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25 Incredibly Useful Websites Every Entrepreneur Should Bookmark

25 Incredibly Useful Websites Every Entrepreneur Should Bookmark

As a budding entrepreneur, you will come across thousands of sites while you search for the information that you need to start and run a successful business. While some of these websites are one-shot deals, a number of them will become favorites that you visit over and over. Here are 25 websites every entrepreneur should bookmark. These are sites that will prove incredibly useful to you as you change the world. These sites will provide priceless tools, strategies and inspiration for you ranging from marketing, information for starting up and building soulful businesses.

1. Entrepreneur

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    Tagline: Start, Run and grow Your Business:

    Why You Should Bookmark: This Entrepreneur Magazine companion site does an excellent job of living up to its name. It is a must read for any and all entrepreneurs. This site is packed with tips, tools and strategies for starting, running and growing your business. Its many segments run the entire gamut of business life from finance to franchising to growth and strategy. Its entrepreneur section caters to entrepreneurs from every walk of life including young entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurs and coaches.

    Must Read: 10 Lessons every entrepreneur must learn

    2. Wall Street Journal

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      Why You Should Bookmark: This website for the renowned business and financial news giant, The Wall Street Journal, has an entrepreneurship segment which has a rich offering to the entrepreneurial community. Covering a wide range of topics from financing to franchising to management, The Journal touches on every facet of the entrepreneur’s business. The founder interviews add a rich texture to make this site more than just a way to stay abreast of breaking news.

      3. Business Owner’s Toolkit by BizFilings

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        Why You Should Bookmark: The Business Owner’s Toolkit is the where entrepreneurs should start when they are certain they want to start a business. This is a one-stop shop of everything that you will need to start and run a legitimate and legal business. Here you will find guides, articles, resources and forms for starting your business, running a successful business, finances, taxes, and marketing topped off with a blog filled with tips, strategies and inspiration.

        Must Read: Startup

         

        4. Ben’s Blog

        BHOROWITZ

          Tagline: None but accurately described as “CEOs are made, not born. Teaching You To Become One.”

          Why You Must Bookmark:  Ben Horowitz’s website focuses on teaching startup founders how to effectively manage their teams and become better CEOs. Clean and minimal, the site’s appearance may mislead you to believe that it is another financial blog. This quickly goes out the window once you begin to dig into Ben’s no-nonsense. One highlight of this site is the rap lyrics and accompanying music that will make his ideas dance off the screen and help your business to come alive.

          Must Read: Making Yourself a CEO

          5. Fizzle.co

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            Honest Online Business Training and the community of entrepreneurs who won’t let you quit.

            Why You Should Bookmark: Not another marketing website, Fizzle is Corbett Barr of ThinkTraffic fame’s new endeavor. With amazing long-form content on building an audience, monetizing and building effective marketing campaigns, Fizzle is refreshing. It offers a podcast service (Sparkline), pro trainings and a large community of entrepreneurs for a small fee who are thinking and problem-solving in their own businesses and will support you to get yours on the right path.

            Must Read: 13 Successful Founders Share their First Product Stories

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            6. Linkedin

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              The world’s largest Professional Network

              Why You Should Bookmark: Linkedin is a must-join, free professional community for connecting with other entrepreneurs and customers. It provides you with ample opportunity to expand your social connections and publish content to another segment of the population that is not accessible through Facebook. It also has an up and coming business portal that allows you to post jobs and access sales and other business solutions.

              7. Design Sponge Biz Ladies:

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                Why You Should Bookmark: Geared towards enterprising women, this section of the larger Design Sponge provides articles and interviews with leading entrepreneurs about their unique journeys into entrepreneurship. You will find advice and tips to combat the daily challenges that women encounter on their path to business success.

                Must Read: How To Use Your Intuition For More Fun, Flow and Money in Your Business.

                8. Tara Gentile

                TARAGENTILE
                  Tagline

                  : Grow your business. Live your future.

                  Why You Should Bookmark: Tara gentile is a business strategist who aspires to motivate entrepreneurs to business with heart. Her content is inspirational and motivational, wrapped up in nice bundle of strategy. She takes a no-nonsense approach to business and will give you that gentle shove that you need to get moving on your ideas.

                  Must Read: This is the Motivation That Helps Your Business Succeed

                  9. A Smart Bear

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                    Tagline:

                    Smartups +Marketing +Geekery

                    Why You Must Bookmark: The founder of WPEngine and Smart Bear Software and mentor to up and coming startup and tech entrepreneurs, Smart Bear is a well-written idea store on business and marketing with a dash of geekery.  The ideas are smart and who better to learn from than a serial entrepreneur.

                    Must Read: Impostor Syndrome: Why I feel Like a Fraud

                    10. The Middle Finger Project

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                      Tagline:

                      Screw Business as Usual: Its Bad For You.

                      Why You Should Bookmark: Ashley Ambirge, branding expert and CEO of The Middle Finger Project, provides an in-your-face, brash, no-nonsense approach to business branding. This site is filled with innovative ways to redefine your approach to business by stepping way outside the box. While you will find a ton of motivation here, the sparkles, butterflies and lollipops are nowhere in sight. Instead look for f-bombs and lots of telling you like it is.

                      Must Read: You Don’t Need a Job, You Need Guts

                      11. Ducttape marketing

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                        Why You Should Bookmark: This website, by Marketing Consultant John Jantsch, provides you with easily understood and implementable strategies for small businesses. This site’s blogs, free ebooks, marketing podcasts interviewing industry leaders, and newsletter will keep you abreast of the newest technologies, social media tools and platforms to help your business grow.

                        Must Read: The 5 Small Business Marketing Pillars

                        12. Copyblogger

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                          Tagline: None but accurately described as “Your free content marketing education”

                          Why You Should Bookmark: Copyblogger is an action-filled site with tops and strategies for skyrocketing your copywriting skills in your business and life. This clean and simple site is filled with amazing tools to build your business and will capture your attention for a few hours, but their ebooks, marketing training ecourses and copywriting gold are what will keep you coming back to this site.

                          Must Read: Copywriting 101

                           13. Marie Forleo

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                            Up your game with hustle and heart.

                            Why You Should Bookmark: This website was created by a marketing and lifestyle expert, best-selling author and motivational speaker. Her site, while geared toward women entrepreneurs, provides a ton of value on living a life and creating a profitable business that you will love.  On her website you will find mostly videos of interviews and inspirational tips and strategies but her sparkly personality makes watching them worthwhile.

                            Must watch: Interview with Richard Branson

                             14. Seth Godin

                            sethgodin
                              Tagline:

                              Go. Make Something Happen

                              Why You Should Bookmark: Seth is the consummate marketer. With an authorship of over 17 books on marketing, he commands every marketer’s respect. His tips and strategies are priceless and ideas are cutting edge. His writing is pithy and easy to read but the insights you will gain will stay on your mind for one whole week.

                              15. TED.com

                              TEd
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                                : Ideas worth spreading

                                Why You Should bookmark: If you have not bookmarked this site, you have been missing out or watching the videos on every other social media platform. That is how good TED is. TED brings you the most cutting-edge ideas in education, technology and design in videos that are about 15 or so minutes long. Not only are the videos informative, educational and sometimes entertaining, but the discussion community is rich with ideas. Bookmark now.

                                Must watch: Sir Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity

                                 16. Alexandra Franzen

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                                  None but accurately described as “Tips on writing, creativity & productivity, with less drama — and more love.”

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                                  Why You Should Bookmark: Alexandra Franzen is a communication maven. She cuts to the heart of good copywriting and gives you tools for no-mistakes clarity that will get your message out. She provides a kick in the butt approach to motivate you to get to the heart of what you need to say and her voice is so distinct you can hear it in your ears.

                                  Must Read: Everything is Marketing

                                   17. Entrepreneur’s Journey

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                                    Live the Laptop Lifestyle

                                    Why You Should Bookmark:  This is your resource for starting and building a profitable blog or website for your business that will allow you to live from your laptop. You will also find a library of inspirational interviews of other entrepreneurs who have lived the laptop lifestyle.  Information at the Entrepreneur’s Journey is available as articles, videos and podcasts, whichever you like best, and it’s all amazing content.

                                    Must Read: The owner Yaro Starak’s story

                                    18. Mindvalleyinsights.com

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                                      Tagline: None but accurately described as helping you to “keep up with the latest trends in Business and Marketing.”

                                      Why You Should Bookmark: An offshoot of the incubation firm Mindvalley, this site provides hard-hitting informational articles and trainings on all things entrepreneur from branding to culture to building traffic.

                                      Must read: 7 Lessons from Building a $15-Million-a-Year Lifestyle Business with No Loans, VCs or Angel Money

                                      19. TechCrunch 

                                      TECHCRUNCH
                                        Tagline:

                                        The latest Technology and News Information on Startups

                                        Why You Should Bookmark: TC maintains its well-earned reputation as the go-to site for any entrepreneur who wants to keep up to speed with breaking startup news. Watching what other startups have done will inspire you to get your startups on Techcrunch.

                                        Must Read:  Startup Page

                                        20. KISSmetrics

                                        kissmetrics
                                          Tagline:

                                          A blog about marketing, analytics and testing

                                          Why You Should Bookmark: If you are interested in how customers interact with your business or product, getting KISSmetrics is a must. The KISSmetrics blog keeps you up to speed on innovations in user analytics and covers a range of topics from user engagement to launch strategies to conversion. The well-written, easy to read content makes a technical topic much more accessible to the average entrepreneur.

                                          Must Read:  True Colors

                                          21. Rise of the Innerpreneur

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                                            Tagline: Cultivating the business within.

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                                            Why You Should Bookmark: This site is geared towards entrepreneurs who want to have a soulful business. It hopes to cultivate and nurture the inner spirit of the entrepreneur by focusing on your personal growth. While not hardcore business or entrepreneurship, it will provide a much needed deflection from the business side to your personal side.

                                            Must Read: 15 Fascinating Facts About Innerpreneurs

                                            22. OkDork

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                                              A blog about marketing, starting businesses, self-exploration, and tacos

                                              Why You Should Bookmark: I have just found this site and I love its long-form content brimming with useful tips and strategies for taking your business to the next level. Noah Kagan’s writing is conversational but filled with social proof and trustworthy statistics. Bookmark as soon as you can.

                                              Must Read: How to Improve Customer Satisfaction (or how to make your customers orgasm)

                                              23. Chris Brogan

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                                                Tagline: None.

                                                Why You Should Bookmark: Social media marketing maven, Business strategist and author Chris Brogan’s blog punches you in the face with tools and strategies for owning your entrepreneurial game and winning at it. Brogan’s expansive knowledge base and crystal clear writing style cut to the heart of your business, motivating you to go all out while keeping the human side at the forefront.

                                                Must Read: Understanding Value

                                                24. Quora

                                                QUORA
                                                  Tagline:

                                                  None but accurately described as “To grow and Share the World’s Knowledge”

                                                  Why You Must Bookmark: This site opens up the doors for you to get into the heads of your customers as well as other entrepreneurs and innovators. Posing a question can reslt in answers that can solve some of your businesses toughest questions or just allow yu to consider other options.

                                                  Must Read: What is it Like To Work at a Startup That’s On Fire

                                                  25. She Takes On The World

                                                  shetakesontheworld
                                                    Tagline:

                                                    Turn your Small Business Into Something Big

                                                    Why You Should Bookmark: This information filled website is for women entrepreneurs that want their life and business to soar. Nathalie McNeil has a cheery disposition and motivates you easily—no yelling or pushing, just the sweet facts. The site offers articles on a variety of subjects related to entrepreneurship, leadership, personal branding, interviews with successful women, business resources, and a free directory for women business owners.

                                                    Must Read/Watch: Danielle LaPorte on Finding Your Way, Telling Your Story, and Starting Fires

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                                                    26. Eric Thomas

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                                                      When You Want to Succeed as Bad As You Want to Breathe

                                                      Why You Should Bookmark: Up and coming superstar motivational speaker and life strategist, Eric Thomas will pump you full of motivation to tackle all the challenges that will come up in your daily life and business. Thomas aspires to help you live the life you want.

                                                      Must Read: Principles Gone Awry

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                                                      Last Updated on January 2, 2019

                                                      Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

                                                      Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

                                                      The end of the year is the time when everyone tries to give you advice on how to live healthier, look better, and earn more money.

                                                      It’s understandable if you find yourself lost among all the tips and opinions. Sometimes you no longer know what you truly want to achieve next year – and what’s just imposed by society.

                                                      To help you out, we’ve made this article about the things you should remove from your new year’s resolution list – instead of adding to it – to make your daily life more harmonious and peaceful.

                                                      So just make sure you cross these off your New Year’s to-do list – your body, mind and soul will be thankful.

                                                      1. Stop Buying Meaningless Gifts

                                                      We all know the sense of obligation – when we have to buy a gift for an event or celebration that’s already tomorrow, but we still have no idea of what to give.

                                                      Take these tips close to heart for all upcoming holidays, including birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc.:

                                                      Stop focusing on the material objects

                                                      Instead of focusing on what material object to give, think about the emotion you want to evoke[1] in the gift recipient, and then pick a symbolic gift that can support or represent that emotion. For example, you can gift coziness by presenting a “comfort set” with warm socks, tea, candles, etc. Or give motivation by presenting a beautiful planner or notebook.

                                                      Plan gifts in advance

                                                      We know this is easier said than done. But if you try to plan which gifts you’ll need in the upcoming months (try making a list three or four times a year), ideas will more likely come to mind and you’ll avoid that last-minute shopping. Not to mention, you’ll be able to keep an eye on sales to get the best prices.

                                                      Suggest a better way

                                                      If you’re tired of exchanging gifts for birthdays and holidays, initiate a different approach. For example, draw names among family members and agree that each one only buys a present to that one person they got. Alternatively, you can agree not to share gifts among adults, and only give presents to kids of the family. Or, ask friends to donate to charity instead of buying a gift for you.

                                                      Go for common experiences instead of exchanging gifts

                                                      You can agree (with your partner or the extended family) to go on a common trip, dinner or another activity, instead of spending money on gifts.

                                                      Sometimes you’ll have to be the one who initiates breaking the rules that have been accepted in the family for years. But if you suspect that you’re not the only one in the group who’s tired of gift-hunting, you’ll surely find support for your suggestions.

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                                                      2. Don’t Exaggerate with Diets and Fitness Resolutions

                                                      It’s no secret that TV shows, article headlines, and ads (not to mention our healthy diet-obsessed friends) make us feel like we need to look better, slimmer and younger than we actually are. But going on yet another diet or starting a fitness plan with the wrong motivation rarely leads to great results.

                                                      If you are like many people, you have probably signed up for an annual gym membership at least once in your life – only to drop it one month later.

                                                      How do you balance a good resolution for a healthier life without pushing yourself into commitments that won’t last?

                                                      Here’s what you can do:

                                                      Set a healthier pattern

                                                      For example, do meat-free Mondays or reduce meat consumption to three days per week (less saturated fat for you and better for the environment). Or choose to eat only healthy food at least three days a week or only on weekdays (e.g. make sure your meals contain vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products, and protein). This way you’ll already have a healthier diet while still being able to treat yourself with a snack on weekends or parties.

                                                      Get a fitness watch

                                                      Fitness watches like Fitbit or MiBand are tiny accessories that will count your steps, calories burnt and will serve as an excellent motivator to move – or to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

                                                      Find a physical activity that you enjoy

                                                      Even if you are not that fond of doing sports, you can definitely find an activity that you’d do with pleasure. Think about what you’d like – from taking up Nordic walking to pilates or even exercising at home.

                                                      Try intermittent fasting

                                                      This is an alternating cycles of fasting and eating. For example, stop eating at 8 pm and restart not sooner than 12 hours later. This approach has been proven to have numerous health benefits, in addition to weight loss.

                                                      Skip cabs or driving to work and opt for cycling or walking instead

                                                      You’ll burn calories, breathe some fresh air, and save money – win-win!

                                                      3. Put a Cap on Your Daily To-Do List

                                                      In today’s busy world, planning your day in a stress-free way is actually an art in itself. It’s natural to want to be a loving parent, a diligent employee, an active member of the local community and probably several other individual roles.

                                                      But playing all these roles requires energy and meticulous planning. How not to lose yourself amidst all the appointments and responsibilities? And – most importantly – how to still find time for relaxing and recharging yourself?

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                                                      These daily planning tips will help you have more stress-free days:

                                                      Leave bigger intervals between meetings

                                                      If you schedule too many appointments or chores in a day, you’ll probably end up late at some point, and as a result – more stressed. There are many different reasons why people are late, but poor planning is a major factor too.

                                                      Plan time to relax

                                                      As weird as it may sound, you should try and schedule your resting time. For example, if you only have one free evening this week, and a friend tries to squeeze in a meeting, feel free to say no. Don’t feel obliged to specify the reason for your refusal, just say that you are busy.

                                                      Try to be a little pessimistic

                                                      We’re often packed with plans or running late for errands because we tend to be overly optimistic – about the traffic, the time it takes to do things, etc. Instead, try an opposite tactic — assume you’ll hit traffic or the meeting will take longer.

                                                      Try waking up earlier

                                                      Sometimes even waking up 30 minutes earlier can give you the much-needed head start for several errands of the day. But remember to get enough sleep every night, even if it means going to bed earlier.

                                                      Plan your day the day before

                                                      Chances are your day will be much better organized if you pack a lunch and lay out an outfit before going to bed.

                                                      Designate a time for checking emails and social messages

                                                      If you start checking your messages between appointments, you risk getting lost in a sea of messages that need replies. Designate a time for this activity or do it in case you arrived early to a meeting.

                                                      4. Let Go of Unhealthy and Time-Consuming Habits

                                                      If there’s one thing we should get rid of in the new year, it’s the habits that steal our time, provide instant gratification but don’t offer any value in the long term. Or even worse, leave a negative impact on our health.

                                                      Here are some common (and pointless) habits along with tips on how to get rid of them:

                                                      Binge-watching TV series

                                                      Even if most online television platforms offer you lists of “Best TV Shows to Binge Watch”, being addicted to series is a major time-waster.

                                                      You can manage this addiction in several ways, for example, watch one episode per day (or a few per week) as a reward, only after you’ve finished an assignment or done a house chore. Or try replacing this habit with exercise or reading a book – this will be hard at first but should stick after a few weeks. You can also try to track how much time you spend on TV or movies – seeing how much of your life you are wasting might urge you to do something about it.

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                                                      Running on coffee

                                                      Being a coffee addict is kind of a stylish addiction nowadays, but it’s not that innocent as it may initially seem. Besides addiction being a problem in itself, drinking too much coffee (more than 500-600 mg of caffeine a day) may lead to nervousness, insomnia, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat, and even muscle tremors.[2]

                                                      As a solution, try switching to tea or edible coffee – a more sustainable, healthy, and productivity-enhancing alternative. For example, Coffee Pixels are solid coffee bars that generate a more even energy kick throughout the day without the coffee-induced abstinence and dehydration.

                                                      Procrastination

                                                      Fighting procrastination requires some serious willpower. If it is a problem in your daily life or work, try ”eating the frog” in the morning – get over your biggest or hardest tasks first, then tackle everything else.

                                                      Alternatively, use time tracking software to monitor exactly how much time you waste on unproductive actions, websites or apps. Once you know exactly how much time you’re spending unproductively, try to limit your time on social media, for example to just 20 minutes per day.

                                                      If nothing else works, try bribing yourself — promise yourself to do something fun or pleasant when you finish your assignment.

                                                      Whichever habit you want to give up, consider using some habits building tools to make a contract with yourself and reward yourself for milestones achieved.

                                                      5. Stop over-consuming

                                                      We live in the age of consumerism – huge manufacturers with their promise of a comfortable life on the one hand, and growing environmental threats – that are the direct result of our modern lifestyle – on the other hand. There’s only one solution – try to consume less whenever and wherever you can.

                                                      Before making additional purchases, ask yourself these questions:

                                                      • Do I really need it? Did I need it yesterday?
                                                      • Can’t I buy it used or borrow it from friends?
                                                      • Can I rent it?
                                                      • Can I make it myself?
                                                      • Am I buying the most sustainable version of this product?

                                                      For example, check if the brand you chose is conscious about the environment, for example, are the products they manufacture energy efficient? Do they try to use less packaging?

                                                      Also, if you often find yourself buying too many groceries, promise to buy only the amount that fits in one shopping bag (that you bring along). If you often forget to take your shopping bag with you, get yourself a 2-in-1 wallet with a built-in shopping bag for more eco-friendly shopping.

                                                      6. Learn to Unplug from Your Phone

                                                      Today’s world is crammed with information, and many people struggle to keep focus on what’s truly important. There’s just too much going on in the world – too much to read, to watch, to know, too many conversations to participate in.

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                                                      But how to refuse the temptation to check the phone and start using social media in a controlled, not a compulsive way?

                                                      Some tips for managing your phone-dependency:

                                                      Spend only a limited amount of battery per day

                                                      For example, start your day with 50% battery life, and manage your phone usage so that you’ll make it till the evening.

                                                      Block distracting apps and notifications on your phone and computer

                                                      Choose one-hour, two-hour or longer blocking sessions and enjoy the positive impact this will have on your mood and productivity.[3]

                                                      Set your phone on flight mode

                                                      When you start doing an important task that requires full focus, set your phone on flight mode so that nobody can disturb you.

                                                      Leave your phone at home or in the office when you go for lunch

                                                      You’ll see that the feeling of being unreachable for a moment is actually very liberating.

                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                      As a new year begins, we’re all excitedly looking forward to what adventures await ahead of us.

                                                      But this year, promise yourself this:

                                                      Instead of having a never-ending list of tasks and commitments, focus on the truly meaningful ones. And cross-out all the rest without feeling guilty.

                                                      Less is more. Make this year count. We’re all rooting for you.

                                                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Lark via unsplash.com

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