Before we begin volume 1 of the F.E.A.R. series, let me hit you with a very cool Mark Twain quote:
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.” — Mark Twain”
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By: Kate Lazier and Natasha Smith
In our previous article we provided an overview of the various legal structures in which to carry on a social enterprise. This article considers more fully how a charity can engage in social enterprise within the charity itself.
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When you put on a piece of clothing, do you ever stop to consider who it was made by?
This is the question Adila (Dee) Cokar found herself asking more and more, and it eventually brought her to this place – the founding of Source My Garment, a company that sources sustainable garment manufacturers in Asia and connects them to designers and labels throughout North America. Dee’s business is mission driven: to improve the working conditions of garment workers while creating opportunities for North American labels to access ethical, cost effective manufacturing solutions.
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During a conference on immigrant entrepreneurship which we hosted, we asked our attendees to keep three key ideas in mind throughout the day:
1. Fail fast, fail forward.
2. Do not be afraid to think big.
3. Do not be quick to say no.
Continue reading “#waystokillanidea – It Can’t Be Done.”
So it’s finally time to build your first app. Whether the app is just a part of your business (like an easier way to access information) or if it is the core of your business (like instagram), before you discuss your idea with a developer or engineer, you should start with a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before you really discuss your app in detail – while most developers aren’t out to steal ideas, it can certainly help to avoid any misunderstandings. While several templates are available online, it may be best to consult with a legal professional – especially if your app idea is your business.
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So many things can go wrong in business. Companies with great products, services, and people can and do fail. This can be for a number of reasons: poor cashflow, poor marketing, or some external force. But in many cases failure can be attributed to a few simple things. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as lack of a clear message. This is why your pitch is critical.
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As we take some time during the upcoming holiday season to slow down and enjoy our family and friends, undoubtedly we will begin to reflect on how we can develop our best selves, both professionally and personally. We wanted to take a moment to provide you with our list of Top 5 Recommended Reads for Social Enterprise.
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As we head into the end of the year, many entrepreneurs will take this as a time for reflecting on both business successes, as well as reflecting on new opportunities to engage with in the new year. We want to take this time to summarize some of the top trends that we have seen in social enterprise over the last year, and provide insight on which we consider to be the most successful.
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