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Business Networking

Don’t Waste Networking Opportunities

Many people talk to other likeminded people but may not make that lasting impression. Networking is about standing out and selling YOU in a way that other people may not. Take a moment and review these 10 tips to help you to be a better networker!

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Delegate or Die – Seven Steps to Success

Do you feel stressed and overloaded? Or that your business growth seems stalled? If so, then you may need to brush up your delegation skills! Learning to delegate is critical to successful leadership. You can’t take on more responsibility unless you are willing to delegate to others. But that doesn’t mean it is always easy. If you [...]

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Business Funding

5 Tips for Small Businesses Looking for a Loan

A loan may or may not be the best source of funding. The ways in which small businesses and startup companies find the funding they need to develop their ideas and target growth has changed significantly in recent years. The process is no longer focused entirely on winning the approval of your local bank manager [...]

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3 tools to help protect your brand while retargeting

It is possible for almost anyone to undertake some basic retargeting and get positive results. However, some methods are easier than others. The ‘easy’ method often results in damage to brand image as users feel hounded by seeing ads too often and for products that they have already purchased.

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Business Goals

Don’t set performance goals alone

Before getting to employee goals, explain to them the company’s strategic direction and your mandate, then ask employees to write an initial list of their goals, writes Dan McCarthy. An honest discussion with open-ended coaching questions can then be used to finalize employee targets.

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What Do Women Think Of Your Mobile Ads?

Finding the perfect formula for mobile ad delivery to women is challenging, according to a survey by IAB and Meredith’s MXM agency of 100 women who shared screen shots of the mobile ads they were seeing. Many respondents said ads get in the way of the quick mobile tasks they want to perform, but the women did have a positive response to ads that had specific relevance to them in real time.

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Startup Funding – A Closer Look at the Key Options

Gaining access to initial funding and maintaining a workable cash flow situation are two of the biggest challenges that newly established and fledgling businesses face. There are of course no guarantees of sustainable success even when a new company is able to generate investor interest and raise the cash they need to get started.

Here we’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons of three key types of funding for startups and then outline new ways in which small firms are accessing cash to keep their companies in business.

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Social Media Marketing

Dining Customers Delivered

New dining customers are delivered in a host of ways in our digital age, but despite all the noise about foodie websites and mobile apps, traditional direct marketing still delivers a great result for restaurants. Before consumers decide where to dine next weekend, which of the following do you suppose they are most likely to do?

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Tools for grow your business

Top Twelve Terrific Tools to Build Your Business Faster

It’s hard to remember how we all survived without using apps! At StartupNation, we use a variety of apps that help us manage our website and companies more efficiently and profitably. We polled the StartupNation team members, and here’s a list of our Top 12 Best Business Apps. Feel free to share with us your [...]

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How to Use Mind Maps to Grow Your Ideas & Your Business

A great productivity strategy for any type of planning, project or problem solving is by using a mind mapping tool. It allows you to process your ideas, thoughts and information by starting with a basic concept or topic, and then mapping your thoughts and ideas in a free flowing pattern that mimics how the brain [...]

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Business Apps

When Free Business Tools Are a Bad Idea

From blog platforms to email marketing services and conference call lines, plenty of free business tools are available that can help entrepreneurs launch their companies while saving money. But do free tools undermine your professional reputation? “There’s a common saying in the world of Internet companies: If you are not paying for the product, then [...]

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PR

How to Be a Reporters Favorite News Source

As a writer for Startup Nation as well as Fast Company and Entrepreneur, I get a lot of emails and press releases from small-business owners and publicists hoping to get some press. Some are great but unfortunately most are not, and my delete key often gets a workout as I review my inbox. Then there [...]

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