VIDEO: What Comes Next? How COVID-19 is Changing the Future of Entrepreneurship

In the coming months, the economy will begin its long march back from an unprecedented pandemic-induced recession. Some startups and small businesses have shut down during this time while others have been forever changed by the adversity they’ve faced. Yet, some entrepreneurs are finding their future in the new opportunities revealed by this crisis. In

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Video: Making Time for Your Mental Health in an Unhealthy Economy

Life as an entrepreneur is full of stress in the best of times. Add in a global pandemic and a struggling economy and it can be a recipe for depression, substance abuse and a host of other health issues. In this recorded webinar, our panel of advisors and entrepreneurs hold an open and honest conversation

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VIDEO: When To Wind Down Your Business

Whether it’s due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other circumstances, most entrepreneurs will face winding down a business at some point. In fact, more than half of all U.S. small businesses close within five years of launch. In this recorded webinar, our panel of mentors and entrepreneurs discuss how to know when the time is

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VIDEO: Keeping Your Customers Close – Tips for B2C Businesses

The COVID-19 crisis has hit direct-to-consumer businesses especially hard. Many are highly dependent on foot traffic for their sales and those who can rely on e-commerce still face a wall of distraction and new competition. In this recorded webinar, our panel of experts offers guidance to help these B2C businesses stay close to their customers,

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VIDEO: Strengthening Client Relationships at a Distance – Strategies for B2B Companies

B2B (business-to-business) companies face real challenges right now. Not only are they physically separated from their customers, these customers are also dealing with sales, staffing and supply chain disruptions of their own. In this recorded webinar, our panel of experts offers advice to help B2B companies adjust their sales and marketing strategies to keep customer

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VIDEO: Extending the Runway: Financial Decisions to Make Right Now

In times of economic crisis, understanding the financial fundamentals of your business is more important than ever. In this recorded webinar, a virtual panel of CFOs and CPAs offer guidance to help startups and small businesses slow their cash burn and weather this period of uncertainty. If you’d like to ask a question we didn’t

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VIDEO: Renegotiating Contracts In A Crisis

When businesses are struggling to survive, there’s no such thing as a settled contract. In this recorded webinar, we assembled a panel of experts to offer their advice on how to renegotiate contracts during tough economic times, whether you’re a vendor, a customer, or both. If you’d like to ask a question we didn’t address

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VIDEO: Leading Your Business Through An Economic Crisis

With little warning, the COVID-19 outbreak has created a serious threat to many of the businesses JumpStart supports. On March 26, we assembled an online panel of business experts from our Burton D. Morgan mentoring program to discuss this threat and provide real and practical advice for business owners during this time of uncertainty. Below

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Four Tips for Managing Your Business in Uncertain Times

The 2020 COVID-19 outbreak has kicked off an unexpected chain of disruptions to our lives, our businesses and our economy. There’s no perfect roadmap for businesses trying to navigate the months ahead, but there are ways to help cope through the uncertainty. We pulled in Anne Richie and Heather Hall, two of our highly experienced

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5 Building Blocks Of A Great Brand

Put simply, a brand is your identity— it’s the impression consumers have or the emotions they feel when hearing or seeing your product or company name. It’s more than your logo, more than your messaging and more than your product experience—rather, it’s the sum of all the interactions an individual has with your company, each

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Five Lessons I Learned Founding OnShift From My Cleveland Basement

More than a decade ago, I moved to Cleveland from San Francisco and started a brand new company called BAZMANsms. Today, the company I launched from my basement employs nearly 150 people, has thousands of customers across the U.S., has raised over $33 million in capital and is showing no signs of stopping. What’s that

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5 Essential Legal Issues To Address Before Securing Venture Capital

According to the MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, venture capitalists invested $71.9 billion in 5,052 deals last year in the U.S., making 2017 the second year that saw dollar funding top $70B. The PwC MoneyTree Report further notes that global funding increased nearly 50% in 2017, with $164B invested across 11,042 deals. So what are these

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