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Combining unique talents, skills, and abilities of your individual team members as well as differing perspectives often results in stronger business teams.
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Here's a book that that has changed the lives of many entrepreneurs and will help you strengthen the six key components of your business.
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Being an entrepreneur - especially a successful one - is a gift not to be taken for granted. If you're an entrepreneur yourself, you can probably relate to many of these things.
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Small businesses involved in government contracting must protect themselves from "prime shutouts" to ensure they get to perform on the contract.
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When you're a busy entrepreneur, there never seems to be enough time. Fortunately, there are lots of tools online to help you get everything done.
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Are email messages wreaking havoc on your productivity? Here's how to minimize email distractions with two simple tricks you can use every day.
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Filed In: Government and Industries
What's ahead and how can you position your company for a Republican congress and house of representative, and a Democratic executive office?
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The name of your business should give prospective customers some idea of what you do. We present a simple three-step process to crafting a winning company name.
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We present the insights of three SCORE mentors who each have in-depth knowledge and extensive experience working with entrepreneurs to develop business plans.
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After six years of recovery it's time to think about the inevitable coming recession. Prepare your company today to survive and prosper during tough times.
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As business leaders, you can help make preparedness a norm in your organization by ensuring that your employees are prepared for disasters.
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Filed In: Financing & Credit and Finance
Here are four surprising ways that business owners change when they know their business's credit scores.
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To maximize your business' full potential, you need to equip your business with the tools it needs to grow and succeed. Here's how to get this done.
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To build a great network, focus on making connections in four main areas: industry, customers, competition, and nonprofits.
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Your small business may not need a 20-year-plan anymore, but you do need some kind of road map to success. Try these tips for creating a strategic plan.
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Businesses hire agencies to get things done quickly and well. Applying the agency model to your own business can help it become more creative and agile.
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"Using" other people to promote commerce is nothing new and it's a great way to get found. Here are ways you can "use people" to further your brand.
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It's often said that two heads are better than one, and in the case of having a business partner to bounce ideas off of, it can be priceless.
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Haunted businesses are everywhere. Recognize your "ghosts" and don't ignore them. They can help or hurt your success if you don't deal properly with them.
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If you're not utilizing big data, it does not mean you can't participate in data-driven decisions. For most companies, existing data can be more important.
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