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3 tips from Ali Brown an award winning…

3 tips from Ali Brown an award-winning small business mentor: 1) Align your business with something that you love. Small business that last have owners that are incredibly passionate. 2) Always be marketing. You should be looking for new clients to come through the door. 3) Watch those number. Pay attention to your books so you know where your money is coming from.

Watch the video on Rescue a CEO: http://rescue.ceoblognation.com/2013/10/23/business-250k-grant-deadline-1031/

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Find a New Market for an Existing Product…

Find a New Market for an Existing Product via Small Business Trends – “Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records, did not invent Rock ‘n Roll, but his small Memphis label will forever be linked to its beginnings. Phillips established his recording studio and eventually his record label as a way to capture the interaction of country and blues music he was already familiar with as a DJ. There was a wealth of talent he believed most of the country was unfamiliar with and had never heard. He created a relaxed studio environment with unique acoustics to capture and immortalize that talent. Phillips would eventually discover stars like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash and he became an icon and a wealthy entrepreneur as a result.”

Read more: http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/10/successful-entrepreneur-mindset.html

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Advice from Angie Hicks the founder of Angie’s…

Advice from Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie’s List offers advice for entrepreneurs and business owners:

What she did possess, she says, was focus and persistence. “Those core competencies were key to driving my career, and have driven what I’ve done since day one at the company,” she says. At the beginning, she measured her success building Angie’s List “one member at a time.”

“Balance your differences. Find people who are going to shore up your weaknesses. Think about building out your team and always be evaluating what the team is missing,” she advises. “When you’re thinking about how you’re spending your time, think about who you’re hiring. That’s going to make the difference in your success.”

“Let your people swim, but don’t leave the pool,” she says. She says employees need latitude to take on risks and fail. “Create a culture with your team that allows them to be open and come and talk to you. I tell them, ‘I know things are going to go wrong, just make sure I’m the first one who knows so I can help you fix it’,”

Angie Hicks, http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/blogs/profit-minded/angie-list-lessons-building-great-team-221247251.html

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I am convinced studying entrepreneurship can reduce the…

I am convinced studying entrepreneurship can reduce the failure rate. That’s precisely why I am a big proponent of programs that focus on active learning in addition to traditional classroom lectures. via Henry Bloch, founder of HR Block

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228729#ixzz2h4aa5IJE

Henry Bloch, http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228729#ixzz2h4aa5IJE

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Start with deceptively small things Maybe it’s a…

Start with deceptively small things. Maybe it’s a bad idea to have really big ambitions initially, because the bigger your ambition, the longer it’s going to take, and the further you project into the future, the more likely you’ll get it wrong. Don’t try to construct the future like a building, because your current blueprint is almost certainly mistaken. Start with something you know works, and when you expand, expand westward.”

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228679#ixzz2glbSZj3O

Paul Graham, http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228679

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“If everything you do needs to work on…

“If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people…if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that.”

Jeff Bezos, http://99u.com/articles/7255/the-jeff-bezos-school-of-long-term-thinking