Explore this business cycle to uncover great niche market ideas

They say fashions go in a 20-year cycle. It’s the same way in business – although I’m not exactly sure how long the cycle is. During this cycle you hear how all the “big guys” are chasing the little guys out of business. However, the tide does turn and eventually specialty stores pop up and […]

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7 ways to make your blog visually engaging

There’s a good chance that by the time you get to about here in this sentence, you’ll have lost interest in what I’m saying. Was I right? Well, for those of you who are still with me, the lesson here is that we all have shortened attention spans today and this is especially evident when immersed […]

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This week in small business: How to find your way through unmapped territory

Entrepreneurs will get a lot of information and encouragement from this week’s lineup of curated content – especially those who are diving into unknown waters or who are about ready to call it quits after a long dry spell. Entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation It’s a common dilemma for innovative entrepreneurs: They need to navigate through […]

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How to become your own best business idea generator

All the good ideas have been taken! This is an often-heard complaint that is about as far from the truth as the earth is from Alpha Centauri. The problem is that we live in such a stimulus-rich environment that it dulls our imaginations. John Steinbeck said, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and […]

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5 name branding lessons from unicorns

Unicorns definitely exist in two places: on elementary school kids’ back packs and among startups. It’s the second category that I’m most interested in, and today I want to look at the major unicorns to squeeze out some branding strategies. In the startup world, unicorns are companies with valuations greater than $1 billion that are […]

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Head to Holland (Michigan) if you want to launch your startup in the #1 rated small city

Hate the big city life, but you still want a good chance at success when you launch your startup? Wallethub surveyed cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. They graded these cities on a 100-point scale on 18 metrics within three key dimensions: Business Environment (50 points possible), Access to Resources (25 points possible), […]

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