Celebrating Small Business Week — Babson Style

I love it when all my hats fit at the same time.  Thursday night’s Small Business Week reception at the Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. was a smash hit from the entrepreneurship perspective. With hats of Babson faculty member, Academic Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000  Small Businesses, and a federally appointment member of the SBA’s advisory board for the SBDC programs, this night just really worked. From…

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How Small Business Owners Can Build Community

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) is one of Babson College’s primary economic development programs, focused on helping small business owners grow their business.  Since 2010 Babson has been the educational partner for the program, with responsibility for program design, training faculty and business advisors across the country for program delivery, guiding the alumni program,…

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Small Business: Lessons of the Recession – Women vs. Men

The recent study, Small Business: Lessons of the Recession,  by Chase Card Services, NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) and the Center for Women’s Business Research (CWBR) reports on the types of responses business owners made to their businesses over the past years of the “Great Recession.”  One of our interests was to see if…

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Considering: “Social Media For Small Biz: A Girl Thang?”

I’m really glad I got Michele Pepe-Warren to talk to her cat last week.   Michele was reacting to the recent findings from the Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute that women business owners feel more strongly about the importance of using social media in their business. Notably, the women reported social media important in TWO…

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Sweden As A Whirlwind Of Entrepreneurial Activity

I’ve spent the last ten days in Sweden and have participated in so many types of events that I joked with my host (Magnus Aronsson of ESBRI (http://www.esbri.se/) that he was testing me to see if I could present entrepreneurship to every kind of audience imaginable.  It was a fun challenge.  In this time I’ve…

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