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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  • It's No Longer a Question Whether to Use Social Media for Customer Service
    By Shana Starr It was just a year or two ago that customer-facing businesses thought they could do without social media if they weren’t looking to serve younger or tech-savvy customers. That wasn’t true then and it certainly isn’t true now. Social media has become a leading medium for consumers to voice opinions about their every interaction they have with a company and its products or services. Expectations of speedy replies and immediate... Read More
  • The Truth About Networking Events
    By Mike Fishbein There are a lot of common misconceptions and varying opinions about the value of networking events. Some people love them while most people hate then. Some people think going to events is the only way to network and meet new people while others prefer other channels. It all depends on your needs and personality. For those thinking of attending networking events, here is some advice on getting started, along with other ways you can meet great peopl... Read More
  • 7 Steps to a New Image for Your Small Business Without Spending Much
    By John Boitnott Whether you’ve been in business for five weeks or 50 years, chances are your business has an image, at least with someone. You may assume that once your image has been established you can’t change it, but that isn’t true at all. From time to time, you may even find that you need to change your image to attract a new audience or change the direction of your business. An image makeover isn’t as complicated as it sounds. With a fe... Read More
  • Common Stresses - and Reliefs - of Small Business Owners
    By Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle Being a small business owner doesn’t come with a job description, and more often than not it includes unforeseen stresses and challenges that are out of the business owner’s control. As a result, more and more entrepreneurs are finding ways to balance the demands of business in both practical and surprising ways. Common Stress #1: Lack of Control While being your own boss may appear to put you in the driver’s seat, working... Read More
  • 5 Time-Consuming Tasks Small-Business Owners Should Outsource
    By Jeff Shore. Overhead can overtake small businesses in a hurry. But too many business owners impede their revenue growth doing everything just to save a few bucks. Strategic outsourcing solves this dilemma. Many entrepreneurs reject outsourcing because of the extra cost. However, they fail to calculate the value of opportunities lost because they sank too much time into energy-sapping tasks best left to others. Simply put, they save money but they do not&nb... Read More
    
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