• Business Calendar: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014


    o West Florida Genealogical Society: 9:45 am beverages; 10 am conference Jan. 3. Bert Outlaw, president of WFGS, will provide information about state land records, public domain records, land grants, and more. West Florida Genealogy Library, 5740 N. Ninth Ave. Charlotte Schipman, 477-7166, or email cschipman@mac.com.o Yearly Pace Area Chamber Meeting and Awards Reception: 6 pm Jan. 8. The Speed Area Chamber of Commerce provides their major fundraiser, the 16th annual Banquet and Awards Dinner. Sponsors will certainly get media recognition, be presented at the reception, and be recognized in the program and newsletter. Call or come over the Chamber workplace if you would such as to be a sponsor or contributor. Tickets$25 and can be purchased at the Chamber Office, 4344 US 90, Speed. Living Fact Church, 8897 Byrom Campbell Roadway, Rate. Nicki Qualls, 994-9633, or e-mail admin@pacechamber.com.o Pensacola Archaeological Society: 7 to 8:30 pm Jan. 13. Pensacola Archaeological Society monthly meeting and lecture. Free, beverages and social after. West Florida Public Library, Meeting Room B, First floor, 239 N. Spring St. Adrianne Sams, 626-3084, or visit http://pasfl.org/.o Western Gate Toastmasters: 12:05 to 1:05 pm Jan. 15. Wanting to develop speaking and leadership abilities, ace a task interview, or spark your profession? Meet and work with others to help reach objectives. Visitors are welcome. County Governmental Complex, 221 Palafox Location. Kris Hill, 595-4970; e-mail kmhill@co.escambia.fl.us; or go to http://westerngate.toastmastersclubs.org.o Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa County: 10 am Jan. 17. Month-to-month conference, educationalcurricula are provided as well as help in study. Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa County, 5541 Alabama St., Milton. Patricia Wariner, 623-5160, or email pwariner@bellsouth.net.oGulf Coast African American Chamber: 5:30 to 7:30 pm Jan. 20. General body meeting to discoverdiscover the company neighborhood and a range of subjects in our community. Free. Pensacola Improv Event Center, 375 N. Rate Blvd. 438-3993; e-mail info@gcaacc.info; or visit www.gcaacc.info.o Pensacola Company Women in Action: 5:30 pm, networking; 6 pm, meeting and supper Jan. 20. RSVP is needed.$20 for prospective members; complimentary for newbie guests and members. Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St. Monica Barnard, 587-6026, or check out www.pensacolabusinesswomen.com.Networking o Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast: 11:30 am to 1 pm Jan. 2. Group created to supply women with the resources and connections they need to assist them grow personally and expertly. Guests are motivated to bring business cards and marketing product. Free, registration readily available online. Gulf Coast Children House, 3401 N.

    12th Ave. Kolleen Chesley, 529-0908; email jennifer@gcpromo.com; or check out www.powerfulwomengulfcoast.com.o Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast– Gulf Breeze: 11:30 am to 1 pm Jan 16. The program includes education segments, discussions by regional company women and is created to provide ladies with the resources and connections they require to assist them grow personally and expertly. Free. Hampton Inn amp; Suites, 61 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze. Kolleen Chesley, 529-0908; e-mail jennifer@gcpromo.com; or see www.powerfulwomengulfcoast.com.Seminars o Dave Ramseys Financial Peace University: 5:30 pm Wednesdays through Jan. 21. The nine-week course provides families and people with useful devices to get control of their finances and set themselves up for long-lasting monetary success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Ramsey on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and cash, leaving debt, saving for emergency situations and investing. Contact Kevin Hammer at 476-5667 for more infoto learn more or to register. Grace Lutheran Church, 6601 N. Ninth Ave. Workshops o FSBDC at UWF Government Contracting Solutions: 11:30 am to 1 pm Jan. 7. The Florida Small Company Development Center at University of West Florida Government Contracting Solutions will provide a workshop Veteran-Owned Company: Any Advantages, Exactly what Do I Do? Laura Subel to provide. Free, but preregistration is required. Call 474-2528, or check out www.sbdc.uwf.edu. Greater Pensacola Chamber, 117 W. Garden St. 474-2528. Put together by Ginny Hollingsworth, business@pnj.com!.?.!

  • The United States And Pacific Alliance Advance Cooperation On Entrepreneurship

    The Pacific Alliance nations of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru have actually selected 60 of their most vibrant business owners to get involvedtake part in the Latin America CONCEPT Partnership (La Idea) Incubator Program. The choice is sponsored by the United States Department of State under the auspices of US observership in the Pacific Alliance. The La Concept Incubator Program supports the creation of new, innovative companies with high-growth capacity. The program offers business owners in the Pacific Alliance unique access to the United States network of company incubators to help with mutual investment chances and to support the Alliances visionary efforts to construct the next generation of innovative, around the world competitive companies.

    In early 2015, the selected entrepreneurs will certainly travel to the United States to receive highly specialized training in a two-week session concentrated on either agribusiness, health services, or advanced manufacturing. Individuals will certainly also have the ability to share experiences and check out company collaborations with US and Pacific Alliance equivalents. Upon returning to their country, they will be much better geared up to grow their company and create tasks in their regional communities along with access worldwide markets.

    • January 1223, 2015: Agribusiness Session at the Louisiana Company and Technology Center hosted by Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • February 213, 2015: Advanced Production Session at the Coastal Bend Company Development Center hosted by Texas Aamp; M University in Corpus Cristi, Texas
    • February 920, 2015: Health Services Session at TECH Ft. Worth in Ft. Worth, Texas

    The United States ended up being an observer to the Pacific Alliance in July 2013 and has engaged with Alliance members to support useful efforts to incorporate markets and pursue strong financial policies. As crucial bilateral partners, the United States and the Pacific Alliance members have longstanding cooperation to broaden complimentary markets, decrease inequality, open trade, and welcome foreign investment.

    Between 2012 and 2014, the United States has actually signed bilateral memoranda of comprehending with each member nation on cooperation to promote entrepreneurship and little business development. The La Idea Incubator Program follows through on these dedications and reinforces strong United States economic relations and the complimentary trade contracts with each Pacific Alliance member country.

    For more detailsTo learn more on La Idea and the picked business please visit www.laidea.co.

    For more infoFor more details on the Pacific Alliance please go to http://alianzapacifico.net/en/.

  • Lone Tree Business Named Finalist In Rural Entrepreneurship Competition

    Farming is difficulteffort, and starting an ag-related business can be even harder.Just ask Michael Koenig of Lone Tree, who in 2011 with 2 college friends began ScoutPro, a software applications development company specializing in crop scouting.On Nov. 18, the company got a boost when

    it was selected as one of 4 finalists in the very first Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, getting a$ 15,000 award and the opportunity to pitch their business idea at the American Farm Bureau Federations 96th annual convention on Jan. 11, 2015, in San Diego, Calif.ScoutPro had a terrific concept– make use of the expansion of portable gadgets like smartphones and tablets to more easily recognize and tape conditions in farm fields, eliminating documents and helping with evaluation and modification of inputs.ScoutPro was established to take the guesswork out of crop searching and enhance effectiveness, Koenig said.

    The ScoutPro app allows you to determine all weeds, insects and diseases in your fields, while furthermore developing crop looking reports, enabling you to make better management decisions.The company was conceived while Koenig took an entrepreneurship in agriculture course taught by Kevin Kimle, director of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, at Iowa State University. Koenigs company partners, Stuart McCullough and Holden Nyhus, likewise were enrolled in the course. They took parttook part in ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiatives Student Incubator program, which offers training, mentoring, academic programs and access to topic specialists and investors.The business launched its very first items– ScoutPro Lite(TM )Soybean and ScoutPro Lite (TM)Corn– at the 2011 Farm Development Program in Decatur, Ill. The company expects to introduce a wheat application this year.Having bootstrapped the start-up while at Iowa State, the company faced the challenges any entrepreneurial endeavor does: start-up financing and well-capitalized competitors.The American Farm Bureau Federation, together with Georgetown Universitys McDonough School of Business Global Social Venture Effort and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiatives Start-up developed the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge as a

    method to helpto assist rural company startups like ScoutPro.The difficulty supplies an opportunity for individuals to showcase concepts and business developments being developed in rural regions of the US, according to a joint news release. In its inaugural year, there were more than 200 participants.Strengthening rural America begins with growing entrepreneurship– business by company, AFBF President Bob Stallman said. Assisting rural entrepreneurs turn terrific ideas into effective companies in their regional neighborhoods is what this competitors is all about.Involvement of the Farm Bureau in promoting rural entrepreneurship is understandable, however Georgetown University, based

    in Washington, DC?Here at Georgetown McDonough, we have an ethos of being in service to company and society, described Ladan Manteghi, executive director of the Worldwide Social Venture Effort at the McDonough School of Business. We desirewish to guarantee that our societys requirements are met.

    And we desire to assist make sure the US economy is strong, competitive, and that Americans have the finestthe very best chances to work, support their families and

    develop their neighborhoods. Rural communities are a vitalan essential part of our countrys social and economic fabric. We wantwish to be part of the option to keep them strong.If Koenig and business are named Rural Business owner of the Year in San Diego, there will certainly be an additional cash reward of$15,000, with the prospective to win the Peoples Selection Award for $10,000 more, according to Brynn Boyer, assistant director of communications, Georgetown McDonough.If ScoutPro victories, the cash is expected to be bought sales and advertising, Koenig said.January through May is the essential opportunity to get clients signed up, he said.Expect to see ScoutPro drumming up

    company at trade showsexhibition and other advertising places as farmers plan for the 2015 season.Details oScoutPro keeps workplaces in Lone Tree and Urbandale. To find outTo get more information, go to www.scoutpro.org, or telephone Michael Koenig at 515-639-2858. oTo discover more about the Iowa Farm Bureaus Renew Rural Iowa program, go

    to http://programs.iowafarmbureau.com/RRI/.oTo find out more about the Georgetowns Global Social Business Effort at its McDonough School of Business, go to http://socialenterprise.georgetown.edu/.

  • Entrepreneurship In College: Building Valuable Real-world Skills

    TULSA, Okla., December 18, 2014 University student today are stressed. Will their large financial investment in a $100,000 liberal arts degree pay off in the future? Will the non-paying internship theyre involved with really open the door to a career after graduation?

    The issue right here is in fact a basic one. The something that college students consistently forget to do is construct and best an important skill that the market place is prepared and potentially eager to spend for.

    University student can study all the books they desire, but an important, helpful and above all much-needed ability should be learned first hand with hands-on experience. Just because one can point out Shakespeare chapter and verse does not provide automatic value-added in the existing market. Unless, obviously, one wants to be a Shakespeare teacher. And the issue with that one is that theres essentially no demand for English language and literature professors in Americas dying university English Departments.

    One method to obtain important office abilities is in pursuing the area of entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship field is gaining fast scholastic popularity throughout college schools. Some schools, such as Oklahoma State University, even boast departments or schools entirely committed to entrepreneurship.

    There is nothing more fierce and hands-on in the competitive video game of life than beginning a new company. Any new endeavor, while amazing to consider, is stuffed with hazard. From the start, the leader of any start-up business begins with crucial twin issues.

    Will your target market in fact buy your item? Will investors, angels, or ventureinvestor even care to hear your company pitch?

    Yet the abilities needed to answer these concerns might be your ultimate secret to success. In entrepreneurship programs, the extremely idea of composing the company plan (and really doing it), and the opportunity of providing your strategy in a company plan competitors assists construct abilities such as public speaking, selling, or producing Excel spreadsheets-all vital components essential for ultimate business success.

    Developing a business while in college likewise offers the student the chance to obtain a dosage of “real life” experience, consisting of all the negatives and problems, such as potential investors being in advance with their criticism of your item and/or marketing plans, or other prospective customers stating no the item even before its launched.

    Plainly, not every college business owner will have the ability to create the next Facebook or Dell computer from his/her dorm space. But that tantalizing possibility does exist.

    To understand the arts of product resort, creation, development and advertising, todays university student should get comfy with and get involvedassociated with the world of entrepreneurship. Whether your objective is to contend on Televisions Shark Tank, begin the next Facebook from a dorm spacea dormitory, or construct valuable abilities, becoming involved in a start-up can provide important job market abilities that the marketplace really is eagerwants to pay for. And these days, that will supply you with a significant leg up on the competion in one of the most difficult job markets in recent memory.

  • The Bitter Truth About Entrepreneurial Success

    If you have taken a class in entrepreneurship just recently from the top business schools of the world, chances are that many of the lessons taught were not based upon sound knowledge. Worse, it is most likely that a few of the content was absolutely nothing however platitudes, great wishes, or merely impressions: average understanding sold at the price of gold.

    When an odd optional that attracted few students and created little scholastic interest, entrepreneurship study and education has actually blown up considering that the internet bubble made startups a beacon of light for ambitious children, and, for the first time in the history of Harvard, entrepreneurship became the most popular profession selection a few years earlier. Today, students see it as a legitimate alternative to a traditional business ladder, and schools utilize it as a distinction system: get our MBA, we will certainly teach you the best ways to be a successful entrepreneurial leader, not a regular manager.

  • St. Louis Ladies Made Fantastic Strides In Entrepreneurship In 2014

    At this time in 2013, an outsider looking in at St. Louis startup neighborhood might have seen the glass as half empty: American Express nationwide guide, State of Women-Owned Business, ranked our city dead last when it concerned cultivating and supporting women-led startups.Simply stated, 50

    percent of our regional economic pipeline was operating at a trickle.But what a difference a year makes. In January 2014, a group of St. Louis ladies companymagnate made a strong steptransfer to alter our entrepreneurial climate. Interacting, they introduced Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, a company committed to dealing with the entrepreneur gender gap in St. Louis by fostering, establishing, and capitalizing women-led businesses in the area and beyond. Just 11 months later, the impact of having a devoted

    concentrate on supporting women-led start-ups is measurable: o New funding sources are drawing in new companies to the area

    . Women-owned endeavors represented 23 percent of the business owners that were looking for angel capital in 2013, representing a significant increase from 16 percent in 2012. Securing this capital, however, is not easychallenging for these women and their business. In July, Prosper revealed the launch of the Prosper Startup Accelerator, which will make up to 12 yearly financial investments of$ 50,000 each in women-led technology, healthcare and consumer item companies already active or prepared to transfer to the St. Louis location. Flourish gotten more than 200 applications from all over the world for our first cohort beginning in January 2015. o Networking and company resources are more abundant. Ladies entrepreneurs have distinct requirements when it comes to accessing and managing networks, and the St. Louis business neighborhood has actually reactedreplied to fulfill them. In the last year, hundreds of women entrepreneurs have actually gone to occasions hosted by Prosper, WEST(Women Entrepreneurs of St. Louis ), Women 2.0, WISE(Women in Science Entrepreneurship ), the BioSTL Bioscience Inclusion Initiative, Washington Universitys WIE (Women in Development Entrepreneurship )and LaunchCoder Girl.

  • Okanagan College Students Receive National Grants For Entrepreneurship

    Okanagan College is one of a choose number of post-secondary organizations in Canada to get national grants in support of local entrepreneurship.

    Enactus Okanagan College is the only college in Canada and one of 5 post-secondary schools to receive three or more national grants from Enactus Canada. The Enactus Okanagan University student have currently applied funds from two of the grants to encourage social entrepreneurship in young individuals and have launched a brand-new social enterprise, InnSpire, to produce funds for a homeless shelter in Kelowna.

    Brent Basil, task manager for Enactus Okanagan Colleges InnSpire job (Picture Credit: Okanagan College)

    The grants are part of the Enactus Canada partnership program and are in conjunction with several companies, including the RBC Foundation, BDC and 3M Canada.

    Being picked for the 3 grants goes to reveal how much effort our group, and our neighborhood partners put into our programs, stated Tom Arrowsmith, president of Enactus Okanagan College. These grants include an additional level of validity to our programs by having them be nationally recognized.

    Dr. Kyleen Myrah is the professors advisor assisting supervise the recently launched InnSpire venture, which is a partnership with Inn from the Cold. The students have actually created a social business that produces revenue from the sale of contributed soap. The funds support Inn from the Colds Chandler Residence and the students get the chance to put their company skills to use.

    The goal of this job is to run a social venture; offering a sustainable source of income that likewise serves to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness, promote the work of the Inn From the Cold organization, and supply long-term employable chances for the guys in the Chandler house, said Myrah.

    The social enterprise was introduced in November using cash from the grants and the task has actually currently raised thousands of dollars for Inn from the Cold.

  • The Restrictions Of Brand-new Social Entrepreneurship

    If youre receiving year-end fundraising appeals from worldwide charities or universities, opportunities are that social entrepreneurship is included among these. This model – showcasing young, imaginative minds resolving social ills – is all the rage in worldwide development circles as well as in western greater education.

    While business owners have long been celebrated in complimentaryfree enterprise economies, the entrepreneurial technique is inherently restricted in its capability to cause social change due to the fact that it is blind to the structural obstacles dealt with by the poorest of the bad.

    Personal sector company

    Backed by a brand-new generation of foundation leaders like Bill Gates, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, and Expense Clinton, a brand-new model of social venture is being pushed that will, it is argued, revolutionise the companybusiness of social change and greatercollege.

  • Improving Empowerment Of Women Through Entrepreneurship

    Nowadays people’s attention is drawn to news of a weakened world economy, eventually resulting in weakening the currencies of many nations consisting of Indonesia, the government of which has actually assured that external pressure on the economy will certainly be tackled.When I saw

    Ciawi Market in Bogor recently, a young lady looking for groceries grumbled about the high price of red chili, which had actually increased to Rp 100,000 per kilogram.

    The vendor gave a simple and believable explanation and said it was due to inflation.

    “Exactly what’s inflation?” the lady asked. “I don’t understand,” replied the vendor. “I simply found out about it on television.”

    Homemakers, specifically among the poor, feel the worst results of this economic volatility. They directly experience the increasing prices of everyday needs. For that reason, women’s empowerment is crucial, particularly for housewives so that they become economically independent.

    The economic self-reliance of these ladies can be attained through entrepreneurship; a channel which supplies access to flexible working hours while allowing them to satisfy domestic functions as needed and contribute to the household’s welfare.

    An enhanced variety of entrepreneurs will certainly end up being a more powerful pillar of Indonesia’s economy. At least 2 percent of business owners of the overall population is needed to feasibly deduct the variety of jobless and propel a nation’s economy forward. We now have less than 2 percent of business owners, but I am positive that the development will continue, with more entrepreneurs in the creative economy.

    An exciting update from the Tourism Ministry is that last year, this sector’s development reached 5.76 percent, slightly above the typical development of our financial growth of 5.75 percent.

    The ministry also reported that the contribution of the imaginative economy to gross domestic product (GDP) reached Rp 642 trillion or 7 percent, with the biggest contribution to the food and fashion markets, worth Rp 209 trillion (32.5 percent) and Rp 182 trillion (28.3 percent), respectively.

    As a businesswoman, these superb figures truly raise my spirit to motivate entrepreneurship among Indonesian ladies. As females, we have our benefits to lead double or even several functions in life besides being a mommy, mother-to-be, or single mother, all with the goal of fulfilling the family’s economic freedom.

    Lots of say a lady can construct a reliable group, combining sharp instinct and factual logic in decision-making, acknowledging the impact of her actions along the method, and being precise in using resources each time to perform her tasks.

    Business Week and Dow Jones company reports stated that women-owned and women-managed private innovation companies were run more effectively than those of men.In Indonesia, the variety of females business owners has actually reached 60 percent of all our business owners– clearly ladies are on the ideal track to develop their own financial self-reliance and enhance the household’s welfare.

    Exactly what should we do to increase ladies participation in business?

    Typical obstacles ladies often face are financial gain access to, networking and capability building. To address this difficulty I welcomed my female close friends and fellow businesswomen to produce the Angel Investor Network (ANGIN) in 2012. This program concentratesconcentrates on improving women’s participation in the economy.

    A ladies’s fund was produced to inject business start-ups with ideas, implementation, funding, and business evaluation with more experienced businesswomen in ANGIN.

    The Angels likewise offer mentoring to company startups that have actually run for 6 months or are still at their preliminary business stage, but are barely advancing, mostly due to problems in financing– a major factor that commonly “eliminates” ladies’s entrepreneurial spirit.

    ANGIN has signed up with efforts to provide financing for local businesswoman and start-ups, particularly for moneying as much as US$ 50,000, with investment targets of three to 5 years.

    Selected businesswomen and start-up owners also obtain access to understanding and experience from the Angels’ company networks, to find out best practices from international colleagues, to have company and financial assessments, to undergo company pitching training and due diligence to assess the market and produce business strategies and to get business protection.

    Lots of businesses have grown from the ANGIN effort. Investors joining the network have enhanced significantly and are from different instructional backgrounds.

    What has actually been achieved today needs to not make us contented. The government and the private sector must work hand in hand to accomplish at least the 2 percent target of Indonesian entrepreneurs.

    Starting with a dream, then including ourselves in the financial sphere is the genuine contribution that every Indonesian woman can make to fellow ladies and the nation.

    Pleased Ladies’s Day, to Indonesia’s terrific ladies.


    The author is CEO of the Sintesa Group, founder of the Angel Financial investment Network (ANGIN).

  • National Rural Entrepreneurship Difficulty: 4 Finalists Get Ready For January …

    More Soybeans and Wheat, Less Corn Projection

    WASHINGTON, DC, July 11, 2014 A brand-new guide from the Agriculture Department updates estimates for the 2014-15 crop marketing year. The report offered a combined bag of estimates on top crops grown by the countries farmers, states the American Farm Bureau Federation.

    A record production for the nations soybean crop, 3.8 billion bushels, is anticipated, based upon record yield of 45.2 bushels per acre.

    Ending stocks for old-crop soybeans were increased to a forecasted 415 million bushels. If realized, this would be the greatest level of soybean carryover given that the 2006-2007 marketing year.

    Around the world, the quote for soybeans products also increased, due to larger US production as well as larger projected crops in Russia and Ukraine, said John Anderson, deputy chief economist with AFBF.

    The report increased 2013-14 corn ending stocks to 1.8 billion bushels due to the fact that of reduced use for animals feed. The 2014 corn crop is expected to come in at 13.86 billion bushels, somewhat less than the prior year, based on forecasted yield of 165.3 bushels per acre. Strong need from foreign markets paired with ongoing stable use for feed and ethanol production is anticipated to eat about 13.34 billion bushels by the end of the 2014-15 marketing year.

    Wheat production estimates were enhanced in this months report, both for the United States and worldwide.

    Provided moderate temperatures and moisture prevail, growers must generate an excellent corn crop, said Anderson. Any late-planted corn and soybeans will certainly need the advantage of temperate weather conditions as the growing period continues and we look toward fall with its ever-present opportunity of an early frost, he stated.

    BrowseUSDA reports onlinefor more information.