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THE IPO PROJECT – YOU’RE NEXT: THE NEW ROAD TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

ATLANTA, Georgia, May 04, 2015 — /EPR SMALL BUSINESS NEWS/ –360 Player Experience, LLC present The IPO Project – You’re Next competition. The competition affords budding or new entrepreneurs the opportunity to ignite their dream. The idea behind the national competition is to provide all of the support necessary to avoid the statistics published by the Small Business Administration stating that 50% of all new businesses fail within 2-5 years. The IPO Project – You’re Next competition provides 10 winners with financing for their new business venture and infrastructure support for the business in the areas of accounting, human resources, marketing, and information technology.

The IPO Project – You’re Next competition seeks to find the most innovative product or service business concepts to evaluate. The entrepreneur seeking to win the competition need only apply online at www.theipoproject.com and pay the application fee. The evaluation team will review all applications, select, and electronically notify the 100 semi-finalist on July 15, 2015. The week of August 17-21, 2015 the 100 semi-finalist will travel to Atlanta, GA and present the future of their idea to a panel of 25 industry professionals. Collectively the panel will select 10 winners to receive the investments and infrastructure support in their idea. The IPO Project- You’re Next competition winners will be announced and notified by September 15, 2015.

As Pandora Radio representatives stated,”The IPO Project is American Idol meets Shark Tank.”

The IPO Project – You’re Next competition along with sponsors that include Energy 1 Federal Credit Union, Regus Group Companies, HillChase, LLC, Club-e, IASC, Inc. and the Invest Atlanta team is poised to help entrepreneurs from 18 to 80.

In John Hope Bryant’s book, “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism” he posed the question; ” …Imagine if we could turn people with few opportunities…into tomorrow visionaries and entrepreneurs.” The IPO Project – You’re Next competition answers this call to action and takes it a step further by providing the necessary support to bolster entrepreneurial success.

CONTACT:
Marjorie Waye, President
360 Player Experience, LLC
201 17th St Ste300, Atlanta, GA 30363
T: 844-968-7360
F: 404-963-0900
info@theipoproject.com
www.theipoproject.com

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Entrepreneurs Learn How to Make Their Strategies Work in Any Economy With The GO SAMMY Strategy System Program

TrainingforEntrepreneurs.com, an on-line business skills training and virtual resource center for aspiring, beginning, and experienced entrepreneurs, announced today that membership enrollment is now open for the GO SAMMY Strategy System Program™. The GO SAMMY Program™ is a strategy development and implementation system created especially for entrepreneurs of small-to-medium size businesses. The Program is designed to help entrepreneurs broaden and fine-tune their strategic thinking, planning, and managing skill set. GO SAMMY™ is an acronym derived f r o m the first letter of each of the following words: Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Activities, Manage, Measure, and Yields. These words define the GO SAMMY™ planning, thinking, and managing initiatives.

“During this current economic climate, businesses of all sizes face critical issues and unique challenges that require well-developed plans and well-defined problem solving approaches. With well-developed plans and problem solving approaches, business owners and executives improve their chances for survival,” says Dolly Stevens, Director of Training for Entrepreneurs.com. “Entrepreneurs can substantially increase their probability of successfully achieving their goals and objectives by following a predetermined set of steps rather than flying by the seat of their pants! This predetermined set of steps is commonly referred to as a Strategic Action Plan (SAP). The SAP, or the entrepreneur’s road map, specifically outlines the steps and tasks that are necessary for entrepreneurs to implement so that they can achieve their business objectives.”

Ms. Stevens continues, “The SAP translates entrepreneurs’ ideas into action in order to make things happen. The SAP defines what needs to be done, how tasks are to be accomplished, which resources are required to carry out the tasks, and who is responsible for completing the tasks. Without a Strategic Action Plan, it is highly unlikely that the dreams of entrepreneurs will become realities, particularly in this current economic downturn! We are all familiar with the fact that the successful development of any project of value presupposes the use of a detailed blueprint or set of specific instructions. The blueprint for the development of the comprehensive Strategic Action Plan is the Blueprint for the GO SAMMY Strategy System™. With GO SAMMY™, entrepreneurs have a cost-effective solution for developing a custom-tailored Strategic Action Plan for their specific business that will guide them and their organization in the day-to-day business activities.”

The GO SAMMY Strategy System™ is a strategy development/implementation training program for business owners, executives, and professional service providers. The GO SAMMY Program™ provides the Select Plus members of Training for Entrepreneurs.com with expert guidance through the program’s weekly, systematic, instructional e-Lesson modules on strategic thinking, planning, managing, and executing key action strategies. The Program’s “breakaway-f r o m-business-as-usual” strategy development methods help entrepreneurs to more effectively and efficiently realign their business processes to current economic conditions, reposition their companies to gain a competitive advantage, minimize their risks, and maximize their operating results. The disciplined approach of the GO SAMMY System™ shapes and guides what the business is, what it does, and how and why it does it. By applying the GO SAMMY™ “breakaway-f r o m-business-as-usual methods of strategy development, businesses are now better equipped not only to survive, but also to more effectively re-position their businesses and thrive in almost any economy. Entrepreneurs can enroll in the GO SAMMY Strategy System Program™ by visiting http://www.TrainingforEntrepreneurs.com/programs/#strategy.com

Training for Entrepreneurs.com is an online business skills training and virtual resource center for entrepreneurs of small-to-medium size businesses who want to learn and enhance critical business skills and realize greater success. Training for Entrepreneurs.com creates, develops, publishes, and facilitates web-based information products, interactive distance e-Learning programs, and virtual mentoring programs to help members master the skill set a s s o c i a t e d with leaders that achieve extraordinary results.

Training for Entrepreneurs.com illustrates, demonstrates, and communicates its digital content using a combination of rich learning media: text , graphics, animation, audio, and video. With the use of “state-of-the-art” instructional design of the programs, subscription members are able to enjoy a valuable learning experience. Training for Entrepreneurs.com is the training and development group of Legacy A s s o c i a t e s, Inc., a small business consulting services firm located in Lakewood Ranch (Sarasota), Florida.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas for Small Business

The run up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year with tens of thousands of seasonal jobs created to cope with the Christmas rush. This doesn’t just impact retailers, as many small businesses are also affected. The rush to meet increase in customer demands doesn’t always mean recruiting new staff.

Entrepreneurs may feel pressured to go beyond their financial means and recruit to keep up with the demands of the festive season. Business Link in London urges small businesses to call our helpline or visit our website for advice on seasonal recruitment and avoid unnecessary costs.

London’s small business owners should also undertake a thorough Business Link in London health check to assess their business and be ready to make the most of the upturn in the market place in the New Year.

Whilst the impact of the recession is felt by the majority of London’s entrepreneurs, they remain resilient and optimistic about their future business growth. 63% are planning to grow and levels of optimism remain high at 75%, according to our latest Business Confidence Index, which measures business sentiment of over 3,300 London’s small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Benjamin Smart, Regional Manager at Business Link in London said;

“It’s the season to be cheery. Small businesses need to keep up their optimism by ensuring they have the right number of people with the right skills to service their customers through Christmas and beyond. My advice is to call us before hiring new staff and get a health check as one of your New Year resolutions.”

A business health check can easily assess ways in which businesses can live within their means and still thrive. More than 9,000 SMEs in London have already benefited from this since its launch over a year ago.

The service allows smaller companies with fewer staff and limited resources to access financial support and expert advice to help steer them through tough economic times and busy working periods.

Karen Hanton, of restaurant booking website toptable.com, added;

“The scale of the Christmas rush can be a real shock to businesses. Business Link in London is a great resource when you need access to quick authoritative information and business support

Top tips for small businesses to remain unaffected by the Christmas rush include:

CHRISTMAS SEASON TIPS
Tip 1
• Recruit temporary workers through an agency

Tip 2
• Engaging employees on fixed-term contracts

Tip 3
• Recruiting family and friends to help out on weekends and during school and college breaks

Tip 4
• Extending the hours of part-time workers, who may be able to ease the pressure at particularly busy times (and who may want extra money)

Tip 5
• Outsourcing some business activity

Small Business owners can contact Business Link in London for health check advice, including ways to handle the busy festive period at:

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/london/staffingoptions
http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/london/seasonalbusiness

Business Link in London is a free and impartial business advisory service providing support to small businesses in London through its Business Advisers, workshops and seminars. It also maintains a round the clock, 24-hour telephone and online advice service.

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Finding The Inner Entrepreneur In All Of Us

There have been more than 7.4 million more people unemployed since the economic recession began in December of 2007. Although the declines are beginning to moderate, there are still job losses reported in major industries (U.S. Bureau of Labor). As the leaves change colors and summer breezes turn cool, this is the season for personal change. Despite the highs and lows of the economic currents, now is the time to consider starting a business.

Go outside the comfort zone and “Discover the Inner Entrepreneur™” in You. We all have a passion, so turn that passion into a business in which you control – not someone else.

Jewish Families Services(JFS), S.U.C.C.E.S.S Program and Like Minded Moms(LMM), (a networking organization to help moms promote their businesses) are teaming up with Barb Girson, owner/founder MySalesTactics™ to bring to the community a guide to help them be self sufficient and build confidence–

With the support of these two organizations and the guidance of Barb Girson, participants can only succeed:

1) Jewish Family Services, a nationally accredited mental health, workforce, and social service agency that has been helping individuals and families, in both the Jewish and general community, face life’s challenges for nearly 100 years (2008).

2) Like Minded Moms, a networking group that strives to help their members grow their business beyond beliefs.

This innovative program, “Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur™”(DYIE), is an opportunity for interested entrepreneurs to attend, explore & determine if being an empowered, enterprising entrepreneur is for them! Barb has been a successful multi-million dollar business entrepreneur for 12 years and has a decade of senior management corporate experience. This program grew from Girson’s personal experience.

When Barb Girson was downsized one year ago from her last corporate position, she participated in the SUCCESS PROGRAM, which helps downsized workers find gainful employment. This JFS program offered tremendous support during her transition, and the current economic environment caused her to get creative. “I decided to take charge of my career and document my steps to teach others. No longer will my fate be determined by a board room decision,” says Girson. She decided she would take charge of her career and document her steps to teach others. No longer will her fate be determined by a board room decision. She developed a training program to help empower others to start their own business. To staff her firm, she is turning to other downsized workers to fill sales and marketing roles.

Teaming up with organizations such as, Like Minded Moms, and the Jewish Family Services has been one way to extend her reach and quickly establish her business. To show her appreciation, Barb contributes 10% of the course proceeds to Jewish Family Services.

My Sales Tactics, a professional skill development, training and consulting firm is offering a 4 week program, Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur™, that will help people explore various options available to start a business, evaluate what skills they have that might be marketable, determine how they should set up their office, and identify what resources they will need. At the end, they will be able to make an informed choice and have in hand an outline of what they need to do next, if in fact being an entrepreneur is for them!

New business ventures by entrepreneurs are expected to stimulate the economy. . According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (“GEM”) international research consortium the first global study of high expectation entrepreneurship has found that just 9.8 percent of the world’s entrepreneurs expect to create almost 75 percent of the jobs generated by new business ventures. To learn more or register visit www.MySalesTactics.com/entrepreneur.

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Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Of Executives, Professionals And Entrepreneurs Recognizes Paul Francis Robertson, As An Online Entrepreneur And A Small Business Owner

The 2008-2009 Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs recognizes Paul Francis Robertson, as an online entrepreneur and a small business owner, including Robertsons Photography Service.

Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Of Executives, Professionals And Entrepreneurs Recognizes Paul Francis Robertson, As An Online Entrepreneur And A Small Business Owner

Paul Francis Robertson was born in Galveston, TX, on August 23, 1953. He received a four year Moody Foundation Scholarship, while preparing for college at Texas City High School, from September 1967 – May 1971, in his hometown of Texas City, TX. He entered his freshman year of college at the University of Houston, Main Campus. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Technology, while attending the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Southern University, in Houston, TX, from September 1972 – May 1975.

Paul Francis Robertson graduated with high honors, magna cum laude, on May 17, 1975. He is a life time member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He studied in the College of Education at Texas Southern University (Teacher Certification Program), from the Fall 1997 to the Spring 1999 also.

Paul Francis Robertson continued to pursue his dreams as a computing professional from January 1974 to May 1997, in the Information Technology Industry. He became a full-time classroom teacher from August 1997 to May 2005, in the Education Industry. This was another dream that became reality. He has become an online entrepreneur and a small business owner from June 2005 to the present day, in the Business Services Industry. Paul Francis Robertson can be reached at (409) 939-7831, his business telephone.

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How Companies Can Cash In on Innovations and Patents Revealed in New Book

Co-authored by a partner at a large, international law firm and a marketer with 23 years of experience working for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500, Business Success Through Innovation explains how savvy entrepreneurs and businesses generate wealth through innovation and patents, rather than by manufacturing prowess. This book is a must for U.S. businesses facing an economic slowdown and increased foreign competition, and for entrepreneurs looking for a sustainable, competitive advantage.

Business Success Through Innovation shows which companies (U.S. and foreign) and universities are most active in obtaining U.S. patents, the technology categories in which most patent activity occurs, and how each of the 50 states ranks in terms of patent activity, education level, and median income.

Written from a business perspective, the book contains nearly 200 charts of valuable, competitive U.S. patent information and explains how to formulate your own game plan for success.

Although approximately 80% of the U.S. economy is now service based, it is still the world’s largest with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of approximately $14 trillion. That is about three times larger than Japan’s GDP (which ranks second) and about four times larger than Germany’s or China’s. Business Success Through Innovation explains how the United States maintains its edge: about 75% of the value of publicly traded U.S. companies is in intangible assets rather than plant or equipment. Innovation and the control of innovations through legal mechanisms, particularly patents, are imperative for companies and entrepreneurs hoping to succeed in today’s economy.

For further details and excerpts, please visit www.isopatent.com.
Business Success Through Innovation is available at isopatent.com and Amazon.com.
Business Success Through Innovation
Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-9819052-0-4, $28.95.

About the Authors
David E. Rogers is a patent attorney and partner with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., one of the world’s largest international law firms. David practices patent, trademark, trade dress and unfair competition law and has been a featured speaker on patent and trademark topics in the United States and abroad.

Amy L. Hartzer is the President of IsoPatent LLC. She has a BS in Marketing from Indiana University, an MBA from Michigan State University and more than 23 years of experience in both consumer and business marketing. She has worked in a variety of roles including Director of Brand Management, Director of Customer Retention, and Vice President of Marketing for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 including Southwestern Bell, General Motors OnStar, and Cooper Industries.

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Half Day Workshop Focused On Teaching Entrepreneurs How To Save Thousands By Outsourcing In Their Businesses

The Save Time and Money! Outsource Your Business workshop is being offered in Pikesville, Maryland, September 6, 2008 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The cost is $69 and special “bring a friend” discount pass is available by calling 1-866-226-2607.

Mia Redrick uses her experience with these outsourcing methods as a self-published author of Time for mom-Me:5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care (available on Amazon and in Barnes and Nobles stores across the country) as well as the author of over 14 books, several web communities including www.findingdefinitions.com. Mia’s book, “Time for mom-Me:5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care” is the foundation for Save Time and Money! Outsource Your Business, and details Mia’s expertise as a masterful outsourcer.

The session is focused on what outsourcing is for the independent business owner. Mia will provide a short workshop and then explain how every business owner can benefit from outsourcing. Large corporations have benefited from outsourcing in their businesses for years. Most small business owners don’t know how to use the same strategies to save them $1000 on administrative cost by learning this powerful technique. The session will provide participants with resources that they can implement right away in their businesses to save time and money. Sharing this process is important because most small businesses never take flight because of the cost of doing business.

Each part of the workshop will provide tools that will allow participants to know what resources are available and how to access them as a small and independent business owner. Outsourcing Your Business saves Time and Money! That is what this workshop is all about.

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Barclays Local Business report workplace “dreamers” of today make tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Barclays Local Business research reveals untapped potential of today’s workforce. Workers caught staring into space at their desk or ‘away with the fairies’ during business meetings are a mass of untapped, entrepreneurial talent, according to research from Barclays Local Business.

The latest survey by Barclays Local Business reveals how employees showing signs of distraction are likely to get out and start their own business, as nearly half of today’s UK business bosses (44 per cent) admit to having plotted their entrepreneurial future whilst daydreaming in the work place of a previous employer.

Although an increasing number of bosses are paranoid about employees wasting time at work on social networking sites like Facebook, it appears they cannot stop employees from dreaming of a more productive and satisfying future in their working life.

John Davis, marketing director for Barclays Local Business said: “This survey highlights what many bosses have probably suspected for a long time – that for some employees, their current job is the last thing on their mind when they are at work. However, whilst they may be wasting their employer’s time they are not necessarily being idle; as they are planning for their own future. For budding entrepreneurs, the routine of their day-job can spark dreams of going onto bigger and better things.”

These dreamers turned entrepreneurs clearly know the value of downtime with only eight per cent interrupting their holidays to come up with a killer small business idea. Similarly, just six per cent were prepared to think about being their own boss in between pints down the pub. It’s also no surprise then that the survey also reveals that almost 40 per cent of UK business bosses view plain old common sense as the winning ingredient for ongoing success.

Davis added: “For employers there is nothing more frustrating than letting untapped talent slip through the net as staff showing entrepreneurial signs provide huge benefits and help small, medium or larger companies grow. Perhaps it will serve as a warning to any boss that they shouldn’t take their eye off the ball when it comes to keeping their staff interested and engaged and developing their people.”

The survey also uncovers the concerns keeping aspiring entrepreneurs awake at night; just under 40 per cent admit to feeling nervous about giving up the financial stability of a full time job, while nearly one in five (19 per cent) worry about getting into debt. Added pressure on their home life was also a worry for six per cent.

About Barclays Local Business
Barclays Local Business provide services and a comprehensive range of tailored business banking products to more than 600,000 businesses typically with a turn over less than £1 million.

Barclays Local Business supports businesses with:
– Named business manager, locally based allocated to the clients business. 1,600 Local Business Managers in 600 locations

– Barclays Trading Places’ Awards, recognising people who have overcome adversity to set up in business

– Give start-ups standard banking transactions free for up to 18 months. Wide range of free advice and information -Starting & Running Your Business CD-ROM; consultations with a panel of legal, accountancy & marketing experts; Business Opportunity Profiles & Business Information Factsheets; Legal & tax helpline

– Free ‘Mindleaders‘ online business skills training worth £1,000 and award winning software packages that will help save businesses time and money

– Individual solutions that offer support outside of the usual banking services e.g. unique award winning software packages that will help save businesses time and money

– The ability to speak to a qualified business Manager – out of hours or when their local business manager is engaged with customers. Flexibility to bank when and how they want – online and telephone banking and a full counter service at 1600 branches nationwide.

Figures taken from research carried out by YouGov on behalf of Barclays Local Business Banking. Total sample size was 2427 SME owner-managers from across the UK. Fieldwork was undertaken between 11-17 May 2007. The survey was carried out online. The figures have not been weighted.

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Expert System Enables Start-Ups and Early-Stage Companies to Control Their Own Financing at Low Cost

Commonwealth Capital Advisors (CCA), an investment banking advisory firm, today announced that it has combined a number of software modules and features that were previously sold separately under its Financial Architect System™ product line. It has also significantly reduced the overall cost of the combined products and services.

The Financial Architect System™ is a patent-pending method designed to help entrepreneurs simplify the process and reduce the cost of raising capital through issuing securities. In addition, CCA has added templates for issuing “Seed Capital Convertible Bridge NotesTM” – a simple and rapid form of financing for small companies – to one of its two consolidated product suites.

“The goals of the Financial Architect System™ and the changes we’re announcing today are simple,” said Charles Dreher, CCA’s Executive Vice President. “We want to help start ups and early stage companies significantly lower the costs and increase the speed of raising capital. Just as important, we want to provide business owners with an easy-to-use expert system that will enable them to choose the right deal structure for capital they need without giving up equity unnecessarily.”

“Using our system, an entrepreneur can create the necessary documents for convertible bridge notes in about two hours and start raising capital the same day,” Dreher noted. “To raise additional capital using our system, a client can then produce a securities-offering document, for legal counsel review, compliant with Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 in as little as 20 hours at a fraction of the time and cost it would take using conventional methods.”

“We believe there’s significant and growing demand among business owners for control over their financing strategies. The low cost of the Financial Architect System™ and the way we’ve simplified our offerings into just two product suites designed to meet this ‘do-it-yourself’ approach,” he concluded.

About Commonwealth Capital Advisors, LLC
Commonwealth Capital Advisors is an investment banking advisory firm with representation in Chicago, Harbor Springs, MI, and other locations in the United States as well as internationally. The firm has provided conventional investment advisory services to public and private business since it was established in 1998, and has spent the last four years developing the Financial Architect System™ as a complete expert system for start-up, early-stage and seasoned companies, both public and private, that seek capital.

CCA’s software allows clients to evaluate and create securities-offering documents for deal structures including common equity, notes with equity kickers, participating preferred shares, and common equity with bank debt.

In addition to its capital raising software, the firm provides clients with access to accredited “angel” investors, private equity funds, hedge funds, registered investment advisors, broker-dealers and many other sources of capital, around the world, that have an interest in funding start-up and early-stage companies. Access to this “Commonwealth Capital Club” network is on a password-protected area of CCA’s website and is part of the Financial Architect System™.

More information on CCA is at www.CommonwealthCapital.com/members/4750 or at its international web site www.CCAIntl.co.uk For a limited time, CCA is offering its comprehensive proprietary guide to financing, The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early-Stage Companies, at no cost through the above links.

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