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9 Brands for Entrepreneurs to Fall In Love with on Pinterest

What is one company or brand every entrepreneur should follow on Pinterest and why? This was the question StartupNation asked of nine successful entrepreneurs. The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free [...]

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Entrepreneurs

Don’t Make The Same Mistakes I Made!

What is the most common mistake entrepreneurs make in the first 1-2 years of business that can easily be avoided? This was the question StartupNation asked of 12 successful entrepreneurs. The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with [...]

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Alexis Ohanian, Founder of Reddit

10 Quick Hits with Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian

In 2012, Forbes Magazine named Alexis Ohanian “the mayor of the Internet.” Makes sense. After all, this tech entrepreneur made it big at 22 when he co-founded Reddit in 2005, went on to launch successful startups Breadpig (2007) and Hipmunk (2010), and published his first book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be [...]

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female entrepreneur

Just the Facts: Female Entrepreneurship

In honor of the upcoming National Women’s History Month, we are celebrating women-owned businesses in the U.S. – all 8.6 million of them! Get ready to be inspired and impressed! (Tweet this!) Women-owned businesses are generating $1.3 trillion in revenues annually, and the value continues to rise; revenues are up 59% in the U.S. between [...]

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Kelsey Ramsden

What a $50 Million Mom Entrepreneur Can Teach You

Kelsey Ramsden is a force to be reckoned with! This $50M biz-starter, mother of three, and two-time #1 Female Entrepreneur in Canada founded SparkPlay in 2012 as a means of helping parents and kids unplug from electronic media and plug into authentic playtime. At the same time, Kelsey has been rolling up her sleeves and [...]

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Online Marketing Trends

The 10 Hottest Online Marketing Trends in 2014

Is 2014 the year your business will explode with growth? While you’re busy this year building your entrepreneurial empire, make sure you don’t overlook these 10 super hot online marketing trends to help you gain visibility, add customers and grow revenue! 1. Content Marketing Takes the Cake We get it – content is king. What [...]

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Inspirational Business Quotes

25 Wildly Awesome Business Quotes to Motivate and Inspire You

Whether you’re just starting a business from scratch or already leading the pack, we know everyone can use a daily dose of inspiration. Stay motivated and moving forward with what we think are the top 25 inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs everywhere! Who knows – maybe one day we’ll be quoting you! 25 Wildly Awesome Business [...]

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Pet Spa, Consumer Trends

The Hottest Consumer Product Trends of 2014

Here we go again…another exciting year of innovative products and some old mainstays that will dominate the retail shopping experience in 2014! As part of my annual preview of what’s likely to be hot for 2014 in the world of consumer product trends, I look to find those products that are either revolutionary in scope [...]

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Small Business Networking

Why You Need To Develop A Peer Group

Being an entrepreneur and the leader of a small business can be a lonely experience.  I have personally struggled with many critical and challenging business decisions, with just my own thoughts and the dimly lit ceiling I stared at during a night of not being able to sleep.  Whether it was hiring my first controller, [...]

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Penguins

What are your Employees Saying?

In larger companies new employees receive a welcome packet upon hiring. In addition to the standard employee HR forms there is usually documentation detailing the history of the company. More importantly, there is often a description of the products and services. Through this documentation new employees learn how to communicate information about the company. The [...]

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Happy on the Beach

One Word To Get Rid of Holiday Blues

Say Hello to a Great Year of Happiness and Business Growth! It’s a new year, and you may be feeling down because the holidays are over. Usually, things are crazy at work this time of year, and I spend long hours in front of my computer writing and developing content strategy for my clients. I [...]

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Conversion Optimization

8 Tips For Improving Your Website’s Conversion Rate

An issue many business owners face is how to generate more sales. Creating great content, improving your website’s domain authority, and engaging with social media channels are key elements to generating traffic and ultimately greater sales opportunities. Yet, it’s not enough to just focus on the number of visitors to your website. Of the many [...]

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Happiness

7 Ways to Make Happiness Happen

Apart from the obvious benefits to our life experience that being happy brings, happiness and feeling good are essential to our ability to attract things, events, people and circumstances into our lives.  As discussed in my last article, “Harnessing the Law of Attraction in 5 Easy Steps”, generating the feeling of what we want and [...]

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Marketing on a Budget

Marketing in the Trenches on a Budget

In today’s tech-driven world, there are many options for marketing.  However, that does not mean that other, less “techy” methods of getting your company’s message out to the world should be scoffed at. Unfortunately, in this tech-filled world, people are busier and more distracted than ever, so actually getting through to a person can be [...]

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Law of Attraction

Harnessing the Law of Attraction in 5 Easy Steps

In the early 1900’s Andrew Carnegie, founder of US Steel and the world’s wealthiest man at the time, commissioned Napoleon Hill to study the successful people of their time and discover traits common to them and instrumental in their successes.  The results of Napoleon’s 20 year study culminated in the renowned book “Think and Grow [...]

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cool_kid

Why Entrepreneurship Is Not Cool

I was having my usual morning coffee at my local cafe when I overheard a conversation at a table next to me. A young entrepreneur was getting interviewed by a reporter from a publication that is quite big in the startup community. The questions this reporter was asking hammered home a point for me that [...]

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Startup Growth

Stacking the Odds: The Key to Startup Growth

Growth Hacking, a term I coined three years ago, is marketing’s latest buzzword. There are more than 1,000 job postings on Indeed for a growth hacker. While I’m excited that the term has resonated, I’m worried that collectively we’re busy looking for quick growth wins without really building sustainable, authentic growth. Growth hacks for the [...]

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Typewriter

Upgrade Your Digital Life

Sometimes inefficiency cannot be defeated. When the typewriter was first invented in the 1870’s, fast typing caused the keys to jam.  Thus, the layout of the keyboard was changed to spread out commonly used letters and letter pairs (like “sh”) to decrease the probability of a jam, which wasted time and hurt efficiency.  The layout [...]

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