Category Archives: Start Ups

What Crowdfunding’s $34 Billion Leadership Means for You

When crowdfunding first appeared on our entrepreneurial ecosystem radar in the early 2000s, it was mostly for musicians and artists. Back then, I wrote crowdfunding off as serious equity investing, since technically it was a violation of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. Years passed, and the legislation that I anticipated would squash crowdfunding…
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Camp Bonfire: From a Dream of Summer Camp for Adults to a Thriving Business…

Jacob Winterstein and his partner founded Camp Bonfire (http://campbonfire.com/ ) in 2015 to provide affordable adult summer camps enabling grownups to relax wholesomely with nature. Before committing to the business, Jacob wrote his business plan in The Wharton Small Business Development Center’s Strategic Business Planning (SBP) workshop with Instructor John McAdam in late 2014.  Equipped…
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5 Disasters for Your Small Business to Avoid

5 Disasters for Your Small Business to Avoid Whether you’re operating a start-up or an established business, the small-business world can quickly become a minefield. Briefly, let’s review the more common types of business disasters faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners today. Neglecting your marketing and letting your new-customer pipeline run dry If you…
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Does Your Value Proposition Need a Checkup?

Does Your Value Proposition Need a Checkup? First of all, Investopedia defines value proposition as “a business or marketing statement that summarizes why a consumer should buy a product or use a service. This statement should convince a potential consumer that one particular product or service will add more value or better solve a problem…
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Tips for Working with Angry Business Partners

Tips for Working with Angry Business Partners Did you ever have to work with a person that you were mad at? Years ago, I heard men threaten to take their problem outside at work, and on occasion I've heard women literally scream at each other in the office. But that was a long time ago.…
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Planning in the Past, Present and Future

Planning in the Past, Present and Future After teaching a recent business planning workshop, I noticed something different about the business plan drafts written by these entrepreneurs—other than the fact that most of them were already in business. One group of people wrote plans that were almost entirely about doing business in the future. While…
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Planning Ideas for Next Year

Planning Ideas for Next Year Ah, fall… my favorite time of year on the east coast—crisp fall mornings followed by gentle afternoon sunshine. For me, these weather changes provide a sign that a new business year looms around the corner. And it’s also time to do some high-level business planning, or at least to start…
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Is Your Workplace Innovative?

Is Your Workplace Innovative? Whether you’re in a team of 1 or a group of 1,000, an innovative workplace will become important for your business to maintain competitiveness in the long run.  An innovative workplace is also a benefit for your employees: it creates a fun and exciting place to work.  So If your business…
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What Should You Do When Employees Bring Personal Problems to Work?

I've been managing people for years, but I continue to be conflicted about how to deal with employees who bring personal problems to work.  According to recent research, by Bensinger, DuPont & Associates concludes that forty-seven percent of employees say that problems in their personal lives sometimes affect their work performance. We all know that…
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Getting Through a Dark Business Situation

Did you ever feel like you were in a truly dark business situation? So far deep into the woods that you wondered, “How did I get here?” That you asked yourself, “How do I get out of this mess?” I’ll certainly share my dark business situations with you, but I would rather illustrate this point…
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