CEO of Culinary School Who ‘Disappeared’ Appears to Have Spent a Week in Jail

PlantLab CEO Adam Zucker said he’d been dealing with a ‘catastrophic’ personal issue for more than a week when his staff was unable to contact him. The time coincides with the arrest and incarceration of a person by the same name on embezzlement charges. August 31, 2018 9 min read Editor’s note: This story is developing and was last updated Sept. 1 at 12:01 p.m. When you can’t reach your company’s CEO for nine days — and he’s the “only person solely responsible for all finances” — what do you do? The team at PlantLab — a collection of culinary schools around the world formerly owned by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney — had to find out the hard way on Wednesday. That morning, they sent an email to enrolled students that all upcoming courses were canceled until further notice, in the wake of Zucker being unreachable. Entrepreneur broke the story on Wednesday. “It […]

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4 Small Businesses (and 1 NFL Player) That Made a Huge Impact After Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Donations to reputable relief organizations, such as the American Red Cross, are an excellent way to support the victims of natural disasters. But what can businesses do when these disasters happen literally in their own backyard? Related: These 2 Franchisees in Puerto Rico Survived Hurricane Maria and Lived to Tell What They Learned Four small business owners and NFL star J.J. Watt deserve credit for the answers they provided during Texas’s devastating Hurricane Harvey in 2017. They’re great role models for the hurricane we’re now in. Billions in damage Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm that caused over $125 billion dollars in damage when it hit Texas on August 25, 2017, according to the National Hurricane Center.  Eighty-eight people were killed and over 30,000 water rescues were conducted. The National Hurricane Center report also said 300,000 structures were […]

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Most CEOs Miss These 3 Things When Scaling Their Businesses

Scaling doesn’t come with guarantees. But leaders willing to change direction and delegate will find themselves with a learning curve that isn’t as steep. August 31, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For 70 percent of startups, the scaling struggle is real, according to the seed accelerator Techstars. It’s one thing to come up with a great idea and execute on it; it’s another to anticipate the next market need and shift to meet it while expanding internal processes and capabilities. Maintaining a steep trajectory — along with employees and customers — is a lot to ask a company in its early stages. Related: How to Avoid the Premature Scaling Death Trap But growing companies have to meet the demand and find a way to prosper — or perish. The Small Business Administration’s figures prove that scaling is well worth the effort: As businesses age, […]

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Increase Your Website Traffic – High Paying Affiliate Programs

The first thing to do before you start putting effort into increasing your website traffic is to get a detailed insight into your current traffic, of course. The best way to achieve this is by using Google Analytics and the following essential metrics: pages per visit, unique visitors, average session duration (or the time spent on your website), page views, traffic sources, bounce rate, and exit pages. Once you have done this, you are advised to check your traffic on a regular basis – no less than 3-4 times a week. This regular checkup will help you determine whether you should be making some improvements, and it will show what is working the best for you. In addition, you need to come up with a documented content marketing strategy. In fact, according to research conducted by the Content Marketing Institute, more than 60 percent of business organizations that have a […]

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Apple Is Launching 3 New iPhones, Plus More Trends to Watch

Amazon opens its second Amazon Go Convenience store, and Bellwether coffee raises $10 million dollars. August 31, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Amazon announced the opening of its second Amazon Go convenience store, located in Seattle. Amazon Go is a grocery store operated by the online retailer Amazon. It will feature a range of ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options, as well as Amazon’s Meal Kits. The food options will be made by Amazon chefs and various local kitchens and bakeries.  Apple will reportedly announce the launch of three new iPhones in September. They are rumored to launch a 5.8-inch model, a more affordable model with a 6.1-inch screen, and a 6.5-inch display, the largest it has ever included on an iPhone. All of Apple’s new iPhones are said to use Face ID, which lets you unlock the iPhone by looking at it instead of using a fingerprint reader.  Bellwether coffee, a startup […]

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Yes, It Can (and Should) Be Done

Wanted: compelling and captivating sci-tech communicators for blockchain marketing. August 31, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Blockchain marketing — unlike hyped-up pump-and-dump initial coin offerings (ICOs) — is lucrative only if it delivers actual value for a project. And the numbers don’t lie: If you’re a blockchain marketer, any company you work with that’s launching an ICO will know exactly what results can be credited to (or blamed on) you. Related: Why Marketers Need to Pay Attention to Cryptocurrency — Now Simply put, either your campaign will be a success or a flop. So, how do you control which outcome you’ll see? Information overload: you’re doing more harm than good. The point is that, nowadays, analytics are so advanced that a company will be able to check the statistics that a marketing campaign was able to garner. A company that hires a marketing agency will be able to […]

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Avoid the ‘Too Fast, Too Furious’ Approach to Scaling a Startup

Making sure everything is just right is the real path to success. August 31, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For founders, there’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of explosive growth. When you’re at the helm of a fast-growing startup, and your company is in growth mode, you feel like nothing can slow you down. You’re bringing on new talent, inking new deals across the globe and moving forward rapid-fire with a slew of new ideas. Related: Don’t Get Slowed Down by Growing Too Fast While growth is good, a “too fast, too furious” approach can create cracks in the foundation that can slow down your business later. In a landmark study, Startup Genome found 74 percent of high-growth startups fail due to premature scaling. Evidence has backed up those numbers ever since. For every success story, there is a cautionary tale (or two, or three, […]

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Get This Free Book – High Paying Affiliate Programs

What Is The eSCAPE Book About? eSCAPE was written by netrepreneur Anik Singal who has made more than $200M in online sales over the past decade. In this book you’ll learn… The difference between earning a living and creating a living (Chapter 1)… The #1 most important, yet very simple (and often overlooked) lesson any entrepreneur can learn (Chapter 1)… Why entrepreneurship actually has very little to do with running a business and how this misunderstanding is leading many to not live up to their full potential (Chapter 2)… How to never worry about seeking outside funding. Instead, learn how you can use the resources of your current (or future) company to innovate and call your own shots (Chapter 2)… Why successful entrepreneurs actually take less risk in their life than the rest of the business world (Chapter 2)… The exact mental process used to learn more from your failures […]

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Do You Really Even Need a Financial Advisor?

Your financial advisor may have the expertise, but are they making the smartest decisions with your money? August 31, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Phil Town lays out why you don’t need a financial advisor to help you invest your money in a smart way.  For example, Town says that investors with advisors rarely beat the market, and the high fees that go to a financial advisor can often cut into half of your retirement savings. Financial advisors will charge you regardless if they make any money for you. Town mentions most advisors are unafraid to lose your money, since their pay is based off your initial investment. Town provides potential alternatives for those looking to invest. Instead of giving your money to a financial advisor, you can opt to put your money into an index fund. This may yield higher […]

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This 10-Year-Old Motivational Speaker Shares How to Have Fun in Your Business — and Why You Should

August 31, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The clock hits 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. You tear out of your cubicle, office or classroom screaming “Weekend!” The drudgery that will wait until Monday becomes a thing of the past as you look forward to spending good times with friends. In fact, according to a 2017 Gallup poll, 85 percent of people hate their jobs. Related: 5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Make Your Job More Exciting and Enjoyable Even as entrepreneurs, who often set our own hours, we become so singularly focused on building our businesses that we forget to take breaks, celebrate and have fun. For many of us, in fact, weekends afford us two additional days to get more stuff done. What if running your business were as fun as your weekends? What if you could learn to enjoy your work, or even […]

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This Week in Weed (August 27-31)

South Koreans can’t get high, Denver issues a new license, and “budtenders” unionize August 31, 2018 2 min read Welcome to Green Entrepreneur’s video recap of the cannabis news you might have missed this week, hosted by our dope correspondent Conrad Martin. South Korean citizens (legally) can’t consume weed in legal countries Ahead of legalization in Canada, South Korea’s Custom Service has issued a reminder that it’s still illegal for it’s citizens to get high even in countries where cannabis is legal. Thought it’s unclear how the government will know if citizens have used upon re-entry. Denver issues it’s second social use license In more progressive bud news, Denver has issued its second social use license to Taylor Rosean and his company, Vape and Play. The space will offer games, entertainment, and while it won’t sell weed, you can bring your own and use it at their vape bar. You can […]

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Your Startup Is Already Big Enough to Begin Using Marketing Automation

The time and money saved on certain tasks are vital for busy, resource-strapped startups. Here’s why you should look at automation as a force-multipier for your marketing efforts. August 31, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Startups have an overabundance of information and tools at their fingertips. Ignoring what’s on offer, though, can mean missing out on something hugely beneficial. Marketing automation is often a prime example.     The time and money saved on certain tasks are vital for busy and resource-strapped startups. There are many reasons why you should look at automation as a boost for your startup’s marketing efforts. Automation saves time and money. In the early days of startups, the right hires can make or break the company. Hiring can be expensive, and even without a new salary taken into account, it is also a drain on time and resources. Automating some […]

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How to Increase Sales by Personalizing the Customer Experience

Successful brands put the customer first. They monitor their customers’ behaviors and leverage their needs to enhance the buying process. You can also boost your revenue by optimizing the customer experience. If you want to take this concept one step further, you need to focus on one important element that will increase sales. Personalization. Personalizing the customer experience is a winning strategy. In fact, 96% of marketers agree that their efforts to personalize their customers’ experience advance their relationships with customers. Furthermore, 88% of marketers say they’ve seen a measurable improvement in their businesses after implementing customer personalization tactics. But only 33% of businesses feel confident they have the tools to properly personalize the customer experience. That’s what inspired me to write this guide. Some of you may already know you need to create a more personalized experience for your customers, but you just don’t know what to do. Or maybe you’re […]

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ClickFunnels – High Paying Affiliate Programs

Share Funnels: One of the biggest advantages of using ClickFunnels is the infamous “share funnel” feature which allows you to very easily duplicate an entire funnel into your account from someone else’s account. Yes, you heard that right. The share funnel feature truly makes ClickFunnels a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who are interested in your success. The share funnels used to be difficult to find but recently the ClickFunnel team has assembled them all in one place on their blog. The value on all these share funnels is simply priceless. What’s more? These shared funnels will be constantly updated as they’re created and shared on the Facebook group and other ClickFunnels community areas. So what are you waiting for? Grab your free trial account now and get started: Read_more Related posts: JVZoo Member Review – High Paying Affiliate Programs ClickFunnels – High Paying Affiliate Programs Natural Health Affiliates – High Paying […]

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What You Need to Know About Bernie Sanders and Amazon’s War of Words

The senator said the company’s wages and conditions need to improve. Amazon said Sanders is being ‘misleading’ in his claims. August 30, 2018 3 min read Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking a closer look at how big corporations treat their workers, especially ones overseen by billionaires such as Amazon and Walmart. Here is what you need to know about the conflict between Jeff Bezos’s ecommerce empire and the senator who has built his platform on issues of economic equality. Sanders’s inquiry The senator from Vermont recently posted a form on his website asking Amazon employees to share their experience of working for the company, particularly if they used public assistance programs. Sanders invoked Jeff Bezos in the explanation for why he was seeking these accounts, writing on his website, “Amazon is one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, and its owner, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man on the […]

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It’s Time To Reframe How You Think About Money

If you’re anything like me, for better or for worse, you probably think about money a lot. Maybe that’s part of the reason why you decided to follow this blog, because you want to learn about how you can make more money online and get out of the rat race for good. Or maybe you’re interested in how you can maximize your earnings from this blogging and Internet marketing “side hustle” while you hold on your day job for stability. Regardless, you’ve got money on the mind. Maybe you’re saving up for a down payment so you can buy your first home. Or maybe you’ve already got a mortgage and 2.5 kids and now you’ve been sucked into the trap of keeping up with the Joneses. The comparisons on Facebook and Instagram are inevitable and you’re starting to feel like you’re coming up short. Maybe you are. Maybe you’re not. […]

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Leaders Who Rapidly Scale Companies Are ‘Wired’ for Success. Are You?

If you are seeking that winning leadership combination to scale your company, here’s what to look for. August 30, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Have you ever wondered why some fast-growing companies are destined to become the next Apple or Google, while others flounder, struggle or bite the dust? According to a study by the Kauffman Foundation of the 5,000 fastest growing U.S. companies, two-thirds (or about 67 percent) either shrank in size, went out of business or had been disadvantageously sold five to eight years later. Related: 50 Rules for Being a Great Leader Why such a high “failure” rate among companies once unstoppable? The truth is ventures don’t fail. Leaders do. If a company has cash flow or profitability problems, it’s a leadership failure. If customers are leaving for a competitor, that’s a leadership failure. For companies to scale, so must […]

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Traditional Networking Is Dead. Instead, Build a Community That Connects People.

How one weekend boot camp aims to build a lifelong business community. August 30, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Eighty-five percent of jobs are filled through networking, yet traditional networking events can be cringeworthy ordeals. From impersonal talks to anxiety-inducing meet and greets, it’s rare that long-term, impactful relationships are forged. Enter Survive and Thrive Today, the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Sachin Narode, assisted by business award-winner Marva Allen, and venture capitalist Swatick Majumdar. In its second year, this weekend-long boot camp invites mission-driven entrepreneurs to trade conference rooms for comfortable wood cabins. There, they collaborate with investors, partners and mentors in an intimate, outdoor environment. It’s interactive, it’s purposeful and it’s the new way to build a community while networking. Majumdar knows about the struggle of networking while bootstrapping. “As a venture capitalist, mentor and advisor to several startups, I’ve witnessed the trials and tribulations […]

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Stepping Into Big Leadership Shoes? 3 Ways to Bring Your Own Pair.

When I took over my father’s company after his death, I realized the importance of making smart decisions and not trying to fit into someone else’s shoes. August 30, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. PepsiCo’s longtime CEO, Indra Nooyi, announced in early August her intent to step down from her 12-year post; the company’s current president, Ramon Laguarta, will take her place. It’s an old story — the changing of the guard — but a common one. And such transitions can work well, as long as the new person maintains tradition while, at the same time, shaking things up. In PepsiCo’s case, Nooyi praised her successor’s “deep understanding of the changing preferences of consumers and other critical trends unfolding around the world.” And that was an especially good sign, from my point of view. The reason is that while filling old shoes and changing the guard on leadership is nothing new in […]

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Building Better Customer Experiences – Whiteboard Friday

Are you mindful of your customer’s experience after they become a lead? It’s easy to fall in the same old rut of newsletters, invoices, and sales emails, but for a truly exceptional customer experience that improves their retention and love for your brand, you need to go above and beyond. In this week’s episode of Whiteboard Friday, the ever-insightful Dana DiTomaso shares three big things you can start doing today that will immensely better your customer experience and make earning those leads worthwhile. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi, Moz fans. My name is Dana DiTomaso. I’m the President and partner of Kick Point, and today I’m going to talk to you about building better customer experiences. I know that in marketing a lot of our jobs revolve around getting leads and more leads […]

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