Blog Profile / The Entrepreneurial Mind

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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

So Just Where will Jobs Come From?

So just how can we create job growth that can lead us out of the Great Recession? The word we get from our politicians is that ultimately it is government actions that create jobs. A few examples: Pres. Obama in 2011: "We've got roads and bridges across this country hat need rebuilding. Show More Summary

Jobs not Improving in Small Business Sector After All

There are some recent reports suggesting that small businesses may be getting in a hiring mood. Not so, says the latest survey of small business owners by the NFIB that is about to be released."We wish there was good news to report, says William C. Show More Summary

Trash as Opportunity

One man's trash, or compost in this case, is another man's treasure. Business on Main offers short video on EcoScraps, which is a great example of how opportunity can come from very simple ideas.

Customers Don't Want Excuses

"I'm sorry the delivery is late, but....""I know this didn't turn out the way you ordered it, but...."As entrepreneurs, we have all been in situations when we have been unable to meet our customers' expectations. You may have been counting on suppliers who did not deliver to you on time or with the products you ordered. Show More Summary

Social Media Fuels Guerrilla Marketing

Guerrilla marketing for entrepreneurial bootstrappers is nothing new. Entrepreneurs have been finding creative ways to promote their businesses when they have little or no marketing budgets for generations.In an article at Business on...Show More Summary

More and More Young Entrepreneurs Arriving on Campus

My favorite time of year. The beginning of a new academic year. (By the way, my office is the first bay window on the top floor up on the top right in the picture above -- stop by and visit sometime!)When I left academics years ago to...Show More Summary

Moving Beyond the Kitchen Table

Bootstrapping is the name of the game for most startups. By keeping their expenses low, particularly overhead costs, entrepreneurs are able to start businesses with limited initial funding. A bootstrapped startup also allows the entrepreneur...Show More Summary


This will be my last post for several days. Mrs. C. and I are taking a trip to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary -- off to the beach, playing some golf, and visiting old friends along the way. I will...

Bootstrapping Legal Work

I have generally hesitated on relying on bootstrapping legal work when it comes to complex legal work. However, I have run into more and more entrepreneurs who do just that. During our recent vacation, we spent one night with our...

Jeffry A. Timmons Memorial Service – June 20th, 2008

Babson College will host a memorial service celebrating the life of our dear friend, colleague, teacher, and mentor Professor Jeffry Timmons, who passed away on April 8th at the age of 66. The service, which will take place at Babso...

For Whom We Work Each Day

The Tax Foundation estimates that on average Americans spend about 2.5 hours of a typical eight hour work day working to pay their taxes. Or, if you want to think of it in terms of a typical work week, you...

How Business Owners can Weather the Economic Storm

My column in Sunday's Tennessean outlined some basic steps to help entrepreneurs weather the current economic storm....

A Candidate for Entrepreneurs?

I have worried openly that both major parties in the US are following agendas that have little to offer for entrepreneurs. All of the remaining candidates in both parties favor programs that will lead to higher taxes and expanded ro...

New Blog -- Worth a Read

Matt Bandyk, a reporter at US News, has started a new blog on entrepreneurship called Risky Business. Matt's blog takes a similar balance of practical ideas with public policy issues that impact the entrepreneurial economy as I hav...

With Age Comes Perspective

In cleaning out the hundreds of e-mails that amassed during my recent vacation that took me off the grid I came across an interesting study. (By the way, I highly recommend a complete break from email, voice mail, etc. at...

Storm Preparedness

Having endured more than my share of hurricanes and ice storms when I was in business in North Carolina, I like to pass along advice on how to protect your business against such events. The SBA issued this press release...

Small Business Facts

Benchmarking is something that is a challenge for many small business owners. It is hard to get general information about specific issues faced by entrepreneurs as their businesses grow. Denny Dennis with the NFIB Research Foundatio...

The Gospel of Envy

The National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship reports on the findings of a long-term study to spur entrepreneurial growth in Appalachia. A new study sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) assesses the impact of the ARC'...

Those on Wall Street are not Alone Wringing their Hands

Small business owners on Main Street are joining investors on Wall Street in worrying where the economy is headed, according to the latest survey from the NFIB.For the fifth consecutive month, NFIB's monthly Small-Business Optimism Index...Show More Summary

Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture

"Culture is one of the most precious things a company has," said Herb Kelleher, Founder, Southwest Airlines. "So you must work harder on it than anything else."For the entrepreneurial business, its culture begins from day one. The culture...Show More Summary

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