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Portland, Maine

Giovani Twigge of IDEXX Laboratories on Company Culture

By | May 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Walk along the streets of Portland, Maine and you’ll find everything festivals and sports to historic museums and local companies. If you happen to walk into the Maine College of Art (MECA) this June 19-23, you’ll be treated to Maine Startup & Create Week (MSCW), where there’s…

Healthy Entrepreneur

6 Tips From Mompreneurs on Balancing Life and Work

By | May 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Any mompreneur will tell you there will be challenges to balancing the needs of the family with building a business, but the positives and benefits can outweigh it all during the journey. We asked two startup mompreneurs to shed light on challenges they’ve faced, what…

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Phoenix

Is Your Startup Really a Small Business in Disguise?

By | May 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

As the digital economy progresses, the lines between startups and successful small businesses are starting to blur. To be sure, you wouldn’t confuse a law firm in Kansas City with a venture-funded Silicon Valley software startup of the same size. But neither one of…

Ecommerce

3 Things to Ask When Choosing an Ecommerce Platform

By | Apr 29, 2017 at 2:30 pm

One of the crucial steps when building your store’s website is to choose an ecommerce system your site is going to host. And even if some store owners prefer to have developers creating their own platforms, the reality is that most merchants will chose…

Tips & How To’s

7 Ways Product Managers Can Help a Startup Succeed

By | Apr 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Companies depend on product managers to have a clear understanding of the company vision in order to move the product forward. Recently we asked talked with Mike Lewis, business travel product manager at Airbnb, at Galvanize to discuss all things product management and what they…

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Tips & How To’s

Dallas

5 Ways Veteran Entrepreneurs Can Turn Military Skills into Business Savvy

By | Apr 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

About 200,000 people transition out of military service annually, and according to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, close to half find that their main challenge is adapting to civilian culture. U.S. veterans seeking to get into business for themselves have a support network from…

Interviews

Austin

Anne Ward: How to Win on the SEO Battlefield

By | Mar 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Startups constantly wonder how they can get their company noticed by customers online. Sure, buying ads on social media, creating content, and amplifying their message via Hootsuite is a start, but it’s hard to move the needle if you don’t understand the full scope of…

News

How a Passion for Cheap Travel Turned Into a Thriving Business

By | Mar 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Three years ago, Scott Keyes purchased the best flight deal of his life from New York to Milan for $130 roundtrip. He thought the airline would catch the mistake and cancel it. Upon his return from a successful trip, friends constantly asked if he…

Inspiration

3 Inspirational Moments from Women Founders

By | Mar 2, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Inspiration can come from many places. Whether it’s your family, your coworkers, or the inspirational posters hanging on your wall, there are plenty of sources that promote keeping your eyes on the prizes. For founders building a business, staying motivated and keeping their team focused…

Funding

Maximizing Community Resources While Bootstrapping Your Company

By | Feb 24, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Finding funding to launch one’s business is at the top of every founder’s mind, but taking on debt could be a stressful headache if they aren’t ready. Before taking on debt from investors or bankers, looking to one’s community for resources, guidance, even funding,…

Productivity

3 Skills Every Startup Founder Needs to Learn for a Productive 2017

By | Feb 17, 2017 at 10:30 am

Founding and growing a successful company can be extremely difficult. It is commendable that new startup entrepreneurs have already charted out their journey towards this goal. Unlike owners of established organizations, startup entrepreneurs are required to wear multiple hats and play the roles of…

Funding

Portland, Maine

Report: Maine SBDC Clients Secured $47.1M in 2016

By | Feb 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Business owners who sought assistance from the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) raised $47.1 million in capital during 2016, more than any other year in the program’s 40-year history, according to the Maine SBDC’s recently released annual report. Maine SBDC surveyed 1,583 of their clients…

Product Launch

How to Find Your Path to Market for Consumer Products

By | Feb 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

Once your product is made and you’re ready to put it on the market, understanding the manufacturing and distribution process can be a huge learning curve for founders. Unfortunately, it’s also an incredibly important thing to learn if you’re interested in success. Recently, Techstars hosted…

Tips & How To’s

ActiTime Helps Freelancers Manage Their Work Efficiently For Once

By | Feb 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm

As a freelancer, managing your time can be downright impossible. With multiple clients and dozens of duties an efficient means of organization is key for all aspiring freelancers. What that means is that you need to make sure that you’re logging your time and…

Social Media

Scottsdale

What I Learned From Finding a New Barber With Instagram

By | Jan 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm

After following my barber from place to place around the Phoenix metro area for five years he moved too far away and it started becoming too time consuming of a drive and wait to get a fresh haircut. I’m a big believer in getting…

Opinion/Analysis

14 Entrepreneurs Share Their Biggest Business Mistakes

By | Jan 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

The best have become the best because they have learned — and a lot. Although we like to believe that we are learning from books, seminars, webinars and courses, it does seem that, in the end, the best business lessons are the business mistakes…

Entrepreneur

5 Challenges Founders Face When First Starting Up

By | Dec 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Running a startup isn’t as intuitive as some people think. Like most things, the more experience you have under your belt, the more prepared you will be to tackle the many issues that plague startup founders in any and every industry. We asked five founders what…