Small Business Outlook

What makes a small business owner successful? Entrepreneurs that survive and thrive share commonalities. They seem to be cut from the same mold. Each excels at certain areas while utilizing similar tools. This infographic sponsored by Zipcar looks at what makes a successful entrepreneur. Download this infographic to learn more about what experience is most helpful, who successful small business owners turn to, and why these entrepreneurs always seem to be a step ahead.

Entrepreneurial Success

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Zipcar for BusinessZipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. Learn more at Zipcar.com.

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains the right and wrong ways the main character of the TV show Breaking Bad embarked on entrepreneurship.

Steve Strauss headshot Walter White, we hardly knew ye.

Heisenberg, we hope we would never meet thee.

Like everyone else it seems, I have been fairly mesmerized by Emmy winner Breaking Bad. Especially this last season, the transformation of mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White into the sociopath meth-dealing drug lord Heisenberg has been transfixing.

About the Author

Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

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Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, offers advice for young people who are deciding their next step in life.

Steve Strauss headshot

Bill Gates famously dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft. Before teaming up with Steve Wozniak to start Apple, Steve Jobs left Reed College during his second semester and traveled through India and dropped acid. And we all know that Mark Zuckerberg started The Facebook at Harvard before leaving early to follow his entrepreneurial dream in California.

About the Author

Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

The face of small business in America is always changing. While many entrepreneurs are starting brick and mortar storefronts, many are operating successful small businesses from their homes. This month’s SCORE infographic sponsored by Zipcar delves into the facts about home based businesses. Download this infographic to learn more about the jobs they create, the types of industries they cover, the financing they require and more.

Home Based Small Business

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Zipcar for BusinessZipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. Learn more at Zipcar.com.

8 Trends Every Business Owner Should Be Watching Right Now

Summary

Hear from one of the country's leading small business journalists about what trends are happening right now that you, as a small business owner, should take advantage of or avoid.  Rod will offer his unique perspective as a writer who interacts with hundreds of entrepreneurs about what's hot and what will be changing soon.  Join us to ensure your business is on the cutting edge of the marketplace.

Sometimes the best new business ideas are right under your nose. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, once you’ve got your current business at a comfortable (and profitable) level, you’ll be itching to start something new. If you’ve already added a product or service to your existing business and its popularity has taken off, it may be time to start a spinoff business.

By Rieva Lesonsky

Sometimes the best new business ideas are right under your nose. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, once you’ve got your current business at a comfortable (and profitable) level, you’ll be itching to start something new. If you’ve already added a product or service to your existing business and its popularity has taken off, it may be time to start a spinoff business.

Before you embark on a whole new adventure:

About the Author

Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at twitter.com/rieva and visit her blog at SmallBizDaily.com.

Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

Waste Oil Recyclers

Ever  think  about  what  your  favorite  restaurant  does  with  the  oil  they  use  to  cook  your French  fries  when  they’re  done  using  it?    I  didn’t  think  so.    But  three  young  entrepreneurs  in the  Chester  County  hamlet  of  Modena,  Pa.,  have;  they've  thought  long  and  hard  in  fact.    So much  so  that  they’ve  built  a  thriving  business,  Waste  Oil  Recyclers,  which  collects  and recycles  used  cooking  oil.

Not  only  have  they  achieved  commercial  success,  growing  to  approximately $8  million  in  revenues,  25  employees  and  more  than  2,600  customers  in  four  states,  but they  have  created  a  model  for  environmental  and  social  responsibility  that  most  companies could  only  hope  to  achieve.    Through  the  years  they’ve  stayed  true  to  their  roots,  as  the company  traces  its  origins  to  the  founders’  converting  their  cars  to  run  on  environmentally benign  vegetable  oil  in  place  of  hydrocarbon-­‐generating  gasoline.      From  these  humble beginnings  has  grown  their  core  business  of  turning  cooking  oil  into  biofuel  for  resale  to  a biodiesel  manufacturer  in  western  Pennsylvania.    Among  their  clients  are  many  local colleges  and  universities  including  West  Chester  University,  major  sports  venues  such  as Lincoln  Financial  Field,  Wells  Fargo  Center  and  Citizens  Bank  Park,  Atlantic  City  casinos, and  hundreds  of  restaurants,  including  Waste  Oil  Recycler’s  oldest  customer,  the  Whip Tavern  in  Coatesville.

Spend  five  minutes  with  Jim,  Brendan  and  Rob  and  you’ll  be  struck  by  their  unwavering commitment  to  a  “green”  approach  to  doing  business,  not  just  figuratively  but  literally.    At their  rambling,  modest  headquarters  on  the  site  of  a  former  iron  foundry  outside  Coatesvillethey  formed  a  property  management  business,  MoGreena  Foundry,  to  encourage  other small,  green-­‐focused  companies  to  set  up  shop  there  as  well.    Not  only  do  they  use  the  waste oil  to  power  their  eight  service  trucks  and  heat  the  plant  in  winter,  they  also  use  some  of  the waste  generated  from  their  process,  along  with  potting  soil  generated  from  one  of  their tenants,  Organic  Mechanics,  to  help  grow  a  wide  variety  of  vegetables  on  site.    As  part  of  the MoGreena  Garden  Project,  each  Tuesday  in  growing  season,  employees  help  tend  the  garden from  4  p.m.  until  sunset  as  part  of  a  partnership  with  the  Chester  County  Food  Bank,  the Coatesville  Youth  Initiative  and  other  locals  businesses  “to  feed  and  educate  our  community about  growing  food  and  healthy  eating.”

The  founders  are  not  sparing  in  their  praise  of  Chester  County  SCORE’s  role  in  the company’s  development,  crediting  counselor  Tom  Thomas  for  being  there  for  them  in  good times  and  bad.    “From  the  beginning  in  2006,  Tom  gave  us  hope  and  inspired  confidence, and  his  guidance  kept  us  on  track,”  said  Jim  Bricker,  President.    He  noted  that  Thomas reviewed  their  business  model  and  helped  them  fine-­‐tune  their  business  plan  and  strategic goals.    They  continue  to  work  with  Tom,  meeting  with  him  upon  any  major  milestone  to “gain  some  perspective.”

So  the  next  time  you  eat  at  your  favorite  restaurant  or  take  in  a  Phillies  or Eagles  game,  just remember  that  all  that  leftover  cooking  oil  will  ultimately  be  recycled  into  biofuel,  thanks  to a  certain  company  in  tiny  Modena,  Pa.,  that  has  become  yet  another  Chester  County  SCORE success  story. 

Job growth has been gaining in the private sector for 39 consecutive months. How is that growth is happening? SCORE and Zipcar have put together this infographic to explain exactly how employment and hiring have grown after the recession. Learn how and why businesses are filling new jobs. Find out where companies are looking for quality candidates. Learn the role social media is playing during the hiring process.
Download the 2013 Small Business Employment and Hiring infographic now!

 


About the Author

Zipcar for BusinessZipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. Learn more at Zipcar.com.

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