It's that time of year when we business owners start hearing the buzz about year-end strategic planning to map out goals and objectives for next year. It doesn't have to be complicated but it does take time. Remember the adage "failing to plan is planning to fail." Here are some tips for the planning process: 1. Determine who to include in your planning sessions. Include those team members who oversee finance, customer relations, employee management and sales.Read morehere.
Using Photos Enhances Your Social Strategy
When you jump on social media sites, what's the post that sparks your interest instantly? That's right, the one with the coolest photo. In the social media world, it's obvious that everyone wants their posts to be seen, but what a lot of people don't understand is that your posts are likely to gain 75% more engagement if there's a photo included. It makes sense, right? Visuals have intrigued us since the youngest stages of our lives. Read more here.
How to be an Entrepreneur by Bill Rancic
Bill Rancic, the first candidate selected on Donald Trump's The Apprentice, spoke as the recent Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). Mr. Rancic is now an acclaimed speaker and provided insights into what his experiences were in starting and growing businesses. So what words of wisdom can we pass on from Mr. Rancic's talk? Plenty. Here are a few gems:Read morehere.
NCET recently won the NNDA's "Pony Express Award - Best Community Involvement" for the NCET Small Business Expo! Thanks to the NCET's Board, volunteers, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors for making this possible, and thanks to the NNDA for the award! Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA) hosted the 2014 Pioneer Awards Dinner recognizing outstanding businesses and individuals throughout the Sierra Region of Northern Nevada. Read more here.
Next week's Startup Week Reno is a chance to get social and learn at the same time. Events include Startup Crawl, Tour of Startup Row, Basics of Crowdfunding, Ignite Reno and Startup Weekend. (And, NCET's Tech Bite luncheon and Jelly!)Read morehere.
Startup Weekend is back in Las Vegas on November 21-23. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Las Vegas and launch your next startup! For more information and to register for the event visitlasvegas.startupweekend.org
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