When you’re growing your startup, there’s something to be said for the old-fashioned meet and greet. Whether you’re scouting potential investors, suppliers, or customers, making connections with people who can help take your business to the next level is often easier done with a handshake and a smile than an email and an emoticon.
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This article was written by EO Vancouver member Calvin Johnson.
I’ve been an EO member for 15 years, but it wasn’t until 2014 that I became involved with the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). I had served many roles previously on the BC Children’s Hospital Board, but I wanted to transition into something that engaged young entrepreneurs – and I found one. Our chapter president approached me and asked if I would be interested in creating a competition, with the catch that we’d never participated in GSEA before. I’d say, “Be careful what you wish for,” but this turned out to be an experience unlike anything else I’ve done in my career.
By Andrew Armstrong, an Octane blog contributor
Are you an engineer who likes analyzing problems, solving them and working with all types of people? Engineering consulting might be for you. It’s easier than ever for an one-person operation to get started, with the help of cloud-based collaborative tools and simple, low-cost methods of communication.
Here’s a look at why engineers branch out into consulting, the best ways to get started and how to ensure success.
In 2012, the U.S. passed the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act with bi-partisan support. But what effect does that have on American entrepreneurs, and how can you leverage this within your own start-up? In this short video, EO Los Angeles member Ron Miller gives an overview of this legislation, the opportunities it brings to entrepreneurs and tips for marketing to your fans – who can now invest in your company.
Standing atop the 14,200 “milk bottle” summit of Starlight Peak, we watched the sun continue the last hour of its descent over the mountains to the west. We knew we had at least eight hours of descent to base camp – most of which would now be done with headlamps in the black of a moonless night.
Although we summited via a different route than we were to descend, I had gone this route a few years before. But now a night descent would be a test of my memory.