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Create a Successful Business Plan with Tips from 5 Industry Experts

Imagine creating a detailed business plan decoding your present and future strategies, only to be told “Good effort, but we don’t believe this plan will work”. This is a situation every entrepreneur hopes to avoid, and certainly can. Ideally, an effective business plan must precisely highlight : Your business

3 Ways To Keep A Watch On You Competitors

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  Ignoring competitors is certainly a mistake that small businesses must avoid. If you choose to turn your back on them, they will walk away with your customers. In order to make sound business decisions that will help you retain customers or entice new ones, it’s important to keep

Using The Fourth Of July To Promote Your Business: Some Fun Facts

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As June comes to an end, another 4th of July beckons us! It’s a day most of us look forward to with anticipation. Whether it’s the barbecues, fireworks or glorious food, the 4th of July makes us feel special. If you are a business owner, it’s wise to use

5 Tips To Boost Sales In 2014

The business world is getting more competitive than ever before. More competitors are entering the market and offering services/products that are very similar to yours. In order to be successful as an entrepreneur, you must look for ways to expand your customer base and increase sales. No matter what

The Latest in Promotional Products by OPEN Forum

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MSNBC visits Advertising Specialty Institute’s (ASI) show featuring the wackiest promotional products to help businesses stand out and steer clear of competition. Some of the products featured in this video are available at Promo Direct as well!

16 Most Productive Ways to Spend Time On The Internet

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The Internet is a huge powerhouse of knowledge and a majority of people across the globe already spend significant time online. Although, it gives us exceptional power to learn and understand new things, it also provides us with an opportunity to distract ourselves. If you can discipline yourself, you

5 Reasons Why Most Start-Ups Fail

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All start-ups are not runaway successes – in fact, a majority of them sink without a trace after 2 to 3 years of existence. Even when budding entrepreneurs are equipped with all the right qualities, they have to deal with layoffs, bankruptcy and faulty services/products. So if you are

Is your Company Lacking Inspiration? How to Inspire Employees and Stimulate Creativity

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In today’s world, competition is fierce in the business world when it comes to innovation and thought leadership. Companies are constantly trying to “one-up” each other and come up with the best, biggest, newest idea out there in order to grab consumers’ attention. It’s easy to get stuck in

Bridging the Gap between Manufacturers and Distributers?

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A recent study revealed that around 82% of manufacturers and 92% of distributors agree that differences exist in their working relationships. The notable part is that both of them are aware that these differences are causing negative impact on sales and profitability. The reason for these disagreements is mismatched

Using Reviews Better For Your Business

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Do you put some thought into what’s said about your business online? If you haven’t yet, then please do so as quickly as you can. A lot of companies prefer to ignore reviews about them, especially if it’s negative. Don’t follow the same path. Websites like yelp.com and local.yahoo.com