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Small Biz Survival

July 9, 2013 in Community, Resources

What can you expect to read here? Articles by and for small business people in rural areas and small towns. You face some special challenges in a small town small business, including:

  • Pressure from competitors in bigger cities
  • Pressure from competitors online, world wide
  • Scarce, or variable quality, resources to assist you locally
  • Tight labor supply, and a graying workforce
  • Lack of skills in your workforce
  • Isolation from your industry peers

But for each challenge, there is also opportunity:

  • The online market opens the world to you
  • Involvement in your community is your way to fight against decline
  • Land is usually cheap, compared to growing areas
  • Regulatory burdens tend to be lower than in well-developed regions
  • A little payroll usually goes a long way
  • Work ethic is usually high.”
    Source: Small Biz Survival

Entrepreneur

April 12, 2013 in Resources, Revenue

Entrepreneur Press, a leading SMB [Small-Medium Business] trade publisher, provides aspiring, emerging, and growing entrepreneurs with actionable solutions to … business challenge(s)—ultimately, leading them from business idea to business success. As the original magazine for the small and midsize business community, Entrepreneur continues to be [a] definitive guide to the diverse challenges of business ownership. Entrepreneur.com is a  widely used website by entrepreneurs and emerging businesses worldwide.” Source: Entrepreneur Press

JA Interview: Building a pipeline for minority journalist entrepreneurs

December 14, 2012 in Blog, Education

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Journalism Accelerator

Doug Mitchell brings ideas to angels. He is co-director of the UNITY New U Entrepreneur Fellowship program. Funded by the Ford Foundation, the program aims to help minority journalists get the business training, support and connections they need to launch businesses. The initiative offers $10,000 grants, training and mentorships.

Last year, New U launched a new partnership with the National Minority Angel Network to provide fellows further mentoring and pitch opportunities.

The JA’s Emily Harris talked with Doug about the business landscape minority journalists face, the particulars of this journalism business training program and how to get involved in 2013. The interview has been edited for clarity and length. Read the rest of this entry →

Community Journalism Executive Training: Define your exit to build a legacy

November 9, 2012 in Blog, Education, Revenue

A huge experiment

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CJET brought more than thirty community and investigative publishers together for intensive, hands-on business training. Check out presentations and resources that emerged, download useful know-how.

Journalism Accelerator

It felt odd to consider “exit strategy” at the recent Community Journalism Executive Training program, which brought nearly three dozen news organizations to Los Angeles for two days of intense, hands-on work developing specific business strategies and action plans.

After all, the vast majority of organizations attending only opened their doors a few years ago.

But the training, funded by the Knight Foundation, The Patterson Foundation and the McCormick Foundation, hosted by the Knight Digital Media Center and organized by the Investigative News Network, aimed to equip people running startup community and investigative media outlets with the skills and attitude to pull their business-owner hats firmly down on their heads – and wear them all the time.

And that means thinking about exit strategy. Read the rest of this entry →