Is It Finally Easier to Get a Small Business Loan?

By Ed McLaughlin and Wyn Lydecker     A recent headline in The New York Times claimed “Small Businesses Are Finding Bank Loans Easier to Come By.” With interest rates low and the economy coming back, bankers and small business experts are saying this is a good time to get a small business loan. Large [...]

By | July 28th, 2014|

The Value of Incubators, Accelerators, and Coworking Spaces

by Omar Douglass Contributing Writer for The Purpose is Profit Blog As startup advisor and self-styled “Growth Hacker,” Paul O’Brien, wrote, “Entrepreneurs everywhere are trying to understand not just how to connect, network, and collaborate, but how to develop relationships with the right investors. Incubators, accelerators, and coworking spaces are the place to start.” These [...]

By | July 16th, 2014|

Plugging the Talent Drain

By Ed McLaughlin and Wyn Lydecker Have you been suffering from talent drain? Symptoms include brilliant employees leaving the company, a lack of new ideas, stagnation, and sometimes even eventual corporate death. How can you immunize your company against this dangerous syndrome and keep it healthy? The answer is to introduce a dose of intrapreneurship, [...]

By | July 11th, 2014|

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Attitude!

By Ed McLaughlin and Wyn Lydecker Are you hesitating to leap into entrepreneurship? Is it because you have the persistent feeling that you are "not the entrepreneurial type"? I've written previously about how entrepreneurship isn't for the elite and elect, but rather is accessible to everyone. Many people, even if they accept this idea intellectually, [...]

By | July 9th, 2014|

Why You’re Ready to Set Sail on Your Own Venture

By Ed McLaughlin and Wyn Lydecker Have you ever heard the expression, "A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are for"? Conventional employment can appear to be safe, but charting your own course away from the company where you work can bring you purpose and joy far beyond that of [...]

By | July 7th, 2014|

3 Steps to Keep Criticism Constructive

By Ed McLaughlin and Wyn Lydecker In a high-pressure environment like a startup, emotions and tempers can run very high. With the best of intentions, someone is likely to engage in a behavior or course that isn't what you wanted for your company. The temptation may be to smack down the action down and the person - you [...]

By | July 3rd, 2014|