Hemp Could Be the Solution to Our Plastic Pollution Crisis

Bioplastics made from hemp are a viable alternative to petroleum-based plastics that have become the scourge of the ocean. April 24, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by Everything Hemp USA Plastic is a significant source of pollution. It’s with harmful additives, made from oil and takes hundreds of years (or longer) to degrade. A patch of plastic and sludge the size of Texas is floating in the Pacific Ocean right now, killing ocean life in untold numbers. By 2050, the United Nations estimates there will be more plastic, by weight, than fish in the ocean. Our planet is choking on plastic and people are desperately looking for an alternative that won’t pollute the Earth. Hemp just might be the solution to our plastic problem. Related: The Next Big Thing in ‘Green’ Packaging Is Hemp Bioplastic Hemp plastic is biodegradable. One of the biggest selling points for hemp plastic is that it is biodegradable. While your […]

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You’re Blogging All Wrong, Startup CEOs

Whatever you’re writing, be sure to offer readers a ‘why you should care’ statement at the top. April 11, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. These days, most startup companies understand the value of content marketing for driving revenue and generating sales leads. According to the Content Marketing Institute, the tactic can result in three times as many leads compared to search advertising — and cost far less. Related: 5 Steps to Take to Start Your Small Business Blog Today Content marketing is, after all, less intrusive, more educational and often more authentic than advertising or a cold hard sales pitch. No wonder it’s so effective. But content marketing in a slightly different form — often euphemistically called “thought leadership” — can also be extremely useful for small-company executives. It can help them build their personal and company brands; connect to potential customers and partners; and […]

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Read Jeff Bezos’s 2018 Letter to Amazon Shareholders

‘A builder’s mentality helps us approach big, hard-to-solve opportunities with a humble conviction that success can come through iteration.’ April 11, 2019 15 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To our shareowners: Something strange and remarkable has happened over the last 20 years. Take a look at these numbers: 1999                3%2000                3%2001                6%2002              17%2003              22%2004              25%2005              28%2006              28%2007              29%2008              30%2009              31%2010              34%2011              38%2012              42%2013              46%2014              49%2015              51%2016              54%2017              56%2018              58% The percentages represent the share of physical gross merchandise sales sold on Amazon by independent third-party sellers — mostly small- and medium-sized businesses — as opposed to Amazon retail’s own first party sales. Third-party sales have grown from 3% of the total to 58%. To put it bluntly: Third-party sellers are kicking our first party butt. Badly. And it’s a high bar too because our first-party business has grown dramatically over that period, from $1.6 billion in 1999 to $117 billion this past year. The compound annual growth rate for our first-party […]

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Want to Save the World? Kristen Bell Can Tell You How.

Bell and the other founders of This Saves Lives answer burning questions from budding social entrepreneurs. April 9, 2019 6 min read This story appears in the April 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Building a company is hard, but building a mission-driven company is really hard. With the help of social enterprise platform Classy and the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, Entrepreneur collected burning questions from up-and-coming social entrepreneurs and asked the founders of This Saves Lives — Kristen Bell, Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell and Ravi Patel — for answers.  Social entrepreneurs are passionate about making a difference, but the actual building of a business can be very challenging. Where did you find like-minded communities to support you on your journey? — Michelle Martin, founder and CEO, Travara Ryan Devlin: We didn’t know anything about starting a social impact enterprise. We literally googled “How to make granola bars for retail” and then started sending emails […]

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Technology for Growth, Productivity, and Customer Experience

In honor of Small Business Week 2019, join us for a webinar to discuss the impact of smart technology on small business growth, productivity, and customer experience. April 5, 2019 2 min read Brought to you by Comcast From boutiques and consultants to neighborhood coffee shops and everything in between, many business owners have similar challenges and pain points when it comes to growth. They want to scale their businesses, keep customers happy, and have more time the day. While we can’t create more time in the day, we can make how you use the time you have more efficiently. Taking the time to learn from others can be a great way to start and, often, technology can be a great way a great way to enhance what your business is doing. Join us for a live broadcast, from any device, to learn some of the more surprising benefits from […]

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Why Will Health Insurers Reimburse You for Opioids but Not for Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana is widely prescribed as an alternative to addictive opioids but patients must pay out-of-pocket. March 29, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by Cannabis & Tech Today The opioid epidemic in the United States has gone on far too long, impacting countless families and individuals along the way. For years, physicians prescribed opioid-based treatments, only to convert countless Americans into addicts all because they sought treatment for common medical conditions and ailments. For some, they now pay more for addiction treatment than they ever did for the medicine that got them addicted. With reports that we may have reached a turning point in the epidemic, one has to wonder how much credit should go to medical cannabis in states that have expanded their medical cannabis programs to include any person prescribed an opioid-based prescription. Yet, with states warming to cannabis as a viable medical treatment, insurance companies still […]

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Curaleaf Signs Distribution Deal With CVS for Hemp Products

The long anticipated move of cannabis products into mainstream stores is underway. March 22, 2019 2 min read Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily Massachusetts-based Curaleaf has inked a deal with the CVS pharmacy chain to begin selling hemp products at 800 stores in 10 states. The distribution deal was announced during Curaleaf’s investor and analyst call to discuss its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings. Curaleaf Hemp lotions and transdermal patches will start hitting store shelves this week, company executives said. “All large retailers are figuring out their hemp strategy and will address that in 2019 because there is such a huge product demand,” Curaleaf CEO Joseph Lusardi said on the call. CVS has more than 9,800 stores in the United States. Curaleaf’s fourth-quarter revenue totaled $32 million, up from $6.3 million for the same period a year earlier, while full-year sales nearly tripled year-over-year to $77 million. Net losses totaled $16.5 […]

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Israeli Study Finds Marijuana Has Promise for Treating Autism Symptoms

Early results find cannabis helps many patients with a wide range of symptoms. March 20, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by The Fresh Toast The scientific community has struggled to gain a solid understanding of children suffering from autism. Since this condition affects every child differently, no blanket treatment option has yet been developed to give doctors are starting point when dealing with these patients. There is anecdotal evidence suggesting that cannabis might be part of the solution — similar to how it is for epilepsy — yet American researchers have been hindered from digging deeper into the possible benefits. But all is not lost. Scientists in Israel appear to have uncovered definitive proof that medical marijuana can help autistic kids deal with the worst of their symptoms and live a better quality of life. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical Center […]

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Make Your Way with the Right Provider

The internet is a kind of thing we can no longer imagine our life without. There are thousands of ways and reason for using it: reading, watching, reading, learning, advertising, gaming, communicating, etc. Also, it is quite a venue for those who would like to find a good job and/or get their own little business up and running. Technically, all that is quite so feasible, and anyone can go for whatever they want to do. All businesses need a bit of fame, and there is no better way to earn it that running an official website. It should be attractive and available all the time. If it is not, there will be no clientele, and it will collapse. One of the most important factors of success/failure is your website’s technical backup and support. This greatly depends on your choice of a web hosting service provider. Choose the One Choosing a […]

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How to Start a Coin-Operated Laundry

Like things neat and clean? Starting a coin-operated laundry might be your ticket to entrepreneurial success. February 15, 2019 15+ min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Editor’s note: This article was originally published on February 1, 2008, and has been updated. It was excerpted from our Coin-Operated Laundry start-up guide, available from Entrepreneur Bookstore. The coin-operated laundry industry has undergone a revolution. No longer dingy, unsafe, boring places that customers must endure on a weekly basis, laundromats are becoming fun and attractive multiservice centers that customers may even enjoy visiting. “The industry is now getting a facelift,” said Brian Wallace, president and CEO of the Coin Laundry Association, a national association for self-service laundry owners. “There’s a trend toward coin laundries being more comfortable for the customer.” Newer laundries have snack bars, a place to leave off and pick up dry cleaning and video games. Some of […]

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5 Secrets to Scaling Successful Events

Ryan Long’s vision for City Summit & Gala was 16 years in the making. February 14, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Over the last four years, City Summit & Gala events have featured billionaire speakers like Sir Richard Branson, John Paul DeJoria, Brian Smith and Jeff Hoffman, to name a few. Some of the world’s top celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, James Cameron and Charlize Theron have also been in attendance. The goal of these events is to inspire and educate entrepreneurs and innovators alike to take their businesses and ideas to the next level. This year, for its fourth annual Oscars after-party event in February, organizers are honoring Golden Globe-winning actor Colin Farrell with the City Summit & Gala’s 2019 Inspiration Award. Image Credit: www.CitySummit.co “I’m grateful to organizations like the City Summit for highlighting professionals and providing awareness and support to entrepreneurs that want […]

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WHO Cannabis Rescheduling Recommendations Are Too Little for Some

The proposal would be great progress for medical marijuana and CBD but does much less for those who think adults can make their own choices about recreational cannabis. February 6, 2019 5 min read Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily The World Health Organization (WHO) made great strides in its recommendations on how cannabis should be scheduled, but the global industry believes there’s more work to be done. Martin Jelsma, drugs and democracy program director at the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute, emphasized to Marijuana Business Daily that there are “very positive elements in the WHO recommendations,” including: Recognition of “medical usefulness” with its removal from Schedule IV. Additional clarity about CBD not being under international control. Resolution of the inconsistency of having cannabis under the 1961 and THC under the 1971 Convention. But the recommendations – first reported by Marijuana Business Daily – didn’t go far enough, Jelsma said. “(It’s) quite disappointing that the WHO recommends to keep […]

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World Health Organization Recommends Rescheduling Cannabis and Provides Clarity on CBD

The WHO is on the verge of removing marijuana from the world’s list of dangerous narcotics while recognizing its vast therapeutic potential. February 6, 2019 6 min read Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily Member states of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) received the World Health Organization Expert Committee on Drug Dependence’s (ECDD) cannabis recommendations, which had been expected in December, Marijuana Business Daily has learned. The CND had been expected to consider rescheduling cannabis in March 2019 at its annual meeting, but the delay in receiving the ECDD recommendations may push that consideration into 2020 to provide additional time for member states to review them. The report recommends several changes to how cannabis is scheduled, which could have significant implications for the cannabis industry: The scheduling of cannabis in the international drug control conventions wouldn’t be as restrictive as it is now, because it would be removed from Schedule IV of […]

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Entrepreneurs Can Have a Direct Impact on the Eradication of Extreme Poverty in the World. Here’s How.

Three researchers have illustrated how ‘market-creating innovations’ can solve failing economies and hunger worldwide. January 25, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. According to data from the World Bank, between 1990 and 2018, the rate of extreme poverty worldwide dropped from 36 percent to approximately 9 percent. That drop is much more than a statistic: It represented more than one billion people who no longer live on less than $1.90 a day — the Bank’s definition of extreme poverty. Related: Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Other Influencers Sign an Open Letter Declaring ‘Poverty Is Sexist’ That’s progress. However, upon closer analysis of the numbers, we find that just two countries, China and India, account for the bulk of that World Bank data quantifying the numbers of people escaping poverty. China alone is responsible for lifting more than 800 million people out of poverty, while India has lifted approximately […]

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Our Definitive Ranking of 2019’s Strongest Franchises

What trends are tops? What brands have proved most lasting? What franchise may be the right opportunity for you? Explore, absorb, and learn from our annual list. January 15, 2019 5 min read This story appears in the January 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Rewind to 1980. Sushi was new to America, video rental stores were hot, tanning salons were an inviting curiosity, and Entrepreneur was publishing its first annual edition of the Franchise 500. That means this is our 40th edition — which is a good opportunity to step back and look at how much has changed in the world of franchising. The short answer: Franchising’s business model has changed little in 40 years, but franchises themselves have changed a lot. Related: Our Top 10 Franchise Categories for 2019 Dig into our list this year, and you’ll see this tension of old and new. The casual consumer may associate […]

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How (and Why) Collaboration Brings About Stronger, More Creative Web Design

With respect to web design, the result of team collaboration is almost always a better product. December 25, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There are very few projects that can be accomplished on your own. Literally thousands of people may be involved in the making of a big-budget blockbuster. Even activities that we normally think of as solo endeavors will usually involve the contributions of several individuals. Take writing a book, for example. We often picture an author working by themselves, typing away each day to craft their story. But while the author may come up with the story idea on their own, getting it to publication requires collaboration. There are beta readers and editors who offer important feedback, agents who pitch the book to publishers and of course, the many people who bring that book to life at the publishing company. If […]

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‘NextGen Women’ Outperform (Men) in Business. And They’re Coming Into the Workforce

A new report finds it pays to have younger women on business teams. Will you include them on yours? December 10, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We’re all looking for that competitive edge — from the new products we create, to the new talent we find, to the new markets we strive to dominate. But there’s another factor companies haven’t sufficiently explored as a means of driving growth and innovation: nextgen women, meaning those born between 1995 and 2010 and just beginning to enter the workforce.  Related: Gen Z Brings a Whole New Dynamic to the Workforce You may have heard about those studies proving that women impact investment returns — for instance, First Round Capital’s analysis found that women founders impacted returns by as much as 63 percent, compared to all-male founding teams. And Catalyst, the research group focused on women in the workplace, found that having more […]

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Key Cannabis Legalization Wins Could Bring in Upwards of $2 Billion in New Sales

With few exceptions, voted approved both ballot measures and candidates favorable to legal marijuana, at least for medical purposes. November 12, 2018 5 min read Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily Marijuana scored a sweeping victory at the ballot box on last Tuesday, with voters approving new markets in Michigan, Missouri and Utah that eventually could generate $2 billion in medical and recreational sales. Across the nation, voters installed the Democrats as the new majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives, improving the odds that lawmakers will pass federal marijuana reforms that benefit MJ businesses. Cannabis-friendly gubernatorial candidates, meanwhile, won in California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico and New York. “Voters have once again sent a message loud and clear that it is time to legalize and regulate marijuana,” said Steve Hawkins, executive director of Washington DC-based Marijuana Policy Project. A recreational ballot measure in North Dakota was the only marijuana initiative that voters […]

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3 Tips for Bringing Life to Outdated Mailrooms

A lot of real estate formerly devoted to moving mail is being creatively, and profitably, repurposed for the digital economy. November 10, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When was the last time you sent a handwritten letter? Think about it. Sure, maybe you’ve scribbled a quick thank you note or birthday card, but let’s face it — lines are much shorter at the post office these days and snail mail isn’t what it used to be. The immediacy of email, Facebook and online retail has replaced the U.S. Postal Service, which has become little more than a “last-mile” distribution network for Amazon. As vacant post offices dot the nation, property owners and developers are rethinking the purpose of service areas originally designed to host streams of people and truckloads of goods. Those who view everything from factory-sized distribution centers to 10- by 12-foot […]

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The Woman Behind One of the Country’s Largest Animal-Welfare Organizations Shares Her Leadership Advice When Dealing With a Divisive Community

Despite its laudable mission, Best Friends Animal Society has its critics. Its new CEO, Julie Castle, shares how to work with those who may not see eye to eye with you. September 25, 2018 12 min read This story originally appeared on This Dog’s Life It was 1992. Bound for law school, Julie Castle and her friends were driving back from a trip to Mexico in her 1979 Dodge Colt, celebrating one last girls’ trip before having to buckle down and get serious about their futures, life threw them a curveball. With the gas gauge needle buried below empty and the Colt running on its last fumes, inevitability set in: the car stalled. With barely enough money for gas and a candy bar for each, Castle and her friends were ready to get home to Salt Lake City, Utah. But not before a detour. “One on my friends was like, […]

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