Click the links below to learn how to develop a sound business model that will capture the value of your innovation.
What is a Business Model? – A brief description of a business model
Contents of a Business Model – The basics of what to include in a business model
Lean Canvas – A simple business model blueprint tool to lay down the framework for a business
Business Model Test – An 8-point test to see if a business model is viable
Click the links below to learn how to write a business plan that will help you map out the future of your company and pave the way for success.
Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide – Links to essential information needed for each section of a business plan
Writing a Business Plan – Guidelines from a venture capital firm on how to write an effective business plan
Click the links below to discover shared workspaces and find your own community of local entrepreneurs.
WeWork – WeWork transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces. Get the space, community, and services you need to make a life, not just a living.
1776 – A 1776 membership means you’re joining a truly global community ready to help you tackle the world’s most important challenges. It’s more than just an office or a network. It’s a commitment to come alongside you and use the power of the community and its connections to help you scale your ideas into tomorrow’s world changing companies.
Canvas Co/work – Washington, DC’s largest co-working community; designed for creatives, freelancers, independents and start-ups to be an inspiring environment in which to work and collaborate.
Cove – Your neighborhood productive space — get things done.
Click the links below to learn about the funding process and how to raise money.
How to Fund a Startup – Information on many of the opportunities startups have for funding
Angel Investors – An introduction to angel investors
Venture Capital 101 – Everything you need to know about venture capital
Click the links below to explore resources for raising capital.
Don’t let legal troubles slow down the the growth of your startup. Click the links below to get help navigating a complex legal landscape.
Small Business Law – Many business law topics including incorporation, taxes, intellectual property and more
Choosing a Business Structure – Information needed to choose the right business entity
Patents – A patent search and information regarding patents
Startup Law Information – Many answers on common questions about laws when starting up
Non-Disclosure Agreement – A link to a sample template of a NDA
Avoiding the Landmines – Learn to jump through the right legal hoops and avoid common pitfalls
Not familiar with graphic design? Click the links below to explore resources to help you create a beautiful logo.
Fiverr – Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for services
99 Designs – 99designs is the world’s largest online graphic design marketplace. They connect more than one million talented freelance designers with creative people, genius entrepreneurs, savvy businesses… anyone who needs great work
Get help spreading the word about your startup. Click the links below to learn how to build a marketing campaign that will drive sales and company growth.
Marketing 101 – Learn the basics of marketing from the SBA
The Lean Mean Marketing Machine – Increase the profitability and brand recognition of your startup
The Fundamentals of Marketing – Learn the fundamentals in this video tutorial by Steven R. Van Hook
Marketing for Pre-Launch Startups – Learn how to market your startup before launch day in 5 simple steps
Ultimate Guide to Marketing Your Startup – Learn from KISSmetrics how to market your startup
Facebook Advertising – How to set up advertisements on Facebook
Google Advertising – How to set up advertisements using Google
Yahoo and Bing Advertising – How to set up advertisements using Bing or Yahoo
Research Basics – All the basic information to include when performing market research
Market Research Reports – Detailed market research reports with data on almost any industry
How to Create a Survey – Different methods of setting up a survey and avoiding bias
New Product Research – Everything that should be included in a new product’s market research
Website Statistics – Find statistics on the traffic of a specific website
Website Traffic – Track the number of people who have visited a specific website and their demographics
US Census – Find the demographics of people from regions across the nation
Google Insights – Find statistics on search terms on Google
Start growing your network today. Click the links below to find out how to make new connections and maintain existing ones.
LinkedIn Networking – Tips on improving your LinkedIn account to enhance networking
How To Network Effectively – A few very important tips on how to network more effectively
Network Like a Pro – A slideshow of steps showing how to network like a professional
Where are you now? Where are you going? How will you get there? Click the links below to find out how to answer these key questions.
Writing a Business Strategy – A quick guide on what to include in writing a business strategy
Startup Strategy – A number of ideas regarding strategy to think about when starting up
Business Growth – Strategies for allowing a small business to grow
Click the links below to learn how to deliver a hard hitting pitch that will impress investors and leave your audience wanting to know more.
Investor Pitch – A detailed article explaining every point to include in your pitch to perfect it
Venture Capital Pitch – A slideshow outlining key points to include in a pitch to a venture capitalist
Pitching to Angel Investors – Tips for presenting your business concept to angels in order to receive an investment
How to Present to Investors – Advice from the perspective of a founder
Click the links below to learn how to create your own website or find a professional designer.
Create Your Own Website
Squarespace – Squarespace helps anyone build a beautiful home online. By blending elegant design and sophisticated engineering, we empower millions of people — from individuals and local artists to entrepreneurs shaping the world’s most iconic businesses — to share their stories with the world.
Wix – Their powerful technology makes it simple for everyone to go online with a beautiful, professional and functional web presence. No creative limits, no coding – just complete freedom to express yourself and manage your entire business online.
Weebly – Founded in 2007, Weebly is a San Francisco-based, global platform that lets people easily create a unique website, blog or online store. Millions around the world use Weebly to start their own business, sell online, showcase their achievements and communicate with visitors in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
Find a Professional Designer
Upwork – Whether you need one writer or an entire team of programmers, they help you find the right experts to fuel your success. Their platform lets you work effortlessly with freelancers anywhere.
Fiverr – Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for services.
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