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Qiqqa Entrepreneur Wins 5k

James Jardine from the University of Cambridge in the UK won third prize in the post-graduate category of the Santander University Entrepreneurship Awards.

He scooped 5,000 for his company Qiqqa.com a company that provides free software which helps students and researchers manage information.

The awards aim to support and encourage university students to pursue their business ideas and are open to students from all 58 universities within the Santander programme.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Santander Universities in the UK, Santander chief executive, Ana Botn, announced an additional 1.5m of funding to UK universities, taking its total investment to 7 million during 2012, as well as 100 new mobility grants of 2,500 available to UK students to study abroad.

She also extended the banks support for small businesses with the launch of a new programme to place graduates from the countrys top universities on internships with SMEs across the UK.

The programme to encourage entrepreneurialism amongst graduates is a collaboration between Santander and its university partners and aims to promote the benefits of working for a SME to third-year or recently graduated students, while providing smaller businesses with an injection of talent not always easy to obtain by companies with limited administration resources.

Santander will work with its partner universities to find students and companies who will benefit most from the scheme and will help with placement and administration, including project management, as well as part-funding a basic salary for the students.

Ana Botn said: Youth unemployment and particularly graduate unemployment is one of the most pressing issues for the UK economy. We hope our new programme offering 500 student internships to SMEs can help provide our talented graduate community with the opportunity to gain vital experience in the work place, whilst opening their eyes to the benefits of working for smaller companies.

SMEs have not typically attempted to compete with the graduate recruitment schemes of the big FTSE players and we hope that this initiative will give a wider range of companies the benefit of fresh, young talent.

As the engines of progress and invention, universities have an important role to play in incubating the enterprises of tomorrow. Santander is proud to be supporting and recognising the entrepreneurial skills demonstrated by students through our Entrepreneurship Awards, as well as announcing an additional 1.5 million of funding to support British universities, taking our total investment to 7 million in the UK and 120 million globally, this year.
Photograph:James Jardine receiving his prize from Santander chief executive, Ana Botn

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Financial Support for Filipino Entrepreneurs

Starting up a business usually requires a lot of capital. However, other than its basic capital, there are also other unforeseen expenses involved in starting a business, no matter how small or how big the business is. This is the reason why many business experts and consultants recommend entrepreneurs to prepare for the overhead expenses that they would encounter once they start their own business.

But what if they lack the necessary capital to accommodate their business overhead costs? At this time, financial assistance from loaning firms may prove very useful. This is the reason why BPI had started their own business loan services, such as their Fast cash loan Philippines, which aims to offer Filipinos the chance to start their own business even though they lack the necessary funds for it.

Why Businesses Became a Popular Trend Businesses had become a very popular trend in the Philippines. The number of small businesses, such as food cart businesses had grown massively all over the country. Part of the reason why is because of the continuous growth of new business opportunities, particularly the franchise business industry.

However, other than the growing number of new business opportunities, another reason why businesses became a popular trend is because of the many financial support that the government, as well as the private sectors, offers for Filipino businessmen and women. One of those services is BPIs Ka-Negosyo business loan services.

Benefits of BPIs Loaning Services What are the advantages of business loan services? One of the many advantages of loaning, such as the popular Fast cash loan Philippines service, to start a business is that it allows them to start or establish their business even without the right amount of budget or capital to establish it.

BPIs Ka-Negosyo business loan services offer one of the most reliable ways for Filipinos to get financial support for their business plans or ventures. However, other than supporting Filipinos in establishing a business, BPIs Ka-Negosyo business loan services can also offer fast cash loans Philippines that specializes in providing emergency financial support for businesses.

Other than for establishing businesses, loaning can also serve as a back-up plan for expanding businesses. Expanding a business requires a lot of capital, which is why loaning may be one of the few popular ways to achieve the necessary funding to expand their business without the worry of overhead costs. And due to BPIs Fast cash loan Philippines services, many businesses were given the chance to expand their business and earn more.

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Patience for Entrepreneurs

Its summer and so for that reason Ill break from my insistence on pragmatic advice and write on a topic you might consider fluff. Yet its the biggest mistake I see small business owners make, including me. We have no patience. I think that its a given that a requirement for being an entrepreneur is to have a low grade case of ADD, or in my case, ADHD with an emphasis on the H. And in marketing, that will kill you.

I cant tell you how many times a client tries something and when there are no immediate results says “Well that doesnt work.” Its like lifting weights one day and expecting that tricep cut to develop overnight. Im not suggesting that we all go out and spend a bajillion dollars on advertising during American Idol. But I do think that in order for your PR and marketing tactics to work you have to learn to wait a bit. Here are a few tips to use to figure out if youre too impatient.

1. Are you measuring your campaign results by the number of orders youre getting off each initiative? In a word, DONT. Look at your website hits instead, or the traffic in your store. Whats the first step toward buying your product or service? Do they request a brochure? Do they visit the website? Measure by those “first steps” in the short term.

2. Are you changing your marketing strategy on a weekly or monthly basis? WRONG. You had better have confidence in your strategy (or your consultant) from the start. Nothing works if you dont believe in it 100% from the beginning. Switching around what youre doing on a constant basis and youll end up running circles.

3. Are you relying on only one outreach method? It may work now, but it will stop working eventually. Or youll end up trying one thing after another. BLEND your messaging channels. If youre doing radio, connect it to an online promotion as well. Trying guerilla marketing? Make sure youve got some PR working in conjunction with those “on the ground” techniques.

Particularly in the online world, patience is the key to success. Jay Conrad Levinson, the founder of Guerilla Marketing, believes that patience is the most important characteristic of successful entrepreneurs. Be confident in your approach. Measure it wisely. And then, like that old farmer in the field, be patient and watch the seeds of your marketing work grow.

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What Type Of Entrepreneur Business Opportunity Should You Choose

Choosing an entrepreneur business opportunity is actually a lot harder than it used to be. There are a lot of scams out there, and sometimes you just never know what you are getting yourself into. But by taking care and learning to identify scams, you can avoid making mistakes and having your money stolen.

The good news is that if you do choose the right entrepreneur business opportunity, you could end up making quite a lot of money. For people who are looking to make a little extra money to supplement their full-time income or even to replace it altogether, you will find that there are many options to choose from.

One of the most popular opportunities right now has to do with selling online travel memberships. These memberships provide extremely good travel discounts for people who buy them, and for you, they can provide a very nice income. In addition, if you sign up for the discount program, you will make even more. By saving money on flights, cruises, and high-end resorts, you are actually adding to your income.

An entrepreneur business opportunity should be fun and enjoyable for you, not to mention provide you with some other benefit rather than just an income, and that is what makes a travel membership business the ideal business for many people. You can learn about travel, get discounts on it, and encourage other people (both online and offline) to sign up and get more travel for less money.

As long as you do your research and choose a legitimate business that has a proven track record of paying on time and providing good service to its affiliates, then you will be in a great position to make a good income and be able to create a business that you can one day hand down to your children.

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Tips Choosing Your First Business as an Entrepreneur

There is a big misconception regarding first time entrepreneurship and that is the justification that it is okay to fail your first time simply because some well-known entrepreneurs failed and then hit it big.

What is not mentioned is the number of individuals who failed their first time as an entrepreneur and never got a second shot. Therefore, you might as well make it profitable the first time around.

Thus, to ensure higher odds of entrepreneurial success, you must choose the right business.

Here are 4 tips how:

1. Don’t Let the Economy Determine What Business You Should Start

The first thing that entrepreneurs think of when starting a business is our current economic condition. Although it is hard to bypass the thought of a horrid economy and the subsequent effect on your new entrepreneurial venture, it is imperative that you not let the economy sway your decision.

This will especially prove true when the economy turns in the next few years and you are left with an average business that was overly defensive and a lot of regret.

2. Let Google Assist You In Your Choice of Business How do you truly determine market demand for the product and / or services you plan to offer?

One way to do it is to use the Google Keyword Checker. This basic site will tell you how many people are searching monthly for your product or service.

Another key element that the Keyword Checker brings to the table is the use of adjectives.

For instance, you may want to open a business selling blue widgets, but upon looking up how sought after the product is on the web, you find out that green widgets are searched for times as often as blue.

3. You Cannot Avoid Sales, Instead You Must Embrace It and Not Let It Determine Your Business Choice

A willingness to engage in sales separates the men and women from what will be future job seekers.

Entrepreneurs hate sales because for some reason they tend to be more afraid of rejection than your average Corporate Joe or Jane. Why this reason is, I cannot tell you, but to avoid human interaction, entrepreneurs will completely alter the business that they are going into.

What they don’t realize is that regardless of industry, sales is part of business and, thus part of entrepreneurship.

4. K.I.S.S. Keep the concept simple (or, to use the real phrase, Keep It Simple, Stupid). A rule of thumb for first time (and any entrepreneurs) is that if you cannot explain your business in two sentences or less, it’s most likely not going to sell.

It is very rare that people reinvent the wheel with entrepreneurship. As a matter of fact, you can count them on your fingers: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sir Richard Branson and ?

The odds of hitting Pick 6 are better. In entrepreneurship, especially when choosing your first business, go for a base hit, not a home run your first time at bat.

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Tax Tips for New Ecommerce Entrepreneurs

New ecommerce entrepreneurs can find them confused and confounded by the tax and accounting requirements of their venture. And thats a shame: If someones spotted a great new category and successfully built a web presence, heck, that someone shouldnt find themselves bogged down with the accounting minutia. The entrepreneur should focus on increasing traffic, expanding margins, and growing cash profits.

With that in mind, I offer up the following tax and accounting tips:

Tip #1: Dont Incorporate

A true corporationwhether a C corporation or an S corporationsaddles your business with more complicated tax accounting and a bunch of state filing requirements. You dont want to deal with this redtapeor at least not until youre profitable.

Instead, operate your business as a sole proprietorship. If youre concerned about legal liability protection, note that you can setup a one-owner limited liability company, or LLC. A one owner LLC is treated as a sole proprietorship for income tax purposes.

Tip #2: Start Your Business Before Making Investments

Expenditures you make before youre actually in business-in other words, before youve got a business license and before youre selling or trying to sell your stuffarent very deductible.

Specifically, you can probably deduct the first $5,000 of these expenses. But any amounts in excess of the $5,000 must be amortized over the next fifteen years.

What this means is that you want to start your business before you start spending money on advertising, training, web development, accountants and lawyers and so on.

Tip #3: Automate Your Bookkeeping & Accounting

By lawand some people dont know thisyoure required to maintain an accounting system that lets you clearly measure your income. As a practical matter, this means you need to use a product like Quicken or QuickBooks.

But you ought to go one better than simply using desktop accounting software. Make sure that youre taking advantage of online banking and bill payment features which integrate your accounting system with your banking. As much as is possible, for example, you want to be able to move money from PayPal to your bank to QuickBooks simply by typing a few keys or clicking your mouse a few times.

Tip #4: Hire a Payroll Service Before Hiring Employees

Many successful ecommerce business owners can run their operations without employees. And if thats true for you, hey, congratulations. If and when you do need employees, however, dont try to handle the payroll yourself. Oursource the payroll to one of the large payroll service bureaus like ADP, Payroll, or QuickBooks.

These services are expensive. Figure $1000 to $2000 per year. But the services let you avoid the bookkeeping nightmare called payroll and prevent you from getting into payroll tax trouble.

Tip #5: Consider S Corporation Status After Youre Profitable

Ive written and talked much about how S corporations save taxpayers money and how the right way to set up an S corporation is first create a limited liability company and then ask the IRS to treat the LLC as an S corporation for tax purposes.

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Entrepreneur Success…What Does It Take

An entrepreneur does many wonderful things. In fact, many people are amazed with how the entrepreneur’s mind works. But for some who have not taken the plunge, there is some wonderment….some real curiosity….and for some of us, even some questions about successful entrepreneurs morals and integrity….But for most onlookers there are two important questions to ask. How does an entrepreneur become successful? And most importantly, do you want to be a successful entrepreneur too?

First of all, an effective entrepreneur should have great ideas. And then you need to test those ideas…You have to research to be able to make an informed judgement about whether your business idea is feasible. It really is critical to do this investigation, and in many cases its not necessarily a tedious task…Once you have gathered all the needed information, you can decide whether to pursue the business idea now, or simply file it and do it in the future.

Sound Research

The projects undertaken by successful entrepreneurs are normally done in a very careful manner. Research about Demand is a very important aspect to help determine business feasibility. Saturated and established markets can be a big no for entrepreneurs because their aim is to earn more money. Entering a saturated market can be suicidal (unless you have a very unique selling proposition), because of the extreme competition.

If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you have to work on some concepts such as ROI or return on investment, compounding capital, economy of scale, speed of business returns, and many others. You can’t work your way to success if you dont know these concepts. So you have to study and continue your learning. If you have the opportunity to study a business related course, do so. Gaining knowledge, skill and education, can only help you to succeed in the business world.

According to many expert entrepreneurs, education is not enough. As an entrepreneur, you must have the right attitude and qualities. Now what are these attitudes and qualities? Firstly, you have to be hard working. You have to be willing to work many hours of the day or night especially if you’re a beginner. Almost eighty percent of your time will be allotted for encouraging customers or subscribers. In the case of an internet business, you have to attract a lot of traffic to your site otherwise, your business will fail.

Secondly, you need to be a risk taker. Most entrepreneurs are not afraid to take risks. This does not mean that entrepreneurs enter the market with their eyes closed hoping for success. Entrepreneurs are willing to take risks especially if after a careful study they can see high chances of success. Not many individuals are willing to take risks because they are afraid to fail. But you see, an entrepreneur learns a lot from past failures. It’s all part of life and so you should not be scared. Its also important to be organized.

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how To Become An Entrepreneur— Not A Salesman

Are You An Entrepreneur Or A Salesman?

What I mean by this, everyday, I open my PC and see my screen filled with nonsensical garbage, to put it politely…These wannabies coming online are only thinking of themselves. A true lack of discipline or just not caring about the customer.

True Entrepreneurs provide the customers with satisfaction in meeting their need in a niche. But today it seems like everyone coming online have only one thing in mind—“Get Rich Quick” with no regard to the customers who are the bloodline of their business.

Here’s an example of a true Entrepreneur— Donald Trump see’s A prosperous venture and he begins his quest by promoting his idea to potential clients who will not only become a partner but will also fund this project. This Business is called leveraging and is very effective if utilized properly— In the end— everyone is happy and satisfied…The customer gets what they want and the business partners make HUGE earning from their funding strategies and Donald Trump becomes another billionaire.

An Entrepreneur sees a need that needs to be met and he meets it. There reward is a satisfied customer and a new friend. Business is established by your social ability to sell yourself not a niche. Sell yourself and your customers will take care of you forever.

Who would you rather do business with, someone who is always trying to stick a product in your face or someone who is giving you good content? I would venture to say the later.

Give your subscriber a free offer in the niche you are promoting and they will see you are trying to meet their need and sometimes they will let you know what they are in the market for. Once you gain their confidence and trust they will buy anything you promote because they trust you. That’s the difference between an Entrepreneur and a salesmen.

Remember, Marketing is a Business not a Casino…There’s no jackpots— just you!

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Characteristics of a Successful Serial Entrepreneur

Before a doctor diagnoses a specific disease, his patient must undergo a series of laboratory exams and assessments. He has to know the history of his patient and how lifestyle affected his present health problem. As results come in, that would be an indication of the time when a physician gives specific drugs and therapies for maintenance. This will eventually contribute to the level of optimum health for that individual. If all else fails, the process will be repeated again.

Similar to a doctor, what the above mentioned situation has stated, an entrepreneur’s responsibility would be pretty much the same. It’s just that, he should see his customers as his patients (not literally)and what they must have to survive a present predicament or a need. He must follow certain steps before doing anything irrational that could contribute to the downfall of his business. He should have certain characteristics innate in his personality for if he lacks one of these, he’s most probably doomed to fail.

Entrepreneurship is collectively defined as exhibiting one’s vision, taking action, and pursuing that vision as a goal to be achieved in life as service to reality. In the meaningless definition, it’s getting your butt out of that couch and doing something rather than fulfilling your life’s destiny of being a couch potato. Stated below are some of the distinct attitudes an entrepreneur should positively have:

Optimism – is foreseeing things in a positive way notwithstanding any circumstances that may hinder progress. The assertiveness of an individual depends on on e’s knowledge of how to handle a difficult situation

Creativity – is thinking outside the box. Expanding one’s mind of what is beyond the ordinary through fine research and collection of data.

Stability – more so mental, social or emotional, a leader must possess a stable life which means he could handle tough situations during tough times

Charismatic – intelligence of communicating with different walks of life.

Risk-taker – as someone beginning their own dream, one should be stern and must have the guts to take the big leap of plunging into their own doom or success. One should not be afraid of taking chances when opportunity strikes.

Energetic – willing to do whatever it takes to reach to the finish line. The inner drive must always be at its highest level happy to work overtime. His or her enthusiasm must prevail the next best thing.

Time bound – like a written report in a newspaper, an entrepreneur must be on top of things,by looking at our past, we could predict our future.

Small businesses, in time, would turn out big if the scope of management exceeds what is expected. So it is necessary for a beginner to be positive about his endeavors. He must be very observant of what his environment lacks and needs.
Think big! Take Action!!!!. Make your business dreams come true.

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Jason Grill – Attorney, Advocate and Consultant for Entrepreneurs and Startups

Jason Grill connects entrepreneurs, startups, mobile, technology and small to medium size business with the right exposure, resources and connections. Jason Grill owns JGrill Media which is a strategic consulting firm that focuses on media relations, public affairs, public relations, public strategies, professional branding, content marketing, publicity, government relations, contributing and commentating.

Jason Grill connects individuals, entrepreneurs, startups, small to large businesses, cities, communities, political figures/entities, policy makers, CEO’s/C-suite executives, founders, organizations, associations and nonprofits with the media outlets (tv, radio, online, print) on a local and national level to get the exposure they deserve to grow their brand. JGrill Media gets individuals and businesses published in reputable online publications that reach their target markets. JGrill Media specializes in building credibility through thought leadership and content marketing. Jason Grill helps build a professional brand by getting bylined articles published in national online publications and identifying and helping clients get awards and on lists that will gain them authority in their industry. By getting bylined articles and interviews published and winning the best awards, JGrill Media helps take a professional brand to the next level. By building up this brand, JGrill Media helps establish you as a credible, authority in your industry, thus bringing you or your company more business.

Jason Grill, in his legal and attorney work, helps clients with wrongful death and personal injury claims, civil and business litigations, vehicular accidents, traffic and speeding related offenses, bankruptcy, medical malpractices, guardianship (related to Autism, special needs, and down syndrome), employment and contract related issues, nursing home negligence, trusts and wills, real estate, and economic development cases, etc. He is not only registered with Missouri Bar Association but also associated with the Kansas Bar Association and is providing his valuable services as an attorney in the Kansas City area.

Jason is an avid fan of Missouri Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting KC, Liverpool and the Kansas City Royals. He represented Kansas City in Missouri House of Representatives, and made a remarkable contribution by getting landmark legislation passed to help families of children with autism. Jason Grill played a significant role as philanthropy chairman in the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and collected funds for Children’s Miracle Network. While in college, he conducted community service for many organizations that include Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, St. Louis inner-city mentorship programs, etc. While pursuing his BS at St. Louis University, he connected himself with the Omicron Delta Epsilon and various other societies such as Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, National Deans List Honors Society, the Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity, the Golden Key National Honor Society, Economics Honor Society, and he mentored for the Oriflamme organization.