Best Practices

Loudoun SourceLink: How to Be Mentored by a Successful Government Contractor

The federal government awarded $83 billion in contracts to small businesses last year, and plans to spend about the same amount this year. One way to gain access to federal contracts is to participate in a federal Mentor-Protégé Program.

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ARKSourceLink: 3-D Printing: Fad or Here to Stay?

3-D printing is a relatively new manufacturing process. Small businesses can use it in a variety of ways. But, the question is “will the use be widespread enough to push through being an fad and become part of mainstream manufacturing?” Only time and the manufacturing market will tell.

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MOSourcelink: How to Network Like You Mean It

Master networking with these tips from Alana Muller, president of FastTrac and author of Coffee, Lunch, Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking.

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KCSourceLink: Preparing Your Business for Success

Taking on a new venture is scary. Everyone knows there are no guarantees in life; however, there are a few simple steps to take before opening a business that will increase the likelihood of success.

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SourceLink Tulsa: Why Diligence is a Startup's Best Friend

So you have an idea huh? Well the execution and follow through of that idea are probably the most important steps. Click on through for a little motivation for you and your Startup.

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SoMNSourceLink: Business Growth Strategy - Retain Current Customers or Gain a New Following? What do the Numbers Show?

While the small business owner wants to focus sales energy on finding new customers, evidence shows keeping existing customers returns a higher percentage of success.

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SourceLink Dallas: Where to Seek Money for Your Business, When Your Personal Credit Score is An Issue

Where to seek business capital, when your personal credit score may become an issue with traditional lenders.

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MetroNOLA SourceLink: Netflix a Model Company for Innovation

Creating a culture of innovation is very much a symbiotic relationship between the company and the employee. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings shared a 126-slide presentation that received acclaim all across Silicon Valley on how to foster "Freedom and Responsibility."

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Network Kansas: Acting Like an Entrepreneur in the Public Sector

What can the public sector learn from entrepreneurs about failure? Corey Mohn, Director of Statewide Programs for Network Kansas, shares what lean Startups can teach about taking risks.

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Network Kansas: January Jumpstart - Priming your Business for a Successful 2014

January can be a slow time of month for many businesses, especially retailers who see sales slump after the frenzy of the holiday shopping season. Don’t let this time of year go to waste. By doing prep work and planning now, you can prepare your business for a successful 2014. Try these 7 tips to make January work hard for your business

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ARKSourceLink: Kiva Supporting Small Businesses

Kiva Zip is helping small businesses owners all over the US secure small no-interest loans through their innovative process. Read here to find out how you can become involved.

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State of Ingenuity SourceLink: What is your Business Worth?

A business valuation measures the worth of a business in today’s market. Understanding a business’ value enables owners (and potential buyers) to make intelligent business decisions.

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Loudoun SourceLink: Powerful Mail Strategy That Brings in Clients

Small business owners can get surprising ROI using this time-tested marketing tool.

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KCSourceLink: Startups Need to Know New SEC Rules for Equity Funding

The SEC has recently lifted their ban on general solicitation funds for businesses. Find out what this means for you and your Startup.

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SourceLink Tulsa: Low Price Strategy - Worth the Cost?

Suggesting high vs. low prices on your product or service can in itself raise some eyebrows. After all, drawing people in with rock-bottom price is the best strategy, right?

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