Here’s How to Reduce the Cost of Cannabis for Consumers

Consumers could be saving money while cultivators extract higher profits. This story originally appeared on Green Market Report On August 6 we published an article that illustrated the savings for consumers and additional profits for cultivators that could be produced through the use of a properly organized Cannabis Cooperative Association (“CCA”). This article describes the savings for consumers and the additional profits for cultivators in the movement of cannabis in the form of extracted oil. As we have said on multiple occasions, a CCA is the most financially efficient structure for engaging in business in California’s cannabis industry. The utilization of a CCA for the movement of cannabis as extracted oil produces even greater price reductions for consumers and increased profits for cultivators than with flower. This occurs because more costs are incurred between the cultivator and the consumer in the movement of extracted oil than in the movement of flower. […]

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How to Use Your Calendar Like GPS

This author breaks down how he perceives time and offers insight on how to maximize it. August 17, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Steven Griffith is an author of The Time Cleanse and performance expert on the connection between time, productivity and performanc. In this video, he talks about his perception of time and promotes his techniques and habits that not only minimize some of the most common distractions we face, but also help maximize the return on the time we invest. Griffith and The Playbook host David Meltzer discuss the importance of the pragmatic calendar and the detrimental effects that technology has on our lives in terms of productivity. They share their perspectives on strategies they use to prevent the phone from wasting their time, the distinction between goals and intentions, and the beneficial impact that sleep and meditation have on your productivity. […]

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6 AI Tools Entrepreneurs Can Use on a Budget

Countless businesses are already taking advantage of AI tools. August 17, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Artificial intelligence resources are touted as necessary tools to compete in today’s market, and many businesses are jumping on this bandwagon. According to a 2019 survey by Gartner, AI usage grew 270% over the last 4 years tripled in the last year alone. Why? Because current data demonstrates the real value and benefits of these tools. Among early AI adopters, 83% achieved substantial or moderate economic benefits according to a study by Deloitte. While this is exciting data, how can entrepreneurs leverage AI and machine learning (ML) to benefit startups and smaller companies? Lead Generation and Sales AI-driven lead intelligence software systems can deliver significant value for any size business. As reported in the Harvard Business Review, companies using AI for sales increased their leads by more […]

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The Standing Desk Solution You Can Actually Afford

Another day, another headline about whether standing desks for the office are healthy or just hype. August 17, 2019 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. There’s research showing that standing desks improve employee health — including this recent study, which found that they can reduce absenteeism and help companies save money which would have otherwise been spent on employee medical bills. But other evidence shows these desks can actually be harmful and slow down cognitive functions. One thing about standing desks is certain: they can be really expensive. So, until there’s conclusive evidence that outfitting employees with standing desks is a worthy investment, the WOM Height Adjustable Tabletop Standing Desk Converter might be a good compromise. […]

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‘Why Can’t I Focus?’ Here’s What the Science Says.

August 16, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Do you have trouble focusing, even when you need to complete a big project immediately? In the second season of 60 Seconds to Unstoppable, Entrepreneur Network partner Ben Angel shares why a lack of focus isn’t as simple as a lack of willpower. Want to become unstoppable in business and in life? Take this 60-second quiz now to find out what’s really holding you back, and be sure to grab a copy of Angel’s new book, Unstoppable, today. Related: Drunk Biohacker Explains the Effects of Alcohol on the Brain Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre. EN is partnered with hundreds of top YouTube channels in the business vertical. Watch […]

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4 Things Your Team Manifesto Must Spotlight

Done well, and this mother of all one-pagers can provide direction and inspiration. August 16, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When you want to keep your team on the same page, it helps to have that page immediately available for frequent review. Whether it’s Google’s “10 things we know to be true” or the now-famous Holstee Manifesto, putting your philosophy in front of your team ensures that everyone knows which way to go at a fork in the road. Armed with a manifesto that voices your values, you can ensure team culture is aligned. How? As Patrick Riley, CEO of global accelerator community GAN, explains in his own custom credo: “Having a roadmap in writing allows us to clearly understand the expectations we have for one another.” When your team acknowledges and ratifies the manifesto, all team members know what’s expected of them, and they […]

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Is It Time to Get Rid of That Disappointing Employee?

The Phillies recently demoted their underperforming third baseman, Maikel Franco. Should you take a play from their book? August 16, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ever heard of Maikel Franco? Maybe you haven’t. But fans of the Philadelphia Phillies know him. Up until recently, Franco was the Phillies starting third baseman. He arrived in the major leagues in 2014 swinging a big bat and bringing big expectations. And although he’s had some great moments (like this awesome walk off against the Nationals earlier this season), Franco has overall just been, well, a big disappointment. Related: Why You Should Fire Yourself In a career 635 games and 2,479 plate appearances Franco has produced 100 home runs and a below-expectation .249 batting average. Even as a day-to-day starter, Franco never got into a consistent groove. After hitting .280 with 22 home runs in his first full […]

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5 Ways to Silence Your Haters

A guide to healing leadership’s battle scars. August 16, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As thought leaders, we’ve worked hard to hone our craft. We’ve spent countless hours reading, learning and educating ourselves in order to impart that knowledge to brand-new audiences. We’ve established connections that broaden our spectrum, stretch our limits and, at times, challenge our way of thinking. But becoming an “expert” doesn’t mean we stop learning. To the contrary, this is where we need to step up our game in order to rise to the top. This is what is going to define us as a thought leader in a very crowded field. Now, what exactly is a thought leader? Strictly speaking, it’s defined as “a recognized authority in a specialized field and whose ideas influence and guide others.” I interviewedauthor and motivational speaker Randy Gage on my podcast, and he defined it […]

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A Lyft Executive Says These 3 Things Will Help Your Business Make a Positive Social Impact

Jessica Abo sits down with Lyft’s Head of Global Policy and Social Impact to discuss how your company can strengthen its community engagement. August 16, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to innovation and making a positive social impact, Mike Masserman suggests every company leader start by asking themselves: What is my why?  “The ‘y’ is what makes Lyft unique,” Lyft’s Head of Global Policy and Social Impact told Jessica Abo at the Social Innovation Summit in Los Angeles. “The ‘y’ is what makes us as individuals unique. Often times we’re doing, doing, doing and we don’t stop and ask ourselves why we’re doing what we’re doing. For us, the ‘y’ always does come back to our values.” Masserman says there are three initiatives at Lyft that stand out for him: providing transportation, developing transportation infrastructure and creating a clean-energy future ⁠— all under Lyft City Works.  “Lyft City […]

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How MikMak Founder Rachel Tipograph Helps Big Brands Monetize Social Videos

The social media maverick describes her entrepreneurial journey. August 16, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Rachel Tipograph is a self described adrenaline junkie and extrovert. Her hobbies include boxing, running and spinning. She also loves to travel and host parties. Somehow, she manages to do all this while also steering the helm at MikMak, an online platform creating native commerce experiences for the social video generation. During her time at Gap Inc., Rachel identified an opportunity for brands to take advantage of the shift in how audiences behave on social, especially as it applies to mobile.  Related: What Are the Secrets to Creating Social Media-Friendly Videos That Sell? Here Are 5 Answers. Listen in as Rachel describes her beginnings as an entrepreneur, the lessons she’s learned, and her take on the future of social. An entrepreneur from the start “I grew up outside of […]

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Assemble Your Own Personal Team of Advisors

Every entrepreneur needs feedback to improve every business aspect. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, one of the richest people in the world, often talks about the importance of having had Warren Buffet as his mentor. He credits Buffet with helping him learn how to manage difficult situations. Gates is a big proponent of mentorship, and once said, “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” Even though Gates and other notable entrepreneurs tout the benefits of mentorship, in my life I somehow thought I could succeed without anyone’s helps. Ever since I can remember I have always been the type of person that has tried to do everything myself. When I was young I shifted away from team sports such as baseball and soccer into individual sports like tennis and karate. At 22 years old, when I started […]

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The Story of How the First WakandaCon Came to Be

The convention, based on the “Black Panther” movie, has found incredible success after just two events. August 16, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner C1 Revolution talks with the founder of WakandaCon. The creator and founder, David Barthwell, had the idea of WakandaCon because he wanted to go to Wakanda, to transport himself into an environment where he felt he was living a version of the Black Panther movie.  The founder describes the festival as a “three-day Afro-futuristic convention celebrating black nerd culture, self-expression, cultivating visions of a real utopia for communities around the diaspora.” Outside of planning birthday parties, Barthwell says he had no previous experience planning events. Within the first week of the event’s webpage going up, 10,000 people had signed up. Barthwell says that if he could give his younger self advice, he’d recommend purchasing cryptocurrency Bitcoin as well as committing […]

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Rise and Thrive With Tiffany Cruikshank, the Founder of Yoga Medicine

The health expert shares her energizing morning routine and exactly what she does to sleep soundly at night. August 16, 2019 9 min read This story originally appeared on Thrive Global Tiffany Cruikshank is not your average Yogi. She began practicing yoga in her early teens, and quickly realized that there were huge health benefits to the practice. She went off to study pre-med, and received a Bachelor’s degree in medicinal plant biology, and a Master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine with a specialty in sports medicine and orthopedics. Her effective teaching methods combine the knowledge of the body (anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology) with the Eastern tradition of yoga. 20 years later, the internationally acclaimed founder of Yoga Medicine has treated more than 25,000 patients from around the world using yoga, acupuncture, nutrition, meditation, and holistic health. She was the acupuncturist and yoga teacher at the Nike World Headquarters, graced […]

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Bond Market Signals Recession, Hurting Stock Prices

The stock market is hanging on for dear life as slowing global economies and the continuing trade war with China hurt investors’ appetite for stocks. August 16, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The Entrepreneur Index™ was down 3.03 percent in the last week with most of the losses coming on Wednesday — the worst day of the year in the stock market. The Dow and S&P 500 indexes fell 2.91 percent and 2.89 percent in the last five trading sessions while the Nasdaq Composite index was down 3.39 percent. U.S. Treasury bonds continue to be the favorite haven of skittish investors. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond, which moves opposite to the bond’s price, plummeted on Wednesday and briefly fell below the yield on the 2-year Treasury bond. Such an “inversion” of this part of the bond yield curve has been a […]

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YouTube Warns Its Copyright Changes Could Result in More Takedowns

Copyright holders can no longer seize revenue over short music clips, though. August 16, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget YouTube will no longer allow copyright holders to seize a creator’s revenue over very brief or unintentional music clips that appears in videos, it said in a blog post. That means that if a five-second clip or the radio from a passing car appears in a video, labels won’t be able to make a “manual claim” and seize all the revenue. However, they’ll still be allowed to completely strike or demonetize videos with short clips, which “may result in more blocked content in the near-term,” YouTube admitted. YouTube said it’s making the move to push back against music companies that are overzealous about enforcing copyright claims. “One concerning trend we’ve seen is aggressive manual claiming of very short music clips used in monetized videos,” it wrote. “These claims can […]

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How to Determine If a New IPO Is Worth the Risk

Phil Town advises to pump the breaks a bit before investing. August 16, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Phil Town explains the pros and cons of investing in an initial public offering (IPO). In order to determine if you should invest in an IPO, consider the following: Is it worth the price?  Will the price plummet? Uber and Lyft’s stock prices took extreme dips after they went public in 2019.  Are you prepared to bet on the unknown, considering there is no background information on the new company? At the end of the day, Town says there is no harm in keeping a new IPO on your watchlist, but you should exercise logic and reason before you invest in it.  Click the video to hear more.  Related: Why Millionaires Don’t Invest in These Things Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation […]

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Bridge the Gap With Multigenerational Networking

It’s no less important than an age-varied workforce. August 16, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There’s an exciting transition happening in the workplace. It isn’t the availability of more resources breeding an increased number of successful startups, nor is it technology’s all-encompassing influence ushering businesses into the 21st century. While these transformations are accountable for continually adapting the business landscape, the transition I am referring to is generational. Multigenerational companies aren’t novel, yet having five generations coexisting in the same workplace is. Historically, it’s always been “tenured” versus “new,” i.e. the experienced professionals who were close to retirement and the novices who were poised to take over once they stepped down. Dividing staff this way today is not only wrong, but it threatens the well-being of your business and associates. Workplaces are more diverse in age and rich in experience than they’ve ever […]

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How to Use Podcasting to Help Your Brand

August 16, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. More than half of all Americans over the age of 12 have listened to at least one podcast, with virtually a third downloading or streaming a minimum of one per month (up from one in four people two years prior). That dwarfs the number of nationwide active users on Twitter. And if most forward-thinking companies wouldn’t dream of ignoring a major social-media platform when designing their marketing strategy, why overlook developing a podcast?  Brands that aren’t already investigating potential podcasting strategies need to get started. With podcast advertisers having spent nearly $500 million to reach audiences in 2018, the competition for effective partnerships is already getting fierce. Like any other marketing outlet, podcast advertising has its quirks and specificities, but savvy companies can capitalize in numerous ways on the medium’s wide appeal. To that end, here are some tips for effectively boosting your […]

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Learn a New Language in 30 Days With This App

The Babbel Language Learning program will have you speaking like a native in no time. August 16, 2019 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. Encountering a new business connection who speaks a different language can knock the wind out of your sails, but you can meet them on common ground if you learn the language first. Babbel Language Learning is a top-reviewed app that will help you become semi-fluent in just 30 days. More than 100 expert linguists came together to create Babbel. You’ll choose from the app’s 14 languages, then practice for 10-15 minute daily sessions that you can easily fit into your schedule. The lessons cover practical topics, like travel, family, business, and food […]

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Non-Political Observations on Last Night’s NH MAGA Rally

Last night I was one of 11,500 people packed into an arena in Manchester, New Hampshire witnessing the Donald Trump show. And what a show it was! Long-time readers know I don’t comment on politics, instead I analyze marketing strategy because the U.S. Presidential election is a two-year real-time marketing case study. We can all learn marketing strategies to apply to our own businesses from how the various campaigns use marketing to try to get elected. Related posts: Democratic Presidential Candidates Not Using Digital Platforms to the Full Potential What is Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee a Passionate Fan of? What Marketers Can Learn From 2020 Presidential Candidates’ Text Messaging What is Elizabeth Warren a Passionate Fan of? Use Humor To Make Your Email Marketing Stand Out What is Beto O’Rourke a Passionate Fan of? How Cannabis Is Shaping The 2020 Presidential Election Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Says He’s Considering […]

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