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Are You Ready to Pitch Your Product to Investors?
Starting a Business

Are You Ready to Pitch Your Product to Investors?

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.
Carol Tice
Do You Know the Best Way to Grow Your Business?
Growth Strategies

Do You Know the Best Way to Grow Your Business?

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.
Carol Tice
The 'Fashion Star' Guide to Connecting the Dots for Customers
Technology

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

The new shopping reality-TV hybrid shows designers and retailers the right way to get customers jazzed about products.
Carol Tice
Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'
Starting a Business

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

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.
Carol Tice
The Five Things Employees Really Want
Growth Strategies

The Five Things Employees Really Want

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.
Carol Tice
How Do You Define Business Success?
Finance

How Do You Define Business Success?

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.
Carol Tice
Want to Wow Investors? Bring Your Kids to the Pitch Meeting
Finance

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

See how two inventors fared when they brought their children along to pitch the 'Sharks.'
Carol Tice
Would You Sell Your Startup Right Now If I Gave You $600,000?
Finance

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

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.
Carol Tice
Baristas, the Hooters of Coffee, Tries Reality TV
Marketing

Baristas, the Hooters of Coffee, Tries Reality TV

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.
Dinah Wisenberg Brin
How One Entrepreneur Used the Law of Publicity to Get Investors
Marketing

How One Entrepreneur Used the Law of Publicity to Get Investors

Getting turned down by the 'Sharks' was the best thing to happen to one contestant.
Carol Tice
Does Your Business Know When to Stop Selling?
Marketing

Does Your Business Know When to Stop Selling?

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.
Carol Tice
Shark Tank vs. Undercover Boss: Which Are You Tivo-ing?
Starting a Business

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

See what's coming up on both shows this season, which kicks off this week.
Carol Tice
Are You Really in Charge of Your Business?
Starting a Business

Are You Really in Charge of Your Business?

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?
Carol Tice
Will 2012 Be the Year You Start a New Business?
Starting a Business

Will 2012 Be the Year You Start a New Business?

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.
Carol Tice