with Alex Ellison, Executive Envisioner, New Entrepreneur Network (NewE)
Enthusiastic. Quick to notice opportunity. Solution-oriented. Improvement-oriented. Effective communicator.
Are these qualities that describe a successful entrepreneur? Or are these qualities that might be found in a job description on Craigslist?
Countless studies have been conducted, and articles written, about the key traits of successful entrepreneurs. Researchers and writers have ferreted out the “secrets” of famous founders in hopes of offering insights for budding company builders.
But why should these traits be taught and revealed only to budding entrepreneurs? Anyone hoping to make a living and be more than a task rabbit, bouncing from job to job, would be smart to adopt this mindset and hone these behaviors.
In conversations and focus groups with business owners, I’ve learned that regardless of the industry, location or size of the company, the desired qualities in new hires overlap the qualities of successful entrepreneurs.
We’ve also discovered that many teens lack the context and experience to even fathom the idea of running their own companies one day; the goal of this program is to deliver the right exposure and inspiration.
These observations created the impetus for The Entrepreneurial Readiness Intensive (ERI) a five-week intensive designed to prepare students to be Intrapreneurs. Intrapreneurs are people who use entrepreneurial skills and attitudes to succeed in any job environment. Fostering an entrepreneurial mindset may help inspire students to become entrepreneurs, but it will also make them more valuable and productive employees.
In the five after-school sessions, NewE students will hear from local business owners who will share tips and insights for landing a job at their respective companies. They’ll also discuss how they started their companies. Sessions will focus on specific skills, such as building stand-out resumes and portfolios with limited experience, interviewing with confidence, and building and nurturing a professional network.
The ERI is held on Wednesdays, from 2:45 to 4:30, beginning April 19 and ending May 17th. Each student will receive a certificate of completion signed by Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell. The program is open to students in grades 9 through 12 and will be held at Carson High.
A new four-week arts marketing workshop series for Northern Nevada “Artrepreneurs” is taking aim at the cliché of the Starving Artist. The workshop promises to help visual artists, artisans, and performing artists achieve business success as they follow their creative passion.
The series is a unique collaboration between the Nevada Arts Council, The Carson City Visitors Bureau and Adams Hub for innovation. Mark Salinas, the new Arts & Culture Coordinator at CCVB, will be sharing his knowledge and experience, along with an extensive list of guest speakers and subject matter experts. The workshops are practical, tactical sessions that help participants build skills, and will culminate in a final event, a show at The Studio at Adams Hub.
Topics include the creation of a compelling web presence and social media strategies for artists. Artists will also learn how to define and express their unique personal brand and tell their story through effective documentation. The workshop series includes hands-on skills labs, including sessions with a professional photographer and videographer, as well as a segment on writing artist biographies and profiles and honing an artist’s “elevator pitch.” Also included will be a session on sales skills. The workshops will explore the channels through which artists can generate revenue and visibility, including galleries, venues, fairs, grants and residencies. A highlight of the final workshop will be a panel discussion with experts from the art world.
The workshops will take place on four consecutive Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning May 3rd and ending May 24th.
Space is limited to 20. Applications are available on our registration site.
Five seats were added and the new application deadline is Monday April 17.
Participants are asked to contribute a materials fee of $49. Refreshments will be provided.
Local entrepreneurs can begin their year on the right foot: Entrepreneurs Assembly (EA) Carson starts the New Year on a new schedule: the second Wednesday of the month from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Entrepreneurs, #startups, small businesses, even people working on a new business idea are welcome. There is no charge to participate, and meetings are held at The Studio at Adams Hub, 177 W. Proctor, in Carson City.
EA is a Nevada non-profit whose mission is growing opportunity and prosperity throughout the state through entrepreneurship and #innovation. There are now thriving chapters in Reno, South Lake and Incline. EA also launches chapters in 2017 at UNLV and Henderson, Nevada.
Entrepreneurs Assembly Meeting at The Studio at Adams Hub. Photo by Cathleen Allison
During each meeting, round tables facilitated by experienced volunteer business #mentors who act as a “virtual business incubator” in which participants work on their business, not in their business. Confidentiality is key, as members discuss their business #challenges. Mentors and peers alike join in the lively interactions, and the #entrepreneur formulates a plan of action for the next 30 days. (EA is not a #networking or leads group, though networking happens and business leads often occur.)
“The beauty of this format is that it creates accountability for entrepreneurs, who are generally accustomed to going it alone,” says Matt Westfield, the founder of EA. “This helps keep them on track, moving forward, and making progress. Just as important, our members are able to discuss challenges and concerns that they may not even share with their family members. Our motto is founders helping founders.
Since its inception in 2011, EA has provided support to over 1,000 Nevada entrepreneurs.
To participate, RSVP to email@example.com or call 775.222.0001. You’re also welcome to simply show up on the evening of the meeting.
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Michael has quite the eclectic background and is uniquely qualified to be the local Business Development Manager for Carson City as well as the Business Counselor for the Nevada Small Business Development Center. Michael has two degrees from San Diego State: a BS in Information Systems and an MBA in Finance. His gray hair is from over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, distribution, retail, professional services and non-profits. He has worked for large recognizable names such as Levi Strauss and San Diego Gas & Electric and mom & pop’s, working directly with the mom & pop. As a C-Level executive and a worker bee, he has seen how many companies do it right and how many have done it wrong. His expertise covers sales, marketing, finance, operations and systems. Originally from the Bay Area, Michael has lived in the big city and in a small town in western Colorado. His focus in approaching business challenges is one steeped in proper planning, taking calculated risks and having tons of fun along the way. Join us and Michael on September 27th at 12pm!
Insights, entertainment, and life-changing stories abound in this exciting event starting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Adams Hub for Innovation is here to support the message of building a better community through fresh ideas and unprecedented solutions. Learn how to change your reality with 17-year-old Shaylin Segura from Carson High School. Choose hope with local artist Audrey Markowitz. These topics and many more will highlight the passion and endurance of Carson City’s unique community. If you didn’t get a ticket, you can watch it from the comfort of your home at http://www.tedxcarsoncity.#com. For further details, click on the article linked below and get ready for a TEDx you’ll never forget!
Carson City’s TEDx — which stands for technology, entertainment and design — will feature 16 speakers and entertainers who will be talking or performing about a single theme.
The all-day event sponsored by Farmer’s Insurance and Carson Tahoe Hospital is taking place #Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brewery #Arts Center.
Curated from TEDx coming to Carson City Friday | NevadaAppeal.com
TEDx is coming to Carson with a full force of entertaining, informative, and downright paradigm-shifting short talks (only 10-15 minutes each), each touching on the theme of Creating the Community You Want to Live In. From battling the negative effects of certain food dyes to battling prejudice in the transgender community, to the Adams Hub’s very own mentor John Rutledge addressing the challenges lawyers face in today’s society, each speaker has something fresh and insightful to share. The all-day event seeks to bring ideas from multiple perspectives and disciplines into the forefront, creating an atmosphere rich in discussion, reflection, and positive action. The first few #speakers and further info on their stories and upcoming talks, along with event details, can be found in this article:
Tickets on sale Monday for TEDx Carson City
The talks will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 and will feature 15 speakers addressing ways people can make a difference in their community and in their own lives.
“I want people to leave that day with the inspiration and tools to make a real difference,” Hill said. “I’m extremely proud of the fact that all of our speakers that day have strong ties to our community.”
Organizer Gina Hill said the goal for Carson City’s TEDx is to unite listeners in a common vision of creating a community that all would want to live in. She hopes it’s transformational.
Curated from Tickets on sale Monday for TEDx Carson City | NevadaAppeal.com