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National Association for the Self-Employed announces expansion of 2015 'Growth Grant' awards
NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation's leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, announced the expansion of the association’s Growth Grant program to help small business across the country increase capacity and grow their company to the next level. In 2015, NASE is expanding the Growth Grant program to award over $48,000 in small business grants, an increase from the $20,000 awarded in 2014.

"It is critical for us to support and recognize small business owners and sole proprietors who are exemplifying America’s entrepreneurial spirit. By the expansion of our Growth Grant program in 2015, we are making a statement that we believe in these small businesses and want to invest in their future," said John Hearrell, vice president of membership and affiliate programs.
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Small Biz Health Care Survey: Affordability still a major concern
NASE
Over 66 percent of small business owners responding to a new survey conducted by the National Association for the Self-Employed ranked "decreasing monthly premiums" as the one thing they would change about their current health care plan. The new survey of small business owners released by NASE, the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, comes days before the closing of the 2015 health care open enrollment period.
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Protect your business name: Tips on how to secure a trademark
Entrepreneur
Once you have poured your blood, sweat and tears into a business, the last thing you want is for your company name or logo to be hijacked by another business. A trademark protects the word, symbol, design or combination associated with your company from being replicated. By obtaining a federally registered trademark, you give yourself legal protection should you need to defend yourself in court.
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4 tips to market your small business and attract funding
Staples
Savvy marketing is crucial to your success, no matter what stage of the game you’re at. But what many entrepreneurs may not realize is that good small business marketing can play a huge role in achieving funding success. Marketing is important for both rewards-based and equity crowdfunding. Businesses that launch rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns offer pre-orders of their product and services as rewards for "backers" who support them. No equity is given up, but the business is responsible for fulfilling the rewards it promises.
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How to achieve big, hairy, audacious goals
Inc.
Jim Collins says that in 1994 when he and his co-author, Jerry Porras, were writing the seminal book Built to Last, they debated what to call ambitious long-term goals that galvanize successful companies. Porras favored something businesslike and decorous, like "corporate mission." Collins held out for a term that vividly conveyed the excitement, energy, and envelope-pushing boldness stirred up by such endeavors. He prevailed, and BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) came galumphing into the management lexicon.
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You'll need more than passion to start a business
Small Business Trends
Passion is an overused term in business. You keep hearing "do what you love." But you need to be thinking about whether your passion is truly sufficient enough to start a successful business. To create a business you must provide a product or service people are willing to pay for. Maybe you love knitting baby booties, and want to make millions doing so. Unless you employ about 10,000 other baby bootie knitters, you will likely never reach that financial goal.
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7 lessons for building powerful networking communities
Entrepreneur
Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh, the duo behind some of America’s most successful communities for business professionals, are on a mission to take community management to the next level — and are proving that their concierge-level approach could mean the end for old-school professional organizations. Since Gerber and Paugh founded it in 2011, tens of thousands of entrepreneurs have applied to Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invitation-only organization comprised of the world's elite founders and business owners, from almost every industry.
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Why hobbies make for very successful businesses
The Wall Street Journal
Turning a hobby into a business can really pay off. It just may take a while. That's the finding of a recent study that looks at entrepreneurs who start a business based on a personal pastime. In the study, scheduled to be published in the Journal of Business Venturing, these entrepreneurs lagged behind other founders in the first few years when it came to hitting milestones in the development of their ventures.
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15 business buzzwords you'll need to know in 2015
Business News Daily
With every new year comes a new batch of business buzzwords to keep up with. Past years have seen terms like "phablets" and "wantrepreneur," but what words will professionals need to know this year?
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