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10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Investors

10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Investors

Seeking money for a start-up from friends, family, angel investors, venture capitalists or lenders is an exercise fraught with pitfalls. Many first-time entrepreneurs approach it with great optimism and belief in their business idea, only to fall flat on their face. Reasons vary, but often it’s just that the entrepreneur hasn’t taken the time to […]

7 Cornerstones of Small Business Success

7 Cornerstones of Small Business Success

Only about one of every 10 businesses started will reach a 10th anniversary and most failures happen within the first few years. Lots can go wrong: an ill-conceived business idea, poor planning or execution, bad business model, lack of capital, ineffective leadership, and poor location, among others. But business owners who succeed know how to […]

12 Tips for Naming a Business, Brand or Product

12 Tips for Naming a Business, Brand or Product

When it comes to finding a great name for a business, brand, product or service, it really comes down to this:  A good name should make someone smile or nod, not scratch their head in confusion. But this notion, mind you, is not universally held. Many businesses – and the branding agencies they hire to […]

The 8 Best Online Businesses to Start Now

The 8 Best Online Businesses to Start Now

Looking to start a business? If you want something with big potential that doesn’t take much startup capital, consider an online service of some type. A major shift toward purchasing both consumer and business-to-business services online has created a slew of opportunities for would-be entrepreneurs. For one thing, Internet usage continues to soar. Going online […]

6 Lessons on Becoming a High Impact Business

6 Lessons on Becoming a High Impact Business

Uncle Sam wanted to know:  What kinds of companies are America’s true growth generators? Is it corporate giants like Apple, Amazon or GE? Is it startups? Is it relative newbies such as Facebook. After some exhaustive research, the answer was clear: “None of the above.” As it turns out, the real economic spark plugs in […]

A New National Network of Startup Communities

A New National Network of Startup Communities

When I first wrote about the non-profit Startup America Partnership in early 2011 (Why You Should Join Startup America), it had just launched with much fanfare and a lofty mission of helping to inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship in the U.S.  It was announced at the White House, although it’s not a government program and […]

The BizBest Silicon Beach shortLIST

The BizBest Silicon Beach shortLIST

BizBest‘s Silicon Beach shortLIST™ is a vetted, hand-picked selection of key players, places, tech, events, organizations and other resources fueling L.A.’s Silicon Beach startup rocket ship.  Los Angeles is leading the nation in entrepreneurial activity, and the BizBest® Silicon Beach shortLIST offers an exclusive, independent playbook of Silicon Beach essentials. Keep in mind, this is […]

Insider Guide to Silicon Beach

Insider Guide to Silicon Beach

Silicon Beach — L.A.’s answer to Silicon Valley — is America’s new start-up rocket ship. New companies are launching daily, joining some 1,500 or more  already underway and in various stages. Silicon Beach conferences, seminars, festivals, mixers and other events are springing up everywhere. But for many people, Silicon Beach is still somewhat mysterious. Yet it’s a […]

7 Keys to Being a More Bankable Entrepreneur

7 Keys to Being a More Bankable Entrepreneur

Some business owners and startup entrepreneurs just seem irresistible.  They’re the ones catching investors’ eyes, earning the highest fees and who rarely must search for clients and customers because clients come to them. How does this happen? It’s not an isolated phenomenon. These kinds of “bankable” businesses and entrepreneurs exist in almost every industry, says […]

A Financial Statement Cheat Sheet for Business Owners

A Financial Statement Cheat Sheet for Business Owners

This is about financial statements. I’m sorry, but stay with me. Sure, social media would be a far sexier subject.  But hey, if you ever file a tax return (and you’d better), need bank financing, angel investors, venture capital or a loan from friends and family, these are things you must know. The fact is, […]