Last month, I was a delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, which attracted more than 1,500 entrepreneurs, government and community leaders, and investors from around the world.
StepOne Ventures is a new non-profit that is being formed here in Baton Rouge to execute Jumpstart Inc.'s recently released business plan to build the area's entrepreneurial community. Read about the plan here. Read the executive summary and full Regional Entrepreneurship Plan here.
Brian Dixon, one of the presenters at the upcoming TEDxLSU, and founder of Mentorship Academy, tells me he believes something magical will happen on March 9 in the rooms where TEDxLSU will be experienced, either live or live-streamed. All it takes is a willing audience and a speaker willing to take a risk. The people who will attend will be action oriented, and we hope to see some real action come out of the event.
Chesley Heymsfield has a knack for peacefully working with tough personalities. While many people may be intimidated (or too disgusted) to work with big egos and abrasive temperaments, Chesley chooses to pinpoint her attention on the talent within the ogre. This laser focus shields her from the ups and downs that come with the territory from working with challenging personalities, and is one of the many skills she uses to make big dreams a reality.
Last April, a federal law was passed that could transform how small businesses raise capital: Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act for short.
I made a New Year’s resolution. Something simple yet impactful in every area of my life. I’ve resolved to communicate with people in the method they find most effective. It’s a noisy world out there, and using a manner that’s convenient for me may not be the most effective to get my point across.
Richard Hanley of Hanley's Foods is a startup food entrepreneur who launched his first product, Sensation Salad Dressing, a couple months ago. He is a big believer in sustainable, organic food, and the salad dressing he's bottled up reflects those beliefs. From the organic lemon juice (which is surprisingly difficult to source in bulk for a fledgling food manufacturer) to an equity structure that includes “1% For the Planet,” he's created a product that he's proud of.
Last week was Global Entrepreneurship Week, a global movement championed by the Kauffman Foundation. Communities and organizations around the world celebrated entrepreneurship, with a common goal to inspire young people to pursue entrepreneurship as a life calling. Locally, we celebrated the global movement with our own twist during Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week.