Leave a comment

Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Crude By Rail Terminal

Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Crude By Rail Terminal – http://huff.to/WuRJXd

Leave a comment

Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Crude By Rail Terminal

Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Crude By Rail Terminal – http://huff.to/WuRJXd

Leave a comment

Six Ways Introverts Can Be More Powerful – Forbes

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2013/05/07/six-ways-introverts-can-be-more-powerful/?utm_campaign=forbestwittersf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Leave a comment

How to avoid common Excel mistakes.

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-avoid-the-excel-mistake-that-may-have-ruined-the-global-economy-2013-4

D.M.Consultant

1 Comment

Boston marathon incident

It is was sad day for Boston marathon runner/s, bystanders and all emergency responders.  I am  glad that emergency teams responded fast and efficiently.  Now, I am just wondering how many of those people had a Personal Emergency Plan? I mean actual plan, not just relying on the emergency responders, and first aid stations. Unfortunately, Boston marathon incident is great reminder to all of…we need to plan for any emergency.

Leave a comment

A Snapshot of Startups in Small-Town America

 

In recent months, Entrepreneur has been taking a  virtual tour of cities around the country to see how the recession sparked  or dampened entrepreneurial activity.

 

No doubt, large and mid-size cities from New  York to Houston have been flexing their entrepreneurial muscle. But there’s also plenty  happening in suburbs and smaller cities. In fact, new ventures can have an even  more meaningful impact in areas where employment options are sparse.

 

Take small towns in Vermont, for instance, where underemployment is still  prevalent. “You know that old song ‘Moonlight in Vermont?’” notes Cairn Cross,  co-founder of FreshTracks Capital, a $25 million venture fund based in  Shelburne, Vt. “There used to be a popular bumper sticker” that you literally  had to moonlight — or take a second job — or else starve, he says. Now,  however, a growing number of Vermonters are following the lead of bigger cities  and focusing their energy on launching high-growth startups, he says.

 

Related: Boise  Attracts Startups Seeking Quality of Life

 

These days, entrepreneurs in smaller cities across the U.S. have plenty of  opportunity, thanks to advances in technology that weren’t so readily available  five years ago. The proliferation of open-source tools and cloud computing has  made it possible to start a fast-growth company from virtually anywhere. And  social media has given entrepreneurs — wherever they are located — a cheap and  an easy way to access thousands of potential new customers.

 

Of course, small cities weren’t insulated from the financial crisis. From  Florida to California, many towns suffered a blow when the housing market  collapsed. Still others felt the impact when local behemoths — like the auto  industry in Michigan — nearly buckled under recessionary pressure. And it  remains difficult for startups in many small towns to attract investors, recruit  talent or find the right entrepreneurial resources to succeed.

 

Here’s a look at the entrepreneurship scene in five small U.S. cities.

 

Burlington,  Vt. Population: 42,645

 

No longer just the ski-in, ski-out state for weekend warriors from Boston and  New York, Vermont has become a destination for entrepreneurs with national and  global ideas.

 

It’s a far cry from 2000, when Cross and his partners launched FreshTracks Capital. Back then, he says, he might have  looked at 15 to 20 business plans a year from the region. These days there’s no  shortage of great ideas brewing in Burlington and surrounding communities.

 

Last October, for example, the Entrepreneurship Club at University of Vermont held its  first business plan competition, says Cross, who helped with the event. “We  received 66 entries,” he says. “Probably half of those were software-enabled  businesses.”

 

Burlington was somewhat sheltered from the economic storm, says Cross, who  chalks it up to the economy’s three-legged stool of state government, health  care and higher education — there are half a dozen top universities in and near  the city. That said, as in many small cities, the community is rallying around  budding entrepreneurs, recognizing the growing role new ventures can play.

 

Of course, Burlington puts its own stamp on startups. Case in point: The  annual Peak Pitch Vermont event is a hot ticket for investors and  entrepreneurs. Leveraging Vermont’s natural assets, the event gives  entrepreneurs the span on one chairlift ride to pitch their stories to investors  at Sugarbush Resort.

 

Chico,  Calif. Population: 86,300

 

This college town about three hours north of Silicon Valley has a  surprisingly robust startup community. Chalk it up to fresh air, a diverse  student population and plenty of craft beer from the likes of Sierra Nevada  Brewing.

 

Like many cities in California, Chico’s housing market was at the epicenter  of the housing crisis. Median sales prices, according to Zillow, peaked at  $342,000 in late 2005 and bottomed out at $211,000 in May 2012. The rest of the  local economy felt the aftershocks, says Jon Gregory, managing director of Innovate North State,  a public-private partnership that supports high-growth startups in the region.  Yet, as in many cities, new ventures plowed ahead.

 

In fact, the recession — as well as local success stories, such as Bill.com  — has added credence to the importance of new ventures. The preponderance of  students coming from the Bay Area to study engineering and computer science at  California State University-Chico has been a huge resource to the community.

 

Meanwhile, such events as the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge, held in June in the  350-seat “Big Room” at the Sierra Nevada Brewery, have been a rally call for  would-be entrepreneurs. In March, Innovate North State launched the 530 Angels Network, a nod to the area code. A week later it  unveiled a co-investment fund spearheaded overseen by Bob Bozeman, the former  general partner of Angel Investors LP, an early backer of Google and PayPal.

 

Lehi, Utah Population:  48,700

 

When Tom Karren launched his mobile- and cloud-computing company,  MokiNetworks, in 2009, he assumed most clients hadn’t heard of the town of Lehi.  But these days, he says, it’s the place to be. “For us it’s a competitive  advantage to say we’re in Lehi,” he adds.

 

What was once a bedroom community to Salt Lake City, 30 miles to the north,  and Provo, 17 miles to the south, is now a hotbed of high-tech activity. In  December 2012, Adobe Systems cut the ribbon on its new campus in Lehi — a  state-of-the-art facility that is home to more than 900 employees. Other large  companies have moved or are planning moves to the city. One of the biggest draws  is convenience, says Karren. The Wasatch Front — or Silicon Slopes — has no  shortage of housing options and, thanks to the newly completed Timpanogas  Highway and FrontRunner commuter rail, is easy to get to.

 

Iowa City, Iowa Population:  68,900

 

Among literary circles, the city is known for the world-renowned writing  workshops at the University of Iowa. In recent years, however, the city has been  pushing its creative limits with high-growth startups, many of them focused on  education.

 

The 2008 floods devastated many parts of Iowa City, as well as nearby Cedar  Rapids. The rebuilding in the city not only served as an economic buffer during  the recession, it has helped spark new ventures. “While the physical buildings  and infrastructure are being rebuilt, we’re working more on the people side, by  trying to cultivate a more entrepreneurial culture here,” says Andy Stoll,  cofounder of Startup  Iowa.

 

In the past year, says Stoll, three entrepreneur-focused coworking spaces  have opened in the area, and there’s been a boom in meetups and other startup  events, from BarCamp to TEDx.

 

Lansing, Mich. Population:  114,605

 

The stories of how bad things were in Michigan during the recession are  legion. In Lansing, Michigan’s capital, the state government and nearby Michigan  State University offered some buffer, but the auto industry still played a major  role in the city’s economy. When the Lansing Car Assembly closed in 2005, for  example, it put 3,500 people out of work, and was one of many blows to the  area.

 

“The recession hit Michigan much earlier than the rest of the country,” says  Paula Sorrell, managing director of entrepreneurship and innovation for Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

 

The bright side: The city of Lansing — along with the rest of the state —  has had nearly a decade to focus on programs to spark entrepreneurship and  retrain Michigan’s workforce. In 2006, Michigan State University’s Broad College  of Business launched its Institute for Entrepreneurship. Through this program,  students and faculty can access a wide range of expertise and capital to help  build their startups.

 

Meanwhile, the Michigan Biotech  Institute is working on developing and commercializing bio-based  technologies. Next door in East Lansing, the Technology Innovation Center converted an old department  store into a 7,000-square-foot office space. There are 11 startups at the  center, focusing on everything from medical devices to custom wine cellars.

 

Related: Reinvention  2013 

 

Read more stories about:    Cities,    Reinvention  2013

 

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226381#ixzz2QG7nXx2W

 

1 Comment

Sack your Customers!

You cannot please all the people all the time’… this is a basic reality that many businesses seem to ignore when looking at improving their Customer Experience. When we, Beyond Philosophy, enter conversations with clients on how they can improve their Customer centricity, typically they mistakenly think Customer centricity means giving Customers everything they want. Their mantra is ‘The Customer is always right’, but allow me to let you into a secret, the Customer is not always right! This is a terribly overused phrase and is emblematic of a misunderstanding of what Customer centricity is.

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130412124707-284615-sack-your-customers