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 “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes—understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”                  
Think about the last social or business gathering you attended.  What stands out in your mind?  Likely, it was a story relayed by someone you met or knew.  Stories are deeply tied to the way we capture information, attach meaning and retain data. Bottom line is stories capture
(pictured above: Giselle Chapman, SCORE client; Monica Kang, SCORE client, founder of InnovatorsBox and 2016 American Small Business Champion; David Bobbitt, SCORE Foundation President)   Washington, D.C. is a city known for its power. Although it’s home to plenty of inspiring
You’re Not Exempt: 4 Tips for Connecting With the Whole Team Small business leaders are constantly looking for the next cutting-edge method for growing and maintaining their businesses. They go to conferences, listen to podcasts, and invest time and effort into creating a polished image. Oftentimes, however, the keys to growth and success lie closer than
When I was growing up, my dad was my hero. Sure, when you’re a kid, everything your parents do is larger than life. But my father was different. As the owner of a few supermarkets, I witnessed first-hand how he grew both his family and his small business. As I’ve gotten older and
It’s been said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Unfortunately, too many small business owners are stuck in this trap. Here are some warning signs your business may be in a rut—and ideas for how to change things up. You
Wouldn’t it be great to have a crystal ball to predict the 2016 outlook for entrepreneurs and small business owners? Of course, none of us really knows what lies ahead in the coming year—but to give you the next best thing to that crystal ball, I asked several small business experts
The term “smart phone” hardly begins to describe what can be done on a mobile device these days, especially for small business owners or entrepreneurs. Mobile devices, and the multitude of apps that can be run on them, are now vital tools in the fast-moving, "do-it-all-now"
Keys to Understanding Vision, Values, Goals and Strategy Business owners and startup entrepreneurs often spend a great deal of time defining their vison, values, goals and strategy. And that’s good since it’s critical to understand these things.
It’s no secret small business owners wear many hats. They are marketers, managers, and much more. Perhaps their most important role is that of product developer. New products promote business growth and enables business owners to respond to industry trends and consumer demand. This makes

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