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Are you a leading entrepreneur or know someone who is? Nominate yourself or another business owner today for the chance to become the 2013 Verizon Latino Business Series' Entrepreneur of the Year. To submit a nomination, simply answer a few essay questions regarding your business, or the business of the person you’re nominating. Verizon will recognize one entrepreneur who has demonstrated powerful leadership and outstanding success in their industry. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 4, 2013.

Source: Smallbiztrends.com

Did you know that your Facebook updates are never going to be seen by 100% of your fans in your newsfeed? Instead, only 2% to 48% will see them. Yet, Mari Smith, who has been called the Queen of Facebook, still says Facebook has value for small businesses. She offers several highly specific tips in this interview about Facebook for small businesses.

Source: usatoday.com

Small-business owners have duties they hate doing.

These are tedious, annoying tasks that you as a hard-charging entrepreneur would rather avoid. But that doesn't mean you or your business is better off without them.

In fact, some of the least enjoyable chores of running a company actually help your long-term survival and success.

Source: HuffingtonPost.com

If you've ever watched ABC's hit show Shark Tank featuring business moguls Lori Greiner, Mark Cuban, Daymond John or Mr. Wonderful (Not!) Kevin O'Leary, you know that swimming with sharks can be a dangerous activity. In this episode of Behind the Brand, I dove in the deep end with fashion and branding shark Daymond John, who explains why "we are all born entrepreneurs" and more of his secrets to success.

Source: SBA.gov

Just graduated from college and looking to start your own business? With the economy still in recovery mode, many students are actively seeking an alternative to traditional post-college career paths.

Source: Inc.com

Sixteen years ago, I bootstrapped a services company with a partner who lived 3,000 miles away. We both worked from home. We had pre-owned Macs and fax machines, existing software applications, and cheap office furniture. We spent less than $10,000, including legal fees, to draw up our articles of incorporation. In our first year we made $400,000. The next year, sales doubled. 

Source: Forbes.com

Kim Loan Duong is 32, and onto her third business. She is co-owner of Empire Society, which she co-founded in 1999 and organizes events worldwide.  She then branched out into Prestigious Models in 2002, an Asian and Pan-Asian modeling agency.  In 2012, she launched a third time with Image Powerhouse, an entertainment production studio specializing in fashion, beauty and lifestyle, as well as new divisions for Prestigious Models in Fashion, Print, Commercial, TV and Film. I met Duong at an event hosted at Image Powerhouse and loved her story for how she broke through some of the myths that hold back other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Source: National Retail Federation, blog.nrf.com

It was standing-room only during the Main Street Retailing Forum, held last week during Retail’s BIG Show in New York. One of the highlights of the forum for me was moderating a session with three of our winners from NRF’s “This is Retail” video contest. While the contest itself told the stories of retailers all around the country, we learned in the process that these small business owners all had unique ideas that helped them connect powerfully with their customers. So we knew we had to find a way for these businesspeople to tell their stories to a group of their peers.

PGW'S EnergySense Program is all about saving money for PGW’s business and commercial customers. Whether you’re interested in equipment rebates, lower heating bills or improving your energy efficiency with an energy assessment, PGW wants to help you conserve.

Source: Forbes.com, 5/12/13

With the success of the Veronica Mars and Garden State-sequel Kickstarter campaigns, it appears that the crowdfunding business model has made its way to mainstream Hollywood. While crowdfunding certainly has advantages, including giving filmmakers more creative control over their projects, this business model is open to potential claims of fraud, misappropriation, conversion and embezzlement, which lead to the risk of financial exposure in the form of adverse judgments and the cost of litigation, and can potentially stop the project. 

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