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    Social Enterprise Academy Day 3

    At the beginning of Day 3, Randy White shared about soul care for the social entrepreneur.

    After getting an update from each entrepreneur, , and how to properly model and plan you鸿运彩票新版r business.

    For today’s field trip, we visited . Steve and Carolyn Ocheltree shared their entrepreneurial journey with us and fed us some delicious tomato basil soup and bierocks. Steve also mentioned as a great tool for startup accounting.

    Social Enterprise Academy participants share lunch at the Tree of Life Café.

    Randy White interviews Steve Ocheltree at Tree of Life Café.

    Steve Ocheltree speaks at Tree of Life Café.

    After lunch, Alex Hussain-Leon shared some excellent tech and productivity tips. Some of the tools he shared include:

    • (and all the associated tools)
    •  – A project management tool
    •  – A great free Hubspot
    •  – A great free graphic design tool

    Jeremy Hofer from Access Plus Capital shares about startup funding for social entrepreneurs.

    Jeremy Hofer from explained sources of startup funding for entrepreneurs, shared some financial management tools, and made social entrepreneurs ready to interact with lenders (if that becomes necessary).

    Jeremy shared this business startup costs worksheet

    And this cashflow projections template

    And this financial projections spreadsheet

    Some of the participants in the Social Enterprise Academy include:

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    Social Enterprise Academy – Resources from Day 2

    For day 2, we heard from , , and .

    Brice Yocum talks with social entrepreneurs about iterating on ideas

    Stuff Brice shared:

    • by Tim Brown
    • Design thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test
    • Fairness is overrated. Don’t serve everyone: serve one group with excellence.
    • You can’t swing at every pitch!

    Rex B drops some sales knowledge.

    Stuff Rex shared:

    • You are all salespeople!
    • Nobody cares about you鸿运彩票新版r product. They care about themselves and their problems.
    • Create templates for
      • Cold-calling
      • E-mail
      • Social media selling
    • : a Gmail add-on that supercharges e-mail
    • : tool for scheduling meetings
    • : platform for managing and signing contracts
    • : Free-to-start, easy credit-card-processing
    • : platform for recruiting and hiring
    • : Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and InBound Marketing
    • Free e-mail marketing
    • Rex’s book,

    Miles Sebesta talk marketing hypothesis and testing.

    Stuff Miles shared:

    • Guess, Test, Learn
    • Using personalizes, automated tools to better interact with prospects on social media
    • : a book about designing digital products
    • Choose you鸿运彩票新版r communication channels based on you鸿运彩票新版r target customer
    • Miles’s webinar on marketing and sales growth
    • Gary V’s experiment

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    Businesses my students are launching

    I’m privileged to teach business and entrepreneurship at . This semester, my students in Seminar in Strategic Management are launching businesses. Here are a few of the projects they’re working on:

    For Freedom Flags

    These are great gifts for veterans, police officers, firefighter, and other heroes and patriots.

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    Altered Marketing

    This dynamic duo is offering social media marketing consulting for small businesses. Any business that needs more traffic or wants to sell more should look them up!

    Wisdom Watchers

    These caring helpers take care of the daily household needs of older people. They help people living on their own to stay independent for longer, and they provide peace of mind for anyone responsible for an older relative.

    Cell Now

    These preneurs take used or broken electronics and give them a new life before selling them overseas to people who don’t have access to the latest gadgets.

    T.H.E. Detail Kings

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    These guys , delivered with a unique experience!

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    Renegade Shirts

    These guys deliver custom, classy t-shirts for military members and firearms enthusiasts. They also offer military unit t-shirts at a good price and right when they’re needed.

    String It On

    This team makes custom string art wall art (backed by good stories) for 鸿运彩票新版 stagers and moms with kids.

    Which project is you鸿运彩票新版r favorite? Which one(s) do you鸿运彩票新版 want more information about?

    Reading for entrepreneurs

    Entrepreneurs are curious people. They’re driven to create, and part of that process involves learning from others. The most successful entrepreneurs read – a lot.

    Much of my business education comes from the books I’ve read. As I was mentoring a you鸿运彩票新版ng entrepreneur recently, he asked me for a list of books to read. Once I started the list, I realized it’s rather long. I’ve decided to share that list here with you鸿运彩票新版, along with reviews to help you鸿运彩票新版 get the most out of these books (and prioritize them along with the rest of you鸿运彩票新版r work).

    Books on a curving library wall

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    What e-ship books do you鸿运彩票新版 think are must-reads?

    Stay tuned for future posts on Reading for Entrepreneurs!

    How to get started with hardly any money

    This is a slideshow from a talk I gave .

    It goes through some bootstrapping techniques used when starting a new business. This talk concentrated on Social Enterprises and the unique advantages and challenges of such. “What is a social enterprise?” you鸿运彩票新版 may ask. That’s a great question and a subject for another day’s blog post.

    For now, please let me know if there are areas of the presentation that you鸿运彩票新版’d like to see explained in detail. Leave a comment below if you鸿运彩票新版’d like to talk about this further.

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    鸿运彩票新版 Visits: Manufacturing

    I have the opportunity to take students inside four different manufacturing companies this week. These companies are really opening up to talk about sales, production, accounting, production scheduling, labor and personnel, and other useful business topics. Below are the first two company visits, posted over at a web site I created for the project, . Follow along and enjoy!