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5 Steps to Invest in a Trademark

How Much Should You Pay Yourself As A Small Business Owner?

Here are some tips on how to put yourself on payroll

Being your own boss also means knowing how to put yourself on payroll.

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10 Ways To Use Competitors To Your Advantage

Learning from the competition can help you better position your business for success

Learning from the competition can help you better position your business for success. Here’s how.

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Top Reasons Why Small Business Owners Should Collect User Data

Just how well do you know your customers?

User data is very important especially for a small business owner. Here’s why.

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How Venture Capital Helps Drive the Startup Economy

3 Tips For Meeting Great Investors

Plus another 5 tips for the worst method you can use--the cold call email

In choosing an investor, it’s critical you are able to seek out the right partners.…

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4 Ways To Create A Successful Startup

Here's how you can make sure your business idea is profitable

This strategy will help any budding entrepreneur take the leap and do it successfully.

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10 Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business

Here's how entrepreneurs can win with social media

How can LinkedIn actually help the business grow and generate revenue? Here’s how.

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How To Find Angel Investors For Your Business

Tips on attracting the right investors and then reeling them in with the right pitch

If you’re part of an accelerator or startup, the Securities Exchange Commission granted you a…

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Do You Need a Business Plan For Your Startup?

Entrepreneurs weigh in on the need to outline your business

It’s been debated whether a business plan is needed. Check out two sides of the…

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4 Important Tips For Landing A Major Client

Competition is fierce but here’s how you can hold your own and win

Use this strategy when you want to upgrade your business clientele.

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10 Best Places For Young Entrepreneurs To Find Mentors

A mentor can help you avoid making crucial early business mistakes

Check out the best places for young entrepreneurs to find mentors to guide them to…

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7 Expert Tips to Raise Startup Funds

Try these proven tips from entrepreneurs

Seven successful entrepreneurs offer advice on raising capital for your startup.

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6 Ways To Land A Partnership With A Major Corporation

The right deal could jettison your company

Try this strategy to get partnerships for your business and boost success.

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Florida Tech to Host Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management

Young Entrepreneur Council Member Spotlight: Jürgen Himmelmann

Startup insight and advice from the co-founder of The Global Work & Travel Co.

After starting and experimenting with numerous small businesses while still in high school, Jürgen Himmelmann…

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9 Ideas For Improving Your Business This Summer

There’s one simple thing every startup founder should do this summer

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising…

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5 Inspiring Books On Social Entrepreneurship

Best advice on navigating a growing business and following a mission to do well while doing good

As the founder of a social enterprise called LSTN Headphones, I often look to…

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9 Places to Get Business Tech Advice in a Pinch

Looking for tech advice? Check out one of these resources

Top places to get business tech advice.

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4 Ways to Improve Your App’s SEO

Tips to improve your app's search engine optimization

How to improve your application’s search engine optimization.

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5 Ways to Get App Customers Coming Back

These tips will help you retain your app clientele

Five proven techniques for improving customer retention without changing your product drastically.

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3 Reasons You Should Continue to Use Email Marketing in 2014

Email marketing is still alive and well; see how you can leverage the service

Email is not going anywhere. It’s neither dead nor dying. In fact, as you’ll see…

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How I Turned Failure Into 30,000+ Newsletter Readers

See how an entrepreneur turns a failure into a major marketing success

One entrepreneur shares her account of turning a failure into a major success.

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Do you have any career advancement or job seeking issues you'd like addressed? E-mail questions to careerquestions@blackenterprise.com. Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to “equipping, preparing, and empowering today’s professional” globally. Check out her weekly insights on job-seeking and interviewing success every Friday on BlackEnterprise.com.

How to Kick Your Email Addiction

Five steps to kicking the habit

Chris Hunter, co-founder of Phusion Projects, LLC, delves into email addiction.

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7 Indicators of an Exceptional Digital Brand

How well are you branded online?

Seven indicators will assist you in measuring how well you’re branded online.

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Market more creatively 

Since Instagram is visual platform, you can periodically share fun, filtered versions of your latest marketing handbills and flyers, and "invite" other users by tagging them in the comment section of the photo. The more likes and comments you get, the better. But be sure not to create a marketing stream of photos with only your promotional fliers, though. This can get spammy fast.

9 Tips for Covering Company Events On Social Media

Perfect your social media strategy during events with these helpful tips

How to cover events live via social media.

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5 Tips to Stop Failing At Social Media Marketing

How to master social media for your business

Five specific tips for small business owners to enjoy more success at social media.

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JOIN ASSOCIATIONS. If you’re a female entrepreneur, look into local chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. If you are starting a plumbing company, check out the local chapter of a national plumbers association. You’d be surprised how many fields have associations. You can receive great product discounts, invitations to great conferences, and a network of peers. Entrepreneurship can be lonely, so cultivating a group of peers is important. And of course, there is the newly formed Young Entrepreneur Council (I’m a board member!).

3 Key Lessons for Tech Founders

Sage advice for entrepreneurs navigating the tech space

Three lessons that have helped tech founder Neil Thanedar to get out of my comfort…

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13 Web Tools That Will Improve Your HR Department

These tools will help small business owners handle HR-related duties

Web tools to help small business owners manage HR-related tasks.

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12 Tips for Improving Low-Tech Industries With High-Tech Offerings

Tips for an entrepreneur looking to use a high-tech offering to improve a traditionally low-tech…

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3 Components of a Website That Sells

Here’s what you should consider when creating your website

If you’re thinking about building or redesigning your website, here are the three components you’ll…

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The Business of Mommy Blogging

12 Ideas for Revamping Your Boring Company Blog

How to spruce up your company's content

Tips to sprucing up your company’s blog content.

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5 Things to Look For In An Online Customer Support Platform

Here's how to vet an online customer service platform

Here are five steps to take when vetting a software-as-a-service (SaaS) or crowdsourced platform for…

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10 Tips to Host a Successful Video Seminar

How to create a successful virtual event

Tips for creating a successful virtual event.

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10 Best Blogs for Business Advice

Want to take your business to the next level? Check out these blogs for greater insight

Internet-based business advice from these 10 blogs, which include The Daily SEO Blog, Unbounce and…

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The 3D printing revolution has ushered in a new era of customization. Human bones, fuel-efficient car parts, and even burritos now take only a few hours to produce through this innovative printing process. As you read this, engineers are using 3D printing technology to experiment with commercial airplane design, doctors are whizzing out organs, and NASA is testing 3D printers that are destined to land on Mars.

With technology constantly evolving, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 6 noteworthy moments in 3D printing history. –Semhar Woldeyesus

Why 3D Printing Will Benefit Your Business

3D printing is a game changer for small businesses

While there are amazing advancements being made in the world of 3D Printing, there are…

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15 Baseline Tech Skills All Entrepreneurs Should Have

Entrepreneurs tell it like it is when it comes to skills you must possess

Founders weigh in on tech skills all entrepreneurs should possess.

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Are You Making These 5 Online Marketing Mistakes?

One of these online marketing mistakes could be costing you

If you’re not satisfied with your results from online marketing, you’re probably making one of…

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What to Consider Before White Labeling Your App

Is this the right option for your business?

The following are a few things you’ll want to consider before pursuing or accepting any…

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Which Tech Duties Can I Outsource? 15 Entrepreneurs Weigh In

Entrepreneurs weigh in on tech duties.

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How to Measure Your Company’s Digital Marketing Efforts

Evaluate your digital marketing efforts with these steps

It’s a good idea to take time out of your schedule to regularly evaluate how…

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Video will increase your web traffic.

5 Ways Your Business Should Be Using Video

How to use video to improve business practices

Ways to use video to save time, pump up marketing and improve business practices.

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

Read more at Mashable…

How to Make Your Content So Valuable, It Goes Viral

Here’s how to get people engaged around your content

Give your networks a reason to talk about you. Online and social media buzz around…

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4 Tech Investments Your Startup Should Splurge On Early

When it comes to tech, here’s what your company should invest in

A list of what your startup should splurge on early.

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There’s an app for practically everything. Whether you need to check the weather, your route to work, or the calorie count for all three meals of the day, you can do so instantaneously with the numerous downloadable apps for mobile devices. While the luxury of having access to almost anything is one of today’s greatest perks (thank you, technology!), the expected glitches can turn a loving relationship with applications into an annoying one. 

HuffPostTech compiled a list of the “least favorite, constantly crashing, glitch-prone apps or phone features that we use nearly every day.”

6 Things You Should Know About Mobile Video Advertising

Infographic details all you need to know about this sector of advertising

Check out the infographic for more things you didn’t (but should!) know about mobile video…

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7 Ways B2B Marketers Can Get Started on Facebook

How B2B marketers can benefit from the popular social networking site

Keep the following seven items in mind as a B2B marketer using Facebook so you…

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

8 Simple Split-Testing Tools to Try

Optimize your website with these tools

Eight simple split-testing tools to try.

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12 Tools for Collecting Leads on Your Website or Blog

These tools will help you aggregate leads

Tools to use to collect leads on your website or blog.

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3. Do seek "trade credit" from vendors and suppliers. 

Too many entrepreneurs dream of going to a bank and getting a business loan or line of credit for their enterprise. But maybe you don’t need a traditional bank loan at all to launch or grow your business. 

If you can get your vendors and suppliers to agree to provide you with trade credit---i.e., the ability to pay for goods and services over time---you can creatively and more frugally run your operations.

How to Start That Online Business You’ve Been Thinking About

Five easy-to-follow tips to get your online business idea off the ground

Several easy ways to get a head start on your online business.

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7 Steps to a Headache-Free Website Makeover

Tips that ensure a smooth and successful website redesign

Follow these 7 steps to ensure a smooth and successful site redesign.

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Accessing Files: File sharing and allowing team members to access content remotely and for co-located teams during meetings is critical.  Two recommended tools are Dropbox mobile app and Google Docs.

From 0 to 100 Million Users: How a Simple Video Can Change Your Business

Tips to leveraging video content

How video content can enhance your business model.

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Small business owners should have a strong mobile strategy that enables them to run their company from a handheld device.  With nearly 90% of people using their smartphone throughout the day, it is important to connect with them at the point of decision-making and engage with those users in real-time. Follow these four easy-to-follow steps to take your startup to the next level with mobile technology.--Hajj Flemings

6 Apps Every Small Business Owner Should Use

Apps to make your small business run smoothly

Applications every small business chief should use.

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6 Ways to Optimize Your Retail Website For Search Engines

Quick tips to optimizing your e-commerce website

Six components of SEO that online retailers should know about when optimizing their e-commerce website…

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14 Low-Cost Ways to Test Your Website With a Small Audience

Affordable strategies to testing your business website

Affordable strategies to testing your website out on a small audience.

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Why You Shouldn’t Learn to Code for Your Startup

Tech entrepreneur makes argument that you should ditch the coding lessons

A tech entrepreneur shares why he thinks startup founders shouldn’t learn to code.

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6 Strategies to Generate More Leads From Facebook

How to use the popular social platform to generate leads

Ways startups can leverage Facebook to generate leads.

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Over the past year, people have used crowdfunding sites to raise hundreds of millions of dollars, which proves the value of the technique as a funding source. Look for this trend to continue and increase in the coming year.

11 Ways to Get Your Passion Project Funded Online

Tips to scoring financial support on your crowdfunding project

Tips to garnering financial support on your crowdfunding project.

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

10 Great Productivity Apps for Entrepreneurs

Tech tools that will keep entrepreneurs on task

Apps that help entrepreneurs with productivity.

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7 Tips for Getting the Right Followers on Pinterest

How to get high-quality followers on photo-sharing website

Tips to getting the right followers on photo-sharing website Pinterest.

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How and Why You Need to Assess Your Inner Circle

Developing a personal board of directors could be the key to your career or business success and much-needed support

Developing a personal board of directors could be the key to your career or business…

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Entrepreneurs: Do You Have What It Takes to Create Your Own Category?

How to boldly carve out a niche in business

How to boldly carve out a niche in business

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7 Ways to Measure the Value of Your Entrepreneur Network

How to know what business relationships to keep and which to let go as you become a better entrepreneur

How to know what business relationships to keep and which to let go as you…

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5 Ways to Keep Your Gen Y Employees Happy (and Your Business Successful)

Your company may only be as good as its unhappiest link. Use these strategies to keep the positive momentum

When it comes to keeping Gen Y employees happy, your company may only be as…

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6 Questions to Tackle Before Launching Your Startup

Many new entrepreneurs focus solely on their business idea during the startup process, but what about those other important business decisions that can dramatically impact your bottom line?

Many new entrepreneurs focus solely on their business idea during the startup process, but what…

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How Entrepreneurship Can Fix Young America

Young Entrepreneur Council founder Scott Gerber fights to combat unemployment and empower young college grads through entrepreneurship

Young Entrepreneur Council founder Scott Gerber fights to combat unemployment and empower young college grads…

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How to Master Fear and Manage Small Business Risks

Risk is inevitable when it comes to entrepreneurship, but how do you know how far you should go?

Risk is inevitable when it comes to entrepreneurship, but how do you know how far…

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WATCH: How to Ask Someone to Be Your Mentor

Entrepreneur Bert Gervais, aka The Mentor Guy, tells you how to land the mentor you want

Entrepreneur Bert Gervais, aka The Mentor Guy, tells you how to land the mentor you…

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6 Mind Traps That Could Sabotage Your Business

While women have great entrepreneurial potential, one entrepreneur says they often fall into "mind traps." Here are six to look out for

While women have great entrepreneurial potential, we often fall into various “mind traps” that…

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Is Your Product Viable? 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Before forging down the path of entrepreneurship, ask yourself these five key questions

If you’ve decided to pursue the path of entrepreneurship by introducing a new product to…

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How to Build a Race-Neutral Brand

Being a black entrepreneur doesn't have to define your business. Here are some strategies for attracting a diverse customer base

Being a black entrepreneur doesn’t have to define your business. Lauren Maillian Bias gives a…

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