Budget-Friendly Ways to Give Back to the Community

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / August 10, 2013

Giving back to the community is an excellent way for families or local businesses to support one another and play a role in bettering their surroundings. A limited budget doesn’t have to limit the involvement individuals have with their community. When it comes to giving, time should really be the only constraint faced. There are a variety of ways people can volunteer to help the community and its…

Brighten Up at Work…the Right Way!

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / August 10, 2013

It’s easy to incorporate colorful metaphors into any conversation and workplace situations are no exception. For example, if someone got a promotion over you, you might be “green with envy” or “seeing red.” Whether it made you jealous or angry, there’s a pretty good chance you were “feeling blue” about it and maybe you even ended the day under a “black cloud.” In addition to colors, lighting themes…

How to Find and Overcome the Hidden Judgments Ruining Your Business

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / August 9, 2013

  Mother Teresa speaks of two completely contrasting processes: judgment and love. This competition shows up everywhere in our lives. But it’s not just between people. It can be between you and situations, you and places, and even you and your business (or potential business). So let’s expand upon that quote. If you judge your business, you have no time to love it. What happens if you don’t…

Ten Ways for Bootstrapped Students to Finance Their Business Ideas

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Funding / August 9, 2013

You’ve learned it the hard way: college is your wallet’s biggest nightmare. You juggle student loans, housing payments, meal plans, textbooks, and all of the expenses that go along with the college experience. How can you possibly stake any money into that brilliant venture you’ve always wanted to launch? Unless you have one of those legendary rich uncles, you’ll need some of your own cash to get things…

That Moment When You NEED To Start Your Own Business

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / August 9, 2013

“Dude, the margarita mix is only half full!” “What?” “You didn’t fill the margarita mix!  What the hell have you been doing all day??” These wonderful words were provided to me from a young punk who clearly didn’t read Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders.  This illuminating conversation was at the end of a long shift when I was working as a barback at a bar/restaurant in…

7 Lessons From Sustaining Our Startup’s Rapid Growth

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / August 8, 2013

Ministry of Supply launched in June 2012 to immediate fanfare- garnering 4,000 customers and selling 6,000 dress shirts in our first month.  At the time, one of our co-founders, Kit Hickey, described the company as, “an adolescent trapped in a baby’s body, and we had to learn how to sprint before we could learn how to walk.” Fast-forward one year, and today our company is the proud parent…

Startup Weekend Isn’t Just for Entrepreneurs

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / August 8, 2013

Startup Weekend is the best 54 hours of my year. I’ve helped organize Startup Weekend Columbia for the last two years, and with this year’s event happening in just two short months (September 13th through the 15th), I started to ponder why some people are intimidated by the thought of attending. I hear things like, “I’m not an entrepreneur” or “I’m not a developer” or, even better, “I…

Ways to Recover from Burnout (No Sugar-coated Tips Included)

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Health & Fitness / August 7, 2013

Young, spirited, and dynamic – these are the common traits of any young executive today. However, despite the plethora of energy-inspiring things that young executives face and experience on a daily basis, profession burnout keeps on lurking at every corner and angle. The mantra of many young executives is “make your passion your profession” in an aim to beat burnout from the get-go. However, even the most passionate…

Startup to $850,000 in 1 Year: Interview with Crisp Video Group’s Michael Mogill

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / August 7, 2013

A year and a day before I spoke with Michael Mogill, Crisp Video Group was born.  Only 366 days later, the company has grown to 8 employees and is projected to earn $850,000 in revenue for the year of 2013. Having success as an entrepreneur is nothing out of the ordinary for Mogill, who at the age of 12 launched a web design company out of his parents’…