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• Friday, September 06th, 2013

Meet DC’s newest entrepreneurs

Yesterday, some of Washington, DC’s newly minted entrepreneurs had the opportunity to showcase their products and services at the DC Department of Employment Services during the Enterprise DC business plan pitch. Graduates of this year’s Enterprise DC program promoted their business ideas to volunteer judges – an amalgam of the program’s sponsors, business mentors, and entrepreneurs – who gave them feedback on their pitches, asked about their marketing campaigns, and shared suggestions for sustaining their businesses in the District.

Enterprise DC grads pitch their businesses at DC Department of Employment Services

A program sponsored by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF), DC Department of Employment Services, Mayor Vincent Gray’s One City, One Hire initiative, and Byte Back, participants are unemployed or under-employed District residents, age 22 through 54, who are interested in starting their own businesses. Since April, they have undergone rigorous training, attending classes that help them learn how to start and sustain their business, such as financial planning, business management, website design, the use of social media to promote their businesses, and graphic design. Each member of the 2013 program was paired with area entrepreneurs who provided feedback on the business plan, and gave insight on how to manage, strengthen, and grow their businesses.

Enterprise DC program participants

 

Participants who pitched their business ideas on Thursday included an event planner who has honed her skills organizing festivities for twenty years before deciding to start her business. Another Enterprise DC entrepreneur launched a company to encourage creativity in youth to stimulate their ability to perform better in school and in life, while supporting the green sustainability efforts many of the city’s business owners embrace. A designer of hand-crafted baby wear, including embroidered bibs, pitched her business and shared a story about how First Lady Michelle Obama sent a thank you letter for an item she especially designed for President Obama.

For more information about the Enterprise DC program, visit www.gwhcc.org or www.wacif.org.

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• Monday, June 03rd, 2013

Angela Franco, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, joins us on The Strategy Sessions radio show on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET to talk about the organization’s upcoming Gala recognizing Hispanic Women in Business. During the second half of the show, Gabriela Mossi, Program and Resource Development Director of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, discusses how the Foundation is helping newly minted business owners in Washington, DC.

Angela Franco

Gabriela Mossi

TOPICS COVERED:
• The upcoming 37th annual Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala on June 21, 2013 in Washington, DC
• The role the organization plays in supporting local businesses and providing opportunities to new entrepreneurial efforts
• How the economy impacts business owners in the Greater Washington, DC area
• The organization’s strategic alliances and partners
• Enterprise DC business mentoring program

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For more information about the Greater Washington Chamber of Commerce, and their upcoming Gala, visit www.gwhcc.org.

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• Monday, December 03rd, 2012
Franchises 101 on The Strategy Sessions Radio Show on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET

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Entrepreneur Magazine has listed the top 500 franchises in the United States for 2012, including Subway, 7-Eleven, and Servpro.

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The number of franchises continues to grow; however, there is a lot to know before investing money, time, and effort to own a business and ensure profitability.

The Strategy Sessions radio show welcomes founding partners of Arnold Sai Law Firm LLP Justin Arnold, Esq. and Sai Pidatala, Esq. to share insight on the pitfalls to avoid when purchasing a franchise; operational issues that impact businesses; and, what businesses should do to close out 2012. The Strategy Sessions radio show is hosted by Washington, DC entrepreneur Kesi Stribling.

 

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• Tuesday, June 05th, 2012

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The Strategy Sessions Radio Show on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 11:00 a.m. ET

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GAINING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS The Strategy Sessions is pleased to welcome Lourdes Martin-Rosa, American Express OPEN, on June 5, 2012 to discuss American Express OPEN Gaining Government Contracts training series for businesses, strategies for preparing for and winning government contracts, and Lourdes’ own personal success story.

American Express OPEN hosts government contracting series

American Express OPEN hosts the Gaining Government Contract series. The latest takes place in Washington, DC on June 15, 2012. Expert panelists including Ana Recio Harvey, Assistant Administrator for the Small Business Administration; Mark Oliver, Department of the Interior; and Emily Murphy, House Committee on Small Business. Workshops , business matching, and networking opportunities are additional highlights.

 

Lourdes Martin-Rosa of American Express OPEN

Our guest, Lourdes Martin-Rosa, is an Advisor on Government Contracting for American Express OPEN. A business lobbyist turned entrepreneur, Martin-Rosa coaches small business owners on how to navigate a seemingly tenuous process for preparing and competing for government contracts. To read Lourdes Martin-Rosa’s bio, and get government contracting resources, visit www.ksgsc.com/thestrategysessions.

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE STRATEGY SESSIONS Featuring industry leaders and notables who share tips and strategies on business, careers, travel, health, and more, The Strategy Sessions radio show airs live on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11am ET. Guests have included Robin Richards, CEO of Internships.com; Millicent West, Director of the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency; Glen MacDonnell of AAA; David Sheppard, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS; Dr. Valerie Wilson, Vice President of the National Urban League Policy Institute; and, Julie Silard Kantor, Executive Director of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in DC. Visit the site to download previous shows/podcasts on iTunes.

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• Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Time names the best books in business management

Time lists its pick of the top 25 business books

Time magazine has unveiled its pick for the top 25 must-read books on business management. The list, which spans publications from 1936 (How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie) through 2001 (Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins), highlights some of the best-known required reading for successful entrepreneurs and managers.

Read the complete list of Time’s 25 Most Influential Business Management books

Some of my favorites are on the list, including Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, Guerilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson, and Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman.

What are some of your favorite business management books? Tell us in the comment section below.

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• Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Media Training Guidebook

 

I am pleased to announce that yours truly is one of the contributors to the Media Training Guidebook, published by Access Intelligence and PRNews. The article, 4 Strategic Methods for Building Successful Media Relationships, appears in chapter 7, page 183.

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The guidebook, which was released yesterday, features insight on crisis communications, camera-readiness, and engaging the media.

Joining other contributors, including Bank of America, Google, Microsoft, the National Association of Asian Journalists, and more, I am in awe to stand among such giants.

Due to an agreement, I can’t yet release my article to the public (darn those pesky proprietary rules!). As soon as I am able to share, I will impart some of those tips to you.

For those ASK THE STRATEGIST subscribers who are publicists, handle marketing and public relations for your company or organization, or are responsible for media image preparation for your clients, you really should consider getting the Media Training Guide (disclaimer: I get absolutely no royalties from the guidebook for promoting it).

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• Saturday, July 02nd, 2011

Independence Day and the Entrepreneurs to Whom We Are Indebted

Let's celebrate our entrepreneurial founding fathers and mothers this year

I got to thinking about the upcoming Independence Day activities and how families will hit the road this weekend to celebrate the holidays, hold backyard barbecues, and watch the blazing colors of the fireworks in cities across the country erupt on July 4.

While I imagine that most of us think about the core of what Independence Day means: the charting of our country’s future by English immigrants bravely breaking off from their native land to create a new and exciting land where values, opportunity, and hope could blossom seemingly unfettered.

While America has enjoyed years of struggle and sacrifice, resulting in the vast influence the country has had on every industry, today I give a special shout out to the founding fathers and mothers of entrepreneurship: Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, who was an inventor, printer, and author; Adam Smith, publisher of The Wealth of Nations, which introduced the ‘free enterprise’ system; Betsy Ross, entrepreneur and seamstress of our nation’s flag; poet and publisher Phillis Wheatley; Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, which mechanized the separation of cotton fibers from seed pods; Josiah Wedgwood, workforce development pioneer who is credited with defining the “division of labor;” and, the countless others who shaped the world of business and impacted their communities.

I thank these brave individuals who undoubtedly had no idea that were constructing America’s concept of free enterprise, entrepreneurial spirit, and inspiring future business leaders with their innovation, pluck, and good fortune.

They are the innovators who encouraged, intentionally or otherwise, other people to dream of and seize independence – financially and politically – since 1776.

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• Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 

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Search for 50 Startups with High-Growth Potential Begins with Launch of 2011 Startup Open Competition

    Promising young companies with a ‘startup moment’ can vie for recognition and prizes announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week 
 
 

 

 

 

Startup Open, a competition that recognizes startups with high-growth potential, has launched its search for the 50 most promising new startups around the world as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011. The “GEW 50″ will be announced on Oct. 15, 2011, with those companies then competing for the top honors and prizes.Startup Open is a featured competition of GEW, an initiative founded by the Kauffman Foundation to spur new ideas, ingenuity, and firm creation through local, national, and global activities in more than 100 countries. The competition, now in its second year, is open to entrepreneurs who have a “startup moment” between GEW 2010 and GEW 2011 (Nov. 22, 2010 to Nov. 20, 2011). A startup moment is defined as any action related to launching a new business, such as incorporating a company; officially opening the doors for business; completing a first sale; or securing outside funding.
 
Startup Open applicants will be judged on concept, growth projections, and knowledge of their industry. A handful of companies winning the top honors and prizes will be announced on Nov. 14 as GEW 2011 gets underway.


Startup Open applicants will have until Sept. 15 to submit their startup moment. For more information on how to enter and the 2010 winners, please visit www.startupopen.com.  

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• Thursday, May 05th, 2011

Better to Own It

Don't throw your money down the drain

With the revelation that Aaron’s furniture rental company allegedly uses spyware to track customers who rent computers, it inherently brings up another question: is the cost of instant gratification too high?

For many who opt to rent household items, such as furniture, computers, and washing machines, it may be a matter of convenience to pay a seemingly small amount to rent items, and then own it outright once the contract has concluded.

This seems like an easy, breezy approach for those with limited resources who need the items to effectively run their households. The reality is that it’s probably better to own it, as the poor folks who filed the lawsuit against Aaron’s is likely thinking at the moment.

To underscore my point, consider this true story: a used, two year old 36″ television costs $25 per week to rent from a nationally recognized rental company (not Aaron’s), and ostensibly to own. The contract period is one year, at which time, the renter has spent more than $1,000 on the TV.

Had the customer waited until a little cash was freed up buy a television outright, rather than rent-to-own, he could have saved at least half of what he ultimately paid to satisfy the instant gratification.

What are your thoughts? Have you committed to a rent to own company, but regret it? Share your comments.

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• Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

ASK THE STRATEGIST – Interview with the Director of the DC Women’s Business Center

We asked Samira Cook-Gaines, Director of the DC Women’s Business Center (www.dcwbc.org), to detail some key strategies for business owners. Take a look at the video interview to hear what she has to say!

COMING SOON…Stay tuned for our new video diary,  A Day in the Life, featuring corporations and nonprofit organizations from around the country. The DC Women’s Business Center will be the first featured!

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