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U.S.SourceLink: Best Practices from the Network

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By Sarah Mote | November 4, 2014 --- We are all proud of the work we do for entrepreneurs in our communities--helping unite entrepreneurial resources for better visibility to those who need them, fostering vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems and stimulating and celebrating small business success.

MOSourceLink: IRS Identifies Five Easy Ways to Spot Scam Calls


By Melody Green | October 31, 2014 --- The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

Entrepreneurs, Women and Tech: The New Frontier?


By Maria Brown | October 30 --- GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving recently shared insights in his commentary in Fortune.comthat entrepreneurs in the tech space may find useful: “Women purchase, and make purchasing decisions, for more than 50% of technology items in the marketplace. Understanding how

Why Every Startup Needs a Business Concept Statement


By SCORE | October 29, 2014 --- There is a lot of talk in entrepreneurial circles about the need to develop a business plan. And while I agree that a business plan is important for defining your strategy and the key deliverables for all stakeholders – including staff, investors, and strategic partners, I believe that way before you delve into the data, projections, and planning required of a full-blown business plan, it is important to crystallize your business idea. The best way to do that is to create a Business Concept Statement -- a one-page document that defines the great idea that you’re turning into a business.

ARKSourceLink: Social Entrepreneurship's Impact on Education Abroad


By Brad Cameron | October 28, 2014 --- In his book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, David Bornstein argues that social entrepreneurship originally focused on identifying individuals talented in addressing social problems. Social entrepreneurship evolved to building and expanding entrepreneurs’ capacities to address widespread social issues through formalized organizations that borrow from best practices in business and organizational management.

ICC Fab Lab Builds Sense of Community With Tech Tools


By Adam Hite | October 24, 2014 --- The ICC Fab Lab Opening celebrated the launch of high tech tools and the creativity behind them.

KCSourceLink: Pitches Gone Wild - What NOT to Do When You Pitch Your Startup to Investors


By Sarah Mote | October 23, 2014 --- So you think you’re ready to pitch your startup to potential investors. (Maybe you’re even applying for the $100K Rise of the Rest pitch competition? Or maybe you have your eye on the Digital Sandbox KC relaunch?)

Director's Dialogue: CO.STARTERS Summit Showcases Holistic Approach to Economic Development


By Erik Pedersen | October 22, 2014 --- CO.STARTERS is a nine-week program designed to turn a person's business idea into action. To date, more than 2,000 individuals have graduated from this program in more than 30 locations around the U.S. However, CO.STARTERS is just one practical component of Chattanooga’s active entrepreneurial ecosystem that is impressive in its inclusiveness and has helped fuel the "Chattanooga Comeback.”

Optimizing a Leadership Team

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By Jamie Hofling | October 20, 2014 --- As I become more familiar with E-Community leadership teams, I’m recognizing the importance of certain elements of the team that help them be proactive in their approach to building an entrepreneurial culture. It can’t be overlooked that the leadership team and others involved in building the culture are primarily made up of volunteers therefore it is crucial that the right people be on the team and that there be a common thread, a shared purpose among members.

Loudoun SourceLink: 5 Reasons to Own a Franchise


By Lois Kirkpatrick | October 17, 2014 --- Here's how the International Franchise Association sums up the advantages to buying a franchise: "Owning a franchise allows you to go into business for yourself, but not by yourself."