepreneurs

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The recession may be over, but the lessons learned from that dark period will be hard to forget.
May 1, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Does Your Small Business Need to Pivot?

Does Your Small Business Need to Pivot?

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Young entrepreneur Peter Crabtree became an upscale chocolatier in 2005. When that didn't take off, he changed the business to an entirely new concept.
March 16, 2012 in Exploring New Markets
Video: Serial Entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal on a Business Idea MythPlay Video

Serial Entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal on a Business Idea Myth (Video)

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In this 'Trep Talk Extra, the multimillionaire young entrepreneur explains why you don't need a new idea to launch a successful startup.
March 8, 2012 in The 'Treps
Video: How to Protect Your Business IdeasPlay Video

How to Protect Your Business Ideas (Video)

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Serial entrepreneur Jen Groover on making sure your business ideas aren't stolen as you seek out help and advice for your startup.
March 6, 2012 in Business Ideas
A Dad's Cautionary Advice Led to a Growing Family Business

A Dad's Cautionary Advice Led to a Growing Family Business

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After a near-accident while training for a marathon, an entrepreneur develops a line of identification gear for outdoor athletes.
February 25, 2012 in Success Stories
How Military Veterans Are Finding Success in Small Business

How Military Veterans Are Finding Success in Small Business

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Leveraging the benefits of their training and specialized resources, military veterans are increasingly turning to entrepreneurship. Here's a look at their battle plans.
February 20, 2012 in Success Stories
How to Create a Profitable Business Idea

How to Create a Profitable Business Idea

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To do so, you'll need to understand the value proposition you're creating. Consider these steps to put your startup idea to the test.
February 16, 2012 in Evaluating Your Idea
This Nurse Wears a Tool Belt

This Nurse Wears a Tool Belt

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Handywoman Beth Allen launches a company that's part fix-it business and part tool school to help women with home repairs.
January 22, 2012 in Business Ideas
Has Your Business Made a Brilliant Mistake?

Has Your Business Made a Brilliant Mistake?

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A new contest from the Wharton School of Business gives entrepreneurs a chance to win goodies -- by describing a clutch mistake that turned out to be a good business idea.
January 2, 2012 in New Ideas
Cooking Up New Business Ideas from Old-World Recipes

Cooking Up New Business Ideas from Old-World Recipes

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How some entrepreneurs are drawing from the distant past to put a successful new spin on old ideas.
December 16, 2011 in Finding Ideas
Photos: 10 Hot Startup Sectors for New Business Ideas in 2012

10 Hot Startup Sectors for New Business Ideas in 2012

From have it your way to make it your way to go your own way, a look at the trends defining opportunity next year.
November 29, 2011 in Business Ideas

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