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Lessons Learned from Entrepreneurs

Starting your own business and embarking upon your own entrepreneurial venture can be daunting and filled with uncertainty. But, we have collected advice and wisdom from over a dozen entrepreneurs in our Fireside Chats series to guide you, our entrepreneurial-minded reader, to the next stage of your professional career.
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Stop Competing and Start Collaborating: Why Entrepreneurs Should Work Together

Being an entrepreneur is hard work. The long nights and endless list of priorities can be daunting, especially in the beginning. Many entrepreneurs in this predicament overlook one obvious resource that can help lead them to success: other entrepreneurs. It’s instinctual to feel the need to compete with others, after all, you want to be the biggest and the best. However, once you push past this urge and focus your energy on developing yourself and your brand, you will find that teaming up with other entrepreneurs will serve you more than isolating yourself from them. Here’s why: Continue reading Stop Competing and Start Collaborating: Why Entrepreneurs Should Work Together

Marketing the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with AmaraReps

Amara Omoregie is an entrepreneur and marketing professional-turned-guru. In 2009, after spending years catering to the marketing needs of various companies, she decided to venture off on her own to found amaraREPS. As Chief Marketing Officer to this boutique marketing firm, Omoregie leads initiatives such as business development, strategic planning, and branding for small businesses.

In this Fireside Chat, we learned about what inspired her to make the leap into entrepreneurship and her tips for anyone working in the marketing field. Continue reading Marketing the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with AmaraReps

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Own Business

According to the Kauffman Index, in 2015, there were 550,000 adults who went from being employees to being entrepreneurs with their own budding businesses. Trends show that 25% of start-ups will fail during their first year, however, this does not have to be the case. Before venturing out into the world of entrepreneurship, there are several factors that you need to take into consideration. While our list is not exhaustive, knowing the answer to these five questions is essential to making any business viable: Continue reading 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Own Business

Using Technology to Change Consumerism: a Fireside Chat with the Co-founders of Frntal

Hameed Bello and Marlon Taylor met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where they were classmates and fraternity brothers. With a similar “get-it-done” work ethic and itch for entrepreneurism, they co-founded Frntal, an app for users to lease and rent items in a peer-to-peer marketplace. Anything from books, to landscaping equipment, to a parking spot can be rented from Frntal, allowing lessors to earn money on unused items and lessees to save money instead of purchasing. Frntal launched in February of 2017 and has 500 active users since its inception.

In this Fireside Chat, we learned about the opportunities and challenges of founding a tech startup, and most importantly, how to make and save money using Frntal. Continue reading Using Technology to Change Consumerism: a Fireside Chat with the Co-founders of Frntal

Build Your Own Fashion Brand: A Fireside Chat with Kenya Mills

Kenya Mills is a trailblazer in the fashion industry. She started her career as a stylist in Dallas and now owns her own fashion line– The KMills Collection. Since its inception in 2014, the KMills team has grown, and the collection has been worn by celebrities such as Lynn Whitfield, Dascha Polanco, and Claire Sulmers.

In this Fireside Chat, we spoke with Kenya Mills about the intricacies of designing and managing your own fashion line. Continue reading Build Your Own Fashion Brand: A Fireside Chat with Kenya Mills

Lessons Learned: the Successes and Challenges of Founding a Startup with Andi McCollam

andi-mccollumPrior to entering Boston University School of Public Health, Andi McCollam worked in medical billing and health insurance. Most notably, she founded Pico Health, a startup that aimed to provide comprehensive health insurance services to small companies and self-employed individuals. Below, she shares her experience throughout the life of her startup. Continue reading Lessons Learned: the Successes and Challenges of Founding a Startup with Andi McCollam