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Why Teaching SEED SPOT Makes Me a Better Business Owner

By: Carla Rivera-Cruz, High School Teacher at Western School of Science & Technology and Founder of CRC Education Services, LLC If you’ve ever taught in the K-12 setting, you’ve probably experienced a “practice what you preach” moment. What do I mean by that? Have you ever interrupted your own lesson to lecture your students about…

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2-Day Launch Camps: What Are They & Why Do They Matter?

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager If you follow SEED SPOT on social media, you may have seen some fliers about our upcoming 2-Day Launch Camps in Tampa Bay, Florida (11/9-11/10) and Santa Barbara, California (11/15-11/16). But what exactly are these events and why do they matter? SEED SPOT 2-Day Launch Camps support early-stage entrepreneurs…

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The Path to Becoming a Certified B Corporation® for Social Entrepreneurs

By: Colleen Dyble, Vita Global, Inc. Founder “The B Corp movement is one of the most important of our lifetime, built on the simple fact that business impacts and serves more than just shareholders—it has an equal responsibility to the community and to the planet.” – Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia Global business trends show…

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SEED SPOT Alum, Delighted By Hummus, Scores a Deal on Shark Tank

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager On Sunday, October 15th, SEED SPOT alumna and founder of Delighted By Hummus, Makenzie Marzluff, was submerged into ABC’s Shark Tank to score a potential investment deal from a panel of billionaire investors. After pitching her innovative dessert hummus (that’s still made from chickpeas), Makenzie received offers from Mr.…

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What Your Bank Won’t Tell You About Business Credit

By: Darryl Johnson, CEO of Business Credit Works Did you know that the world’s 10 largest banks lent $44.7 billion to small businesses in 2014? While that may seem like a lot, that amount is down 38% from a peak of $72.5 billion lent in 2006. Big banks are making far fewer loans to small…

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Regina Kuvakos: The Bridge Between Givers and Doers

By: Bianca Buliga, Digital Marketing Manager If Regina Kuvakos could ride into battle on any animal, fictional or non-fictional, she’d choose a unicorn. She’s a finish-a-book-in-two-days kind of lady, loves cuddling her adorable Golden Retriever named Chauncey, and will never turn down a good glass of wine. And as of a couple days ago, Regina…

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7 Ways to Overcome Your Self-Doubt

By: Abby Drexler, Writer and Media Specialist for the Presentation Training Institute Being an entrepreneur means putting yourself out there time and time again. Whether you’re applying for grants, arranging meetings with content experts, or pitching your idea to a potential investor, you need to be on your A game to maintain momentum. And let’s…

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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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