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3 Lies You Heard on 'Shark Tank'

3 Lies You Heard on 'Shark Tank'

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Can you really trust reality television for sound advice on how to start your own business? Here are three 'Shark Tank' nuggets of wisdom you might want to question.
September 3, 2013 in Startup Basics
The Secret to Israel's Startup Success

The Secret to Israel's Startup Success

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'Silicon Wadi,' the high-tech startup mecca in Israel offers valuable lessons about what it takes to start and run your own business. Here are three key takeaways.
August 30, 2013 in Startup Basics
Forget Advisors -- How to Find and Woo a Power Mentor

Forget Advisors -- How to Find and Woo a Power Mentor

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Power Mentors are super successful people who can offer startups a long-view perspective and wide network of contacts and resources. Here are some tips on how to find them.
August 29, 2013 in Starting a Business
Why Joining an Accelerator Isn't for Every Startup

Why Joining an Accelerator Isn't for Every Startup

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Co-founder of nonprofit Practice Makes Perfect dishes on what he wished he would have known before joining an accelerator.
August 29, 2013 in Startup Financing
U.S. Remains Dominant Force in Global Entrepreneurship... For Now

U.S. Remains Dominant Force in Global Entrepreneurship... For Now

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A new report from Ernst & Young says that while the U.S. is home to one of the best entrepreneurial environments in the world, there is no 'margin for complacency.'
August 28, 2013 in Location
6 Tips for Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

6 Tips for Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

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When all you have is 60 seconds, you'd better make them count. College entrepreneur Dwight Peters offers his top tips for polishing up your elevator pitch.
August 27, 2013 in Financing
The Best States for Entrepreneurs

The Best States for Entrepreneurs

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We checked out the data and talked to the experts to find the best states that best cater to small business. Here, our look at the places that are going the distance for 'treps.
August 26, 2013 in Location
The Best Cities for Entrepreneurs

The Best Cities for Entrepreneurs

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We looked at the data and talked to the experts to find the best cities for small business. Here are five emerging entrepreneurial hubs.
August 26, 2013 in Location
How Not to Bomb the Pitch of Your Dreams (Like This Writer Did)

How Not to Bomb the Pitch of Your Dreams (Like This Writer Did)

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Ask the right questions and be prepared and you'll avoid screwing up on a pitch that's big for your business.
August 19, 2013 in Startup Basics
How a Handshake Can Destroy Your Business

How a Handshake Can Destroy Your Business

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Handshakes, verbal agreements and even email documentation aren't enough to ensure you aren't in legal trouble should a business relationship go sour. Here's how to protect yourself.
August 16, 2013 in Legal Center
Why Your Lawyer Might Be Wrong For Your Business

Why Your Lawyer Might Be Wrong For Your Business

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It's easy to hire the wrong lawyer and not realize it until you've lost lots of money. Here are four signs to watch out for.
August 12, 2013 in Legal Center
10 Questions to Ask if You Want to Create a Winning Business Plan

10 Questions to Ask if You Want to Create a Winning Business Plan

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Throw out everything you know about a business plan. These are the questions you need to ask to sell your idea to investors.
August 12, 2013 in Your Business Plan
Why Bartending and Other Odd Jobs Can Help You Start a Business

Why Bartending and Other Odd Jobs Can Help You Start a Business

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Being creative and diverse about your work experience is a smart way to prepare yourself for running your own company. Here's one entrepreneur's unusual path.
August 7, 2013 in Startup Basics
Startup Wisdom From 3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs

Startup Wisdom From 3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs

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We've gathered advice from entrepreneurs who made millions on their first businesses and are applying that hard-won wisdom to their new startups.
August 5, 2013 in Success Stories

Why Your College Student Should Start a Business

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There are lots of benefits to having your college-age kids start their own business. Here's why and how you can help them get going.
August 5, 2013 in Startup Basics

What Bluffing, Folding and Betting Can Teach You About Entrepreneurship

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After participating in the World Series of Poker, Matthew Toren provides insight on similarities between poker and running a business.
August 2, 2013 in Starting a Business
Lori Greiner's Advice on How to Get Your Invention on Store Shelves

Lori Greiner's Advice on How to Get Your Invention on Store Shelves

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The 'Shark Tank' investor and inventor of over 400 products offers her advice to move your product from idea to sales.
August 1, 2013 in Marketing Basics

Pushy Sales Reps and Unreliable Vendors: How to Survive in the Unpredictable World of Business

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Green Bean salad-shop owner delves into how she handles dealing with unpredictable people.
August 1, 2013 in Grow Your Business
The 5 Rules for Silicon Valley Success That Can Work Anywhere

The 5 Rules for Silicon Valley Success That Can Work Anywhere

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Silicon Valley is the startup capital of the world for a reason. Here are five key lessons from the place that every entrepreneur can apply to the way they do business, no matter where they are.
July 29, 2013 in Growth Strategies
The Top 3 Reasons Startups Fail, According to a Man Paid to Save Them

The Top 3 Reasons Startups Fail, According to a Man Paid to Save Them

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Surprisingly, running out of money is not the No. 1 reason.
July 27, 2013 in Startup Basics

Why Your Business Needs to Stop Acting Like a 4-Year-Old

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Poorly run businesses, like small children, need constant supervision. Here are key strategies to help your business operate more smoothly.
July 26, 2013 in Business Management

Entrepreneurship Won't Make You Rich and Other Hard Truths

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Want to know the cold hard truth about entrepreneurship before you start up? Keep reading.
July 26, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs
Richard Branson on Crafting Your Mission Statement

Richard Branson on Crafting Your Mission Statement

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The CEO of Virgin shares how to cut the crap and make a mission statement that actually means something.
July 22, 2013 in Startup Basics
The 7 Hottest Startup Scenes in the U.S. (Infographic)

The 7 Hottest Startup Scenes in the U.S. (Infographic)

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Tax-planning startup GoodApril analyzes key benchmarks for entrepreneurs, including the median salary for a technology employee and the price of office space.
July 15, 2013 in Startup Basics
How Richard Branson Decides Where to Set Up Shop

How Richard Branson Decides Where to Set Up Shop

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Virgin's CEO shares what factors you need to consider when choosing the best place to open up shop.
July 15, 2013 in Startup Basics

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