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    Business Documents: What to Keep and What to Toss

    by on November 26, 2012

    Thanks to digital technology, record retention is easier and cheaper than ever before. Nevertheless, a lot of business still gets done using old-fashioned paper, and it is essential that you hold on to key business documents.

    As a small-business owner, you wi…

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    Real-Life Shark Tank: How to Find Angel Investors in Your Own Backyard

    by on November 20, 2012

    The popular TV show Shark Tank is drawing mainstream attention to a funding strategy that innovators and entrepreneurs have used for years: angel investing.

    The competition for large-scale funding on a national level, of course, is fierce. Looking for an ange…

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    5 Businesses You Can Start With Little or No Money

    by on November 15, 2012

    Even for the most passionate entrepreneurs, finding startup capital can be a huge issue to overcome. Businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, and manufacturing plants often require too much money for the average person to get their hands on. However, man…

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    What Do Technology and Chocolate Have in Common?

    by on November 6, 2012

    For Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, starting a chocolate-making business hasn’t differed too much from launching a technology startup.

    The Stanford University friends co-founded Plaxo, an online address book, almost a decade ago and sold it to Comcast for ov…

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    Preparing to Pitch Your New Invention

    by on November 5, 2012

    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,…

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    6 Misconceptions About Home-Based Businesses (and Why They Shouldn't Deter You)

    by on November 1, 2012

    Of the nearly 28 million small businesses in the United States, about half are classified as home-based enterprises. Each started as somebody’s dream and later became a thriving business.

    Thinking of starting your own home-based business? Don’t let these…

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    The Trouble with Partnerships

    by on October 26, 2012

    Going into business with a partner can have many benefits. Partners often bring a complementary set of skills to a business that can make it stronger, and you can share the risks, stresses, and rewards.

    However, partnerships can also be problematic. Here are …

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    4 Incorporation Mistakes Small Businesses Make

    by on October 25, 2012

    Incorporation can be a smart decision for small businesses as they start to grow. Knowing when and how to do it, however, is sometimes difficult, and the process can be complicated.

    Here are four (often costly) incorporation mistakes that small businesses ten…

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