Tips for Business Startups and Growth

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Author and speaker Steve Strauss shares exclusive tips for starting and growing your business.


Q: What are 2 or 3 tips for making a positive first impression when networking?

Have a great “elevator pitch” ready. A short, snappy 30-second blurb about you and your business is a fine way to build a conversation, especially if it doesn’t sound rehearsed. In addition, always ask people about themselves. Interview them. People love to talk about themselves, and will think you are a great person for asking.

Q: What are 3 secrets to crafting a solid business growth strategy?
  • Make sure you have a strong, professional online presence—web site, social media, e-marketing, etc.
  • Continue to look for opportunity, and to jump on the ones you see.
  • Keep trying new marketing strategies; it need not be expensive. At my website for instance, we offer a webinar called Marketing on a Shoestring. Try some new, inexpensive marketing ideas if you want to keep growing.
Q: What are your three “go-to” sources for news and information about small business issues?
  • Magazines like Inc. and Entrepreneur
  • MSNBC’s small business show "Your Business"


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About the Author

Steve Strauss headshotSteve Strauss is one of the world’s leading entrepreneurship and small business experts. He is a lawyer, public speaker and author, speaking around the world about entrepreneurship. He has been seen on CNN, CNBC, The O’Reilly Factor, and his column, Ask an Expert, appears weekly on