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Duquesne University SBDC Blog

Duquesne University SBDC provides resources to small businesses to help them start, grow, and prosper. Our consultants and partners share their knowledge and expertise on various topics such as starting a business, marketing, technology commercialization, buying a business, and financing.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning a Small Business

Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning a Small Business

At one time or another, most of us have thought about starting and/or owning a business. We relish the thought of being our own boss, making much more money than if we worked for someone else, and the idea that we have job security. Read more

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How to Find Your Target Market and a Magic Tool to Use

How to Find Your Target Market and a Magic Tool to Use

Whatever you do, marketing always starts with identifying your target market. There are three ways to identify your target market. First, you could do market research with your prototype or minimum viable product especially, if you have a unique product (same for service businesses). Read more

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Angel Investors Venture Capital and Crowdfunding

Angel Investors Venture Capital and Crowdfunding

If you watch Shark Tank, you might get the impression that all start-ups obtain funding from private investors. Let's take a look at three other ways of funding: crowdfunding, angel investors and venture capital. Who knows? One of these may be right for you. Read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Small Business in Pennsylvania

Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Small Business in Pennsylvania

Starting a small business takes the vision of the gaps in the market, not the gaps you think there are in your personal universe. You need research, smarts and self-confidence, and a measure of fearlessness. Read more

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Planning for Profitability

Planning for Profitability

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. Putting even minimal effort into planning improves your chances of being successful. Read more

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