How to win a business-pitch competition, according to a 12-time winner

How to win a business-pitch competition, according to a 12-time winner

The hostel owner Deidre Mathis won her 12th pitch competition on November 14. She showed the judges that she knew her business inside and out, and she was prepared when they asked her tough questions about scalability and risk management. Mathis told Business Insider that knowing her business meant knowing her numbers, and that’s essential for More...

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AmEx is paying some small businesses to accept its cards
By asif On Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
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AmEx is paying some small businesses to accept its cards

AnnaMaria Andriotis writes in the Wall Street Journal about a years-long effort by American Express to get holdout merchants to accept its credit cards. AmEx sales representatives are authorized to pay new merchants More...

Key steps for women entrepreneurs to turn challenges to opportunity
By asif On Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
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Key steps for women entrepreneurs to turn challenges to opportunity

Growing beyond the $5 million revenue plateau is a challenge for any business, and a significant marker of success. Women business owners who have achieved that feat still face unfair skepticism from (typically More...

AMAZON SELLER: The upsides, downsides for small businesses on Amazon
By asif On Monday, November 18th, 2019
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AMAZON SELLER: The upsides, downsides for small businesses on Amazon

Third-party sellers made $160 billion in sales on Amazon last year, and that number is growing twice as fast as Amazon’s first-party retail business. Some sellers say partnering with Amazon has tripled their More...

Inside look at fast-growing Night Shift Brewing and Distributing
By asif On Sunday, November 17th, 2019
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Inside look at fast-growing Night Shift Brewing and Distributing

Cofounders Burns, O’Mara, and Oxton used this 3-barrel steel vessel to brew their first batches of beer in their apartment in Somerville  More...

How to get loans, investment, other funding for small businesses
By asif On Saturday, November 16th, 2019
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How to get loans, investment, other funding for small businesses

Most small businesses don’t access venture capital when they launch. Instead, they often rely on personal savings and credit cards.  But these aren’t the only ways to get cash for starting, funding, More...

6 reasons why I have the Amex Platinum and Amex Business Platinum
By asif On Friday, November 15th, 2019
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6 reasons why I have the Amex Platinum and Amex Business Platinum

The Points Guy For years, the American Express Platinum card has been synonymous with premium travel experiences. And while many other banks have joined the premium travel card market with personal credit cards More...

Millennial cofounders bootstrapped a lactose-free Beckon ice cream
By asif On Thursday, November 14th, 2019
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Millennial cofounders bootstrapped a lactose-free Beckon ice cream

Katy Flannery is one of nearly 120 million other Americans with lactose intolerance, where eating typical dairy products like ice cream often results in painful consequences. After years of trial and error, she More...

Grow Your Biz: women-owned SMBs tap into growth markets
By asif On Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
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Grow Your Biz: women-owned SMBs tap into growth markets

Women-owned businesses in the US have grown 21% in the last five years and women entrepreneurs are especially savvy in identifying market opportunity.  The four finalists in Mastercard’s Grow Your Biz competition More...

I've never taken a marketing class but launched a 6-figure business
By asif On Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
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I’ve never taken a marketing class but launched a 6-figure business

Shanna Goodman is a brand strategist and small-business owner who specializes in helping other small businesses succeed. Her agency, Ampersand Business Solutions, has made six figures every year. But even though More...