Operation JumpStart is an award-winning microenterprise development program that partners with organizations seeking to assist aspiring entrepreneurs. Combining nationally-recognized curriculum; coaching and mentoring; and rich online resources; this program can be the foundation you need in building entrepreneurial communities of opportunity.

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  • 6 Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make -- And How to Avoid Them
    Jacqueline Whitmore / Entrepreneur Anyone who has ever started a business will tell you how hard it is. First you have to create a viable product or service and prove there’s a market willing to purchase. The next step is to scale your business and make decisions critical to the future of your company. When I founded my etiquette business 16 years ago, I did not have a road map, much less a business plan. It took almost five years before I started to see a ... Read More
  • 4 Ways Smartphones can Make You a More Efficient Entrepreneur
    Deborah Sweeney / AlleyWatch According to the 2013 AT&T Small Business Tech Survey, 85% of the companies surveyed reported using a smartphone for their day-to-day business. Interestingly, that same survey found that only 31% of small businesses used mobile apps, meaning most business owners were only using their phones for phone calls and email. And while smartphones are a great for staying on top of calls, they can do such more –your smartphone can actually hel... Read More
  • Small Firms Hit by Big Changes in Health Coverage
    Angus Loten / The Wall Street Journal Businesses with fewer than 50 workers are exempt from the most stringent requirements for larger employers under the federal health-care law. But that doesn't mean they're off the hook entirely. Smaller employers aren't required under the Affordable Care Act to offer coverage for their full-time workers—as larger firms must by 2016 or face penalties, for instance. But many owners of small ventures and start up entrepreneurs... Read More
  • The #1 Secret to Effective Small Business Advertising Is..
    Patrick McFadden / Yahoo Advertising is looked at by most as a tool to create overall awareness. This approach can be a benefit to small businesses, if the message is right, if the awareness that is created, spells out a benefit. Usually awareness advertising seems to be an attempt to win advertising awards instead of new clients. The #1 Secret to Effective Small Business Advertising Is . . . The point is the #1 secret to effective small business advertising i... Read More
  • How Having Employees Makes You – And Your Small Business – Better
    Michelle van Schouwen / Succeeding in Small Business For many small business owners, hiring a first employee represents a major turning point. Soon, that owner may have a few, or many, employees. Aside from the clearest benefits of staffing up (getting more work done, having coverage in the office or shop, looking bigger as a company) and the evident downsides (making payroll, suffering the pressures of management) there are some less obvious upsides of working wit... Read More
  • 5 Life Lessons That Made Me a Better Entrepreneur
    Valerie Svenningsen / Entrepreneur Throughout the years, I've gathered countless tidbits of advice from my parents, friends, colleagues and mentors. As I've learned about trust, responsibility and happiness, I've realized that these lessons extend well beyond my personal life. Today, I often find myself using professional advice as a way to confront a personal issue I might run into, or looking to personal philosophies to help solve an obstacle in the office. Here ar... Read More
  • Five Top Educational Podcasts For Entrepreneurs
    Bridget Hilton / Forbes Like many entrepreneurs, I chose self-education in lieu of traditional higher education. Much of what I have learned about starting, maintaining and growing a business has come from networking, reading books, magazines and blogs and podcasts. Podcasts in particular are underrated tools for learning from those who have been there, done that, and are willing to shed light on the highs and lows of starting a company. In addition to keeping me... Read More
  • The 4 Biggest Mistakes I've Made As An Entrepreneur
    Sunday Steinkirchner / Forbes Risk-taking can be synonymous with entrepreneurship. I’ve certainly learned from the risks that have paid off, but just like bad beats in poker, the easiest ones to remember are all the mistakes, flops, and failures. Read our epic fails below, and be glad this wasn’t you. Spending Too Much on Inventory I remember this like it was yesterday. My husband came home with exciting news: “We won The Trumpet Major at ... Read More
  • 6 Ways to Adapt Hiring Practices to the Improving Job Market
    John Boitnott / Entrepreneur In recent years, we’ve experienced an employer’s market, as the economy has driven many skilled professionals back into the job market. One job posting could bring in a flood of resumes, leaving employers with the enviable problem of choosing from the best talent in the area. As the unemployment rate creeps back down again, however, employers will likely return to a problem this generation hasn’t exper... Read More
  • Why You Need to Support Small Businesses
    Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle / Forbes Small business is – quite frankly – big business. The Small Business Administration identified that there are more than 28.2 million businesses operating in the United States as of March 2014, with about 63% of new jobs being created from small businesses between 1993 and mid 2013. Of these 28.2 million businesses, most are “self-employed” – making up about 3/4 of the U.S.’s total businesses. Mean... Read More
  • Today's Most Satisfied Employees Demand These 4 Things
    Andre Lavoie / Entrepreneur The employee landscape is changing, and with it has come new needs, desires and areas of importance for employees. This means employee development is no longer just about career development, but also goal alignment, non-monetary offerings, and simply, opportunities to prove themselves. A quarter of employees would be more satisfied at work if they were given more opportunities to do what they do best, according to a 2013 study by Bless... Read More
  • Don't Try to Succeed at Your Startup by Failing at Home
    Ron Burr / Entrepreneur Being an entrepreneur is in my blood, and that calling can be an incredible emotional drain, both at home and the office. Unfortunately for serial entrepreneurs, each start up is just as much of a grind as the first and it doesn’t get any easier at home. Finding a balance is an eternal struggle for every entrepreneur.  The best advice I can give to veterans and novices alike is not to be afraid to fail. Even the smartest guy... Read More
  • 5 Insanely Inspirational Quotes For Entrepreneurs
    Lewis Howes / Entrepreneur Believe it or not, successful people have bad days, too. The difference is they don’t let their feelings dictate their actions. Remembering that emotions are temporary, they have a singular focus -- to serve a larger vision.   In order to keep my eye on the prize, even when huge setbacks occur, I always come back to the inspiration of my vision as the key to unlocking my motivation. These are some of my favorite quotes for one of ... Read More
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