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Entrepreneurship News Roundup: Week of 4/9/2010
Ruhe Thom
4/9/2010
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Babson College in Massachusetts is taking an innovative approach in bringing the entrepreneurial spirit into the classroom.

You don’t always need to be born rich to make your life a success story. Take a look at 20 billionaires who made it big through hard work,...

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Getting to Plan B
Komisar Randy
4/7/2010
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While Plan A may begin the backbone on which an entrepreneurial idea is hinged, succinct data gathering and constant market evaluation more often lead to profit with the next idea in line. The tech sector breeds innovation, says KPCB partner and frequent speaker Randy Komisar, and to do so it is required to accept the numerous fits and starts of the start-up.

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Entrepreneurship: What's in a Name?
Stangler Dane
4/7/2010
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Who is the real entrepreneur? What does it mean to be self-employed?  Dane Stangler examines this question and what it means to be an entrepreneur during these tumultuous economic times.

At the University of Miami a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an entrepreneurship class with roughly 40 students. Most of them were juniors and seniors, joined by a small number of law students. The course had so far covered the theoretical literature on entrepreneurship, but on this particular day all the students wanted to talk about was their own futures.

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The Billionaires Who Made Themselves and Their Nations
4/7/2010
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Some people are born rich, but it is the self-made billionaires who inspire people more than anybody else. While most entrepreneurs won’t end up in the 10-digit club, there are lessons to be taken from these elites.

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Feeling Blue about Pink Slips
Needleman Sarah E
4/6/2010
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With pink-slip taxes increasing, more small-business owners may be motivated to appeal claims for unemployment benefits filed by former employees who quit or were fired for cause—but such appeals can sometimes backfire.

U.S. employers are required to make regular tax contributions toward unemployment insurance. They're taxed at a rate that varies by state and the size of their payroll. That rate can increase as a business lays off more employees.

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LaunchMemphis Weekend Gives Wings to 8 Fledgling Companies
Dowd James
4/6/2010
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After the recent "48 Hour Launch" weekend that drew more than five dozen participants, eight new companies now dot the city's small-business landscape.

The third annual event, sponsored by LaunchMemphis, replaced the organization's former Startup Weekend program. Interest in the program easily surpassed previous incarnations, leaders said, and the number of viable companies was nearly triple that of last year.

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Entrepreneurship News Roundup: Week of 4/2/2010
Ruhe Thom
4/2/2010
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JumpStart Inc. is a non-profit organization that would attract startup money for regional entrepreneurs.  Since JumpStart Inc.'s creation, it has funded more than 47 successful startups.

The Minnesota legislature recently approved the creation of a statewide angel investment tax credit program, giving non-profits like BioBusiness Alliance...

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Are You a Walt Disney or a Roy Disney?
Maddock G Michael Louis Viton Raphael
3/30/2010
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Perhaps no other country celebrates innovation the way America does.

This passion for inventions started early in our history. Did you know that George Washington signed the First U.S. Patent Grant on July 31, 1790, and the patent examiner was none other than Thomas Jefferson? (Thank you, Google (GOOG)!) In America, we're reminded of the life-changing power of inventiveness every day. Some of the greatest inventors of yesterday spawned the greatest brands of today. What do the names Chrysler, Coleman, Goodyear (GT), Campbell (CPB), Colt, and Edison mean to you? Cars, tents, tires, soup, guns, and the electric lightbulb, of course.

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Entrepreneurship is Tough but Rewarding
Noobpreneur
3/30/2010
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One of our well-respected business bloggers, Scott Messinger, indicates in his articles that starting up a business is no child’s play. He mentioned that if you want to have more time with your family through your startup business, you should think again. From my experience, Scott’s advice is something that you should look up to.

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Entrepreneurship News Roundup: Week of 3/22/2010
Ruhe Thom
3/26/2010
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For Small Businesses, social media has made great strides and has become one of the most critical of online trends.  Small Businesses have leveraged media trends, specifically Twitter to obtain customer feedback and in turn become a direct conduit to their customers with news and...

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