This week, we celebrate entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial spirit around the world.
And, right now, it's both the best of times and the worst of times to be an entrepreneur. It's great, because there are so many problems to solve with great ideas (the old "pain in the marketplace"). And with so many folks out of work or under-employed, there are a lot of talented people open to working in entrepreneurial enterprises who might not have been available to the sector previously.
But it's also the worst of times because while it's never "easy" to bootstrap, it's even harder now that personal wealth has plummeted (and continues to decline) and banks just aren't lending and extending credit like they used to. So folks who want to start, grow or even maintain enterprises can face more challenges than usual.
I don't have any easy answers, nor do I have a pile of money to invest in cool new enterprises. But I do have some advice on operations, service and promotion based on growing up in a family-owned business and a career counseling businesses on everything from operations to outreach. Check out this set of posts devoted to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking. (And feel free to share with entrepreneurs you know).
And check out these entrepreneurs who are doing great things:
- Shelley Ryan, Killer Webinars
- Summer Bicknell, Locopops
- Jason McKinley, Radical 3D
- Kevin Callaghan, Acme Food & Beverage Co.
- Joe Procopio, Intrepid Media & Exit Event
- Brent Berger, Creative Studio B & Berger Venture Investment
- Eric Myers, Mystery Brewing Co.
- Martha Marsh Jenkins, Kitchenworks
- Ryan Allis, iContact
- Kevin Trapani, Redwoods Group
- Jamie Peha, Peha Promotions
- J'Amy Owens & William von Schneidau, Bill The Butcher
Support your favorite entrepreneurs this week!