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Do I Need a Business Plan?

Do I Need a Business Plan?

Business Tips
Very early in my career, I sought advice from a seasoned business owner – "Do I need a written plan?" I asked impatiently, being inexperienced. He scoffed, "Why spend six months writing a plan? Go start a business NOW!" That was great advice, exactly what I wanted to hear. So off I went, and despite myself, I was a modest success. But in hindsight, I now realize I could have been spectacular rather than mediocre. If you're an organized sole-proprietor, I imagine you can do just fine without destroying half a forest to memorialize your every proprietary insight. However, if you plan to seek funding, hire employees, or otherwise engage in activities to facilitate growth – you'll find you need someplace other than your head as a repository for your…
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Understanding Venture Capital

Understanding Venture Capital

Venture Capital
Let’s face it: Sometimes you have a really big idea, but you don’t have the money to forge ahead. Maybe you have a business plan for a company and you have done all the planning, but you don’t have the capital to make it happen. Or maybe you want to expand and the same thing —  you don’t have access to the money. That’s where you might want to explore the idea of venture capital. What this is a company that has money to invest takes a deep dive into the idea of another company that needs assistance, figuring out whether or not they’re going to pass along funds. Those funds can take any number of different forms, from investing that also comes with hands-on involvement or money that helps…
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What is a Business Strategy?

What is a Business Strategy?

Business Tips, Business Tips & Advice
Often overused and broad-reaching, the term strategic planning has become yet another one of those vague buzz phrases that get tossed about with little to no real understanding of what it means. "I've developed an Internet strategy that will make us millions." Merely electing to sell widgets on the Internet is not a business strategy; it is but a component. What is the market? Who are your competitors? Who will buy your product? These types of questions, along with many, many more provide the foundation for developing a solid strategic plan. A successful business strategy is a combination of art and science. It turns a dynamic situation to your advantage to achieve your goals. A business strategy must include a set of (frequently interdependent) decisions and actions that define a…
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Startup and Small Business Recovery Resources

Startup and Small Business Recovery Resources

Small Business News
Our goal is to identify resources to rebuild - be it links to emergency loans, grants, or other support for entrepreneurs dealing with the consequences of the coronavirus crisis. Got some free time? Turn off the news, and consider volunteering. MicroMentor: MicroMentor enables the world’s largest community of purpose-driven entrepreneurs and business mentors to help underserved communities around the globe. United Nations Volunteers: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to peace and development by providing volunteers to assist (online) with a variety of topics like research, writing/editing, art, leadership strategy, technology development, and more. Translators Without Borders: Translators without Borders (TWB) is a non-profit organization offering language and translation support for humanitarian and development agencies, and other non-profit organizations on a global scale. European Innovation Calendar | European Accelerator Deadlines | European Digital Health Conferences Feel…
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Digital Media Conferences Updates and Cancellations

Digital Media Conferences Updates and Cancellations

Events
Understanding eCommerce offers this European Digital Media Conference calendar as a resource to help make connections between developers, leaders, and innovators. European Innovation Calendar | European Accelerator Deadlines | European Digital Health Conferences Feel free to email updates, corrections, or add conference dates. POSTPONED – MUNICH TECH JOB FAIR SPRING – a chance for job seekers to talk to companies that are hiring in person. If you’ve had enough of submitting your CV online without the opportunity to make a lasting first impression, here’s your chance to change your strategy and do a bit of networking. Munich, Germany; Postponed to Jun 18, 2020 POSTPONED - WordCamp Geneva 2020 - WordCamp Geneva (Geneva) will take place on March 21st, 2020, at the coworking space Voisins Blandonnet in Genève-Vernier. It will be held half in French and half in English.…
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Tech Conference Updates and Cancellations

Tech Conference Updates and Cancellations

Technology
Startup System EU offers this European Innovation Conference calendar as a resource to help make connections between startups, investors, and innovators. European Innovation Calendar | European Accelerator Deadlines | European Digital Health Conferences Feel free to email updates, corrections, or add conference dates. POSTPONED - IoT Tech Expo Global - The world's leading Internet of Things event covering the entire IoT ecosystem. The IoT Tech Expo Global is the world's leading Internet of Things event, which will introduce and explore the latest innovations across the whole IoT ecosystem, covering Manufacturing, Transport, Health, Logistics, Government, Energy, Automotive, Insurance, and more. London, UK, Mar 17-18, 2020 POSTPONED - AI & Big Data Expo Global - The AI & Big Data Expo is a showcase of next-generation technologies and strategies from the world of Artificial Intelligence & Big…
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Cannabis Events Updates & Cancellations

Cannabis Events Updates & Cancellations

Cannabis
Canceled – International Cannabis Business Conference Barcelona – With a vibrant cannabis scene and progressive culture, we are pleased to make Barcelona, Spain, our second ever European conference after two historic events in Berlin. Joining forces with Spannabis, we have made an epic, superconference that you will not want to miss. Barcelona has created a cannabis club scene that has no rival, and we are looking forward to bringing our trademark blend of cannabis business, political, and cultural programming to this Spanish jewel. Join us, as the ICBC and Spannabis have created a cannabis B2B event unlike any other, a conference that will attract top investors and entrepreneurs from across Spain, Europe, and the world. Barcelona, Spain Canceled – Spannabis – Spannabis XVII Edition Spannabis is the reference trade show for the cannabis sector worldwide. Seventeen…
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Updates Digital Health Conferences

Updates Digital Health Conferences

Digital Health
This Week in Digital Health offers this European Digital Health Conference calendar as a resource to help make connections between providers, payers, and innovators. Our goal is to bring together senior-level healthcare professionals to learn about cutting-edge innovations and foster dynamic conversation addressing how technology is transforming healthcare. European Innovation Calendar | European Accelerator Deadlines | European Digital Health Conferences Feel free to email updates, corrections, or add conference dates. ECR 2019 – European Congress of Radiology – True digital transformation begins when we can pull together the enormous amount of information now available to healthcare systems, which are often too fragmented to act upon decisively. One of the main enablers of digitalization certainly is Artificial intelligence (AI), and we are at the forefront of the AI arena. Vienna, Austria; ECR 2020 is postponed to July 15–19, 2020 AI and…
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Spring Cleaning – 10 Things to Do While Working from Home

Spring Cleaning – 10 Things to Do While Working from Home

Business Tips
When I was in college, I used to work at an Italian Restaurant in NYC. After the craziness of the holiday season, Januaries were pretty quiet. The restaurant took advantage of this time to do its annual cleaning. We would close for two weeks and clean. And while the staff didn’t exactly love it, we still got paid, and we came out the other side squeaky and clean.  And until this day, I still know how to clean a teardrop chandelier. OK, that might be a useless skill, but nonetheless. Use the “lockdown” time to work on your career. Many of us are in the midst of a lockdown. So why not take advantage of a little quiet time to focus on the things on your to list that you…
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