What Inspired You to Become an Entrepreneur?

For me it was 100 pounds of popcorn. Not actual popcorn, mind you, but a book I read in the second grade called “100 Pounds of Popcorn,” written by Hazel Krantz. Reading it again now, it’s a pretty standard Beverly Cleary style children’s story featuring a whole host of wholesome 50’s characters (think “Leave it

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5 Questions with Ethan Holmes, Founder and CEO of Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce

Ethan Holmes is barely out of his teens and he’s already a successful entrepreneur. In less than a year he has taken Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce from a second place finish at Jumpstart’s 2014 student pitch competition to grocery shelves all across Northeast Ohio. Recently, we sat down with Holmes to discuss why he picked food entrepreneurship, how

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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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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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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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Understanding Due Diligence

So, you’ve found an interested investor. They’ve read your executive summary and heard your pitch. Just when it seems like being funded is in your future, the potential investor begins asking more in-depth questions. Perhaps they ask for a list of references, or more specific details on how you determined your financial projections. Welcome to

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How To Bring Your Invention To Market

Many people are looking to raise capital, connect with a mentor, or find other resources that will help them advance their businesses. Most of the time their ideas have been formalized in some way and they already have a business plan or maybe even a prototype. But lately, we’ve received several calls from serial inventors

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