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The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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Why Summer Doesn't Have to Be a Dead Time for Your Business

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 11:45 AM

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By Justin Blanchard

Summer is traditionally a period during which businesses run almost on autopilot. Employees and customers often take vacations. If the business has decently designed processes, it will continue to run smoothly throughout the summer,...

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4 Tips for Finding a Technical Co-Founder

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 11:37 AM

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By John Rampton

Although I now run a payments solution business that leverages next-generation payment processing and security technology, I certainly can't take credit for the technical aspects of the company. After all, my background is purely in online...

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How to Go After the Job You Love (Rather Than Settling)

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 11:31 AM

2016-07-13-1468423780-8854048-MurrayNewlands.pngBy Murray Newlands

One of the most challenging, yet satisfying, things I've done in my life is to go from working in jobs that seemed like the right thing to do but was really just settling, to taking the leap and...

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How to Encourage Your Entrepreneurial Spirit Through a Positive Mindset

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 11:27 AM

2016-07-13-1468423334-5034341-SolomonThimothy.pngBy Solomon Thimothy

Entrepreneurs are usually highly energetic individuals with tons of self-motivation. However, entrepreneurship is a battle that not many can endure. Maintaining that entrepreneurial spirit is something every CEO struggles with throughout the lifetime of their business.

As the...

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The Key Steps to Building a Successful Personal Facebook Brand

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 11:19 AM

2016-07-13-1468422856-770516-JohnLincoln.pngBy John Lincoln

While there are many ways to build your personal brand online, one of the best ways to do so is by marketing on Facebook. As of right now, Facebook has more than 1 billion active daily users. It's safe...

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How to Have One Foot in Two Countries (Without Falling in the Water)

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 11:12 AM

2016-07-13-1468422521-8658015-kevinXu.pngBy Kevin Xu

In a globally competitive world, startups now have to balance working in multiple countries simultaneously to stay ahead of the competition. Doing business in different locations with different cultures can be a challenge, but smart entrepreneurs can stay...

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How to Take Advantage of Periscope's Newest Features

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 1:54 PM

2016-07-07-1467914017-8087082-PeterDaisyme.pngBy Peter Daisyme

Periscope is one of my favorite tools at the moment because of the video streaming and broadcasting capability it offers. I have used it in my business for many marketing strategies, including how-to videos, my online invoicing...

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How Your Brand Can Win at Back-to-School Marketing

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 1:51 PM

2016-07-07-1467913567-1914006-AdamGrant.pngBy Adam Grant

As a brand marketing to college students, you don't want your strategy to be just another flyer or advertisement emblazoned with the words "back-to-school sale." You're dealing with a lot of competition, so you want your ads...

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3 Core Business Drivers That Can Be Enhanced and Scaled Through Digital Learning

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 1:44 PM

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By Andrew Fayad


As we continue into 2016, creative agencies like mine, which specializes in eLearning solutions, are taking a much more modern UI/UX approach to creating impactful digital learning experiences that work. Based on my...

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5 Red Flags to Be Aware of in SEO Companies

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 1:40 PM

2016-07-07-1467913187-6578926-NickBjornSlettengren.pngBy Nicholas Slettengren

Hiring a search engine optimization agency isn't your everyday business decision. It's more than just a quick handshake and a signature. Hiring an SEO agency is more like the beginning of a relationship -- a long-term relationship to...

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How to Brand Your Environment Using All Five Senses

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 1:37 PM

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By Jesse Kolber

When running a service-based business, environment is everything. Huge clothing retailers, movie theaters and car companies pump scents into rooms, play music, and use ambient lighting to improve customer experience. So why shouldn't a...

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Brand Love: 4 Ways to Create Customer Loyalty

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 1:30 PM

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By Michael Heyne

What do TOMS Shoes, SoulCycle, Apple, and YETI Coolers have in common?

Each of these companies has a powerful cult following of devoted customers ready to talk about the brand to anyone who will listen. Leaders in...

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How To Limit Fraudulent Payments In Your Online Business

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 10:50 AM

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By John Rampton

When I started in the online invoicing and payment acceptance business, I was concerned about the potential for fraud. I didn't have the mechanisms in place to protect personal and financial data at the time,...

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Learning From Your Target Audience: 5 Tactics All Businesses Should Adopt

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 10:54 AM

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By Obinna Ekezie

Imagine a company that marketed dentures to college students. Or baby bottles to the retirement community. Sounds ridiculous, right? Of course it does. Marketing like this would be a total waste of time and money.

While...

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The 4 Qualities of a Successful Sales Presentation

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 10:51 AM

2016-06-30-1467298263-6185479-StanleyMeytin.pngBy Stanley Meytin

As a busy entrepreneur, I receive dozens of emails in my inbox daily, mostly from people who are trying to pitch me on their products or services. I move the majority of them into the trash...

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Working With an Agency: The Pros and Cons Startups Should Consider

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 10:49 AM

2016-06-30-1467297835-6885820-JimShook.pngBy Jim Shook

Between product development, public relations, operations, advertising, content, design and hiring, there are so many to-do's and so little time and money. That's the life of a startup.

Prioritizing these efforts can determine the success or failure of...

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What Colleges Tours Can Teach Us About Sales

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 10:39 AM

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By Lindsay Tanne

So much of the dialogue surrounding college admissions today is about applicants "selling themselves." As the co-founder of an educational consulting company, I certainly recognize the need for students to cultivate their brand. Yet while the...

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4 Reasons You Shouldn't Start a Startup

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 10:57 AM

2016-06-23-1466693788-7779832-BrettGoldberg.pngBy Brett Goldberg

Launching a startup, though enriching, has been glamorized as an easier task than it truly is.

This article isn't meant to deter you from enacting your business plans, but rather to introduce you to the realities of...

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Why the C-Suite Should Adopt Cloud Technology Now to Stay Competitive and Relevant

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 10:55 AM

2016-06-23-1466693610-8572400-AndrewVest.jpgBy Andrew Vest

Cloud computing is changing the way organizations do business. Compared to traditional on-premise infrastructure, application development, and storage, it's cheaper, faster and safer.

As director of business development for a company that specializes in cloud solutions, integration, and modernizing data...

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3 Goals All Entrepreneurs Should Set to Execute Effectively

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 10:48 AM

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By Obinna Ekezie

How many times have you set goals and couldn't follow through? Maybe it was bringing your product to a new market or building out your marketing team. Whatever the case may be, goals are set, but expectations...

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