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Source: TargetMarketingMag.com, 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. 

PROGRAM # 1: RESTORE (OFFERED BY THE MERCHANTS FUND)

Source: Tweakyourbiz.com, 8/12/13

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.

Source: Entrepreneur.com, 6/23/13

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.

Have you been in business in Philadelphia for at least 3 years? If so, you may be eligible to apply for a grant from The Merchants Fund!

The Merchants Fund is a private, Philadelphia-based foundation committed to providing for the economic needs of the merchant community with modest grants:

1) Business Stabilization grants up to $10,000 to help small businesses remain stable, viable and grow in the face of economic challenges or to respond to opportunities. We do not make grants for working capital.

Source: Forbes.com, 7/2/13

Andy Palmer has started at least five companies by my count–and I’d guess he has invested in dozens of others. Based on that experience, I’d consider him an expert when it comes to deciding whether you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

After graduating from Bowdoin with a major in English, History, and Computer Science, the passionate Rugby player was injured and decided to become serious about a career. So he got an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School.

Source: Entrepreneur.com, 7/8/13

Great leaders often have great lessons to share. Their stories remind us -- in business especially -- that failure is not avoidable and that success in any endeavor is a choice.

While we cannot control all our circumstances, what we can control is our response. And that's what makes a leader great: his or her decision to take responsibility in the midst of chaos.

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