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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.
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.
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
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)!!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We welcomed our first grandchild into this world this morning!! Mom and baby Lucy are doing great!
I tell my students that through our program we can help them manage the forty percent of business failure that has its roots in their pre-venture activities. We can teach them how to better assess opportunities and how to design, test,...Show More Summary
I have been rebutting Scott Shane's maligning of small business in the economy in this blog for some time. Prof. Shane is an economist who teaches entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve U. (You can see those posts here, here, here,...Show More Summary
Flew up to New York yesterday to attend the Small Business Influencers 2011 awards. Thanks to Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends and Ramon Ray of Small Biz Technology for organizing the event. I appreciated being recognized as a "champion of small business".