Our newest profile takes a look at Social Ice Incorporated, a North Texas-based company which creates wine-infused popsicles. Social Ice is the brainchild of Michael Seyfried, a former futures trader who left the world of finance to pursue his vision of icy alcoholic treats. Mike debuted the popsicles in 2011 at the Texas State Fair and was so overwhelmed by the response that he knew he had a winning product on his hands.
I recently had the opportunity to promote an exceptional member of our team that I have no doubt is going places. I followed up his promotion with some recommendations based on my own experiences over the years. With that in mind, I'm sharing with you as well.
Whether you are creating a business from the ground up or expanding and developing your existing operation, a business plan covering the next three-to-five years is critical for tracking the success of your entrepreneurial vision.
Twitter is a great platform for professionals because it allows you stay informed on industry trends and to share your ideas and opinions with fellow entrepreneurs across the globe. The service is also a great tool for making connections with people who might not otherwise follow you on Facebook or LinkedIn. You can build a lot of relationships in just 140 characters!
Facebook is probably the first social network you joined, but one of the last you'd use for professional networking. Facebook is trying to change that, though, and is gradually moving toward more career-oriented features, including allotting more space to work and education information. If nothing else, your Facebook profile is still an important piece of professional identification—most people Google you after meeting you, and your Facebook profile is usually one of the highest results.
In a previous post, we recommended four of the best business podcasts around. But with more shows launching all the time, and many longtime public radio broadcasts finding new audiences, we can't stop at just four. Here are four more business podcasts we love, and what they are about.
At some point during your work day, you're inevitably faced with a dilemma: Do you try to try knock out an important task…. or do you try to wade through your emails.There's no bigger time sink than trying to maintain inbox zero. In fact, my friend Julie Morgenstern wrote an entire book about the subject titled Never Check E-Mail in the Morning.
If you want to improve your communication and networking skills, Andrea Nierenberg is the mentor you should seek out. Nierenberg, the founder and president of Nierenberg Consulting Group, has authored and coauthored numerous books on networking, and is an in-demand speaker at professional development and marketing and sales events.
When you opened up, say, a new pizzeria, you called the main city paper and the weekly alternative paper and took out quarter-page ads announcing that your establishment was open for business.