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The Trouble with Problems

By on September 19, 2014 in Starting a Business
The Trouble with Problems

I’ve been writing about problems for a long time. That doesn’t mean that I’m a pessimistic person at heart – quite the opposite is true. Entrepreneurs are inherently optimistic. The reason I write about problems is that great problems are the seeds that grow into really successful businesses. But my students and the entrepreneurs I […]

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Win a #SmallBiz Mentorship from Pitney Bowes

By on September 16, 2014 in Business Smarts
Win a #SmallBiz Mentorship from Pitney Bowes

Mailing equipment manufacturer Pitney Bowes recently announced its SmallBiz Mentorship contest. According to the Pitney Bowes announcement, “Two winners will win the support and counsel of their own personal business mentor. If you win, you will receive customized, one-on-one mentorship from one of two leading small business experts, Brian Moran and Marsha Collier, who have […]

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Exceeding Your Goal on Kickstarter Can be a Disaster

By on September 11, 2014 in Business Smarts
Exceeding Your Goal on Kickstarter Can be a Disaster

I’ve written about Kickstarter before. It’s a great platform if you have the right kind of product and you need to get a sense if there’s a market for that product. It’s also a source of seed capital that won’t take an equity stake in your company. But you also need to make sure you’ve […]

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You, Too, Can Become a More Effective Manager

By on September 8, 2014 in Business Smarts
You, Too, Can Become a More Effective Manager

For many entrepreneurs, the last thing you want to worry about (or do) is managing. You want to get out there and meet customers and create awesome products and bring exciting new opportunities through your front door. But unless you’ve hired a management team to take on the task of managing your people, then you’re still […]

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$3 Million Chase Mission Main Street Grant Program Sponsored by Google

By on September 3, 2014 in Growing a Business
$3 Million Chase Mission Main Street Grant Program Sponsored by Google

Just when I thought that the small business contest picture was growing dim, here’s a biggie: the Chase Mission Main Street Grants program sponsored by Google. The program — which started today — will give out $3 million in cold, hard cash to 20 lucky small businesses, along with lots of other cool stuff. Specifically, […]

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Can We Get Back to Facts?

By on August 28, 2014 in Business Smarts
Can We Get Back to Facts?

Once again recent events have brought to light another problem that is permeating society as a whole as well as the stories entrepreneurs tell about their startups. I call the problem “Dealing with Inconvenient Facts.” It seems that the human tongue has become a weapon of mass destruction, waging war on civil forms of disagreement […]

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