August 2009

The Power of Peers: A Much Relied Upon Resource Among Small Business Owners

Use and Value of Resources by Small Business Owners and Nonprofit Leaders is a newly released study by Ventureneer, which provides insights into support systems upon which small business owners rely. Entrepreneurs rely more on each other than accountants, lawyers, or anyone else. However, it appears the most successful entrepreneurs rely almost equally on professional services and peer support.

Entrepreneurs Prefer Seminars Over Degree Courses for Ongoing Learning

New research finds that small business owners learn in many different ways, but they have a strong preference for seminars over undergraduate business and MBA university courses. Use and Value of Resources by Small Business Owners and Nonprofit Leaders: A Survey Conducted by Ventureneer, August 2009 also finds that going online is a popular way of taking seminars.

Research on Entrepreneurs: Membership in Business Networking Groups Proliferates


At a time when budgets are being cut left and right, a brand new report published by Ventureneer, “Use and Value of Resources by Small Business Owners and Nonprofit Leaders,” finds the membership in business networking groups continues to proliferate – over three quarters of entrepreneurs find value in belonging to one or more.

Research Confirms Entrepreneurs Turn to Networking for Help


Over the past few weeks, Ventureneer has been conducting research to find out about the use and impact of resources among small business owners and nonprofit leaders. I’m still digesting all the information for the full report, Use and Value of Resources by Small Business Owners and Nonprofit Leaders: A Survey Conducted by Ventureneer, but I wanted to start sharing some of the insights.

Celebrity Entrepreneur Shows His Grit


Not sure many of you would think a former t-shirt salesman would have much in common with Isaac Newton, but they both have grit. One went on to discover the mechanics of gravity and the other became a TV icon. In my last blog post, Grit: The Must Have Quality for All Entrepreneurs, I talked about the importance of perseverance as the crucial ingredient for success. 

Grit: The Must Have Quality for All Entrepreneurs

It may not have been Jonah Lehrer’s intention to link Isaac Newton with successful entrepreneurs in his article, “The Truth About Grit”, but I consider that to be its logical conclusion. Just like Newton, it may take an entrepreneur years before he or shereaches their goal. Newton had, and entrpreneurs must have an astonishing ability to persist in the face of obstacles. 

Top Ten Tips for Networking

By Howard Levy 

People often say that they wish they knew “how to network.” There’s no doubt that networking is an essential component of success. What surprises me, however, is the extent to which many people think of networking as some sort of exotic art (it’s not) or something that’s only taught in business school (it isn’t). 

Entrepreneurship: Bringing the American Dream Abroad

I know it’s been in the news a lot, but the facts often bear repeating: 

  • entrepreneurs create new jobs at a faster rate than larger companies
  • entrepreneurs develop new products and services
  • entrepreneurs innovate processes and approaches improving the way we get things done
  • entrepreneurs (re)invigorate economies