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Kimco KEYS Program Provides Opportunity for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Seeking to Launch their First Re

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Kimco Realty Corp. (Kimco) announced the launch of another small business through the Kimco Entrepreneurs Year Start (KEYS) program – Carlsbad’s Build-It-Workshops held its grand opening on Friday.

KEYS is a small business incubator program developed by Kimko.

As of Dec. 31, 2012, Kimco owned interests in 896 shopping centers comprising 131 million square feet of leasable space across 44 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and South America. KEYS launched in California, where Kimco owns over 110 shopping centers consisting of over 3,200 stores and 19.3 million square feet of leasable space.

The company says that it is actively seeking startup entrepreneurs and first-time business owners to apply to the program, which currently has over a hundred small shops (2,500 square feet and under) available for KEYS participants, including many pre-built restaurant spaces.

KEYS will place qualified applicants into Kimco shopping centers with one year of free rent and additional benefits such as affordable property charges to minimize initial overhead; access to personal Kimco retail business counselors; a flexible four-year lease option after the first year; as well as access to shop space in established retail centers. In addition, Kimco says that it will provide operational and financial support through the critical startup incubation years to better ensure the success of these first-time business owners.

Kimco has developed relationships with established educational organizations such as SCORE, the California Small Business Development Center, Kauffman FastTrac, and others that offer business resources and networking support.

The KEYS program seeks entrepreneurs who plan to open their first store, restaurant, or other concept (but not franchise companies), who have adequate funding for the venture, a written Business Plan with detailed business goals and who have the ability to articulate their plan for success in an interview. A certificate, endorsement, or letter of completion verifying entrepreneurial classes completed from an SBA sponsored business association, college, university or appropriate training organization is encouraged, but not required.

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What Motivates the Typical Online Entrepreneur

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The typical online entrepreneur is a different species insofar as they generally work alone and within an industry that can be very stressful and demanding. Being your own boss is great however many are prone to second thoughts about this when they find that everything’ is their responsibility! Without physical, or often times, moral support, people working online have to reach deep within themselves for the strength or motivation to get the job done. Obviously those who succeed on the internet have mastered the ‘art form’ of learning how to motivate themselves! Learning how to get motivated however always has its roots in a very strong reason as to ‘why’ it is people are working online! It is the ‘why’ of every entrepreneur that ultimately keeps them moving forward!

Here are the 3 biggest ‘whys’ entrepreneurs use when learning how to motivate themselves in order to maintain the drive necessary to succeed on the internet.

Money

Always a big motivator, money is one of the most ‘popular’ reasons people market on the internet. Whether it is for need or perhaps to expand an already existent ‘offline’ business earning or increasing an income is a powerful and popular force for people to be working online.

Passion

Some people have taken advantage of the easy to use and inexpensive internet platform to pursue a personal passion. Whether it is a cause, hobby or perhaps a business idea, if it is fueled by passion there is little doubt that these people will lack motivation.

Lifestyle

Most internet businesses involve working online from home or actually anywhere one may choose and this is a very attractive option. In addition, the potential for earning a significant income is very real due to the access you have to a global audience, on a 24/7 basis no less! A lifestyle like this is hard to ignore and even harder to not strongly desire! Even working longer hours is not an issue since you can pick and choose where and when you work!

As we have spoken about here today the typical online entrepreneur must absolutely posses some strong motivations in order to be successful working online. Due to the ‘isolated’ nature of internet marketing, individuals must learn how to get motivated and stay that way without the help or support of others. For this reason their motivations need to be strong and lasting and 3 of the most common motivations people have for working online are reviewed above. As you can see any of these 3 factors that drive people to succeed on the internet are very strong. It is an absolute must however that the individual has the great ‘desire’ or ‘need’ first or they will not be able to sustain their efforts and achieve success.

Serious Entrepreneurs Use Social Media Without Being Annoying

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Every serious entrepreneur is aware of the power of Internet marketing. However, a majority of them still consider online marketing to be related to the company website, email and online ads. While these online mediums make a significant part of the internet market, there has been a revolution in the last five years in the online world that has given birth to another powerful medium social media or social networking.

Social media or social networking can be defined as group of activities that combine technology with social interaction. Some of the common tools that are being used for social networking are LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, MySpace, YouTube, and Digg. However, not many entrepreneurs have been able to use social media effectively and a large number of them have been successful in annoying their potential customers. They fail to realize that social networking sites are a place for social interaction and not a place to peddle your products by spamming the entire community.

Serious entrepreneurs take time to learn the etiquettes and rules of each social media and focus on building lasting relationships. They make sure that they do not end up making any wrong move that may get them blacklisted or ejected from the community. They establish relationships that may become their loyal customer base but their main motive is to not only make money but also make great friends.

Serious entrepreneurs understand the significance of social media thoroughly and understand how it can help them grow. Lets see how:

Social media creates a level playing field between an entrepreneur and a Fortune 500 company.
Social networking sites provide access to professionals and potential partners who you cannot reach out to in the real life.
Social media sites give every serious entrepreneur an opportunity to show that he or she cares about the community.
It broadens your target market by breaking geographical barriers and enables you to have customers, partners, and suppliers all over the world.
Social networking can be a great marketing tool for entrepreneurs who are not good at communicating in real life.
Social media is one of the most effective as well as economical tool for conducting marketing research on your target customers.

So, if you are a serious entrepreneur who has been waiting on the side-lines watching other businesses grow with the help of social media, it is time that you, too, join these communities and test the waters. However, it is advisable that you do your research and take time to learn each of the social networking tools to minimize any error that may annoy others.

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Jason Grill – Attorney, Advocate and Consultant for Entrepreneurs and Startups

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Jason Grill connects entrepreneurs, startups, mobile, technology and small to medium size business with the right exposure, resources and connections. Jason Grill owns JGrill Media which is a strategic consulting firm that focuses on media relations, public affairs, public relations, public strategies, professional branding, content marketing, publicity, government relations, contributing and commentating.

Jason Grill connects individuals, entrepreneurs, startups, small to large businesses, cities, communities, political figures/entities, policy makers, CEO’s/C-suite executives, founders, organizations, associations and nonprofits with the media outlets (tv, radio, online, print) on a local and national level to get the exposure they deserve to grow their brand. JGrill Media gets individuals and businesses published in reputable online publications that reach their target markets. JGrill Media specializes in building credibility through thought leadership and content marketing. Jason Grill helps build a professional brand by getting bylined articles published in national online publications and identifying and helping clients get awards and on lists that will gain them authority in their industry. By getting bylined articles and interviews published and winning the best awards, JGrill Media helps take a professional brand to the next level. By building up this brand, JGrill Media helps establish you as a credible, authority in your industry, thus bringing you or your company more business.

Jason Grill, in his legal and attorney work, helps clients with wrongful death and personal injury claims, civil and business litigations, vehicular accidents, traffic and speeding related offenses, bankruptcy, medical malpractices, guardianship (related to Autism, special needs, and down syndrome), employment and contract related issues, nursing home negligence, trusts and wills, real estate, and economic development cases, etc. He is not only registered with Missouri Bar Association but also associated with the Kansas Bar Association and is providing his valuable services as an attorney in the Kansas City area.

Jason is an avid fan of Missouri Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting KC, Liverpool and the Kansas City Royals. He represented Kansas City in Missouri House of Representatives, and made a remarkable contribution by getting landmark legislation passed to help families of children with autism. Jason Grill played a significant role as philanthropy chairman in the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and collected funds for Children’s Miracle Network. While in college, he conducted community service for many organizations that include Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, St. Louis inner-city mentorship programs, etc. While pursuing his BS at St. Louis University, he connected himself with the Omicron Delta Epsilon and various other societies such as Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, National Deans List Honors Society, the Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity, the Golden Key National Honor Society, Economics Honor Society, and he mentored for the Oriflamme organization.

Stop, Collaborate and Engage Small Business Communication Tools for Entrepreneurs to Navigate the Social Media Seas

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Oldies but goodies…

The social media landscape has significantly changed the face of small business communication, but it does not mean previous technologies have been rendered useless. “Old” technologies, such as e-mail newsletters, instant messaging and message boards are still active and can still increase productivity (and sales!). Many entrepreneurs already have a strong understanding of these technologies and have probably used them in the past. Consider dusting off that old e-mail newsletter you belong to – you know, the one you haven’t read in 2 years – or do a quick search of what message boards are out there. You may be reminded of and surprised at how useful these seemingly out-of-date services can be.

Some you’ve probably heard of, but may not know the full power of…

LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become the platform for business-focused social networking. By setting up a LinkedIn profile, users are able to post their work history and professional profiles for others to see. This tool presents opportunities for generating new business, reconnecting with old colleagues, and finding a job.

While many business users may have a LinkedIn profile, they may overlook the other small business communication tools LinkedIn provides. For example, LinkedIn Groups are a simple way to create an online forum where customers, prospects and industry insiders can exchange ideas. Similar to an e-mail newsletter, the Group allows invited LinkedIn users to interact with one another and for a company to communicate key messages. With some simple work on the front-end to get the group moving, an entrepreneur can then take a back-seat to let the patients run the asylum – while still maintaining his or her position as the group leader.

Wiki

A wiki (rhymes with tricky) is a website that allows users to edit the content that is posted on the page; the trick to wikis is ensuring the edits are accurate. Wikipedia, for example, is an editable online encyclopedia in which users can edit the content. The reason the information remains accurate is Wikipedia has designated individuals to monitor updates.

From a business perspective, a wiki is a great small business communication tool for companies with geographically distributed offices or teams. Users can post a document or other materials on an internal wiki and allow a group to review and edit the material in one place. Beyond the team collaboration, the wiki also helps with “version control,” a problem that occurs when some users do not have the most up-to-date version of a document. Microsoft’s SharePoint offers companies the ability to make internal wikis, as well as discussion boards.

Some small business communication tools you may not have heard of…

Yammer

Yammer is an enterprise microblogging service – think of it as Twitter for internal business communication. The service allows businesses to create their own internal communication channel and limit use to those who have a valid company e-mail address.

Why is Affiliate Marketing Popular with Home Based Business Entrepreneurs

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The great strides made in the development of the Internet in the recent past has enabled information to be transmitted thousands of miles away with such ease and clarity that time and space are hardly of any consequence to the Internet Marketer today.

Marketing Programs have literally taken over the Internet and riding high, is Affiliate Marketing.

According to the Computer Industry Almanac “The world-wide Internet population for 2004 was 934 million and the projection for 2006 is 1.21 billion.”

Sean Michael Kerner in an article in Click Z News quoting a spokesman for eBay states “According to eBay their largest affiliate earned over $1.3 million dollars in January commission, the largest amount yet in their affiliate program’s history. Their top 25 affiliates averaged over $100,000 per month each and the top 100 affiliates earn almost $25,000 each per month.”

With this sort of statistics around, is it any surprise that thousands of entrepreneurs especially those Home Based Business entrepreneurs with very small marketing budgets are jumping on to the Affiliate Marketing band-wagon!

Given below are some of the Popular reasons for this desire and urge to do Affiliate Marketing:

1. Cost Factor: Most Entrepreneurs refrain from starting a brick and mortar business or for that matter a Home Based Business (non internet) because of the investment required. In Affiliate Marketing the set-up cost is negligible with most programs being free to join and the merchant even providing you with the tools, tips and websites.

2. Pick and Choose Products: With dozens of Affiliate Program providers and thousands of merchants having their own affiliate programs, there are several thousands of products to choose from. You name it they have it! In fact there are even Fortune 500 companies to choose from. The idea is to pick and choose your niche products and promote them.

3. No need for an Inventory. The hassle of purchasing, stocking of items and storing of finished items (in a production unit) and dispatching them are not there. There is no need to maintain an inventory. It is all handled by the merchant.

4. No need for Employees. In any business the wages of the employees is one of the major expenditures to contend with. Here the problem does not arise since the marketer himself will operate his home business and probably get the assistance of a family member to help him.

5. Necessity for Customer Service does not arise. Customer service plays a major role in the success or failure of a business. The advantage here is that there is no direct dealing with the customers. The website will automatically direct the customers to the merchants.

6. Two Tier Affiliate Marketing: An attractive feature of certain affiliate programs is that they have a Two tier system, whereby affiliates can sign up as sub-affiliates below them. When the sub-affiliate earns a commission, the affiliate above him too earns a commission.

A Famous Female Entrepreneur Who Made a Difference

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One of the best female business owners in the history of the united states is Mary Kay Ash. She’s got a foundation which was put in place to help end cancer and physical violence against women. The foundation is run on donations and aims to coach women while struggling with cancers like ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and breast cancer.

Some of the prizes that she won include things like being called one of the most influential of business leaders in the past 25 years by Wharton School of Business and PBS in 2004. She was given the Women’s Advocacy Award by the legal services firm in North Texas and a book feature in 2001. In 1999, she was profiled by Forbes within their great business stories feature.

There’s lots of people in the heritage of the usa that did great things for the people while setting a great example. Mary Kay Ash was one of those people. She was able to earn multi-billion dollar success while ensuring to give to the city. In reality, she was noted for her unwavering ideals, belief in women, and her generous heart.

She kicked the bucket in 2001, but her heritage endures through her foundations created to fight cancers and violence towards women. Some of the most frequent kinds of cancer that impact women are breast cancer, which one in eight is going to be diagnosed with, endometrial cancer, which one in 40 gets, and ovarian cancer, which one in 72 gets.

Cancer is something that affects both men and women and cash that’s given to that purpose is cash wisely spent. There are lots of different foundations for doing this, and one of which is the Mary Kay Foundation. It was started in 1996 and seeks to assist women that are inflicted by physical violence or cancer.

Most are familiar with her makeup line, giving people the chance to be entrepreneurs or just earn extra money on the side. Of course, it’s not only for those that want to begin a business. They make superb high quality makeup and beauty items which have stood the test of time for a reason.

If you are someone that has long been enthusiastic about beginning your own business and you have no idea where to begin, you should consider looking into Mary Kay products. They supply top quality beauty and makeup supplies that women revel in using. They even design skin care and sun care products for men too.

You’ll find reasons why selling makeup is a secure type of business to start. The main is the fact that there will always be a need for it. Women will usually want to look and feel beautiful, and they love having large amounts of beauty products to do that with. So if you are someone that enjoys speaking with people and can manage your time well, it might be a good way to go.

Singapore Business Registration Guide for Foreign Entrepreneurs

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A person with his own business enjoys more financial independence and greater control on his financial status. But to succeed in any venture, it is important for anyone to visualize first his goals, business structure to follow, and other related details before proceeding to his business. Three Basic Types of Business Entities

The first thing an entrepreneur should decide is what type of business entity he wants to adopt before he starts the application for Singapore business registration.

Is it sole proprietorship in which he would be the only owner and will enjoy full control? Is it partnership in which he can have up to 20 business partners which means more funding? Or is it private limited company (or corporation) in which his business will enjoy perpetual existence while his personal assets are protected from the debts and losses of his company?

Every business entity has its own pros and cons which must be greatly considered. However, most experts agree that a private limited company is the most ideal for entrepreneurs with a long-term goal for their business as this setup will allow them to enjoy protection of asset, attractive corporate incentives, and other benefits.

The Products and Services

Bonafide entrepreneurs have always associated their products and services to their target-market so they can estimate the amount of capital they will need, equipment and materials to be purchased, and the level of quality they should offer.

Meanwhile, these questions can guide budding entrepreneurs on deciding on what products or services they should offer: What are my niche skills and interests that can generate profit? What is the estimated profit of my product? Can it be easily sold? It is easy to produce? Does it have an existing target-market?

Competitive and Market Analysis

One of the most important things any entrepreneurs should do is examine the business environment which includes the existing competition, different types of consumers, media, social norms, and other factors which can have a direct and indirect impact on their business.

When conducting competitive analysis, most experts agree that these four factors should be the main focus of entrepreneurs: who are the direct and indirect competitors, the specific market of competitors, the number of years they have been operating, and how do they attract their target-market.

Operations of a Business

Operations usually include the location, how many employees a certain business will need, the equipment, machinery, suppliers, materials, ways to track inventory and sales, and other related-issues.

Conscious E-Marketing for Women Social Entrepreneurs – Part 2

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Build a list of prospects and people who appreciate and trust you – this list of members of your tribe, with names and e-mail addresses, will represent the most valuable asset of your business. You will be able to promote proprietary products and services, as well as affiliate links to products owned by others that align with your message and mission. It is critical that you continuously nurture your list with valuable content, making the difference in their lives without charging them. They will appreciate you and will be prepared to reciprocate by purchasing products and services you recommend.

7. Reach for the greatest impact – social entrepreneurs are on a mission to transform the world, delivering a message through their products and services. We are being called to leverage the power of technology to reach the greatest possible number of people with our solutions to their problems. This is why as socially responsible business owners, we have no choice but to embrace technological advances, appreciating what is now possible because of social media tools such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook, and new platforms such as Skype, iPhones, mobile phone applications, teleconferencing, and online webinars.

8. Know and care for your customers – most entrepreneurs do not fully understand the problems and needs of their clients and prospects. A conscious e-marketer will invite prospects and clients to participate in surveys that will reveal exactly what they need and want. Your list can then be segmented wisely, and products and services can be tailored to the needs and wants of that specific segment of your list. We recommend www.mysurveyexpert.com as a great resource for your surveys.

9. Attraction Marketing – when you are clear about your message and become an authority who people respect, you will attract those who are seeking your message. You will become a magnetic force and ideal clients will find and appreciate you.

10. Become an authority in whatever your passion, vision, and mission may be. Commit to learning about yourself and about your products and services. Take courses, read books, review websites, attend live meetings, join communities, forums, and groups of like-minded persons. In conclusion, you are your greatest asset, and thus you need to grow and learn every day. The more you know about yourself and your business, the more profitable your business will become and the greater the social impact you will make in the world.

What Type Of Entrepreneur Business Opportunity Should You Choose

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Choosing an entrepreneur business opportunity is actually a lot harder than it used to be. There are a lot of scams out there, and sometimes you just never know what you are getting yourself into. But by taking care and learning to identify scams, you can avoid making mistakes and having your money stolen.

The good news is that if you do choose the right entrepreneur business opportunity, you could end up making quite a lot of money. For people who are looking to make a little extra money to supplement their full-time income or even to replace it altogether, you will find that there are many options to choose from.

One of the most popular opportunities right now has to do with selling online travel memberships. These memberships provide extremely good travel discounts for people who buy them, and for you, they can provide a very nice income. In addition, if you sign up for the discount program, you will make even more. By saving money on flights, cruises, and high-end resorts, you are actually adding to your income.

An entrepreneur business opportunity should be fun and enjoyable for you, not to mention provide you with some other benefit rather than just an income, and that is what makes a travel membership business the ideal business for many people. You can learn about travel, get discounts on it, and encourage other people (both online and offline) to sign up and get more travel for less money.

As long as you do your research and choose a legitimate business that has a proven track record of paying on time and providing good service to its affiliates, then you will be in a great position to make a good income and be able to create a business that you can one day hand down to your children.

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