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Could You Charge 70% More With a Better Business Name?

Could You Charge 70% More With a Better Business Name?

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Is your small business stuck charging low prices for your products or services? The problem might not be what you're selling. Here's how one business raised prices by changing its name.
April 26, 2012 in Naming Your Business
Do You Know What Your Business Is Really Worth?

Do You Know What Your Business Is Really Worth?

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If you found an investor for your business right now, would you know how to value a stake in your business? A recent 'Shark Tank' episode highlighted how important it is to be realistic about valuation.
April 19, 2012 in Financing
Could You Fix Your Failing Business With Just $10,000?

Could You Fix Your Failing Business With Just $10,000?

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On 'Restaurant Impossible,' top chef Robert Irvine swoops into town with a $10,000 materials budget and remakes failing restaurants. Here's why sometimes, even this splash of TV publicity and a quick fix-up isn't enough.
April 12, 2012 in Growing Your Business
Are You Ready to Pitch Your Product to Investors?

Are You Ready to Pitch Your Product to Investors?

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Inventors and entrepreneurs made their case on the debut episode of PBS's "Everyday Edisons" new season, but not all of them seemed quite ready to do so.
April 5, 2012 in Inventing
Do You Know the Best Way to Grow Your Business?

Do You Know the Best Way to Grow Your Business?

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Once your business launches, it's time to grow. But it's important to grow smart. Here's a look at why the Shark Tank investors passed on one great company after taking a look at its growth plan.
March 29, 2012 in Grow Your Business
The 'Fashion Star' Guide to Connecting the Dots for Customers

The 'Fashion Star' Guide to Connecting the Dots for Customers

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The new shopping reality-TV hybrid shows designers and retailers the right way to get customers jazzed about products.
March 22, 2012 in Your Website
Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'

Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'

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Guest "Shark" and QVC Queen dishes about her time on the reality TV show and what she likes to hear in an entrepreneur's pitch.
March 15, 2012 in Startup Financing
The Five Things Employees Really Want

The Five Things Employees Really Want

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The recent 'Undercover Boss' episode on Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen showed exactly what workers really want from their employer. Here's a hint: It's not a raise.
March 8, 2012 in Human Resources
How Do You Define Business Success?

How Do You Define Business Success?

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After five grueling months mining for gold, Hoffman's crew from 'Gold Rush Alaska' fell short. Here's why setting business goals -- even small ones -- can leave you feeling like a winner.
February 29, 2012 in Cash Flow & Money Management
Want to Wow Investors? Bring Your Kids to the Pitch Meeting

Want to Wow Investors? Bring Your Kids to the Pitch Meeting

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See how two inventors fared when they brought their children along to pitch the 'Sharks.'
February 23, 2012 in Angel Investors
Would You Sell Your Startup Right Now If I Gave You $600,000?

Would You Sell Your Startup Right Now If I Gave You $600,000?

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Few business owners expect to get a fat buyout offer while their startup is still on the launch pad. Here's what one business owner did when confronted with an offer.
February 16, 2012 in Angel Investors
Baristas, the Hooters of Coffee, Tries Reality TV

Baristas, the Hooters of Coffee, Tries Reality TV

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The Seattle coffee chain is holdings auditions to cast "hot young girls as servers" for a new reality show. A recent Tampa casting call, however, came up short.
February 3, 2012 in Franchises
How One Entrepreneur Used the Law of Publicity to Get Investors

How One Entrepreneur Used the Law of Publicity to Get Investors

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Getting turned down by the 'Sharks' was the best thing to happen to one contestant.
February 2, 2012 in Getting Press
Does Your Business Know When to Stop Selling?

Does Your Business Know When to Stop Selling?

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This week's upcoming 'Shark Tank' episode spotlights the importance of learning one often-overlooked overlooked skill: When to stop selling and close the deal.
January 26, 2012 in Closing the Sale
Shark Tank vs. Undercover Boss: Which Are You Tivo-ing?

Shark Tank vs. Undercover Boss: Which Are You Tivo-ing?

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See what's coming up on both shows this season, which kicks off this week.
January 19, 2012 in Venture and Angel Investors
Are You Really in Charge of Your Business?

Are You Really in Charge of Your Business?

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Business ownership is all about being your own boss and getting to call the shots, except when investors, partners, your spouse or even your mom butt in. How do you stay in control?
Will 2012 Be the Year You Start a New Business?

Will 2012 Be the Year You Start a New Business?

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There are some advantages to starting a new business in a downturn. On the reality-TV show Jump Shipp, host Josh Shipp helps would-be entrepreneurs take the plunge.
January 5, 2012 in Startup Basics
Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?

Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?

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When you've got a business idea, it's easy to get excited and start talking it up to possible investors. But if it's too soon, that can mean missed opportunities.
December 29, 2011 in Inventing
The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding

The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding

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Wondering what makes investors back an invention? The new History Channel show 'Invention USA' points out a key factor that can make the difference in landing funding.
December 16, 2011 in Inventing
What One Startup Got Out of Starring in Webisodes

What One Startup Got Out of Starring in Webisodes

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Dell just aired a six-part series of Webisodes on the winner of its America's Favorite Small Business contest. Here's what the company got out of starring in the series.
November 25, 2011 in Marketing Ideas
Entrepreneurs Risk All On 'Gold Rush Alaska.' Would You?

Entrepreneurs Risk All On 'Gold Rush Alaska.' Would You?

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If you'd like to see other entrepreneurs take high-stakes business gambles, nothing beats Discovery Channel's hit Friday-night show 'Gold Rush Alaska.'
November 17, 2011 in Evaluating Your Idea
Masterminding With 'Turnaround King' Grant Cardone

Masterminding With 'Turnaround King' Grant Cardone

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'Turnaround King' reality-TV star Grant Cardone broadcasts his mastermind group meetings on Ustream. Here are some entrepreneurship lessons from one of his recent discussions.
November 11, 2011 in Growth Strategies
'Cake Boss' Asks: Are You Judging Your Customers?

'Cake Boss' Asks: Are You Judging Your Customers?

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'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery shows why his business is a success. No matter how weird the request, his customers are always right.
November 3, 2011 in Customer Service
Startup Lessons from David Cohen and the TechStars

Startup Lessons from David Cohen and the TechStars

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Though the TechStars program lasts three months, participants say the entrepreneurship lessons will stick with them forever. Here's a snapshot of what they learned.
October 25, 2011 in Startup Basics
Not All Entrepreneurs Are Cut Out to be 'TechStars'

Not All Entrepreneurs Are Cut Out to be 'TechStars'

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On tonight's season finale of Bloomberg TV's reality series 'Techstars,' the show reveals the outcome for the program's entrepreneurs.
October 18, 2011 in Venture and Angel Investors

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