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Source:, 9/16/13

Email is one of those things that can be tricky to figure out. You might be doing everything right, but still not getting the results you want. The good news is it's also one of those areas where there are always new ideas to try (and test!) to generate the results you seek.

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Whether your company sells cookies, widgets, or consulting sessions, social media can be a force--and it's not as hard as you think.

I am still amazed at the number of companies that use social media badly (or ignore it altogether). The rules of social media are simple, and if you ignore it you the risk the fate that befell those who ignored the telephone in the late 19th century and the Internet at the end of the 20th.

Source:, 8/16/13

In July 2013, Rising Tide Capital officially launched the Start Something Challenge (SSC) 2013—a statewide pitch competition and business strengthening opportunity. During the SSC, entrepreneurs will have the chance to network with business experts, perfect an elevator pitch, gain visibility for their business venture, and win a $10,000 business grant.

The Merchants Fund and the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce in partnership with the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy have announced new programs designed to help businesses with interior improvements. 


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If you are one among the aspiring entrepreneurs wanting to start their own business, the first thing that you need to secure is how to fund your business. Every start up business always needs financing and you can either shoulder it using your own fund if you have sufficient savings or to look for a business loan to get you started.

Source: Hubspot, 6/14/13

Mission statements. They sound inherently business babbley, don't they? But even if you think they're a little ... silly ... they're really important guideposts for making decisions, staying inspired, and setting a bigger picture that gives your day-to-day work purpose.

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Great products and services don't guarantee success. You also have to price them correctly. That requires knowing your customers well and what they're willing to pay, as well as what your competitors are charging. You also might consider market segmentation, product bundling, and both the tangible and intangible benefits you're selling.

We spoke to four experts and came up with 10 of the most important questions to ask when putting a price sticker on your product. Here's what they had to say:


Ready to make your small business more energy-efficient?

The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) understands that complying with environmental regulations can be burdensome, especially for small businesses. The DEP's Small Business Advantage Grant Program provides 50 percent matching grants -- up to a maximum of $9,500 -- to enable a Pennsylvania small business to adopt or acquire energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes.