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Social Enterprise Academy Day 4

Randy White shared the characteristics of a social entrepreneur. He made an analogy from Proverbs 31, often titled The Wife of Noble Character. Randy pointed out that the characteristics of a Noble Wife can also be the characteristics of a social entrepreneur. The text lists […]

How to Make a Web Site for Your Startup

How to Make a Web Site for Your Startup

Your business needs a website. It’s not hard to make a site, but it is important! I always tell entrepreneurs that you can pay for a website one of two ways: with money or with time. Having a website legitimizes your business, and it can […]

Reading for Entrepreneurs: The $100 Startup

Reading for Entrepreneurs: The $100 Startup

You guys really responded to my previous post, Reading for Entrepreneurs: The Lean Startup! It’s become one of the most-viewed pages on this site. We continue today with a review of Chris Guillebeau’s great book, The $100 Startup. I tried to read this book twice. […]

Social Enterprise Academy Day 3

Social Enterprise Academy Day 3

At the beginning of Day 3, Randy White shared about soul care for the social entrepreneur. After getting an update from each entrepreneur, Andrew Shinn taught business modeling – how to plan and project for success. Participants learned about pricing, cost of goods sold, monthly […]

Pricing Magic Video Course now available!

Pricing Magic Video Course now available!

Over the past few years, I’ve used Pricing Magic to help hundreds of entrepreneurs start their businesses profitably. Today I’m excited to announce that the kit is also available as a video course! For those of us who learn visually (which is almost all of […]

Lessons in Entrepreneurship from Ben and Jerry’s

Lessons in Entrepreneurship from Ben and Jerry’s

I’ve been really enjoying Guy Raz’s excellent How I Built This podcast on NPR. When I was listening to an episode with Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream fame, I noticed a few lessons that today’s entrepreneurs could learn. When […]

Social Enterprise Academy – Resources from Day 2

For day 2, we heard from Brice Yocum, Rex B, and Miles Sebesta. Stuff Brice shared: Change by Design by Tim Brown Design thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test Fairness is overrated. Don’t serve everyone: serve one group with excellence. You can’t swing at every […]

Social Enterprise Academy

Social Enterprise Academy

 Here’s a gallery version of these photos. Today marked the first day of the Social Enterprise Academy run by the Center for Community Transformation at Fresno Pacific University. I’ve been privileged to get to work on this project as a writer, an entrepreneurship advisor, […]

Businesses my students are launching

I’m privileged to teach business and entrepreneurship at Fresno Pacific University. This semester, my students in Seminar in Strategic Management are launching businesses. Here are a few of the projects they’re working on: For Freedom Flags These patriotic decor pieces are great gifts for veterans, police […]

How valuable are brands?

Taio Cruz, in his 2010 song Dynamite, sings, “I came to dance, dance, dance, dance I hit the floor ’cause that’s my plans, plans, plans, plans I’m wearin’ all my favorite brands, brands, brands, brands Give me some space for both my hands, hands, hands, […]