Category Archive: Small Business Advice and Assistance

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Apr 10 2013

Accelerating Tech Startups with the ARK Challenge

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ARK Startup Accelerator Challenge director Jeannette Balleza joins Business: Engaged! host Carrie Perrien Smith. They talk about how this mentorship-driven business accelerator program is launching technology startups.

Today’s technology has opened up an almost-unlimited number of startup possibilities. The internet allows us to work anywhere and do business with almost anyone. That is why tech startups are providing options that we never dreamed possible 20 years ago. And tech startups are creating new economic drivers that are shaping the future of business communities around the world.

In this episode of Business: Engaged!, we welcome Jeannette Balleza. She is the director of The ARK Startup Accelerator Challenge. The program debuted in 2012 and is now selecting their next set of tech startups to lead through this three-month journey.

Based in Northwest Arkansas, the most recent ARK Challenge has drawn over 80 applications from 14 states and 14 countries. They will select just 10 companies for this program that offers each one $20,000 in seed money, free office space during the program, access to over 50 mentors, and the chance to present their idea to investors at the end of the program. It is a dream-come-true for entrepreneurs who have grown accustomed to creating these startups on a shoestring budget using a laptop in a coffee shop.

You can follow Jeannette on Twitter at @netscribe or click here to learn more about Jeannette’s company.

You can follow the ARK Challenge on Twitter at @ARKChallenge, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/arkchallenge  or visit their website at http://www.arkchallenge.com/.

And I’m taking you with me on my journey to write my next book. I’ll share my process for writing the book and give you updates on my progress. This week, I talk about getting your topics organized using mind-mapping. If you want to catch the previous episode where I talked about setting goals and planning for book writing time, click here.

Episode airs Friday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

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Episode 44

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May 28 2012

Where to SCORE Some Reliable Small Business Advice

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Pete Rathmell, former SCORE chapter chair and volunteer counselor, talks about the benefits of SCORE mentoring to the small business community.

Have you ever wondered where to go when you have questions about that next step or even the first step in business ownership? Maybe you’ve been looking for a place to volunteer your time and your passion is working with entrepreneurs. SCORE might just be the answer for both.score-logoMany entrepreneurs turn to SCORE for advice. SCORE is a volunteer organization funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration that provides free small business advice. I spent six years with the organization as a counselor although today they would refer to us as mentors. If you are familiar with SCORE, you might remember that SCORE was an acronym for Service Corps of Retired Executives. Their tag line in recent years was Counselors to America’s Small Business.

On this episode of Business: Engaged!, I take a walk down memory lane with fellow former SCORE mentor and good friend, Pete Rathmell. He was with SCORE for ten years and served as a chapter chair for Northwest Arkansas’ top-ranked local chapter. We share the struggles and thrills of mentoring small business owners who were standing on the threshold of the most challenging experience of their lives.SCORE is a great resource for start-ups but it is also a great source of advice for all phases of your business.

If you’d like to learn more about SCORE and get a mentor for yourself, visit their website at SCORE.org. You can locate a SCORE chapter near you to get a mentor you can meet with face-to-face or sign up for e-mail mentoring. And the new generation of SCORE fully utilizes social media so connect with them via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can find their social media links at their website.

Episode airs on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. CST.

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This is an encore presentation of Episode 6.
The episode aired originally May 28, 2012.

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Episode 6

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