Month: October 2014

Advice from entrepreneurs who turned ideas into reality

October 29, 2014

The decision to start your own business can be a daunting one. Many questions plague aspiring entrepreneurs:

Is my idea unique enough? Will people support my business? Will it succeed?

Lucky for today's would-be business owners, there are plenty of successful entrepreneurs willing to offer Read More

Why small businesses are vital to local economies

October 28, 2014

We've previously discussed on this blog the personal reasons why aspiring entrepreneurs should start their own businesses. Today, we'll delve into what those small businesses — which the Small Business Administration (SBA) defines as companies with 50... Read More

Building your small business’s reputation from the start

October 27, 2014

Small business reputations live largely online these days, though word of mouth and community presence still count. Ensuring your small business is held in high esteem from the get-go is a cornerstone of its future success. If you're not sure where to begin, Read More

Considerations for starting a small business

October 22, 2014

Though new companies are known for having a 50/50 shot at making it successfully through their first five years, 54 percent of all sales in the U.S. can be attributed to its 23 million small businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

In conjunction with stimulating the economy, small businesses also provide employment for Americans — specifically,... Read More

The benefits of starting your own business

October 20, 2014

In December 2013, Inc. surveyed 5000 entrepreneurs who have been featured on the Inc. 5000 list over the last 10 years. Of those business owners, 63 percent responded that their business is currently worth "much more" than it was five... Read More

Why you should be an entrepreneur

October 15, 2014

Chicago-based small business owner and The New York Times blogger Jay Goltz provides the following reasons for taking the leap:

  • You believe you can outdo the competition. Even if you don't invent a product or service that didn't previously exist, improving on something that does can just as easily make your small business a success. Consumers are always open to high... Read More

Sound advice for starting a small business

October 10, 2014

For many aspiring entrepreneurs, the decision to start a small business involves a period of consideration and strategizing before taking the leap. This preparatory work can be intimidating if done alone, but the right advice can empower you to confidently launch a successful company. Small business expert Melinda Emerson offers the following tips on getting your idea off the ground:

Incorporating in the U.S. when your company is based overseas

October 08, 2014

If you are a foreign national living in the United States and looking to start a business or open a U.S.-based branch of an international business, the legal documentation that must be completed and filed may seem intimidating. To make the process as painless as possible, Mashable writer Nellie Akalp recommends doing the following:

  • Incorporate. To do this, you should... Read More

Nominations for 2015 National Small Business Week Awards now open

October 07, 2014

Previously this blog has discussed the impact that small business owners can have on their own lives as well as the lives of those around them. Small businesses are an integral part of our nation's economy, and as such, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes their importance and also provides resources for those looking to start a business or continue building an e... Read More

Couple creates complementary small business venture

October 06, 2014

If you've been following along with this blog, you've probably seen posts from time to time about some of the interesting things small business owners are up to, as well as small business success stories. Running a business gives owners the potential to be creative and and innovative. When creating a new venture, Read More