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Starting a Business

Startup Mistakes

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your First Business

A new entrepreneur's 'fast-success' launch of a fitness center proved to have some unhealthy aspects.
Fundraising

The Tried-and-True Process for Getting Investors to Give You a Straight Answer

You want to hear "yes,'' and you will survive hearing "no,'' but you can't work with a "maybe'' that never ends.
Startup Basics

8 Big Business Tenets That Don't Work for Startups

Large companies with existing resources and qualified people have different rules than the little guys for innovative efforts.
Inspiration

Top 9 Things to Know About Starting Your Own Business

America didn't make it to the moon by taking the easy way out.
Working with a Spouse

The Pros and Cons of Working With Your Spouse

Sharing a home, a bed and a business can be great. Or it can be challenging.
Overcoming Obstacles

4 Reasons You Will Lose Value In Your Startup, and How to Stop It

Here are a few major roadblocks entrepreneurs need to overcome and advice on how to do so.
Networking

Do You Still Need a Business Card?

Canadian entrepreneurs need them, for sure. But what about everyone else? The answer is . . . probably not.
First Impressions

4 Ways Your Startup Can Make a Lasting Impression

It's imperative to make a good first impression but, surprisingly, it's not all that hard to do.
Survival Strategies

5 Ugly Truths About Entrepreneurship

The SBA says that only half of new companies survive 5 years or more. How resolved are you not to be one of them?
Entrepreneurs

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Fishermen

As entrepreneurs, may we strive to implement the humility and hard work of a fisherman to build stronger, community-driven, inclusive companies that ultimately have the ability to adapt and change.
Inspiration

You Can't Makes Progress While Waiting for Inspiration to Begin

People who work when they are discouraged succeed more often than people who won't until they are inspired.
Startup Basics

3 Non-Retail Options for Your Specialty Food Business

If you don't want to sell your specialty foods via a retail location or mail order, these methods offer a way to get started now.
Cars

When Providing Company Vehicles, Addressing These Legal Issues Is Key

Put the brakes on offering company vehicles to employees until you've considered these three areas.
Entrepreneur Mindset

Why You Must Embrace the Danger of Adventure to Lead Effectively

To live wondering "what if I had…?" is far more excruciating than any of the perils you'll face in your adventure.
Mistakes

Starting a Business in 2016? Avoid These 5 'Beginner' Mistakes.

Forget those instant millionaires on 'Shark Tank' and embrace the reality of how hard it is to be a real entrepreneur.