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Startup Weekend Set For Bloomington - Inside Indiana Business (press release)

Startup Weekend Set For Bloomington - Inside Indiana Business (press release) | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
Startup Weekend Set For Bloomington
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The fifth Startup Weekend Bloomington will begin Friday night and run through Sunday.
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Here's The Secret Behind The Multibillion Dollar Success Of The Startup That ... - Business Insider

Here's The Secret Behind The Multibillion Dollar Success Of The Startup That ... - Business Insider | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
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Finnish gaming company Supercell is a $3 billion company largely in part to the success of its games Hay Day and Clash of Clans.
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Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest entry - Compoz.Me, LLC

We made it to Round 2 for a chance to win a Super Bowl commercial! Our mission is to provide more opportunities for independent musicians and their communiti...
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 Help us make Top 20 and get closer to winning a Super Bowl commercial paid by Intuit.  Vote for us today @ https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/KY/CompozMe-LLC/377641  ;

Please share using the social tools found on the contest page to help increase our chances.  Only three days left to vote!

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Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Compelling Personal Brand -- And How to Build It

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Compelling Personal Brand -- And How to Build It | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
Being the face of your business requires some savvy. Here's why building a personal brand is important for your business and how to get started
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Nailing a Presentation in the First 60 Seconds - LinkedIn Today

Nailing a Presentation in the First 60 Seconds - LinkedIn Today | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
Nailing a Presentation in the First 60 Seconds
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Whether you are making a presentation at your local library or to senior executives at your firm, the first 60 seconds set you up for success or failure.

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Richard Lock's curator insight, September 18, 2013 11:34 AM

'You never get a second chance to make a first impression' as they say. Your opening is the most crucial part of the presentation. Whatever strategy you use, make sure it is reinforcing or linking directly to one of your key points. I like the 8 foot pacing. Very clever way to make a really strong emotional link to the presentation content. Do be careful to avoid gimmicks just for the sake of being different. They risk back firing.

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Nailing a Presentation in the First 60 Seconds 
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Whether you are making a presentation at your local library or to senior executives at your firm, the first 60 seconds set you up for success or failure.

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Setting a Price is a Delicate Balance for Small Businesses

Setting a Price is a Delicate Balance for Small Businesses | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it

For years, Wendy Coulter resisted consultants’ cries for her to raise the price of services offered by her firm, Hummingbird Creative Group. But when she finally gave in, the experience made her a believer... “If your rate is too low, people don’t take you seriously. They think something is wrong, or they think you are going to take too much time, or they just don’t feel like you have the right level of experience or you would know what you should be charging.”

 

“The important thing is that they actually develop a pricing strategy,” Bassett said. “They will be a lot more profitable and be a lot more successful if they do that.” First, owners need to capture all their business costs and set up an accounting system that can be monitored daily, Bassett said, not once a year before they hand it over to their accountant.


“Since small companies are more nimble, a lot of times it would be easier to compete on customer service and quality” and offer a price that is competitive but not the low-cost leader... Annual price increases are healthy, Bassett said, and studies show that up to 5 percent increases will generally pass without protests from customers.


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Ashok Ramachandran's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:58 PM

Compute your costs, monitor your competition and don't try to be the lowest cost vendor.

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How Your Customers Can Add To Your Content Marketing Strategy

How Your Customers Can Add To Your Content Marketing Strategy | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
According to MarketingSherpa, many marketers are overlooking the value of customer reviews in their content marketing efforts.

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Ally Greer's curator insight, September 19, 2013 8:40 PM

Leveraging your customers and the great stories they can provide for you is a great way to keep your content strategy lean. Telling the story of how your clients found success with your product, as well as letting your current customers help our your new ones will give you a leg up over the competiton by having a nearly endless supply of content as well as time saved - the content creates itself!


Some examples of client storytelling include:

-Case Studies

-Success Stories

-Tips and tricks (SaaS, I'm lookin' at you.)

-Use Cases


Saving time by leveraging your customers comes in many forms as well, such as:

-Creating Support communities to offset the amount of queries that can be easily answered by other users.

-Gathering product/service feedback from those who have made it a part of their everyday life and using this information to improve (your focus group is right in front of your face!)

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Everything, Everything, Everything is about being in relationship with the people around you.  

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success in the SoMe Health space is built on market reach: how? @diabetescounsel

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How One Business Plan Competition Helps Break The Glass Ceiling - Forbes

How One Business Plan Competition Helps Break The Glass Ceiling - Forbes | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
How One Business Plan Competition Helps Break The Glass Ceiling
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Women Compete in WSJ Startup Having role models is the basis for educating, motivating and inspiring more women to become entrepreneurs.
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Brown Bag Lunch Series - Fundraising with David Thompson | Center for Entrepreneurship - University of Michigan

Brown Bag Lunch Series - Fundraising with David Thompson | Center for Entrepreneurship - University of Michigan | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
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Does a business-school pedigree matter in startup circles?

Does a business-school pedigree matter in startup circles? | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
Business schools have new competition for students. A number of programs, from General Assembly in New York to Starter School in Chicago, have cropped up to cater to people seeking to launch their own companies or join fledgling ones.
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How we increase small business? Marketing Ideas

Small business and large business owners always need new marketing and business ideas for their increase in sales and profit... So there are some marketing (RT @PRINCE2PROJECT: #Project #Management: How we increase small business?
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Ten Tips for Raising Startup Capital in Biotech - Forbes

Ten Tips for Raising Startup Capital in Biotech - Forbes | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
Ten Tips for Raising Startup Capital in Biotech
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But now with a frothy IPO market, there are clear signs of irrational exuberance flowing back into the startup financing world.
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Startup America: Progress Report | The White House

Startup America: Progress Report | The White House | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
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Ill. health startup sold to Advisory Board for $35 million - ModernHealthcare.com

Ill. health startup sold to Advisory Board for $35 million - ModernHealthcare.com | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
Ill. health startup sold to Advisory Board for $35 million ModernHealthcare.com “Given the stage of the company, it's a very generous valuation, and kudos to Care Team Connect for negotiating it,” said Nina Nashif, CEO of Healthbox LLC, a...
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Coaching costs less than hiring new employees - Business Management Daily

Coaching costs less than hiring new employees - Business Management Daily | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
Coaching costs less than hiring new employees
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employee mentoring Smart business people know it's more profitable to keep existing customers than constantly having to find new ones.
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5 Ways to Get Out of Startup Mode And Grow Your Business

5 Ways to Get Out of Startup Mode And Grow Your Business | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
Too many entrepreneurs get stuck in the early stages of starting a business and never see growth. Here are five ways to get your company on the fast track to...
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Secure your small-business network without spending a dime

Secure your small-business network without spending a dime | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it

In 2012, 31 percent of cyberattacks were aimed at small businesses... But what if we told you that there were security controls in the tools you already own that could vastly improve your protection if you just used them? And that you could fill any gaps in protection with free security programs that are every bit as effective as their commercial counterparts?

Below are several ways to fend off cyberthreats. The only investment is your time.
- Use what you already have: Make sure that all your user accounts are protected with strong passwords and that only those employees who need administrative privileges have administrator accounts on their PCs.
- Stay up-to-date: The longer you go without implementing an applicable patch, the more at risk you are. You should have automatic updates turned on in Windows, as well as in any other applications you use that offer such a function.
- Supplement with free security tools: If you need to protect computers running Windows XP or Windows 7, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials to get comprehensive real-time protection gratis. You can use Cain and Abel to reveal vulnerabilities, determine whether your policy requirements are secure enough, and recover passwords, which is its primary function.


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Gareth Ellis's comment, September 15, 2013 12:19 PM
I get the free tools but the average small business user does not need to use air crack. Just secure your WiFi with WPA2 Enterprise. That is enough for most people. The average business user COULD download backtrack and analyze networks but it is not required. Obsfucate your SSID. use a good 14 digit password. Truecrypt your disks. MSE is ok. But use spybot as well. and ccleaner. Your all good to go.
AMOUZOUN Mériadec's comment, September 17, 2013 8:22 AM
Are you sure that this is the solution? real sécurity cost money! i think.
AMOUZOUN Mériadec's curator insight, September 17, 2013 8:30 AM

Real sécurity cost money but those way  use to secure small-business network are good and free!

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The Generational Management Shift: Young Managers Rise in the Ranks

The Generational Management Shift: Young Managers Rise in the Ranks | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it

Management is evolving quickly as young professionals rise in the ranks. In an effort to help quantify these management shifts and provide context for managing the generational mix in light of them, Ernst & Young surveyed over 1,200 cross-company professionals outside of the EY organization and across the US, including managers and non-managers in three select generations — Gen Y/millennials; Gen X; and baby boomers.

 

Their survey also explored perks that matter most to retain and engage employees of different age groups, and analyzed perceived strengths and weaknesses of members and managers of each generation.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 22, 2013 7:25 PM

A 2013 EY generations survey quantifies management shifts and reveals challenges, preferred workplace perks, and perceived strengths and weaknesses of Gen Y.

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Intuit Small Business Big Game. The Opportunity of a Lifetime.

Intuit Small Business Big Game. The Opportunity of a Lifetime. | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
This year, I’m going to watch the Big Game for the commercials. More specifically, for mine! Intuit is giving one small business a TV commercial on the 2014 Big Game. I just entered, so please help me out and vote for my entry!
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TalentCircles Blog: C#6 of Social Recruiting: Curation: Pre-recorded interviews/questionnaires

TalentCircles Blog: C#6 of Social Recruiting: Curation: Pre-recorded interviews/questionnaires | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it

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VVX cool
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Why Moving to the Cloud Should Be Part of Your Business Plan | Entrepreneur Magazine

Why Moving to the Cloud Should Be Part of Your Business Plan | Entrepreneur Magazine | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it

Employees need access to their data at all times, from any location, using any device in order to quickly respond to customers, close a big deal, and handle daily operations.

Most company IT teams control everything technology-related to improve operational efficiency.

The problem with increased technology reliance is that the skills required to maintain your phone system are not the same as those needed to fix printers or manage and secure your company iPads.

This expanding diversity of systems, used to keep your company running, requires a highly skilled IT workforce.

But for many entrepreneurs, that’s expensive and untenable.

Take a step back, look at your business plan, and focus on your core competencies.

To read the full article, click on the title...

 

Get your Free Business Plan Template here:

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 18, 2013 9:40 AM

The way to do business is changing rapidly, take a look at this common sense advice. Cut down on classic expenses, 'act like a start up', work with new tools.


www.Business-Funding-Insider.com : for information and tools on funding



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5 Steps an entrepreneur can take to build a stronger startup team

5 Steps an entrepreneur can take to build a stronger startup team | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
Everyone knows there is no “I” in team! Knowledge and actions do not always match up and entrepreneurs’ sometimes forget how important a team is to the company
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How to Make Your Technology Budget Stretch Further - The Procurement Group

How to Make Your Technology Budget Stretch Further - The Procurement Group | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
How to make your technology budget stretch further: http://t.co/Iaq8rccnun
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Writing a Business Plan: The Basics Reviews | How to Work from Home - Tips & Tools

Writing a Business Plan: The Basics Reviews | How to Work from Home - Tips & Tools | Startup Companies: News & Resources | Scoop.it
Writing a Business Plan: The Basics Every entrepreneur is encouraged to write a business plan; those who don't quickly learn that future operations can be (Writing a Business Plan: The Basics Reviews http://t.co/3SAhUlma4e)...
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Hiring: What's hot (and not)? - Business Management Daily

Hiring: What's hot (and not)?
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Many of the job market's most in-demand positions didn't even exist 10 years ago.
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