Tag: small business

Growing the Maker Movement at American Field

For entrepreneur Mark Bollman, the concept of American Made isn’t a trend or a passing fad. It’s a movement. It’s about the makers, artisans, and crafters creating the highest-quality goods on the market. It’s about consumers valuing the artistry and the values behind the goods they buy. And, it’s about making purchasing decisions that have…

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Making the Most of a Startup Accelerator

Accelerators: they’re everywhere. In the greater Boston area alone, there are more than 50 accelerators, incubators, and support programs that offer startups co-working space, education, capital, mentorship, networking, and other support. Generally, these accelerators are structured the same: a cohort of startups participate for a set period of time and cap off the experience with…

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Five Ways To Tell Stories That Stick

Five Ways to Tell Stories That Stick

Entrepreneurs are constantly pitching, sharing their vision and venture in order to secure funding, make a sale, meet a new contact, and build out their team. Business plans are boiled down to bullets, and financials become memorized statistics. Jon Feinman explains how InnerCity Weightlifting uses storytelling in grant writing Although these elements are vitally important…

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Exploring the Psychological Side of Repeat Entrepreneurship

Addicted to Entrepreneurship

Is entrepreneurship addictive? Our research, recently published in the Journal of Business Venturing, suggests that entrepreneurial behavior allows individuals to realize a sense of control in their lives, increase autonomy, and feel distinct, all ultimately leading to high levels of psychological well-being. For some people, starting and running one venture is enough. For others, new…

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How to Become an Objective Entrepreneur

People underestimate the power of their minds. Elizabeth Thornton, a Babson College professor, entrepreneur, and author of The Objective Leader, is a firm believer that perception is reality. “Your world exists in your mind,” she says, “which is amazing because that gives you the power to change your mind, change your business, and change your…

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Swimming With The Sharks

Shark Tank

For an entrepreneur, what could be better than pitching your business to five well-connected, deep-pocketed investors? How about pitching to those investors on prime-time television for an audience of 8 million potential customers? The popular ABC reality show Shark Tank has introduced viewers to more than 450 businesses since its 2009 premiere. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE…

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Bobby Sager: “You Need to Understand Your Customer”

Bobby Sager

How did Bobby Sager, who grew up outside of Boston and married his high school sweetheart, become the international philanthropic force he is today? His career took him from a small jewelry business, to running Gordon Brothers Group as president and partner, to founding the Sager Family Traveling Foundation and Roadshow. His circle of friends…

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From Battlefield to Boss

military entrepreneurs

After more than 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the statistics and figures are staggering. Taxpayers have spent trillions. One million U.S. veterans have been injured, and 2.5 million Afghans are refugees. But not all of these statistics are sobering: in cities and towns across the country, today more than 2.4 million small…

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Running a Business Rooted in Mission

Running a Business Rooted in Mission

It’s 6:30 a.m. The phone rings: one of Jon Feinman’s students is ready to be picked up, signaling the start of the work day. The 31–year-old founder and executive director of InnerCity Weightlifting leaves home and drives into the heart of Boston’s roughest neighborhoods, where he’ll spend the next hour picking up young men and…

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Slow Money Investing Takes Root

Slow Money Investing Takes Root

“We’re running out of dirt.” In this short phrase, Woody Tasch, venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur, and author, describes the environmental degradation caused by current farming methods. Many stories are familiar: fertilizer runoff contaminating waterways and wetlands; pesticides killing birds and insects; and the recent collapse of entire bee populations. Tasch’s “quiet crisis of the world…

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