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The 5 Best Credit Card Processing Companies for Startups

As an entrepreneur, you’ve got 100 things to check off your list before you can open for business. Among the most important, but often overlooked, is providing a means through which your customers can pay you. Given that over 75% of transactions involve either a debit, credit, prepaid, or gift card, that means finding a… Read more »

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Set Tactics to Execute Strategy

It happens all the time. You take your team away from the routine for a few hours, brainstorm, and develop a brilliant new strategy. And when you all get back into the routine, the routine wins and strategy loses. Nothing changes. The strategy was brilliant on the whiteboard, but never got to the real world…. Read more »

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How to Develop Your Business Strategy

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do – Michael Porter I love the Michael Porter here because it’s so true, and more so the more you dig down into the front lines of real business, such as small business and startups. Strategy is what you’re not doing. My favorite metaphor is the… Read more »

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Small Businesses Created 72,000 Jobs in March

Did you know that small business job growth accounted for 38% of all employment gains across all payroll size groups? Within small businesses, 53% of the employment growth contribution was associated with companies having between 1-19 employees. Check out the infographic below for even more interesting small business growth stats and read the full details… Read more »

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It’s National Business Planning Week in the UK!

Today marks the beginning of the UK’s National Business Planning Week, and we here at LivePlan are proud sponsors of the event. In fact, Caroline Cummings—our resident expert on pitching and funding new businesses—is one of this week’s featured experts, available daily to answer real-time user questions on the event website. Or, tweet us anytime… Read more »

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A Week of Awesome Interviews

The past week has meant two of the funnest interviews our CEO, Sabrina Parsons, has ever been a part of. First, on Friday, she was featured in The New York Times “Corner Office” interview series. Then, our own Senior Ecommerce Manager, Brandon Lagasse’s daughter Jesslynn graced our offices with her insanely cute and quite professional… Read more »

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10 Great Websites for Entrepreneurs

This article by Palo Alto Software Email Marketer/Copywriter, Tyree Harris, originally ran on the Up and Running blog.   Whether you’re a budding business owner or an experienced hotshot, taking some time to read what’s going on in the industry is essential. The internet is filled with resources and publications dedicated to assisting you in your… Read more »

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What Investors Want to Learn From Your Business Plan

This article by Palo Alto Software CEO, Sabrina Parsons, originally ran on the MyCorporation blog.   Your business concept is awesome and you know it. But you need startup funds and a way to convince investors that they’ll see a return on investing in your business. The thought of putting together a business plan that will… Read more »