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Successful, Unconventional Entrepreneurs

It’s not all about “gradutate, get a job, and stay there for life” anymore. On the contrary, entrepreneurship is hot. Small enterprises account for 52 percent of all U.S. workers, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Want to march to your own beat? Entrepreneurship may be the way. Check out these unconventional entrepreneurs for inspiration.

Continue Reading November 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm 1 comment

Top Business Plan Competitions

Seth Goldman, Honest Tea Founder (and – p.s. – New York Times Best Seller with a new “how to” business book) took the stage at a recent event. “We got our start at a business plan competition,” he said. He praised such competitions as perfect for getting the practice, exposure, connections, and – if you’re lucky – funding needed to fuel a start-up venture.

This post focuses on the top business plan contests in the nation at the college+ level, teen level, as well as resources to help prepare for these competitions.

Continue Reading September 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm 8 comments

Cell Phones and Technology: Do we Love it or Hate it? The Role for Entrepreneurs of All Ages

Can you be without your phone for a 24 hour period?

Researcher Sergey Golitsynskiy looked into this exact topic in a study of student cell phone users around the world. The results were surprising.

“It ended up being the most horrible experience many of them had ever in their life…

Continue Reading July 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Top Recruiting Tips: “Top Grading” Summary for Entrepreneurs, Educators, and Recruits

Now is final call for recruiting time: For internships, jobs, and maybe you want to start your own business. “Top Grading” has proven – over time in elite entrepreneur circles – to be a standard reference for recruiting because of its focus on how to recruit A Players….”Top Grade first–once you do this, your organization can do anything.”

Continue Reading May 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm 4 comments

Can’t Take Your Daughters and Sons To Work? Bring the Workplace to Them!

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day doesn’t work for everyone. Between missing school, company policies, and the nature of what you do, it may be downright impossible. This post offers some ideas for how to start planning now to do that so when Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day rolls around, everyone can participate.

Continue Reading March 12, 2013 at 9:57 am Leave a comment

Seven Secrets of Billion Dollar Companies – Blueprint to a Billion Entrepreneur Version

The Blueprint Growth Institute. This is the institute borne from David G. Thomson’s book profiling billion-dollar businesses. But not just any billion-dollar businesses: Ones that got there better and faster than others.

Below we highlight the seven keys to success espoused by the most successful billion-dollar companies studied by Thomson.

Continue Reading February 1, 2013 at 12:53 am 5 comments

An Entrepreneur-Kids Holiday Season Discussion Guide

When you control your own business, you can also use that power for good. This holiday season, in the car, on the plane, at the breakfast table, huddled around the iPad or droid…consider discussing these questions about doing well, while doing good, with the kids and family in your life.

Continue Reading November 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

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