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How to Launch a Killer Kickstarter

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 01.29.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

If you want to get that much-needed funding for your product, crowdfunding is a great option. But to guarantee success, you have to launch a top-notch campaign. Beyond reading the creator requirements for Kickstarter, these eight steps can help ensure your campaign gets shared -- and funded.

How to Make the Move Toward Entrepreneurship

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

So you want to start a company? Leave behind that mundane, repetitive desk job, along with your crazy, cranky boss? Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and even Kim Kardashian did it, and so can you.

The Right Marketing for a New Business Costs Least

Marty Zwilling | Posted 01.22.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Reframing the conversation from paid media marketing to the new framework requires a balance, and measurements along the way to better manage return on investment.

The Road Between Employment and Entrepreneurship: How Do I Come Up With a Business Idea?

Erica Noelle Duncan | Posted 01.22.2015 | Small Business
Erica Noelle Duncan

When starting a business, the risks come as part of the deal. It can be nerve-wracking, but it's also part of the beauty that makes up the world of entrepreneurship.

3D Printing, Ethical Fashion, and Collaborative Manufacturing

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 01.22.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

3D printing will not be bringing back manufacturing jobs lost to China anytime soon. It will, however, support new opportunities for design, limited and customized manufacture.

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

8 Creative Ways to Leverage Positive Online Reviews

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 01.20.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Are your customers and clients giving you glowing reviews online? Great -- now translate that praise in a way that moves your business forward. We asked eight entrepreneurs how they use online reviews to their advantage.

14 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Ideal Celebrity Hire

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 01.20.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Over the years, many startup founders and leaders have gained notoriety in their own right. From Steve Jobs to Elon Musk, most celebrity entrepreneurs are known for their quirky characteristics, innovative ideas and an unconventional approach to business.

Scaling the Chasm

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business
Jeff Bussgang

One of the things I've learned from my two decades in startup land is that it doesn't get any easier as you scale - the problems just evolve, but there are still problems. And opportunities. But I guess that is what makes the startup game so fun.

Creating a Long-Term, Sustainable Vision for Your Business

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 01.15.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Author Christophor Jurin is the Founder and CEO of Construct-Ed, Inc., an e-learning technology startup that has been established with the primary go...

What Every Startup Founder Needs to Know to About Acquisitions

Lili Balfour | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

It is critical that you understand what the "NewCo" will look like. Will you be replacing an existing team? Perhaps you are tasked with creating a new division. Make sure you are on board with the integration schedule.

4 Tips to Help Your Brand Reach the Millennial Market

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Author Mike Matousek is the founder of Boston-based Flashnotes.com, the student-to-student study materials marketplace. He founded the company while...

15 Ways to Get More People Interested in Attending Your Webinar

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

It can be a pain to get your target audience to understand how beneficial an online webinar or live Q&A can be, simply because they are short on time. We asked 15 entrepreneurs what creative measures they take to get people to tune in.

10 Actions to Make Sure Your New Business Will Scale

Marty Zwilling | Posted 01.10.2015 | Small Business
Marty Zwilling

Here are some pragmatic tips on how to make your startup more scalable and investable...

27 Reasons to Start a Business in 2015

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

The economy is changing. Jobs are not as secure as they once were. Software and globalization has made it significantly easier and cheaper to start a business. Here are the biggest reasons why 2015 can be the year you take the leap.

What Does It Mean to Be a Lean Startup?

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 01.08.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Author David Ehrenberg is the founder and CEO of Early Growth Financial Services, an outsourced financial services firm that provides early-stage comp...

A 102 Year Old Cleveland Institution Goes Global

Michael Goldberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Until late last year, people who wanted to participate in a forum at The City Club of Cleveland had to drive to 850 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, park the car, take the elevator to the second floor, sit down in a chair, and wait for the mike.

Looking for a New Office? Don't Overlook These 13 Critical Features

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 01.06.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young ...

Don't Be A Product Leader Still Failing In Business

Marty Zwilling | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players -- from engineers, to investors, vendors, and ultimately customers. Great entrepreneurs are not just idea people and then managers, they are extraordinary leaders.

8 Red Flags to Watch for on a Potential Hire's LinkedIn Profile

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 12.29.2014 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

At a minimum, every business owner should at least check that a job candidate has a LinkedIn profile before scheduling an interview. But don't just scan it -- LinkedIn can be a handy tool for weeding out candidates too.

Driving Your Startup With Fear Has Bad Consequences

Marty Zwilling | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup. Yet I see this approach used all too often by new entrepreneurs, most of whom are not natural tyrants, but who are fighting to mask their own internal fears and insecurities about starting a business.

Zero to One: An Idea for Our Time

Max Benavidez | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Max Benavidez

For Thiel, the intelligently designed startup that will eventually evolve into what he calls the creative monopoly is the key to a brighter future for our world.

7 Ways to Feed the Growth Beast in Every Business

Marty Zwilling | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Completing these steps allows your startup beast to pick up momentum, fueling a breakthrough in growth and ultimately making it unbeatable in the marketplace. The modern day field of dreams mantra has pivoted to "If you market it, they will come." Are your customers coming fast enough?

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Holiday Travels

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 12.19.2014 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Traveling this season? So is everyone else -- but for entrepreneurs, that down time can be used for much-needed reflection -- or catch-up work, as the...

The Road Between Employment and Entrepreneurship: Getting Family and Friends to Journey With You

Erica Noelle Duncan | Posted 12.18.2014 | Small Business
Erica Noelle Duncan

While I don't remember our entire exchange, I distinctly remember firmly telling him "It's happening." I said this with so much resolve that he could only respond with "okay."