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When is a Failed Concept a Success?

A student come up to me before class the week before their business plans were due this past semester looking very dejected. "My concept just can't work," she said. The more she tried to pivot the business model, the more she uncovered...Show More Summary

News Bites Trump Sound Policy Once Again

Politicians have been searching for a defining issue to crystallize the "us versus them" game that has been going on in Washington for the past several years.The latest is the temporary $1,000 payroll tax cut that is set to expire at the end of this year. Show More Summary

Kopecky Family Band Named Top Live Act

One of our recent alums, Gabe Simon, is a member of the Kopecky Family Band.The key to their business model, which Gabe worked on in our program, is to build a strong, loyal following that has a sense of community with the band. A key...Show More Summary

End of a Business Does Not Have to be Failure

Sometimes an entrepreneur reaches a crossroad. While the business that they have started shows potential, they may come to the realization that the only chance it has of being sustainable will require raising money to grow it to the next level. Show More Summary

Building Community Through Hiring -- A Follow-up

I wrote a post back in October about a program that is encouraging small businesses to hire released inmates who have participated in an educational program.Fox News picked up on my post and contacted us about running a story on the program I wrote about. They ran a story that highlights inmates who have had success with this program. Well worth a view, which can see here.

Sources of Seed Money

Even thought money for entrepreneurial ventures is tougher to find than it was in the boom times, there still is money out there. Even seed stage ventures can find backing if they are patient, determined, and have a strong enough business model.Susan Schreter in an article at Business on Main identifies twenty seed stage funds from around the country.

Millennial Entrepreneurs Waiting in the Wings

Based on the history of previous economic downturns, America's entrepreneurs will need to play a key role in helping to rebuild our economy.So, just what is the current mindset and makeup of those in the entrepreneurial sector of the U.S. Show More Summary

Welcome, Eleanor!!

Congratulations to our son and his wife on the birth of their first child yesterday!!Eleanor Cornwall (five hours old) meets Lucy Kuyper (two months old)!!

Options for Small Business Financing

The state of small business financing is a bit uncertain these days in terms of both supply and demand.To get the full picture, we need to frame this discussion by understanding how unimportant securing new financing is to small businesses in the current economic conditions. Show More Summary

The Hidden Economic Engine

While the official unemployment figures continue to hover around 9% in the U.S., the real unemployment is rate is closer to 16% when you factor in all those who are unemployed or significantly underemployed.So when we heard while I was...Show More Summary

The Other Side of Dropping Out to Pursue Entrepreneurial Career

In May of this year, Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, awarded 24 young, aspiring entrepreneurs $100,000 to "drop out of school and become world-changing visionaries."Now that the publicity has settled...Show More Summary

Bootstrapping into Space

I am in Madrid, Spain this week with a group of MBA students on a one week intensive study abroad.Yesterday we visited an impressive company, Deimos Space, headquartered here in Madrid.The founders were able to build a high growth company that launched their own satellite into space using only self-funding of $250K from the founders. Show More Summary

Simple Act of Record Keeping Can Make All the Difference in Success

In the rush to start a new business, the simple act of keeping records often gets put on the back burner. But poor record keeping has been the demise of many otherwise successful businesses.The entrepreneur needs clear and accurate records to help manage the challenges of the startup. Show More Summary

Building Community Throught Hiring

Owning a business gives entrepreneurs the freedom to pursue more han simply income and wealth from their businesses. Many choose to use heir businesses to become building blocks to help improve their community. Several students at Belmont...Show More Summary

One Small Step?

The National Foundation for American Policy released a policy brief this week that says international students who graduate from U.S. universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) should...Show More Summary

No Good News on Employment Outlook from Small Business

Chief economist for the NFIB, William C. Dunkelberg, issued comments on the continued dismal job findings from the latest NFIB monthly economic survey that will be released on Tuesday, October 11, 2011: "There is a reason that Washington is talking in circles when it comes to the economy: There is no good news to report. Show More Summary

Business Owners Share Customers' Cautious Moods

Consumer confidence continues to languish, which is leading economists to: 1) worry about a double dip recession, 2) worry about a new recession, 3) or finally agree with most of us that we are still in a recession.Cautious customers are not spending their money. Show More Summary

Oh, to be a Young Entrepreneur Again...

Starting a business right out of college has challenges -- being light on experience and low on cash come immediately to mind.But it offers a very important advantage. These young entrepreneurs have very low personal overhead. Typically...Show More Summary

Job Description for Accidental Entrepreneurs

With the continued weak economy and little hope of recovery anytime soon, we can expect to see even more "accidental entrepreneurs" emerge. These are unemployed people whose best hope of generating income is to become self-employed or to start a business.Ami Kassar is a typical accidental entrepreneur. Show More Summary

Thanks to Our Students and Alumni

Belmont's Entrepreneurship program once again made the Top 25 in the country for Entrepreneurship magazine and the Princeton Review. From over 2,000 schools surveyed by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur magazine, Belmont University was recognized as having one of the top 50 entrepreneurship programs in the country. Show More Summary

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