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Small Business Academy offers wisdom for new business owners

Small business panel speakers, from left to right: I Lan Hang, Keana Spencer and Ebony Ssali Successfully starting a business would be difficult, if not impossible, without drawing from the wisdom of business owners who have done the same thing. For the past four years, the Small Business Academy has provided a structured

2018-06-26T12:40:28-05:00December 13, 2017|Uncategorized|

Downtown: hotbed of entrepreneurship

When people hear the word “entrepreneur,” the picture that comes to mind may be a high-tech startup or an enterprising inventor with a new gadget. However, 91 percent of downtown storefronts are locally owned and operated, and these businesses are entrepreneurial ventures in the truest sense of the word.  Webster’s dictionary defines an entrepreneur as

2017-12-21T02:19:14-06:00April 18, 2017|Community Engagement, Places, Small Business|

Five Ways Storefronts Can Drive Traffic

Although businesses usually spend a great deal of time thinking about product offerings, sales and marketing, they often neglect the number-one sales tool available to them: their storefront. In some cases, businesses are hesitant to invest money in a property they don’t own, while others fear the time and cost of a renovation project. Read More

2017-12-21T02:22:05-06:00January 1, 2017|Marketing & Promotion, Places, Small Business|

Business Owners Share Insights Learned from Experience

Noticing an unmet need, identifying a personal passion, following a family tradition—many different paths can lead to starting a business. Each new business is unique, and three business owners were invited to share their individual stories as part of MARKETPLACE 2016, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development. The stories were shared during the Governor’s

2018-06-26T12:35:16-05:00December 15, 2016|Uncategorized|