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10 Ways to Promote Yourself to Entrepreneurial Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Too many entrepreneurs I know still believe that their great idea will carry their startup. Yet most investors agree that the "idea" is worth nothing alone, and it's the entrepreneur's execution that counts. That means that selling …

5 Ways to Get Out of Startup Mode And Grow Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs stay in startup mode way too long. Keeping a small business in startup mode requires you to stand on the brake. If you keep telling people you're "just a startup," you will never take actions for real growth.<p>It's time to …

10 Business Plan Benefits You Might Be Forgetting

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Too many people don't bother to write a business plan because they think it's too hard or unnecessary unless you’re looking for funding. That's a shame. These myths keep a lot of people from the benefits of planning.<p>If you're still …

When Starting Up, These 6 Things Can Wait

This story appears in the September 2013 issue of <i>Startups</i>. Subscribe »<p><b>Hunting sales whales</b> <br>"It may be best not to go for the home-run account right away," suggests Michelle Fish of Integra Staffing, "because you might not be ready for the size and scope of their business, and you might not get …

Cutting Costs Without Cutting Corners: Lessons from Banner Health

Cost cutting is difficult in any industry, but it’s particularly challenging in healthcare, where organizations are simultaneously undergoing a major transformation to improve care and the patient experience. In a hospital setting, cost-reduction is often equated with cutting corners, and so is …

The Pitfalls (and Upsides) of Partnering with Entrepreneurs

<i>To en·gage</i> <i>( n-g j ):</i> <i>To pledge or promise, especially to marry; to draw into; to involve; to enter into conflict with</i><p>Corporate executives are exhorted daily by well-meaning public leaders that they should support their local entrepreneurs in order to be good corporate citizens and to bolster local …

Netflix may be about to fall victim to the binge-watching revolution it started

Netflix has been coy about how “binge-watching” is affecting its business, but it may drop a big hint in its earnings report later today. And if it does, investors could get hit pretty hard.<p>The issue is how Netflix accounts for the cost of its original programming—shows available only on Netflix …

FHFA Wants To Fine Bank Of America More Than $6 Billion: Report

(Reuters) - U.S. housing regulators are looking to fine Bank of America more than $6 billion for its role in misleading mortgage agencies during the housing boom, compared with the $4 billion to be paid by JPMorgan Chase & Co, the Financial Times reported on its website, citing people familiar with …

Higher gains forecast in Tuesday's jobs report

Economists estimate the government Tuesday will report 180,000 job gains for September and an unchanged unemployment rate of 7.3%.<p>Economists say the employment market likely picked up a bit last month, estimating the government will report Tuesday that 180,000 jobs were added.<p>Economists' consensus …

New Microsoft tablets reach beyond Surface appeal

NEW YORK — Microsoft took a colossal $900 million inventory adjustment on Surface RT in July that left people questioning the very future of Microsoft-branded tablets.<p>Surface RT was the first personal computer that Microsoft produced itself and it ran the flavor of Windows designed mainly for the …

Student loan borrowers face 'payment processing pitfalls'

Repaying a student loan should be simple, but a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finds that it's often just the opposite.<p>The companies hired by lenders to collect payment for private loans don’t always act in the borrowers’ best interest. Sometimes, these loan …