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StartupNation Radio featuring SCORE of Southeast Michigan and PIXO VR

On today's episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff chats with two entrepreneurs in the Detroit metro area: Armando Ojeda and Sean Hurwitz. First up, Jeff welcomes Armando Ojeda, certified mentor with SCORE of Southeast Michigan, an organization that provides free mentorship, networking and educational services and resources to entrepreneurs. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell...
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Will 2020 Be the Year Female Entrepreneurs Thrive?

Since 2007, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. has increased by 58 percent, outpacing the 12 percent growth rate of business overall. In addition to the sheer increase in volume, women-owned firms are growing at twice the speed of other businesses, contributing $3 trillion and 23 million jobs to the global economy. In...
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7 Business Influencers to Follow on Social Media in 2020

Launching a successful startup takes a lot of work, and learning how to navigate the waters of entrepreneurship can be difficult — especially if it's your first business. As such, it can be wise for aspiring entrepreneurs to seek help and mentorship from others who have already built successful businesses. While it's not always possible to...
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When You Invest in Women Entrepreneurs, the Impact is Priceless

Women entrepreneurs are an unstoppable force within small business. They’re disrupting, innovating and succeeding in every industry they touch, and they’re growing at a rapid pace. It can be seen in the 58 percent increase of U.S. women-owned businesses since 2007, compared to a 12 percent growth rate of small businesses overall. What is the...
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What’s the Difference Between a Startup Incubator and an Accelerator?

It’s not uncommon for aspiring entrepreneurs to think a startup incubator and accelerator are the same concept. Which does what, exactly? Do entrepreneurs need both in order to succeed? Incubators and accelerators are designed to help guide entrepreneurs and their businesses to success. However, not every startup may be the right fit for both an...
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The Keys That Separate Thriving Businesses From Those That Fail

Nobody ever said that starting a business was easy. It’s not. Starting a business, then growing it and keeping it vital so everyone involved thrives – that is what organizational effectiveness looks like. I think that’s what most of us are looking for when we start a business. What separates thriving businesses from those that...
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Nathalie Molina Niño Discusses the Impact of Funding Women-Led Businesses

On this episode of StartupNation Radio, your host, StartupNation CEO and co-founder, Jeff Sloan, interviews two women thriving in the world of entrepreneurship. First, Jeff chats with Nathalie Molina Niño, the CEO and founder of BRAVA Investments, a company that invests in high-growth, innovative innovative businesses that deliver a measurable economic benefit to women. A technologist and...
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How to Be a Mentor When You’ve Never Been One Before

Imagine someone you know fairly well approaches you. Maybe they confide how much they admire where your entrepreneurial career has taken you and expresses a desire to be like you someday. Perhaps they are pursuing a venture of their own and see you, an experienced professional, as someone to come to for thoughtful advice. Eventually,...
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25 Intriguing Facts About the State of Female Entrepreneurship

Female entrepreneurship has made great strides over the past 20 years, but we’ve got miles left to go, and many challenges to face along the way. In spite of these challenges, women entrepreneurs report a high level of well-being and express optimism for the future. Here, we’ll explore 25 intriguing facts about women business owners...
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5 Pieces of Startup Advice That Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid

Entrepreneurs are always hungry for advice and guidance from veterans who have already grown their businesses. There is no shortage of perceived wisdom regularly handed out that all entrepreneurs should take heed of. There are endless books, blog posts and articles, all offering advice to an eager audience. However, some of these pearls of wisdom...
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How to Foster Inclusion and Equality in Your Startup

How do you keep up and tap into the awesome power of smart, talented women? This is a question we ask ourselves every day at JVZoo. In an industry where women make up just 11 percent of developers, we've focused on creating a work environment that empowers employees (both men and women) to take on challenges and evolve...
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What to Consider When Choosing an Accelerator for Your Startup

If you’re a startup founder, everyone is likely telling you how much your business would benefit if you participate in an accelerator. In startup communities, stories about businesses that skyrocketed to success after getting involved with the right accelerator are traded more frequently than potty training tips between parents waiting to pick their kids up...
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Author and Business Coach Pamela Slim on Growing a Business in 2018

Over the past 20 years, business coach and author Pamela Slim has helped countless businesses of all sizes problem solve and grow. She’s authored two business books, “Escape from Cubicle Nation” and “Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together.” In 2016, she opened K’é, a place to grow small business in downtown...
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Through Mentoring, Angel Investors Offer More Than Just Money

Captaining a new enterprise is like constructing a parachute after you’ve been thrown out of a plane: It’s difficult, it’s dangerous, you’re pressed for time and a wrong decision can be fatal. When faced with the pressures of starting a new company, your ability to act quickly, decisively and correctly will depend on experience, skill...