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Growing Importance of Business Plan Competitions By Tim Berry

Are you aware of business plan competitions? If you’re an entrepreneur, they’re an excellent opportunity to present your business and compete for cash and in-kind prizes or, worst case, really good feedback from serious business people. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to judge, it’s a chance to spend a few days reviewing real-world startups. I’ve been judging business plan competitions for almost 20 years. As I write this I’m looking forward to another season judging venture competitions including the University of Texas’ Venture Labs Investment Competition, the Rice University BusinessRead More


Insurance as a Hedge in the Unstable Economy

Reginald Hawkins Makes His Startup Insurance Agency Personal by Leo Adam Biga In planning their life together, newlyweds Reginald and Angela Hawkins of Inglewood, Calif. decided to mesh their skill sets in a start-up business of their own. He has years of market research and retail sales experience. She uses her business and management degrees as a County of Los Angeles human resources analyst. “We’re pretty well off, but we still wanted another source of income coming in, especially in this economy,” says Reginald. “You want numerous revenue streams becauseRead More


Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match…

MedSource/BizSource Advisors Playing Matchmaker by Leo Adam Biga Steve Deas believes he’s found a niche in the lead generation field with a start-up he and business partner Jack Lavin have formed. Their Athens, Ga.-based MedSource/BizSource Advisors plays matchmaker by bringing vendors and customers together over in-demand services or products. “We’re matching the two ends to bring them to the middle,” says Deas. “I did extensive research and I did not find another company doing quite what we’re doing. I think we’re offering something that can be a win-win situation inRead More