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The Billion Dollar Fashion Week

by Angelique O'Rourke

If you follow fashion, you’ll know that we’re in the middle of the season and that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York was last week (we’re full swing in London now). If you’re interested in the economics of New York City, you probably knew that too. Why is fashion week so high profile to so... Read more »

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Intellectual Property 101

by Mary Juetten

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be general information and nothing in this article constitutes legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before making any intellectual property or other legal decisions. Does your business have intellectual property? If someone asked whether or not your business has Intellectual Property (IP) and your answer is “I do not... Read more »

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10 Tips for Finding Venture Funding

by Tim Berry

How to find venture funding? I have to start with a major negative: if you have to ask if your startup can get venture capital, then it almost certainly can’t. Venture capital is a very rarified atmosphere of high-end startups and emerging businesses with experienced management teams, high potential growth, secret sauce, and so on. People... Read more »

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13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop

by Lisa Furgison

Are you the type who loves their morning coffee? A lot of people combine their love of coffee with their entrepreneurial spirit and open a coffee shop. In fact, in the U.S. there are more than 50,000 coffee shops—52,684 to be exact. According to Statista, that number will jump by about 5,000 within two years. And... Read more »

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Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee?

by Angelique O'Rourke

In a global market where the buyers and sellers of coffee are often half a world away from those who grow and maintain the plants themselves, do you know what those worker’s lives are like? Are the working conditions safe, are they getting a wage that reflects their contribution? What about the farms, are they... Read more »