Do You Have What it Takes to Be an Entrepreneur?

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Entrepreneurs are described in a great many ways. They’re go-getters, innovators, and doers. They’re makers, creators, and inventors. How you conceptualize entrepreneurs in general, as well as how you view yourself in particular can directly impact the likelihood of your ever venturing into the entrepreneurial arena. What does [...]

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How to Pitch Your Business

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. When you’re standing before an investor, you must be able to seize the moment quickly and decisively. Investors will be able to sense if you’re at all unsure of your product or company. They may discern a slight hesitation or note your inability to answer questions with clarity [...]

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How to Become a Social Entrepreneur (What is it, and How do you Do it?)

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Take a moment to consider everything happening in the world around you. As you do, you’ll begin to see that, while many things are wonderful, there are a similar (if not greater) number of negative issues. These negative issues affect the well-being of millions and it is this [...]

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The Harsh Realities of Social Entrepreneurship

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. The more effort you expend on researching social entrepreneurship endeavors, the more likely it becomes that you’ll want to launch your own social enterprise and begin changing the world. That said, it’s important that you fully acquaint yourself with the other side of the equation: the need to [...]

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How a Small Business Development Center Can Help You

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. As part of their mission to assist and counsel small business owners across the nation, the Small Business Association (SBA) provides (in partnership with universities, nonprofits, and state economic development agencies) partial funding to Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) as a means of assisting business owners as they [...]

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How and When to Grow Your Business

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Many small business owners begin their operations with an eye toward future growth. While they project that in three, five, or ten years they may desire to expand their business or business model, the best way in which to accomplish that goal isn’t always clear. Some companies may [...]

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Types of Social Entrepreneurs

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Social entrepreneurs represent an exceedingly diverse cross-section of businessmen, both in the ways that they conduct business and in the goals that they’re seeking to accomplish with their enterprises. They also differ both in the various means that they employ to enhance social wealth and the strategies that [...]

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How Entrepreneurs Learn Best

by Jamie Garrett According to SuccessHarbor.com, 50% of businesses fail within the first year. Of those that make it past the one-year mark, only 66% will make it past the second year. From that group, only 50% survive to their fifth year (http://www.successharbor.com/percentage-businesses-fail-09092015). There are a lot of different stats on entrepreneurial success, but the common [...]

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Are All Successful Entrepreneurs Risk Takers?

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Startup Expert. Entrepreneurs are generally regarded as risk takers. It’s practically romanticized - the struggling entrepreneur with an amazing idea who puts everything on the line to make it big. Digging deep into their own pockets, knocking on every bank door; I’m sure you’ve seen this character portrayed in books [...]

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Achieving Follow-On Success After Failure

Joe Johnson, Ph.D. Entrepreneur. Investor. Start-up Expert. Sometimes failure isn’t the end, but a new beginning. While fear of failing can stop would-be entrepreneurs in their tracks, actual failure provides many lessons for future success. How can you effectively mine that failure for all it’s worth when you’re faced with a crumbling dream? The Benefits [...]

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