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We were nearing the end of our three month program at Said Business School, Oxford, when at one of our brainstorming sessions, we had come up with the idea of an alumni association, the first of its kind that would join to support social initiatives in India. 
After the completion of the course in June, by December we had the organization up and running. Today, we support 2 projects, one a sustainable housing project for India's rural poor and the second, a ToiletRUn mobile application that maps the usable toilets in India. 
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How to Define Your Target Market http://bit.ly/1N2jWev

"This is the essence of target marketing—divide and conquer."

- Palo Alto Software founder Tim Berry

#targetmarket #customers #marketing
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How to Name Your Company

Will you enjoy using the name? Will your customers enjoy using the name?

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4 Steps to Starting an Online Business http://bit.ly/1PHA7gt

There are unique aspects of running an online-only business that would-be entrepreneurs need to consider.

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Who's your target #market? How a #Buyer (or User) #Persona Can Improve Your #Business - Bplans Blog http://bit.ly/1Eq3NhH
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Looking for #funding options? 35 Ways to #Fund Your Small Business http://bit.ly/1KgWsn0
When it comes to funding, there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on where you're at in your business, what type of funding you are seeking, and the amount you need, where you'll look ...
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MindKube: A Story of Hard Work and Entrepreneurial Determination http://bit.ly/1IWZxYN

"A lot of people have #ideas, but they don’t do anything #actionable to make it happen."

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11 Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs http://bit.ly/1gHen9t

Whether you are considering starting your own #business, or you are already a #successful #entrepreneur, listening to how others succeeded can help you better achieve the #goals you have set for your business.

These #podcasts are a great place to start.
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From Food Cart to Award-Winning Restaurant: A Secret to Success Story http://bit.ly/1huj1aG

The story of a couple who went from operating a local #foodcart to owning a successful #brewery.

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How One Creative Freelancer Like You Almost Didn't Get Paid http://bit.ly/1Ky7By8

Are you worried a client might try to go back on a payment they owe you? Then you need to read this article.

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Everybody needs to know the basics. How to Read Your Balance Sheet - Bplans Blog http://bit.ly/1Eq37ZN
The balance sheet is often the most misunderstood of a business's financial statements—but also most beneficial if you understand how to use it.
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"Your customers are the lifeblood." Why One #Business Failed (and Why Yours Won't) http://bit.ly/1Eq5E6i
Despite having the key ingredients required for success, a new local restaurant failed. Here are the lessons that would have helped save this business, that can also help you as you search for success.
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