Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Using Social Media to Grow Your Business

This three-day series on Internet Marketing will show you how to become productive with your time and invest in social media to quantify your network, build your network and convert your network into long-term customers built on TRUST. This event is brought to you bythe Urban League Entrepreneurship Center and the Drexel University LeBow School of Business.

Classes will take place on Tuesday, July 28, Tuesday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 11 at Drexel University's LeBow School of Business, 3200 Market Street, Room 201. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be facilitated by Nicole Newman, president of Newman Networks who has more than 2,200 Facebook and 850 LinkedIn connections, and Tara Colquitt, vice president of the Jenkintown Chapter of Business Network International.

Learn how Internet Marketing can open the door for greater business opportunities. General registration is $99 and Urban League Entrepreneurship Center members can register as the reduced rate of $69. To register, please click here.

Monday, July 20, 2009


“If you had to encourage a college entrepreneur with one word what would it be and why?”


“Because the Gen-Y demographic (college students) are largely NOT engaged. They are ambitious, bright, and have an entrepreneurial spirit. However, they need to ENGAGE with their peers, ENGAGE in social media, ENGAGE with their community, and they will see how this catapults them towards success. I have done it myself and seen what it has done to myself as a
brand and my career path!”

Sarah Merion –College Entrepreneur

Imagine That

“If you had to encourage a college entrepreneur with one word what would it be and why?”


“As the old saying goes, what you dream or imagine, can be. Never stop imagining or dreaming of success, do everything you can to reach those dreams, and success will be your reward!”

Bernadette Boas

Do you have diligence?

“If you had to encourage a college entrepreneur with one word what would it be and why?”


“When I started my business in college I had another student look at me and say, "no one will use your service." $10,000 later I realized diligence was the key because there is always someone that will try to kill your dream. Just do it! Launch the dream and stick to it no matter what!”

Casey Graham/ReThink Money

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Being a great entrepreneur

by College Start Up

While it’s true that the best entrepreneurs are people with vision, creativity and passion, to be a great entrepreneur you also need to develop certain skills. To make your idea successful, you need to know a little about how to do market research, differentiate, develop a business plan, hire good employees, adapt to competitors, use the Internet and do effective marketing.
For a really good overview of the things you need to be a great entrepreneur, check out this article, 25 Skills and Classes Necessary to Become a Great Entrepreneur, which makes the case that the best entrepreneurs know what they are good at and then delegate the rest.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Do You Have Vision?

“If you had to encourage a college entrepreneur with one word what would it be and why?”


“It's important to work with a certain point of view, and towards a certain vision of success. I've worked towards being a recognized DJ ever since university, and I knew what it would take from the beginning - from attitude to attire to the amount of hours I'd need to put in performing and networking. If you can't imagine where you want to go, and what you'll need to get there, it will make the journey twice as hard."

Montreal DJ Vivie-Ann

Move Forward Like a Grasshopper

“If you had to encourage a college entrepreneur with one word what would it be and why?”

Several experts responded and were more then willing to give million dollar advice to uplift the student body. One of the highlights of receiving an abundance of influential insight was when I was contacted by Grasshopper. The founders Siamak Taghaddos and David Hauser were so inspired by the topic that they set up a conference call to give their ideas over the phone. Siamak and David know what it’s like firsthand to start a business in college to go on to make millions.

Siamak’s word was execute because so many people have a vision but don’t come through with a plan. Especially in college where they think of great ideas but put them on the backburner. David’s word is Now as he feels that there are great opportunities with amazing resources and professors available. Visit their dream by going to

JUMP for it

“If you had to encourage a college entrepreneur with one word what would it be and why?”


When you are pursuing a start-up, it’s likely just you and a friend or two from school (your co-founders). You guys have nothing to lose; this is likely the point in your life when your monthly overhead to live is the lowest it will be—limited bills, splitting rent with roommates, no major obligations, etc. This is a temporary cost advantage. Capitalize on it. Use this opportunity in assessing risk.

Once you increase your cost of living, the game changes. Once you have a handful of employees, the game changes again.

So jump now. Risk everything, because ‘everything’ isn’t a whole lot.

This may be an unlikely piece of advice in today’s economy. But if you’ve got that entrepreneurial fire, you are going go for it regardless of the economy.

My partner and I founded online study community right after college. We jumped, and we haven’t looked back.

Robert Angarita