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10 Steps to Protecting Your Ideas Got a great idea? Follow these first steps from SCORE Counselor, Alan Tratner of Santa Barbara, CA. View
How to Get a Patent Have you invented the next big thing? If so, you've got to get a patent. It protects your invention and gives you exclusivity. Read this article by Steve Strauss to understand why patents are critical to your success and how you can get one for your business. View
Encourage Your Employees to Innovate Steve Strauss shares a technique for encouraging employees to innovate in the workplace.       View
Innovation Sets Your Business Apart Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains why your small business should invest in innovation. View
Understanding Trademarks and Deciding if You Need One View
Protecting an Idea Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains how and why business ideas may or may not be able to be protected. View
SWOT Analysis Worksheet Use this template to complete a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis for your business. View
Best New Ideas to Grow or Improve Your Small Business Entrepreneurs are the consummate collectors. Only instead of baseball cards or bottle caps, they’re constantly on the lookout for ideas that will help them improve the quality, efficiency, and profitability of their small businesses. Because there are so many facets to running a... View
HOW TO: 4 Simple Ideas for a More Productive Company When I was in college, I spent one summer interning at a very successful insurance and financial planning brokerage. After getting a tour of the company, which spanned two entire floors in Midtown, I met the general agent (essentially the CEO and owner of the firm). I said to him, “Wow. You... View
Small Business Owner Success Infographic Learn the tools and resources successful entrepreneurs found most helpful for their small businesses. View