Some SBA resources for entrepreneurs ...

​ SBA offers many resources for entrepreneurs who are starting, managing, and grow your business! Is Entrepreneurship for You? Learn How to Start a Business Find a Mentor or Counselor Find Resources to Grow Your Business Establishing Values for Your Business The values and culture of your company have a dir...

USA Today: Startup activity is surging. Here's why.

From USA Today Startup activity is surging. Here's why. http://usat.ly/2c66prN The economy has been mired in a funk since late last year, but there's cause for optimism: Business startup activity has returned to near pre-recession levels.Eric Griffin and his partner, Dennis O’Donnell, are part of the shift.In January, the duo launched a Phila...

Stop doing these 15 things when pitching your startup

Not a day goes by where I don’t wake up to emails begging me for money. Everyone has the next big idea, and they are constantly pitching me this or that. I imagine most investors’ email inboxes look similar. Out of every thousand pitches I receive, there may be one that gets my attention enough to want to be involved. The vast majority of pitch...

U.S. Court Rules Infringement Suit by Trader Joe’s Can Proceed Against Pirate Joe’s

TJ's might look like a bad buy here, but ... organizations do have to protect their brands, or risk loosing them. Sticky wicket! U.S. Court Rules Infringement Suit by Trader Joe’s Can Proceed Against Pirate Joe’s Photo A Trader Joe’s openin...

The White House is planning to let more foreign entrepreneurs work in the U.S.

The White House is planning to let more foreign entrepreneurs work in the U.S.http://www.recode.net/2016/8/26/12652892/white-house-startup-visaThe move, which won’t require congressional approval, allows people to stay up to five years, provided their startup has significant U.S. investment.

McG Jim Class 160825.0.06 ... Getting Started

McG Jim Class 16082560-second review of last class ... 60-second preview of the day ... this handout!AnnouncementsMcG CenterBreakfast mixer ... Friday, Sept 2, 9 - 11 am ... McG Center, Eller 202HomeworkIn advance ... please read material listed on the syllabus!Assignments coming due ... we'll start to discover, define, design, develop, and depl...

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Calculating the ROI of Customer Engagement

Calculating the ROI of Customer Engagement August 19, 2016 Juan Díaz-Faes for HBR We know that customer engagement matters. Yet much of our thinking about engagement remains simplistic. Most current definitions of engagement are bimodal – someone is either en...

Biz ideas here!

Springwise.com has been around for a long time, and keeps getting better! An interesting sample of innovative new ventures ... some weird, some pretty interesting. Looking for some ideas ... bet you'll find a few here!

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Venture Map

Every venture (business, not-for-profit, company, et al) looks like this. Not every venture adequately addresses each of these elements, at their own peril! From one perspective (of many!), all healthy business ventures look like this. They at least have all these elements in place, if not adequately addressed. So, while every healthy venture...

The difference between a company and a business

A company is an organization that may or may not be self-sustaining as a business. That is, a company may exist only on paper, may exist through continuing rounds of funding rather than self-funded through revenues, may exist through support from grants. It is not uncommon for a company to exist to receive grants (SBIR, STTR, and others) so as t...

Starter Toolbox for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Here's a set of some of the most useful starter tools for innovators and entrepreneurs creating a new venture ...

Fuzzy-Front-End

The beginning of most any new venture is full of fuzzy ideas and concepts. With work, a venture vision will become clear over time ...

DXpedition & CSF#1 Combo Power Tool Worksheet

Two of the best tools for innovators and entrepreneurs creating a new venture are 1] the DXpedition Tool that identifies the five phases every new venture goes through (whether intentionally and in an organized fashion, or not!), and 2] Critical Success Factor #1, the recipe for success for every venture: Earn Rewards Solving Customer Problems B...

The Barriers Big Companies Face When They Try to Act Like Lean Startups

It’d be hard to choose two words that feel less descriptive of life inside a large organization than “lean" and “startup." And yet the lean startup methodology, born in Silicon Valley as a way for startups to tune in to customer needs with limited resources, has been gaining major momentum inside big companies like General Electric, Alaska Airli...

The 3 Preconditions for an Entrepreneurial Society

In 1985 Peter Drucker argued for a shift toward an entrepreneurial society, one where “executives in all institutions…make innovation and entrepreneurship a normal, ongoing everyday activity." This intentionally broad view requires a fundamental change in mindset. Drucker was pushing us to think and act less like employees taking orders and more...

How to Choose a Company Name: A 12-Point Test

For entrepreneurs, the importance of picking the right name for a company may rank second only to naming a child. (And it’s lot more expensive to change.) Name consultants are paid millions each year to help decide what to call a company. Now one has come up with a test: San Francisco naming boutique Eat My Words, which has worked for Kinko’s, ...

The Psychology of Color in Branding

Design is all about first impressions, and one of the most important factors of any design is color. Color choices, pairings, and usage can affect how someone perceives a billboard, a website, or a box of cereal. Whether you realize it or not, colors evoke emotions, feelings, and memories, and designers tap into those emotions as they're choosin...

bioaccel Solutions Challenge 2016

Hello bio-techies!! There's some money to be had here for a start-up or early-stage bio-tech product venture ...Download PDF

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