A software firm's search for funding | Using LinkedIn to find promising leads | What does it take to catch QVC's attention?
June 10, 2016
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A software firm's search for funding
Deven Software, based in Chantilly, Va., helps guide companies through the maze of complications that come with mergers and acquisitions. But with plenty of potential clients and a need for funding, the company has reached an awkward stage at which it's too big for angel investors but too small for most venture capitalists. The University of Maryland's Elana Fine advises on how the company can get the capital it needs.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/8) 
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Marketing
Using LinkedIn to find promising leads
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LinkedIn can be a major help for developing high-quality business leads. Shivankit Arora runs through five tips for using LinkedIn to find prospects, engage with website visitors and accomplish other tasks.
SocialMediaExaminer.com (6/7) 
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What does it take to catch QVC's attention?
Earning a spot on QVC is all about having the right product. "We must determine if it will be better than something else we sell, and is it going to resonate with our customers," said Rich Yoegel, QVC's vice president of merchandising. This article describes a pitch session that took place in November in Philadelphia and how the entrepreneurs who participated have fared since.
The Associated Press (6/8) 
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Management
Leaders needn't be afraid of loneliness
Leadership can be a lonely endeavor, but bosses who learn to look within themselves can turn the solitude born of social isolation into an opportunity for self-reflection, contemplation and insight, writes Naphtali Hoff. Loneliness can even be a source of moral courage, with leaders giving voice to unpopular but important truths, Otis White writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/8),  Governing magazine online (6/8) 
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Why regular one-on-one meetings with employees are key
Meeting consistently with employees -- even when there is no specific issue to address -- is important for keeping the lines of communication open within a company. These meetings are a chance to build deeper bonds, identify potential problems and offer informal feedback.
U.S. News & World Report (6/9) 
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Money
How to minimize your tax burden
Small businesses can take a number of simple steps to keep their tax bills to a minimum. Financial adviser Anna Sergunina offers several tips, including establishing a retirement plan for employees and working with independent contractors.
NerdWallet (6/9) 
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Tips & Tools
Make the most of Excel with these lesser-known features
Excel has more features than many business owners realize. Sam McIntire explains six features that can make your life easier, including tools to help you with quick data analysis, unit conversions and trend identification.
HubSpot.com (6/8) 
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Just for Fun
Pony plays possum, finds fame on Facebook
A Texas pony named Pinto has found Facebook fame, thanks to her strange habit of playing dead. A video of Pinto lying motionless on her back, with her legs in the air, has gained millions of views.
The Daily Mail (London) (6/8) 
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If you ask for money you usually get advice.
Elana Fine, managing director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, as quoted by The Washington Post
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