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Ramon Alvarez Takes On Detroit with Electric Vehicles

Posted In GOING GREEN

Fascinated with cars all his life, Ramon Alvarez is finally realizing one of his longtime dreams: bringing affordable electric vehicles to the masses. “My conviction and my passion ... fuel me every day,” he says. On Nov. 1, Alvarez Electric Motors Co. began selling three new vehicles manufactured by Liuzhou Wuling in China. The Eco-E Commuter [...]
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Protecting Your Small Business's Intellectual Property Internationally

Posted In MONEY

As the economy becomes increasingly global, protecting your company’s intellectual property from theft is becoming increasingly important. Small-business owners often think it’s only the Big Boys who have to worry about these issues. But IP theft can do more damage to a small business than to a large one, because the Little Guys typically lack [...]
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How Hurricane Sandy Brought Big Business to New York Bars

Posted In BUSINESS PROFILES

During a hurricane — particularly one as dangerous as Sandy — most people have the no interest in venturing out. To encourage more of them to weather the storm inside their establishments, at least two intrepid New York City bar owners extended their hours amid the impending rain, winds, and floods. In Brooklyn, Freddy’s geared [...]
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"Local Bucks" Systems Circumvent the Dollar

Posted In LOCAL

It takes only one or two economic crashes like the Great Depression or the Great Recession for some people to start crying for an alternative monetary system. Over the years, these cries have been heard. Today, many alternative currencies exist around the world. Under today's economic stress, more and more people are dissatisfied with "mainstream" [...]
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Accelerators, Incubators, and More: Which Is Best for Your Small Business?

Posted In EMPLOYEES

The image of the strong, silent, go-it-alone entrepreneurial hero is rampant in the media right now. But don’t believe it. Almost every budding entrepreneur needs a wide variety of help to get a company properly launched and set on a path toward growth and profits. The smart question isn’t “Should I get help?” It’s “Where’s [...]
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How to Persuade Investors to Fund Your Small Business

Posted In MONEY

Although many investors claim they fund fewer than one percent of the deals they consider, they obviously must say “yes” to some, right? To improve your odds of getting funding for your small business, follow these simple guidelines. Honestly Value Your Company Investors are not easily swayed by fast-talking entrepreneurs who overvalue their fledgling companies [...]
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Preparing to Pitch Your New Invention

Posted In STARTING A BUSINESS

Entrepreneurs with inquisitive and lively minds often come up with ideas for inventions, but they don’t always know whether the concept is worth developing — or how to develop it. One option is to submit the idea to a so-called “inventor service firm,” many of which promise to help develop, patent, pitch, and even market [...]
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How to Get More from Setting Goals

Posted In EMPLOYEES

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” —Michelangelo (via Toastmasters) We’ve all heard that we should set more and better goals, and there’s little doubt that doing so can boost our levels of [...]
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