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Imelda Hartley: Helping Domestic Abuse Survivors One Tamale at a Time

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager If you haven’t tried Imelda’s shrimp tamales, you cannot call yourself a true Phoenician. Imelda Hartley is a SEED SPOT alumna, a domestic violence survivor, a mother of 14 beautiful children, and a magical chef with exceptional talent at making mouthwatering tamales. Since participating in our Full-Time Program back…

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How to Make an Ask That’s Hard to Refuse

By: Vid Micevic, Co-Founder of 33 Buckets Being an entrepreneur and starting your own venture is one of the hardest journeys you can embark on. You’ll hear “no” time and time again, accompanied by a number of excuses ranging from “your idea won’t work” to “you don’t have enough experience”. Well, you know what? J.K.…

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Carlos Martinez: “NEXT Helps Students Make Big Things Happen”

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager Carlos Martinez has never let his young age stop him from dreaming BIG. Though he’s only a sophomore in college, he has co-founded a business in SEED SPOT’s youth entrepreneurship program, interned for Congressman Raul Grijalva, and helped run Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Arizona! But don’t worry –…

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How to Choose the Best Software Development Solution for Your Business

By: Selina McPherson, Growth Lead at Hatch Did you know that by 2020 global mobile app downloads will reach 284 billion? (Yes, with a B.) It’s no wonder that entrepreneurs and large businesses alike are racing into the mobile app space. As an entrepreneur yourself, you’ve likely had a game-changing app idea or two, but…

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Tristan Gandolfi: Making Her Way to the Other Side of “Yes”

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager Tristan Gandolfi is funny. Not in a forced or rehearsed way, but in a genuine way that sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Her ability to infuse humor into difficult situations has been an uplifting lifeline for underserved community members for years, and her joy is…

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Meet Joseph and Joanina: From Mandela Washington Fellowships To SEED SPOT!

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager Joanina Razafindrakoto and Joseph Ngugi Nyambura. You may not know their names, but you will be amazed by their impact. Joanina and Joseph are two extraordinary African entrepreneurs with a desire to do well by doing good in the world. They are both in the United States as part…

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Courtney Klein: One of “20 People to Know” in Phoenix Startup Scene

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager SEED SPOT is excited to announce that our co-founder and CEO, Courtney Klein, has been chosen as one of the “20 People to Know” in the Phoenix startup scene by the Phoenix Business Journal! Woohoo! This list highlights movers and shakers in the Valley from a wide range of…

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Anish Patel: A Youth Entrepreneur Restoring Focus on the Road

By: Chessie Dahut, Content Curator and Media Management Intern Anish Patel is an energetic and team-oriented youth entrepreneur that participated in the pilot program of SEED SPOT NEXT at Tesseract High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Anish grew up in Massachusetts and lived there for ten years before moving to Phoenix. After spending his first few…

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How to Build an Engaging Landing Page, by the Pros at HippoGive!

By: Leah Snider, Project Coordinator for HippoGive and Creative at Fast Rope Labs Did you know that 55% of visitors spend fewer than 15 seconds on your website? To combat the average consumer’s short attention span, it is CRUCIAL to format your website’s landing pages in an engaging and visually appealing way. A landing page,…

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SEED SPOT’s Commitment to Inclusion: African American Boot Camp

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager Last week, SEED SPOT’s Phoenix office galvanized some serious community with our African American Boot Camp. After five days of studying business fundamentals, benefiting from one-on-one mentorship, and practicing their pitches, 17 founders developed 13 ventures in hopes of impacting the local #yesphx community. Their hard work culminated with…

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