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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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Building Financial Stability as a Small Business Owner

This article is a guest post from Fit Small Business Behind every successful business is a responsible bookkeeper reviewing the finances and making budgetary decisions. Oftentimes, that bookkeeper is also the owner, marketing team, and Human Resources Department. Without financial stability, your company could spend a lot, go broke, and end up having to close your doors. If you don’t have a background in accounting, you can still enjoy relative financial stability. Keep these steps in [...]

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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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How to Grow Your Service-Based Small Business

While businesses with tangible outputs can simply produce and sell more products, it’s often more difficult for entrepreneurs in service-based businesses to envision ways to increase revenues, particularly if they typically offer their services on a per-hour or per-project basis. Excelsior Growth Fund spoke with Deb Boulanger, EGF Consulting Corps member and founder of The Great Do-Over and The Launch Lab for Women Entrepreneurs, a 12-week virtual business accelerator. Deb teaches [...]

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