Small Business Lessons From Top French Chefs

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Small business lessons were everywhere during a recent culinary tour of Paris and environs – as common, in fact, as butter, eggs and truffles! Despite a flagging economy, it’s hard to get a reservation at restaurants in France with Michelin Stars and hefty price tags. Taking notes, between delicious bites, I uncovered 8 great ways to […]

Set a Goal Then Stop Obsessing About It

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Focus on the process, not the end result. This might sound familiar: You set a goal. Let’s say, you set a goal to lose 10 pounds in three weeks. You start getting excited and pumping yourself up. I’m going to do this! 10 pounds, three weeks, let’s go! A week later, you feel exhausted and discouraged. […]

Fear and the Entrepreneur

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Becoming an entrepreneur is scary. How do you overcome fear of the unknown? We’ll tell you. When the first modern railway opened in 1830, people were afraid to ride the mysterious public transit system, thinking it would be impossible to breathe or their body parts would be damaged traveling at such astonishing speeds – up to […]

Do It Yourself World of Entrepreneurs

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How do you prioritize when you’re doing everything yourself? You’ve probably received a lot of promotional messages with a tag line sounding something like this: “Learn How To Launch An Effective, Do It Yourself Public Relations Campaign.” Another thing for you to do, all by yourself. Actually, you’re not alone: 78% of US businesses, or more than […]

What Investors Want: Local or Big Chain Biz

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“Buy Local” is a draw for customers but do investors see it the same way? BY SOPHIE PETIT, Mindful Profits Program Manager My brother opened a frozen yogurt business three years ago in Severna Park and now has a second location in Arnold. He started this business with a limited-year plan to franchise then privately […]