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All I Want for Christmas is The Perfect Business Start-up Checklist

Not every business start-up checklist will work for every business. They can be a great time saver but they can also mislead. I’ve assembled a few of them here, along with a cautionary tale about their use.

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Posted in Applied Entrepreneurship, business, Buying a business, entrepreneur, Franchise, Planning for a business, Starting a business, Thinking about a new business

Picking the Right Name for Your Company

Picking a company name is both a science and an art form for several reasons. Before you even contact a lawyer to help set up your company legal structure, I strongly suggest using a Google or other extensive online search, for the word, word combination, and meta tag names you are interested in using for your company name. I also strongly recommend doing at least your own trademark search to make sure another company has not registered a similar name in the same category of business. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has quite a bit of good information on trademarks, which are important to protect your name and to help ensure the name you choose does not infringe on one already registered by someone else.

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Eliminating the Pain with a Lean Business Model

Looking at “obvious” lean business models, one has to wonder why a budding entrepreneur would pursue a business model that called for large sums of money, long term obligations, including enormous fixed expenses, when there are other business models out there.

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Posted in Applied Entrepreneurship, business, entrepreneur, Financing a business, Growing a business, Innovation, Planning for a business, Recession strategies, Social networking & media, Starting a business, Thinking about a new business

Lessons Learned – Casting the Net for Brilliant Idea “Show Stoppers”

Steps on how to brainstorm your initial business idea. Starting to test your business startup concept.

Posted in Applied Entrepreneurship, business, Business life cycle, entrepreneur, Family business issues, Innovation, Personal happiness, Planning for a business, Starting a business, Thinking about a new business

Lessons Learned – Finalizing the Short List of Initial Business Ideas

Is Your Great Idea A Real Business? A process to test a startup idea.

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Lessons Learned – Moving to Your “Short List” of Business Startup Ideas

Embarking on the journey to start a new business and building an interactive list of best practices along the way. brainstorming

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Lessons Learned – Refining (or finding) the Initial New Business Concept

Embarking on the journey to start a new business and building an interactive list of best practices along the way.

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