How to Find the Right Franchisees, According to D1 Training’s COO

As an NCAA Division 1 athlete at the United States Military Academy, Dan Murphy quickly learned the value of a strong team — for success, and for his own sanity: “West Point can be stressful, and the soccer team became my respite.” After graduating and serving in the Army, he was craving that community when he discovered D1 Training, at the time a small gym in Nashville focusing on group training programs and coaching, started by fellow former D1 athlete Will Bartholomew. Murphy jumped at the chance to join the brand, and 15 years later, he is COO of the fast-growing franchise with nearly 50 locations and 150 more in development. That early lesson from his military days still holds true as D1 scales: There’s strength in numbers. 



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Knoxville Black Business Directory helps customers find entrepreneurs to support

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Caring for people’s skin is not easy in a pandemic. 

“It’s been a wild, weird ride,” said Sybil Bailey, a licensed esthetician who founded her company, Afro Mermaid Skincare, in January. 

It’s the fulfillment of a 30-year passion for Bailey, 50. 

So far in year one, she’s focused on surviving. She has faced mandated closures and enacted extra precautions during the pandemic. 

What she and so many entrepreneurs need now is belief and more customers.

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Afro Mermaid Skincare owner Sybil Bailey is photographed at her treatment room located at MBK Wellness Center in Knoxville’s Bearden neighborhood on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel )

“I need my community and my clients to believe in the service that I’m providing and to lift me up by spreading the word,” said Bailey. 

Afro Mermaid Skincare is one of more

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How to Find and Test a Great Business Idea

We asked the members of the 2020 Female Founders 100 for their best advice about coming up with, and testing, the idea that will form the foundation of your company. These are the highlights.

Malai
Question everyone about everything, and seek out reasons why you might be wrong. Then go with your gut.

SweetBio
If 90 percent of people think your idea is a good one, you’re already too late.

Anna Sheffield
It’s important to just take those bold leaps in the beginning, even if it is a little terrifying, and know that if you don’t make the perfect thing the first time, that’s OK. You’ll continue to improve. Starting on that path will lead you to where you need to go.

CQ Fluency
Think big, but choose wisely.

Everlywell
Remember that even some of the biggest companies didn’t realize, at the beginning, that they could address a global mass

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Business Credit America, Inc. Helps Entrepreneurs Find Funding and Grow the Business of Their Dreams

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — October 12th 2020 – Houston McMiller at Business Credit America, Inc. has over two decades of experience helping entrepreneurs find ways of funding their business. He has advised a range of clients from individual freelancers to small start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. His expert advice on business loans, personal loans and business credit cards has helped thousands of individuals make their business aspirations become reality and find the funds they need to thrive. He also offers specialist tips and tricks on how to increase credit scores, and how to repair bad credit.

Houston’s popular eBook Insider Bank Secrets has been cited by major news associates such as ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, so you can rest assured that he has the knowledge and skills to help your credit and boost your business. The book reveals detailed blueprints on how small businesses

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Go outside the ‘pool,’ like this Speedo innovator, to find new ideas

Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press Business Columnist
Published 7:01 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2020

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Fiona Fairhurst was facing a challenge. The competitive swimmer headed up Speedo’s research and development division and was charged with inventing a new swimsuit for Olympic athletes to help them win in their ultra-competitive sport. 

Prevailing wisdom at that time was to make swimsuits as small and smooth as possible.  If you’ve ever seen the cringe-worthy dad at a public beach wearing a suit that is far too small, you know exactly what I mean.

Instead of pursuing an incremental gain based on conventional approaches, Fairhurst  took a more open-minded view. For inspiration, she began to study the fastest aquatic animals in the sea. Realizing that sharks were among the quickest, she drew inspiration from the high-speed predators to completely reimagine what a swimsuit could be. 

The Speedo FastSkin suit looks nothing like its predecessors. 

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Small businesses born during coronavirus pandemic find exposure at new Capital Flea Market in Hartford

An entrepreneurial spirit has been stirring in the capital region as the economic wreckage of the pandemic gives way to new small businesses and now a flea market in Hartford to showcase them.

Most weekends since early September vendors from around the region have lined a little-used parking lot at Market and Trumbull streets downtown that’s now the site of the Capital Flea Market. Organized by Evenlyn Black, a 26-year-old mother of two with her own small business, the market is giving sellers much-needed exposure and shoppers a rare opportunity to browse and mingle outside.

“It’s basically a community for us to be able to thrive together,” said Black, who started planning the market after she was furloughed from her reception job at Waterbury Hospital. “With the pandemic, it’s hard. How am I going to get to the points and places I know I want to be if I only

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3 Valuation Tricks to Find Cheap Stocks That Could Double

One of the simplest investment strategies of legendary investor Warren Buffett is to “be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.” Simplified further, it would imply “buy low and sell high.”

Investors therefore need to figure out strategies or indicators that can help them identify cheap stocks. Be it top-down analysis or bottom-up analysis to find stocks — it ultimately boils down to valuation ratios.

Some relatively complex methods to value companies include the discounted cash flow model and Gordon Growth model. However, there are simple, yet effective methods, to find and invest in cheap stocks.

One of the most commonly used valuation ratios is the price-earnings ratio. In simple terms, the ratio gives the dollars investors are willing to pay in the market for every dollar of the company’s earnings.

Simple, no doubt, but if investors have few tricks up their sleeves,

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How to find and land new business and make sales in a virtual world

  • Now that the pandemic’s thrown a wrench in meetups and in-person gatherings, businesses will have to adjust their plans to find and pitch customers from home.
  • Seven business owners and coaches shared tips with Business Insider on successfully growing a business remotely.
  • You can start by tapping into your existing network or revisiting connections you’ve lost along the way.
  • Offer free time and resources to struggling clients — being generous during a difficult time deepens relationships and referrals. 
  • If you’re looking to add to your clientele, interact with potential clients in online communities and home in on a compelling, tight pitch to immediately capture interest. 
  • This article is part of a series called Resources for Resilience, focused on providing tips and inspiration for small businesses who are learning how to survive and thrive in today’s economy.

When all the spring conferences, trade shows, and networking events were canceled, it was

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How to find and land new business in a virtual world, when you’re used to networking in person, according to 7 business owners

Emily Grey
Emily Grey, business coach and owner of The Flourish Market.
  • Now that the pandemic’s thrown a wrench in meetups and in-person gatherings, businesses will have to adjust their plans to find and pitch customers from home.
  • Seven business owners and coaches shared tips with Business Insider on successfully growing a business remotely.
  • You can start by tapping into your existing network or revisiting connections you’ve lost along the way.
  • Offer free time and resources to struggling clients — being generous during a difficult time deepens relationships and referrals. 
  • If you’re looking to add to your clientele, interact with potential clients in online communities and home in on a compelling, tight pitch to immediately capture interest. 
  • This article is part of a series called Resources for Resilience, focused on providing tips and inspiration for small businesses who are learning how to survive and thrive in today’s economy.

When all

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find the best prices and deals on Razer Blade laptops today

Looking for a truly cheap Razer laptop is indeed a bit of an oxymoron: they won’t really ever be ‘cheap, per se, but you can certainly get deals on them where they are at least cheaper than their premium often dictates. Nonetheless, it can’t be denied that they do go a long way to justifying their price tag. They really are some of the best in the business so, as a result, they do offer good value in their own premium way.



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