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Facing Money Troubles Early On, These Entrepreneurs Relied On a Bit of Luck to Help Them

Co-founders of shoe company Jack Erwin, Ariel Nelson and Lane Gerson, didn't come from the fashion world, but they are now running a widely known men's shoe company.
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Founder Insights: How to Foster Collaboration on Your Team
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Founder Insights: How to Foster Collaboration on Your Team

Three entrepreneurs share their insights into getting your employees to work together and exceed expectations.
Creative Ways to Delight Your Customers and Make Them Loyal to Your Brand
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Creative Ways to Delight Your Customers and Make Them Loyal to Your Brand

Customer service isn't just about meeting people's needs; it's about exceeding their expectations.
A Business Partner That Knows How to Help You Grow
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A Business Partner That Knows How to Help You Grow

When this Brooklyn-based startup needs printed materials that exceed expectations, it knows where to turn for help.
3 Big Lessons These Startups Learned From Their Mentors
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3 Big Lessons These Startups Learned From Their Mentors

The top honorees from our 2016 Startups to Watch list share what they've learned so far from working with their advisors.
Save Big Money on Shipping With These Important Tips
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Save Big Money on Shipping With These Important Tips

Ways you can shave costs and improve your bottom line by making smarter shipping decisions.
How 3 Innovative Startups Plan to Grow Through Mentoring
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How 3 Innovative Startups Plan to Grow Through Mentoring

The top honorees from our 2016 Startups to Watch list share their plans for taking their businesses to the next level.
Startups to Watch: 10 Innovators Making More Happen
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Startups to Watch: 10 Innovators Making More Happen

As dedicated advocates of small-business innovators, Staples and Entrepreneur are proud to present these up-and-coming startups.
From Innovative Idea to Thriving Business: How One Woman Is Taking Her Industry by Storm (And You Can, Too)
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From Innovative Idea to Thriving Business: How One Woman Is Taking Her Industry by Storm (And You Can, Too)

Steeped in tradition, the wedding industry is not an area of enterprise we typically associate with cutting-edge innovation. However, sometimes it's the areas that you least expect that are primed for innovation. (Perfect example: Uber taking on the taxi industry.)
Unpacking Innovation from Businesses You Know and Love
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Unpacking Innovation from Businesses You Know and Love

As a small business owner, it can be daunting to think of new ways to solve age-old problems or new ones that arise. But a look at some of the most beloved brands, such as The Home Depot and LEGO, can remind us that big innovations sometimes come in simple packages.
How to use Customer Feedback to Fuel Small Business Innovation and Growth
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How to use Customer Feedback to Fuel Small Business Innovation and Growth

Handling the ups and downs of small business ownership can be a challenge. While it feels great when your business is thriving, momentum may fade over time, requiring you to find new ways to keep your business fresh. If you're not sure where to start, consider tapping into customer feedback.
How to Handle a PR Disaster Like a Pro
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How to Handle a PR Disaster Like a Pro

Learn how to handle any PR disaster your company may face.
7 Ways to Avoid Small Business Data Disasters
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7 Ways to Avoid Small Business Data Disasters

Seven ways small businesses can avoid data disasters
Harness the Power of Customer Feedback with Hashtags
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Harness the Power of Customer Feedback with Hashtags

Hashtags can be found across social media. Typically, people use them to make their posts more searchable; however, they can also be used to help you receive insightful feedback from your current and future customers.
Designing the Perfect One Page Pitch
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How to Attract Investors With a One-Page Pitch

As an entrepreneur, knowing how to create a pitch deck that will not only catch a potential investor's eye, but also quickly and poignantly make a case for your small business, is extremely important.
Need Inspiration? 10 Tips for Startup Success. (Infographic)
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Need Inspiration? 10 Tips for Startup Success. (Infographic)

A checklist for turning your passion into your livelihood.
10 Numbers that Show the True Power of Small Business (Infographic)
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10 Numbers that Show the True Power of Small Business (Infographic)

There's no disputing it – small businesses are an economic force worth celebrating.
10 Things Your Logo Might Be Saying (and You Don't Even Know It)
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10 Things Your Logo Might Be Saying (and You Don't Even Know It)

To ensure your company logo is sending a strong, positive message to current and future customers, it is important that it says exactly what you're intending it to in a matter of seconds.
6 Ways to Cultivate Goodwill on Yelp
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6 Ways to Cultivate Goodwill on Yelp

Follow these six tips for a strong Yelp business page that will bring in new business, keep current customers returning for years to come and represent your business well online.
6 Effective Small Business Websites
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6 Effective Small Business Websites

In the 21st century, having a website for your small business is essential, but having a website that is effective is even more important.
6 Essentials of a Good Logo
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6 Essentials of a Good Logo

With so many logos in the marketplace, it's becoming increasingly harder to create one that stands out and is memorable for customers.
5 Fast Facts: Yelp and Your Small Business
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5 Fast Facts: Yelp and Your Small Business

Before creating your own Yelp business page, make sure you understand the ins and outs of how the service works and how it might affect your bottom line.
Establishing Your Brand Personality on Social Media
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Establishing Your Brand Personality on Social Media

Firmly establishing your brand personality on social media can help your profiles and your posts stand out even more.
Does Your Logo Match Your Business?
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Does Your Logo Match Your Business?

Whether you are designing your small business's logo for the first time or looking to give your company a fresh, updated look, it is crucial that your logo matches your company's overall brand.
Let's Talk Logos With Branding Expert Debbie Millman
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Let's Talk Logos With Branding Expert Debbie Millman

Ensure your small business logo has these three qualities
Make Professional Videos on a Small Business Budget
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Make Professional Videos on a Small Business Budget

Any marketing team will tell you, it is imperative for a business to create compelling video content that can live on your website, support your social media streams and promote your brand.
4 Simple Tips to Protecting Your Business From Cyber Attacks
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4 Simple Tips to Protecting Your Business From Cyber Attacks

Are you doing everything you can to keep your business safe?
Richard Agu
How to Come Out on Top in a Competitive Market
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How to Come Out on Top in a Competitive Market

Five tips to reaching the clients and revenue goals you need.
Don't Follow Your Passion -- Do What's Necessary to Achieve Success
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Don't Follow Your Passion -- Do What's Necessary to Achieve Success

Creating a successful business is hard work, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Greg Rollett
Famed Actor Alan Alda on the Secrets to Better Communication
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Famed Actor Alan Alda on the Secrets to Better Communication

In his new book, 'If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?,' the M*A*S*H star examines the science behind why we connect, why we don't and why listening is the best sales strategy.
3 Quick Tricks to Networking for People Who Hate Networking
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3 Quick Tricks to Networking for People Who Hate Networking

Networking can be uncomfortable, frustrating and fruitless, but it doesn't have to be.
4 Tips to Branding Yourself Like an Online Rockstar
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4 Tips to Branding Yourself Like an Online Rockstar

Your personal brand can be even more important than your company brand, so maximize it.
Jonathan Long
Need a Business Idea? The Best Way to Find One Is to Stop Looking.
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Need a Business Idea? The Best Way to Find One Is to Stop Looking.

Instead, go about your normal routine and figure out how you can improve your own life.
Entrepreneur Staff
The 2-Step Process to Boosting Your Brand in 2017
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The 2-Step Process to Boosting Your Brand in 2017

Want to build an audience? Here's how.
Be Obsessed or Be Average: How Grant Cardone and Gerard Adams Made Their Millions
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Be Obsessed or Be Average: How Grant Cardone and Gerard Adams Made Their Millions

Do you have what it takes to follow in these entrepreneurs' footsteps?
Gerard Adams
Why MailChimp's Insane Fake Ad Campaign Paid Off
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Why MailChimp's Insane Fake Ad Campaign Paid Off

The company's 'Did You Mean MailChimp?' helped the email marketing platform reach 334 million people.
How to Build a Startup Business From Scratch in 2017
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How to Build a Startup Business From Scratch in 2017

You don't need to be rich to build your first business.
Kc Agu
8 Steps to Launching an E-Commerce Business This Week
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8 Steps to Launching an E-Commerce Business This Week

Starting a business doesn't have to be a long process anymore.
Jonathan Long
7 Massively Successful Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Money-Saving Tips
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7 Massively Successful Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Money-Saving Tips

Mark Cuban, Mona Patel and others give their best advice on how to save more.
Natalie Zfat
How to Handle Massive Success
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How to Handle Massive Success

You've made it to the top, but can you stay there?
Patrick Bet-David
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