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Biz503 Podcast: Making Your First Sale

making your first sale

Sales cycle, prospects, warm vs. cold leads…the world of selling can look overwhelming to someone new to the game. And for folks launching startups or planning to open a business, it can be the one area that appears hardest to

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Biz503 Podcast Preview: Making Your First Sale

Sales cycle, prospects, warm vs. cold leads…the world of selling can look overwhelming to someone new to the game. And for folks launching startups or planning to open a business, it can be the one area that appears hardest to … Continue Reading

Biz503 Podcast: Marketing 101 for Startups

Marketing 101 for Startups

Ah, marketing…it makes the wheels of business go ’round and ’round. And yet it’s an aspect in business-building that many entrepreneurs (who are more interested in making than marketing) miss out on.

The internet is full of quipy and

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Biz503 Podcast Preview: Marketing 101 for Startups

Ah, marketing…it makes the wheels of business go ’round and ’round. And yet it’s an aspect in business-building that many entrepreneurs (who are more interested in making than marketing) miss out on.

And it shows when sales suffer, new … Continue Reading

Biz503 Podcast: How to Build a Business

how to build a business

So you want to launch a business.

First question to ask yourself: Are you sure you’re ready?

That’s not to say you’re not a fantastically savvy entrepreneur, or that there’s reason to assume your venture will crash and burn. But

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Biz503 Podcast Preview: How to Build a Business

So you want to launch a business.

First question to ask yourself: Are you sure you’re ready?

That’s not to say you’re not a fantastically savvy entrepreneur, or that there’s reason to assume your venture will crash and burn. But … Continue Reading

Biz503 Podcast: Getting Your Invention to Market

Getting your invention to market

It’s the inventor’s dilemma – make the product yourself, or sell the idea?

There’s no easy right-or-wrong solution, and both methods can bring in cash. But it’s a decision best made early in the game, and requires an assessment of

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Biz503 Podcast: How to Bootstrap Your Startup

Bootstrapping your startup

To bootstrap or to raise capital? That’s one of the many forks in the road entrepreneurs have to decide between.

Although seed capital is abundant these days, there are incentives to launch a business on your own dime. Bootstrappers have

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Biz503 Podcast Preview: Getting Your Invention to Market

It’s the inventor’s dilemma – make the product themselves, or sell the idea?

There’s no easy right-or-wrong solution, and both methods can make innovators cash. But it’s a decision best made early in the game, and requires an assessment of … Continue Reading

Biz503 Podcast Preview: How to Bootstrap Your Startup

To bootstrap or to fundraise? That’s one of the many forks in the road entrepreneurs have to decide between.

Although seed capital is abundant these days, there are incentives to launch a business on your own dime. Bootstrappers have more … Continue Reading

Biz503 Podcast Preview: How to Attract the Right Team

It’s one thing to convince people that your startup has potential – it’s a whole other thing to convince people that your potential startup should be their next place of employment.

This is a challenge that plagues business big and … Continue Reading

Biz503 Podcast Preview: The Basics of Beta Testing

You may have grand visions of breezily launching a business from concept to product, with not a hitch in between…but let’s be practical. Few startups make it up the success ladder without planning, testing, and revising.

And that mean beta … Continue Reading

Biz503 Podcast Preview: The Nuts & Bolts of Prototyping

A picture may paint a thousand words, but a prototype can save you a thousand dollars.

There’s nothing like a physical mock-up of a product to give an entrepreneur a clear vision of the flaws and strengths of their innovation. … Continue Reading

Biz503 Podcast Preview: Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks

Patents and copyrights and trademarks, oh my!

That’s what a novice entrepreneur might think when facing down these aspects of intellectual property law, right?

And to be fair, these are not elements of running a business that come intuitively to … Continue Reading

Biz503 Podcast Preview: From Idea to Business Plan

We all have a million ideas, but only a few entrepreneurs successfully turn ideas into millions.

What’s the trick?

Here’s a hint – it takes a lot of work. Assuming that you’ve gone through the steps of validating your business … Continue Reading

Biz503 Podcast Preview: Can My Idea Make Money?

You have a lightbulb moment – while stuck in traffic, in the shower, or at 3 a.m. Maybe it’s an idea, a product, a solution, a fantastic business plan…and it starts to grow on you.

The natural question to ask … Continue Reading

PODCAST Biz503: Must-Have Marketing Knowledge

Here’s the challenge: Marketers don’t always know how to “market”.

Many small business owners and entrepreneurs have great ideas, amazing talents and an abundance of energy. But when it comes to effectively reaching an audience of potential product buyers, challenges … Continue Reading

PODCAST Biz503: Millennials in the Workplace

Millennials get their share of unflattering media attention. They’ve been labeled entitled, tech-obsessed, and maybe a little lazy. But good news trickles in too, and some companies are embracing the better qualities of that generation, such as high-productivity, innovation, … Continue Reading

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PODCAST Biz503: Meet the Makers

Portland is at the forefront of another movement. It has nothing to do with recycling, vote-by-mail, land-use planning, or weed. The Portland-made zeitgeist in the air is the Maker Movement, part of a global trend away from mass-manufactured goods and … Continue Reading

PODCAST Biz503: Mom-and-Pop Businesses

There’s something to be said about standing the test of time.

We all know a mom-and-pop shop. Maybe it’s the corner florist, or the bakery that’s been in business since you were a kid. Maybe you know the owners and … Continue Reading