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One of the key components of a competitive business plan in today's market is the inclusion of key reports. Three key ingredients that can strengthen any business plan are Financials, Projections and Market Research. For many business owner the idea of including even one of these sections is
What are you planning for your business in 2014?If you’re like the majority of small business owners, growth is on your mind. According to the recently released 2014 Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project (PPCMP) Survey, 87 percent of privately held companies with sales under $5 million
What makes an entrepreneur great? You may be surprised to learn that the measure of a true entrepreneur’s greatness is not the glory of self-made millions, the triumphant parade of business awards and accolades or the glory of celebrated media buzz. The true celebrity quality of a
It seems like a simple step when starting a business, but it is important to identify your industry. By knowing what category your new venture fits into, you can be aware of specific market conditions or trends that are more likely to affect you. How do you know? One simple way is to figure
Are you more likely to start a small business if you know other entrepreneurs? According to a recent Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation survey, the answer is yes—and that’s good news for our nation’s economy. The study, Getting the Bug: Is (Growth) Entrepreneurship Contagious?,
In this Greatland webinar, USA TODAY columnist and host of TheSelfEmployed.com, Steve Strauss will examine some of the most important changes coming down the pike next year.   From the implementation of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), to 1099 and W-2 Rules, from social media to
Each successful business, despite its many forms, is essentially a value engine with three stages: Attraction: Are you attracting a steady stream of potential buyers? Conversion: How many potential buyers are you able to convert to paying customers? Retention: How many customers do
Four years ago, Naval Captain Jon Kurtz found himself faced with the daunting task of seeking employment in the civilian world.  Alongside his wife, Gila, they decided to take the plunge into entrepreneurship starting Dog is Good, LLC. Since then, the company has seen remarkable success,
Are you a new business owner feeling optimistic about your future? Turns out plenty of others are in your shoes. In the latest Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index, startup business owners' confidence hit the highest level ever since the study was first conducted at the beginning of
Get Your Website Ready for the Holiday Shopping Season The holiday season is upon us and with it the frenzy and joy of holiday profits. According to eMarketer, U.S. retail ecommerce sales will grow more than 15 percent this year to $61.8 billion, up from $53.7 billion in the 2012 holiday season and $46.6 billion in the 2011 holiday season. Are you

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