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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.

Entrepreneurs: Ditch Your Marketing Plan and Focus on Your Game Plan

Ciara Pressler | Posted 06.04.2013 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

In my work launching new businesses (or fixing businesses that have plateaued), one place I see entrepreneurs in every industry get stuck, frustrated, or misguided, is in attempting to apply old models to new business.

Business Plan Yes, But Comprensive and Detailed, Not So Much

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2013 | Small Business
Tim Berry

Of course you should know your business, your team, your strengths and weaknesses, and your market. That's absolutely essential. But do you take the business time to describe it in comprehensive detail, with edited text, statistics and formal research? No.

How to Generate Revenue Through Social Media Marketing

Britt Michaelian | Posted 05.22.2013 | Technology
Britt Michaelian

If your business plan outlines exactly how you will generate revenue from specific social media-related activities and you implement these revenue generating activities on a consistent basis, you may be able to monetize your social media operations.

Building a Revenue Model Is As Easy As 1-2-3

Lili Balfour | Posted 04.14.2013 | Business
Lili Balfour

Understanding finance empowers you to build your company, motivate your team, attract customers and secure capital. So let's dive in!

Proof Positive: 7 Facts to Breathe Life Into Your Business

Bill McBean | Posted 03.31.2013 | Small Business
Bill McBean

Of course, there are a variety of skills owners need to know in order to make a business work. But after many decades of running my own successful businesses, I have come to the conclusion that these facts are the seven essential concepts needed to create a successful business life.

Tired of the Daily Grind? Start a Small Business in 2013

Melinda Emerson | Posted 03.24.2013 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Have you had it with your 9 to 5? Stop dreading Monday mornings and start planning your exit from corporate America. Why not capitalize on the newness of the year and put together a solid plan to activate your dream of starting your own small business?

Downton Abbey Needs A Real Heir... And So Do You

Gene Marks | Posted 03.13.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Like business, everything about Downton Abbey is about change. Changes in society after World War I. Changes in manners and the way people behave. Changes in wealth.

Why Your Startup Shouldn't Have a Detailed Business Plan

Brazen Life | Posted 02.17.2013 | Small Business
Brazen Life

What's the point of a business plan if you can't seem to get your startup off the ground? If you find your company struggling, you might end up throwing that business plan out the window anyhow.

So You've Got a Strategic Plan -- Now What?

Ray Gagnon | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
Ray Gagnon

You've just developed a new strategic plan for your company. You're pleased about it. And so are the other people on the planning team. So far so good. But now you face the next and most critical challenge: How do you get the rest of the company on board?

Which Habitudes Can Change Your Marketing Strategy?

Jure Klepic | Posted 01.19.2013 | Business
Jure Klepic

Habits can hold amazing power in our lives. When we do something consistently enough it becomes subconscious for us to perform that routine. We don't think about it or analyze it, because it has become so ingrained in us to do it that way.

Why It Takes Heart to Innovate

Tiffany Crawford | Posted 01.07.2013 | Small Business
Tiffany Crawford

Interconnected, interdependent but definitely not independent -- four ways of looking at one thing: What you're bringing to this world.

Tips From The Rock n' Roll CEO No. 8: Go Ahead and Be Cool, But Be Smart, Too

Jared Gutstadt | Posted 11.19.2012 | Business
Jared Gutstadt

A strong brand identity is up to you. Want to be 'cool'? It's in your hands. Think about what you want to message to potential customers. Form a plan. Write it down. IMPLEMENT that plan. And don't be afraid to modify the plan as you go along.

Cliffhanger in Surprising Travers Stakes

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.04.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Jumping out of the gate, Speightscity took and maintained the lead to the far turn, when jockey David Cohen and Golden Ticket took advantage and snuck up on the inside. Farther off the rail, Alpha was making a move at the same time, but Golden Ticket took the lead by a length.