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The President Proclaims November 19th as National Entrepreneurs’ Day

In May of 2010, David and I started a petition to the President to create a National Entrepreneurs’ Day. We didn’t understand why the most entrepreneurial country in the world didn’t have a day to recognize entrepreneurs.

Now, only 6 months and thousands of signatures later, it seems that the effort was worth it and that anything is possible: the President of the United States has proclaimed the last day of National Entrepreneurship Week, November 19th of this year, as National Entrepreneurs’ Day – making November a great month for entrepreneurs everywhere.

We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who signed and supported the petition and realized that this was more than just a novel idea, but a real movement to support entrepreneurs. A special thank you goes to the Kauffman Foundation for being our partner in this endeavor.

Fueling Progress

Back in May 2009, we launched a little video called Entrepreneurs Can Change the World; you may have seen it. The main goal of the video was to remind current and would-be entrepreneurs that anything is possible, even those dreams that you may have had as a kid, but decided were too lofty or were unrealistic. We wanted to remind people everywhere that with hard work, ambition and tenacity, we can create the future we imagine for ourselves.

Originally posted 2015-05-21 12:29:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Seven Secrets of Self-Made Multimillionaires

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In a special webcast on April 28, 2015, 5 p.m. EST, Grant Cardone will show you how to make millions of dollars for your business using the phone. Register now for this webcast and you could earn gifts for participating.  Continue reading »

Originally posted 2015-10-14 06:47:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Expanding your business through outsourcing

Outsourcing can be a way of focusing on your business’s core attributes while employing the best possible level of expertise that you can afford to implement your approach. There are many good reasons for outsourcing, ranging from the purely financial to the tactical and strategic. Many companies outsource any activity that is peripheral to what they actually do – that is, their essential function as a business. In the marketing sector, this might mean farming out technical tasks such as data management, website design or search engine optimisation, while focusing your company’s energies on the overall vision for the campaign, as well as the key attributes that will help sell the product. Companies such as Atlantic Umbrella (atlantic-umbrella.com) provide PAYE services for freelancers, contractors and temporary staff with a wide range of skill sets and valuable experience.

 

Technical expertise

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Businessmen shaking hands

 

Most B2B companies, for instance, don’t have a full complement of specialist staff capable of effective marketing, while many marketing organisations lack high-end technical expertise, and even may not possess the tech or the software in the first place. It can be more viable to outsource these tasks than to have staff trained and experienced in these areas on the payroll full-time. Hiring in experts as and when needed also means that your staff can work with the specialists to develop their own skills and to familiarise themselves with the latest technology.

 

Bringing in specialists from outside means you can be sure they’ll be up to date with changing demands, priorities and technology. After all, that is their job, and it’s where their experience and reputation resides.

 

Financial flexibility

 

Originally posted 2015-09-15 20:13:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

10 Behaviors of Smart People

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“Stupid is as stupid does.” The great irony of Forrest Gump was how insightful his simplistic sayings really were. Sort of the opposite of Peter Seller’s character in the classic movie, Being There. Everyone thought Chance the Gardener was brilliant but he really was a dolt, albeit (spoiler alert) a dolt who could walk on water. Continue reading »

Originally posted 2015-10-16 07:28:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How Sugar Is Sabotaging Your Success as an Entrepreneur

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Successful entrepreneurs know that a disciplined and dedicated work ethic is critical to building their businesses. It takes commitment to set goals, meet deadlines and learn quickly from our mistakes, but too many of us are pulling the rug out from under ourselves every single day by the dietary choices we make. We work long, hard hours, and, if we’re not careful, we find ourselves taking shortcuts and choosing convenience over health. Continue reading »

Originally posted 2015-09-19 22:57:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

4 Entrepreneurs Behind Billion-Dollar Companies Share Their Secrets to Success

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The other day, I had the opportunity to attend an event where four founders of billion-dollar companies were speaking in a round-table format discussion. Continue reading »

Originally posted 2015-10-12 06:19:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Why you should be practicing philanthropy

Companies are always interested in ideas that make good business sense. They invest millions of dollars in marketing, research and development and technology upgrades to launch new products that help in improving profitability and increasing the company’s market share.

 

The benefits of philanthropy to a business can sometimes be a little more subtle, but the results are equally tangible and real. For some companies, the act of giving is a one-off exercise often done for media mileage, or maybe even as a tax write-off.

 

Yet, in today’s competitive environment, companies that embrace philanthropy as a core business philosophy reap far-reaching and consistent rewards. Philanthropy, corporate volunteering and employee giving are essential business tools today.

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Philanthropy is good for the company

 

While companies are in business to make money, a corporate vision beyond this basic goal gives the company a broader sense of purpose. Embracing the vision of giving back to the community can help in revitalizing the energy levels within the company.

 

When a company builds itself around a larger mission, it infuses that passion into its products, services, employees, customers and shareholders. This passion manifests itself in innovation and creativity, which leads to business growth.

 

Giving leads to employee engagement

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All successful companies realise the importance of engaging employees in the core mission of the business. Today’s employees want more than just a pay check at the end of the month. Employees want to engage with the company’s initiatives and to see their efforts produce results, for both the company and the community at large. This is the core of employee engagement.

 

Increasingly, knowledge workers make up a large part of the corporate workforce. These young, inspired and engaged workers are exponentially more productive than someone just doing their job. The younger employees value engagement at work more than their peers from previous generations.

Originally posted 2015-10-08 04:49:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter