Why Unemployed College Grads Should Channel Their Inner Entrepreneur

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / October 15, 2009

By Donna Fenn Author of Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs Are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit from Their Success Last spring, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that unemployment among 18 to 25-year-olds was a staggering 16.1%. That was grim news for college grads, plenty of whom headed straight to grad school, or promptly moved their belongings into the family basement. If you are…

DIY PR: The Top Five Rules for Getting the Publicity You Want

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / October 14, 2009

Now, it seems a bit antithetical for an owner of a PR firm to teach others the tricks of the PR trade. I thought, “Do I really want to give away the secrets to PR success?” But then I thought long and hard about what it means to be an entrepreneur and the sometimes financial roller coaster the thrill of sole proprietorship can bring. What if I had…

Run Your Business from Your iPhone

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 13, 2009

When I launched CyberSynchs in 2008, my vision was to construct a company that would defy the depressed economy and provides a sorely-needed service. What I didn’t anticipate is that, for the first year, I could run the entire business from my iPhone. Running CyberSynchs out of my pocket happened pretty naturally. As any entrepreneur knows, once you get the wheels moving on a new company, life starts…

How to Add Sex Appeal to Your Business

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / October 12, 2009

As a young CEO of Coastal Cigars, a national cigar distribution and event company I’ve noticed our youth gives us certain advantages over our older counterparts. For one, we have a much better sense of what is relevant right now in pop culture. Also, many older, successful businesspeople find it inspiring to be around youth and exciting young entrepreneurs “on the come up.”  As I observe businesses around…

Trinidad Carnival an Entrepreneurs Dream

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 9, 2009

Have you ever been part of an environment where no one cares that you lost a big deal for your company last week, where people are not the smallest bit judgmental about how you dress, how much money you make, or what kind of car you drive?  If you’re a young entrepreneur, probably not, right? There is one place, however, where you are encouraged to eat, drink and…

Lifestyle Design: My Exile Lifestyle

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 8, 2009

Two months ago I was living in a townhouse on the West side of Los Angeles, driving my CR-V to and from parties and other social events and running my sustainable design studio from my home office. This morning I woke up in my apartment in the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, threw on one each of the five shirts and three pairs of jeans that I own…

Not Your Ordinary Salesman: Zappos Tony Hsieh

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Startup Advice / October 7, 2009

Not Your Ordinary Shoe Salesman: How Corporate Culture Sells More Than a Billion Dollars of Shoes A Year By Nick Nanton Branding Consultant and Celebrity Lawyer Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is focused on Zappos’ ultimate goal of being “a customer service company that just happens to sell shoes.” Although he focuses on customer service, he isn’t half bad at selling shoes either — taking Zappos to a new…

How I Thrived After Corporate Layoff

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / October 6, 2009

By Crystal Brown-Tatum CEO/President of Crystal Clear Communications I’ll be the first to say that I never set out to be an entrepreneur. It was through a series of negative and sometimes painful work experiences followed by a devastating corporate layoff that I decided to take a huge leap of faith and venture out on my own. I graduated in 1996 from The University of Houston with a…

China: Source by Day. Party by Night.

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 5, 2009

By: Jeff Gawronski CEO: Yak About It Want to produce a product? You better be thinking of sourcing in China. If your brain thinks USA then your company will have a difficult time competing. The truth is China is better equipped than America to produce goods.  As an up and coming CEO your job is to use the resources best equipped for success. You simply cannot pay triple…

Young Entrepreneurs Turning Partying into Businesses Part 2

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews / October 2, 2009

If you missed it check out Young Entrepreneurs Turning Partying into Businesses. Here are two more Under 30 CEOs that are making things happen doing something they really love in life. They saw opportunities and grabbed them. The party did not stop after college for these guys. Andrew Moran – New York Bar Store Andrew grew up in Hartford, CT, attended the University of Connecticut and graduated in…

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