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September 14, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Entrepreneurs see opportunity in the growth of going gluten-free
    The market for gluten-free products has grown to $4.5 billion, giving entrepreneurs plenty of opportunity to find their niche. Jessica Mindell, founder of Jessica's Natural Foods, and Scott Adams of the Gluten-Free Mall are among the business owners who are succeeding with gluten-free products. For example, Mindell's products are available in Whole Foods in the Midwest and she expects to make $550,000 in sales in 2012. Entrepreneur online (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • How to train your brain to succeed
    If you use "don't" messages -- such as "don't fail" or "don't hit the ball in the water" -- your brain tends to latch on to the messages' core content, with disastrous results, S. Chris Edmonds writes. It's more effective to use positive messaging, such as "succeed" or "hit the ball onto the fairway," which leaves no room for cerebral confusion. "At least, with positively stated messages, your brain won't sabotage your efforts right out of the gate," Edmonds writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • You can always say "no" to a VC
    When negotiating with venture capitalists, you must remember you can always decline their offers if you don't like the terms, Erik Sherman writes. To get a good deal, you should work with a knowledgeable attorney and understand what venture capitalists are hoping to get out of the deal. Inc. online/Techtown blog (free registration) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Entrepreneurs find valuable lessons in "The Lean Startup"
    Several entrepreneurs have found valuable advice in the book "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries. The book advises entrepreneurs to create a "minimum viable product" they can refine through testing. It also encourages business owners to dig deep to uncover the hidden issues that are causing business problems. Intuit Small Business Blog (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Be among the 10% of people who set goals properly
    The majority of people don't write down goals, but it's a good idea because it holds you accountable and keeps you focused, Ken Cheo writes. Goals should be realistic and measurable, he writes, and "are no good unless you chunk them down into daily, weekly and monthly tasks required to accomplish them." Mass High Tech (Boston) (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Take your public speaking skills to the next level
    You can make your presentations more effective by focusing on making eye contact and using hand gestures to reinforce your words, Eric Holtzclaw of User Insight writes. "Use elaborate hand gestures to emphasize size, shape, direction, or to make a point," he writes. You should also pay careful attention to your inflection and look for ways to get your audience engaged in the presentation. Inc. online/Lean Forward blog (free registration) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • How Obama and Romney say they'll encourage innovation
    President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney seem to have different approaches to encouraging innovation at American companies, Kent Hoover writes. Obama is interested in using the government to work with businesses; Romney would seemingly prefer to tweak tax and regulatory policies to create a favorable environment for businesses, he writes. He summarizes their positions on issues such as taxes and funding for research and development. American City Business Journals/Washington Bureau blog (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Silicon Valley hasn't cornered the market on failure
    Failure is tolerated and sometimes embraced in Silicon Valley, but entrepreneurs on Main Street might feel less support when their businesses don't make it, Karen Klein writes. When business ideas don't work out, entrepreneurs sometimes return to the corporate world or simply try again. For example, Heidi Ganahl failed twice before her third business concept, a franchise known as Camp Bow Wow, took off. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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[T]he most important thing in negotiation is the ability to say 'no.'"
--Erik Sherman, writing at Inc. online's Techtown blog
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