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Starting a Business

Learn everything you need to know about starting any type of business with expert advice and actionable solutions from experienced business professionals.

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How Startups Can Stay Close to Home With the Help of Corporate Partners
By Patrick Riley | November 15, 2019

Startups don't need to flock to the coasts for success. In fact, staying close to home benefits the whole community. Corporate partners can help.

The Roadmap to Start a Membership Site From Scratch
By Mark Thompson | September 25, 2019

Do you want to create a website with useful content for paying members? Follow these seven steps.

Why Mentorship Matters to the Startup Community
By Patrick Riley | September 11, 2019

The success of an entrepreneur depends on strong, engaged startup communities, and those communities depend on actively involved mentors.

4 Reasons Why Texas Is a Hot State for Starting a Business
By Deborah Sweeney | August 16, 2019

The heat and the sun aren't the only reasons Texas is a hot state. Check out why Texas is a fantastic state to start a business.

5 Reasons Why 2019 Is the Best Year Yet to Start a Business
By Kim Walsh | February 25, 2019

Startup life is tough, but the current market and available resources makes it a whole lot easier to get going. Here's why 2019 is a great year to launch.

Starting an Online Business? Here’s What You Need to Know
By Moazzam Kamran | January 16, 2019

You know you need to get your business online, but do you know where to start? Let's break it down into steps.

How Government Shutdowns Affect Small Businesses
By Chad Brooks | January 11, 2019

Loans are tougher to get. Hiring just got tougher. Tax refunds won't be coming soon. There are a ton of ways the government shut down hurts small business.

How Passion and Desire to Help Led One Entrepreneur Into Business
By Colton Bollinger | November 13, 2018

Colton Bollinger, founder of Jumper Media, explains how he started his business by simply helping a friend.

Better Together: Making Magic Between Big Companies and Startups
By Alex Goryachev | November 07, 2018

Startups and larger companies don't have to be fierce competitors. They can work together to help each other thrive.

Will Female-Led ‘Zebras’ Counter Tech’s Unicorn Obsession?
By Debrah Charatan | September 12, 2018

"Unicorns" have been prominent in the tech world, but a new type of startup called "zebras" could soon take their place -- and many of them are female-led.

Think Like a Startup, Scale Like an Enterprise: Balancing the Best of Both Worlds
By Alex Goryachev | April 11, 2018

Companies with goals of rapid growth need to combine an innovative startup mindset with enterprise-level focus and resources. Here's how to do it.

5 Ways Health IT Startups Can Stay Ahead of the Competition
By Sanket Shah | April 09, 2018

Entrepreneurs in the health IT field have entered an industry full of competition and challenges. Here are tips to overcome these challenges.

Is Your Startup Ready for an Angel Investor?
By Katharine Paljug | March 14, 2018

Once you determine you are ready for an angel investor, you're probably wondering where you find the right investor. Here's how.

What Digital Transformation Means for Your Innovation Process
By Mary C. Long | September 08, 2017

Innovation is crucial for a business in the digital age. To do it effectively, you need a plan.

Why Latino Small Businesses Thrive in California, Texas, Florida and New York
By Deborah Sweeney | May 01, 2017

Here are the benefits that await Hispanic business owners getting started in these states.

Calling All Angels: How to Attract Investors for Your Startup
By Chad Brooks | July 21, 2016

Angel investors and venture capitalists can help you secure funding for your business. But how do you attract investors for your startup?

Future First: 6 Ways Businesses Will Need to Evolve in the Next Decade
By Chad Brooks | July 12, 2016

Here are six of the major evolutions I foresee being necessary for modern businesses to remain efficient, competitive, and profitable.

Comprehensive Starter Kit: 50 Free Resources to Help Grow Your Business
By Chad Brooks | February 23, 2016

Bookmark this now! This comprehensive list has every tool you need to grow your startup or small business from the ground up.

Welcome to the Big Leagues: At What Point Are You No Longer A Startup?
By Tom Ireland | December 14, 2015

Startups are a particular kind of business. But when do you stop being one? Here's how you know that you've made it to the big leagues.

The Essential Checklist: Must Do’s When Starting an E-commerce Website
By Seth Rand | May 08, 2015

Whether you’re starting an eCommerce yourself or going through a development team, we've laid out some of the most important steps for you.

Studio and Set Design Basics
By Chad Brooks | September 22, 2011
Starting a Children’s Party Entertainment Business
By Chad Brooks | April 25, 2011
Starting Your Own in-home Personal Training Business
By Chad Brooks | June 13, 2010