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Articles tagged: Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

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Unicorn Companies are Rare, So Why Do Venture Capitalists Persist?

Three out of four startups backed by venture capital fail, but VC investors continue to search for unicorn companies. What makes or breaks their success?

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Why Startups Fail: 5 Mistakes that Lead to Failure

Empowering Entrepreneurs Despite Difficult Odds Nine out of ten startups fail. That’s the bleak truth. While this statistic may discourage some entrepreneurs, it should also encourage them to learn how to avoid the fate of those other nine. Here are five reasons why startups fail and how entrepreneurs can avoid common mistakes. The more you […]

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The Advantages of Franchising (and Some Disadvantages)

The advantages of franchising can make it an extremely attractive model, but it also has its challenges. How will you know if it’s right for you?

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Online Marketing Orientation for Entrepreneurs: Part 3/3

Your company has decided which marketing tactics to use, now how do you use digital marketing analytics tools? Learn about google analytics and other tools.

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3 Advisory Board Styles to Fit Every Business

Advisory Board Roles and Responsibilities for Any Stage of Business The boards of directors of for-profit and non-profit organizations have the same fiduciary responsibilities: duty of care, duty of loyalty and duty of good faith.  While similar to fiduciary boards, advisory boards are not the same. The purpose and function of a board of advisors […]

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Creating a Risk Management System

Identifying and Managing Risks to Your Business Make It Stronger Most business owners are so busy running their business that they don’t have time to think about unlikely events. How can you think about possible  “black swan” events when you are struggling with today’s problems? To protect shareholders, boards and management need to make time to think about […]

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Family Governance is Not Business Governance

Family Businesses Need Strategies to Govern Both the Family and the Business Family businesses are unique and the way they are run differs from family to family. Each business has varying degrees of corporate governance. Formal governance structures grow as the business grows and becomes more complex. Governance processes trail business needs in most situations. When […]

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The Strategic Value of Accelerators: How They Can Benefit the Business at any Stage

How Accelerators Can Help Your Business Grow Startups need money to, well, startup. In order to get money, fundraising is a likely path that most startups will travel. There are many different funding sources available, and the usefulness of each one varies depending on the stage of the business. Some common fundraising sources include: Founder […]

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Banker, Broker or Sell it Yourself: Choosing the Right Method When Selling Business

So You’re Selling a Business: Now What? For most business owners, selling a business is a once-in-a-lifetime event. These owners want to maximize their proceeds and they may be super salespeople, but likely have little experience selling a business. In fact, their exit may be the only meaningful transaction they experience. This is why it is […]

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Understanding “Reasonable Cybersecurity Measures” to Safeguard Data

Reasonable Cybersecurity Measures for Protection After collecting personal information, businesses must take “reasonable measures” to safeguard it. Some states, such as Florida and Alabama, have this standard (or a similar one) in their cybersecurity statutes. On the federal level, the Federal Trade Commission has brought numerous enforcement actions against companies for engaging in “unfair” cybersecurity […]

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