Gender Pay Gap even in Entrepreneurship

The pay gap between genders is consistently in the news, especially during the ongoing campaign season. As a female, the statistics have caused some feelings of injustice but as an entrepreneur, I’ve never thought that this gap would impact me. Recently I came across an article written by Editor-at-Large Kimberly Weisul for Inc.com called “Why Women Entrepreneurs Need to Raise Their Prices” which discusses how this gender pay gap applies…

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What Do Startup Accelerators Really Do

Often one encounters confused looks and queries when discussing the distinctions between startup incubators, accelerators, and co-working locations.   Ian Hathaway from the Brookings Institution provides a comprehensive overview. Accelerators are playing an increasing role in startup communities throughout the United States and beyond. Early evidence demonstrates accelerators’ potential to improve startups’ outcomes, and for these benefits to spill over into the broader startup community. Nonetheless, the measurable impact accelerators have on performance…

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A “Budding” Industry: NBS is Growing the Medical Cannabis Industry, from the Ground Up

By Mikalee Byerman The owners of Nevada Botanical Science are used to it: the sideways glances; the assumptions; the stereotypes. “We get it out of the way up front and tell people: You don’t have to be a dirty hippie to understand the value of medical cannabis,” explained Dr. Bob Dalrymple, a medical doctor and NBS’ principal founder/CEO. “In fact, our company was founded by Nevada physicians and healthcare experts,…

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Wooing Top Talent on a Shoestring

Often the need for top talent is inversely proportional to the availability of cold, hard cash.  Laura Putnam, a contributor to Entrepreneur magazine, tells us how.  (Posted by Jay Johnson) To attract top talent, big businesses are now investing heavily in big-ticket items to woo and retain people. Goodies include on-site fitness facilities, top-tier team-building events, on-site clinics, gourmet chefs, customized employee stand-up workstations, giant salaries — and more. So,…

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15 Little Known Irrefutable Truths for Startup Founders

As a mentor and advisor to multiple startups, there is no better quality than optimism. But what do you do on a day when you come up short? The truth may hurt, but facing it will get you through the day.  Posted by Jay Johnson. No matter how much you have read about starting your own company, you have missed any number of irrefutable truths that will impact your business-building…

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Three Public Relations Tips for Bolstering Your Brand’s Reputation

Public relations (PR) is far more than just sending a press release. Communicators skate blurred lines between marketers, advertisers, digital divas, community engagers, reputation managers, publicists, brand advisers, social media strategists, and terms we haven’t created yet. Bottom line: in a fast moving entrepreneurial world, the power of PR has never been more relevant. While it takes far more than one article to delve into, here are a few solid…

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What lessons can you learn from business failures?

Like you, I’ve read dozens of inspiring articles about entrepreneurs who bounce back from failure to discover success. Steve Jobs, we are often reminded, was fired from his own company. Thomas Edison chalked up each of his thousands of failed experiments as another step toward a successful solution. You’d almost think from reading these inspirational tales that entrepreneurs set out to fail a few times just so that they can…

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Failure is Worse Than a Four-Letter Word

Fail fast! How often have you heard that as an entrepreneur or small business owner? With the Bay Area frenzy of startups and its relentless culture, this mantra has become more and more common. Have you ever started a venture with the intention to fail? I’d hope not. So how do you recognize when your idea is failing? And how do you deal with the following feelings of failure and…

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The Mental Stress of Entrepreneurship

Recently I stumbled across an online article from Forbes magazine and the subject hit close to home. There’s A Hidden Dark Side To Being An Entrepreneur – It Wreaks Havoc On Your Mental Health written by Amy Morin discusses four of the most common mental health issues that entrepreneurs often face. Being an entrepreneur is stressful and usually includes calculated risks. But some days those risks don’t feel as calculated or…

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Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition Finalists

This is the fourth year for the Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition at the University of Nevada, Reno. The competition is designed to encourage students to turn ideas into actual businesses. Each year, after several months of workshops and talks from experts in all sorts of areas of business, the finalists are announced. These finalists compete for the $50,000 grand prize to start their business. For the 2014/2015 competition, there were over…

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