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Forbes Welcome. 4 Essential Steps to Managing Growth. A funny little thing happens on the road to success.

4 Essential Steps to Managing Growth

Often the prosperity of the business can outpace the ability of the business to maintain that success. At this point most of you are probably wondering what am I talking about. 9 Ways to Prepare for Growth and Success - Preparing for Business Growth - Reader Resource Position yourself for growth in 2017—join us live at the Entrepreneur 360™ Conference in Long Beach, Calif. on Nov. 16.

9 Ways to Prepare for Growth and Success - Preparing for Business Growth -

Secure Your Seat » It's Business 101 to have contingency plans in place for when things go wrong. But, conversely, are you prepared for growth and success? What if it turns out your positive expectations were too conservative? 10 Ways to Prepare Your Company for Explosive Growth. By now, your New Year's resolutions have worn off.

10 Ways to Prepare Your Company for Explosive Growth

The everyday pressures of running a business have taken you back to business as usual. And that means all those plans for growing your business have fallen by the wayside, too. Instead of having a plan, all you have is hope. And we all know what simply hoping gets us. Here's a better approach from Kevin Allen, the founder of re:kap, a business transformation company, and the author of The Hidden Agenda (a book that made my list of "Six Books for the Well-Rounded Entrepreneur. ") How Fast Should Your Company Grow? The phrase “fast growth” conjures up a picture of a high-technology company serving markets that have seemingly inexhaustible appetites for its products.

How Fast Should Your Company Grow?

Panting investors and rising stock prices are generally part of the image. A typical example of such a high-growth company is Tandy Corporation, owner of the Radio Shack chain and manufacturer of the TRS-80 microcomputer. At the other end of the growth spectrum are companies whose markets shrink due to declining demand and/or foreign competition and whose stock prices fall. These companies are typified by National Steel Corporation. (National Steel recently formed a holding company and adopted a new corporate name, National Intergroup, Inc.) Trade Secrets. If you decide you don't want to pursue a patent, either it's too expensive at this point or it's not the right kind of technology for a patent protection, you might decide to keep it as a trade secret.

Trade Secrets

A trade secret or patent protection is important information how to produce a product, some little trick in the processing. It could be a customer list. Trade secret could be business plans. 4 Reasons Entrepreneurs Need to Know About the New Trade Secrets Law. On April 27, 2016 Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) which President Obama will soon sign into law.

4 Reasons Entrepreneurs Need to Know About the New Trade Secrets Law

Why should you care? Because it will have a broad effect on your business even if you do not realize it. Here are 4 reasons why. 1. Your most valuable asset. In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword. Soon after, Apple and Google stopped returning phone calls.

In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword

The company behind Siri switched its partnership from Mr. Phillips to Mr. Ricci’s firm. And the millions of dollars Mr. General information concerning patents. October 2015 Functions of the United States Patent and Trademark Office The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is an agency of the U.S.

General information concerning patents

Department of Commerce. Forbes Welcome. 10 Business Development Techniques to Grow Sales Fast. Branding in the Age of Social Media. In the era of Facebook and YouTube, brand building has become a vexing challenge.

Branding in the Age of Social Media

This is not how things were supposed to turn out. A decade ago most companies were heralding the arrival of a new golden age of branding. They hired creative agencies and armies of technologists to insert brands throughout the digital universe. The 7 Tenets of Branding. This story appears in the August 2015 issue of Entrepreneur.

The 7 Tenets of Branding

Subscribe » In today’s competitive marketplace, entrepreneurs—tasked with raising capital, attracting talent and getting their businesses off the ground—are up against a staggering statistical fail rate. But by following some basic principles related to design, marketing and user experience—tenets of some of the most powerful businesses out there—you can increase your odds of starting and maintaining a successful brand. 1. Simplicity. Product Positioning - Encyclopedia - Business Terms. Positioning - Small Business Encyclopedia. Definition: How you differentiate your product or service from that of your competitors and then determine which market niche to fill . Positioning helps establish your product's or service's identity within the eyes of the purchaser. A company's positioning strategy is affected by a number of variables related to customers' motivations and requirements, as well as by its competitors' actions.

Equity Financing vs. Debt Financing: Which is Right for You? About Debt & Equity Entrepreneurs today have two options when it comes to raising money to fund their company, debt or equity. Debt is a loan which must pay back within an agreed upon amount of time, with interest. Equity, instead, is a portion of ownership in the company given in exchange for an investor’s money. Equity Crowdfunding 101: Is It Right For Your Startup? “I need capital, Eric.” Sitting in my archives are hundreds of emails with the same plea. And although my comeback tells entrepreneurs to bootstrap and run lean for as long as possible, there does come a time to seek the almighty buck.

Forbes Welcome. To Bootstrap Or Not? Bootstrapping is a tougher choice than ever for startups. Seed capital is so widely available that deals for the hottest companies can close in days, and many entrepreneurs never even consider bootstrapping their company — especially in the race to join the “Unicorn Club.” On the other hand, some startups don’t have the luxury of securing investors to help launch their company, and others see enough value in going it alone they forgo outside funding.

In 2009, I left my job as a software engineer at Facebook and took a leap of faith to found Storm8 with a few friends. We scraped together our savings and funded the company ourselves. Over the following six years, we grew the company to more than 250 employees without raising any outside capital. Is Bootstrapping Right For You? How to Decide. How to Forecast Revenue and Growth. Forecasting business revenue and expenses during the startup stage is really more art than science.

Many entrepreneurs complain that building forecasts with any degree of accuracy takes a lot of time--time that could be spent selling rather than planning. But few investors will put money in your business if you're unable to provide a set of thoughtful forecasts. More important, proper financial forecasts will help you develop operational and staffing plans that will help make your business a success.

Here's some detail on how to go about building financial forecasts when you're just getting your business off the ground and don't have the luxury of experience. 7 Tips for Business Forecasting. Six Rules for Effective Forecasting. The Art of Startup Finance. Lecture 18 - Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups (Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy) Top 10 Questions About Small Business Incorporation Answered. The Ethical Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs. To Incorporate Your Business - Choose Your Business Structure.

The 3 Essential Things Needed in a Founders' Agreement. How to write a Business Plan. How To Write A Business Plan. Blue Ocean Strategy: The Basics. Competitive Analysis - Small Business Encyclopedia. Have a Business Idea? 6 Ways to Research Your Industry. The Customer Development Process. 2 Minutes to See Why. Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses: Eric Ries: 9780307887894: Books. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers (9780470876411): Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur: Books. Business Model Canvas Explained. Top 10 Business Crowdfunding Campaigns Of All Time. 10 Extreme Bootstrapping Ideas. How To Build A Core Startup Team.

How to Define Your Target Market. 10 Questions to Ask Before Determining Your Target Market. Companies That Went Bankrupt From Innovation Lag. WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson. The Four Forces of Entrepreneurial Opportunities. The Five Cs of Opportunity Identification. The three pieces of entrepreneurship: opportunity recognition, opportunity assessment, and opportunity realization - The Berkeley Science Review.

Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs. Forbes Welcome. Forbes Welcome. Business Plans for Successful Entrepreneurs. 5 Reasons Why You've Failed as an Entrepreneur. 21 Reasons You Became an Entrepreneur. What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur. How Entrepreneurs Identify New Business Opportunities. How To Build A Core Startup Team. Fastcompany.