Small business owners know that it takes more than just a great idea to create a successful business. Rather, successful businesses need to be able to blend a great idea with a well-thought-out and repeatable plan. 

Striking that balance has proven to be a big challenge for many small business owners.

"This is a tough time to be in business," said Gary Barnes, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Gary Barnes International. "More of us than ever are facing new problems and challenges."

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Barnes offers the following tips to help small business owners forge a clear path to success.

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