These Are the 20 Best Cities to Start a Business

WalletHub’s annual survey gives valuable insight into where to set up shop. May 6, 2019 2 min read You can start a business just about anywhere, but some locations might lend themselves better to your company’s long-term prospects. Personal finance website WalletHub looked at 100 cities in the U.S. and compared them based on three different categories: business environment, access to resources and business costs. The top 20 top cities are: Orlando, FL Oklahoma City, OK Miami, FL Austin, TX Tampa, FL Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Raleigh, NC Atlanta, GA Denver, CO Fort Worth, TX Jacksonville, FL Houston, TX St. Petersburg, FL Dallas, TX San Antonio, TX Irving, TX Laredo, TX Oakland, CA Irvine, CA The survey found that number three on the list, Miami, Florida, is home to the most startups per 100,000 residents at 234.72, which is 3.2 times more than in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is the […]

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‘Avengers’ Star Zoe Saldana Not Only Battles Bad Guys Onscreen — She’s Also Fighting the Lack of Diversity in Media

The blockbuster actress champions untold stories through BESE, a digital media platform that she founded. Zoe Saldana is frequently seen on the big screen saving the fate of the universe in major franchises like Star Trek, Avatar and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But last year she stepped into an entirely new role as the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of BESE, a digital media platform dedicated to fighting the lack of diversity in mainstream media and creating a space for untold stories, particularly for Latinx youth. This month, Saldana is joining forces with Chivas Venture as a judge for the Chivas Venture Global Final competition at the TNW Conference in Amsterdam. Saldana and her fellow judges will hear pitches from 20 social entrepreneurs and ultimately award $1 million divided among 5 winners. Saldana shared her takeaways from her first year in business, stressing the importance of using your voice to help […]

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3 Proven Methods Brands Like Glossier Use to Grow Their Social Media Impact

Webby Awards executive director Claire Graves recommends taking a page out of Gritty and Glossier’s book to create a more powerful social media footprint. May 2, 2019 4 min read As you grow your business you want to meet your customers where they are, and that means creating an online presence that is unmistakably you. When brands try to contort themselves into something they are not, the results can range from awkward to tone-deaf. So what can you learn from the brands that are doing something right? Since 1996, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) has honored excellence on the internet with The Webby Awards. And this year, Claire Graves, the Executive Director of the awards and says that there was a 30 percent increase in the work entered into the social media category. Graves shared some of the winners who were most effective on social media […]

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How ‘Bachelorette’ Star Kaitlyn Bristowe Leveraged Reality TV Fame Into Multiple Successful Businesses

Her post-‘Bachelor’ mission is building brands that make women feel empowered. April 26, 2019 13 min read In this series, Instagram Icon, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular Instagram accounts to find out the secrets of their success. In 2015, seven million people watched Kailtyn Bristowe on her season of The Bachelorette. Bachelor Nation has been going for 17 years strong. And in recent years, there has been something of a straight line from appearing on the franchise to becoming a social media influencer, driven in part by fans curious to watch, and brands eager to capitalize on — in the parlance of the show — the post-TV “journeys” of their favorite contestants. Including Bristowe. The 33-year-old former dance instructor has 1.7 million followers on Instagram, but she says it was important to her not to just be a face for someone else’s products, but to create her own.  Since starting her hair […]

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These Sisters Left Dream Jobs to Pursue Their Love of Dumplings. Now They’re Cooking up a Delicious NYC Restaurant Empire.

Hannah and Marian Cheng of Mimi Cheng’s NYC restaurants share the ups and downs of their first five years in business. April 26, 2019 7 min read Five years ago this July, Hannah and Marian Cheng took a big leap and opened the first location of Mimi Cheng’s in New York City’s East Village. The pair had decided to open a restaurant dedicated to the delicacy they most loved, growing up: handmade Taiwanese dumplings. They missed their mom’s cooking terribly and figured that if they were hungry for those dumplings — and couldn’t find them — others might share that culinary plight. But their parents, who had been the inspiration for their choice of cuisine, weren’t exactly thrilled. Hannah and Marian told Entrepreneur, their parents were “horrified”  at the prospect of their girls leaving solid jobs — Hannah was a VP at JPMorgan Chase, and Marian, an account executive at the luxury fashion brand Burberry — […]

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Use These Steps to Hire the Best Team Every Time

Don’t leave potential on the table by limiting your network. April 23, 2019 7 min read An integral part of being able to grow your company and make sure it thrives is getting the right people on your team. But how do you make sure that you’re hiring the people that are the best fit for the job and your business? Joelle Emerson is the founder and CEO of Paradigm, a company that works with businesses to develop diversity and inclusion strategies across all aspects of the organization. Her work is focused on helping companies hire and retain employees by creating opportunities for everyone to succeed and feel valued. Paradigm’s clients include Airbnb, Pinterest, Twitter, Lyft, Etsy and Spotify. Diversity and inclusion initiatives aren’t just something that should be on your to-do list. They actively lead to a better bottom line. A 2018 survey from Boston Consulting Group found that […]

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This Is What Makes You Stressed at Work, According to New Study

The answer may surprise you. April 16, 2019 3 min read We spend most of our life at work, so it makes sense that many of our key stressors stem from obligations at the office. A recent study from job search platform Comparably found that 65 percent of workers reported that workplace stress has been an issue for them. When asked about the biggest stressor on the job, the top concern wasn’t a commute or bad management — those were tied for second place. Forty-one percent of respondents put “unclear goals” as the top reason for stress. Difficult co-workers were third, and then too-long hours came in last. A third of women respondents and nearly half of men reported that those undefined work goals created more stress than anything else they dealt with at work. And more than half of women and half of men reported feeling burnt out at […]

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These Are the 10 Highest Paying Entry-Level Tech Jobs

And where you should live to earn the most. April 11, 2019 2 min read If you’re interested in a job in the tech industry, now could be a great opportunity to jump in. According to new data from job search platform Comparably, as of February 2019, there were half a million tech gigs open in the United States. Not only that, but 43 percent of those open positions are for non-tech roles. So whether you’re just entering the job market or looking to make a career change, here are the top 10 highest paying entry-level tech jobs. Data Scientist Average salary: $113,254 Product Manager Average salary: $106,127 Developer Averages salary: $100,610 Mobile DeveloperAverages salary: $98,317 Sales EngineerAverages salary: $90,575 DevOps EngineerAverages salary: $89,300 User Interface/User Experience DesignerAverage salary: $84,841 Sales RepresentativeAverage salary: $70,622 Marketing Manager Average salary: $70,392 QA AnalystAverage salary: $70,383 But where you work could influence how […]

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Jeff Bezos Remains the Wealthiest Man and Mackenzie Bezos Becomes the Third Wealthiest Woman in the World After Finalizing Divorce

The pair took to Twitter to make the announcement. April 4, 2019 2 min read Per two coordinated tweets, world’s richest man Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos announced today that they have officially finalized their divorce. pic.twitter.com/oFGWPkK3dB — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2019 pic.twitter.com/OJWn3OOLS6 — MacKenzie Bezos (@mackenziebezos) April 4, 2019 The missives — each sent out at 1:10 on April 4, and the first tweet from MacKenzie’s account — both emphasize their gratitude. Related: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Accuses ‘National Enquirer’ Publisher of ‘Extortion’ Over Naked Photos in Extraordinary Blog Post MacKenzie noted, “happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75 percent of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies. Excited about my own plans.” Jeff Bezos, for his part, did not share a similar […]

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A New Study Shows That We Still Have Work to Close the Gender Pay Gap.

April 2, 2019 4 min read Today, April 2, is Equal Pay Day, marking the point in the year — 13 weeks-plus! — that women have had to work in 2019 in order to earn, on top of their 2018 salaries, what their male colleagues earned by Dec. 31. Related: Want to Cure Income Inequality? Promote Entrepreneurship. Now, a newly released study, The State of Wage Inequality in the Workplace, from job-match platform Hired, shows how far we have to go to bridge the gender pay gap. As the study’s subtitle says, summarizing the findings: “Data reveals the wage gap is finally narrowing — but we’re not there yet.” Hired’s optional, self-reported survey came from responses filled out by 98,000 job-seekers using the company’s services. The resulting salary data came out of a sample set of more than 420,000 interview requests and job offers, facilitated through Hired’s marketplace of 10,000 participating companies. Related: These Are the U.S. […]

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The World’s Wealthiest People Went to These Schools

Take a look at the background of the biggest billionaires. April 2, 2019 2 min read What does it take to become a billionaire? Forbes recently released its annual list of the richest people in the world. The publication noted that there are currently 2,153 billionaires, down 55 from 2018. Of the 250 that made it to the very top, many of the usual suspects — Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett — are right where we left them last year. Website registry platform UK Domain did some research on the world’s richest billionaires to identify some common threads among their backgrounds. Related: 6 Money Tips From Self-Made Billionaires With regard to education, there were 128 colleges that the 250 richest billionaires attended for undergrad. But the most common college degree for the billionaires was a lack of one — 17 people on the list dropped out of school. Following […]

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How This Writer-Turned-Entrepreneur Leveraged Her Experience to Create a Beauty Line That’s Sold at Sephora

Zoë Foster Blake, founder of Go-To Skincare, shares how she juggles her myriad of projects. March 27, 2019 10 min read In this series, Instagram Icon, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular Instagram accounts to find out the secrets of their success. For most of her career, Zoë Foster Blake was on a mission to find the best beauty products, first as beauty director at legacy media titles such as Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar Australia, and then through her own sites: a blog called fruitybeauty in 2006 and Primped in 2008. In 2014, after years of reviewing and recommending, she wanted to create something of her own and launched skincare line Go-To. “I knew which ingredients worked, and which didn’t, and I knew that Australian women generally found skin care to be wildly confusing and very frustrating,” Foster Blake recalled. “The result was Go-To, a meaningful [collection] of effective, clean skin care […]

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Katie Sturino Has Built a Business Promoting Positive Self-Image and Fashion for Plus-Size Women Like Her

The former PR agency founder gives her best advice to take your social media passion and create products that resonate. March 7, 2019 8 min read In this series, Instagram Icon, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular Instagram accounts to find out the secrets of their success. Style influencer Katie Sturino’s presence on Instagram all began with a very fashionable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Four years ago, Sturino had been running her PR agency Tinder PR, working predominantly in the world of fashion. She began posting photos of her rescue pup Toast in celebrity red carpet looks, essentially a canine “who wore it better.” Toast’s stylish looks caught the attention of leaders in the industry including former Lucky Magazine editor-in-chief Eva Chen and Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine, with whom Toast starred in a popular NARS campaign. “When Man Repeller did a profile on me and I read the comments from women all […]

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How to Not Let ‘the Practical’ Drown out Your Dream

Universal Standard co-founder Alexandra Waldman shares how she built a brand marketing more and more style to America’s plus-size women. March 5, 2019 5 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also describing how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. We all know the frustration of going to the store and having the clothes on the rack just not fit. You’d think that when 68 percent of American women wear a size 14 or larger, retailers would stock accordingly, but this isn’t the case. Only 2.3 percent of the apparel options on offer are “plus size.” Alexandra Waldman wants to change this. In 2015, Waldman, with Polina Veksler, co-founded the clothing brand Universal Standard. The founders began by offering sizes 10 to 28, shifted to sizes 6 to 32 and as of fall 2018, with the opening of the […]

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Ayesha Curry Shares How She Took Her Love of Cooking and Food and Built a ‘Homemade’ Empire

The lifestyle brand founder, author and host gave us her advice about social media and creating tangible brand experiences. February 20, 2019 7 min read In this series, Instagram Icon, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular Instagram accounts to find out the secrets of their success. For Ayesha Curry, there is no such thing as a typical day. The 29-year-old married mom of three is the founder of lifestyle brand Homemade, the New York Times bestselling author of The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well, a restaurateur and TV host. She has also grown a sizable online audience of 6.1 million followers on Instagram. Curry’s latest project is a partnership with GoDaddy on a new hub where visitors can shop her line of kitchen and home goods, read up on her favorite recipes, get tips for throwing a great dinner party and get insight into […]

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Papa John’s Launches Program to Help Employees Pay for College

The embattled pizza chain is partnering with Purdue University. February 20, 2019 2 min read Papa John’s announced last week that it will partner with Purdue University to offer both corporate and restaurant employees full tuition to the school’s online courses. The initiative nets out to $5,250 per person per year, and the embattled company said it aims to work with other universities going forward. Roughly 20,000 workers will be able to take advantage of the program, with the company covering tuition and other attendant fees, including books and classroom materials, for Papa John’s employees that work at least 20 hours a week. Franchise locations also are eligible for the initiative, with slightly different requirements. Franchise employees will receive 20 percent off tuition for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, and 14 percent off for master’s degrees. In an interview about the new program with Bloomberg, Chief People Officer Marvin Boakye said, […]

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How to Keep Going When All the Signs Say ‘Quit’

Luba founder/designer Hannah Payne shares how she launched her fashion line for a second time after life required her to put it on hold. February 19, 2019 5 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. With entrepreneurship, one of the biggest challenges is knowing when the moment is right to strike. This is a lesson that Hannah Payne came to understand first-hand. As the founder of women’s fashion label Luba, Payne faced a number of challenges getting her company up and running — including finding an actual manufacturer to make her designs. But perhaps her biggest issue was one that involved her personal life, and timing. In March 2015, just a month after she launched the brand, Payne was diagnosed […]

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(Podcast) Simpsons’ Star Yeardley Smith Shares Why You Should Never Let the Pursuit of Perfection Get in the Way of Enjoying the Ride

The actress, producer and entrepreneur shares what she’s learned about failure and figuring out where you thrive. February 19, 2019 1 min read For 30 years, Yeardley Smith has been the brainy and fiercely independent voice of Lisa Simpson on the pop culture phenomenon that is the Simpsons. Outside the recording booth and the world of Springfield, Smith has launched a number of creative ventures. Since 2015, she has dedicated herself to elevating the voices of underrepresented creators as the co-founder of the production company Paperclip Limited, with her business partner Ben Cornwell. In 2017, she and her friend Zibby Allen co-created the popular true crime podcast Small Town Dicks, which hit over 2 million downloads in its first year. The fourth season of the podcast premieres on March 15. And from 2012 to 2015, she and was the co-founder and CEO of shoe line Marchez Vous. She launched it with […]

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Jada Pinkett Smith on the Persistence and Passion That Drives Her as an Entrepreneur

The actress and businesswoman shares her insights about success, creative collaborations and self-care February 18, 2019 2 min read Jada Pinkett Smith has had an exciting few years. The multi-hyphenate star’s 2017 hit film Girls Trip broke records at the box office, 2018 saw the launch of her passion project, the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk  and in January, Hala, a female-led and directed coming-of-age film she executive produced garnered rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival and was bought by Apple in the tech giant’s first purchase at this year’s festival.  Over the course of the 24 episodes that have been released thus far, Red Table Talk, which Pinkett Smith hosts with her daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, has been dedicated to helping viewers have candid, meaningful conversations about  topics including motherhood, mental health, addiction, and forgiveness. The discussions between the three generations of women — and guests like Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo and Will Smith — have resonated, […]

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The Secrets of Building Relationships, From People Who Make it Their Business to Find You One

Take these steps to find common ground with just about anyone. February 14, 2019 3 min read So much of business is developing and maintaining long-term relationships. When we spend the majority of our time at work with co-founders, colleagues and customers, you want to make sure that you are putting care into building that rapport. With Valentine’s Day in mind, we asked entrepreneurs in the industry of helping people find love and relationships for their best advice about making connections that go the distance. Talia Goldstein, the founder and CEO of the matchmaking company Three Day Rule, said that ultimately, the best business connections take time, energy and thought — just like your romantic relationships do. So how do you foster a good one? Related: From Judgy Co-Workers to Office Romances, Here’s How to Deal With 20 Tricky Work Situations “Help your connections, and do it because you genuinely […]

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