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Know Your Industry Before You Start Your Business http://bit.ly/1Ra7iuC

Whether you’re a service business, manufacturer, retailer, or some other type of business, you want to know your industry inside and out. Especially if you're seeking outside investment.

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From Problem Solving to Organic Pickles: 7 Startup Lessons from an Inspiring Entrepreneur http://bit.ly/1IMIRyB

Luh was not a seasoned #entrepreneur when she began DoPickles with her partner Taner—the business was her first venture.

However, her #success is proof that hard work and seizing opportunity can pay off in the form of great entrepreneurial success.

The couple’s startup story is full of valuable lessons for aspiring and established entrepreneurs alike, who can hope to emulate Luh and Taner’s business success.
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What goes into the creation of a comic book?
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To get an insider’s perspective, we sat down with Brian Wyrick, the editor and publisher for Robot Paper, a company that makes comics.
We talked with him about crowdfunding, the power of asking, and the process of starting a creative business. 
 
What Does It Take to Start a Comic Book Business? With Brian Wyrick of Robot Paper http://bit.ly/1IPvyzh

What goes into the creation of a comic book? And, how do you successfully start such a niche publishing business?

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How to Forecast Cash Flow http://bit.ly/1Lfhz4S

"A good cash flow analysis might be the most important single piece of a business plan.

All the strategy, tactics, and ongoing business activities mean nothing if there isn't enough money to pay the bills. And that's what a cash flow projection is about—predicting your money needs in advance."

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What Does It Take to Start a Comic Book Business? With Brian Wyrick of Robot Paper http://bit.ly/1IPvyzh

What goes into the creation of a comic book? And, how do you successfully start such a niche publishing business?

#comics #henchmen #robotpaper #comicbooks
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Why Banks Are No Longer Lending to Small Businesses

Hear from the editor in chief of Fundera about the state of bank lending to small business. Spoiler alert: Getting a bank loan is unlikely.

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Remember the days when you’d need funding to start or grow your business, and you’d get in your car and head down to the bank on the corner? You knew your banker personally, perhaps even had ki...
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Market Your Business for Free: Find Your Brand Ambassadors http://bit.ly/1HmCIHg

How do you get people so excited about your business, they'll refer their friends?

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Starting a business? One of the first things you'll need to do is Market Research. Here are some great resources to get you going 
Most every organization will benefit from even the most elementary market research. If it does not provide new information, it will confirm what is known. Market research is the process of gain...
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Accepting Outside Investors? Here Are 5 Things to Watch Out for in Your Contract http://bit.ly/1PYMrrI

"As a business owner, the idea of accepting expertise and a big check from an outside investor can seem like a complete win for you and your business.

The truth of whether it’s actually a benefit for you, however, is often determined by what appears in the fine print details of the contract you sign with that investor."

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10 Ways to Help Your Team Prioritize Their Customer Service Efforts http://bit.ly/1IH6CIf

“The customer is certainly not always right. But they must always feel heard.”

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Is a Lender or Broker Deceiving You? Here's How to Tell http://bit.ly/1K0hMIK

Anyone who has spent any time in the loan industry knows how perilous it can be for small business owners.

Make sure you're protecting your business. Can you tell when you're being deceived?

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Set Tactics to Execute Strategy http://bit.ly/1HsacZT

You've developed a great strategy; now what? How do you go about implementing it?

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We help you succeed in business. We are here to help you, to teach you, and to provide solutions that build and grow your business. We believe that:

  • You are the most capable person to plan, build, and grow your business.
  • Business planning and strategy isn't rocket science; we all just need to learn together.
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Bplans contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans. In addition, it has helpful tools and know-how for managing your business. Bplans includes practical advice on planning, interactive tools and calculators, and a panel of experts who have answered thousands of questions from people like you. Bplans has won several awards as a valuable "plain talk" resource.

Bplans is owned and operated by Palo Alto Software, Inc. as a free resource to help entrepreneurs plan better businesses. Palo Alto Software - The Planning People - develops, publishes, and markets award-winning software. Its products offer task-oriented, "know how" solutions for small-business and home-office entrepreneurs, professionals, and middle managers. The company is a privately-owned corporation in Eugene, Oregon.

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