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15 Signs You Have an Entrepreneur Mindset

True success of an entrepreneur comes not from their ideas, but from their inner mindset and character traits. It takes a certain type of leader to endure startup life and persevere past the hurdles that will inevitable lay ahead in their efforts to inspire disruption or bring a new innovation to life.
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My Dad's a Better Mentor Than Yours

When you are part of the start-up world, one of the things everyone will tell you is that in order to succeed in your career, you must find yourself a mentor. Someone who can help guide you through the trials and tribulations you will endure in your business because they have been there themselves.
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Top 10 Tips for New Entrepreneurs

Over the years I have worked with hundreds of new entrepreneurs. I often compare starting a business to motherhood -- both involve excitement, joy and complete fear and self doubt as to whether you are up for the job -- be it as a business owner or parent. Here are some pointers for new entrepreneurs.
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Want to Be Canada's Most Innovative Business Tycoon?

If you need to build connections from scratch, be fearless. Pick up the phone. Write the letter or email. At conferences and social events, approach people and be approachable. Be clear about your value proposition and needs. Ask how you may help them, and ask for support. What's the worst that can happen? They politely decline.
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How LinkedIn Helped My Business

Everyone said I had to use LinkedIn when I was working to launch Zillidy. I currently have over 600 LinkedIn connections, which according to the website links me to over 10.5 million professionals. So why is LinkedIn such a powerful tool for small business? I believe it's because of the following reasons.

The Cost of Borrowing From a Bank

The competition continues to intensify between Canadian bank and non-bank lenders to carve out their share of the $18.4-billion market for small-business loans of up to $250,000. But as entrepreneurs assess their options, here are 10 points to consider that, in addition to the headline interest rate, impact the total cost of borrowing.
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VIDEO: The Importance of Pre-Selling Clients

Dane Maxwell could be mistaken for just another entrepreneur, but the reality is that Dane is far more than that. He's smart, strategic, caring, a savvy entrepreneur and he's shaking up a lot of the old ways of building an online business. There are so many more golden nuggets in this interview -- far too many to count. I hope you'll take the time to listen to it.
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Your Start-Up Business: The Art and Science of Cold Calling

When you're with a start-up and you run into a problem you can't solve, what do you do? The obvious answer is you turn to someone who has built a business before. What if you don't have someone like this in your sphere of influence? Well, that's where cold calling (or emailing) comes in. But people have an irrational fear of cold calling. Here's how to get the most out of a cold call.
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Your Start-Up Business: Taking Advice vs. Listening to Your Gut

In the earliest stages of our start-up, we decided to pull in the opinions and advice of experts. We were eager to hear different perspectives from our own. It became clear early on, however, that we would need to navigate through the advice using our best judgement. Remember: One of the things only you and your team can bring to this business is your unique perspective.
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How to Build Brand Loyalty

As most start ups can tell you, introducing a new business to the market place requires factoring in many components. The most vital of which is credibility. A new business needs to figure out how to convince its target audience that they are a worthy supplier. The dilemma is that it's hard to prove how great you are when you haven't gotten the chance to do so.