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Pitching investors over Zoom or other video platforms can be much more difficult than meeting in person. Here are 9 tips to get funded over Zoom.

By Nate Matherson

Pitching investors over Zoom or other video platforms can be much more difficult than meeting in person. Here are 9 tips to get funded over Zoom. Read more »

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Learn why you need to protect your startup ideas with a patent strategy and how to leverage 5 key patent strategies used by larger businesses.

By Thomas Franklin

Learn why you need to protect your startup ideas with a patent strategy and how to leverage 5 key patent strategies used by larger businesses. Read more »

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If you're running the marketing initiatives for your small business here are five common mistakes you need to avoid.

By Jesse Relkin

If you’re running the marketing initiatives for your small business here are five common mistakes you need to avoid. Read more »

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Learn why starting a nonprofit is a good move as a current business owner, and how you can start a nonprofit successfully in 7 steps.

By Chad Reid

Learn why starting a nonprofit is a good move as a current business owner, and how you can start a nonprofit successfully in 7 steps. Read more »

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Is your business communicating with email the right way? Here's how to ensure all email is the best reflection of your brand with a voice and tone guide.

By Diane Gilleland

Is your business communicating with email the right way? Here’s how to ensure all email is the best reflection of your brand with a voice and tone guide. Read more »

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A well-written out-of-office reply is vital to keep customers informed. Learn to write an effective out-of-office email with these examples.

By Briana Morgaine

A well-written out-of-office reply is vital to keep customers informed. Learn to write an effective out-of-office email with these examples. Read more »

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Learn why professional growth matters for entrepreneurs and small business owners, and see how to leverage these 10 opportunities to grow.

By Eleanor Hecks

Learn why professional growth matters for entrepreneurs and small business owners, and see how to leverage these 10 opportunities to grow. Read more »

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By Anthony St. Clair

How should you be ending your business emails? Do your sign-offs and closing statements matter? Here’s why they do and how to write them. Read more »

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Learn how to decide which eCommerce fulfillment method is right for your business and how it can elevate your customer service efforts.

By Hazel Raoult

Learn how to decide which eCommerce fulfillment method is right for your business and how it can elevate your customer service efforts. Read more »

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Using videos to promote your business can be effective if you follow a few simple rules. Here are four effective ways to leverage video.

By Susan Mravca

Using videos to promote your business can be effective if you follow a few simple rules. Here are four effective ways to leverage video. Read more »

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Learn what indicators to look out for that may signal you should pivot your business and how to pivot successfully in 3 steps.

By Callie McGill

Learn what indicators to look out for that may signal you should pivot your business and how to pivot successfully in 3 steps. Read more »

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Follow our blogging tips for business to understand the corporate blogging best practices and how to write business blogs that actually drive traffic.

By Victoria Greywing

Learn how to start a blog for your business by leveraging 6 best practices that help you write business blogs that actually drive traffic. Read more »

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Email is one of the best ways to communicate with customers—it's important to get it right. Here's how to send a professional email response.

By Jonathan Michael

Email is one of the best ways to communicate with customers—it’s important to get it right. Here’s how to send a professional email response. Read more »

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Ensure your business’s financial success by exploring the following budgeting trends for 2022 and how they may affect your finances.

By Samantha Clark

Ensure your business’s financial success by exploring the following budgeting trends for 2022 and how they may affect your finances. Read more »

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Learn the differences between working capital and cash flow as well as how to effectively manage both to keep your business healthy.

By Nahla Davies

Learn the differences between working capital and cash flow as well as how to effectively manage both to keep your business healthy. Read more »

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Learn the benefits of leveraging value engineered packaging for your business and how to implement it to save on shipping expenses.

By Phil Forbes

Learn the benefits of leveraging value engineered packaging for your business and how to implement it to save on shipping expenses. Read more »

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What’s the best way to open an email to the people you work with? Here are 8 questions to help you identify the best email greeting for work.

By Briana Morgaine

What’s the best way to open an email to the people you work with? Here are 8 questions to help you identify the best email greeting for work. Read more »

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Expanding your team is one of the biggest and most challenging steps in growing your business. Here's how to hire your dream team.

By Joshira Maduro

Expanding your team is one of the biggest and most challenging steps in growing your business. Here’s how to hire your dream team. Read more »

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Freelance platforms are more popular with entrepreneurs for a reason. Learn how founders can use them to reach goals and grow their business.

By Lauren Dunmore

Freelance platforms are more popular with entrepreneurs for a reason. Learn how founders can use them to reach goals and grow their business. Read more »

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Conflict is bound to happen even in the most collaborative workplace. Learn how to mitigate, manage and resolve conflict using email.

By Richard Fendler

Conflict is bound to happen even in the most collaborative workplace. Learn how to mitigate, manage and resolve conflict using email. Read more »

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