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6 Brand Must-Haves for Your Small Businesses

While there are many different ways a brand can stand, there are six essential things that every business should have in order to achieve success in their space.

Madeline Pratt |

Ignore Elon Musk’s Bad Advice on Market Research

While Musk is known for his fresh take on traditional approaches to business, his aversion to the hard cold facts of market research still came as a big surprise. 

Nina Bamberger |

Mission statements: a strategic business communication tool

Missions statements tend to fall into one of five categories based on both the senior management’s goals and the employees’ reaction. These include:

Chuck Bamford |

Small Business Saturday: How to Jump-Start Your Holiday Sales

There are some small, high-impact things you can do to connect with new customers on Small Business Saturday and also shore up your relationship with your regulars. All in service of jump-starting your annual holiday sales, and laying the groundwork for the new year. Here are a few tips you may want to try:

Quint Studer |

3 Key Business Plan Components That Forever 21 Fatally Missed

The fashion retailer that recently filed for bankruptcy has an interesting history that reveals a flawed business plan. The three components that Forever 21 overlooked are essential to the success of your business.

Nina Bamberger |

How to Write a Restaurant Business Plan + Example Templates

Because of the risk and the amount of money involved, writing a business plan for a new restaurant is even more important than it might be in other industries. While not everything will likely go exactly as you planned, if you have a business plan you’ll certainly minimize your risk and make it that much…

Noah Parsons |

How to Do Cannabis Cultivation Business Planning for Growth

Developing a cannabis cultivation business requires significant planning, dedication, and focus. Initially, you’ll need to develop a solid plan to provide a steady direction for the project. Concise strategic planning gives cannabis entrepreneurs an edge by allowing them to solidify their spot in a highly competitive market. 

Michael Sassano |

How to Expand Your Boutique Business

Expanding your boutique business is crucial if you want to survive. Fortunately, today’s wealth of online platforms and tools can empower you to reach a wider audience. In this post, we’ll explore how you can grow your enterprise, attract customers, and more.

JT Ripton |


Free Resources for Entrepreneurs

Business Plan Template Download

Stuck looking at a blank page? Get to know the general layout of a standard business plan with this free template.

One-Page Business Pitch Template

Validate a new business idea, or quickly develop your business strategy by starting with a one-page pitch. Do this before you plan!

Tim Berry's Guide to Starting a Business

Expert guidance on starting a business from business planning authority Tim Berry.

The Art of Pitching for Funding eBook

Need Cash? Pitching expert, Caroline Cummings, shares pitch techniques, secrets and tools in this easy-to-read guide.

Free SWOT Analysis Template

Develop smart strategies to grow your business by conducting a simple SWOT Analysis. Start with this one-page template.

"Start, Run & Grow Your Business" ebook

Tips and advice for entrepreneurs and business owners looking to take their company to the next level.

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