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10 Reasons Your Business Needs a Positioning Statement (and How to Start Building Yours)

As an entrepreneur, there's no greater fear than developing a product or service that no one wants and no one is willing to pay for.

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Annette Beck
on May 28, 2014
Leaving Presentations to Chance is Like Embarking on a Trip Without a Map

Leaving presentations to chance is like embarking on a trip without a map (hat tip to Amanda Schnieders for the metaphor). If you don't know where you're headed and how you'll get there, you may not reach your destination.

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Wendy Torrance
on November 19, 2013
Building An Online Brand For Your Startup

Strategic words are out. Personal search is in. This week, the Kauffman Foundation held a seminar on "Online Branding for Startups" with help from Mark Traphagen of Virante, a SEO marketing firm out of Durham, N.C. I learned a number of things in the hours we discussed branding with entrepreneurs and Kauffman associates, but here are my top four takeaways.

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Amanda Schnieders
on September 12, 2013
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