Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

business ideas

Two Charlotte business owners who work with dozens of other small business owners say a combination of grants are helping keep them all afloat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Toni South and Christy Pope started CLT find four years ago at the 7th street market. It’s a fun shop selling all locally made goods from 90 different vendors, everything from jewelry to books, beauty products, and even honey. Business was great until the pandemic hit.

“We closed in the middle of march and for a couple of weeks we literally sat at home thinking our business was done,” South remembers.

Then the women had an idea.

“We just started posting on Instagram. If you need a gift. We were shipping a ton of stuff leading up to Mothers Day basically through Facebook and it just took off,” said South.

It’s a good thing because the usual crowds and customers still haven’t come

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I don’t know about you, but 2020 did not turn out the way I had expected. If you’re like most of us, we spent the end of last year trying to figure out what 2020 was going to look like. And then boom, everything changed. As a matter of fact, I started the year out in the hospital and I almost died. If you want to hear more about that, go back to Episode 544 of the Bacon Podcast or my earlier blog post. But as with most things in life, that was just one episode in a tumultuous year. There are many episodes in everybody’s life that we didn’t expect. But also many business and life lessons to be learned.

What Did You Learn From 2020?

Today I’d like to talk about three core business and life lessons that I believe everybody should have learned from this year that

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Two Madison-area startups and one from Minneapolis took the top prizes Wednesday from the Wisconsin Technology Council at its annual competition of young companies.

Some of the newest startups in the Midwest had a chance to pitch their companies in 90 seconds — about the time it could take to ride an elevator — to a panel of seasoned venture capital investors during the Elevator Pitch Olympics at the Early Stage Symposium. The judges rated the businesses on a scale of one to five based on the business idea

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After most of her contracts as a freelance event planner were canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, Julie Ellison found herself living with her parents again and working a string of odd jobs: as a cashier at a fireworks stand, a maid, a dog-sitter and a manager at a doughnut shop, to name a few.

Then, scrolling through Instagram one day, an idea struck: a pop-up picnic business.

“I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited about it,” said Ellison, 36, who moved home to St. Louis from San Diego in late May.

She had heard of pop-up picnics in California before, but knew they weren’t yet as popular in the Midwest. And she knew that, with restrictions on indoor dining and large gatherings due to COVID-19 still in place, people were craving new, inventive ways to be together outside. Ellison styles and sets up the picnic before customers arrive, so

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If you would like to shop local this Christmas season, Launch Dayton would like a word with you. Launch Dayton’s partner organizations intend to promote Dayton-area small businesses on social media and beyond this holiday season.

Lauren White et al. standing in a room: Launch Dayton

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Starting Cyber Monday, Nov. 30 and running through Dec. 18, Launch Dayton partner organizations, including The Entrepreneurs Center, the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the Miami Valley Small Business Development Center, Aviatra Accelerators and Parallax Advanced Research will share Facebook Live videos every weekday at noon from local businesses offering consumer goods.


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“The goal is to connect the region’s small businesses with new customers seeking to shop local and maximize the impact of their dollars this holiday season,” Launch Dayton said. “By sharing participating businesses’ Facebook Live videos, Launch Dayton partner organizations can amplify the businesses’ reach to the partners’ more than 20,000 combined followers.”


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a double door on the side of a building: Painted property fronts are seen in a residential street in London

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Painted property fronts are seen in a residential street in London

It was a million-dollar mistake.

Several years ago, I ran a startup that offered citation and writing tools to help students with research papers. At one point, my co-founder and I had an idea: What if we built a research search engine to help students not only at the end of the writing process, but also at the beginning?

We invested over $1 million indexing our citation data, researching search technologies, and building out the service. Launch day came, and we proudly introduced the new feature by placing it prominently on the website. We waited for the crowds to roll in and…


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Less than 1% of our users clicked on it.

As it turns out, most students who used our site weren’t looking to do research. And when they were, they’d go somewhere

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  • Lyft is developing a delivery service to take on Uber Eats, the company announced during a Tuesday call with investors. 
  • The delivery service is still in its “very early stages,” and won’t be a consumer-facing platform like Uber’s business. 
  • Uber’s growing delivery arm has been a massive boon to the company’s business during the pandemic, as rides remain at a fraction of normal levels. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Taking a page out of Uber’s playbook, Lyft plans to roll out its own delivery service in an effort to bolster its bottom line as rides remain at a fraction of pre-pandemic levels. 

Company executives announced the move during Lyft’s third-quarter earnings call with investors Tuesday. Although revenue grew 47% compared to the previous quarter, it was still down 48% as compared with the same period in 2019. Likewise, Lyft’s number of active riders — 12.5 million — was

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THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SALT LAKE CITY — Season:1 — Pictured: Lisa Barlow — (Photo by: Chad Kirkland/Bravo)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SALT LAKE CITY — Season:1 — Pictured: Lisa Barlow — (Photo by: Chad Kirkland/Bravo)

Bravo fans everywhere are cheering tonight as a new Real Housewives franchise premieres. Like with the addition of every other new Housewives franchise, the launch of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City means we’ll be introduced to a whole new cast of ladies as well as their luxury homes, massive bank accounts, and curious business ventures. Lisa Barlow, who is one of the new reality show’s six main castmembers, may not have a toaster oven cookbook or a line of pink dog food, but she is no stranger to the business world, having made her mark in an unlikely industry.

Along with her husband, John, Barlow owns a tequila brand called VIDA. While that might seem like a standard avenue for entrepreneurs, especially celebrity-adjacent ones, this could be seen as an

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MIDLAND, Texas, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — “Organizations need leaders to reach their potential. A motivated individual is a great thing because a motivated individual will always outperform their peers. But an organization full of highly-motivated people who aren’t on the same page is a disaster.”

That’s the idea at the core of entrepreneurial business expert Aron Marquez‘ new book, Never Settle: Leading With A Daring Vision, Plan And Winning Mindset (2020, Indie Books International)

“Some will debate whether leaders are born or made. I firmly believe they are made,” says Marquez. “Leadership is demonstrated through action, and a lack of leadership is frequently manifested by a lack of action. You cannot let your title serve as an excuse for not leading, nor can you allow your title to become a substitute for your ability to lead.”

Marquez is a multi-industry entrepreneur. His first business was a

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Why does an investor choose to invest in one business venture and pass on another?

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For some investors, it can be an arduous process assessing a company’s potential and trying to determine which has that unique mix of ingredients that will ultimately end in a success story. And many times, that process focuses squarely on the numbers.


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But for me, it’s all about the intangibles. Not the balance sheet. “Get rich quick” is not in my playbook. I’m not interested in a company with a manufactured idea. Do they make money? Sure. It may be lucrative, but for me, fast money isn’t tempting.

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I want to partner with companies that have real consumer draw and stories to tell; ones that are powerful and authentic and fueled by an unmistakable passion. I look for entrepreneurs

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