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How to Give a Successful Elevator Pitch

A great elevator pitch is an essential small business tool. In just about 60 seconds or so, an elevator pitch enables you to tell others the key points that distinguish your business and brand. They’ve been used throughout business history and the best ones help entrepreneurs open the door to funders and investors, engage new clients and gain great publicity. In this article, we look at the goals and primary components of an elevator pitch, and share tips to help you create a stellar [...]

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Celebrating Entrepreneurial Independence: Advice and Insight from Justin Constantine

At Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF), we know that one of the main motivations behind starting a business is the idea of freedom it represents. Through entrepreneurship, business owners can take ownership over their finances, have more flexibility over their schedules, and invest more time in causes that matter to them - whether that be family, friends or hobbies. Though many small business owners are able to attain such freedoms, it takes an enormous amount of work to achieve these goals. To inspire [...]

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Veterans Business Outreach Centers: Essential Resources for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Starting and growing a successful small business takes discipline, project management and service skills, creative problem-solving abilities and more. Veteran entrepreneurs encompass all of these qualities along with leadership skills, tenacity and a can-do attitude gained from their military experience. There are outstanding financial and educational resources available to veteran business owners (as well as their spouses, parents and children) to help them start and grow a small business, [...]

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Building a small business network

Successful entrepreneurs agree that building strong professional networks is imperative, but the reality for many small business owners is that it’s hard to find the time to build and nurture their networks. As a result, they miss out on valuable opportunities to learn from others and grow their businesses. To make it easier to focus valuable time on your business network, Excelsior Growth Fund’s Business Advisors compiled this list of ideas and resources that can help you target [...]

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Steps to improve employee engagement

One of the key factors to running a successful business is knowing how to engage and motivate your employees. Having an engaged workforce can promote employee retention and productivity, foster customer loyalty and improve organizational performance. While some methods of employee engagement, such as raising wages and offering more expansive health and retirement benefits, aren’t always possible for every small business right away, there are many simple and cost-effective ways that [...]

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