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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

Beautiful Strategy; Deadly Execution

Some companies may be creating the seeds of their own destruction, while engaged in an effort to improve efficiency and their own bottom line. The bottom line, however, could be terminating their customer base, and in turn, themselves.

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Posted in Applied Entrepreneurship, business, Business interruption, crisis, etc., entrepreneur, Growing a business, Innovation, Running a business, technology

Could Social Media Plug the BP Oil Leak? Can Social Media Clean It Up?

Maybe it is time for the wisdom of the crowds to take a shot at resolving the continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Could social media be used to “plug the damn hole?” Could the use of social media be helpful in finding ways to more effectively remediate the damage the oil spill has and will cause?

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Posted in Applied Entrepreneurship, business, Business interruption, crisis, etc., Innovation, Intellectual property, open source, Social networking & media, technology

Save Your Business

Cost saving tips and resources for entrepreneurs and small business.

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Posted in Applied Entrepreneurship, business, Business interruption, crisis, etc., entrepreneur, Financial security, Growing a business, Recession strategies, Running a 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
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