Youth Entrepreneurship

Help secure your electronic and mobile devices — and protect your bottom line!

The Internet and mobile technologies have become indispensable for many small businesses. Yet without proper safeguards, they can put your data, your systems, and even your company at risk.

Cyber criminals are increasing their attacks on smaller firms simply because they know many don’t have the resources to stop them:

Persistent listening is a frequently neglected skill, both in business relationships and personal ones, but it’s crucial for mutual understanding and success. From a business standpoint, persistent listening is empathetically listening to consumers in order to learn about them, understand their sentiments and values, and put that knowledge to productive use. 

By Stephen Monaco

Listening, really listening, is hard. We’re often too preoccupied by our own life situations to devote our full attention to what our spouses, family members, friends, and co-workers have to say, but failing to listen is detrimental to any relationship.

About the Author

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Stephen Monaco is an integrated marketing expert, thought leader, innovator, author, and speaker. As a marketing consultant and social business strategist, Monaco advises companies on driving strategies and leveraging digital media to effectively realize business goals. He welcomes anyone to reach out to him on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+.  

 

A checklist to make sure that your customers can find your business through all the available avenues.

If your customers can't find you then your business will fail. This eGuide from Yext and SCORE will help you make sure that you are doing everything to make it easier for your customers, current and future, to find your business. Ensure you have the correct listing on all the available platforms from Yelp! to social media. Download the Location Information Check List and don't get lost.

Small business owners are a practical bunch. So when it comes to digital marketing – websites, search ads, digital banners, email, mobile ads, and others – they approach it with a decidedly practical bent. “Generating leads and sales is very important to us,” says Jack Groot, owner of JP’s Coffee & Espresso Bar in Holland, MI. "Without real traffic and ultimately profit, there is little or no value for us in digital marketing.”

By Daniel Kehrer
Founder, BizBest.com
 

About the Author

Daniel KehrerDaniel Kehrer, Founder & Managing Director of BizBest Media Corp., is a nationally-known, award-winning expert on small and local business, start-ups, content marketing, entrepreneurship and social media, with an MBA from UCLA/Anderson. Read more of Daniel's tips at www.BizBest.com, follow him at www.twitter.com/140Main and connect on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/danielkehrer.
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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.

The Worcester Business Resource Alliance (WBRA) is a loose network of business professionals, technical assistance providers, lenders, and community development organizations that provide services to entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers in Central Massachusetts. Each month, representatives meet to collaborate and update each other on upcoming events. Current WBRA member organizations are outlined for the convenience of prospective clients at http://wbra.wordpress.com/organizations/.

The latest update of upcoming WBRA business events is found at http://wbra.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/.

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, tells why the "reply all" option on your email may be dangerous and how to use it carefully.

Steve Strauss headshot After going back and forth trying to get an answer about a potential big gig from a very busy guy named James, a good friend of mine decided he needed some help. So he tried to shoot me an email, wanting my feedback as to what he should do next.

But instead of forwarding his correspondence with James to me, my friend mistakenly hit the dreaded “reply all” button:

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

Looking to Raise Capital? Exhaust All Your Options - Liz Elam

Date
Wed, 2013-05-29 10:23

YoungEntrepreneur’s Ask the Expert column seeks to answer questions about everything from starting a business to growth strategies.

Q: I want to start a paper recycling business. Where do you recommend I look for capital to start on a small scale?

A: Funding is a big question for anyone starting a business, as you have a lot of decisions to make.

Zoom Errands Creates Business Plan With SCORE Mentor

Michael Weisman wanted to challenge himself. As he puts it, he wanted to work "Rocky Balboa" style to become a self-made individual. Michael was working in business management when he realized the ultimate challenge was to start and succeed at his own small business.

He began brainstorming with business partner Julio Ramirez about a business that they could start with no product or overhead, and provided a vital service to the Los Angeles community. They came up with an idea to start a business for clients with busy lives that needed errands done such as dog walking, grocery runs, house sitting, etc. This is when Zoom Errands was born.

www.zoomerrands.com

Owner/Founder
Michael Weisman
My Location
10850 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 350
Los Angeles CA 90024
United States
Employees
11
Year Company Formed
2010
My Successes

Zoom Errands is a true nothing to something success story. Michael and his business partner started Zoom Errands with an idea, and not much else. They worked tirelessly with their SCORE mentor to trailblaze a new type of business that hadn't been fully explored.

Three years later Zoom Errands is expanding beyond their initial goals. In June 2013 Zoom Errands will open a second location in Orange County and will be unveiling their new brand, Zoom Medical, that will focus their services in the healthcare world. Their clients have ranged from celebrities to a scientist in Antarctica. Michael hopes one day to get clients using their services from the space station.

What's Great About My Mentor?

If Michael Weisman sees himself as Rocky Balboa then Don Donner is his Mickey. Don's greatest asset to Zoom Errands was his experience. He provided Michael and Julio with guidance as they began working on getting Zoom Errands off the ground. Their business was a concept that didn't have a proven business model to copy and that led them to rely on Don Donner's skills in the business world.

As Michael and Zoom Errands focused on the right now, it was Don that kept looking months and years ahead. He helped Zoom Errands plan not only for tomorrow, but for the years to come. Now with the help of Don, Michael says, "I see the light at the end of the tunnel". A light that has Zoom Errands expanding nationwide and into new fields of business.

How SCORE Helped

Zoom Errands is a unique business that had to be built from the ground up. Don Donner and SCORE helped with all stages of development and continue to be a key cog in Zoom Errands' plans going forward. Michael worked with SCORE in the beginning of the business on creating a business plan, marketing, joining associations, and time management. As the business began to grow, Michael and Zoom Errands not only met their goals, but surpassed them in many instances.

Oh, how we all wish we knew the secrets to getting your business’s website to the top of search engine results. Yes, you can pay for the right to be on top, and I’m not saying that isn’t worth trying if your budget allows, but that’s getting ahead of myself. Every entrepreneur has his or her own SEO battle story, and the methods that work for one company don’t always work for another. That said, here are some guidelines to get you started:

 

By Rieva Lesonsky

Oh, how we all wish we knew the secrets to getting your business’s website to the top of search engine results. Yes, you can pay for the right to be on top, and I’m not saying that isn’t worth trying if your budget allows, but that’s getting ahead of myself. Every entrepreneur has his or her own SEO battle story, and the methods that work for one company don’t always work for another. That said, here are some guidelines to get you started:

About the Author

Rieva Lesonsky headshotRieva 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.

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