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SBA Announces Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show

SBA Announces Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show

Expands My Brother’s Keeper with national college tour throughout 2015


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration kicks off the Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show this week in Atlanta, Georgia.  The road show, which is a national tour of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), will engage students and raise awareness about the possibilities of entrepreneurship, expose them to the available programs and resources and educate them on how to move from business idea to start-up.


“Millennials are born to be entrepreneurs.  They grew up with the Internet.  They’re the largest generation in our country, the most diverse and the most educated.  More than half of millennials say they are interested in starting their own business,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “SBA’s Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show is going to visit college campuses across America to show them how.  Our expert counselors can help students on the path to entrepreneurship so they can harness their talents to support themselves and our economy.”


SBA’s Millennial Road Show is a part of SBA’s “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative”, a Presidential priority to ensure that all young people have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success.   SBA’s initiative will focus on outreach and education to help America’s millennials improve their entrepreneurial skills and pave the way to encourage the next wave of entrepreneurs.   It is a call-to-action as part of the President’s new economic opportunity agenda for millennials to establish new strategies that support this generation.


The Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show will include SBA Millennial Trep Day events in several cities throughout the country.  The first SBA Millennial Trep Day will take place at Atlanta University Center (AUC) on Feb. 27, from 11 am to 3 pm.  Each event will feature a day of intensive entrepreneurship immersion, interactive breakout sessions, speakers, resource panels and networking opportunities with business mentors. All events are free and open to the public.


Five cities have been confirmed for SBA Millennial Trep Day:

Atlanta, Ga.

Los Angeles, Calif.

Miami, Fla.

St. Louis, Mo.

D.C. Metro

Additional information on upcoming SBA Millennial Trep Day events for each city will be announced.  To learn more about SBA’s Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show, please visit

Protect Your Business from Spring Weather Threats

Protect Your Business from Spring Weather Threats

Get business continuity tips at a free webinar hosted by SBA & Agility


WASHINGTON – This winter has been particularly harsh for businesses in the northeast and parts of the southern U.S., as record snowfalls and frigid temperatures forced many companies to close their doors for several days.


Many parts of the country are bracing for possible spring floods that may follow when the snow melts.  Meanwhile, April through June is the peak time for tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The Southeast, Midwest, the Gulf States and the South Central region are particularly vulnerable to these dangerous windstorms.


Now is a good time to make a plan to protect your clients, customers and your business for the threats caused by spring storms and floods. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar on best practices for mitigating spring weather risks.  These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners.


The SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.


The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit



WHAT:                 “Preparing for Severe Spring Weather” – A presentation from Agility CEO Bob Boyd, followed by a question and answer session.


WHEN:          Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 2 –3 p.m. EDT


HOW:                   Space is limited. Register at



7th Annual AA-ISP Inside Sales Leadership Summit will be held on April 21st and 22nd at the beautiful Hyatt Regency O’Hare,

The 7th Annual AA-ISP Inside Sales Leadership Summit will be held on April 21st and 22nd at the beautiful Hyatt Regency O’Hare, just minutes from O’Hare International Airport. The 2015 Summit will feature all new presentations from over 40 of the today’s most recognized Inside Sales Experts. Learn the latest tips, technologies, and proven best practices for solving today’s toughest challenges and issues.

In addition, Summit attendees have plenty of time to network and share with fellow Sales Leaders throughout the event. The birds of a feather discussions help to connect you with like-minded individuals on common topics of interest and the Attendee Networking Reception lets everyone meet in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The Solution Provider Exhibits offer attendees the opportunity to meet with today’s leading Inside Sales Service Providers and learn first-hand, about their various products, service offerings and more importantly – if they can help you or your organization.

The Annual AA-ISP Award Luncheon, a Summit tradition, will be held on Wednesday and will honor those top individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact to the inside sales profession during the past year.

The 2015 Summit will be packed full of innovative topics, practical ideas, and best practices you can implement immediately. You’ll leave revitalized, exhilarated, and armed with knowledge, techniques, and tools to help you improve your Inside Sales organization as well improve your own personal management and leadership skills. Check out some highlights from the past 6 years of Leadership Summits.

In just 53 days, inside sales leaders from across the globe will gather in Chicago for the annual AA-ISP Leadership Summit. We invite you to join us to hear all new presentations, best practices, methodologies, strategies and the latest emerging trends and technologies. Also, just prior to the Leadership Summit, you have the opportunity to attend a pre-event workshop of your choosing that is geared to help take your own leadership to the next level. Register for the Leadership Summit by this Friday 2/27 and save $100.

May I send you or a colleague updated information on the Leadership Summit?

Also, don’t forget to “be a part of the movement” by taking the Top Challenges survey.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

Best Regards,

Ashley Becker
Director, Member Services
1-800-604-7085 x 120

Check out the AA-ISP Inside Sales Career Center – connecting highly specialized talent with highly focused positions… 

1593 112th Court West, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 USA

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Seth Godin Startup School

Seth Godin Startup School

On the final episode of Seth Godins Startup School we learn the importance of being distinct and direct. Seth explains why people at the top get hurt last, why e-mail is the best direct connection to your customers, and why its important to have your own distinct voice. Seth shares a technique to get an appointment with impossible to reach top decision makers, discusses why its better to act like you dont have money now, and tells us why hed rather spend 4 years writing a blog before writing a book in order to build an audience. He also talks about how not to get sued, giving people a souvenir to remember you by, and the rules on naming your company.


Testing Your Creative: Simple Changes with Big Effects

Testing Your Creative: Simple Changes with Big Effects

Sign up for Thursday’s Mozinar (February 26) at 10:30am PST with Carrie Albright, Account Executive at Hanapin Marketing! She’ll be sharing actionable steps to formalize your ad copy testing process, maximizing conversion rates and optimizing click-through-rates. You’ll learn:

2015 PHA Capital Improvement Projects and Subcontracting Opportunities

2015  PHA Capital Improvement

Projects and Subcontracting


Thursday, February 26

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

Port of Houston

Executive Office Building, 1st Floor

111 East 610 Loop North

Houston, TX   77029

(Take Exit 29 from the 610 East Loop)

please email if you would like to attend

You must present a valid picture id at entry.

Check out Grand Cardone Website

Check out Grand Cardone Website

Go here to the website:

Whatever It Takes Network is for entrepreneurs, business owners, go-getters, startups, sales organizations, and success-minded people that want to control where they get their news and their solutions.

This channel is for those that refuse to be spectators and demand to be in control of the content they receive, understanding that the outcomes of life are literally the thoughts that you consume. I conceived this network because so many people tell me they are sick of watching television delivering bad news, the next crisis, or threats that are driven by political agendas, forced to perpetuate lies on one side and please advertisers on the other. For six minutes you hear about the travesties of the world, then for three minutes at the break, Big Pharma convinces you that depression is a disease and if you aren’t depressed something else is sure to be wrong with you.

On you will find coverage of topics like advertising, branding, business, career, education, entrepreneurs, finance, investing, money, marriage, network marketing, real estate, small business, startups, venture capital and more, delivered by over twenty superstar experts and guests. All media is going digital. Just this month it was reported that digital media ad spend is now bigger than national TV advertising and will surpass total TV ads by 2018. Mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers are now replacing television sets where the consumer can access a sporting event, music, news feeds and read one of my articles at, or all at the same time! NBC recently reported that over 70% of their live content is consumed online. Netflix and Hulu are taking monster market share from NBC, CBS and ABC with millions of Americans replacing their cable provider with online channels.

Consider the last time you watched a ball game at home, tweeted about it with me @grantcardone from your phone, while receiving an instant message from your spouse for the grocery list. Multi-tasking explodes with the advent of technology, wireless internet and cloud-based storage. Eight hundred television channels made up of cable and major networks, all trying to survive by ad dollars, are now forced to get eyeballs in order to maintain ad revenue. But those 800 channels are delivering their agendas on their schedules, so you can understand why Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, YouTube and the like are taking market share from traditional mediums.

Today’s consumer wants to consume what they want when they want. Just as importantly, there exist growing numbers of people realizing that in order to succeed you must be in control of what you take into your mind. The late Maya Angelou said, “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there.” Gandhi said, “A man is the product of his thoughts, what he thinks he becomes.”

Where do the people of the world get their information from today? And what is that information? Turn the TV or radio on and you will see and hear threats of crisis, war, shortages, disease, economic scares, fear, division, racism, hate, and failure. I refuse to play either a television or a radio in the presence of either of my children, because I know it is effectively destroying the hopes of man and the paths they will take. This is what has driven me to create a nimble network that delivers positive programming. I created Whatever It Takes Network to create an alternative place for people to get their ideas, news, strategies and information from. I want to provide people with the content they want when they want it and provide them with solutions, not just problems.

Whatever It Takes Nation is for those that want to know that what they are being told is the truth. They want simple answers to the challenges we all face in the world of business, finance, career and success. I hope you will join me as we launch this new network.

We are always looking to expand our list of experts and guests for Whatever It Takes Nation, so if you know of someone that is a proven resource have them reach out to us at

Get in the driver’s seat on the road to your success. Subscribe today and get reliable answers you need when you need them at WITNation.

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DFW Small Business Start Up

DFW Small Business Start Up

This group gathers monthly to share tips, tricks and next practice ideas for existing small businesses and start-ups  in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. This group focuses on the strategies and tools used to find and connect with the key people need to grow their business. Most of our members live in the Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield area; however it is open to the public. Please RSVP for space and food count.

Agenda – March 3, 2015
7:00 -7:25 pm Welcoming, Social and Free Food
7:30 pm Presentation Topic (see below)
7:55 pm Question and Answering
8:05 pm Sharing Ideas
8:30 pm Adjourned

Topic – Feb 3, 2015 – Goldman Sachs 10K Business with Lin O’Neil from Dallas County Community College District

Topic – Mar 3, 2015 – SCORE: How to Build Your Business by Using SCORE Free Services with Larry Nelson

Topic – April 7, 2015 – Representative from SBA
Topic – May 5, 2015 – Representative from DFW Minority Business Council
Topic – June 2, 2015 – Representative from Regions Bank
Topic – July 7, 2015 – Alternative Financing
Topic – August 4, 2015 – Selling to the Government
Topic – September 8 – Selling to Fortune 1000 Businesses

Our meeting are from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at 3901 Arlington Highlands Blvd, Suite 200 Arlington, TX 76018 in the front conference room. The offices are on the second floor above Gloria Restaurant across from Studio Movie Grill in the Arlington Highland Shopping Complex.

For more information, please contact Tim Jacquet at 214-224-0995 office, mobile 281-780-1728 or email We are sponsored by Salesforce and Connect and Apple Capital Group, Inc. #salesforce #applecapital


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Getting Men Comfortable With Mobile Shopping

Getting Men Comfortable With Mobile Shopping

My mobile entrepreneur client Gregory Lowe II is a key presenter at SXSW next month. Please consider a featured interview and I will coordinate the details:

Gregory Lowe II is an award-winning mobile entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of Lowekey Media, a new media company based in Manhattan, NY. At Lowekey, Gregory has developed, conceptualized, launched and marketed successful mobile applications with multiple Fortune 500 companies.

He is a down-to-earth visionary, making a bold contribution to the mobile technology industry with his own software, hardware and prescient awareness of new media trends.

Gregory has projects in the entertainment, wearable tech, fashion, sports, gaming and health industries in the works for 2015. Lowekey’s most notable app to date is SongBooth, a social video network for user generated music videos that has amassed over 8+ million downloads worldwide –

Check on the feature on Gregory in Fast Company Magazine’s Most Creative People in Business list of 2014:


“Getting Men Comfortable With Mobile Shopping” panel at SXSW on Monday, March 16th at 5pm at JW Marriott

This panel will discuss the growth of the mobile commerce market and the affect social shopping apps have made. It will also focus on the process of getting men more comfortable with shopping on their smartphones and tablets in general, whether that’s buying from big retailers Amazon or Walmart, comparison shopping or social shopping in Wanelo or Wish. It will also discuss the buying and reselling of secondhand clothes, as on Twice, Zold, thredUP, and more.