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Small Business Ideas and Resources for Entrepreneurs Monitor Suite® Corporate Immigration Law | Canadian Immigration Lawyers | United States Immigration Lawyers | Toronto | Vancouver | Bellingham Zenefits Elevator Pitch: eDivvy The Pitch: "Group gifts are popular for occasions such as weddings and office parties, but organizing them can be a hassle. Our application allows shoppers to easily split the cost of gifts with friends, family, and co-workers. On our site, users can select gifts to buy from retailers such as Target and Macy's and invite others to contribute. We collect the money from each participant and send it to the retailer once we receive the total amount. We have also begun to partner with retailers to integrate eDivvy into their sites. PRESIDENT: Eden Clark LOCATION: Irvine, California LAUNCHED: Spring 2009 2010 PROJECTED REVENUE: $1.1 million AVERAGE GROUP SIZE: Eight FEE FOR SHOPPERS: Four percent of every group purchase, plus 49 cents per credit card transaction FEE FOR RETAILERS: Five percent to 15 percent of each group purchase FUNDING SOUGHT: $1.5 million Partner Up I like this company's product -- it's something that I would use. Diversify Revenue Is There Enough Demand?

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State of the AmLaw 200 Blogosphere: March, 2010 96, or 48%, of the 2009 AmLaw 200 law firms are now blogging. This number is up from 39 firms, or a 149% increase, since August 2007 when LexBlog released its first State of the AmLaw Blogosphere. The number of blogs being published by these firms has grown nearly 300% in that same timeframe, from 74 to 297. In the 7 months since LexBlog released its fourth State of the AmLaw Blogosphere in June of 2009, the number of AmLaw law firms blogging has grown 20%. For large law firms looking to brand their law firm blogs, LexBlog remains the blog publishing platform of choice with 65% of the AmLaw law firm branded blogs running on the the LexBlog publishing platform. Growth highlights: 48% of AmLaw 200 law firms have blogs.20% growth in last 8 months in the number of AmLaw 200 law firms publishing blogs.33% growth in last 8 months in total number of blogs being published by AmLaw 200 law firms (some firms have more than one blog). And in the numbers: Note: a e-Discovery Team SCOTUSblog ClimateIntel

Old Time Pottery Starting a Company? 8 Free Online Courses You Can't Miss Entrepreneurial education is slowly but surely becoming more mainstream. Traditional universities are offering entrepreneurs more tools than ever before. But education start-ups such as Coursera and Udacity have taken this a step further--offering in-depth classes on entrepreneurship taught by industry heavy-weights such as Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur Steve Blank for free. Here are eight classes that every entrepreneur should take. How to Build a Startup Steve Blank, author of The Startup Owner’s Manual and The Four Steps to the Epiphany, teaches this nine-lesson class. “We used to think of startup as a smaller version of a large company,” says Blank on Udacity’s website. Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies Taught by James V. Startup Engineering This 10-week course, taught by Balaji Srinivasan and Vijay Pande of Stanford University, gives entrepreneurs the skills they need to build a tech start-up from the ground up. Introduction to Finance Law and the Entrepreneur

Accelerator The 500 Startups Accelerator experiments with early-stage startup formulas for explosive growth with a mixture of up to $250K in funding, superhuman mentors & designers in residence, platform-specific strategies for customer acquisition, a creative workspace and lots more awesomeness… Applications for our next Mountain View batch are NOW CLOSED! Thanks for applying. Successful startups don’t just need great coders and designers, they require scalable and cost-effective customer acquisition. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Home Page