Batter up! Do You Have Your Pitch Ready?

Batter up! Do You Have Your Pitch Ready?

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for financial investors, business partners or an advisory panel, someday, you will need a “pitch deck”. The beauty of the creating a business pitch deck process is that it forces you to create a story for your business that is so compelling the audience wants to be a part of your success. Many entrepreneurs have given some thought to their story, some have even refined it a little. Maybe now is the time […]

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Do You Know the Top Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) requirements for Small Businesses?

Do You Know the Top Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) requirements for Small Businesses?

Every year, small businesses are fined tens of thousands of dollars for safety infractions that many of them were not aware of. Many employers and entrepreneurs don’t understand what workplace safety actually encompasses. Below are the top five healthy and safety requirements for small (and large) businesses. These are requirements that every business owner should know and incorporate, regardless of their size or industry. 1. OSHA Recordkeeping and Posting Each year, between February 1 and April 30, OSHA requires certain employers […]

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Are You The Next Veteran To Be An Entrepreneur?

Are You The Next Veteran To Be An Entrepreneur?

If you’re returning to civilian life after being in the military and wondering what your next career step will be, maybe entering the business world as an entrepreneur would be the right move for you. Statistics show that the success rate of veteran-owned businesses is higher than other startups – more than likely a byproduct of the discipline and specialized skills developed during service. There are over 3 million U.S. military veteran-owned businesses in the country today, which accounted for […]

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How Do You Come Up With A Good Business Idea?

How Do You Come Up With A Good Business Idea?

You know you want to start a business, but you’re not sure what type of business you want to start. Maybe you’ve got a decent idea for starting a business in a certain industry, but you just can’t come up with a specific concept. That means it’s time to brainstorm. Here are some tried and true methods for brainstorming success. First, you gotta get your creativity flowing. Read as much as you can about small business, business in general and […]

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‘Is it OK To Use this Picture?’ Some Considerations for Using Material from Social Media Sites

‘Is it OK To Use this Picture?’ Some Considerations for Using Material from Social Media Sites

Really, the point of social media is to share and spread a particular piece of content, isn’t it? Most folks want their content to be liked, retweeted and reposted, don’t they? This builds the popularity and the value of their ideas, right? Well, legally, it is still fuzzy in terms of what is copyrightable in social media and what classifies as infringement. The legal structure is built slowly, piece by piece, so this topic is one that will grow both […]

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Spring Is Here… Are you Ready For The Season?

Spring Is Here… Are you Ready For The Season?

Growth in the travel and tourism business is booming, and even though the warm temperatures haven’t exactly covered the U.S., this spring is promising to be good for the U.S. tourist industry and the small businesses that support it. So, how can small business owners put the 2018 spring and summer vacation seasons to profitable use? Here are some strategies and marketing tips to help you start planning a successful spring today. Hire your seasonal workers now! If your business […]

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Do You Know What NOT to Do in Business?

Do You Know What NOT to Do in Business?

Do you sometimes wish there were more hours in the day? Have you ever decided that if you could work on a project a little longer, it would be perfect? Do you believe that as soon as you have finished this project, you’ll finally have more time for family, friends, and even more projects? If you answered yes to one, or all of these questions, you’re not alone. As small business entrepreneurs, many times it feels like there aren’t enough […]

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What Makes Your Business Different?

What Makes Your Business Different?

Can you and your sales team explain to customers why your business is different from the competition and why this matters to them? Here are some tips for incorporating your unique differences into your sales and marketing strategies. 1. Examine your company’s personality and what it means to your customers. Very few businesses can sell and survive on a price alone. And even if your business operates in a saturated and highly competitive market, there are always facets of your […]

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How Can I Improve My People Skills?

How Can I Improve My People Skills?

If you’re a new entrepreneur, the first skill that you should start learning is how to be a great people-person. It’s helpful in every aspect of starting a business to develop a strong network of friends and contacts. You should make a habit of using a few hours a week and go to meetings, socials or whatever and meet one new individual who you can potentially add to your professional network. Knowing people who know the right people can help […]

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Your Computer and Your Small Business Should Like Each Other

Your Computer and Your Small Business Should Like Each Other

Every year more and more entrepreneurs go into business for themselves by using a computer or computers to run most if not all facets of their business. Even if your company is more of a traditional brick and mortar type, you probably have come to rely on computers for a lot of the day to day business strategy planning and running of your business. If you fall into one of these categories, some of these facts about how to use […]

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