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Top Doggin’ Bloggin’: Your Top KCSourceLink Blog Posts for 2014

We wrote a lot of blog posts last year about our Battle of the Brands and Global Entrepreneurship Week, about our Kansas City entrepreneurs and tips to help your business be more successful. Here are your top 10 favorites.

Revisit, reminisce and then be sure to return in 2015 when we jump back into the conversations that help small business entrepreneurs start and grow KC businesses.

  1. How to Put a Value on Your Startup

    Larry Lee presents two methods to help tech startups value their companies before they approach investors. Also see our newest blog on the topic: How to Assess the Value of Startup.


  2. Lace Up, Kansas City: Nominate Your Business for Battle of the Brands

    In 2014, we hosted our third annual Battle of the Brands, a bracket-style, social media competition between Kansas City’s startups and established icons. Businesses nominated themselves in February and the Battle raged in March, with the final showdown between Red Nova Labs and Sporting KC. Full disclosure: Battle blogs grabbed five spots in our top 20 blog posts.


    Battle of the Brands will be back in 2015! Sign up for our newsletter to the first to know and throw your hat in the ring.


  3. This Holiday Season, #ShopLocalKC

    This year, we partnered with Kansas City’s shop-local cheerleaders to encourage you to spend your holiday dollars locally and patronize area merchants. Check out the blog post and then check out the Shop Local Map to find independent retailers in your neighborhood. Also check out our tips on how to Shop Local All Year Around.


  4. Effective Management Strategies for Growing Your Business

    Small businesses owners entering the growth stage are often challenged to develop effective strategies to motivate and encourage innovation among employees. Creating a work environment that allows employees not only to fulfill their required duties, but also to develop strategies that can help a business grow faster through outside-the-box thinking is key to success.


  5. Dressed to Impress: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Kansas City Fashion Week

    Lessons from the runway: here's what KC entrepreneurs learned from last year’s Kansas City Fashion Week. Also check out our profile of Local Fashion Entrepreneurs.


  6. Fun with Market Analysis

    Four ways to make writing your market analysis a bit easier--and enjoyable.


  7. 10 Ways to Celebrate Entrepreneurship in KC

    During Global Entrepreneurship Week (and Month), we not only hosted KC’s GEW calendar on our website, but we also culled 10 ways to celebrate entrepreneurship in Kansas City.


  8. Rise of the Rest Road Trip with Steve Case Comes to Big Kansas City on Oct. 9

    Rise of the Rest Road Trip (and a $100K investment for a KC startup) came to Kansas City on Oct. 9. Get the jump on more events like this on our calendar, the most comprehensive business calendar in KC.


  9. Pitches Gone Wild: What NOT to Do When You Pitch Your Startup to Investors

    Here are 10 tips to undo before your next pitch to investors.


  10. The Most Underrated Phrase in All of Startups
    Among all the buzz words surrounding startups, guest blogger Weston Bergmann of BetaBlox thinks this phrase could use a bit more play.

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