Do These Things Before Opening Your Doors for Business

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June 20, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. and Javier Hasse’s book Start Your Own Cannabis Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | IndieBound This article is part of Entrepreneur’s series on How to Start a Cannabis Business. We seek to promote financial inclu ...read more

Secrets Behind a Successful Soft Launch for Your Cannabis Business

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What you should do before you even open your doors to customers. June 20, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. and Javier Hasse’s book Start Your Own Cannabis Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | IndieBound Before your cannabis store officially opens, you should try out your security system and your point-of-sale system, create test entries ...read more

VC Confidential: Why Investors Say No

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An investor-turned-entrepreneur describes the view from the other side of the table. June 20, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Raising capital for a startup isn’t easy. I should know. I’ve been on these quests and have sat on opposite sides of many fundraising conversations. Before becoming an entrepreneur, I was a venture capital investor whose job it was to judge whether a startup was “i ...read more

Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 2 Ep. 9: 'I Love Money'

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This week, our high-profile investor judges get particular about what makes a company worth their time and funds. June 20, 2018 2 min read Sometimes it’s not the idea thats costs the deal, it’s the size of the company. Like Goldilocks, investors are picky, and your company may be too small, too big or just right. On the weekly streaming pitch show Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch, contestants enter the Entrepreneur Elevator and have 60 seconds to s ...read more

$0 to $1,000 in a Day: The Traffic Secret to Turn Your Visitors Into Customers

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Here is how to cash in on your first 1,000 true fans. June 19, 2018 1 min read Not all traffic is created equal. Entrepreneurs often spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours attracting the wrong customers and not reaping the benefits of sales. Let’s put an end to that now. In our third video for $0 to $1,000, a series in which we help ecommerce entrepreneurs learn what it takes to make a grand a day running their virtual store, ecommerce and digital expert Trevor Chapm ...read more

Start a Small Business by Monetizing Something You're Already Doing

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Do you love to garden or knit or advise friends about growing their business? You can potentially make money off any of these. June 18, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There are many paths to entrepreneurship. For some, it’s the “aha" moment when they have the brilliant idea that disrupts an industry. Others find success by improving an existing product or service. And then there are those who realize that ...read more

5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Sell Your Company

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Being acquired can be the fulfillment of a dream -- or the start of a nightmare. Here's how to make sure you get what you want. June 18, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I've worked at a variety of businesses that focused on acquisitions, and I helped launch Marcus by Goldman Sachs, where in the past two years, we have acquired three separate companies and incorporated them into our business and our culture. Throughout my career I've seen the dreams ...read more

This Entrepreneur Turned His Obsession With Tiny Details Into a Big Business

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And the award goes to...David Moritz, who built a business building prestigious awards! June 18, 2018 5 min read We've all asked ourselves who is going to win at the Golden Globes, but did you ever ask yourself who makes the Golden Globes? The answer is David Moritz, whose company Society Awards creates the statues and trophies that emotional artists cling to for dear life at events including the aforementioned Golden Globes, the Clio Awards, Dancing With the Stars and the American Music Aw ...read more

When Writing Your Business Plan, Be Sure to Include This

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A plan to outsource back office departments can save you time and money. June 15, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Since the inception of my company enBio, we have outsourced human resources and payroll. If you’re ready to start a business, I suggest you do the same and make sure to include that in your business plan. Running an internal HR and payroll department is an expensive undertaking -- especially for startups, small an ...read more

These Momtrepreneurs Turned Tragedy Into Opportunity

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How two moms teamed up to pay for their children's cannabis treatments. June 15, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In 2009, Natalie Dragotto and Jennifer Straiton sat in the waiting room of a pediatric specialist at the California Integrated Hyperbaric Center. The two had never met, but they had a lot in common. Both working mothers had children suffering from chronic debilitating illnesses.  Natalie's daughter, Gianna, suffered from a rare ...read more