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Yes, You Can Operate a Scarily Successful Halloween Business

by Lisa Furgison

The Fallenstein family started making and renting a dozen Halloween costumes from their Minnesota garage, and the small business sparked a lot of interest in the little town of Mankato. Years later, the founders decided to take the business online and sell costumes. In just a decade, the seasonal business went from a few employees... Read more »

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8 Ways to Create Real Customer Loyalty

by JT Ripton

No matter the size of the business, customer loyalty is incredibly important. Repeat customers spend up to 67 percent more than new customers. Plus, it’s up to ten times more expensive to try to attract new customers than it is to keep the ones already doing business with you. If you’re looking for real ways... Read more »

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The Complete Guide to SBA Loans

by Candice Landau

What is an SBA loan? The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 to help Americans start, build, and grow their businesses. As an independent agency of the government, the SBA partners with both public and private organizations to deliver its services, including loans. An SBA Loan is not a direct loan from the... Read more »

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What to Do When You Need a Disaster Loan

by Angelique O'Rourke

When disaster strikes in your area and your business is affected, what’s next? For many small businesses, the future can be extremely uncertain. During the process of rebuilding, most small business owners will ask themselves if it’s time to apply for a disaster loan, or if that is a viable option for them. Let’s go... Read more »

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10 Things All Founders Should Do in the Last Months of 2014

by Scott Gerber

Whether or not you can believe it, 2015 is quickly approaching. What have you accomplished? Where has your business taken you? We asked 10 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share how they are spending the end of the year. 1. Saying Thank You Thanking your people. Our professionals are at the center of everything... Read more »