I’m not an expert networker. I’m sort of shy about approaching people and often…
Last week I attended the BOSS 2011 Conference put on by the Barefoot Executive, Carrie Wilkerson . Was an incredible experience!!! While I was there I participated on the "Power of People: Buzz, Publicity and Social Media panel and also conducted a breakout session on Financing and Funding. As you can see I am multi-talented speaking on two such diverse topics. Not sure that is so much true…Continue
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"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know…Continue
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Found a great post from Gini Dietrich of Arment Dietrich, Inc. in Chicago on how to utilize free webinars to generate leads for your business. Giving Free Content to Generate Business to check out the post and video on how to implement this strategy. If there is anything we can do to help call 614-287-5294 to set up a meeting.
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With 200 million members, Twitter is one of the most popular social networks out there. But are you taking advantage of everything it has to offer for marketing? Used effectively, Twitter can help you…Continue
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If you are thinking of getting your business or your non-profit more involved in on-line and social media activities you may need help. I know that I take all the help I can get. Where do you look to find good resources? Certainly there are all kinds of experts, gurus and strategists out there pumping out content but which ones are good? Given that I have been doing some work…Continue
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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what kind of grants are available for small businesses I would be rich and living on a beach somewhere. Everyone is looking for undiluted capital (fancy term for free money). The problem is that there really is no free money. If you can actually find and qualify for a grant there are always strings attached. You may not have to pay it back but you will definitely have to work for it.…Continue
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As all the kids head back to school, you might ask yourself….what have I learned lately? Most aspiring entrepreneurs and technologist have a passion for lifelong learning and as we get entrenched in the day to day it can be hard to find time to keep our learning sharp.
Think of Startup Weekend as a crammed in school project. Remember those projects? You spend most of the semester gleaming through the material and then in 48 hours you learn the subject matter, have a crash course in…Continue
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Let's talk about financing. I get asked daily about financing options. People want to know what is out there for their business. Here is a quick list of types of financing that is "out there" for your business. If you go to the full post on Ideas2Deals you will see descriptions of each area.
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I recently received a communication from the ASBDC, the Association of Small Business Development Centers highlighting this post on the NY Times blog. As you will see when you read it the discussion references a potential reduction in the federal allocation to the Small Business Development Center program. While many people think of…Continue
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Who knew running a small business was so expensive? Not many new small-business owners, it turns out.
In a recent survey by Bermuda-based insurer Hiscox, one third of 500 U.S. business owners with fewer than 100 employees said higher-than-expected costs was their single biggest start-up mistake, followed by hiring the wrong people, not knowing how to market and sell products, and not securing enough financing.…
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I’ve been curious about a phenomenon we’re seeing when we interview
candidates these days. Their first impressions suck. Not everyone (we did, after all, just hire Megan Beausang), but I’d venture to say 90 percent of them.Why do they suck? Because they’re…
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We all have words that make us cringe. That’s especially true in the investment community.
Generally, I can tell a few lines into a business plan if a company just doesn’t “get it”. Sometimes, it’s blatant – like the lack of a clear mission statement. Other times, it’s something more gut-based, like the use of quotation marks as I did at the top of the paragraph (it’s too cute for a serious business proposal).
There are some words and phrases that are…Continue
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