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December 17, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Millennials turn to entrepreneurship to escape job market
    The nation's troubled job market is one reason young people are so interested in business ownership. Young entrepreneurs such as Alisha Mustafa, who opened a pie business, and Steve Riche, who started a Web design company, are leaving their jobs to strike out on their own. "If you look at barriers to entry maybe 20 years ago and think about computers, technology, access to resources and then you look at it today -- the barriers are dropped tremendously," said Amber Fischvogt, director of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. National Public Radio (text and audio) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • 3 qualities required to run a successful business
    If you want to be successful in the world of entrepreneurship, you must be willing to take risks, form partnerships with others and fully commit to your business, Rob Wolfe writes. "Find a way around every obstacle and never give up on your mission -- even though you can expect it to evolve or change along the way," he writes. B2C Marketing Insider (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Is Silicon Valley really a meritocracy?
    Silicon Valley bills itself as a meritocracy, but hidden biases persist based on gender, race and other factors that might affect entrepreneurs as they attempt to get their companies going. "What's going on below the level of conscious awareness is that we make a split-second decision," said Freada Kapor Klein, founder of the Level Playing Field Institute. "This is an entrepreneur. This isn't an entrepreneur." Bloomberg Businessweek (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • "Entrepreneur cafés" help to boost business activity in W.Va.
    Communities in West Virginia have run "entrepreneur café" events that help people get funding to move forward with their business ideas. "The impact of these events is really to spark cultural change in West Virginia as it relates to risk taking and entrepreneurship," said Jeff James of the Vision Shared Foundation. Entrepreneur online (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Startup-built gadgets could make good holiday gifts
    If you're still looking for holiday gifts for your loved ones, some startups may have just what you're looking for, writes Carol Tice. The National Business Incubation Association has created a list of gifts produced by startups; among the most interesting are a radiation detector and a K-Cup coffee dispenser that doesn't use electricity. Forbes (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • To invent the future, start by thinking like a designer
    Designers come up with groundbreaking ideas by combining empathy and creativity, Stanford University design educator Bill Burnett says. That means understanding your consumers' problems and desires, then using flashes of insight to come up with new ways to serve those needs. "What a designer does is imagine the future. That's what's powerful about design thinking for a business leader," Burnett explains. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Why you need a solid business plan
    It's a mistake to postpone writing your business plan or to neglect the task entirely, Miguel Orta writes. "A business plan is not only useful when you want to raise finance; it should be an important planning and measurement tool used to help direct the business to success," he writes. You should be realistic when you make projections for your business, he writes. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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