Thinking about why we do what we do!
After running four business planning programs and preparing for another graduation event, why decide to make it into a “Business Expo” and opening it up to the public?
1. Main reason is easy! Celebrating relationships developed through the program and continuing them out into the community! Read more
Looking back at 2012 and ahead to 2013.
We are focused: starting businesses, growing businesses, debt and equity financing, creating jobs, retaining jobs, and adding to the positive economic climate in Livingston County for 2013! We ramped up in 2012 and 2013 promises to be a tremendous year! Read more
Your 45 Second Elevator Pitch!
Interesting night, last night! As part of the steering committee for LEG UP!, January is my month for setting up the program. I decided to create an evening for attendees to introduce themselves and their businesses to a panel. I have been involved in several programs focused on effective elevator pitches, worked with many, watched many struggle, but knew speaking about your business is important. After helping prepare some of our volunteers for the initial agenda based on my past experiences, decided to scrub my plans at the last-minute based on some wise feedback. The structure of the evening went from me introducing participants, giving them 2 minutes to address the panel with notes, and creating as comforting atmosphere as possible to 45 seconds, no notes, and let them feel pressure. I have this part of my personality that wants people to be “comfortable”. Joe said no. In business, you are going to feel uncomfortable. They need to practice under pressure. And because we changed the rules at the last minute, know the pressure increased! Read more