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Fall 2017 ChooseWhat Scholarship: And the Winner Is…

Self-employment teaches people lessons of independence and accountability that can’t be learned any other way. Combine these lessons with a solid education, and you’ve got everything you need to start … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Scholarship
Small Business Conferences August 2018

December Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

What Business Owners Need to Know about Health Benefits in 2018

Whether or not you follow healthcare policy, it’s been hard to miss the headlines over the past year about proposed changes to federal guidelines, executive orders, and rising premiums. Now … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create a Business Budget / Get Group Health Insurance

Can Your Employees Work From Home Reliably?

As a contract writer, I always work from home. Admittedly, it requires discipline, particularly when the dog is being particularly cute. Still, I was very trustworthy — and more productive … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team / Create a Business Budget / Find Office Space

Overcoming the Naysayers: Joel and Joanna Fried

Starting your own business is scary and involves lots and lots of hard work. When you first get started, all you have is your idea and your determination to succeed. You … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Succeeding Despite the Naysayers

How to Choose a Lawyer for your Small Business

Unless you run a law office, you probably do not have the resources to hire in-house representation or even put a business attorney on retainer. But this doesn’t mean that … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Small Business Insurance / Name Your Business

Things That Service Businesses Should Know About Their Customers…

… And How to Remember Every Detail If you have ever walked to a restaurant table and found your customary iced tea already at your favorite table, awaiting your first … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

Cybersecurity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In 2016, 50% of all small and mid-sized businesses experienced a cybersecurity breach. Of that 50%, 66% were out of business within six months. To help entrepreneurs address this growing … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
December Small Business Events

November: Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

Entrepreneurialism in the heart of Texas – Austin Startup Week

Austin Startup Week, now in its seventh year, will take place this year from October 9 – 13. From educational panels to meetups and workshops, it’s a great opportunity to … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

Is Your Small Business Ramped up for Success?

You may be downright artistic when it comes to pinching pennies to help support your brand new business, and your business is small enough to turn on a dime to … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create a Business Budget / Management

Is Your LLC Partnership In Danger of Ending Prematurely?

Just One Partner Exit can Create Major Issues There’s nothing like thrills felt by people who band together to start a new business partnership. Even if you start out as … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Form an LLC

Can Your Small Business Rent its Way to Success?

Cash is at a premium during the early days of most businesses. It’s too bad that this is also the time when you seem to need money the most. Whether … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create a Business Budget / Find Office Space / Select an All-in-One Printer

Would a Virtual Assistant (VA) Help Your Small Business?

Face it: dreams of business ownership do not match up with the reality. You envision a life spent pushing your industry knowledge and skills to create products or services that … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team
December Small Business Events

October Small Business Events

Small business events are a great way to broaden your knowledge and network, whether it’s within a specific industry or among more general group of business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

Best Tips for Freelancers to Network Effectively

Networking is an important and valuable part of growing a business. Networking as a freelancer or sole entrepreneur, however, can be less than straightforward. Many “solopreneurs” wonder how to find … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

Overcoming the Naysayers: Georgette Blau

Starting your own business is scary and involves lots and lots of hard work. When you first get started, all you have is your idea and your determination to succeed. You must … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Succeeding Despite the Naysayers

Should You Be Your Business’ Own Chief Financial Officer (CFO)?

Whether your business is still in the start-up phase, or if its growth seems a bit out of control, do you understand the financial side as well as you should? … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team / Create a Business Budget

How to Onboard Employees When You Can’t Even Find the Paperclips

New or growing businesses are not always models of organization and efficiency, and your business is likely no exception. This is why you hire employees who enjoy working in a … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team / Management

What Business Owners Need to Know About Potential Changes to Overtime Pay

In the summer of 2015, the Department of Labor under then-President Obama started the process of changing overtime pay rules with updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management