Posts Tagged 'Entrepreneur'

Open for Business: Google and SBA Launch Small Business Site

Google and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched a website to help small business site to help businesses establish an online presence and find web tools to help them succeed.

Tools for Online Success presents many of Google‘s suite of services for small businesses, entrepreneurs or solopreneurs.

Read more on the Google Small Business Blog.
Visit the Google SBA website.

Google launches Small Business Site with SBA

Senators Kerry & Lugar Introduce the Startup Visa Act

Senators John Kerry & Richard Lugar introduced the Startup Visa Act in Washington, DC.

The act proposes to drive job creation in the US and increase American global competitiveness, as reported here.

Read the Full text of The Startup Visa Act.

Photo via StartupVisa.com.

Web 2.0 for Learning Teachers, Parents and Schools

Trying to increase children and youth, and educators’ exposure to internet literacy?

Here’s something teachers, educators, schools, parents and administrators may want to view.

Teachers Guide to Web 2.0

See the full presentation here.

To succeed in life what one thing would you do?

via Holy Kaw!

Success defined is always an attractive proposition.

Holy Kaw blogs on Peter Bergman’s quest and attainment of success in To succeed in life, you need just one thing.

Bergman cites that to achieve success we need to identify the task that carries the greatest influcence toward achieving our goal and to focus everything passionately upon it.

Identifying the strategic critical element to achieve success is the key to this equation.

Good advice for entrepreneurs and small business persons seeking to grow their business.

Read Bergman’s full post here.

Does it take a community to raise a business?

Posted by Dee Allomong.

Does it take a village to raise a business?
Some experts think so. Business Woman Looking

In this information era, consumers have digital access to a myriad of competitors and business information and market forces and disruptive technologies have shifted the balance of power away from traditional marketing and advertising models.

Both consumers and businesses have self gravitated to online communities to find answers to new questions and to find solutions to the unforeseen challenges they have yet to experience.

Proverbs: Lessons from our past

The old African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” emphasizes the impact a community has on the growth, development, and successful maturation of a person to not only survive to adulthood, but to thrive to become a contributing member within their community.

Although we are in a high-tech age, these simple words still ring true with in application beyond the walls of the family unit – as they are now being applied to impact community as it supports the growth of entrepreneurial businesses.

So, if it takes a village to raise a child, what does it take to raise a business?

Often, your business is often conceived out of a passion, which gives birth to an entrepreneurial idea.  Once that idea is “born” from your research and planning, it must be properly nurtured in order to mature to a full-fledged business.  That’s when the work begins in earnest, and when the support of a community can become crucial to its survival.

5 Community Assets

Here are 5 community assets that can impact the growth, development, and maturation of a small business.

1.  Knowledge –  A community is a place or experience where knowledge is shared.  Each community member brings unique skills, perspectives, experiences, and level of education to contribute. Community mentors (those who hold and/or share the greatest amount of their community experience) bless others with their wisdom and often shorten the path to success for newer entrepreneurs in sharing their lessons learned.

2.  Encouragement –  A community is a place where achievements are recognized and celebrated, and where trials, challenges and failures are kept in perspective. Community “encouragers” help entrepreneurs keep going when things are tough or when vision is lacking, spurring us to create and set goals, to remain focused, to celebrate victories, and to overcome roadblocks. Their support is the glue of any community.

3.  Critical Analysis –  A community is a place where people ask hard questions and tell you the truth. Community “critics” stretch us to go beyond their comfort zones, and, through their analytical questions, ignite us to plan and develop business strategy.

4.  Cooperation –  A community is a place to meet like-minded people and to form strategic partnerships to collaborate on meaningful work. Successful entrepreneurs learn to leverage key relationships to expand visibility in their target niche, to launch cooperative business ventures, and to develop credibility and influence.

5.  Reservoir of Resources –  A community can serve as a self organizing reservoir of resources.  Through networking as a community member with supportive and sharing, like-minded individuals, an entrepreneur can identify the technology, business tools and resources that can help them run their business more effectively and grow more quickly.

So what does it take to raise a business?

Today, building a successful business takes passion, an entrepreneurial idea, and a nurturing business community. A fair amount of sweat, research and strategic focus are not to be excluded.

A community of sharing, supportive, experienced and learning individuals will contribute significantly to helping you achieve business success.

What online communities were helpful in developing your business?
Which communities provide good business ideas and support?
Share your comments here.

Dee Allomong_Community CatalystDee Allomong is Community Catalyst for
Let’s Talk Property Management: an online community
of news, strategies, tips and engaging discussions.
www.letstalkpm.com

Amos WhiteAmos White is a Social Media Marketng evangelist
and public speaker.Follow Amos on Twitter @Mos42

Is success worth falling for?

How important is falling down and failure to developing future success?

In a previous post I shared how entrepreneurs and organizations explore enabling risk taking and even failure to foster innovation and creativity.

Recently, Guy Kawasaki showed how the 40-30-30 rule applies as well to business as it does to sports: 40% physical training, 30% technical skill and experience, and 30% willingness to take risks. The moral? If you haven’t had a good fall, you probably aren’t trying hard enough nor taking enough risks.

I find the upside to this rule in our potential to learn from our mistakes and the path that new learning can take. Falling down or failure can produce learning in the form of a new approach, an innovation upon a stagnant theme or a creative tact – all because we chose to push the envelope a little further and fell along the way.

Falling for Success

How have you or your business gained from a recent failure?
What are you doing to increase measurable risk taking away from routines?

Share your comments here.

Amos White is a Social Media Marketing Evangelist and public speaker.
Follow Amos on Twitter @Mos42

What is your idea of an Entrepreneur?

In a review of the recent Kauffman Foundation report, “The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur,” Darmesh Shah of On Startups posts 12 interesting findings.

Although most (self included) would have assumed the average entrepreneur is: 1) in computer software, 2) “twenty something”, 3) unable to find traditional employment, the Kauffman report findings were quite to the contrary.

Here are four I found most interesting:

  1. The average and median age of company founders when they started their current companies was 40.
  2. 95.1 percent of respondents themselves had earned bachelor’s degrees, and 47 percent had more advanced degrees.
  3. 69.9 percent of respondents indicated they were married when they launched their first business. An additional 5.2 percent were divorced, separated, or widowed.
  4. 59.7 percent of respondents indicated they had at least one child when they launched their first business, and 43.5 percent had two or more children.
  5. The majority of respondents (75.4 percent) had worked as employees at other companies for more than six years before launching their own companies.

Read the full post here.

What value do you think entrepreneurs present to the future economy?

Amos White is an Social Media Marketing Evangelist and public speaker.
Follow me on Twitter @Mos42

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