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It's More Than a Party: How to Have a Successful Launch
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Anyone who has decided to start their own business knows that from that moment of inception, you never really stop. The building, fine-tuning, and figuring out your proof of concept is not something that happens overnight. But the moment will finally arrive when you are ready to have your official launch event. You are prepared to show the world the culmination of your long hours and hard work. Whether your business is brick and mortar or online, you should not think of a launch party as just another event; this is YOUR time to shine!

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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Secrets For A Successful Transition From Military Life to Civilian Life
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By Veteran Car Donations on October 11, 2018

Preparing veterans for their return to civilian life can be just as important as training them for their service in the military. Here are some important details to know about transitioning back to civilian life. Infographic provided by Veteran Car Donations.

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Veteran-owned Re4ormed Takes First Prize at the StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Awards in Orlando
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Photo courtesy of Military Influencer Conference and  Semper Anticus Photography

A buzz of excitement passed through the crowd at the 2018 Military Influencer Conference hosted in Orlando, late last month. The StreetShares Team was about to introduce the top three finalists of the StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award – Food & Beverage Edition to a crowd of excited conference goers.

Over 100 veterans and military spouses applied for the StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award. The StreetShares team chose 14 finalists and over 11,000 online voters chose the final top three contestants. The audience at the Military Influencer Conference was about to hear the pitches of the top three finalists and their votes would determine first through third place prizes, totaling $25,000. Not only was each finalist walking away with a cash prize, but all contestants would also win a one-on-one coaching session with Jim Koch, CEO and Brewer of Samuel Adams Beer.

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Congrats! You're a Manager. What Now?
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

For some, their professional endeavors include leading others. At one time or another, most of us who strive for this have had the image of ourselves in the corner office, floor to ceiling glass windows, marveling at where we are. Do you want to know what you have in common with the people in that image right now? They were once where you are - the first time/new manager.

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What's the Difference Between Secured and Unsecured Debt?
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Loans and financing come in two main flavors: secured and unsecured. For most consumers, deciding between secured and unsecured loans isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when choosing a loan. Often consumers don’t even have a choice between choosing a secured or unsecured loan depending on how the loan is already structured.

However, it’s still important to know the differences between these two types of loans. Below is a quick guide to everything you need to know about secured and unsecured loans.

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Tips for Women Entrepreneurs
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

The scales are tipping for women to assume roles not only in politics and the business world, but to take it a step further and become the gatekeepers of their destiny as entrepreneurs. We have Sheryl Sandberg telling us to ‘Lean In' and Oprah reminding us to control our destinies. But is any of it helping? Are women more motivated today than they were years prior? Well, if you look at the data, I would say yes.

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Tips for Bringing Your Business Online
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Once upon a time, in the pre-Amazon days, starting your own business was riddled with questions surrounding issues such as where your business would operate and how you would reach your customers. Now, thanks to the technology boom, things that once fell into the 'in-person only' category can now be fully remote. Everything from banking to education to employment no longer requires your physical presence to complete. The business world falls into this demographic as well. Technology and the internet have forever changed the landscape of how and where people do business.

Turning your entrepreneurial aspirations into a profit-driven entity may look best for you as an online-only business. Regardless of the reasoning, the approach and organization leading up to and after your launch should be methodical and well-thought out. If you have a business idea, and you're ready to take it to the main stage of the internet, here are some tips on how to start.

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Best Ways To Professionally Utilize Social Media
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Once upon a time, social media was just for fun, but that is no longer the case. I have found throughout the years that when the phrase "social media" is spoken in an office setting, one of two reactions will follow. Someone will perk up, eager to share something they learned that they feel revolutionary, or someone will grimace in pain at the thought. Social media has become a double-edged sword. Some of us may enjoy the ability to stay up to date with friends and family no matter their geographic location. Some may cringe at the thought of it because they know someone who has turned their social media pages into an embarrassing personal journal.

Regardless of where you fall in all of this, social media and the professional world go hand-in-hand. The same way you use Yelp or TripAdvisor to vet someone, someplace or something, HR representatives and potential customers do the same thing to you. However, finding the balance between business and pleasure with social media may not be as tricky as you think. Here are five ways to kick your social media professionalism up a notch.

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What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Cash Flow Loans
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

For some small business owners, it might feel like cash only flows one way – out. But, cash flow is the net amount of cash coming in and out of your business. The cash flow of your business paints a picture of the health of your company. Your business might have great sales numbers but if customer payments are coming in late, cash flow can turn negative.

Cash is king and without it, your business is DOA. As a small business owner, it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a situation, good or bad, where you need a little extra injection of cash. To find that money for their businesses, small business owners often look to cash flow loans.

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How to Start a Business Without Quitting Your Full-Time Gig
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Having the desire and drive to have a side business on top of a full-time job is an empowering moment. You could be at the point where you want to change your quality of life, make extra money or not have to work for anyone other than yourself. Sometimes being an entrepreneur has us stuck between the worlds of the unattainable and the whimsical. I'm here to tell you that it's not either of those things. What it is, however, is passion, dedication and a ton of work. Before you jump ship on your full-time job to become a full-time entrepreneur, there are a few things to consider to ensure the journey to your version of freedom is as smooth as possible.

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