• Gregg Pollack, Envy Lab’s Founder answers questions via live chat

    Here are the highl;ights of the live chat we held with Gregg Pollack








    Gregg Pollack is the founder of Envy Labs, a consultancy that builds big web applications, and Code School, an online learning platform that teaches software developers new skills. Gregg also helps run Orlando's BarCamp, the Orlando Ruby Users Group, the EdTech Orlando Meetup, and the Orlando Tech Events newsletter. His newest project is Starter Studio, a business accelerator in Orlando.




    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. #StartupLab takes YEC's mission to help more people start successful businesses to the next level by offering millions of entrepreneurs direct access to YEC members through interactive video chats, email lessons and a library of how-to articles, videos and eBooks. Whether you're just starting up, a current business owner, or you run an

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  • A Year After Sandy, Is Your Business Ready for Another Storm?

    After losing electricity—and the ability to run my home office—for a week after Hurricane Irene in 2011, I waited in a long line at Home Depot to buy a $500 generator. The next year, during Hurricane Sandy, the generator kept the lights, my computer, and the cell phone up and running during another weeklong blackout, but my Internet service was out. I have no way to file stories or get paid without the internet, so I spent three days accessing Wi-Fi from my laptop parked in my car outside the EMS office in my town. Now I have discovered how to convert my phone into a wireless modem with a mobile hotspot service.

    This month marked the peak of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which lasts through November and, according to NOAA, is still on track to be “above-normal” with a 70 percent chance for 13-19 named storms.

    With my generator and Wi-Fi hotspot, I think my home office is ready for another storm. But according to FEMA, “Research on personal preparedness indicates that individuals

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  • Announcing a live chat with Envy Labs Founder Gregg Pollack

    The next in our weekly series of live chats will be with Gregg Pollack, founder of Envy Labs at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) Thursday, October 3rd. As part of the Young Entrepreneur Council’s #StartupLab initiative, a virtual mentorship program, Gregg will appear live via video chat broadcast.

    Gregg Pollack is the founder of Envy Labs, a consultancy that builds big web applications, and Code School, an online learning platform that teaches software developers new skills. Gregg also helps run Orlando's BarCamp, the Orlando Ruby Users Group, the EdTech Orlando Meetup, and the Orlando Tech Events newsletter. His newest project is Starter Studio, a business accelerator in Orlando.

    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. #StartupLab takes YEC's mission to help more people start successful businesses to the next level by offering millions of

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  • Collecting Money

    If you’re a company who invoices clients for your products or services, then you know what’s it like to have receivables on your books. Managing receivables can be one the hardest, yet most crucial parts of running a business. This is money you are rightfully owed, and most importantly, you certainly need to keep your cash flow healthy and your business running seamlessly. Therefore, evaluating and continually improving your receivables performance management should be a top priority. Asking for money is never fun, but if you can work to make your receivables management process systematic and seamless, you’ll find getting paid becomes a breeze.

    1. Set Expectations Early - If you want customers to pay on time, you need to relay that very early on. Understandably, it seems that this is obvious, but the more diligent you are in explaining your payment terms to customers in the beginning, the better they will be about following them down the line. It’s important to have you customer sign a

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  • Reputation Management


    Love them or hate them, online customer reviews increasingly influence purchasing behavior and business success. 85% of consumers read online reviews about local businesses, up from 76% in 2012 (source: BrightLocal). What’s more, online reviews directly affect buying decisions: 90% of people are influenced by positive online reviews, and 86% are influenced by negative online reviews (source: Dimensional Research). 1 star difference in review rating can impact business revenue by 5-9% (source: Harvard Business Review).

    In this social buying age, online reviews have become a major influencer to business success. And with Internet freedom alive and thriving, consumers are in the driver’s seat, leaving business owners with seemingly little control over what people say about their business.

    Further fueling business owners’ frustrations is the difficulty in keeping track of online reviews. The proliferation of third-party review sites and social media have multiplied the number of

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  • A Branding Guru Shares Wisdom with Women Entrepreneurs

    Rather Be In ChargeIf there’s anyone who knows how to package a brand for success it’s Charlotte Beers, former CEO of advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather. During her lengthy career, which included a post as Undersecretary of State to Colin Powell, Beers was widely considered one of the most powerful women in American.

    Author of last year’s “I’d Rather Be In Charge,” a guide to achieving “pride, power, and joy at work,” Beers now offers 5-day “X-Factor” seminars across the U.S. and Europe to give women tools she says they need to “take charge, find pride and power at work, and learn to never miss a moment to lead.” Beers says she’s on a mission to help women find the power they have within and to exercise it, and that her book can help anyone become a masterful communicator.

    At the OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp at the American Express World Headquarters in New York recently Beers shared some of her wisdom in an hour-long session called “Authentic Leadership Breeds Confidence.” At 78, the supremely poised and

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  • Highlights of our #GoSMB Twitter Chat with @UPS

    We held a live Twitter chat with @UPS on Thursday Sept. 26th. Participating was Melanie Alavi, UPS Retail Marketing Manager. Here are some of the highlights from that event.

    The chat took a basic Q&A format.

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  • Jason Headsetsdotcom – IWearYourShirt Founder and CEO answers questions via live chat

    Here are the highlights of our Live Chat with Jason Headsetdotcom, Founder and CEO of IWearYourShirt.







    Jason Headsetsdotcom (formerly Jason Sadler) is the Founder and CEO of IWearYourShirt. In 2008 he recognized the growing influence of social media and decided he could utilize these platforms in a new and unique way, by getting paid to wear sponsored t-shirts for a living. Each day, Jason represented a different company online using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Ustream and Flickr. Jason has worked with over 1,000 clients that include professional sports organizations, advertising agencies, Fortune 500s, startups, and more. Jason previously co-owned a web design company and in 2013 auctioned off his last name to the highest bidder. Jason will be selling his last name again for 2014 and has a new project launching October 1.







    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of

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  • How do you hack offline as rapidly and as effectively as you hack online?

    Web startups can iterate a product and get it back on the market in a matter of seconds. But with product companies, we’re faced with manufacturing lead times that create a much longer development cycle. Luckily, Ministry of Supply's co-founders also went to MIT, where we learned the importance of hacking -- i.e., moving fast, iterating quickly and using customer insights to educate design.

    To that end, I want to share some creative ways that MoS brought some of the best online practices offline, and applied them to our product company:

    A/B testing isn’t only for web companies.

    When A/B testing, companies randomly test two variants and determine which one better achieves the company’s goals (e.g., click-through rate or conversion).  Web startups are notorious for doing this often and well -- and then optimizing based on the results.

    When we started Ministry of Supply, we wondered if we could take this same principle

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  • Announcing a live chat with IWearYourShirt Founder and CEO Jason Headsetsdotcom

    Jason Sadler

    Streaming live on Yahoo! Small Business Advisor’s Young Entrepreneur blog Founder and CEO of IWearYourShirt will answer questions from readers at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) Thursday, September 26th. As part of the Young Entrepreneur Council’s #StartupLab initiative, a virtual mentorship program, Jason will appear live via video chat broadcast on this site.

    Jason Headsetsdotcom (formerly Jason Sadler) is the Founder and CEO of IWearYourShirt. In 2008 he recognized the growing influence of social media and decided he could utilize these platforms in a new and unique way, by getting paid to wear sponsored t-shirts for a living. Each day, Jason represented a different company online using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Ustream and Flickr. Jason has worked with over 1,000 clients that include professional sports organizations, advertising agencies, Fortune 500s, startups, and more. Jason previously co-owned a web design company and in 2013 auctioned off his last name to the

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