Acceler8Success Cafe Friday 11.27.20

7 Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Spend Their Holidays

Entrepreneurs and business owners are always juggling a lot of things and when time comes for a holiday sometimes entrepreneurs like to take a break or sometimes they like to catch up on certain projects. Just like everyone has a unique business, their approach to holidays is also unique. Read more.

11 Most Famous Entrepreneurs of All Time (and What Made Them Wildly Rich)

From Oprah to Hans Christian Anderson, we’re sharing these tales of past and present entrepreneurs who had to claw their way to the top. Read more.

“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Holiday Book Club: A Roadmap for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Want more opportunities to be innovative and entrepreneurial? Wharton School professor Ethan Mollick is here to help.

Mollick recently published the book “The Unicorn’s Shadow: Combating the Dangerous Myths that Hold Back Startups, Founders, and Investors” (published by Wharton School Press). Through his research — which he labels evidence-based entrepreneurship — he uses data to call out some common myths he sees in the world of entrepreneurship, and he challenges young entrepreneurs to think differently on their paths to success. Read more.

10 Success Tips for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs

In the digital age, becoming a successful entrepreneur is more accessible than ever before. Anyone with a few bucks and an internet connection can become an Internet mogul if they play their cards right and have the patience and savvy to work the system. Our founder, Eric Porat, took a website from scratch to 70,000 visitors per month in three years and has since sold dozens of websites for over half a million dollars.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy. In fact, it’s far from it. So here are 10 tips for success to get you started. Read more.

3 Top Lessons From Entrepreneurs Who Successfully Pivoted In The Pandemic

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, millions of entrepreneurs and business owners have had to reinvent themselves or their businesses in order to stay afloat.

Many suddenly found themselves offering services that were no longer viable in a pandemic, or products that were no longer as much in demand as consumers hunkered down at home and cut their spending. From restaurant owners to event planners, millions have had to seek out new ways of doing businesses—or new businesses entirely—in order to survive. Not all have been successful.

But some nimble entrepreneurs have been able to establish new sources of revenue and are not just surviving but thriving. Here are three top lessons from entrepreneurs who’ve successfully pivoted in the pandemic. Read more.

Small Business Saturday November 28th

Saturday, November 28th is #SmallBusinessSaturday. As you shop and dine on this annual event by American Express, please remember that franchises are small business just like Mom & Pop businesses on Any Street, USA. And, just like those independent business owners, franchise owners take entrepreneurial risk, invest their life savings, work long hours, give back to their local communities, compete with big box retailers and much more. Please help in this cause by frequenting these businesses and by sharing your experience and photos across social media. Thank you! #ShopSmall #ShopLocal #ShopFranchise

Acceler8Success Cafe Thanksgiving Day 11.26.20

Thanksgiving is Important for Entrepreneurs… Why?

It’s Thanksgiving, and you are probably looking forward to spending time with family and friends… or just getting some much-needed rest. But for entrepreneurs, Thanksgiving is something much more important. It’s a time to be thankful for how far you’ve come and all of the ups and downs involved in pursuing your business dreams in the past year. Plus, it gives you a valuable tool to use throughout the year. Read more.

This Thanksgiving, Entrepreneurs Should Focus On Gratitude

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, but not because it is the only day where it is socially acceptable to gorge myself on turkey (which, in my opinion, is a highly under-appreciated meat, but I digress.)

I love Thanksgiving because it forces me to take the time to reflect on the past year and the people and experiences that shaped it.

Entrepreneurship is an amazing journey, full of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. It’s such a rapid-fire experience that sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. Read more.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

John F. Kennedy

Thanksgiving 2020: An Attitude of Gratitude

Indeed, I am very grateful for many, many things in 2020: my family, my health, my friends, SBE Council supporters and members, and the ongoing opportunity to advocate for entrepreneurs and small businesses – especially during this challenging period in our nation’s history.

In this week’s Growth Without Barriers podcast with host Gregg Stebben, we highlight several things all of us should be grateful for: Read more.

Acceler8Success Cafe Wednesday 11.25.20

Entrepreneurship Skills Can Last A Lifetime

When it comes to adapting to the ever-changing and complex world of work we currently inhabit, the qualities of entrepreneurs are probably up there. After all, to cope with the demands of startup life, entrepreneurs often have to be open-minded, confident, creative, determined, and disciplined, all of which are qualities that are valuable in whatever form of life we find ourselves.

It’s perhaps no surprise, therefore that there is a growing interest in developing entrepreneurship skills in young people, with a number of platforms available for youngsters to put their skills to the test. Read more.

How Generation Z Is Altering the Face of Entrepreneurship for Good

For the longest time, my generation, the Millenials, were touted as the Entrepreneurial generation. For the most part, we have lived up to the billing. However, as the world evolves, the art of business evolves with it, and it turns out that Generation Z has more to do with this evolution than many care to admit. 

Generation Z entrepreneurs are springing forth at such a startling rate that a recent Gallup Student Poll found that 40 percent of students surveyed from grades five to 12 stated they wanted to run their own business. Then, 24 percent said they have already started. At this rate, it isn’t at all challenging to see Generation Z take over as the most Entrepreneurial Generation. Read more.

As you’re shopping on November 28th #SmallBusinessSaturday please remember that some of your neighbors may own local franchises and as such, are #smallbusiness owners just the same as local Mom & Pop owned businesses. So, #shopsmall #shoplocal and #shopfranchise as you can. Thank you!

Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Are Vital to Our Economy and We Must Nurture Both

Urban entrepreneurs and small businesses may originate and operate differently. But for each to flourish, they require resources and professional expertise that increasingly are not evenly applied. Yet, both are vital to Main Streets, neighborhoods and the financial revitalization of cities.

Far too often, the resources needed to foster hubs of activity focus more on tech startups than the more traditional small businesses like coffee shops, cleaners and hair salons.

But small businesses need nurturing, too, given their significance to national and local economies —  two-thirds of new jobs and 44 percent of U.S. economic activity. Read more.

The Launch: Shining A Spotlight On Female Entrepreneurs

Until recently, the entrepreneurial field was typically reserved for the male gender, but it has increasingly been infiltrated by strong, fearless, and intelligent women in recent years. The Launch is a PR business and coaching company with the sole mission of shining a spotlight on these enterprising women through the power of publicity.

Led by award-winning PR mogul Lynn Mooney, The Launch was created with the female entrepreneur and startup in mind. The brand takes Mooney’s decade of industry experience and creates DIY PR digital products for those businesses who want to get the word out but lack the big agency budgets. Read more.