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Transitioning from Being Laid-Off to Being an Entrepreneur

Sometimes all a would-be entrepreneur needs is a little push and sometimes that push -- by the providence of God -- comes in the form of being laid off. Heavy lay-offs always lead to a spate of new startups, as many of those newly-released workers roll up their sleeves and attempt to start •••

Lessons on Leadership from Combat Veterans

Men learn to lead in combat and with our two current wars on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq, a new generation of leaders are being produced with a set of unique skills that they are bringing back to American companies and business schools.  I recently spent a day interviewing a dozen •••

An Analysis of the Great Depression

Many economists are predicting that we are headed into another depression, perhaps even as bad as the Great Depression.  Given that, I recently commissioned an exhaustive investment research report on what happened during the Great Depression and specifically what products, services, •••

Kevin Swanson on an Entrepreneurial Education

College – Overrated and Overpriced? Now mainstream folks are asking the same questions that we've been asking for the last ten years. John Stossel - January 28th, 2009, wrote an article entitled "The College Scam," calling college the most overrated, overpriced product on the market today. He •••

Venture Academy Registration is Now Open

The first installment of the Venture Academy with a week-long Basic Training course will take place March 23-28, 2009 at Camp Marymount in the beautiful hills of middle Tennessee just outside of Fairview, Tennessee (west of Nashville.)  Click here to download the •••

Why the Economy Is Going To Get A Lot Worse Before It Gets Better

Things are going to get much worse due to the bungled bailout attempts, the principle of the J Curve and the principle of the Ripple Effect. 1. First, the bailout will only delay any recovery.  Click here for a previous post for more on that. 2. Second, there is the principle of the “J” •••

How Would Walt Disney Market in 2009?

Even though Walt Disney was not a believer and even though his productions were not glorifying to God in their storylines, we can still learn much from his business genius, after all, Jesus did tell us to learn from the children of the world, but apply it to our Godly endeavors in his parable of •••

Venture Academy Update

The first installment of the Venture Academy with a week-long Basic Training course will take place March 23-28, 2009 at Camp Marymount in the beautiful hills of middle Tennessee just outside of Fairview, Tennessee (west of Nashville.)  Registration will open next week. For •••

Top Ten Workforce Trends for 2009

Working with employees can always be challenging, but it is especially challenging in uncertain times and in a shifting context.  An HR consulting firm has recently drawn up what it believes to be the top ten trends for 2009 in terms of managing employees: #10: Prevalence of Support •••

Government Intervention with Free Market Mechanisms - Part 2

The bailout of the banks, auto manufacturers and everyone else that will line up for a handout is a colossal mistake and will only lead to inflation and a declining dollar. In a recent television interview, Jim Rogers, Chairman of Rogers Holdings -- and a highly-successful investor -- named a few •••

All About Royalty Agreements

I have been getting more and more questions about royalty agreements: what they are, how they work, how to negotiate them, etc. This is a typical question I got just the other day: We are beginning negotiations for a royalty/license agreement. What is the customary way to value what we •••

What Should You Pay Out In Salary Increases For 2009?

Has the economy hurt your business?  Perhaps it is time to rethink your salary actions for next year.  What follows is some solid guidance from an experienced HR professional... Six months ago, companies were poised to grow salaries aggressively, based on: a) rising demand for talent •••

The Unique Selling Proposition

This is a good article that defines the unique selling proposition and provides tips for how to create one for your product or service... Although I've harped on this before, I continually get marketing campaigns submitted to me for critique that contain zero benefits or reasons why a customer •••

Introducing the Venture Academy

The first installment of the Venture Academy with a week-long Basic Training course will take place March 23-28, 2009 at Camp Marymount in the beautiful hills of middle Tennessee just outside of Fairview, Tennessee (west of Nashville.)  Registration is now open. Conference •••

What is a Young Man to Do?

We were visiting a church recently where we have many dear friends and I was visiting with a super-smart young 18-year old.  When I asked him what his future plans were, he shifted the burden of the answer to me by asking me for ideas, since he was not sure what he wanted to do with •••

Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009

Gartner, a leading global IT consultancy, has recently announced what it feels are the top 10 technologies for 2009 (click here to read their view on the next five years): At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held in Orlando, Gartner, Inc. analysts highlighted the top 10 technologies •••

How to Market in a Recession

As the market melts down, companies will often second guess their marketing investments and wrestle with what a proper strategy should look like during troubled times.  Harvard Business School marketing professor John Quelch has these recommendations: for how to market in a recession: •••

Government Intervention with Free Market Mechanisms

I was asked recently what I thought of the economic mess we were in and whether or not I thought the bailout was a good idea. When it comes to government intervention with free market mechanisms, I would offer the following observations: We get more of whatever activity we subsidize.  •••


I'm not sure who to credit for this or where to source it from, since it seems to have suddenly appeared everywhere on the Internet and no one seems to claim authorship, but it is too good not to share -- especially in light of the fact that our government is bent on continuously expanding its •••

Lessons from Little House on the Prairie

I recently had breakfast with NVL member Don Dalrymple and really enjoyed his perspective on entrepreneurship and the Biblical mandate to take risks and work diligently as we follow God's will.  Below is a recent blog post from Don about entrepreneurial lessons from Little House on the •••

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