6 Valuable Resources For Minority Entrepreneurs

JumpStart is committed to inclusion across all of its programs. We recognize the single best hope for the nation’s ongoing competitiveness is to create inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems, and we understand there are the unique challenges and opportunities facing minority entrepreneurs. From educational opportunities to networking and career development, here are six valuable organizations dedicated to helping diverse

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How To Flip The Script On Your Next Job Interview

Good candidates already know how to ace the common job interview questions, but they often miss the opportunity to do a little interviewing of their own. Great candidates know that rattling off a few timely questions during their interview is often what sets them apart as someone who came prepared and is truly interested in

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You Graduated College! So Now What?

For those fresh out of college and leaving the academic world, there is a pivotal decision ahead: what to do with the rest of your life… or at least where to start? Do you become part of the corporate workforce, clocking in at 9 and out at 5? Or do you take the risk on

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Passing The Career Plateau: How To Get A Move On

Losing momentum is a common issue many experience when facing an obstacle or challenge. It can happen when battling for weight loss, struggling to find a job or even trying to collaborate on a team project—you can simply lose steam. A career plateau is difficult and will often leave us questioning our ability to succeed

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10 Ways To Make Coworking Work

The entrepreneurial world is abuzz with the sound of coworking. Coworking spaces exist to provide entrepreneurs and freelancers with shared resources and opportunities for collaboration. At a minimum, most spaces provide shared desks, Wi-Fi, conference rooms, free coffee—you get the idea. The number of coworking spaces around the world has doubled in the last two

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Northeast Ohio: The Next Developer Hub?

DecisionDesk is one of the fastest-growing IT startups in Northeast Ohio. The Lakewood-based company has developed a proprietary, easy-to-use SaaS that helps colleges, universities and other higher education institutions streamline how they organize, process and manage applications. According to CEO/Co-Founder John Knific, business is booming—and expansion is imminent. “The company is poised for scale,” he

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5 Tips To Get And Keep A Mentor

Mentors are a vital asset to entrepreneurs. By hitching your wagon to someone who’s “been there and done that,” their hindsight becomes your foresight. You get to avoid the school boy errors of being a first time entrepreneur and forego the lost time and money attached to those mistakes. So how can you find such

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8 Ways Mentors Can Establish Trust

Trust in a mentor/mentee relationship plays a key role in the success of the mentorship experience, and can also have an impact on the long-term success of the business. Until you have a relationship that is rooted in trust, you cannot have an open and honest discussion about the challenges that face the business. But

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7 Common Startup Myths

The Loch Ness Monster. Unicorns. Bigfoot. The Garage Entrepreneur. We’ve all heard of these mythical creatures. Sometimes they serve to explain the unexplainable. At other times, these figures are used to inspire and motivate. As an entrepreneur, when you hear common startup stories shared, you might want to ask yourself: Is what I’m hearing a myth,

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What It Means To Be A Board Member

Being asked to serve on a board is a big responsibility, and so prospective board members should understand the opportunity before making a commitment. For starters, you should do your research on the company and its founders to make sure you are interested in, passionate about, and able to add value to the business. From

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Finding Your Target Market

If you want to be big, you have to start small. This is especially true for entrepreneurs who are just going to market. In an ideal world, you’d be able to promote your small business to everyone and, furthermore, everyone would be interested. In reality, marketing to everyone is not only expensive, but ineffective. Even

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5 Tips For Building Business Credibility

It’s not easy being the new business on the block, which is why building your credibility needs to be an early priority. For small businesses, your first customers are extremely important to building that credibility. According to research conducted by McKinsey, up to 50 percent of purchasing decisions are influenced by word of mouth. Credibility

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