Best Practices

IASourceLink: Back to School...for Business Owners

With many returning to school this week, we thought small business owners and entrepreneurs might get a learning itch too!

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SourceLink Dallas: Financial Statements, Not Just for Wall Street

How financial statements can benefit your small business.

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KCSourceLink: Seven Keys to Shaping the Entrepreneurial Organization

Michie P. Slaughter was involved in the original conceptual design of the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, was named its first president in February 1992 and served in that role until 1998. He wrote a short piece on entrepreneurial leadership based on his experiences working with Based on his experiences working with Ewing Marion Kauffman (founder) and Gerald Holder(senior vp) during the formative years of Marion Laboratories.

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Have You Checked on Your Economy?

The Edward Lowe Foundation has completely redesigned YourEconomy.org (YE), an online research tool that helps economic development professionals track business activity, identify growth companies and target their programs more effectively.

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AKSourceLink: Internships: A Win-Win for Your Small Business

Has your small business ever thought of hiring an intern? Interns provide a fresh outlook and a variety of skills. They’re looking for experience, and you’re looking for additional staff – it’s a win-win situation for all!

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State of Ingenuity SourceLink: “Keep Your Enemies Closer” (Building Relationships with Competitors)

Intimate knowledge of competitors greatly benefits your business. This understanding of your competitors’ strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, etc. will enable you to better anticipate their decisions. As you get to know competitors on a personal level, they may become comfortable enough to share their plans with you, and you may even be able to form mutually-beneficial partnerships.

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NetWork Kansas: Are Business Plans Dead?

Once considered a startup staple, business plans have entered a murky territory in recent years as amorphous tech startups spring from shared houses, competitions spawn the birth of new companies overnight, and adaptability is prized in a constantly changing marketplace. Are business plans still relevant?

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SoMNSourceLink: What is a Marketing Plan?

A successful business owner or entrepreneur has to understand who the customer is, who the competition is, and create a marketing plan to move forward within today's environment.

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ARKSourceLink: Getting Into a Successful State of Mind

In an article for Fast Company, Dave Kashen argues that there needs to be a shift in where inspiration for success comes from and gives tips in order to get yourself into a successful state of mind.

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IASourceLink: Cybersecurity for Small Business

Hackers are increasingly targeting small businesses with cyber-attacks. Read on to find examples of actual businesses who’ve fallen prey.

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Wall Street Journal's Perspective on Business Resources

I recently came across an article in the Wall Street Journal about “How to Find Free or Low-Cost Training for New Business Owners.” The article tells the story of Jacquie A. Parish, a stay-at-home mom turned entrepreneurial party planner who dropped and lost $3,000 when she botched her first online marketing campaign.

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