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Featured Entrepreneur: Pitman Farms

I had the privilege this week of visiting Pitman Farms, the company behind Mary’s Free Range Chicken. Though I didn’t meet Mary or her husband Rick, I did get to sit down with their son Ben. He told us about the family business, including their […]

Money to start your business

Do you want some money to start your business? Of course you do! Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading websites like this one. While you have many good options for financing a start-up, I want to offer you another one. This is the Jump Start loan […]

Reading for Entrepreneurs: The Lean Startup

Reading for Entrepreneurs: The Lean Startup

 The Lean Startup is a book that’s foundational for understanding much of the conversation around entrepreneurship today. But here’s the thing: if you haven’t read the book, it’s not what you think it is. I talk with business leaders and academics all the time. When […]

Reading for entrepreneurs

Reading for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are curious people. They’re driven to create, and part of that process involves learning from others. The most successful entrepreneurs read – a lot. Much of my business education comes from the books I’ve read. As I was mentoring a young entrepreneur recently, he […]

How to get started with hardly any money

This is a slideshow from a talk I gave at #SOENT17. It goes through some bootstrapping techniques used when starting a new business. This talk concentrated on Social Enterprises and the unique advantages and challenges of such. “What is a social enterprise?” you may ask. […]

Company Visits: Manufacturing

I have the opportunity to take students inside four different manufacturing companies this week. These companies are really opening up to talk about sales, production, accounting, production scheduling, labor and personnel, and other useful business topics. Below are the first two company visits, posted over […]

How entrepreneurs get things done

Entrepreneurs are creatives. They’re pushed by external forces and pulled between ambitions that compete for mental space. Their dreams are rarely linear and often interrelated. Putting timelines to dreams is one of the hardest tasks an aspiring entrepreneur can face. They need systems for capturing, […]

When to register your trademark

One question I hear from a lot of first-time entrepreneurs is how they should go about registering their trademark. There area  few issues to consider here. First, let me state upfront that I’m not an attorney, not an expert in intellectual property, and I’m not […]

The Craft of Entrepreneurship featured on CEO Rescue Blog

Rescue a CEO recently featured CoE consultant Andrew Shinn in a roundup of sales tips and best practices. Check out his battle-tested sales advice, and be sure to share any tips or questions in the comments below!

Pitching Your Idea

View image | gettyimages.com I spent today watching college entrepreneurs give elevator pitches to potential investors. After watching business ideas all day, I have a few observations: Funding is not a rare commodity, but validated, vetted business ideas are. It’s vitally important to know the pain you’re […]