Mar
23
2011

10 Q’s With Onibalusi Bamidele Of YoungPrePro.com

youngprepro

“I am Onibalusi Bamidele a 17 year old Nigerian entrepreneur. I make a living online by blogging. I think what sets me apart is my motivation and passion for my blog and online business. I’m always ready to give it “whatever” it takes to succeed. For example: last year alone, I wrote over 300 guest posts promoting my blog while at the same time making sure my blog is constantly updated. As long as you […]

May
20
2011

The Optimism Gut-Check For The Entrepreneur

Optimism

It has certainly been an interesting couple of years in our economy. We’ve experienced a recession like no other. In fact, the only thing close to our most recent recession was the Great Depression. While we’re no longer in a recession (technically speaking) most small business owners continue to have uncertainty and concern about the months ahead. Will the economy continue to improve? Will there be a rebound in home prices? Will the unemployment rate […]

Apr
1
2011

3 Franchise Methodologies: Lessons For The Independent Business Owner

Independent Business VS Franchise

As a current or future independent business owner, you may have considered the path of a franchise. Our intent with this article is not to weigh the countless pros and cons of being a franchise owner – that’s a personal decision that rests ultimately within you. At the same time, we do want to offer insight to those small business owners who have decided to forgo the franchise path. You have made a conscious decision […]

May
9
2011

The Food Truck Frenzy With Beth Colla & Lake Street Creamery

Lake Street Creamery

The Food Truck Frenzy has arrived. To be honest it’s more of a subculture than a fad, really. You can literally search the web for any kind of food you can think of, throw in the words ‘food truck’, and you’re certain to find it already exists. So maybe that Thai Zucchini Pasta Food Truck hails from Austin, Texas and not from your town, but if you were to do a search of the city […]

Mar
9
2011

10 Q’s With Chris Parks AKA Pale Horse

Chris Parks Of Pale Horse Designs Inc.

“Chris Parks (AKA Pale Horse), Pale Horse Designs Inc., Hailing from Tampa Bay, Florida, Pale Horse is the moniker and studio space of illustrator & graphic designer Chris Parks. Since opening the doors, Pale Horse has had the opportunity to create artwork for companies like Hasbro, Sanrio, Iron Fist, Dean Guitars, Globe Shoes, Hart and Huntington, Red Bull, Scion and many others. Pale Horse also actively hosts and participates in various gallery exhibitions throughout the […]

Mar
18
2011

The DNA Of Customer Service: Part First

DNA

Why is it that the Ritz Carlton gives every employee the option to spend up to $2,000 to solve a customers problem? Why is it that Nordstrom will take back an item (like a spare tire!) that their store never sold? Why is it that Zappos will stay on the phone with a customer, as long as necessary, to resolve any problem? For example, you can call Zappos and tell them you need help with […]

Apr
25
2011

Merchandising The Music Industry With Alex Tchekmeian Of Big Top

Big Top

Alex Tchekmeian founded AKT Enterprises in 1999. He was 13. Now, Alex is the President and CEO of a ‘boot-strapped’ company that not only bares his initials, but also caters to over 500,000 customers, clients, vendors and consumers, employs over 100 employees, and was recently ranked No. 511 among 5000 of the nation’s fastest growing private companies by Inc. magazine (which, impressively, is attributed to a 3-year sales growth of 592%). Yes. We’ll hear his […]

Apr
8
2011

4 Ways To Keep ‘IT’ Alive: Lessons For The Independent Business Owner

Rocky

Do you remember what it was like when you first started dreaming about your entrepreneurial initiative? It was almost child-like as there were no boundaries and the level of excitement was unprecedented. In addition, there was some indescribable determination that made no sense to those ‘logical’ folks around you. Don’t you remember what that felt like? You spent hours thinking about your idea and even more hours talking to anyone who would listen! You were […]

Mar
16
2011

10 Q’s With Geoff Koboldt Of BambooSk8

BambooSk8wheels

Growth, in terms of business, is necessary in order to survive. Some times, and in many markets, that growth can come at too high a cost to the environment. Geoff Koboldt of BambooSk8 is a highly conscious individual who’s actively growing business attacks these concerns. You might even call him an activist, and not just an entrepreneur. This is why we are pleased to feature him and his company in this weeks : “10 Q’s […]

Feb
21
2011

The Sonic Boom Of SMULE With Dr. Ge Wang

Smule

There are over 300,000 Apps currently available for the iPhone. That’s not even mentioning the 1000+ Apps at the new Mac App Store. With such an abundant selection, it seems highly unlikely that anyone could ever experience or utilize so many to any reasonable degree. When you point out that the primary source of growth for almost all of these Apps is typically from word-of-mouth and satisfied customers; it’s an almost baffling market. Viral Marketing […]

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