Times of Entrepreneurship Stories of the WeekSmall Businesses Up in Arms as Big Banks Raise Fees, Tighten Credit Big banks have taken an increasing market share in recent decades, but the pandemic is causing some small business owners to rethink. “It’s terrible how small business clients are being treated. I am thinking of closing all my accounts and shifting to a credit union,” says Chris Johansen, president of Johansen Enterprises Inc., a furniture wholesaler. “The banks are flush with cash and are supposed to be catering to small business owners during this pandemic. Instead, they are looking to just make more money.” Read the Story » Commentary: To Get More Capital to Communities of Color, White Men in Finance Need to Cede Power State Street’s diversity goals should be lauded, not scapegoated, says Nate Wong. “Inevitably, white men will fid themselves in more fierce competition with those who have not historically been deemed their peers. Hence the defensive reaction we’re seeing in the media.” Read the Story » GEM Report uncovers possible ambition gap in women entrepreneurs More men are driven by the desire to create wealth, a sweeping global study finds. But here’s a twist: the gap between men and women is much greater in developed countries. Read the Story » Mastercard Report: 20% of the World’s Businesses Closed for Good During the Pandemic Companies with an online presence or location in a residential marketplace fared best. Read the Story » Problem Solved: A Free Small Business Tool to Help Your Company Get to Net Zero Emissions EU-based Normative is using funding from Google to offer a deal: Pledge to reduce emissions and get free access. Read the Story »
You may have missed:How Michigan Grew Its Startup Ecosystem and Became the State with the Fastest Growing Venture Capital A look at how the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 sparked Detroit and Ann Arbor’s startup scene. Read it here. The Expensive Choice That Landed This Flower Founder A Martha Stewart Contract As his company was bleeding cash, Juan Palacio decided to increase costs by 20%. Read it here. Is A Farm – Maybe a Llama Farm – the Ideal Retirement Business? After a career as a professional model and beauty salon owner, Pamela Campbell decided to stay receptive to the next chapter of her life. Now she owns more than 35 llamas and alpacas. Read it here. Huckleberry Labs’ Jessica Toh Has Insight for Sleepless Parents—and Women Founders With 1.2 million downloads of her app, a data scientist may have cracked the nut of how to get babies to sleep. Read it here. Women Need Sponsors, Not Mentors Entrepreneur and YPOer Debbie Carreau encourages women to “own the confidence piece” so they don’t fall prey to the myths that still hold them back. Read it here.
Living the dreamBest Practices: Women- and minority-led hedge funds had higher returns in both the short-term and long term, according to the Bloomberg Hedge Fund Chartbook. We’d like to see more research on what they’re doing differently. Buzzworthy: What if everything you’ve been told about business is wrong? Although the myth of the white male tech founder dominates our mindshare, most new businesses are started by people who are Black, Brown, female and older. Many are immigrants and people left out of the narrative. Times of E editor Elizabeth MacBride and venture capitalist Seth Levine take a close look at a trend that is transforming the American economy in The New Builders.
RathskellerThe 4.5 hour workweek: A productivity hack Want your team to be more productive? Find ways to give them more autonomy. Research shows that when people feel they have a choice in how they carry out their work, their engagement, commitment and productivity rise, as Fast Company details. Wanderlust : a restaurant or activity from our Top Ecosystems list Who says food court fare has to be same-old, same old? If you’re near Peachtree Mall in Atlanta, make a quick stop at Aviva by Kameel, where you can sample the popular Lebanese fare at this family business. Don’t miss the salmon ($16.95) and rosemary chicken ($13.25). Made in the USA Consider the delicate bathing petal flower soap ($39) from A’marie’s Flower Shop, a boutique in Brandon, Mississippi.
Opportunities⭐To list an opportunity in our newsletter, check out our rates here. We cover the emerging economy of diverse founders: Link: https://bit.ly/TimesofEOpportunities 1. Veteran Pitch Competition The Founder Institute is hosting its first-ever Veteran Pitch Competition in honor of Veterans Day, and it’s completely virtual. Register for networking opportunities and a chance at a $100,000 investment. Date: November 17, 2021 Location: Virtual Link: https://fi.co/event/the-100-000-veteran-pitch-competition-online-event-silicon-valley-virtual-2022?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=180752013&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9xYHhfhl6xswThNKnfw044s1I_BhV1BIg92goi6Gd4GSz_vzxs24xi54_U2FgFnjtHRxErxcbYQ_m8D6UCKj–F6Iu5w&utm_content=180752013&utm_source=hs_email 2. Key Advantages of Women Founders In this interview hosted by New York Women in Business, entrepreneur Petia Abdur-Razzaaq interviews Times of E founder Elizabeth MacBride about the book she co-authored, The New Builders. Date: Listen at your leisure Location: Virtual Link: https://score.zoom.us/rec/share/xi2b_6qjH4mK4ErLfLg7tiyfSkzyUiM4wAivkhZnQnIesP8Fv7dcNWjNUv3hYMjL.WzWndaCXqezsytqC?startTime=1636488115000 3. Entrepreneurship Development Certification The International Economic Development Council has added two new courses to its Entrepreneurship Development Professional course lineup. Developed with support from the Kauffman Foundation and the U.S. Economic Development Administration and in partnership with SourceLink, the courses—Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Strategies (starts Feb. 8) and Introduction to Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development (starts March 8)—are designed for professionals who work with small businesses and entrepreneurs. Date: Early registration is by December 29 for the first course and January 26 for the second Location: Virtual Link: https://www.iedconline.org/index.php?submenu=EntrepreneurshipDevelopmentProfessional&src=pages&ref=entrepreneurship-development-professional
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