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3 Tips for Nailing Startup Competitions

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Student entrepreneur Nina Foroutan on how to get the most out of early-stage business battles.
April 2, 2013 in Startup Basics
10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing an Office Space

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing an Office Space

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When setting up your base of operations for a startup, you have to think not only about location but also about your future needs. Here's what you need to remember before moving in.
March 20, 2013 in Location

3 Reasons to Be Proud of Your Brick-and-Mortar Shop

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Student entrepreneur Sarah Haselkorn on the daily rewards she gets from operating a physical location.
March 12, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs

Biggest Mistakes: How Ginger + Liz Learned to Play Nice With Vendors

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When the nail-polish making duo Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett began their production efforts, finding the right vendors to work with was easier said than done. Here’s why having a plan B can mean all the difference.
March 11, 2013 in Profiles

Biggest Mistakes: What Artsicle Learned from Its First Hire

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When co-founders Scott Carleton and Alex Tryon of the art-rental and purchase platform needed help around the office, they soon learned that preparation and clarity are key in hiring employees.
March 4, 2013 in Grow Your Business
When and How to Lease Equipment

When and How to Lease Equipment

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The pros and cons of leasing office equipment for your business.
March 3, 2013 in Startup Basics

Want to Start Up? Get a Job First

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Student entrepreneur Brian Ballan on the importance of gaining industry experience before launching your own business.
February 26, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs
Video: Taking on Risk, Embracing Rejection and Other Startup Lessons From the TrenchesPlay Video

Taking on Risk, Embracing Rejection and Other Startup Lessons From the Trenches (Video)

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What you can learn from the most successful entrepreneurs when faced with these common startup challenges.
February 26, 2013 in Startup Basics
Why Over-Optimism Can Crush Your Company

Why Over-Optimism Can Crush Your Company

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While painting your startup in the best light can generate attention from the media and investors. Just be careful to not to start also believing the hype.
February 20, 2013 in Leadership
Defining Your Business Goals

Defining Your Business Goals

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When you're just starting up, it's a good idea to set goals for your company and align them with your personal goals as well. Consider this advice for setting goals that are realistic for you.
February 12, 2013 in Startup Basics
Quirky Startup Perks: 'A Mating Call' for Tech Talent?

Quirky Startup Perks: 'A Mating Call' for Tech Talent?

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Between bacon-wrapped cash, winery outings and a year's supply of PBR, startups are rolling out all the stops for top talent.
February 11, 2013 in Motivation and Retention
Have an Idea for the Next Kale Chip? 3 Tips for Success in the Natural and Organic Industry (Infographic)

Have an Idea for the Next Kale Chip? 3 Tips for Success in the Natural and Organic Industry (Infographic)

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The fast-growing natural and organic products industry has plenty to offer hungry startups.
January 30, 2013 in Business Ideas
Video: Bryan Silverman on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Starting Up in CollegePlay Video

Bryan Silverman on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Starting Up in College (Video)

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As the College Entrepreneur of 2012, the co-founder of Star Toilet Paper discusses his top startup challenges and ways he's helped overcome them.
January 29, 2013 in Startup Basics

Must-Have Mentors: How to Build Your Personal Board of Directors

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Business coach Antonio Neves offers some sage advice for young entrepreneurs looking for more formalized guidance.
January 24, 2013 in Managing Employees
Entrepreneur Coach Antonio Neves on Finding Focus and the Power of Storytelling

Entrepreneur Coach Antonio Neves on Finding Focus and the Power of Storytelling

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The founder Thinqaction and business coach offers up his top tips for tackling camera-shy tendencies, along with a host of other challenging entrepreneurial issues.
January 23, 2013 in Business Management
What Doesn't Kill You... Makes You an Entrepreneur?

What Doesn't Kill You... Makes You an Entrepreneur?

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Go getter? Problem Solver? Bossy? Here are five signs you may have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
January 22, 2013 in Starting a Business
Change-Maker Dev Aujla on Doing Well and Doing Good

Change-Maker Dev Aujla on Doing Well and Doing Good

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The social entrepreneur behind DreamNow and other do-gooder groups shares his thoughts on how young, socially-minded treps can do good work and still have enough.
December 26, 2012 in Business Ideas
Entrepreneur Cafes Help Feed Local Startups

Entrepreneur Cafes Help Feed Local Startups

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Fundraisers in West Virginia nurture fledgling businesses and help create a culture of entrepreneurship in the state.
December 14, 2012 in Startup Basics
How Young Entrepreneurs Stare Down Personal Crisis

How Young Entrepreneurs Stare Down Personal Crisis

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Three young treps share stories of how they overcame serious personal crises -- while keeping their businesses afloat or starting new ventures.
November 29, 2012 in Work/Life Balance

The 6 Best Entrepreneurial Habits for Rapid Growth

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Serial entrepreneur, angel investor and professor Dave Lerner shares his tips for startup success.
November 28, 2012 in Grow Your Business
Video: 3 Reasons Sole Proprietorship Might Not Be Right for YouPlay Video

3 Reasons Sole Proprietorship Might Not Be Right for You (Video)

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Attorney Nina Kaufman on when entrepreneurs should steer clear of this business entity.
November 15, 2012 in Choosing a Business Structure
Which State Is Best for Small Business? (Infographic)

Which State Is Best for Small Business? (Infographic)

Thinking of starting up? Find out which states are the best (and worst) for small business.
November 8, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Necessary Start-Up Styles: Why a Hoodie and Jeans Aren't Enough

Necessary Start-Up Styles: Why a Hoodie and Jeans Aren't Enough

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When launching a business, the last thing on your mind is probably your wardrobe. But it shouldn't be. Here, the founders of Hukkster divvy out their start-up fashion advice.
November 7, 2012 in Startup Basics
What the 2012 Presidential Election Can Teach Startups About Finding a Niche

What the 2012 Presidential Election Can Teach Startups About Finding a Niche

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Unlike in a presidential election where candidates look to ply their message to anyone and everyone, the best way to market a cash-strapped startup is to be direct.
November 2, 2012 in Targeting Niche Markets

How to Balance a Fulltime Job With Starting Up

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Startup expert Rebekah Iliff says digging in, making sacrifices and putting in the appropriate time is critical.
October 31, 2012 in Starting a Business

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