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  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2013
    [Charlotte] Disappearing frogs become works of art
    'For a decade, Charlotte artist Terry Thirion pondered the fate of frogs: the steep decline in their numbers; the growing reports of deformed limbs and extra legs; the creeping silence on nights once f
  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2013
    [Charlotte] Judge blocks release of video showing police shooting
    'CHARLOTTE – A Mecklenburg County judge on Thursday effectively blocked release of the video showing a controversial police shooting by giving control of the footage to the state prosecutor handling th
  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013
    [Charlotte] Piedmont, regulators agree to 3.6% rate hike
    a month, starting in January, under a settlement agreement reached last week between Charlotte-based Piedmont Natural Gas and the consumer arm of the N 'Average N.C. residential bills would go up $1.67
  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
    [Charlotte] Hundreds gather for Jonathon Ferrell’s funeral
    'TALLAHASSEE — Two weeks after he was fatally shot by a Charlotte police officer, Jonathon Ferrell was buried Saturday, eulogized as a son and brother, athlete and scholar who inspired others without d
  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
    [Charlotte] Father of victim in dirt collapse faces charges
    'CHARLOTTE — The Lincoln County father who was working in a two-story-deep dirt hole that collapsed and killed his daughter and her cousin was charged Thursday with two counts of involuntary manslaught
  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
    [Charlotte] N.C. father of dirt collapse victim faces charges
    'CHARLOTTE — The North Carolina father who was working in a two-story-deep dirt hole that collapsed and killed his daughter and her cousin was charged Thursday with two counts of involuntary manslaught
  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
    [Charlotte] Police release 911 tape in fatal shooting
    'CHARLOTTE — A sobbing woman pleads for police to “please hurry” because a man was breaking into her front door during a 911 call recorded moments before a responding officer shot and killed the unarme
  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013
    [Charlotte] Gay Pride brings thousands into uptown
    'Estimates that Charlotte’s annual Pride Festival would draw 55,000 to uptown this weekend might have been on the low side, given the thousands who converged Saturday afternoon on Tryon Street
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013
    [Charlotte] Insights with Taffy Williams interview 3 by Nerd Stalker
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'In this interview with Nerd Stalker''s, Greg C. Viloria , discussions centered around two articles: 5 Ideas that may facilitate creating a startup business & 3 Levels of influence can change the world. mail questions to twilli2861@aol.com.
  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
    [Charlotte] Caldwell County to test new flash-flood warning sirens
    'Caldwell County is testing new flash-flood warning sirens to improve the safety along a creek that has claimed three drowning victims since July, including a 10-year-old Charlotte girl
  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013
    [Charlotte] Shoppers gear up for final sales tax holiday
    'CHARLOTTE — It wasn''t long ago that North Carolina residents hoping to strike it rich through a lottery would hop in their cars and drive to Virginia or South Carolina
  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2013
    [Charlotte] Small, green voracious bug threatens NC ash trees
    'CHARLOTTE — It''s a small, metallic green bug with a voracious appetite for the wood of the ash tree. And after killing tens of millions of trees in nearly two dozen states, the emerald ash borer has b
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013
    [Charlotte] NCWIT Awards for Aspirations in Computing
    'Several years ago on a Saturday I found myself at Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte. had gone for a three hour run early in the morning on a beautiful spring day in Charlotte and my mind was wandering all over the place. As I entered the ballroom for the event, I encountered 32 young high school women and their parents.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012
    [Charlotte] Depression and Entrepreneurs
    It doesn’t surprise me that I feel down and flat as I sit here in the Charlotte, North Carolina airport on my way to Lexington, Kentucky on day 16 of a 19 day trip. Amy and I wrote a meaningful amount about entrepreneurs and depression in Startup Life. So the idea of depression has been on my mind. Thanks for listening.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013
    [Charlotte] Negotiating tips summary and links
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. There is not magic wand in negotiating, only hard work! They must want what you have to offer. Taffy Williams is on Twitter by @twilli2861. mail questions to twilli2861@aol.com. You can also find him in the group Startup Group on Linkedin.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012
    [Charlotte] Lessons learned by local entrepreneurs
    For some, small communities are more beautiful Big Council hosted a technology conference for entrepreneurs yesterday in Charlotte NC. Unlike Boston or Silicon Valley, the Charlotte NC area has fewer companies and less VC groups with local funding. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.
  • THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MIND  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
    [Charlotte] Business Modeling is Process, not an Event
    When we expanded our health-care business from Raleigh into Charlotte, N.C., As a result, our operation in Charlotte never reached profitability. Developing a sound business model is key to the successful launch of a business. But you should never assume the business modeling is finished once the business begins to grow.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
    [Charlotte] 4 OOPS factors to avoid
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Avoiding problems are much easier than correcting them! ??? Bad things happen to good people for many reasons. Individuals are different and some are great to interact with while others should be avoided. Association with others can affect your reputation.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013
    [Charlotte] Second interview of Taffy Williams by Greg Viloria of the Nerd Stalker
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Everyone has a slant! Listen to mine in the interview on Nerd Stalker. The goal is to obtain in-depth thoughts about topics covered in Startup Blog. in a startup).your Planning is critical before starting. Taffy Williams is on Twitter by @twilli2861.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010
    [Charlotte] NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
    I had an amazing day on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. got to Charlotte midday on Friday. went for a three hour run in Charlotte – basically heading south for 90 minutes and then turning around. It was a perfect day (60 degrees and sunny) and I got a good feel for a bunch of Charlotte’s neighborhoods.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2012
    [Charlotte] Top 10 articles for 2012 from the Startup Blog
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Startup Blog has been on line for about 2 years now. Changes you may have noticed are inclusions of photos (I shot most of them) and more real-life experience stories. There is no one central theme because running a business requires many skills. Need Money?
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
    [Charlotte] Business Booms for Entrepreneurs at DNC
    For small business owners vending outside the Charlotte Convention Center, there are big paydays--and bigger opportunities. Huntley told the AP that it took him 75 emails, phone calls, and meetings to earn his spot, in a coveted vendor lot set just outside of the Charlotte Convention Center. That distinction might fall on Dan Huntley.
  • JEFF HILIMIRE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011
    [Charlotte] A life lesson from Coach
    I’d guess it was 35 degrees outside on the campus of UNC-Charlotte and the windchill must have been around 25. was able to spend my final year of college as his assistant coach (year five due to a transfer from a small school to UNC-Charlotte and all my credits didn’t transfer over). It was freezing. It was miserable.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
    [Charlotte] Have A Great Idea? Hold that Though!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Interactingwith many entrepreneurs and inventors is rather interesting. You learn a lot, but you also have to cleanup many missteps. One of the more commonissues occurs with inventors. few ideashow to protect information: · Do not talk !
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012
    [Charlotte] Answer the Question
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of thefirst things you are likely to encounter when interacting with others is thequestion and answer interactions. Listen to candidates indebates. They get questions and have toanswer. You willfind many different approaches to answering questions.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011
    [Charlotte] Do You Have A Closed Mind or Are You Really Interested?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Being anentrepreneur requires changing direction and activities regularly with the solepurpose of making things work. Thismeans trying to keep an open mind about how to get tasks accomplished. Each of them has ideas on how to achieve the assigned tasks.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011
    [Charlotte] Get Over It and Move On!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Have you evermade a mistake? If your answer is no, maybeyou are not human. Everyone has mademistakes and that they range in degrees of complexity. Mistakes occur even when following the bestadvice from the best people. entrepreneur Startup management
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012
    [Charlotte] What Are You Talking About?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Have you ever spent 20 – 30 minuteslistening to someone and really have no idea what the person was talking about?You You heard them, but the presentation was not clear to you! The problem is a trap that plagues early stageentrepreneurs.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
    [Charlotte] Your reputation precedes you
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Want to come work with me? Entrepreneurs work hard to create businesses and make money in the process. Their personal traits are part of the business evaluated by others. Being stingy or ugly to employees is something that eventually gets around.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011
    [Charlotte] Need Money? A Few Links to Possible Investors
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. It is clear that if you have a new startup, getting investors is essential. Some startups take smaller amounts of cash than others. There are a wide range of possible resources to explore. They want it invested in the technology. Startup Incubators.
  • JEFF HILIMIRE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014
    [Charlotte] Turning a lack of talent into a competitive advantage
    This was particularly evident at UNC-Charlotte where I was the 5th or 6th best player on the team and the guys ahead of me were far, far more talented. To put it in perspective, I had been ranked in the top 20 in Georgia before I went to college and the year I played #6 at UNC-Charlotte, the #5 guy had been ranked #4 in Canada as a junior.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012
    [Charlotte] How I Built a Sushi Empire
    One that caught our eye was Charlotte, North Carolina-based Hissho Sushi. He chose Charlotte as the company's base because of the number of banks the city had, but quickly learned they were hesitant to give him a loan without previous successes. As applications for the 2012 Inc. For more information go to ( [link] ). We worked so hard.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
    [Charlotte] Photo tour of the life of an entrepreneur
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Every entrepreneur has dreams of great and wonderful things. This is normal and expected. They are highly motivated and dedicated to their technology and can find no flaws at all. They form a team ready to fight for success. mail questions to twilli2861@aol.com.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012
    [Charlotte] Advantis Global: Fast Growth, Come Boom or Bust
    Advantis now has offices in Minneapolis and Charlotte, North Carolina in addition to San Francisco, and plans to open branches in Austin and Chicago this year. In its fifth year, Advantis Global Services expects to hit $50 million in revenue. The next milestone? 500 million. but for different companies. million from $265,935.
  • JEFF HILIMIRE  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010
    [Charlotte] Thinking about getting an iPad? Read this first…
    So on Tuesday morning I embarked on a 4 day trip that would take me from Atlanta to Chicago, Chicago to San Francisco, from San Francisco to Charlotte, and from Charlotte to Atlanta. Having the iPad for a few weeks has been fun.  But I needed to know if this was a device I could travel with and leave my laptop at home.  KINDA_FAIL.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
    [Charlotte] Small Business at the DNC: Where Was the Love?
    Entrepreneurship had a much quieter role in Charlotte, N.C., At the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina, by contrast, such messaging was both less overt and less frequent. this week than at the RNC in Tampa. It seemed at times that almost every GOP speaker in Tampa, Florida, had an immigrant ancestor who arrived in the U.S.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Reasons Business Owners Are Hiring Online Grads
    'by Charlotte Benedict. After nearly a decade working in public relations, Charlotte Benedict enrolled in an online university to earn her MBA with a concentration in marketing. However, with the growth of online schools, more and more employers are accepting of — and actually seek out —online grads.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013
    [Charlotte] 7 short hints for startups and entrepreneurs
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'If you are not following our Facebook page, you may be missing the short topic advice segments along with photos. The following are a few of the ones that attracted the most attention. hope you like them. Business can be like being a dog in a dog sled race!
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013
    [Charlotte] Relationships can make a difference in your startup
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Great relationships can be a great neutralizer in getting deals done! few years ago, a corporate real-estate executive learned that a Fortune 50 company planned to create a new facility. Discussions eventually led to the topic of the Fortune 50 needs.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013
    [Charlotte] 3 Universal Leadership Lessons From Fatherhood
    But most importantly, I''m a husband and father to two amazing daughters, Charlotte and Kate. 'As I celebrate my younger daughter''s graduation from kindergarten, I can''t help but recognize how she''s made me a better boss. I''m an entrepreneur, CEO, leader, teacher, and writer. Always Be Curious Children are always curious.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013
    [Charlotte] The beast can kill your startup if you are not persistent
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Get back up and try again! Large organizations have rules and regulations that can be infuriating at times. Trying to find someone to help you when you have a problem only makes things seem worse. The starting activities were simple ,” Right ?: not so fast!
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013
    [Charlotte] Entrepreneurship can live forever
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'I can''t wave a magic wand, but I can provide advice and inspiration! Entrepreneurs have learned to dream big and they often never stop. They learn to live with adversity and failure. You may have read much of the press on attempts to change immigration laws.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012
    [Charlotte] Now You See it, Now you Do Not!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of themost difficult of topics to discuss is the demise of your startup. There is nothing tosay in advance or after it happens to make you feel any better. Many serial entrepreneurs havelived through at least one failure and some, more than one.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
    [Charlotte] The One Word Entrepreneurs Do Not Say
    Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Sometimeswords have multiple meanings depending on the spelling. They may sound the same, but are spelleddifferently. The word spoken of in thisarticle is not any of these. In fact lookit up, the meaning is not ambiguous and it is short.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011
    [Charlotte] Go Back and Make It Work
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I recentlysigned up for Quora and saw a question in the entrepreneur section asking whatthe single piece of advice I received that was the most important. My response was “ Go Back and Make It Work.” I will explain below. There is amoral of this story.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011
    [Charlotte] Are You Involved or Committed in a Startup?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurs in startup companies may spend years working before the company becomes financially stable or a reasonable exit turns up. Each of these company participants will have their own attractions and interests in the company.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011
    [Charlotte] Who Is That?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Networkingis an essential part of building any startup. The need for developing the skills to networkand develop a great list of contacts requires practice for most people. He loves tomake introductions and sometimes calls himself a matchmaker.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2011
    [Charlotte] Is the Financing Really Done?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. The term-sheet was completed weeks ago. You and the new investors have just executed the final deal documents and a syndicate will be making an investment in your company. closing date has been selected. Life could not be better, right. Not so fast!
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2013
    [Charlotte] Develop better filters and your sales efforts will improve
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Go away! We do not care what you want, we are busy playing. Cold calls can range from going well to horribly. At my office, they tend to go horribly, especially when the call is to ME! The caller said “it is business.” That happened in the above case.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012
    [Charlotte] Presentation Dynamics
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. During yourtenure as the CEO, you will give presentations extensively. Presentations are given to potentialpartners, funding sources, investors, conferences, and most anyone that willlisten. The objective is always toincrease value.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
    [Charlotte] THINK!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I justreturned from a full day of discussions and a seminar at a prominent universityin Philadelphia, PA. The day consistedof meeting faculty with inventions and entrepreneurial leanings. Then I gave a seminar on how to create astartup company.
  • STARTUP LESSONS LEARNED  |  MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011
    [Charlotte] Startup Lessons Learned 2011 streaming live
    I have been getting emails and tweets all day from people upset that they cannot get into Startup Lessones Learned 2011 - either here in SF, where we're sold out, or in one of the more than 100 simulcast locations around the world, many of which are sold out, too. Strengthening ties between entrepreneurs is one of our most important values. sllcon
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014
    [Charlotte] One rant after another is sometimes required
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Sorry, it''s not my department! Having spent many years working for the government, I leaned that persistence and calmness pays off. This is the case nearly 99% of the time. None of the others feels they have the authority or power to resolve the issue.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012
    [Charlotte] You Just Made the Sale, Now SHUT UP!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Pardon thelanguage, but the title says a lot. Itsometimes takes a very long time to convince a buyer to buy. It is soeasy to continue to press the point without paying attention to what is takingplace. This was the FALLBACK, not the primarydesire.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014
    [Charlotte] A Diamond in the Rough: Reinventing a Sleepy Mortgage Company
    Doman, a Cleveland mortgage title executive, started kicking the tires of sleepy mortgage processing company called Accurate Group, in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2008. New Beginning As a first order of business, Doman moved headquarters from Charlotte to Cleveland, to keep a close watch things. At First American Financial Corp.,
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012
    [Charlotte] Working hard is not enough
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. This swan worked hard but never moved forward! It is easy to work hard and accomplish little. The objective is to work hard and accomplish great things. All assignments should fit a project or program plan along with identified timelines.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
    [Charlotte] 2 Words of advice for new and serial entrepreneurs
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Make your dreams a reality ! do not know anyone that ever dreamed of going to work to make minimum wage. Perhaps there are people that dram of minimum wage jobs and I hope they achieve it. On the other hand, entrepreneurs tend to have significantly larger dreams.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Ideas that may facilitate creating a startup business
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Every company was created by someone. You can make one too! Successful businesses deliver goods and services that people want or need. People or businesses interested in the goods and services are the market. Finding a business idea is another matter. years.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012
    [Charlotte] Are You Looking for Things the Correct Way?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurswant money, intellectual property, staff, space, business intelligence and muchmore. Oddly enough, entrepreneursusually start by asking for the MONEY even if they have not done the backgroundwork to get it. You have to earn it.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013
    [Charlotte] Great ideas live or die based on your planning and execution
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Dinner anyone? Great ideas come and go. Some people have several new ideas a day while other people have them infrequently. Converting a great idea to reality requires planning and excellent execution. Some people consider a few of the steps to be undesirable.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011
    [Charlotte] Buy a Ticket
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. This isnot an article about funding your startup using such risky capital as a lotteryticket. However, there are lessons onecan learn about winning the lottery. Thelottery is nothing more than legal state sponsored gambling. There is afinal point.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012
    [Charlotte] Indecision can kill your business
    Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. UP OR DOWN ? One of the most difficult problems to tackle is deciding between multiple options. Complicating the decision may be playing one option against others in an attempt to optimize the outcome. This is the law of “ Unintended Consequences.”
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
    [Charlotte] 3 Words that can prevent feelings of guilt
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'What will your tomorrow look like? Have you ever decided to wait until tomorrow to do something important? Perhaps it was completing a task at work or having a difficult discussion with an employee. The sudden loss of those we love and hold so dear makes us sad.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
    [Charlotte] 3 Main startup traits attract money and talent
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Everyone has their own set of biases and requirements when it comes to evaluating business opportunities. have mine and often state them publically when meeting with companies I am considering a future interaction. believe that everyone uses the same criteria.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013
    [Charlotte] Multiple paths lead to solutions of business and research problems
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'More than one path usually exists. Find the one that best fits your business needs! Business and research are places where products discoveries occur during attempts to solve problems and make improvements. Why is this important?
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
    [Charlotte] Focus is important but so is agile thinking
    Check out the group Startup Group on Linkedin or his articles in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'You must learn when to take your " eyes off the ball "! Entrepreneurs must learn to balance two skills and know when to use them; a) Focus and, b) Agile Thinking. They then develop a hypothesis that requires testing.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
    [Charlotte] Are You Drinking Your Own Cool Aide
    Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of theactivities of any entrepreneur is to make investor and partnering pitches. Quite often these are learning events as wellas sales activities. Theprocess is iterative and likely takes place numerous times. It was great because youmade it.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Ways to leave people with the WRONG impression
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. ? You messed up. Yes, I mean you! ? Investor presentations given at venture conferences, competitions, and investor meetings are times where you should stand out, but NOT for negative activity! Simple actions and considerations make a large difference.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
    [Charlotte] Startup Blog Insights - Are Your Partners Agile and How does Your CEO Spin?
    Check out the group Startup Group on Linkedin or his articles in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Reference Articles: Investors and partners may not think agile CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin Taffy Williams is on Twitter by @twilli2861. mail questions to twilli2861@aol.com.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012
    [Charlotte] Entrepreneurs are Different from the Crowd
    Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurs are often willing to stand out from the crowd. Most do it with honor and dignity. It is part of the startup culture to be innovative and creative. To make things that may improve the lives of people all over the world.
  • FI.CO  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012
    [Charlotte] Why a 50/50 Split is Almost Never Right for Co-Founders by @DaveParkerSEA
    Charlotte. -->. About | Mentors | Companies | Curriculum | FAQ | Partners | Apply Now. Globalizing Silicon Valley - See the Worldwide Schedule - Lead a Local Chapter. -->. Email. Password. Location. Choose a city closest to you. Alexandria. Amsterdam. Bay Area. Barcelona. Berlin. Bogotá. Brussels. Chicago. Denver. Hanoi. Helsinki. Hong Kong.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011
    [Charlotte] What Kind of Person Are You?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Starting acompany is tough enough without having your personality get in the way. Interactions and first impressions areessential. You never get a chance to make a first impression.” The amount of timefor the presentation was 30 min.
  • STARTUP LESSONS LEARNED  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012
    [Charlotte] Join a conference simulcast near you
    New Hampshire: Portsmouth New Mexico: Albuquerque New York: Brooklyn Ithaca Manhattan North Carolina: Asheville Charlotte Durham Ohio: Athens Cincinnati, The Brandery, 1141 Vine St. The number of hosts has grown annually, and this year, we have 200+ groups joining us on Monday, December 3. They represent more than 10,000 people total.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Reasons real leaders must listen and understand
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Make sure you did not turn off your hearing or tuneout your team! Many years ago, a one of my relatives wore an older version of hearing aids. The device reminds one of the pocket radios with wired earphones. This person had been married for more than 60 years.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011
    [Charlotte] Clash of the Titans
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. No, this not a story of ancient times, but a desire to create an awareness of how EGO can affect a wide array of events in your business. People will naturally develop affinities or avoidance to others based on personalities.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012
    [Charlotte] Try With All Your Might. You Will Never Get It Right!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Agreementsare an essential part of business. In myarticle, “ IfIt Walks and Quacks Like a Duck, IT MUST BE A DUCK! ”, I highlighted the needfor mechanisms for resolutions of conflicts stemming from agreement disputes.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2012
    [Charlotte] Are You Over Your Capabilities?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I wrote anarticle titled “ The One Word Entrepreneurs Do Not Say.” The word is Can’t just in case you have not read it. The never give up attitude is critical tosuccess. In fact, it may be beyondyour skills or those of anyone.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013
    [Charlotte] A Bridge Too Far
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. “ A Bridge Too Far ” is the title of a book and a movie filmed in 1977. The film and book provide a 1944 account of the unsuccessful attempt of the Allied forces during WWII to out-flank the German troops during Operation Market Garden.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011
    [Charlotte] Is a Bird in the Hand Worth Two in the Bush?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. In arecent meeting, I asked company founders if they would take $10MM for theirtechnology and just walk away. Thequestion was a bit of a trick question. Any answer provided would be revealing valuable information about theteam. This part isgood.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011
    [Charlotte] What You Can Learn from The Ritz-Carlton
    My wife and I had arranged to get away for a weekend to Charlotte, North Carolina to see one of Cirque du Solei’s latest shows. Given our limited choices of hotels we decided to splurge and stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. few months ago we were reminded of what great customer service can do for a business. Probably not.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
    [Charlotte] Starting Off the Year: Healthcare with a Twist
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. It shouldnot be a surprise to you to learn that I work heavily in the healthcarespace. assist several types ofbusinesses. Some are startup, some not-for-profit,some make money, and some do not. Thepeople I work with are terrific.
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011
    [Charlotte] 6 great athlete-entrepreneurs and what they accomplished
    As a brand unto himself, he not only acted as a spokesman, endorsing numerous other brands, but is also the owner of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, which he bought for around $175 million in 2010. We all have a great deal to learn as entrepreneurs and we look in many directions for inspiration. or “level playing field?&# Michael Jordan.
  • JEFF HILIMIRE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
    [Charlotte] Part 1: Why you should run your startup like a sports team
    played in tournaments across Georgia and the Southeast as a teenager and then played for a Division I college on a tennis scholarship (UNC-Charlotte). 'This week I’ll be writing a 4 part series on the similarities of running a startup and a sports team. Part 1: Having a Common Goal. Why is this important? Everyone on the team gets that.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013
    [Charlotte] Lack of social networking may hinder investment in your company
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Originally, I would have thought this title was insane. How can such a statement be true? The answer resides in that type of company you have and how investors view you as the CEO and leader of the business. Remember this is hypothetical!
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
    [Charlotte] Entrepreneurs experience piling on
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Piling on in football implies that the opposing team members have jumped on the pile of bodies of a tackled runner after the end of a play. Great energy and enthusiasm causes the team to over react and incur the penalty. mail questions to twilli2861@aol.com.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012
    [Charlotte] Did You Forget Something?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Why is it thatsmart people sometimes forget to do smart things? am always amazed at how stories from othersmatch my experiences and confirm failures of people trying to make contact. person reaches out to another and desiresto discuss obtaining something.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012
    [Charlotte] Unintended Consequences
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One day someone will tell you to watch out for the law of “ UnintendedConsequences.” You willcertainly run into this law as you perform your entrepreneurialactivities. mentioned a few examplesin the last article titled “ If It Ain’tBroke, Don’t Fix It.”
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012
    [Charlotte] Freaking Out is Not a Management Style
    Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Certainty defines the likelihood something major will occur in the life of your startup. How the issues are handled will define you in your role as the CEO of the company. People have different personalities. Reactions to issues run a wide range.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Reasons entrepreneurs never get their big exit
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Try to avoid going down the wrong roads! would ever suggest an entrepreneur not pursue a dream, but informing you of hazards, could help reduce future disasters. Startups fail for many reasons. Our ability to learn and adjust is critical to survival.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013
    [Charlotte] Repurpose a business or a product to create success
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. This cat is not what it seems to be! Repurposing has a long history in business. If something does not work for one area, maybe it will work for a different one. Take our feline friend in the photo. Repurposing takes place in businesses and with business names.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013
    [Charlotte] All I need is a lead
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurs raise money from a range of sources. Initially, funds may come from family and friends but eventually the funding requirements escalate. Road shows become commonplace and visits to a large number of funding sources becomes a major activity.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012
    [Charlotte] What Could the Republican National Convention Mean for Tampa Small Business?
    Democrats will hold their convention in Charlotte in early September. Local economic impact for the convention is estimated at $153 million. But will Tampa entrepreneurs benefit? Say your city is hosting a huge event, like a political convention. The event's backers tout the economic opportunity they say it will mean for small businesses.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012
    [Charlotte] Productivity and creativity can come via different styles of work and relaxation
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Quiet times can enhance creativity Have you ever spent the day at work wondering how a fellow employee gets away with what looks like goofing off? There is no great answer to motivating those poor performers. Your company is likely to experience many problems.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
    [Charlotte] If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Are you the kind of person that likes to tinker with thingsto optimize performance? It is hard for me to see devices withouttrying to improve the performance. Sometimes, this activity overlaps into managing a business.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
    [Charlotte] The 2 Most Important Days In Your Life
    My daughter Charlotte asked me who my favorite baseball player in the Hall of Fame was--and, after explaining that none of the current or recent New York Mets were in the Hall--I told her my favorite was Jackie Robinson. 'One is obvious. The other? It will help you enormously as you lead your company. Why were you born? love you, Carrie.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012
    [Charlotte] Investors may be attracted to a startup for one of these
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I do not care what you are selling, let's talk about what I need! Investments come in different forms. Entrepreneurs think mostly in terms of money. Investors see investments as money, time, technology, contacts, and resources. These are real investments.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012
    [Charlotte] You Cannot Fix STUPID
    Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. As an entrepreneur starting a company, you have a serious obligation to know or at least learn the business. Starting new business has enough risk without adding the risks of managing a team developing a product of which you do not understand.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012
    [Charlotte] Your First Action Is Not Raising Capital
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. More timesthan I recall, entrepreneurs make contact and the first topic is how they canget funding. The same goes for someinstitutions. In fact, I even gotsomeone on Twitter send me note indicating that they were seeking an AngelInvestor.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011
    [Charlotte] Dilution and Investment - An Answer You May Not Expect
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. You may remember the Dot.Com bubble which burst around 2000-2001 timeframe. Prior to the burst, investment and valuations were out of control. It seemed that all anyone had to do was write a business plan to get money and high valuations.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011
    [Charlotte] Just Because I Am a Hamster, Does Not Mean You Should Be!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. OK, Iadmit it. I am a Hamster.” I run on a wheel all day long but never seemto get where I want to be. Then one day, things go my way and I achievedeverything I set out to do. Now, POOF, Iam working to be successful but with no real defined goal.
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