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How This Founder Learned He Must Trust His Team -- and Couldn't Do It All

Steven Izen, founder and CEO of lifestyle brand Lokai, talks about how he handled a company setback, even when he had no control. #StaplesForSmallBiz
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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.
20 Money Tips to Help You Save More
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20 Money Tips to Help You Save More

Do you have a financial gameplan?
Patrick Bet-David
How to Make Big Bucks While Selling Your Products for Free
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How to Make Big Bucks While Selling Your Products for Free

Use a free plus shipping funnel to generate brand loyalty and create revenue.
Jonathan Long
Why Billionaires Focus on the Smallest Details
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Why Billionaires Focus on the Smallest Details

Two stories from massively successful people -- one a billionaire, one a CEO of a billion-dollar business -- about how tiny changes can make a major difference.
Carol Roth
The Only Thing You Need to Become a Millionaire
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The Only Thing You Need to Become a Millionaire

Are you focused on what you should be?
Brian Tracy
6 Startup Lessons I Found When I Began Jet Skiing to Work
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6 Startup Lessons I Found When I Began Jet Skiing to Work

Commuting via Lake Washington cut my travel time in half, and provided some valuable lessons for business.
Mark Mader
20 Questions With Demi Lovato
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20 Questions With Demi Lovato

Get a sneak peak inside the pop star's methods and success.
Bryan Elliott
2 Quick Tips to Seeking Good Advice
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2 Quick Tips to Seeking Good Advice

Anyone can tell you what their opinion, but you should only listen to a few people.
5 Tips for a Healthy Entrepreneurial Lifestyle
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5 Tips for a Healthy Entrepreneurial Lifestyle

What good is success if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it?
Jonathan Long
7 Things to Think About For Your Startup's Typography
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7 Things to Think About For Your Startup's Typography

Typography is the most effective and meaningful vehicle for your brand personality.
Simon Endres
How Former NFL Star Terrell Owens Started His Fashion Company
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How Former NFL Star Terrell Owens Started His Fashion Company

The wide receiver goes deep on how to build a brand and become an entrepreneur.
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How Marketing Psychology Can Improve Your Bottom Line
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How Marketing Psychology Can Improve Your Bottom Line

Make these quick adjustments and bring in more sales.
Amar Hussain
7 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Look at Business
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7 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Look at Business

These presentations can teach you about the importance of time off, where you can do your best work, how to pitch to investors and more.
Adam Toren
3 Ways to Use Images to Elevate Your Business
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3 Ways to Use Images to Elevate Your Business

Photos are an important part of building a brand, but picking the right photos can pose a consistent challenge.
Serban Enache
3 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Metallica
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3 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Metallica

Just don't dress like them in business meetings.
Carol Roth
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