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How Google+ Can Improve Your Search Rankings on the Web
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How Google+ Can Improve Your Search Rankings on the Web

By on Nov 1, 2013 in Running Your Business, Sales and Marketing, Videos | 0 comments

Video by Entrepreneur If your business still doesn’t have an account on Google+ then you’re most likely missing a big opportunity when it comes to improving how your site appears in Google search results, according to Search Engine Land editor Danny Sullivan. The search engine tracks what happens on Google+, so the number of shares and +1’s your content receives are now appearing in Google’s search results. Also, the more pages you are “friends” with or conntected to, the more likely your business is to show up as a recommended search, Sullivan...

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Google+…How Businesses are Using it to get More Business
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Google+…How Businesses are Using it to get More Business

By on Nov 1, 2013 in Running Your Business, Sales and Marketing, Videos | 0 comments

In this video, popular blogger Chris Brogan shares examples of successful ways business owners are using Google+. “What Google+ is turning into is a place where people connect on [common] interests, and anything you share in Google+ to the public domain immediately gets picked up in Google the search engine,” says Brogan, president of Human Business Works, a small-business education and growth company....

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What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur According to Steve Case
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What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur According to Steve Case

By on Oct 31, 2013 in Running Your Business, Videos | 0 comments

Video by Entrepreneur Magazine Success leaves clues and Steve Case says there are common characteristics among the winners in the startup world. The AOL co-founder says looking at a business owner’s track record or how they’ve dealt with different challenges can indicate how they’ll succeed in the future. Failure is helpful, he says. So is the ability to listen and take in what is happening in every aspect of your business. “You have to make sure your people are focused on the right direction. You have to be paying attention to what the market’s telling you, what customers are telling you, and what competitors are telling you,” Case says, “and having that listening gene is important.” What’s more, strong instincts and a clear vision are also crucial, as well as execution. “One of my favorite entrepreneurship quotes is from Thomas Edison, ‘Vision without execution is hallucination,'” Case says. Case is chairman and CEO of venture-capital firm Revolution LLC and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competiveness. He also serves on the board of UP Global, an umbrella organization for the Startup America Partnership, a nonprofit that Case created to jumpstart entrepreneurship across the country, and Seattle-based nonprofit Startup...

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Mike Rowe From Dirty Jobs: Don’t Follow Your Passion, Live it…
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Mike Rowe From Dirty Jobs: Don’t Follow Your Passion, Live it…

By on Oct 22, 2013 in Running Your Business, Videos | 0 comments

BY BRYAN ELLIOTT| October 4, 2013 Being an entrepreneur can be liberating. You set your own hours. You call the shots. You take a passion and create something from it. For actor Mike Rowe, the seed for being an entrepreneur was planted early in his life by his grandfather who was a handy and hardworking man. Best known for creating and hosting the TV show Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel, Rowe has blazed his own path in business — no matter the risk or uncertainty of it. And that’s the way he likes it. Behind the Brand host Bryan Elliott speaks with Rowe about what it takes to set out on your own, and how he is trying to ignite the job market by shining a spotlight on passionate...

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Joint Venture Equity | Seven things You Must Know When Raising Joint Venture Equity
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Joint Venture Equity | Seven things You Must Know When Raising Joint Venture Equity

By on Sep 18, 2013 in From Find the Capital, Project Financing, Videos | 0 comments

Article by, Brent Virkus of Find the Capital and President and CEO of TRiTON Capital Advisory Look we all know raising joint venture equity is not easy. This is actually a good thing. Because if it were easy, everyone would raise capital and start a business, buy commercial real estate as an investment, etc. Competition would be ferocious. For this article, I’m going to focus on raising joint venture equity for your business. So to better help you with this process I’ve put together the 7 things you must know to raise joint venture equity today.   First…and Most Importantly Have “Thick Skin” When raising joint venture capital, be prepared for a lot of “no’s.” Using my Google example, even when Google was ready for venture capital, the majority of venture capitalist said “no.” When an joint venture capital says “no,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that your venture is not a good one. It simply means that the venture is not a good investment fit for them. You must have “thick skin” and be able to bounce back from lots of “no’s” and persevere. When failing over and over again to create the light bulb, Thomas Edison famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Have the same mentality with investors. That is, think, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 100 investors that aren’t a good fit.”   Second…Make Sure you do a Business Plan and Keep it Current One of the most important things to show in your business plan is what you’ve accomplished in your business to date. And ideally, every month you are accomplishing more. So, be sure to update your plan with this progress.   Third…Always be a Master Marketer of your Deal In raising money, the best company doesn’t always win. Rather, the guy that knows how to best market his opportunity wins. That is, the entrepreneurs that are best able to market their companies to lenders and investors are the ones who raise the money.   Fourth…Understand That Funding Doesn’t Take Place All At Once No matter how great your project or idea is, you are probably not going to get a $20 million check right...

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Indexed Annuities | What are they? | Lindsey’s Four Key’s to Investing in Indexed Annuity…
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Indexed Annuities | What are they? | Lindsey’s Four Key’s to Investing in Indexed Annuity…

By on Sep 18, 2013 in From Find the Capital, Personal Investing, Videos | 0 comments

Article by, Brent Virkus of Find the Capital Indexed Annuities have become very popular as of late. Why is this? Well to help Find the Capital’s follows better understand this type of investment, Lisa Virkus Founder and CEO of Find the Capital conducted a short interview with industry leading Financial Advisor, Cleat Lindsey about Indexed Annuities and his Four Keys to Investing in them. In summary Indexed Annuities have become popular due the people still being leery about the stock market and the fact the banks simply are not paying interest of any significance. Basically an Indexed Annuity protects the investor from downside risk and allows them to “participate” in the potential upside of the stock market. Lindsey’s Four Keys to Investing in Indexed Annuities are as follows:   First…Understand the CAP Rate or the Floor The floor refers to the minimum guaranteed amount credited to the account. At the time of this writing (see Update date at the bottom of this page), this rate is almost always between 0% – 2%. The cap rate is the annual maximum percentage increase allowed. For example, if the chosen market index increases 35%, and the contract has a 10% cap, the increase will be limited to 10%. Some contracts do not have a cap rate (these tend to have a lower participation rate, such as 30% to 50% compared with 75% to 100% for a plan with a cap rate). The cap varies depending on the length of your term — fixed-indexed annuities with longer commitment periods (surrender periods) tend to have a higher cap rate, whereas annuities with shorter surrenders periods tend to have a lower cap rate. NOTE: The cap may reset annually and is subject to change at each renewal. Second…Be aware of the Bailout Rate An Indexed Annuity bailout provision is a clause in the contract of your annuity that allows you to withdraw your money without any penalties based on predetermined conditions. Some annuity contracts include a medical bailout provision for nursing home expenses or if you become terminally ill. Once your annuity expires, on the maturity date you have the option to either renew or surrender the annuity. If you surrender at this time, you do not pay charges. Choosing to renew...

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