Monday, June 25, 2012

Inspiring Business Quotes

Here are a couple of inspiring business quotes I heard today. "Every child should be taught to expect success. " From the book He Who Thinks He Can "Desire is the starting point of all achievement. Not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. " Napoleon Hill

I hope they inspire you directly or inspire you to inspire others. Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Check Out This Rap Video for a Mobile App Contest

An entity, Atlantic BT, which creates mobile applications for businesses and governments has opened up their business to nonprofits. Nationally. They've done this by creating a contest whereby they will actually build a mobile application - based on the idea submitted by the nonprofit - for the nonprofit that wins.

Fast forward. The community development corporation (CDC) I now work for (Yes, I am still an entrepreneur but, for now, I'm focusing on social entrepreneurship!) is highly innovative. We came up with the idea for a nonprofit registry ala bridal registry mobile application. Our idea made it to the national semifinals. Now the nation must vote!

To make it fun, the contest required you create a video explaining why you should be selected. Well, we created a rap. We used the Fresh Prince of Belair as the theme. Check it out:

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Business plan competitions

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I just read a great article in the Fortune 500 issue of Fortune magazine. Subject: the annual Rice Business Plan competition. The 2012 winner walked away with a whopping $874,300 in prize money!! Wow!

The runner ups didn't do shabbily either. 2nd place took in $146,000 and 3rd place, $115,000. What happened to the days of the $10,000 grand prize?! That's far more than inflation can account for. I believe the focus on new ventures this year has spilled over into this arena. If you can, capitalize on this. Enter business plan competitions. According to the article, they are proliferating. You can access funding and PR in one fell swoop. Need I say more?

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