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Starting a Business

Gun control

Playing With Fire? Oklahoma City Shooting Range Granted Liquor License

Though it may sound like a precarious pairing, guns and alcohol will be kept strictly separate, the facility's owners vow.
Founders

Friends Forever? Stay Close Even After Co-Founding a Company.

Each partner should contribute to the business based on strengths. Rely on an advisor if needed and prepare for your relationship to evolve.
Take It From The Pros

Finding a Voice for Your Brand

It isn't just about coming up with a killer brand. Success comes from giving that brand its own attitude.

Will My Star-Wars Themed Product Idea Get Me Sued?

Our expert discusses nuances of copyright and trademark law.
Pivots

The 1 Thing That Can Save Your Sinking Startup

Getting off on a bad foot is not fatal for young companies. Serial-entrepreneur Steve Blank explains how a pivot can turn things around.
Business Ideas

The Top 10 Small Business Bets, Post-Recession and Next Recession

Industries that perform well in the midst of economic uncertainty do just fine in good times, too.
Take It From The Pros

Are You Starting a Business for the Right Reasons?

To be successful as an entrepreneur, have a clear view of next steps. Some people quit a job they don't like but end up in a new place that's no better.
Launching a Business

Houston, We Have No Problems: Ready Your Idea for Take Off

If you ever need to explain the process of building a new product to your CEO, manager or investor, just look to space travel.
Relationships

Collaborate to Win Is the Paradox of Market Competition

Our great ideas go nowhere without relationships that bring us the customers, employees and investors we need to succeed.
Growth

For Long-Term Growth, First Scale Your Foundation

Don't let the exhilaration of the initial growth spurt distract you from the fundamentals necessary to grow for years.
Lessons

The Top 10 Lessons Learned in the Trenches of Startup Year 1

The co-founder of a new Cincinnati company shares what he learned about pitching, fundraising and claiming small victories.
Incorporation

A Simple Look at the Best Corporate Structure for Your Business

The pros and cons of sole proprietorships, LLCs, S Corps and C Corps.
The Grind

6 Tips for Bringing on Your First Hires

When starting a business, often it is just you running the show. Shifting from a 'solo entrepreneur' to a founder with a team can be challenging. Here are a few tips to make the process easier.
Corporate Culture

Do Startup Cultures Have to Be Profane?

Swearing and obscenity grant psychological release but they may turn off potential customers and thwart career advancement.
Growth Strategies

Does Your Startup Have a Strategy?

The way you make six key decisions can determine your new company's fate.