Job-hunting tips from the February 14, 2011, issue of QuintZine.
Startup America is the White House initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation.
This coordinated public/private effort brings together an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders, working in concert with a wide range of federal agencies to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of America’s entrepreneurs.
Startup America aims to:
- Expand access to capital for high-growth startups throughout the country;
- Expand entrepreneurship education and mentorship programs that empower more Americans not just to get a job, but to create jobs;
- Strengthen commercialization of the about $148 billion in annual federally-funded research and development, which can generate innovative startups and entirely new industries;
- Identify and remove unnecessary barriers to high-growth startups; and
- Expand collaborations between large companies and startups.
Approximately 25 percent of today’s franchisees are female, reports Matt Wilson, citing data from Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the International Franchise Association. Franchisors are taking note and starting to specifically target their business opportunities at female franchisees,” Wilson writes. He notes that FranchiseHelp.com conducted an informal poll to find out which franchises were most attractive to females looking to start their own business.
You can find the list (in slideshow form) of 20 franchises that poll respondents thought women considering launching their own business should get to know here. The information comes from FranchiseHelp’s franchise blog.
As the jobs slump continues, “many unemployed and underemployed people will need to create their own jobs by starting their own little enterprises, business opportunities, or entrepreneurial ventures,” Jay Block writes on Personal Branding Blog. “But whether you work for yourself or are still fortunate to be employed, you must not only begin to think and act like an entrepreneur, you must master value-based entrepreneurial skill sets.” Block discusses the idea of value-based entrepreneurial skills and offers a list of eight principles to brand yourself an entrepreneur.
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