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Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was fired by Andre Harrell as a 21-year-old exec at Uptown Records early in his career. Today, Combs has gone on to build a more than $300-million-dollar empire, with an expanding list of ventures under Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group: Sean John Clothing and Sean by Sean; a movie production company; his own Ciroc vodka; his own fragrance; reality TV shows; a solo music career, as well as his collaboration with artists Dirty Money; and an acting career, including a role in the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball.

Sean Diddy Combs is Schooling Tomorrows CEOs

The hip-hop mogul supports youth program and sets the example that hard work pays off

Combs’ brand Sean John is a sponsor of NFTE’s World Series of Innovation

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If banks turn down your request for financing, consider a factor

Are You Really Ready for Outside Investment?

Ask yourself these 7 questions before looking to raise capital

“The first thing is asking yourself, ‘Are you really, really ready to raise money?’”

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Small Business Tax Tips for Last Minute Filers

Here’s how to minimize your tax woes and ease the stress

Here’s a few valuable tips to help business owners with tax planning, preparation and preventative…

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Small Businesses Spend Too Much Time Managing Expenses, Too Little Time Marketing

Entrepreneurs use everything from apps to software to run their companies

Where is your time spent as a business owner?

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ABC Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran Shows How To Pitch Yourself and Your Business

Real estate mogul’s online course offers fundamental lessons

What is your business and how would your pitch sound?

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<strong></strong><strong>2) </strong><strong>Watch out for BRICs:</strong> “Right now you’ll start hearing more about BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China),” says White. “These are the first places people look to internationalyl—the place many Wall Streeters believe show a lot of potential.” Be cautious, though, when exploring foreign markets. “China, for example, is not a democracy,  so the laws and rues there may not be the same as in the US. You want to limit your exposure; but international markets are still something to consider.” </p>

A Trade Agreement That Can Help Your Business

Trade agreement with European Union could open doors for entrepreneurs

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is currently being hammered out (and ideally…

By Alan Hughes

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Shark Tank: 8 Business Tips for Pitching the Judges on ABC Show

Contestant gives her advice on how to get in the show and succeed

“Getting onto Shark Tank is a process,” she says. “Just because the casting directors call…

By Alan Hughes

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No, No, No! 9 Ways to Turn That Into a ‘Yes’ for Business Success

Master negotiator cites the power of 'no' to get what you want

At the core of virtually all business transactions is the art of negotiating

By Alan Hughes

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Kate Spade, Macy’s, and Other Brands Support NYC Fashion Start-Up Accelerator

New accelerator and mentoring program targets small fashion start-ups

The NYFT Lab is the result of a collaboration between the Partnership Fund for New…

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More Owners are Recognizing the Need to Control their Social Media Presence

Owners are recognizing the need to control their social media presence

Franchisors are getting involved, often funding and controlling digital marketing activities at the local level

By C. Daniel Baker

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Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

Stand Out! Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

business owners can still reach prospects through direct mail marketing.

Although the Internet has drastically changed the face of marketing, savvy business owners can still…

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Intense Boot Camp Helps Women Learn How to Open, Grow Their Businesses

The program is designed to enable women business owners to think like chief executives and grow their businesses

Do you think you need a bit of boot camp before you jump into the…

By Alan Hughes

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Are You Self-Employed? Here’s Are 5 Tax Tips You Need to Know

Here are five rules the IRS wants entrepreneurs to know

Filing taxes can get a little messy for self-employed individuals, particularly those who are artists

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First Generation Entrepreneurs Get Support To Sustain And Grow Their Businesses

Rutgers Business School accepting applications for nine-month training program

First-generation entrepreneurs with established businesses in New Jersey can take advantage of a training program…

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Majority Of Business Owners Not Concerned About Credit Card Security [Study]

67% of business owners are not concerned about credit card security

Hackings at major companies such as Target and Neiman haven’t made business owners more concerned…

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10th Annual National Small Business Federal Contracting Week

Small Business Federal Contracting Week Helps Entrepreneurs to Compete

Joe Jordan will provide an introduction to reverse auctions & the opportunities for small businesses

The summit also provides one-on-one meeting opportunities between small businesses and dozens of federal agencies…

By C. Daniel Baker

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National Women’s Business Council Meeting Continues to Promote Women’s Entrepreneurship

One of STEM's youngest women entrepreneurs, Divya Nag, will share her story

Today’s STEM high-growth sector is ripe for entry of women entrepreneurs

By C. Daniel Baker

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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

Tips for Winning More Business in 2014

7 tips that will help you to define who you are and what you do best

By asking all the stakeholders, on all your projects for feedback – you could start…

By C. Daniel Baker

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

Randstad survey identifies top factors that keep workers engaged

While salaries are a significant factor in workplace satisfaction, employee engagement is not all about…

By C. Daniel Baker

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build a more inspired and productive team in 2014

5 Tips to Help You Build a More Inspired and Productive Team in 2014

Employers and employees tend to differ in their feeling about their jobs

Employee engagement is not just a nice-to-have factor that organizations should consider

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Startups

How to Start a Profitable T-Shirt Business

T-shirts are contemporary wardrobe staples for men, women, and children today. Building an online T-shirt…

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How to Invest in Cannabis Stocks

While some stocks in these sectors have been high fliers, even more have gone bust…

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