Month: July 2014

Do you have to be an expert to start a business?

July 30, 2014

If you're starting your own business for the first time, you are bound to have a lot of questions. From checking for company name availability to determining the right entity for your company and Read More

Report: women and men still not equal when it comes to business funding

July 29, 2014

If you're in the process of starting a business, you know that obtaining funding is a critical step. There are many ways to go about securing funding, and one option is to apply for a loan or contract with the government.

A recent report by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship committee found that when it comes to obtaining government funding, women are not on equal ground wi... Read More

Startups across the country can benefit from incorporation

July 28, 2014

For many people, the word "startup" immediately evokes an association with companies working toward developing new technological creations. While this is certainly true of many startups, not every single one is a tech company.

USA Today explored this idea in a recent article that discusses how tech startups have long been prevalent in Silicon Valley but are actually springing... Read More

Is it time to hire your first employee?

July 28, 2014

If you're a small business owner and you've already discovered the benefits of incorporating your business and secured the necessary funding to get operations going, you might be well on your way to success. As your business continues to pick up steam, t... Read More

Being an entrepreneur is a challenge: are you up for it?

July 22, 2014

Recently on this blog, we discussed what makes a successful business. Entrepreneurs may have many differing motivations. Some dream of developing a valuable company that they can eventually sell, and will go on to create another. For others, the approach is to create a lifelong business that will contribute to and be sustained by their local community.

No matter what your motivation is... Read More

What does success mean to you?

July 22, 2014

Everyone has a different idea of what success means, and what it means to you will influence your business venture. Some entrepreneurs start a business with the intent of eventually selling it, while others are looking to establish a lifelong venture.

A recent article in Entrepreneur t... Read More

Are you the right age to start your own business?

July 21, 2014

Think you're too old or young to start your own business? Think again. Even if you've already done many things with your life, or think you haven't done enough, if starting your own business is still on this list, it's never too late to begin a new venture. Despite this, some people believe that age plays a role in entrepreneurial success.

A recent article in Read More

Are your customers loyal?

July 21, 2014

When it comes to starting a successful business, having a great plan is only one part of the battle. Once you've incorporated your business and secured funding, you'll have to find ways to attract and retain customers. Having a base of customers that come back again and again is an important part of a well-run business, but how do you turn a customer into a return customer?Read More

How counseling can benefit your business

July 21, 2014

A lot goes into starting and running a successful small business. From writing up the business plan, to incorporating your business and securing funding, establishing a venture is a challenge. As such, small business owners can use all the help they can get, and f... Read More

What kind of business partnership should you have?

July 15, 2014

Recently, we discussed some considerations you might want to account for when selecting a business partner. If you've gotten that far, and are moving on to the next step of Read More