Why African Entrepreneurship Is Booming



Why African Entrepreneurship Is Booming

From: hbr.org by: Ndubuisi Ekekwe Last month, I visited my village of Ovim in Southeastern Nigeria. I met a painter who also manufactures the paint he uses for his work. According to him, his business nearly collapsed early in the year when he could not access the foreign exchange market to import the raw materials required […]

Talking Logistics: Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2017



Talking Logistics: Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2017

From: datamyne.com What is the #1 technology topic Descartes CEO Ed Ryan is asked about? Drones. Which is why a drone took flight above the audience at his keynoter at the Descartes Evolution 2017 Global User & Partner Conference in March. Coolness factor aside, as Ryan pointed out, there are plenty more innovations impacting logistics here […]

Taking Care of Small Business: Working Together for a Better SBA



Taking Care of Small Business: Working Together for a Better SBA

From: http://smallbusiness.house.gov/ The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Taking Care of Small Business: Working Together for a Better SBA.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The Honorable Linda McMahon was sworn in on February […]

5 tips for more-effective business communication



5 tips for more-effective business communication

From: bizjournals.com Image rights: GETTY IMAGES (DIGITAL VISION.) Did you catch the Sci-Fi flick, Arrival, with Amy Adams? (If not, I promise not to spoil the ending.) The movie, based on a short story, dramatically illustrates the importance of communication. In fact, just getting one word wrong can lead to dire consequences when you’re communicating with aliens. […]

How to keep leadership development strategic



How to keep leadership development strategic

From: bizjournals.com Image: GETTY IMAGES (POBA) Alice Waagen regularly answers workplace and management questions from reader s. Q. Any advice on how to deal with younger employees who are constantly looking for training programs to increase their leadership and managerial skills? I have no problem with sending someone to a workshop or two now and then. I […]

Taking a Risk



Taking a Risk

From: sba.gov Entrepreneurs know that every small business starts with taking a risk. We have an idea for a product or service, but even the best ideas require a leap of faith. Whether it is our money or time or the security of working for someone else, we put ourselves on the line when we pursue […]

How to get new clients all by yourself



How to get new clients all by yourself

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (QBANCZYK) Plenty of people work in fields where new client acquisition is a major part of their job. Realtors, financial advisors and insurance agents are obvious examples. Attorneys, accountants and business owners also need to bring paying customers through the door. Let’s assume you don’t have huge advertising budget. What […]

7 characteristics of better networkers



7 characteristics of better networkers

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: bizjournals.com Many people offer advice about what it takes to be good at networking (myself among them). One thing that is left out of that equation, however, is what the average person thinks about what it takes to be a better networker. Networking involves interacting with others, so what do they […]

Steps you can take to make training more efficient



Steps you can take to make training more efficient

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (POBA) For most organizations, training leadership is similar to building culture — both are nice to have, but usually lost amid day-to-day operations. In the Fortune 100 company I recently visited, things were different. As one of the highest-performing companies in the world, this organization knew the value of training […]

Sba expands program to boost social entrepreneurship



Sba expands program to boost social entrepreneurship

From: sba.gov Image credit: Getty In just a few short years, “impact investing” – or “socially responsible investment” – has come into vogue as a way to encourage more firms to think about generating social good as well as financial returns. Propelled by such high-profile ventures as the use of “social impact bonds” to finance preschool […]