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What Low-Budget Travel Has to Do With Starting a Business1:26

Sama group founder Leila Janah explains how years of low-budget travel helped her identify the businesses she wanted to start.

The Power of Presence to Improve Your Leadership

Leadership advisor Anese Cavanaugh explains how to inspire people who work for you--or make them feel like hostages.

The Secret to Getting Your Product on Store Shelves

Ken Austin explains how he was able to get Tequila Avion, the spirits brand he founded, into stores and bars.

How to Start a Business in a Developing Country

Sama group founder Leila Janah explains what she's learned about navigating the business culture in Kenya and other parts of Africa.

Eileen Fisher: Help Employees Find Their Purpose at Work

The fashion designer explains how she supports the professional growth of her staffers.

The Biggest Mistake Entrepreneurs Make (and How to Avoid It)

Inc. contributing editor Geoffrey James describes one of the most common missteps he sees entrepreneurs make and what to do about it.

How to Navigate Corporate Politics

Inc. contributing editor Geoffrey James emphasizes some of the best ways to manage corporate politics.

Why Networking Is a Necessary Investment

Sama group founder Leila Janah explains why networking is the key reason for her business success.

How to Write a Winning Sales Message

Inc. contributing editor Geoffrey James outlines what to add, and what to leave out, in your next sales message.

2 Steps to Quickly Finding Your True Mission

Leadership advisor Anese Cavanaugh offers two fast ways to help you find your own personal 'why'.

When You Should Subcontract Your Manufacturing

Reed's Inc. founder Chris Reed talks about how manufacturing can be a competitive advantage, but also a financial burden.

How to Pitch Mark Cuban--and Land His Money

Shark Tank judge Mark Cuban explains how to persuade him to invest his money.

How to Encourage a Really Strong Company Culture

PackIt founder Melissa Kieling talks about her team's collaborative design process.

The Biggest Reason Businesses Fail

Jon Taffer, host of Spike TV's Bar Rescue, explains how you can increase your chances of success.

The Pros and Cons of Starting a Non-Profit

Sama group founder Leila Janah explains the differences between starting a for-profit and non-profit organization.

How to Get Your Opinion Heard and Influence Others

Leadership advisor Anese Cavanaugh offers a few tips.

How to Achieve a Higher Level of Management

Chris Reed, founder of Reed's soda, explains how your business can offer almost a new-age self-help opportunity to look at situations and do them better.

How to Sell If You Hate Selling

First, says Inc. contributing editor Geoffrey James, you have to change what you think selling is about.

Mark Cuban: 'The One Thing I Would Have Done Differently'

Serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban talks about the most important lesson he's learned about business during his career.

3 Life Hacks to Increase Your Presence

Leadership advisor Anese Cavanaugh explains how to improve your personal presence both inside and outside the office.

How the WWE Handles Social Media

Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of World Wrestling Entertainment founder Vince McMahon, explains how the WWE fights for social media success.

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