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Loosen Up Or Lose Out

There appears to be a gene that we entrepreneurs share, one that gives us a propensity to be control freaks. But unless we learn to delegate and relax our grip on things our businesses can only grow to a point. As a business grows, you must grow with it.

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Measuring Company Performance

No matter how many good people you gather, most workplace teams settle into the same old rut. Once the initial enthusiasm dissipates, they become little more than order takers or paper pushers, satisfied with so-so results.  A Team of Leaders offers a completely new way to approach the team experience and an empowering formula for measuring [...]

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Closing the Deal

Closing a Deal – The Three Essential Requirements

Closing a deal. Just saying the words excites me as I remember all of my preparation, hard work, the fulfillment of expectations, and the trust that is established throughout the process. Getting closure, as defined in the Oxford dictionary, is having, “A sense of resolution or conclusion at the end of an artistic work.” Reaching [...]

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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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Business Disruptors

Discover Your Passion & Disrupt Your Career

Ready to take the world by storm? Disruptors, a new book by Kunal Mehta, helps you become a disruptor for major change. The book profiles the early failures and heartbreaks of several disruptive entrepreneurs (the faces behind game-changers like Pinterest, Foursquare, Venture for America, charity: water and a host of others) who ultimately went on [...]

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Shark Tank Casting

Shark Tank Casting Secrets Revealed!

Practicing your pitch for when Shark Tank Casting comes to town? Of course you are! And what better way to prep for your shining moment than to get an inside scoop from Shark Tank supervising casting producer Scott Salyers (@SSalyersCasting)! Step inside the casting room as Scott tells us what he looks for in a [...]

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Facebook Marketing

10 Creative Strategies for More Effective Facebook Marketing

What is the most creative way you’ve used Facebook for your business? This was the question StartupNation asked of 10 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 virtual [...]

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Core Values in Business

6 Core Values Every Startup Should Consider (Hint: Happiness Should Be One of Them)

Entrepreneurs love talking about company culture. But unlike hanging hammocks in the office or installing a two-story slide, your company’s core values can actually have a major impact on your bottom line. Strong core values can drive smart hiring practices, reduce turnover and absenteeism, increase productivity and quality of work, help guide decision-making, improve customer [...]

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11 Tools to Automate & Streamline Your Marketing

What’s the most effective marketing software your business uses? This was the question StartupNation asked of 11 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 virtual mentorship program that [...]

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Negotiate Your Heart Out, Baby!

Powerful negotiating can be the difference between the success or failure of your business.  Business owners often bristle when they even consider the word “negotiate”.  You may even be bristling now. However, you actually negotiate virtually every day of your life… and you’re likely quite good at it.  Whether it is getting another to follow [...]

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The Power of Female Entrepreneurship

In celebration of female entrepreneurs everywhere, we have created an infographic to highlight the latest extraordinary facts about women-owned businesses in America. This group is widely optimistic – and they have a reason to be! Growth rate, revenues, and employee count are all trending upwards! It’s entrepreneurship at it’s best, and we are proud to be [...]

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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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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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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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