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Family Businesses : The power of Resilience

Family Businesses: The Power Of Resilience Every year we get an inside look at companies driving our economy. I particularly love hearing about — and sharing with you — how family businesses (which made up about 25% of our 2013 Entrepreneur Of The Yearfinalists) are finding great success in their markets. Family businesses are part of a small group of high-impact entrepreneurs: those who launch and grow companies that have an above-average impact on job and ... continue reading

10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy — This Chart Shows How

10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy — This Chart Shows How: Ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything you buy; from household products to pet food to jeans.    According to this chart via Reddit, called "The Illusion of Choice," these corporations create a chain that begins at one of 10 super companies. You've heard of the biggest names, but it's amazing to see what these giants own or influence.   ... continue reading

Business Plan Template: What To Include

  Dave Lavinsky, Contributor I help entrepreneurs become more successful.       Business Plan Template: What To Include : All entrepreneurs and business owners should have a business plan. The very process of developing your plan helps you understand they type of business you’d like to build, and the action plan which you will need to follow. However, there’s only one time when EVERY entrepreneur and business ... continue reading

How to Grow Your Network Without Really Trying

How to Grow Your Network Without Really Trying A reporter is only as good as her sources. As a self-employed journalist for 23 years, I was also only as good as my clients. Therefore, much of my career has been devoted to expanding my network. Though many people think of networking as hard work, I’ve never seen it as a chore. Discovering and getting to know new people is one of the greatest pleasures of my work. It’s also so ingrained in what I do that when Ka... continue reading

10 Myths About Successful Entrepreneurs -- Debunked

This is my last column on the psychology of the entrepreneurial spirit. Beginning next week I will examine family businesses and what makes them tick. The idea is to expose the inner workings of business founders and their problematic ties to their families, as skillfully as David Chase (The Sopranos) gave us an insider’s view of  an illegal, primarily Italian, interdependent but hostile group of family business founders. Before heading in that direction I want to dispel a numb... continue reading

12 Facts About Entrepreneurs That Will Likely Surprise You

I have a picture in my head of what the average entrepreneur is like.  I’d guess pretty young (think Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.) living the red beans and rice lifestyle and working 80+ hours a week and sleeping under their desk.  On some parts, I’m probably right — but on many, I’m flat-out wrong.  This is demonstrated by a recent report from the Kauffman foundation for entrepreneurship.  The report is titled “The Anatomy of an Entre... continue reading