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Access to resources. You have to have at your disposal people you can call on for services and advice. You need to have a steady flow of communication within your organization. — Morjieta Dersier, Attorney, Milton
Financial and business skills. It’s not enough to understand your business model. You have to understand cash flow and accounting. — Eric Esteves, Director, Roxbury
The biggest thing is to have a good business plan for your company, good ideas for marketing, support for the people you’re working with and technical assistance. — Esther Schorholtz, Director of Community Investments, Newton
Access to capital, a good business plan and mentoring. — Bruce Bickerstaff, Entrepreneur, Roxbury
Perseverance. Businesses have ups and downs. And you have to have a willingness to ask for help. — Cassandria Campbell, Business Owner, Roxbury
Small business people are independent and passionate. Those qualities lead to success and draw the community to their stores and businesses. — Steven Rumpler, Business and Design Services Manager, Dorchester
What do you think it takes for an entrepreneur to start a successful business?