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This post was originally featured on HuffingtonPost.com As an owner of a family business, you’ve probably heard all sorts of pessimistic predictions. Some say that most small businesses never reach $1 million in sales. Others will tell you that 70% of family businesses fail. But if you’re going to succeed, you have to block out the noise. And if you want to turn your family business into a billion dollar enterprise, you will need more than your ambition or the luck of your family name to keep you afloat. Here are four pillars of business growth that I used to ...

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This post was originally featured on Entrepreneur.com Image credit: PeopleImages | Getty Images When I was first starting out in real estate, I had a lot of passion, and I thought I knew what I was doing. But let’s face it, I was bound to make some mistakes along the way. But the great thing about mistakes is that when you learn from them, you gain some measure of wisdom. Now, some 20 years later, I still have that passion and drive, but there’s a thing or two I’d definitely tell my younger self. If only he’d listen. 1. Being good can be good for the bottom line. Solar ...

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This post was originally featured on Entrepreneur.com Image credit: Neil Beckerman | Getty Images With a constant increase in demand for electric power and surging oil prices, it surprises me that more business owners aren’t excited about solar energy. Solar power offers reduced operating costs and a higher return on investment than many other energy sources. Plus, it’s largely maintenance-free, super-reliable and good for the environment. What’s not to love? If you’re planning to integrate solar energy in your business this year, make sure you’re prepared to make ...

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