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  • One of the most effective ways to grow your business is also one of the oldest: networking. While it may not get as much buzz these days as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, old-fashioned, face-to-face networking is still essential for building a business. One of my favorite...
    May 20, 2010 - 5 comments
  • Intellectual property, or IP, can be your most valuable business asset, even though you ca;t see, smell, or touch it. Trademarks are a type of IP that protects your logo, brand, name, or other mar-but only if you follow the rules necessary to obtain legal protection. Before you invest in a website...
    May 18, 2010 - 0 comments
  • As you would expect one of the top reasons our business management advising services are sought is the need for funding. Although the Small Business Development Center network does;t have money to lend, we are exceptionally good at preparing our clients and facilitating their relationship with a...
    May 14, 2010 - 1 comments
  • I;s a pretty big move. Google, which during the 12 years of its existence rarely changed the layout of its pages, recently rolled out a new 3-column format in place of its 2-column format. Now when you do a search, the Google search results still contain a column down the right side with nothing...
    May 11, 2010 - 3 comments
  • Social media. Those two words, (if yo;re online a lot) are quite popular. The-re so popular that if you search them on a search engine like Bing, yo-ll see that there are 191 million results. If you do the same search on Google, it will yield about 227 million results. The franchise industry, as...
    May 06, 2010 - 2 comments
  • Ther;s a guy I work with- Ray Bjorklund. Really smart guy. H-s the guy who takes thousands of lines of federal budget information, digests it and dissects it, and comes up with a complete rundown' industry by industry and sector by sector' of how much money the government has available to spend...
    May 04, 2010 - 0 comments
  • A few years ago, I wrote The Girl's Guide to Building a Million Dollar Businesses. Why? Because having successfully started and built a multi-million dollar enterprise myself, I was dismayed by the statistics that confirmed fewer than three percent of women-owned businesses cross over the...
    April 29, 2010 - 2 comments
  • I believe the single most common question I get when I answer the phones at lunchtime at our SBDC has to do with structure (DBA or corporation), to which I say, 'Depends on circumstances. Contact one of the SBDC centers nationwide.' The second most common query involves someone who wants to be a...
    April 27, 2010 - 0 comments
  • Every spring I judge intercollegiate MBA-level business plan contests at the University of Oregon, Rice, and the University of Texas, and participate in the Willamette Angel Conference as an investor. That means I read hundreds of business plans and listen to several dozen business pitches. And I...
    April 26, 2010 - 3 comments
  • Last month I blogged here about how being socially responsible can help you market your business more effectively. Social responsibility is all about being part of a community, whether tha;s the global community, an online community, your local community or all three. Closely related to socially...
    April 20, 2010 - 5 comments

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