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Many business leaders discount research and data and make business decisions based largely on gut instinct. Should we make big calls based on gut or data?
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One of the trickiest pieces of the startup puzzle can be figuring out logistics. You've got great ideas but how will everything get from point A to point B?
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Strategic Plan
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Smart business leaders know that they need a solid strategic plan for their company. However, success only comes when you engage the culture to help.
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Many mid-size businesses are run by a CEO alone. But an effective board that includes outside board members has saved many a company from ruin.
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Accounting
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Small business expert Denise O'Berry explains how to make sure you stay on top of cash flow, along with the steps you should take if you discover a gap.
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Data
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Most businesses are not yet making adequate use of "small data," which comes without the big price tag. Here's how to use small data to your advantage.
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Business failure is awful; but there is a pain that affects many businesses: business mediocrity. Here's how to turn a mediocre
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Negotiating a deal in a systematic, conscious way is both an art and a science. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes to avoid making in a negotiation.
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business systems
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Business owners need to find a balance between creative innovation that spurs company growth and business systems that keep a company running smoothly.
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winning
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Many people are launching their own coaching, consulting, or service business. Duct Tape Marketing's John Jantsch shares seven important steps to building a winning practice.
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How can you make the most from a conference event? You meet a lot of people, shake hands, and gather business cards, but you can only do so much during the event. These...
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As a venture capital and angel investor who has heard many pitches, I've compiled a list of mistakes and things to avoid if you're an entrepreneur seeking angel or venture financing.
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Business plan concept
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Creating a business plan is key to the success of your business. Companies with business plans are twice as likely to successfully grow their businesses.
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success
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So you want to expand your department, develop a product or launch a campaign? Here are five steps to getting your business case approved before you even write it.
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SWOT
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If you want to spot business opportunities, a SWOT analysis can help. Learn what small business owners think are their biggest strengths and weaknesses.
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burnout
When your busy and productive, taking a break may not seem to make sense. But sometimes stepping away from your work is the best thing for your business.
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Selling something people can't touch and feel has its challenges. Learn why sometimes the best approach is often to give it away.
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Strategist
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What does it take to be a effective business strategist? Here are five important character traits that lay the foundation for success.
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Rapid changes in technology
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Small business expert Denise O'Berry shares two steps to help you keep your business up to date with the fast pace of changing technology.
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With Facebook dramatically reducing the organic reach, is it time to look to other social media networks?
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