Oct
26

Best to Worst Crowdfunding Environments for Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the United States

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2014 The First JOBSIMPACT Small Business Crowdfunding Index Released Best to Worst Crowdfunding Environments for Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the United States Miami, FL – Today, Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) in conjunction with The Crowdfunding Center published the first quarterly … [Read more...]

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
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...]

Jun
23

Haggling isn’t cool. Here’s why.

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Churchill: "Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?" Socialite: "My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course... " Churchill: "Would you sleep with me for five pounds?" Socialite: "Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!" Churchill: "Madam, we've already … [Read more...]

Apr
28

How to Navigate the Business World as a Woman

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Written by Au-Co Mai It’s no secret that in the business world it’s predominately male driven. As women, we face challenges in the workplace that men are less likely to face. Working women who have families often leave work only to clock in at home for the second shift, juggling even more responsibilities and demand of time and … [Read more...]

Feb
02

Living (or not) the Creative Life

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"Growth is much more than a strategy. It is a complex change process that involves the right mindset, the right processes, experimentation and an enabling environment." ~ Edward Hess teaches business administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Ed got it right. For the last eight years my professional growth … [Read more...]

Jan
20

What’s Preventing You From Trying to Release Your Product? And How to Get the Kick You Need to Make it a Reality.

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So you have a brilliant idea for a product that you think could make you rich and really change the world in a positive way. You've had assurance from everyone you've asked that this is indeed a great idea and something people would use, and you know that you'd be much happier escaping the rat race and becoming a self-employed … [Read more...]

Jan
13

Founder’s Dilemmas

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What are the big mistakes that entrepreneurs can make in the founding and early execution of their companies? What is it exactly that makes the difference between success and failure? As a founder you ignore "people problems" — your own and those of your team — at your peril. Understanding your own decisions, where your instincts … [Read more...]

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