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Ask Entrepreneur - Starting a Business

Starting a Business

I am pre-startup and need a mentor for my jewelry e-business.

I have contacted SCORE, am working with the SBA and am hooked up with The Enterprise Institute at San Diego State University. I still can't find a mentor. I need to talk to a successful individual who...
Starting a Business

How do I research the need for a spa in a particular area?

I want to open a spa, but I need to do a lot more research on the area. How do I go about doing that, such as exploring the need and/or want for a spa is in a specific area?
Starting a Business

Should I finish my MBA and wait until I have money to invest, or should I start real small to get a business going sooner rather than later?

I'm 25 years old and my brother and I have talked about opening a smoothie/healthy wrap shop in Northeastern Ohio. We both work full time and don't have the liquid assets to buy a franchise or really...
Starting a Business

Where can I find estimates of the startup costs of a copy/print/mail center?

I'm a student with a project that requires a PowerPoint presentation of a proposed new business. I chose a copy center. I need some help obtaining costs for startup, equipment, staffing, etc. Where I...
Starting a Business

I've built a protype for an invention. Should I form an LLC or full corporation and patent it? Or should I seek a large company in the industry to sell the rights to?

The invention is an alarm system built to protect property (land, buildings, etc.) that doesn't have the infrastructure for a conventional alarm system. The system has the same features as a conventia...
Starting a Business

How do I determine my target market for an accounting and tax service business?

I'm trying to compile a business plan for the creation of an accounting and tax business. In the market analysis section of my business plan, I want to define my target markets, but I'm having trouble...
Starting a Business

What information do I need about a new product idea before contacting a market research firm?

I have a new product idea and would like to have market research done to determine feasibility in the market. I have not seen an article on the site about the steps I should take to get market researc...
Starting a Business

I'm just getting into network marketing with a truly incredible product. I would like a definition of what network marketing is and how it works.

I need to understand what network marketing is before launching so that I can fit the concept to my marketing.
Starting a Business

What's the best way to expand my business to the U.S.?

I want to expand my Israeli web design and development company to the U.S. One way would be to open an office in the U.S., but I have other options: I have friends in the U.S. who already own business...
Starting a Business

Who can help me to process, sell and distribute a product?

I have an old family recipe that I would like to bottle and sell. I would like to know how I would go about contacting a company that would be willing to work with me to produce the product, bottle an...
Starting a Business

I want to start a business to license a product that is patent-pending. What resources will illustrate the steps to take?

My patent is in patent-pending status. I have a domain name secured and purchased. I have a lawyer. I have no licenses currently. I have no trademarks or registered names.I have not filed for an LLC....
Starting a Business

Do angel investors invest in companies that have just an idea?

I have a great business idea for a company but we are not legally registered yet. Do angel investors help you out with the legal fees, and starting you up completely?
Starting a Business

How do I pay my consultants if my customers drag their feet on paying my company?

I want to transition my 12 years of information services/information technology experience into a consulting business to assist companies with things such as networking, software development, implemen...
Starting a Business

Where can I find information to help me calculate estimated sales growth for an e-commerce store?

I'm working on my financial spreadsheets from startup through three years for a retail web store. I'm having trouble estimating sales growth for the company. Where can I find some general information...

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