How the Memory of His Fallen Brothers Powers Dakota Meyer’s Passion

May 26, 2017 6 min read This story originally ran April 5, 2016. Growing up on a farm in Greensburg, Ky., Dakota Meyer had a big problem with authority. During his senior year of high school, a visiting Marine recruiter asked what he planned to do after graduating. Dakota replied, “probably play football.” The recruiter replied, “That’s good, because there’s no way you could be a Marine.” Not one to back down from a challenge, Dakota shot back: “Get the papers ready. I’ll sign them today.” He was just 17 and his parents needed to co-sign his contract. After training as a Marine Corps sniper, he completed one tour in Iraq and signed up to head to Afghanistan because he “wanted to fight.” While serving in Afghanistan, Meyer’s combat team was caught in a deadly ambush. Disobeying direct orders to stay out of harm’s way, Meyer raced into the fight. […]

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5 Ways This Crisis Is Changing Venture Capital Investment Strategy

May 25, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The effects of the global health crisis have been far reaching. Across every country and almost every industry, there have been declines in productivity and income, bringing the economy of the world almost to a halt and leading to unemployment on a scale that has not been seen in decades. Still, business must continue, and for that to happen, investment deals must continue to be made. As with other sectors of the economy, things are just proceeding differently than they did before this crisis. Whether you’re an investor, founder or simply someone interested in how investments will play out, here are some of the most important things to keep your eye on: 1. Increased competition and less cash For all companies, even the ones that are in resistant sectors, there is going to be tougher competition for the investor […]

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3 Nonprofit Funding Avenues All Founders Should Know About

And deciding which one is right for you. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 25, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Like for-profit ventures, nonprofits need money to grow and meet mission objectives. There are several choices out there. Many are viable even if the founder has bad credit. Many will even work for nonprofit startups. Play to the nonprofit’s strengths. There is funding to match. Grants  Government grants require paperwork and grant proposals, but they are often a good place to start. These operate a lot like business plans and require a  501(c)(3) designation. Federal Grants The federal government wants to hand out money. Go to grants.gov to search for grants. Here are some grants for nonprofits. F20AS00026 – Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment: Develop introductory educational experiences in natural resource careers to young people and […]

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How to Lead in the Face of Doubt

May 25, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Doubt is a very powerful entity that, without tools, can consume your life, especially during these present times. First, it’s important to know it’s perfectly OK to feel the way you do. Second, this piece is intended to guide you through it so you can stay on the track of your purpose, as it’s needed more than ever before. Over 11+ years of coaching, I’ve determined there are three main reasons you may not make that first step toward making transformational change in the face of uncertainty.  1. You lack the right information. You don’t know the exact strategy or steps required to overcome the challenge before you. 2. You’re scared. The wrong or too much information can trigger an innate fear of what could happen if you fail or don’t survive. In a world of instant gratification, […]

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The Top 5 Ways to Close a Deal

It’s all about them. May 25, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A famous Philadelphian once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”  This wasn’t the only advice Benjamin Franklin offered to the dealmakers of the future. In his autobiography, Franklin talked about a lesson he learned when he tried to convince farmers to supply wagons for an expedition. When he showed the farmers how it would benefit them personally, they immediately agreed. This discovery would soon be translated into his famous sales principle: “It’s all about them!” Basic sales techniques haven’t changed much since Franklin’s time. As an entrepreneur, business leader, or sales executive, you know that nothing happens until you close the deal. In my experience, closing business deals comes down to two basic principles: empathy and logic. Empathy allows you to put yourself in the prospect’s shoes and understand their “pain points,” […]

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Tips for Integrating Chatbots into your Marketing Strategy

We have all been on a website and had a chat box pop up and ask us if there is anything that we need help with. More often than not, the person who we start chatting to is not a person at all. Chatbots are computer programs that have been designed to have a conversation with a person in a way that makes it seem they are talking to another person. How natural the conversation will be depends on the sophistication of the chatbot technology. Chatbots are useful tools for all kinds of businesses and can provide a number of marketing benefits.  This article will explain four useful tips for integrating chatbots into your business marketing strategy. Choose the right chatbot to suit your needs The first thing you must do when planning to integrate chatbots into your marketing strategy is to identify your goals. The type of chatbot that […]

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Ready for Summer? Here are 8 Beachy Business Reads.

May 25, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. With warmer weather and vacations on the horizon, it’s time to think about which books you’ll be reading at the beach or by the pool this summer. The slower pace and long days offer a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to get ahead and gain an advantage on competitors.  Nearly all experts agree that the most successful entrepreneurs never stop learning. When asked how he learned to build rockets, Elon Musk simply replied, “I read books.” Warren Buffett offered a more detailed response when he said, “Read 500 pages… every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” Want to learn something new this summer? Here’s a list, in no particular order, of the top eight books that every […]

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Need a New Workstation? HP is Slashing Prices on Laptops and More Right Now

HP’s product design ensures speed and reliability for hitting your mark. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 25, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. If you’re like most, chances are you’ve been spending a lot more time on your computer than usual. And, while your rig may have been fine for firing off an email or researching trends between meetings, you’ve probably noticed that it’s not quite the workhorse you need it to be when you’re using it nearly every waking hour of the day now. If you’re looking to upgrade your setup, we have good news: HP is currently offering huge discounts on laptops, desktops, […]

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No-Nonsense Techniques to Improve Your Cashflow

Take advantage of these financial mastery tips from your ‘Franchise Bible’ coach. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 25, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. At this point in the Fight for Your Franchise Challenge, we are now focusing on real-world strategies to gain forward momentum to launch you into the future. This week, our topic is for your financial and legal department (remember the franchise equation from week five?)  One of the common issues that I see in my coaching practice is lack of focus on the financial department. Many franchisors and franchisees tend to be marketing– and sales-minded entrepreneurs. This can create a company that is heavy on marketing, sales and growth, but light on financial discipline. This situation can be catastrophic if not balanced out. The Franchise Equation strategy pointed out that the ultimate goal is to reach […]

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10 Apps on Sale for Memorial Day That Every Freelancer Needs

May 25, 2020 4 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Life as a freelancer comes with many freedoms but also a significant amount of responsibility. You’re in charge of setting your own hours, negotiating your own contracts, making sure you get paid, managing your expenses and taxes, and everything else your business needs to run. As a freelancer, you can’t delegate. You can, however, invest in technology to help you ease the burden. These ten apps can all be a huge help for your freelance business, and they’re all on sale now. Toodledo Plus Online Task Manager Toodledo syncs across all of your devices so you can record and track tasks immediately. The app lets you set […]

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Three Steps to a Better-Performing About Page

Somehow, many businesses I’ve come across online have one glaring problem in common: a very weak and unconvincing About Us page. This doesn’t make any sense in my mind, as the About page is one of the most important brand assets, and unlike link building and social media marketing, it doesn’t require any ongoing effort or investment. An About page is often part of a buying journey. It can drive people to your site and help convince them to deal with you. And, in these uncertain times, you can use it to help build trust in you and your business. Creating a solid About page is a one-time task, but it will boost both brand loyalty and conversions for many months to come. Why is your About page so important? It is often an entry page Whether you’re a business owner or blogger, your About page tends to rank incredibly […]

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5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for the Post-Coronavirus Business World

May 24, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Social distancing. Telemedicine. Self-quarantine. These are all words that at the start of 2020 weren’t part of our vocabulary, but several months into the new decade we are all hearing and using them daily. There is no denying that the coronavirus outbreak has dramatically changed just about every facet of just about every person’s life around the world. From a business perspective, the stock market saw its largest one day loss and largest one day gain in history. The U.S. saw the largest job-loss report ever. We are in uncharted waters, and how long we will remain in them remains uncertain. However, there is one thing that we all know, and that is that this outbreak will change the lives of everyone for years or decades to come. Nearly 20 years after 9/11, enhanced airport security, no-fly […]

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Can Marketing Be Compassionate?

This Anheuser Busch VP explains his company’s new initiatives. Free Book Preview No BS Guide to Direct Response Social Media Marketing The ultimate guide to – producing measurable, monetizable results with social media marketing. May 24, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On this episode of The Playbook, Anheuser Busch Vice President of US Value Brands Daniel Blake shares his insight on: The new Value Brands initiatives and how the company‘s supporting others during today’s uncertain times [2:21]. The importance of a company culture that empowers people to stick to their values [5:58]. How his team works to offer consistent messaging that creates lifelong fans and consumers [9:17]. Why he approaches every interaction in business as an opportunity and a lesson [17:38]. Related: The Importance of Taking a Vulnerable and Honest Approach as a Leader Read_More Related posts: Diva Marketing Blog – Marketing blogs and corporate social media strategies for innovative companies Diva Marketing Blog […]

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4 Surprising Silver Linings to COVID-19

May 24, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As the coronavirus pandemic progresses, it seems as if there’s nothing but bad news every hour — more cases, more tragedies and more restrictions. Though the virus has caused immense suffering and challenges since the beginning of the year, there have been some surprising and unanticipated silver linings, proving that nothing is absolute, and that positive things can come out of even the worst tragedies. Decrease in pollution Unprecedentedly large-scale quarantines, a reduction in industrial production and dramatically decreased amounts of motor vehicle traffic — all of these factors are contributing to better air and water quality. Large cities are the biggest culprits when it comes to emissions of air pollutants. As an indirect result of COVID-19 safety measures, concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) have dramatically decreased the world over. In Bergamo, Italy, for instance, the average concentration of NO2 during […]

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10 Work-from-Home Essentials on Sale for Memorial Day

May 24, 2020 4 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. If you’ve been working from home for a few weeks now, you should have a good sense of how productive you can or can’t be while working remotely. If you find that you’re still struggling, it may not be the remote work. You might just need to make some changes to your setup to find your peak productivity. We’ve rounded up ten products that can help you improve your work from home experience – all an extra 20 percent off this weekend for Memorial Day with code SUMMERSAVE20. Mu6 Space 2: Smart Active Noise Cancelling Headphones One of the biggest issues with working from home (or anywhere […]

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Is Your Content Marketing Strategy Falling Short? This $35 Bundle Can Help.

Learn marketing techniques for Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and more. Free Book Preview No BS Guide to Direct Response Social Media Marketing The ultimate guide to – producing measurable, monetizable results with social media marketing. May 24, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. For entrepreneurs, the only way to know the best techniques for reaching your target customers is by testing, testing, and testing some more. It’s important to work with multiple mediums, from paid ads on Google and Facebook to video and PPC strategies. But what many entrepreneurs may overlook is the value of content marketing. Content marketing allows you to invest relatively little overhead capital while offering potentially enormous returns. In fact, content marketing […]

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How New York’s Legendary Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Adapted to the Crisis

May 24, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Restaurant and hospitality brands nationwide have had to adapt their service models, operating procedures and more, virtually overnight.  New York‘s Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, with its roots dating back to 1906, turned into a national chain with more than 40 stores known for its traditional coal brick-oven cooking methods, the utilization of New York water at every location, and Grimaldi’s famous dough recipe.   Like many others in the foodservice business at this time, industry veteran CEO Joseph Ciolli has pivoted Grimaldi’s Pizzeria from a full-service restaurant to a solely carry-out and delivery service model. “We have always been focused on providing the highest quality experience for our customers,” Ciolli says. “Under the current circumstances, we’ve refocused our efforts on continuing to provide the safest and healthiest experience for customers, which has resulted in a shift in our operational model. Above all, […]

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If Coronavirus Is a War, Let’s Do What the Military Does to Get Through It

May 24, 2020 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ve had the privilege of serving in the military and experiencing life as a startup entrepreneur. As a leader in both worlds, I’ve learned that sound organizational decision-making is key to survival. I’ve also learned over time through my formal business education and work experience in corporate America that group decision-making skills are not stressed as much in the business world as they are in the military. Today’s coronavirus crisis is commonly referred to as a war. It may be valuable, then, to visit how military units make decisions in a real war. Related: Why Veterans Take the Initiative to Explore Entrepreneurship One hour to prepare I was serving as a Company Executive Officer (XO, second in command) in the world’s only air-droppable tank battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait on Thursday, […]

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The Importance of Taking a Vulnerable and Honest Approach as a Leader

The CEO of Morning Brew talks about some of the challenges and opportunities in today’s media market. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 23, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Alex Lieberman, the co-founder and CEO of Morning Brew, shares the strategies he’s using in order to navigate his company through this uncertain time and provides advice on how other companies can innovate despite any constraints they are facing. Lieberman and The Playbook host David Meltzer chat about a range of topics, including why taking money from venture capitalists isn’t always the best option and the vital role that quality content plays in the growth of your company or brand.  Related: How Donating an Organ Changed This Entrepreneur’s Life Read_More Related posts: Why Making Easy, Passive Income Is Possible With the Right Approach Why Bombas Never Underestimates the Importance […]

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15 Work Apps That Can Help You Run Your Company Better

May 23, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Just because the coronavirus pandemic is forcing us all to stay home doesn’t mean your company should stand still. In fact, technology has made it seamless for everyone from company executives to employees to remotely run their company affairs as if they were in their respective offices. To ensure that your company activities are not slowed down, adopt apps to that aid in collaboration, effective communication, time management, task monitoring and seamless payments. Below, I recommend 15 apps, but they are not based on hierarchy or preference — and these are just a few among hundreds.  Effective communication apps and tools Communication is crucial, especially now when everyone is physically away from each other. As a business owner, you need an effective communication tool to bring about the continuation of your business processes remotely. Whether it’s the best team chat app or […]

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