For most entrepreneurs, giving back to their community means contributing to a charity of choice, starting a non-profit or participating in a fundraiser. For EO Singapore’s Violet Lim, co-founder of LUNCH Actually—Asia’s first and largest lunch-dating service—community outreach has taken on an entirely new meaning. In this special interview, EO sits down with the professional matchmaker to talk about her detour from law to love, the importance of pursuing your passions and helping people find happiness.
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I recently heard behavioral analyst Steve Sisler speak at an event for the Colorado Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Prior to the event, he asked us all to take two tests: a personality assessment tool that measures dominance, influence, steadiness and conscientiousness — or DISC profile — and the Innermetrix Values Index, which measures individual drive and motivation.
In this special post, we interview EO Nigeria member Dele Agekameh, CEO of Quicklink International Network. Dele talks about the business landscape in his home country, the benefits of entrepreneurship and what he does in his free time.
When did you know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
DA: I’ve always been engaged in some form of ‘buying and selling,’ especially in my early years. In middle school, I started designing and producing seasonal greeting cards for sale— that was rare among my peers at the time. This was the starting point for me.
What do you do for fun when you’re not running a business?
DA: I like to engage in intellectual discussions, importing and exporting ideas. I also play lawn tennis, badminton and go clubbing to let off steam.
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By: Kim Lachance Shandrow, special to Overdrive
If your company sells goods in a brick-and-mortar store but not online, you could be missing out on an incredible revenue-generating opportunity. U.S. online retail sales grew 12.6 percent to $176.2 billion in 2010, and they’re expected to reach $278.9 billion by 2015, according to Cambridge, Mass.-based technology and market research company Forrester Research.
Is your business ready to reap some of those online sales? Launching an online store can be challenging for small businesses, which are often short on time, budget and staff. But ecommerce vendors can help you make designing and maintaining an online store relatively simple and affordable.
Here are 10 important questions to ask when creating your company’s first online store:
By: Michael Kaiser-Nyman, special to Overdrive
Good CEOs are made, not born. But the same can’t always be said for founders. A founder has a vision and a passion for her product or service, and she can inspire her customers, employees and investors to believe in her idea’s potential. A founder believes so much in her vision that she’ll ride out uncertainty and failure to see her idea succeed.