A lot is going on in the world of startups, business owners and entrepreneurs. Here are some great articles you should read from the week of Novemer 11, 2012.
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A Business Leader’s Guide to Investing in Tuition Assistance Programs (via Rescue a CEO): Investing in employee education is a great way to foster higher retention rates and improve employee performance, but at the end of the day you’re working with limited resources. Whether you’re creating a new TAP or revamping an old one, remember that an effectiveplan doesn’t have to be a largeplan.
Meet the Sharks: Daymond John (via Hearpreneur): Viewers of the television show, Shark Tank, may be familiar with Daymond John. John, a leading entrepreneur, is the founder of the clothing line, FUBU.
Entrepreneur Brian Potter Clears the Air in Hollywood (via Hearpreneur): Brian Potter is the founder of the rights and clearances agency, Clearly Right Entertainment. His company works with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, but that doesn’t mean that he designates various agents to work with his clientele.
The University Entrepreneurship [INFOGRAPHIC] (via Teach a CEO): A recently published report from the AccountingDegree.com reveals which universities graduate the most entrepreneurs and how much funding these alumni get from investors and venture capitalists.
Here Are The Best Startup Pitches We’ve Ever Seen (Business Insider): What persuades an investor to write a check for an entrepreneur’s raw idea? We spoke with active angel investors and venture capitalists, as well as scouring the Web, to compile a list of some of the best startup pitches ever.
Reality Show’s Hard Truths (Wall Street Journal): Bravo’s latest confection, “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley,” a glossy portrayal of the entrepreneurial life, has triggered a maelstrom of scathing reviews from the likes of bloggers and founders here, who see it as a gross misrepresentation of their beloved startup ecosystem.
Closing the African-American Startup Gap (Opinion) (Entrepreneur): Despite entrepreneurial tendencies, African-American small-business ownership lags that of whites. White men run their own incorporated businesses at more than twice the rate of African-American men, and white women do so at more than three times the rate of their African-American counterparts, analysis by Bureau of Labor Statistics economist Steve Hipple reveals.
Small business owners “nervous” about looming fiscal cliff (Reuters): Eric Blinderman, who had to shut down his two upscale New York restaurants for a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, said the approaching fiscal cliff could mean a “double whammy” for his business heading into the busy holiday season.
Making Small Business a Cause (New York Times): Speed coaching is one element of “Brewing the American Dream,” a program Boston Beer established with a microlender, Accion, to help small businesses.
Startup Weekend Boosts Profiles of New Entrepreneurs — and Host Cities (Mashable Business): It’s the final stage of a 54-hour competition to create a startup from scratch. Nearly 300 lanyard-clad entrepreneurs squeeze together on rows of plastic chairs to watch fellow hopefuls pitch their way to the top. Under the intense scrutiny of spotlights and judges, they present three days of blood, sweat and tech in just five minutes.
Social Media Isn’t Dead: It’s Boring (Chris Brogan): There are details and technologies you must master if you want to succeed. But that’s the keyboard-level and tactical part of what you’ll do. We wanted to give you something more encompassing. The strategies around and behind The Impact Equation boil down to 5 Cs.
Is Your Bank Committed to Your Small Business? (Under 30 CEO): There’s something far more important to be concerned with: whether your bank is committed to your small business. Ultimately, aligning yourself with the right bank does make a difference. It’s up to you to define what you need and which bank can help your small business succeed.
Obama Built a Social Network to Reach the Top: 5 Reasons Why You Should Too (Under 30 CEO): Obama understood the importance of networks and built up his own meticulously. By the time he first ran for office he had ties to so many people that mattered that the local press described him as “a well-connected attorney”. The rest is history. The same goes for any career. Here are 5 reasons why the quality of your professional network can make or break your prospects.
How Do Millennial Marketers Score and Turn Singles to Home Runs? (Social Media Today): The zeitgeist of marketing has updated with the world to the 2.0 status. The raw energy and passion of the net (new) gen marketers, belonging to the millennial group (aged 16-34), has turned around the already dynamic field of marketing.
Loans Available at 1 Percent for Small Business Affected by Sandy (Black Enterprise): Small businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy can apply for up to $25,000 in loans to pay for costs related to replacing or repairing facilities and equipment. The money can also be used as working capital needed to restart business operations.
Time for America to Go to Entrepreneurship School (Huffington Post): Here’s a new, old idea for America: Let’s identify, recruit, develop, and make a welcoming home for all the entrepreneurs in the world. We’ve done it before, and we can do it again. But to do it again, it will require all of us to go back to entrepreneurship school.
The SBA and Small Business Saturday (OPEN Forum): The Small Business Administration is doing its part to get the word out about Small Business Saturday. Administrator Karen Mills says customers will definitely get a more personalized experience.
6 Right Times to Be a Ready-Fire-Aim Entrepreneur (Startup Professionals): Even when a good plan is possible, I believe there are many circumstances where the ready-fire-aim approach is the best alternative, even though it may be counter-intuitive that one can fire without having aimed precisely. Here are the key parameters that can swing the pendulum.
How admitting weakness makes you stronger (Successful Blog): Fears can serve as a tether, keeping you tied to your past and ultimately from achieving independence. However connections can serve as anchors, or a stabilizing force, enabling you to reach higher and more fully develop your independence, even as you are “tethered” to others.
Using Google+ Hangouts for Internal Team Communication (Small Biz Trends): Hangouts has proved to be a valuable tool for some small businesses that use Google+, particularly those who use it for collaboration and communication among team members. Here are some tips to help your business make the most of the service for internal communication.
How to Turn Website Visitors into Buyers (Small Biz Trends): The first step to ensuring a successful holiday sales season is to optimize your eCommerce site. But the next step – converting those website visitors into customers – is equally important and can be even more difficult to achieve.
This is the best I can do (Seth’s Blog): Entire industries lull themselves into believing that what they make and how they make it is good enough–until someone comes along and turns the market on its head by proving them wrong.