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Help Entrepreneurs Say They Need Most

Nov 2, 2017

We talked to a lot of entrepreneurs while developing Supportedly.com, our free platform for helping entrepreneurs quickly find, understand, and connect to helpful support programs.  Not only did they describe the help they need, but many expressed how frustrating finding it can be. Interestingly, we learned that in most cases the problem was on account…

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Business Plan Alternatives

Oct 30, 2017

Great business planning has a lot of moving parts. The more you can nail down things like your value proposition, your business model, and your go-to-market strategy, the easier it will be to you to be successful. There’s even that all-important detail of how your business will actually manage to turn a profit. The idea…

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Why Business Plans Are a Waste of Time, But Business Planning Isn’t

Oct 30, 2017

One of the questions we’re most frequently asked by entrepreneurs is “Do I really need a business plan?” It happens once every few weeks, and by a surprising variety of business owners, startup founders and aspiring entrepreneurs. Our pat answer is this.  While we’re a huge believer in business planning, we’re not big fans of…

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Entrepreneur: A Job Description

Oct 30, 2017

What are the personality traits, core values, and motivations that make for a great entrepreneur? It’s a tricky question to answer, because the best entrepreneurs come from wildly different backgrounds, started businesses for a wide variety of reasons, and often have deeply personal missions driving their work. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates couldn’t have been…

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040 Wrapping Up Season 1 with Our Favorite Entrepreneurial Advice

Jul 2, 2019

Entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses can find it challenging to get their idea up and running for a variety of reasons. There may be business skills you need to learn, or perhaps an angel investor is required to bring your product or service from idea to reality. Perhaps you are unsure of what to put…

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039 NC IDEA: Grant Application Best Practices & Mistakes to Avoid with John Austin

Jun 25, 2019

John joins me today to share how the NC IDEA grant process is structured and to describe the grant application best practices. He highlights how entrepreneurs can tackle stage one and stage two forms and explains what entrepreneurs should (and shouldn’t) do in each stage. Here also shares best practices for delivering a pitch and…

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038 Podcasting Best Practices: Elevating Your Brand Through Storytelling with Dan Radin of Auxbus

Jun 18, 2019

Dan joins me today to share why he started Auxbus and why its podcast creation solution differs from others in the industry. He describes the four stages of podcast creation and reveals the different models for generating an income or building a brand through the production and distribution of a podcast. Dan also shares how…

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037 Igniting Innovation and Entrepreneurship with UNC Wilmington CIE Director, Diane Durance

Jun 11, 2019

Diane joins me today to share how the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) connects the university’s resources with entrepreneurs and venture startups. She describes the Mentor Group Program and the coworking space provided by CIE and reveals the upcoming networking and learning events. I also spoke with Claire to learn more about Skilly-do and…

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036 Developing Connections to Capital and Mentors with CED Director Jay Bigelow

Jun 4, 2019

Jay joins me today to share the programs, mentorship, workshops, and conferences that are provided by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He explains how the Connections to Capital program and Venture Mentoring Service helps entrepreneurs and the process they use to vet applicants for the CEO Round Table events. He also shares what you can expect…

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035 Improving Your Leadership Skills as a Science-Based Entrepreneur with Praetego Co-Founder & CEO, Pepper Landson

May 28, 2019

Joan joins me today to share how tech-based entrepreneurs and science-based entrepreneurs differ in the position of founding a startup. I also spoke with Pepper to learn her perspective on the importance of science-based entrepreneurs shifting their mindset from “leadership” to “service-ship.” She shares the common misconceptions surrounding entrepreneurship and being a “good leader” and…

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034 Launching Larger Than Life Biotech Companies into the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with Joan Siefert Rose

May 21, 2019

Joan joins me today to share how LaunchBio is helping life science and biotech companies through coworking spaces, wet labs, and support programs. She shares the networking opportunities within and outside of the region and how LaunchBio is bringing strategic partners together. I also spoke with Pepper to learn more about how LaunchBio and BioLabs…

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033 Creative Entrepreneurship: How to Xpand Your Brand to New Heights with Johanna Hagarty

May 14, 2019

Johanna joins me today to share the impact creatives make from a global perspective. She shares how her career started and what inspired her to start her own company. She explains how some professions, like accountants, can be considered creative and how an artist can transition to becoming a creative entrepreneur. She also shares her…

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Bonus 001 Enhancing Creativity & Artistry Through Entrepreneurship with Kevin Clark

May 9, 2019

On today’s bonus episode, Kevin highlights the importance of embracing the creative side of being an entrepreneur. He explains the connection between your creativity and entrepreneurship, the lessons he has learned throughout his journey, and how artistry can affect your journey in starting a business. He also shares valuable tips for those who are looking…

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