month : 08/2015 21 results

Willpower takes entrepreneurs far

By Shannon Williams Experts like psychologist and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman say the key to entrepreneurship is one’s state of mind. While factors such as the type of business, products and services offered play a significant role in the success of a company, experts contend the owner’s mindset is what will prove most beneficial in the ...

Check out ‘Valpo’

By Victoria T. Davis Just 50 miles east of Chicago, the city of Valparaiso offers a range of entertainment, educational and business resources to its community of about 30,000 residents. The city is also home to the nationally acclaimed Valparaiso University, which has repeatedly been rated a top university in the Midwest. Other universities ...

Entrepreneurship: Journey to self discovery

By Victoria T. Davis By definition, an entrepreneur is “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.” What many Hoosiers in the State of Indiana have learned over time is not only do those challenges cause owners to haul over financial hurdles, but mental and ...

Hoosier entrepreneurs share keys to success

By Ebony Chappel Entrepreneurship, from the outside looking in, seems to be a path encompassing many things people desire—freedom from the ball and chain of cubicles, time clocks and bosses, being at the top of the list—yet forego upon realizing the enormous responsibility that comes along with self-employment. The most recent data on ...

Look great on the go

By Jessica R. Key Technology has allowed people to conduct business away from their desk and entrepreneurs have certainly taken advantage of that. Being out of the office while still being connected to their work gives business owners more freedom to build their business. Some are even opting to forego purchasing complete brick and mortar ...

Ivy Tech provides practical entrepreneurship education

By Ebony Chappel Data from 2014 compiled by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) shows for the fourth year in a row, the U.S. has experienced tremendous growth in the area of business ownership with a minimum of 13 percent of U.S. adults starting and running new businesses. Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the number of ...

Leadership skills needed to run an effective business

By Terri Horvath In today’s corporate culture, “boss” has nearly become a dirty word. Google the term, and you find the characteristics of a boss to be one who “inspires fear,” “takes credit” and “uses people.” A leader, on the other hand, “inspires enthusiasm,” “gives credit” and “develops people.” “The deroga...

Examining the difference between small biz, startup

By Manon Bullock When I recently posted a Facebook status asking if anyone knew of any minorities with a successful startup, there was no surprise I quickly received responses from small business owners who definitively had considered their enterprises synonymous with that of the former. Although it is common for most to use these two terms ...

Strategies on mastering the art of public speaking

By Jessica R. Key Glossophobia or speech anxiety tops the lists of things many people fear most. According to the Mayo Clinic, fear of public speaking can range from slight nervousness to paralyzing fear and panic. Though numerous professions require public speaking to small and/or large groups, messengers of information experience unease when ...

Fresh benefits may ease financial stress in the workplace

By Barbara Wood I recently read a report in USA Today that said one-in-four American workers are seriously distressed about their personal financial situation. That 80 percent of financially stressed workers spend time at their jobs dealing with or worrying about money issues. The bad news for business owners? Stress can directly affect ...