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Entrepreneurs Who Turned Hobbies into Million-Dollar Businesses

  Kim Lavine started making microwavable pillows as gifts for her kids’ teachers in 2001, assembling them at her kitchen table in Grand Haven, Mich., using a corn kernel filling. Around the same time, her husband lost his job, prompting her to consider turning her pastime into a source of Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/entrepreneur/latest/~3/o8P4weMZWWw/story01.htm By: Entrepreneur [...]

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Five Retail Design Myths Debunked

  There are plenty of books and consultants dispensing advice about how retailers should and should not be designing their stores. But don't take everything you hear and read as gospel. "It pays to make an effort to break from the norm," says Debi Ward Kennedy, an Orange, Calif.-based retail Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/entrepreneur/latest/~3/ad_5x9lTFrU/story01.htm By: Entrepreneur [...]

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7 Ways LinkedIn Can Drive More Traffic to Your Website

For online marketers, success usually boils down to two simple things: traffic and conversions. But how does someone cut through all of the noise online to capture the prized attention and fans? One of the best, and often overlooked traffic sources online is LinkedIn. Yes, LinkedIn. The site Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/entrepreneur/latest/~3/PZJc67qeyx8/story01.htm By: Entrepreneur presented by [...]

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Oops, My Bad! 5 Ways Your Business Can Improve by Admitting to Mistakes

  Everyone makes mistakes. No one likes admitting to them. As businesspeople we worry that customers will be intolerant of our missteps and foul-ups. The truth is, though, denying them only magnifies an already awkward situation and ends up hurting your reputation. Handling them right, on the other hand, Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/entrepreneur/latest/~3/IsfLicowUgU/story01.htm By: Entrepreneur presented [...]

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Small Business Reading Guide

  We know, we know. Reading for fun isn’t exactly part of most business owners’ daily routines. But making time to check out some of the year’s most popular business books can be a great way to balance pleasure with productivity. Sure, staying on top of the latest business trends Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/entrepreneur/latest/~3/wOybqLfeEkQ/story01.htm By: Entrepreneur [...]

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Spotlight: Justins Nut Butter’s Justin Gold, Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalist

Editor's Note: Each year, we honor a top entrepreneur in our annual Entrepreneur contest. Meet the finalists in the running for Entrepreneur of 2012 and vote for your favorite to win. Here, a look at Justin Gold, founder of Justin's Nut Butter. Justin Gold’s squeeze-it nut butter packets have Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/entrepreneur/latest/~3/9br26iTw8MI/story01.htm By: Entrepreneur presented [...]

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How Teen Inventor Went From Sketch to Prototype in 6 Months

  Necessity may indeed be the mother of invention. Sometimes, though, an actual mother is the necessity — for the inventor at least. That’s the case for Carter Kostler, a 14-year-old ninth-grader from Virginia Beach, Va., whose parents invested time, research and personal funds to make his vision a reality. Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/entrepreneur/latest/~3/rfUBf85p4Xs/story01.htm By: Entrepreneur [...]

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5 Things Startups Can Learn From ‘Great American Food Truck Race’

Every new small business that an entrepreneur starts faces daunting challenges. If you'd like to see them all summed up in a single hour, consider tuning in to Great American Food Truck Race, the popular Food Network show that recently kicked off its third season. Hosted by celebrity chef Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/entrepreneur/latest/~3/oEaWingD5yA/story01.htm By: Entrepreneur presented [...]

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Don’t Forget ‘Positioning’ in Your Marketing

  In my work as a marketing consultant, clients in creative fields often say to me: "Before I do any marketing, I have to figure out my positioning." What exactly is positioning? It might sound like marketing jargon to you, but it's an important concept for any entrepreneur to understand. I Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/entrepreneur/latest/~3/VLnUaFJNrhE/story01.htm By: Entrepreneur [...]

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Finding Start-Up Success Through Serious School Spirit

  Editor’s Note: YE’s Startup of the Month is a regular column that highlights new companies with interesting launch stories. To be considered for a future column, tell us about your startup. While a student at the University of Oregon, Abraham Choe wanted to show some school spirit by Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/entrepreneur/latest/~3/-SqaKpKY-1g/story01.htm By: Entrepreneur presented [...]

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