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Come Oct. 13 and 14, Amazon’s annual two-day members-only online sales extravaganza Prime Day will bring customers over one million deals on myriad products in popular categories including home accessories, toys, and electronics. But in addition to providing shoppers with steep savings starting at midnight PST on Tuesday, the popular sales promotion will also offer thousands of small businesses opportunities to quickly scale customer awareness and revenue.

Currently, more than 500,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. sell on Amazon, and the company’s goal is to onboard an additional 100,000 vendors as new sellers to its store. Despite the ongoing pandemic, third-party sellers continue to crowd its virtual aisles, and presently account for over half of all units sold via the online retailer. In the 12-month period ending in May alone, American SMB sellers sold more than 3.4 billion products, up from

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Every entrepreneur has had some burst of creativity — the aha moment that set them on their path. But sustaining that creativity can often be the most challenging part of the process. We’re continuously bombarded with new information and demands that can cause good ideas to get lost in the rush of our everyday lives. That’s why I carry a sketchbook everywhere I go. It’s the key ingredient in a super simple practice that helps me develop new products, brands, and business strategies. No matter what industry they are in, I recommend this to other entrepreneurs as a tool to fuel their own creativity — and the best part is that drawing skills are not required.

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I’ve never considered myself an illustrator by any means. In fact, I started sketching in an environment most would consider nonartistic: I grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, working at

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When Evan Fisher, now 33, graduated from Villanova University in 2009 with a dual degree in finance and international business, it wasn’t easy to get a job on Wall Street. The economy was in a recession.

After watching some of his very well-connected classmates struggling to find work in the U.S., the Newark, N.J. native decided to take a job offer in Geneva, Switzerland with Barons Financial Services, a boutique investment bank.

Fisher didn’t know at the time that his job would teach him a valuable skill that he would eventually turn into a million-dollar, one-person business: business plan writing.

In his six years with the bank, Fisher estimates he wrote about 1,000 business plans and around the same number of pitch decks. Through that constant practice, he learned exactly what investors wanted to know and put that knowledge to work for his clients.

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