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Three Steps to Finding a Business Mentor

Here's how to meet an experienced startup advisor and maximize the relationship.

LinkedIn Offers More Insight into its Networking Groups

Business owners now have access to demographic information about the professional groups they join on the popular networking site.

A New Tool for Taming Business-Card Clutter

In a quest to rid his desk of a dusty business-card collection, our tech columnist tests a new scanner that comes with contact-management software.

10 Questions for a Networking Referral Power Team

Working with people from complementary professions can help you leverage your referral network. Here's what you need to ask to find their sweet spots.

Five Rules for Building Strong Connections

Having a great product just isn't enough. Ultimately the people you know will make the difference in your business success. Here's how to find them.

Don't Wait for a Reunion to Network With Former Classmates

If done right, reconnecting with old college friends can spell new referrals and maybe even revenues for your business.

How a B-School Networking Problem Became a $20 Million Opportunity

Bump Technologies co-founder David Lieb went to business school to make contacts. He left to build a new way to share them.

A 10-Step Double-Dip Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs

What can you do to get ready for another downturn? Here are 10 ideas for how to position your business for success despite tough times.

How Business Owners Can Shake the Summer Doldrums

If business is slow, consider these networking opportunities.

How to Build Credibility as a Young Entrepreneur

Five steps to make your business a success when experience is not on your side.

How to Enter a Room and Network Like a Pro

Consider these tips to make a lasting impression on new connections, before a meeting even starts.

How to Enter a Room

Our Esquire Guy columnist explains how to make a good impression before a meeting even starts.

The Best Bar to . . . Network Without Spending Big Bucks: Copa D'Oro

This Santa Monica, Calif., hangout offers the kind of soft lighting and easy-on-the-wallet happy hour that can appeal to Gen-X startup founders.

Shift Your Mindset, Save Your Business

Five steps to see your company in a new way -- and make a comeback.

The Five Best Small-Business Resources You're Not Using

Entrepreneurs might want to consider these valuable and affordable resources that offer expert advice and support.

Three Ways to Celebrate National Small Business Week

Outside of attending the big hoedown in the Capitol, here are three ways to get the most out of National Small Business Week.

How to Really Build Loyalty

Here is a snippet of what's to come out of the leadership and loyalty focused Successful Online Business Conference.

Creating a Dream Team to Guide Your Business

You hear it called by many names: a mastermind group, success team, think tank, advisory board, etc. But it's got one purpose, and that is to help

How to Prepare to Be Your Own Boss

Five tips for young hopefuls to consider before hanging their own shingle.

An Old-Fashioned Approach to Finding Customers

When the economy got this flooring franchise down, it reengineered its approach to finding customers -- favoring knocking on doors and cold calling.

How to Grow Your Business in Risky Times

Owners are finally coming out of survival mode and moving into growth mode. Here are a few suggestions for how to grow without taking on added risks.

How Can I Cope with Rejection When Networking?

Ivan Misner, founder and chairman of BNI, on handling the fear of a negative response when seeking support from peers and other business contacts.

The Dailies at SXSW, Part Three

Here's why Mike Rowan, the founder of reputation service RatePoint descended on SXSW.

The Dailies at SXSW, Part Two

Talk about a tough slog. SXSW is replete with free rides via Chevy, free food from FedEx and can't miss side parties.

Secrets of Successful Networking Groups

Don't overlook the seasoned old pro when deciding which group to join.
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