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8 things entrepreneurs must consider when writing a business plan

  • A thoughtful business plan can help startup founders navigate the many challenges of growing a business.
  • Business Insider spoke to business consultant Steve Wunker, an advisor to international giants and recent startups alike.
  • From his remarks, here are eight essential items founders should keep in mind as they craft a business plan.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

One of the first steps to launching a business is creating a written plan.

Whether it’s used to pitch investors or just as a roadmap for your team, the best plans are flexible and have weighed all the inherent risks. They’re also conservative and passionate at the same time.

For advice on how to create a strong business plan, Business Insider spoke to Steve Wunker, a managing director at New Markets Advisors, a consulting firm with clients ranging from international giants to recent startups.

Here are eight things founders should consider

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Business Coach Fatima Barnes Guides Entrepreneurs Toward Commercial Success Through The Ambition Academy

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 16, 2020 / It is difficult for many people to resist the appeal of diving headfirst into the business industry. Not only has entrepreneurship emerged as a viable means to financial success, but it has also served as an alternative to the restricting nine-to-five routine. So, it is not surprising why more and more individuals are opting for this particular route. However, countless have done so without learning the basics, delving into the intricacies of the commercial space unprepared and unequipped. This is why Fatima Barnes has decided to stand as a guiding hand for aspiring entrepreneurs and ground them on the foundations of a successful business through The Ambition Academy.

Thirty-year-old business coach and podcaster Fatima Barnes is the owner and CEO of The Ambition Academy, a coaching and consulting institution whose primary goal is to empower women to create and launch

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4 ways artists can start thinking more like entrepreneurs

  • Pursuing your passions as an artist doesn’t have to come at the expense of your financial well-being.
  • If you want to make it in this industry, Jen Rudolph, CEO of The Actor’s Green Room, says to let go of the ‘starving artist’ mentality. You have to believe in yourself and take charge of your career. 
  • You’re not entitled to opportunities because of your credentials — but defining what makes you unique with a personal brand can certainly help you stand out. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Whether you are an actor, a singer, a writer, or any type of artist at all, you’ve likely been advised countless times to “keep your day job” or “pick a career that actually pays the bills.” Sound familiar?

The truth is, there are ways to pursue your passion and dedicate your energy to your talents without having to live below the poverty 

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Winnow Fund to start investing in student entrepreneurs in Wisconsin

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A new venture capital fund will start investing in Wisconsin’s university and college entrepreneurs this fall after closing on $6 million in fundraising. 

The Winnow Fund, a seed-stage venture capital fund led by Richelle Martin, announced the fundraising in a news release Monday. 

The Winnow Fund plans to start investing in November. The fund plans to invest in existing startup companies and entrepreneurs at colleges and universities in Wisconsin.  It will continue to raise funds for another couple of months. 

Winnow Fund has raised $6 million from the Badger Fund of Funds, as well as The Capital Times, Johnsonville Ventures and more than two dozen other investment firms and individuals, according to a news release. Martin left her job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she led the Office of Industrial Partnerships to work on the fund two years ago. 

“Students have great ideas but need someone to guide

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GoDaddy Acquires SkyVerge to Help Everyday Entrepreneurs Sell Online with WordPress and WooCommerce

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SkyVerge, a leading WooCommerce product developer. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

GoDaddy is committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed online with high-performance WooCommerce stores that are feature-filled and quick to build. WordPress powers more than a third of websites on the Internet. Seventeen percent of all WordPress sites use WooCommerce, making it one of the largest eCommerce platforms in the world.

SkyVerge has more than 60 WooCommerce extensions, spanning payments, email marketing and memberships, used by over 100,000 eCommerce merchants for high-performance online stores. A favorite among WordPress developers, SkyVerge plugins have been downloaded more than 3.1 million times on WordPress.org. SkyVerge will continue to support its existing customers and product portfolio, as well as continue its contributions to

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Coronavirus hasn’t scared off entrepreneurs in Lake Worth Beach

Jorge Milian
 
| Palm Beach Post

LAKE WORTH BEACH — Business is starting to come back in downtown Lake Worth Beach.

That’s a surprise even to Joan Oliva, executive director of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

“We’re having a kind of resurgence in downtown, which is somewhat amazing during a pandemic,” Oliva said.

Affordable real estate, a motivated CRA and some willing entrepreneurs are giving the city’s business climate a boost amid the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

More: Lake Worth Beach votes to resume utility disconnects on Sept. 15, unless…

The latest project? A 121-unit retail and office development at 1715 N. Dixie Highway that was recently green-lighted by the CRA board. The new enterprise is slated to be built next to The MID, a sleek, 230-unit luxury apartment building scheduled to begin a partial opening in October.

“Real estate is very attractive in Lake Worth Beach,

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The Lab @ Cuyahoga County offers entrepreneurs real world settings to test ideas

After hitting a COVID-19-size road bump, the Lab @ Cuyahoga County, a business development program that gives entrepreneurs and startups access to governmental infrastructure to test new ideas and technology in a real world environment, is officially underway.

The program, run by Rebecca Eby, innovation manager at Cuyahoga County’s Office of Innovation and Performance, offers a “living laboratory” of resources — including the county’s staff, its information systems and facilities — for three to four months to help scale up, test and commercialize innovative solutions and ideas.

“Local government has so much more to offer entrepreneurs — besides that traditional grant and loan funding that you typically see,” Eby said. “We have the people and the places and the information that in many cases entrepreneurs need to develop their products, particularly if their product has a community need or a community benefit.”

The Lab, inspired by similar programs in Kansas

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Eleven-year-old entrepreneur’s soap business set to clean up

Shakylah Sampson, with her mum Kristiann, have created a range of New Zealand-made soaps.

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Shakylah Sampson, with her mum Kristiann, have created a range of New Zealand-made soaps.

Eleven-year-old Shakylah Sampson has always had an entrepreneurial streak.

The Waimea Intermediate pupil has tried out a few business ideas, including selling mystery boxes and making candles. But it’s her latest venture that looks set to clean up.

Shakylah has launched a soap business, Aesthetic Soaps NZ, from the kitchen in her Richmond home.

Her range, made by adding mica powder and fragrance oil to soap base, includes vanilla and honey, kawakawa and goat’s milk, and watermelon. She pours the mix into moulds to create different shapes, including an ice lolly creation that looks good enough to eat.

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Shakylah’s mum Kristiann Sampson

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Invented by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs: Mastercard’s unique global start up program

Start Path – Mastercard’s global start up program – has bolstered 230 fintechs around the world and helped them raise $2 billion in capital. The program boasts an Australian  alumni of  Airwallex, Money Tree and identitii, and has recently partnered with its first Australian fintech mx51. We chatted with Kallan Hogan, Head of Fintech Australasia at Mastercard, about Start Path, what makes it unique and the exciting plans it has with mx51.

What is Start Path?

The Start Path program was developed in 2013. It’s more targeted at late stage start ups in the tech space. We get around 1500 applications per annum and we choose around 30 to 40 fintechs globally. We look for quality fintechs who are in the same business as us, who are enhancing the eco system of connected commerce and all the services that wrap  around that.

In those short years we’ve have 230 fintechs

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Durham, NC named a top city in US for female entrepreneurs

North Carolina is home to one of the best cities in the country for women entrepreneurs, a new report finds.

Durham ranked No. 7 on a list of places where conditions support women who start businesses, according to results released last month from Fundera.

To come up with its findings, the small business resource says it examined the 100 U.S. cities that have the most workers. Analysts studied federal government and Tax Foundation data to determine business ownership, income, affordability and educational attainment, according to Fundera.

Durham made it into the top 10 after getting a boost for its percentage of all “self-employed business owners who are women” — a figure that stands at 47.1%, results show. It also received high scores for its pre-pandemic job growth and “relatively low housing costs,” according to the findings.

“Despite its high ranking, Durham still has room to grow as a top city

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