Category Archive: Start-up

Shows about the topic of starting businesses

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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Oct 01 2012

Issues Surrounding Selling on the Internet

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Josh Clemence talks about the issues that businesses deal with when they sell on the internet on this episode of Business: Engaged!

One of the great, still largely unexplored frontiers for traditional local businesses is the internet. How do we sell what we do to a wider market?

In this episode of Business: Engaged!, we welcome back Josh Clemence of Acumen Brands. We talk about where some of their web properties got their start and what makes them successful. We also explore the issues that today’s internet-savvy companies are dealing with.

To learn more about Acumen Brands, visit their website at www.acumenholdings.com.

We also highlight Legal Shield, formerly branded as Prepaid Legal Services. This Ada, Oklahoma company provides personal and business legal services through an affordably priced membership program.

And you won’t want to miss my ninth update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. This week’s update is about out-preparing the competition. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

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Sep 03 2012

Redefining Your Business Model to Create a Niche Business

 

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Sara Lou Manning of Custom Design Salon and Hair Loss Solutions talks about her move from busy salon owner to creating a smaller niche business on this episode of Business: Engaged!

After a 40-year career as a hairdresser, salon owner, and educator, Sara Lou Manning signed the lease for a new business and up for Social Security on the same day. She sold her salon several years earlier but maintained a number of clients while she followed her passion for helping people with hair loss. Instead of retiring though, she opened a niche business devoted to developing custom solutions for a variety of hair issues.

On this episode of Business: Engaged!, Sara Lou talks about the hope that her business provides those dealing with temporary and permanent hair loss. She also pulls back the curtain on her lean business model. It’s a far cry from the busy salon she ran for many years.

You can visit Sara Lou’s Custom Design Hair website to learn more about her salon.

Check in also for the fifth update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. This week’s update is about staying relevant and connecting to our customers. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

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You can sign up to receive our e-mail newsletter Business: Engaged! Direct so you’ll be the first to know when we post a new show. Click here to our list of past episodes. And don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter at @businessengaged and Facebook (just search for “Business Engaged”). We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

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Aug 27 2012

Repurposing Your Career to Create a New Business Model

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Retired astronaut Bill Pogue shares insights he gained in creating a career as a consultant and author after his military and space career on this episode of Business: Engaged!

Most of my episodes are designed for business owners with at least ten years of business ownership experience under their belt. The topic of this episode is about repurposing what you do to turn it into a new product or service. In this case though, we use the military and space exploration career of Skylab 4 astronaut Bill Pogue to demonstrate the process.

After a 25-year Air Force career that included being a Thunderbird pilot, an assistant professor of the mathematics department at the Air Force Academy, and an astronaut, he left the military to launch a civilian career. He’s spent the next 33 years consulting, speaking to audiences, and creating books and other educational products that build on his space flight experience.

We learn how his consulting projects came about and we discuss how his book projects differ today from the earlier ones.You can visit Bill Pogue’s website to learn more about him. You can also visit an online bookseller like Amazon.com to purchase his latest book, But for the Grace of God: an Autobiography of an Aviator and and Astronaut or one of his earlier books.

Check in also for the fourth update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. This week’s update is about my increased need to differentiate myself from the other candidates as the race gets more crowded. Another woman has filed to run for the same position I am which could confuse voters. The same process I’m using can be used in any business. Let’s take this journey together and learn how to differentiate yourself in elections and in business. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

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May 21 2012

Why Co-Working Has Transformed How Entrepreneurs Start Up

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Josh Clemence talks about how co-working is changing the way entrepreneurs work.

The internet and technology advances have changed the way we start up our businesses. It has changed where and how we work and how we connect to others. In this episode of Business: Engaged!, we talk about the concept of co-working. Never heard of it? I bet you’ve wished for it.iceberg-logo

Entrepreneurship advocate Josh Clemence tells us how co-working sets the stage for a thriving start up. Without Josh, the Iceberg co-working facility and the Northwest Arkansas Entrepreneurship Alliance would not be helping others make their ideas reality.

At the time of the original interview, this architecture grad turned tech entrepreneur was the brand manager for Acumen Brands, an e-commerce company located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Founded in 2009, the company operates twelve separate online stores in twelve different niche categories and has seventy employees.

Since then, Josh has launched his own start-up. BLKBOXLabs provides creative, communication, and technology integration services.

Episode airs on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

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This is an encore presentation of Episode 5.
The episode aired originally May 21, 2012.

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Episode 5

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Apr 23 2012

Success Secrets from a Kitchen-Table CEO

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We welcome Kim Hodous, author of Show Up, Be Bold, Play Big: 33 Strategies for Outrageous Success and Lasting Happiness from a Former Stay-at-Home Mom Who Built a 7-Figure Business from Her Kitchen Table.

Join us to learn the secret to balancing a growing family with a growing business and hiring the right people. As a former high school history teacher, Kim Hodous, the founder and CEO of Rockwood Jewelry, had zero business experience. But from her kitchen table, she built a seven-figure business in less than seven years.Her jewelry designs have appeared in over ten million catalogs and her work was recognized in 2007 when she was inducted into the Arkansas Small Business Hall of Fame. Kim believes that how you show up in every situation sets the stage for the impact you make with those around you. With humor and insight, Kim shares some of her secrets for success. Her book is called Show Up, Be Bold, Play Big: 33 Strategies for Outrageous Success and Lasting Happiness from a Former Stay-at-Home Mom Who Built a 7-Figure Business from Her Kitchen Table.

kim-hodous-bookEpisode airs on Thursday, April 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

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This is an encore presentation of Episode 1.
The episode aired originally April 23, 2012.

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Episode 1

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