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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…

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