Learn how to crowdfund and lift up your business with the crowd.


      Are you looking to raise money to start or expand your business?  Are you in a position where you don’t know any venture capitalists? The banks continue to just said “no"?  And you’ve heard about crowdfunding, but don’t know where to start? If this describes you, then Success with Crowdfunding has 2 introductory webinars … [Read more...]


      How Will Entrepreneurs Succeed (and Struggle) in 2017?


      Earlier this year Drip, part of Leadpages an email automation provider, reached out to 1,884 entrepreneurs across the U.S. and asked them things like … How do you get the majority of your new customers?  What’s your favorite marketing tool or tactic? What would you do differently if you were starting your business over … [Read more...]


      Global Entrepreneurship Week is Now!


      During one week each November, this week this year, thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a … [Read more...]


      Inbetween those that ‘have’, and those that ‘have not’: The least uneducated- The Inbetweeners


      It was the 'uneducated white men and women' of our country in the rust belt states that cost Hillary the Presidency. But what does uneducated mean and how are they 'uneducated' anyway? Uneducated is a pretty broad word.   It can mean a lot of different things. Does it mean these men and women did not complete college? Does it mean … [Read more...]


      What matters most?


      This past week has been a big week of reflection.  How did America elect a man who pays no taxes, who by all accounts belongs to a chapter of the KKK in NYC, just like his father did, who hates women and minorities and Mexico and Muslims, who disrespects the sacrifice our military has made to protect us, has open litigation against him, … [Read more...]


      What’s the value of social media to your small biz?


      Market Makers is a podcast series I just started on soundcloud. Here is a short clip from a recent conversation I had with Maria Pearson and Scott Gillespie about how to figure out how valuable social media is to your small business. It's just over 8 … [Read more...]


      There is politics in everything friends. Don’t ignore it. Get involved and vote.


      I am by my nature not a political animal. I shutter at the thought that paying for access was ever what our founding fathers had in mind. Equally, I am ashamed that politicians throw each other off 'the cliff', even those who have supported them for years, if it means they can get a little farther ahead, or get a little more power, or … [Read more...]


      What have the trends in 2016 small biz lending taught us? Where is small biz lending going?


      According to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) mid 2016 economic report, the number of small firms who reported they are able to access adequate financing for their business was 69%, down from 73% six months ago. 41% of small businesses said lack of capital is hindering their ability to grow their business or expand … [Read more...]


      An entrepreneurial journey managing growth: Lisa’s Clarinet Shop


      My clarinet shop is growing. And so is my small business advising. How do I manage both? I though it might be interesting for you to read a recent communication I wrote to my clarinet shop list. It takes a lot of creativity to figure out how to manage sometimes. I hope this helps you problem solve for a business of your own. ~Lisa … [Read more...]


      Finance Call #455…


      When it comes to a small business finding capital, there is nothing more important then finding it when you need to. Today with bank lending significantly down, alternative finance sources- like finance companies- are pouncing on sme's in droves trying to take advantage of their need to find working capital. I still cannot believe how … [Read more...]

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