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Qualified businesses are the life blood of any business incubator. The best programs, training and culture means nothing without a constant flow of committed business owners willing to utilize those resources and turn them into positive business growth. But much like the businesses we serve, entrepreneurial support organizations can often struggle with the marketing needed to attract those qualified candidates. Most incubators rely on word of mouth, workshops or strategic partnerships to bring the best and the brightest to their door. Restricted by limited budgets and further constrained by a laundry list of programmatic responsibilities, marketing and...
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Note: This is an updated version of a blog post I wrote for The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation: http://blog.ceigateway.com/blog/7-ways-to-maximize-your-startup-mentor-relationship It may be obvious to state that entrepreneurs who enlist the guidance of successful business leaders as mentors increase their odds in making it. Mentors are a part of an extended support network who consult on important business decisions and offer guidance through knowledge, motivation and inspiration. However, what is not so clear cut is how an entrepreneur can go about identifying the appropriate individual(s), then maximize the interactions and the impact of...
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What is fear? The dictionary defines it as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or is a threat. One of my respected mentors, Mr. LeRoy Shuffler defined it as a F alse E xpectation A ppearing to be R eal Fear is one of the biggest single factors that deprives one of being able to achieve his/her full potential. We experience fear more as a result of our internal communication of mind rather than because of actual external factors. Fear is an unseen enemy that whispers negative thoughts into your mind, body and soul. It tries to convince you that you will...
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