Category: Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Always Get Better

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ Even if you’ve been doing the same job for the last 5 years, you can always get better. There are always to learn to be more efficient, more pro-active, and generally do things better. One of the things that I’m learning as I get older, is that even when I’m the…
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Why Entrepreneurship?

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ How did I know entrepreneurship was right for me?  Let me begin by explaining. Last August, I left my very nice job in the corporate world. I was a manager in a large IT Corporation, with a great job. But something was missing. I started some soul searching, and ended up…
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New Business Should Fill a Need

  I am of the mind that a new business should fill a need in order to succeed.  Generally, it is difficult, if not impossible to create a market for an item after inventing it- just on the merit of “it’s cool”.  It may be that you are filling a need for a smaller, faster…
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5 Tips For Entrepreneurs

I’m fortunate enough to be an owner for four separate businesses.  Some of them take more time and energy than the others, but they all require some of the same things to keep going, and be successful.  Some of what I’ve achieved is luck, but a fair amount can be blamed on a few simple…
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Things Worth Doing Are Often The Hardest

My MBA from Duke.  Giving birth to four children, and raising them so far.  Donating my mom’s kidneys, and corneas when she died. Things worth doing are often the hardest to do. This week, I got a letter from the gentleman who received my mom’s kidneys after she died two and a half years ago.…
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Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful – Business Insider

You have to make the call you’re afraid to make. You have to get up earlier than you want to get up. You have to give more than you get in return right away. You have to care more about others than they care about you. You have to fight when you are already injured,…
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Don’t Send That Holiday Card (Unless You Mean It) | LinkedIn

This morning I opened a Christmas card from my realtor, whom I’ll call Gail. The cover had photos of her kids, and the inside had a note to me written by hand: “Erica, hope you and your family have a wonderful first Thanksgiving at Lincoln Road!” What’s the problem? Well, the main one is that…
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5 Reasons Revenge Doesn’t Work

I work with a lot of different types of personalities, and one of the ones that really is interesting to me are people who want to make someone else “pay”.  Whether it’s for revenge, to right a “wrong” or some other reason, there are no end of reasons for it.  I’m sure that there are…
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Ann Hand – Meet the 2013 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs – FORTUNE

Ann Hand – Meet the 2013 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs – FORTUNE. I hope to be one of them one day, but here’s the list. Ann Hand Julia Hartz Julies Pieri Leila Janah Lisa Stone Lori Steele Maria Rios Rose Wang Sarah Collins Sari Davidson

Challenge- Support Your Local Businesses

I have a challenge for everyone who reads this blog:  Support your local businesses, especially the small ones.  I make a point of bringing business to local businesses for a variety of reasons.    As we start gearing up for the holidays for this year, why not buy local gifts?  Support your local small businesses!…
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