Battling Stigmas and Doubters Todd Hills Turns an Industry on Its Head

Entrepreneurs need a tough shell. It takes a special amount of grit and fortitude to start a company and deal with doubters. Todd Hills, the founder of Pawngo knows all about that. When he first started out and needed initial funding through a loan, he had hundreds of banks turn him down. Hills believes the banks “didn’t believe he could ...

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NFL Injuries Forces Former Professional Athlete To Build a Communication & User Engagement Empire

What do you do when you are a NFL Player and your career becomes hampered by injuries? For William Sparkman Overstreet, the answer to that question was to start his business Voices Heard Media, Inc.—a Tennessee based company that is “the leader in multi-platform user engagement tools.” The company has products including a Q & A application, the Contest Event ...

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Alice Chen Designs Her Own Story One Shoe At A Time

A mother duck should quack – Taiwanese saying Alice Chen remembers her mother’s saying and its meaning: “one doesn’t lose anything from asking.” For women that were seeking shoes that were beautiful and comfortable at the same time, Chen heard those “quacks” loud and clear and created her own shoe line. Her business Alice Alan is a luxury footwear boutique ...

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Seizing the Fitness Industry One Celebrity at A Time

Kim Kardashian, Billy Blanks, Bob Harper, Jane Fonda, Julianne Hough and George St-Pierre are a few of the notable celebrities that have collaborated with Darren Capik. The “force” behind Watch It Now Entertainment (WIN) is Capik, and he wears multiple hats including entrepreneur, producer, director and creative director of the company. But, this wasn’t his first venture. As a five-year old, ...

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Entrepreneurs! What's Your Story?

There’s nothing more special and near and dear to the hearts of entrepreneurs than the story of the founding of their company.  So, why did you start your business? What opportunity did you fulfill?  

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Entrepreneurs! What’s Your Story?

There’s nothing more special and near and dear to the hearts of entrepreneurs than the story of the founding of their company.  So, why did you start your business? What opportunity did you fulfill?

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A Daddy's Girl Turned Entrepreneur Gives Back

  At the heart of any successful nonprofit organization or business venture, there is an entrepreneur who saw a need and created an organization to fulfill that need. Daddy’s Girl is no different.  While many people sit on their laurels, it is the entrepreneur that seizes the moment and the opportunity. Tasha McKenzie is the founder and the President of ...

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A Daddy’s Girl Turned Entrepreneur Gives Back

  At the heart of any successful nonprofit organization or business venture, there is an entrepreneur who saw a need and created an organization to fulfill that need. Daddy’s Girl is no different.  While many people sit on their laurels, it is the entrepreneur that seizes the moment and the opportunity. Tasha McKenzie is the founder and the President of ...

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Looking Back 2 Move Forward: Richard Colburn

  Richard D. Colburn bought the USC School of Music and turned it into the Colburn Foundation intending to create the West-Coast version of Julliard.  He willed a $1 billion to his foundation upon his death in 2004. Colburn started taking violin lessons when he was five.  As he grew older, other boys made fun of him when they saw him ...

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A Cup of Entrepreneurship (Book Review)

TITLE: Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time Author: Howard Schultz and Dori Jones Yang Pages: 340 Twitter Review: It’s great for the romantic in us all and the dreamer with a dream. NOTABLE QUOTES “Every company should stand for something” “Just ‘say yes’ to the customer. Good companies go out of ...

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