11 Things to Look For In Your Startup Partner

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 28, 2013

QUESTION: WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A POTENTIAL STARTUP PARTNER? Question by: Ashley THE DATING GAME “When searching for a potential startup founder, you must search based on how you would if you were looking for a long-term relationship. You need to look for someone that can share the long-term vision of the company. Founding and running a business is like being married and having a child —…

Will the Federal Minimum Wage be Increased Any Time Soon?

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 28, 2013

Uncertainty abounds amongst small businesses across the United States. Entrepreneurs in a wide array of industries, especially startups, find themselves challenged in making decisions for their short, intermediate and long-term futures because of uncertainty stemming from the economy. This includes concerns about everything from proposed tax increases and healthcare mandates to a hike in the minimum wage. The President proposed an increase in the federal minimum wage to…

Starting Your Own Business — Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / May 27, 2013

Becoming an entrepreneur is not the right fit for everyone. Unfortunately, there are many people who find this out when they start a business, and then end up with a ringside seat as it falters and fails. Experienced entrepreneurs who serve as mentors to aspiring business-owners cite one repeated issue as a reason this continues to happen. In short, the excitement of a new business idea and imagining…

Creating a Crash Course for Your Industry

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Finding Customers Personal Branding Startup Advice / May 25, 2013

You don’t have time to keep up on industry trends. You’re an entrepreneur, marketing manager, or HR executive, with a schedule jam-packed with the day-to-day activities of your career — not sticking your head in whitepapers on your industry for hours on end. Believe me, I feel your pain. Running Influence & Co., I constantly felt that I was out of the loop on the overall trends in…

Google Plus: The “Ghost Town” that Helps Build Personal Brands

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Personal Branding Startup Advice / May 25, 2013

What If I told you Google Plus is no longer a “ghost town,” Would you believe me? I hope so. But don’t worry, this isn’t another how-to guide. This post is about opening your mind to how powerful a personal brand is. Specifically, how Google Plus can help you build a personal brand that makes people actually care about what you’re doing. How powerful is a personal brand…

Learn to Pitch Like Mad Men’s Don Draper

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 25, 2013

You are busy. I am busy. Everybody is. Let me tell you why you should spent the next five minutes reading me. I have pitched to friends, family, investors, partners, consumers, at competitions and events, presented various works at middle-school, high-school and college, preached at multiple church services, bootcamps, sunday-school and real-time translated a dozen of preachers, and spoke at conferences in uni. From Portugal, to UK, to India, in different languages,…

Interview: Tiffany Tabar and UpSpring PR Focus on Design

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / May 24, 2013

  Tiffany Tabar is the CEO and co-founder of UpSpring PR, a boutique public relations firm specializing in architecture, interior design and product manufacturing. She and her co-founder, Sarah Nelkin, the company’s President, have built a strong niche in the hospitality, residential and commercial design markets, precisely by targeting clients working in these areas, such as the design of new restaurants. Their current roster includes a nice mix…

Want To Be an Inspirational Leader? 3 Pitfalls That Can Trip You Up

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 24, 2013

A “pitfall” is an unsuspected danger, a trap masquerading as a safe path. They’re easy to fall into –and even harder to dig yourself out of–which is why the best protection is a heightened sense of awareness that what seems safe may not be. Aspiring inspirational leaders starting or growing their businesses need to be on the look out for these seemingly safe behaviors that can, over time,…

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