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A Massive Oversight Creative Entrepreneurs Leave Out of Their Business Plan

Emily Nolan Joseph | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Emily Nolan Joseph

Gabi likes to say how art therapy is as important as a gym membership, and I'd like to agree. Art therapy exercised my mind in a creative way, and I left the meeting with a canvas that acts as a map for my future decisions.

12 Ways to Profit And Get Ready for 2015

Steve Sipress | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
Steve Sipress

Here is a quick checklist of actions I'd be taking if I were you, so you can start the new year off on the right foot and get a running start towards reaching your goals for 2015.

A Perspective on When a Business Plan Adds Value

Marty Zwilling | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

As a startup mentor and investor, I am approached regularly by aspiring entrepreneurs who assert that business plans are a waste of time. They cite so...

Roadmap to Leaving Your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business (Part 2 of 6)

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 11.01.2014 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

Now that you have taken some of those steps, you're ready to start visualizing what your business will look like with a one page business plan.

5 Tools to Rock the Hell Out of Being an Entrepreneur

Britt Bolnick | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Britt Bolnick

Entrepreneurship or owning your own business is NOT for the faint hearted. I've done more inner work, faced more fears, and stretched myself WAY more in building up my business to success than I have doing any other SINGLE thing- EVER.

5 Signs You're Ready to Start Your Own Business

Gillian Small | Posted 12.02.2014 | Small Business
Gillian Small

Starting a new business, be it big or small, is far from easy. In the early stages you will inevitably drift between periods of certainty and uncertainty about your decision. You will feel like you are constantly swaying with the wind of opinions from your peers.

Three Ways to Help Your Startup Grow and Flourish

Julia Neumer | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Julia Neumer

Congratulations! You've discovered a valuable solution, developed a mission with purpose, implemented a business plan, and now you are running a successful startup.

Savvy Entrepreneurs Plan Both Business And Product

Marty Zwilling | Posted 10.17.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Most technical entrepreneurs I know demand the discipline of a product specification or plan, and then assume that their great product will drive a gr...

Balancing Creativity Against Business in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Patrick Hess

The single biggest challenge for an artist regarding the music business is the eye-opening truth they discover as they pursue their dream. The business side of music always reveals gut-wrenching realities.

Key Steps to Not Fail in the Internationalization of Your Company

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

The internationalization is not a simple step, since it requires time for planning, evaluation and implementation. Before taking the leap into foreign markets, we must take into account the following factors.

8 Ways to Build an Epic Business Idea

Bobby Umar | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Bobby Umar

Before you quit your day job, invest tons of cash and try desperately to get on Shark Tank, only to be embarrassed by them, you may want to engage in a few gut-checks.

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

How Aspiring Entrepreneurs Can Stand Above the Crowd

Marty Zwilling | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

As a mentor to startups and new entrepreneurs, I continue to hear the refrain that business plans are no longer required for a new startup, since inve...

4 Traps To Avoid In Business Plans For Startup Tech Companies

Jose Vasquez | Posted 02.01.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Business plans can attract new investors to your idea, or they can serve as an excellent platform if you're seeking grants. No matter what your eventual goals are, having a solid business plan is absolutely essential.

Social Strategy for Socially Savvy Female Entrepreneurs: A Modern Primer

Penina Rybak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

It used to be that when we heard the word social, it brought to mind etiquette. Table manners and related stuff our grandparents tried to instill in us. Ways of doing things for, and interacting with, other people, which Anne Landers wrote about.

Young NFTE Entrepreneurs Compete for National Championship: Now the Final Four Head to the Finals!

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

NFTE business plan competition finals grow all the more selective as four from the original cohort of 39 young entrepreneurs move on to last round.

Part V, The Road to Nationals: How NFTE Graduates Around the Country Are Getting Ready for October 3

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

We're almost there -- October 3rd, when 39 students representing 35 businesses from around the country will contend for top honors and for the chance to win over $25,000 in cash and prizes from Mastercard to help bring their business ideas to life or advance their education.

Part IV, The Road to Nationals: How NFTE Graduates Around the Country Are Getting Ready for October 3

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.30.2013 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Students will gather from all corners of the country for the competition and the southeastern region will be represented by student entrepreneurs dealing in everything from web design to fashion to software.

Part III, The Road to Nationals: How NFTE Graduates Around the Country Are Getting Ready for October 3

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.29.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

From fighting bullying, to baking fortune cookies, to the world of fashion, these students from the Nation's Capital, Baltimore and Philadelphia are inspiring and I know they will stand out with their innovative business ideas.

5 Lessons Learned From Being an Entrepreneur

Jeannie DeSanctis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Business
Jeannie DeSanctis

Starting your own business is a journey, complete with moments exhilarating and terrifying. Finding success as an entrepreneur requires patience, and a steadfast determination to accomplish your goal.

The Eight Key Elements of a Successful Business Plan and How to Make Them Work for You

MaryEllen Tribby | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
MaryEllen Tribby

Now I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that you and other entrepreneurs you know have never developed a business plan and you are doing "ok" -- right? Well, here is the big secret -- you can always do better. I know for me -- "ok" simply is not good enough.

8 Cardinal Rules for Enterprising Entrepreneurs

Women & Co | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Women & Co

Over a year ago, I began my quest to find answers to my two most pressing entrepreneurial questions: What does it really take for an entrepreneur to be successful? And what does it take for a business owner to be the best of the best?

This Latina Took Lean In to Another Level -- Learn How to Have It All in Your Business(es)!

Ebong Eka | Posted 08.04.2013 | Latino Voices
Ebong Eka

Entrepreneur's aren't born but made through their experiences. Those experiences often serve as the foundation and catalyst for success. Struggle, for example, can be an ingredient for entrepreneurial greatness.

Be Your Own Boss: 4 Must-Haves Before Starting A Business

Posted 04.25.2013 | OWN

By Suze Orman The notion of working for yourself has serious allure these days -- but every would-be entrepreneur should have these essentials in...

Begin With the End in Mind

Rumeet Billan | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Rumeet Billan

Having the end in mind at the beginning seems counter-intuitive to most. There is no certainty that your position or the organization you create or are a part of will exit one, five or ten years from now. Things change -- needs evolve -- life happens.