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Starting a Business

Growth Strategies

Lean LaunchPad: A Crash Course in Startup Success

A new class created by serial entrepreneur Steve Blank puts a focus on testing ideas before jumping in.
Starting a Business

Charles Barkley Wants to Give Your Startup $25,000

The NBA Hall of Famer starts a contest to give an aspiring entrepreneur a financial lift.
Starting a Business

Three Ways to Prepare for a Business Launch

From showcasing expertise to soliciting feedback and offering free samples, consider these tested strategies for startup success.
Starting a Business

How to Overcome Startup Fears

Here are suggestions for getting past the mental traps that might be holding you back from starting your own business.
Starting a Business

Five Steps for Finding an Ideal Mentor

Here's how to nab the right mentor and get the most out of the relationship. Plus, five resources to help you start your search.
Project Grow

How to Find Your Passion in 5 Creativity Exercises

Want to start a business, but not sure what to pursue? Here's how to discover what you love.
Starting a Business

Seven Cringe-Worthy Business-Plan Mistakes

Follow these tips to dodge some of the most common planning pitfalls.
Starting a Business

Seven Ways to Make Your Customers Love You

With so much emphasis placed on finding customers today, business owners often lose sight of keeping the ones they have. Here are a few surefire ways to stem those losses.
Starting a Business

How the Recession Saved One Company

A small business owner is forced to retract, only to return stronger than ever.
Starting a Business

Why Experimental Marketing May Be For You

Here's how a startup tested the social media waters and won sales.
Starting a Business

He Said, She Said: Congressional Leaders Parse How to Help Small Business

A shared goal of aiding small businesses can't reconcile the divide between Republican Sam Graves and Democrat Mary Landrieu.
Starting a Business

What Should Congress Do to Help Your Small Business?

A look at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's legislative agenda for 2011.