Hail The Entrepreneur! But Who Will Write The Fine Print?

Make no mistake, the entrepreneur is an intriguing, necessary creature.  Who else can breathe economic life into an idea or invention?  In this era of high and arcane technology the entrepreneur is viewed by many as a god-like figure.  Such adulation is often dangerous, of course, and no more so than when it springs from the entrepreneur’s own self-regard.


Digital Strategy for Startups –Then and Now

The thought-starters on the editorial calendar for this month’s column were “Start-up Nation,” “Self-Starter,” “What does it take to really start a business?; What must be in place legally?;” and “Succeeding Against all Odds.” This gave rise to a variety of thoughts, including the evolution and revolution of start-ups over the past 30 years.  Computing and connectivity have played major roles in this. Digital rethinking and recasting, the once creeping and then supersonic speeding of technology into so many aspects of business and life, has prompted new business ideas, seemingly more each year.


The Art of Cider Making

What is the difference between a winemaker and a cider maker? Answer: only the fruit they use. Both are licensed as winemakers, which gives them the right to ferment fruit. Jay Kenney and Karl Kister are passionate about cider. Jay emphasizes that plain apple juice or pressed apples should never be called cider, because cider  is fermented. He and Karl started Clear Fork Cider Company in Denver, Colorado in 2015.


Leading By Example

Abraham Lincoln said if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Meet Tony Seifart; he created his own and has tenacity in spades. Tony has grown from a one man show, working out of a garage to a successful entrepreneur favouring good old fashioned integrity.

 


The Business that PR Built

Although today’s tight economy makes it harder to outsource PR, entrepreneurs of all sizes and stripes will still need to launch their own outreach.  People who are not experienced in marketing spend too much time on one facet of PR. They think they only have to do one thing well to break through the clutter. It is a colossal blunder to focus on one area and neglect the other things that you need to do. 


Entrepreneurship: A Non-Profit Reality

In 2010, I moved to Florida where I had become a trained family court mediator several years before. My belief in 2010 was that I could construct a non agency providing affordable family mediation services with fees based on sliding scale. In this manner, I believed that I would “corner the market” with effective, lower cost mediation compared to the ongoing fees charged by attorney mediators that range between $300 and $400 per hour.


Thrival: Look Up and Away We Go!

Every so often a new company comes along and the only way we can respond is by saying: Wow! Thrival is about to change the way you see the world! Are you prepared?


Gender Bias In Startup Funding: How To Fight It And Win

​Gender bias in startup funding is pervasive and persistent. For a lot of budding female entrepreneurs looking to establish their own businesses or launch a startup, securing capital or funding is a challenging and sometimes very unfair activity as there is still a lot of gender bias from investors. Many investors view women as new to business and entrepreneurship as women were only able to get access to business credit beginning in the early 1970’s. After nearly 50 years, you might think that things have changed but, sadly, they’ve changed much. Today, as we move well into the 21st century, gender bias in startup funding is alive and well.