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Does Your Business Need an Advisory Board?
By Nicole Fallon | October 08, 2016

Fast-growth companies often create an advisory board to help guide them. Does your business need one?

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How to Find the Right Business Partner for Your Startup
By Nicole Fallon | August 08, 2016

With the right combination of people, a business partnership can give a startup a well-rounded leadership team. Here's how to find your ideal partner and make it work.

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'Family Discount'? When and How to Say No to Freebie Requests
By Paula Fernandes | July 25, 2016

When you start a small business, friends and family may feel entitled to free products or services. Here's how to set boundaries without hurting your relationships or your finances.

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Entrepreneur Salaries: How Much Should You Pay Yourself?
By Nicole Fallon | July 06, 2016

As a business owner, at what point should you start giving yourself a salary, and how much do you pay yourself? Here's what experts had to say.

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Embracing 'Startup Culture' at Any Business Size
By Shannon Gausepohl | May 26, 2016

You may be past the "startup" phase, but maintaining that startup culture can keep you on the right path to growth and innovation. Here's how to do it.

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6 Steps to Steel Yourself for Tough Times
By Nicole Fallon | April 08, 2016

Economic and personal hardships can strike anyone at any time. Is your business prepared to survive tough situations?

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To Do or To Delegate: Which Tasks Are Worth Your Time?
By Nicole Fallon | March 02, 2016

Entrepreneurs tend to wear a lot of hats, but you might be wasting time on tasks that would be done better off by someone else.

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5 Essential Startup Steps You Shouldn't Overlook
By Nicole Fallon | February 10, 2016

Starting your own business? Don't miss these important steps that can easily be overlooked.

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15 Important Startup Lessons for New Entrepreneurs
By Nicole Fallon | January 26, 2016

Starting your first business? Heed the lessons of these founders and CEOs who have been there before.

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Becoming a Benefit Corporation: Is It Right for Your Business?
By Nicole Fallon | January 23, 2016

Becoming a benefit corporation means that social responsibility is in your business's DNA. Here's what it means to join the ranks of B Corps.

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How to Start an App Business
By Chad Brooks | December 27, 2015

Lots of people have great ideas for new apps, but it's the ones who figure out how to turn those ideas into a digital product that make it big in the app business. Here's how.

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Retailing on a Budget: 7 Brick-and-Mortar Alternatives
By Nicole Fallon | November 26, 2015

Want to start a retail business but can't afford an expensive commercial storefront? Here are a few budget-friendly alternatives.

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How to Find the Right B2B Partner for Your Business
By Nicole Fallon | October 09, 2015

Looking for the right business-to-business (B2B) vendor or partner to work with? Here's how to evaluate potential vendors and find the right one for you.

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Slow and Steady? 4 Smart Ways to Maintain Business Growth
By Nicole Fallon | September 15, 2015

Many startups aim to achieve rapid expansion, but slow, steady growth might actually be more beneficial to your business in the long run.

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Does Your Business Need a New Direction? Start Here
By Nicole Fallon | September 11, 2015

Does your company need to head in a new direction to continue growing? Here's how to tell and what to do next.

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5 Money-Saving Tips for Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Nicole Fallon | August 17, 2015

Business insurance is a necessary expense, but you don't have to spend a fortune. Here's how to save money on your insurance as a small business owner.

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Why You Should Grow Your Startup in Denver
By Business News Daily Editor | July 01, 2015

The mile high city offers great opportunities for work, play and growth.

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10 Tools You Need to Start a Small Business
By Chad Brooks | April 27, 2015

If you're thinking of starting a small business, here are 10 technologies you'll need.

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How to Choose the Best Business Entity
By Business News Daily Editor | April 27, 2015

Which one is right for you?

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How to File a Patent
By Business News Daily Editor | April 27, 2015

You can do it on your own or you can get an attorney.

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Why Best Practices Aren't Always Best for Your Business
By Ned Smith | April 26, 2015

Is there a difference between creativity and innovation?

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3 Steps to Bringing Your Invention to Market
By Business News Daily Editor | April 26, 2015

Coming up with an idea is only the beginning

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Startup or Corporate? Choosing the Right Company to Work For
By Nicole Fallon | March 03, 2015

Whether you're new to the workforce or just looking to change jobs, choose and apply to the type of company that suits your personality and career goals.

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LLC? S Corp.? Which Business Structure Is Right For You?
By Nicole Fallon | July 22, 2014

Not sure how to legally structure your business? Here are a few tips to help you decide what's best for your company.

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S Corporation vs. LLC: Which is Best for You?
By Chad Brooks | April 18, 2014

Figuring out how to structure your company will be one of the most important decisions you make. Here's the difference between the two.

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What is a C Corporation?
By Chad Brooks | February 06, 2014

These business structures are usually publicly traded companies owned by shareholders. They differ from other structures in the way they are taxed.

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Business Incubators and Accelerators: Here's the Big Difference
By Business News Daily Editor | February 06, 2014

Despite being lumped together, accelerators and incubators have a number of big differences.

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The Pros and Cons of Sole Proprietorship
By Business News Daily Editor | July 30, 2013

What you need to know about a sole proprietorship.

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How to Know What Business to Start
By Nicole Fallon | July 03, 2013

Some people know what kind of business they want to start long before they're ready to call themselves entrepreneurs. For others, it's not that easy. Here's how to figure it out.

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8 Essential Questions Your Elevator Pitch Should Answer
By Business News Daily Editor | December 05, 2012

Crafting the perfect elevator pitch does not need to be cringe-inducing endeavor.