Oct
      18

      Do you have $100,000 to $500,000 in sales booked this year?

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      I am looking to chat with any small business, from fashion to industrial design to biotech, from anywhere in the world, that generates between 100-500K annually.  I am creating a video series for  2015 for the Entrepreneur The Arts blog and am looking for stories about: your first big sale, how you handle an unhappy customer, how you … [Read more...]

      Oct
      16

      Do you need a vendor or a partner to fill in a missing piece in your business?

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      Are you looking for someone to help you fill in a missing piece in your business or start up? Who do you need- a Vendor? Partner?  Or both? Do you know what the differences are between a vendor and a partner and what factors to consider to make the right choice? Most of my professional entrepreneurial career has been spent in … [Read more...]

      Oct
      02

      Connor Williams: A role model for creative entrepreneurs at any age

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      You may not know his name, but Connor Williams is hoping by the end of the year you will when his first full length featured film comes out on Redbox.  At just 17 years of age, a senior in high school from a small town in Idaho, Connor wrote, shot (in just 16 days), produced, and directed The Spoilers with Terry Kiser (dead Guy/Bernie) … [Read more...]

      Sep
      24

      Coachable, Teachable and Trainable: The 3 Keys to Doing Anything

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      In the last few months I have found myself repeatedly referring to myself in casual conversation as a 'professional hoop jumper.' Although people find my comment funny, its true. What I have learned in my pursuit of achieving any goal in life is that you have to prove yourself to others by being coachable, teachable and trainable. It's … [Read more...]

      Sep
      16

      Death by NDA? How An Innocent Contract Can Stifle Entrepreneurship

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      We sign them all the time. They usually seem harmless. They’re often considered just a matter of custom. However, they can be far more harmful to entrepreneurial ecosystems than they appear on the surface. I’m talking about nondisclosure agreements—NDAs. They are a common tool of business between parties who want to share … [Read more...]

      Sep
      08

      The Experiment is Over

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      Effective November 1st, 2014 the experimental audience building space my husband, Chuck, and I created inside of iaeou will close. Designed to be an extension of our education program, our physical space served as an incubator for customer acquisition for small and medium sized businesses.  Our members hosted meet and greets with … [Read more...]

      Sep
      01

      Business with Purpose: The Next Big Thing

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      What is the key to profit for the next generation of consumers? Bain Capital is betting its purpose. About a week and a half ago, Bain Capital acquired 50% of Tom's Shoes. Reuters reported that the transaction valued the company at $625 million, and that founder Blake Mycoskie will retained 50% ownership of Toms, as well as his role as … [Read more...]

      Aug
      17

      We, as Creative People, Have a Responsibility to this World

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      We, as creative people, have a responsibility to ourselves-- and to this world-- to share our gifts widely. Our creativity changes us and others profoundly. What we do transcends race, status, and breaks through all social classes and cultural barriers almost instantly. Culture is the backbone on which we can shape our world. And by … [Read more...]

      Aug
      11

      Real Entrepreneurs, Gaps, Trust, Authenticity and Meaning

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      I recently had someone tell me that real entrepreneurs scale things. The rest of us folks who own bakery's, clarinet shops, resale shops, diners, and the local beauty salon are self employed-- which is (supposedly) not the same as being an entrepreneur. What??? It's no wonder entrepreneurship is flat lining in the U.S.A. We think … [Read more...]

      Jul
      30

      One Minute of Life: Real Time

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      I don't know how I got on their list and I cannot get them to unsubscribe me- Ashley Madison that is- the 'online personals & dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounters and extramarital affairs.' (delete) Not a day passes when I don't get one of those 'We are the government of Nigeria and we have … [Read more...]

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