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HOTTovation is Open for Applications

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HOTTovation is Open for Applications

Morrisville, NC – The HOTTovation program is starting again on June 1, 2015. Applications are now open and the application period will close on April 30, 2015. An in-person interview will be scheduled within three weeks of the application deadline as part of the application process.

What is HOTTovation?

HOTTovation is a “percolator” allowing people to “perk” an idea into a sellable strategic plan. The HOTTovation program is based off of Morrisville. Morrisville is ...

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Boost Your Productivity by Saying No

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Boost Your Productivity by Saying No

Contributed by Jason Faber

There is one particular trap most entrepreneurs of start-ups fall into.

It usually happens when others begin taking notice of your new enterprise. You have spent countless days and nights, pouring your blood, sweat and tears into getting your venture launched, and people are now seeing the result of your efforts.

You are being seen as someone who gets things done. Family, friends and those from your community will begin formulating ideas on how you can help them. It ...

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Website Protection

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Website Protection

Contributed by Amish Patel

What your start up needs if you have a website.

Start ups go to tremendous lengths to make sure the colors, typefaces, and layouts of their websites are just perfect, often hiring professional web designers in the process. Unfortunately, some start ups often forget to legally protect the website, its content, and the start up itself, once the website is live. There are some essential documents that should be posted on the website and re-visited regularly as the ...

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Funding Options

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Funding Options

by JV Miller of Product Wrangler

Critical to the success of any business, in particular start-ups, is funding. Funding comes from different sources and most sources come with stipulations. The intention here is not to discuss in detail the various funding sources or what is required but rather what is available for start ups to pursue.

Funding Sources:

  • Self-funding:  credit cards, savings, etc.
  • Friends & Family: Friends and family provide funds to support your business
  • Private Investors: People with money willing to invest ...
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What’s ahead in 2015

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What’s ahead in 2015

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by Carlotta Ungaro of the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce and Morrisville Innovation Foundation

Morrisville Start-up had a great 2014.  The quarterly networking sessions had attendance greater than our expectations.  The Start-up planning team did a great job with the blogs.  For 2015, our team is looking forward to building on the successes of 2014.2014-04-10 18.02.30Continue Reading →

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Peeling the Onion

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Peeling the Onion

blackstoneHow to get past the first layer with a venture capitalist
or investor

by Robert J. Creeden of Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network
As a venture capitalist for 23 years, two common questions people would ask me are why it takes so long to make an investment decision and what was I reviewing for such an extended time period. These excellent questions posed by ...

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One Way To Build a Great Brand

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One Way To Build a Great Brand

By:  Jason Faber of M is GoodM logo

Brands are more than just the logo, name or slogan — it’s the entire experience others have with your product or service. From our experience in working with entrepreneurs, CEOs, and leaders on their marketing strategies, the most important element is the brand promise.

While there are many ways to build a great brand and a great experience, the brand promise is one you must ...

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Suburban Entrepreneur, You Are Not Alone in the Triangle

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Suburban Entrepreneur, You Are Not Alone in the Triangle

 by John Ramsey

The Triangle entrepreneurship scene is not solely the realm of urban start-ups run by Millennials in downtown Durham or Raleigh. Entrepreneurship is about building new ways to provide value to your customers and finding ways to provide that value at less cost. For those of you who are doing that from suburban areas of the Triangle, you are not alone.

Many still look to Silicon Valley or Boston for how we should shape entrepreneurship locally, but we should remember ...

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields, part 4

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields, part 4

by Rebecca Crandall, Attorney at Olive & Olive, P.A.image001

If you’re reading this blog, you already know about social media.  You probably already know about the major players (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) and might even participate in one or more of these venues personally and professionally.  If you participate professionally or are considering doing so, there are many things you should keep in mind.

This is the fourth post ...

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields – part 3

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Avoiding Social Media Minefields – part 3

by Rebecca Crandall, Attorney at Olive & Olive, P.A.image001

If you’re reading this blog, you already know about social media.  You probably already know about the major players (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) and might even participate in one or more of these venues personally and professionally.  If you participate professionally or are considering doing so, there are many things you should keep in mind.

This is the third post ...

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