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How to Get Great Design for Your Small Business on the Cheap

Sat, 31 May 2014 18:00:40 +00002014-05-31T18:00:40Z

When you start a new business, your need to put forward a strong, unified image is paramount.

But what if you don't have two nickels to rub together? You can make an impact with design, if you plan ahead and use a couple of simple shortcuts

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Make the Most of Your Incubator Experience

Sat, 31 May 2014 17:32:50 +00002014-05-31T17:32:50Z

Incubators and accelerators are places for developing startup founders to rapidly test their ideas, get expert guidance from more seasoned entrepreneurs, earn some seed funding and hopefully emerge with a fully viable company.

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Make a Great-Looking Portfolio Website Easily and Cheaply

Sat, 31 May 2014 17:11:15 +00002014-05-31T17:11:15Z

Over the fall and winter, I was working so much I really let the marketing of my business fall slack. Which is a shame, because marketing is the area where I have the most experience!

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A Must Read: Business Model Generation

Sat, 31 May 2014 17:07:27 +00002014-05-31T17:07:27Z

What is your business "bible"? When I first started my own business I read pretty much everything I could get my hands on. The Tipping Point, The No B.S. Guide to Ruthless Management of People and Profits, Getting Things Done, you name it, I read it. But one title definitely stood out from the rest. And I'd love to introduce you to it -- it's called Business Model Generation.

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Get Yourself Discovered

Sat, 31 May 2014 17:00:55 +00002014-05-31T17:00:55Z

"Build it...and they will come?"

It was an awesome premise for a movie, but for your business, not so much. There are plenty of entrepreneurs out there with great ideas, great products, and great messaging, but no customers!

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A Crash Course in Entrepreneurship

Sun, 18 May 2014 08:52:16 +00002014-05-18T08:52:16Z

Starting a business can seem incredibly time consuming. First, you need to come up with a feasible idea, research the market, find business partners and funding, write a business plan, hire employees, and the list goes on and on. 

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What Mike Judge's New HBO Show, Silicon Valley, Gets Right About Entrepreneurship

Thu, 08 May 2014 16:52:09 +00002014-05-08T16:52:09Z

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When I watched a few episodes of HBO's new comedy series, Silicon Valley, I was literally rolling on the floor laughing.

So many of the situations rang true from my experience among tech startups. The margarita machines, the graffiti artists, the colorful characters, the chaos. It's like Mike Judge (creator of the equally hilarious take on the drudgery of office life, Office Space, and of course, King of the Hill) could see inside my soul. Turns out that Judge based the series on some of his own brief experience as a computer programmer.

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Are You Guilty of Any of These Bad Habits?

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:25:07 +00002014-04-30T21:25:07Z

Subscribing to the "cash under the couch cushion" form of accounting...

Trying to market yourself to anyone and everyone...

Losing touch with your customers...

These are just a few of the bad habits that bedevil even the most best-intentioned of entrepreneurs. So how do you avoid them? Read on to find out.

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Is Crowdfunding Changing the Way Entrepreneurs Do Business?

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:13:44 +00002014-04-30T21:13:44Z

I started my career in the film business, where Kickstarter was a real game-changer for funding ambitious projects. So naturally I've been closely watching the impact of crowdfunding on small businesses of all kinds, especially startups.

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So You Want to Learn to Code...Now What?

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:02:40 +00002014-04-30T21:02:40Z

Though it's a pretty big part of my business now, I first learned to build websites out of sheer necessity. I was working in a nonprofit that was completely strapped budget-wise, but yet still had great programs and vocal and enthusiastic online fans. So what was a gal to do? I picked the WordPress platform and gradually taught myself how to customize it. 

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