Entrepreneur Names the Top 100 Cannabis Companies (60-Second Video)

Your weekly rundown of the biggest news in the cannabis business, including the first-annual Green 100. August 14, 2019 1 min read There once was a pot shop in Nantucket, Bernie Sanders wants to make it legal, and the first-annual Entrepreneur Green 100 is here. Welcome to the Cannabiz Countdown, your weekly rundown of the biggest news in the cannabis business.  The first legal marijuana shop off the Massachusetts mainland is open for business! The Green Lady Dispensary — which also cultivates marijuana on the island — opened Sunday after receiving approval from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission. Bernie Sanders would legalize marijuana by executive order if elected president, he revealed to Joe Rogan on his podcast. The candidate has long called for an end to the highly destructive “war on drugs.” The Entrepreneur Green 100 — our first-annual list saluting the cannabis companies making the biggest impact in the business — has been revealed! The list focuses on key sectors […]

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Designed, Built and Financed by Women, This 100-Year-Old Hotel Stays Relevant by Leaning Into Its Past

In a city known for chasing trends, Los Angeles’ Hotel Figueroa thrives by embracing its long history. August 13, 2019 6 min read Hotel Figueroa has seen many lives since opening in 1926 as a safe haven for women travelers. For almost 100 years, the historic building in downtown Los Angeles — with its distinctive Italian Renaissance exterior and Spanish Colonial interior — has served as a communal space for artists and writers, a focal point for social activism and, of course, a gathering place for the Hollywood elite. That’s why Bradley Hall, the hotel’s co-owner, sees himself merely as a steward of this living piece of history. “Hotel Figueroa was here long before us,” he tells Entrepreneur, “and it’s our obligation to make sure it’s here long after us.” To achieve his goal, Hall and his team aren’t chasing the latest hospitality trends; instead, they’re looking back into the hotel’s storied […]

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Cannabiz Countdown: Can CBD Heal MMA Fighters? (60-Second Video)

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This 110-Year-Old Seersucker Suit Business Is Led by the Founder’s Great-Granddaughter. Here’s How She Keeps It Current.

The Haspel family’s namesake clothing company, founded in 1909, continues to evolve while maintaining tradition. July 22, 2019 6 min read Summer is seersucker season, and this particular summer is especially meaningful to Haspel — the brand that first put the striped-and-puckered cotton fabric on the map. Joseph Haspel Sr. founded the New Orleans-based clothing company in 1910, and, 110 years later, it’s safely in the hands of his great-granddaughter Laurie Haspel, current president and CEO. A visionary of his time — both in terms of product and marketing — Haspel Sr.’s goal was to create stylish clothes that could stand up to Louisiana heat. He knew that the British wore seersucker in India, and realized the light fabric could translate from a laborer’s outfit to a hot-weather-ready suit. Customers agreed, and the look soon became synonymous with Southern style. (His for penchant for PR stunts didn’t hurt either.) The look quickly spread, and, through […]

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The Next-Generation Corvette Is Radically Different. Here’s What Led GM President Mark Reuss to Revamp an Icon.

The first mid-engine Corvette in the sports car’s more than 65-year history was revealed on Thursday. July 19, 2019 8 min read When it came time for Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter to convince General Motors execs that the eighth generation of the iconic sports car needed a mid-engine configuration, he had his work cut out for him. After all, since the first Vette rolled off the line back in 1953, the engine has been up front. One bigwig, however, didn’t need to be swayed. “Several leaders needed a lot of hand-holding and were non-believers,” Juechter tells Entrepreneur, “but I never had to convince Mark Reuss. He knew it was the right thing to do.” Right from the get-go, GM’s president believed this radical change was necessary for the C8, as the next generation is known. Placing the engine behind the driver and in front of the rear axle — which improves acceleration, braking […]

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The Hard Lesson This BBQ Entrepreneur Learned When He Sold Out to a Corporate Backer

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que founder John Stage discovered that an abundance of capital means nothing if you lose control of your business. July 16, 2019 6 min read Ever since he started Dinosaur Bar-B-Que as mobile concession at a biker gathering in upstate New York in the early ’80s, John Stage has been perfecting the art of doling out mouth-watering meats to hungry customers. “When you start with no capital,” he tells Entrepreneur, “you figure things out quickly. You learn how to be resourceful.” After five years of touring motorcycle shows and other events throughout the Northeast, he and his two partners opened their first location in Syracuse, NY, in 1988. Ten years later, in an effort to expand the brand, Stage partnered with investment behemoth Soros Strategic Partners. This led to new locations in Chicago and Baltimore, but less than two years later, both of them shuttered. No longer able to […]

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5 Cannabis Stats Every Entrepreneur Should Know (60-Second Video)

These days, it seems as if every entrepreneur is going green. Here are five quick stats you should know about the burgeoning legal marijuana business from cannabis technology platform Eaze. Age groups are diversifying. Baby Boomers are one of the fastest growing segments, increasing by 25 percent over the past year. Women are making their mark. Female cannabis consumers nearly doubled over 2018, and CBD is driving a new demographic of consumers. Social justice and inclusion efforts are critical. We don’t want to leave behind those who have been affected by the War on Drugs prior to legal adult use. It has holidays throughout the year. The day before Thanksgiving, or “Green Wednesday,” was the most popular in 2018, with 4/20 coming in second. Consumers across the U.S. can now access it. Hemp-derived CBD is being sold in traditional brick and mortar stores like Sephora, CVS and The Vitamin Shoppe.  Peace. […]

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5 Ways to Make Money While You Sleep (60-Second Video)

Earn cash while catching Zs. June 10, 2019 1 min read Does making money while you sleep sound too good to be true? It isn’t… if you pay attention to these five ways to earn cash while catching Zs from VIP contributor John Rampton. Earn royalties. If you’re a musician, actor, or author, people will pay you for using your work or creative assets. Install an autoresponder. This is where people leave their email address on your site and receive an automated response containing the link to download products or info. Flip websites. If you’ve built a website and get a lot of traffic, then you may be able to sell it to an interested party by listing on marketplaces like Flippa. Develop and sell products based on your expertise. If you’re knowledgeable in a certain area, then you can start creating products, such as eBooks or videos, and selling […]

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‘What Would a Camaro SUV Look Like?’

It’s not easy to create a product that stands out, especially in a hyper-competitive segment. June 6, 2019 5 min read Take a look at any road, parking lot or showroom, and chances are the vast majority of vehicles are crossover SUVs. These ubiquitous four-wheel drives are by far the hottest segment in the auto industry today, with U.S. sales rising by 12.6% to a lofty 3,557,102 in 2018, according to CarSalesBase. It makes sense; they drive like cars, have plenty of interior space and are surefooted in inclement weather and off-road scenarios alike. So how to make one particular model stand out? That’s the question Steve McCabe, senior lead designer at General Motors, was tasked with when setting out to build the all-new Chevy Blazer. Resurrecting one of the brand’s most iconic nameplates (the original launched in 1969) is daunting enough, even without the challenge of making a mark in […]

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5 Fast Facts About CBD (60-Second Video)

Here’s what you need to know about the hottest trend in cannabis. It seems like the entire planet is obsessed with cannabidiol, aka CBD. Here are five fast facts about the latest cannabis craze from VIP contributor John Rampton. It won’t get you high. THC is the psychoactive compound that creates the “high” associated with marijuana. CBD’s effect is totally different. CBD is in a legal gray area. While it’s no longer a Schedule 1 controlled substance, the FDA has NOT legalized CBD for sale as a supplement. CBD is safe and non-habit forming. The World Health Organization has stated that pure CBD is safe for consumption. CBD comes in many forms. The most common include oils, tinctures, cosmetics, topical creams, gummies, chocolate, powder and beverages.  Finally, CBD purportedly helps with anxiety, inflammation, headaches, epilepsy, insomnia, arthritis and a number of other health conditions. Now you know. Watch more 3 Things […]

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I’m ‘Risking Everything’ to Change the Sport

Many have tried to launch a new sports league. Few have succeeded. But that hasn’t discouraged the star, who’s trying to revolutionize his sport by competing against the league he once played for. May 30, 2019 7 min read This story appears in the June 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Lacrosse may not be the most popular sport in America, but this summer it may beat everyone else out for sheer business drama. The sport has been dominated since 2001 by an organization called Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and its most famous player was Paul Rabil. But Rabil was frustrated with his old league. So he hung up his cleats and, along with his brother Mike, decided to launch a competitor. Their new Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) kicks off on June 1, with games airing all summer long on NBC. They poached many of MLL’s greatest players and are […]

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5 Jobs for Introverts Looking to Make Extra Money (60-Second Video)

If you’re thoughtful and independent, these low-cost side gigs could help you make extra money. You’re thoughtful. You’re independent. You’re not alone. Introverts make up an estimated 50 percent of the U.S. population and are valuable leaders, thinkers and innovators. Here are five side hustles from writer Carolyn Sun that are perfect for this personality type. Transcriptionist: This job has a lot of autonomy, is great for independent thinkers and can be done remotely. Archivist: This work hits a sweet spot for anyone who loves history, organization and research. Truck driver: This could be a dream job for someone who enjoys driving, the open road and diner food. Technical writer: As naturally deep thinkers, introverts who have a good understanding of technology make great technical writers. Think software user guides, FAQs and job aids. Social media manager: This job requires a lot of time online and not much interaction that isn’t […]

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5 Ways to Make Money From Home (60-Second Video)

Make money from home with these sweet side gigs. Looking to make some extra cash, but don’t feel like, ya know, getting dressed? Here are five side hustles you can do from the comfort of home. Write resumes: Use LinkedIn and other professional sites to advertise your writing services. Sell items online: You can sell anything that’s collecting dust at home on Ebay or Craigslist — or do it for others and collect a commission on each sale.  Email marketing: This is one of the most profitable forms of online marketing, with many platforms, like MailChimp, readily available. Rent a room on Airbnb: If you need some fast cash and have a spare room, AirBnB offers you an avenue for creating an income. Tutor over Skype: This is a great option if you have a specific area of expertise and the local job market is dry. Now go get that cash! Watch […]

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Here’s What Bob Saget Has Learned After Decades of Making People Laugh (Podcast)

The comedian, actor, director and producer is a modern-day Renaissance Man. May 8, 2019 1 min read Galileo. Leonardo DaVinci. Bob Saget? Yes, the comedian, director, actor and producer is indeed a Renaissance Man. Known to most as squeaky-clean dad Danny Tanner — first on ABC’s Full House in the ’90s and now on Netflix’s Fuller House — Saget’s oftentimes raunchy stand-up act can be truly shocking.  When he’s not touring the country or recording comedy specials, he’s hosting and producing shows like Videos After Dark on ABC (an update on his iconic America’s Funniest Home Videos gig), and directing documentaries and feature films, including the dark comedy Benjamin, the first original film released by DVD rental service Redbox. Related: Bob Saget’s Hilarious Tips for Delivering the Perfect Elevator Pitch On this episode of How Success Happens, we’ll be attempting to get to the bottom of how Bob Saget can do so […]

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3 Powerful Public Speaking Tips (60-Second Video)

Here’s how to give the best speech of your life. The ability to speak to a group is vital for any entrepreneur. Simon Sinek, one of the most-watched TED Talks presenters of all time, offers these tips for delivering speeches that inspire, inform and entertain. Don’t talk right away. “That communicates a little bit of insecurity and fear,” Sinek says. Instead, quietly walk out on stage. Then take a deep breath, find your place, wait a few seconds and begin. Make eye contact with audience members one by one. If you can, give each person that you look at an entire sentence or thought, without breaking your gaze. Speak unusually slowly. When you get nervous, your words tend to speed up. Sinek believes it’s impossible to speak too slowly on stage. Pause between each of your words and people will hang… on… your… every… word. Get more info to sharpen […]

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3 Productivity Tips for Organizing Your Work Life (60-Second Video)

Here are some sure-fire tips for improving your productivity. Productivity is all about efficiency — doing more, faster and with less. Here are three simple productivity tips that will help you organize your work life. Use your commuting time to complete simple tasks. During my morning subway ride, I go through my inbox and mark messages I need to respond to. By the time I get to work, I’m ready to respond. Work “offsite” when it makes sense. When you need to write a document or research a topic, the absence of office interruptions will improve concentration. Just make sure your boss is cool with it. Converse, don’t email. Pick up the phone or walk down the hall and talk directly to colleagues. You can give precise direction and clear up misunderstandings quickly.  Get more info to sharpen up your professional life on entrepreneur.com.  Read_More Related posts: 10 Simple Productivity Tips […]

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The First New Hotel to Open in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria Is Thriving. Here’s What Its Founders Have Learned.

Opening in the wake of a natural disaster didn’t alter their vision for the Serafina Beach Hotel. April 26, 2019 5 min read The Serafina Beach Hotel opened in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March 2018, just six months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, causing at least $80 billion in damages and permanently closing an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 businesses. Creators Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato — the founders of global brand Serafina Restaurant Group — had their work cut out for them. Even after repairing the damage wrought by the hurricane, they had to contend with an absence of local workers (many of whom had fled) as well as a conspicuous lack of tourists. “We opened in an environment that was really challenging,” they admit. Related: 7 Tips for Turning Your Vision Into Reality, Starting With Thinking Big Located in the heart of San Juan’s trendy Condado district, today the hotel lives […]

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3 Tips for Getting Emails Noticed, Opened and Read (60-Second Video)

Here’s how to make your messages pop. Hone your subject lines. They should be short, to the point, and provide enough information to lead the reader to want to explore your message further. Avoid spammy subject lines. Plan your email delivery frequency. Be consistent, both in what you deliver and how often you send it. The goal is to condition your audience to open your emails as they get them. Write one-to-one. Craft your emails as if you were talking to a friend. Keep your messages conversational and personal — people want to feel like you’re talking directly to them, not the masses. These great tips and more can be found in Market Like You Mean It. Read_More Related posts: 3 Tips for Using Humor to Get Your Business Noticed (60-Second Video) 5 Tips for Getting Your Cold-Sales Emails Read (That Have Nothing to Do With Writing) These 7 Video Tips and […]

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3 Tips for Using Humor to Get Your Business Noticed (60-Second Video)

Here’s how to unleash the power of funny. March 25, 2019 1 min read Your customers like to laugh as much as you do. Everyone faces an onslaught of social media, email and marketing messages both on- and off line. Adding a touch of humor will help to capture your target’s attention. Laughter is a reaction, and reactions are engagement. Engagement lifts the awareness of a brand and typically gets it talked about and remembered. Humor is the best way to go viral. What makes a video go viral are often the stupid, obnoxious, extreme, crazy, stunt-laden and hilarious things about it. These great tips and more can be found in Market Like You Mean It. Read_More Related posts: 3 Tips for Getting Emails Noticed, Opened and Read (60-Second Video) These 7 Video Tips and Tricks Will Help Get Your Website Noticed 7 Brands Killing It With Humor on Twitter Tips […]

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Does Driving a $250K Lamborghini Live Up to the Dream?

We commuted to work in the brand-new Urus to see what it’s like behind the wheel of the world’s fastest SUV. March 25, 2019 1 min read There’s a non-scientific statistic that nine out of 10 entrepreneurs had a Lamborghini poster on their bedroom wall as kids. Ever since the Italian supercar manufacturer dropped the iconic Countach in 1974, the brand has been synonymous with raw power, jaw-dropping design and professional success. Now the company is flipping the script once again with the release of an entirely brand-new vehicle: the Urus. Heralded as the first “super SUV,” the 650-horsepower beast maintains all the trappings of a Lamborghini — but now it can accomodate five passengers, travel offroad and even handle all your luggage. (Try squeezing more than a wallet into a Countach.) Related: The 8 Best Dream Cars of 2019 for Entrepreneurs Entrepreneur was given a Urus to drive for the weekend — yes, the experience was as […]

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