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Importance of Social Media Support

Entrepreneur Amby Lewis says it’s important to show support for local businesses and events on social media. Lewis says liking. sharing and commenting on posts can increase awareness and help a …

Christina Ford, president and founder of The Rebound Foundation, says she used to constantly shift roles between work and home life. Another young mom told her she designated certain days to her …

When Martha Cooper, owner of Cafe Basilico, moved back to Springfield, she had trouble finding a job because job requirements had changed for surgical technicians. Though she had previously owned a …

“Every day, battling was just stressful, competitive wages and everything,” says entrepreneur Amby Lewis. Lewis didn’t like the jobs she held in call centers and needed a change. She decided to …

Government regulation of business isn’t always seen in a positive light. Justin Cardoza, CEO of Modbox, thought new FAA guidelines might dampen the drone industry, but he says it raised the value …

“It sounds like Ömer is excited to start implementing changes. He’s had a few delays in getting signage done and that can be understandable,” says Dustin Myers who owns Longitude Branding …

“We always suggest that you write a good business plan,” says Martha Cooper, owner of Cafe Basilico. “You need to have something that shows that you have thought everything completely through …

SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal says when a business reaches the break even point, it can sustain itself without additional investment. “I think one of the biggest reasons businesses fail - it’s …

Just Do It

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Danny Collins, founder of 37 North, says if you want to try your hand at being an entrepreneur, just do it. “The first year was just testing the waters,” Collins says. They tried everything from …

“For me, it was all about amassing experience and learning as much as I could, and then at the same time, applying that to my business,” says SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal. Hollowell started …

Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, says he would have saved time and money by outsourcing earlier in his venture. Wyas says by utilizing the expertise of others, you can advance your product to market, get …

“Never having opened a business before, this was all new and I just had the passion and idea and was ready to go for it,” says Kim Gardner, owner of Breathe Salt Vault. Gardner says she jumped in …

“The big thing is a lot of people think you have to spend a ton of money to get started, and you really don’t,” says Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI. Wyas says you’re better off starting small …

“We’re trying to think through what does a Turkish-inspired, American Diner look like? From the look and feel to the wall decor, how do we envision this?” asks Dustin Myers. Myers and Jeremy …

“Your ability to act quickly and efficiently is really your biggest advantage when you’re competing in industries with large players,” says Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI. Without big investments …

“It was one of the best things in my life, selling the business, because I was able to take a vacation with no cell phones or anything and just read and not worry that my business was burning down …

Michael Doss, creator of Emerson Park, started making his own coffee soap as a hobby. Seeing a demand, he started selling products online and to retail stores across the country. Doss says they …

“I have days where I am on top of the world. I got more online orders today than I ever have and I’ve gotten an email from someone saying how good it is. And then I’ll have a week where I …

Terry Bloodworth, owner and operator of Springfield Hot Glass Studio, says it’s an absolute necessity for entrepreneurs to be educated in business. Bloodworth says he has a good business manager, …

Abbie Brown, owner of Brown Abbey Gourmet, wowed Catherine and Thor Bersted when she made her Greek salad dressing for Lavender Falls Farm. They encouraged her to start her own company selling her …

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