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Small business advocate and resource for business planning and small business ownership.
Small business advocate and resource for business planning and small business ownership.

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2013 Business Trend: Borrowers and lenders get creative. 

Alternative lending goes mainstream. Some very good news for entrepreneurs seeking capital and those doling it out.
http://entm.ag/UCEAoi
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Google for Entrepreneurs is incredibly excited to announce a new partnership with Lemonade Day, an experiential learning program that teaches kids how to start, own and operate their own business through a lemonade stand.  Our goal is to empower millions of youth to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs.  Learn more about our partnership and sign up to be a mentor below!

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Great article (http://goo.gl/t31Xl) from the +Washington Post talking about how new resources & better technology are making it easier for entrepreneurs start their own business all over the country.  

What resources does your community provide to help you get your business off the ground? Do you plan on starting you own company after you retire? 
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What steps have you taken on your website to build customer trust?  Suggestions welcome!  

- Consistent navigation on all pages
- Social buttons (social proof) prominently displayed
- Privacy Policy linked in footer
- Terms of Use linked in footer
- Security and verification buttons included on each page
- Contact us page is easy to find
- About page lists pertinent info about main contacts and company

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2013 Business Trend: Trust.
Consumers say enough with false promises and conflicting marketing claims. Transparency boosts brand loyalty. Period. ‘Nuff said.

http://entm.ag/X6sCTO
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How To Write A Business Plan In 3 Easy Steps:  
http://www.business-plan-examples.com/how-to-write-a-business-plan.html

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The 15 Best Cities For Female Entrepreneurs

While women account for 46% of the workforce, when it comes to starting our own businesses, it’s not news that we’ve got a bit of a handicap.

Women don’t just trail men in the number of businesses opened, but in all of the measurable stats: revenues (just 1.8% of female-led firms have revenues of over $1 million vs. 6.3% of male-led firms); patents (5.65% of female firms seek patent approval versus 13% of men); and job creation (36% of women-led firms create jobs to 44% of male-led firms).

But it’s not all terrible news: the growth in female-owned businesses in the U.S. has jumped by more than 50% since 1997, and the current estimate of 8.3 million such businesses now generate nearly $1.3 trillion in revenue and employ more than 7.7 people.

Programs like Astia and the White House Project, communities committed to the promotion of high-growth female-led firms are seeing applicants in record numbers, and according to the Small Business Administration, the dollar amount of loans granted to female business leaders is on the rise. In short, we’re at a critical time for women in entrepreneurship as we begin to tip the scales—and change the ratio.

See Which Cities Made the Top 15 List
http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2012/10/18/the-15-best-cities-for-female-entrepreneurs/

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