Feb. 28, Stamford, CT: HBS Event on Angel Investing 101 – Best Practices

David Teten

Cost: $20 Members of HBSCT and/or HBS Angels of NY; $30 Non-members & Guests. Angel investing Connecticut HBS Alumni AngelsI hope you can join us 6:30 pm EST, February 28th in Stamford, CT for a HBS Alumni Angels event on Angel Investing 101 – Best Practices. Click here to make a reservation. Speakers: - Bob Dahl, HBS Alumni Angel, formerly head of Global Healthcare for the Carlyle Group.

Paid Sick Leave Laws? No Problem, Say Small-Business Owners

Inc Startups

and Connecticut already had sick leave laws. And the National Federation of Independent Business says when you add government-mandated sick leave to the minimum wage increases that are happening in some states, it equals rising labor costs for small businesses.

Would You Work for a 13-Year-Old Entrepreneur?

Inc Startups

Mallory Kievman's hiccup remedy has garnered support from Startup America and the University of Connecticut business school. Briere first met Kievman at the 2011 Connecticut Invention Convention, which was held at the University of Connecticut. These UConn MBA students are!

Episode 108 : Rolling In The Dough With Paul Finney and Marcie Hanhart

Mike Michalowicz

Formed in 2000 October Kitchen in Connecticut’s Premier meal delivery service serving central Connecticut. Receipt-Bank – Software and service to make the gathering, storage & processing of bills, receipts and invoices as easy and as cost effective as possible for businesses. Formed in 2000 October Kitchen in Connecticut's Premier meal delivery service serving central Connecticut. Also Available On. Show Summary.

Episode 105: From Corporate to Captain with Chris Murphy

Mike Michalowicz

Chris serves as a Certified Strategies Business Coach for Strategies out of Centerbrook, Connecticut. Receipt-Bank – Software and service to make the gathering, storage & processing of bills, receipts and invoices as easy and as cost effective as possible for businesses. Chris serves as a Certified Strategies Business Coach for Strategies out of Centerbrook, Connecticut. Also Available On. Show Summary.

Made by Entrepreneurs: 8 Great Gift Ideas

Inc Startups

This low-cost option from B. Each customized box (which can include a personalized message) costs $7.99 The company sells small packs of these candy almonds for about $5 each and a sleeve of four boxes in different flavors costs $20. This jumbo holiday apple , which costs $22.95

What the Natural Gas Boom Means for U.S. Manufacturing

Inc Startups

While some of that labor-price gap is closing, other costs related to shipping and now energy are swinging in favor of U.S. Marlin Steel has benefitted from the recent natural gas discoveries through lower costs and increased business prospects. The U.S.''s

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps – What America Does Best

Steve Blank

Here are some of the final Lessons Learned presentations and team videos: Akara Solutions: Flexible, Low Cost Cooling Technology for LED Lighting. Principal Investigator: Yu Lei University of Connecticut.

An SEO Crash Course For Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

Not only will unclear navigation compromise your SEO rankings, it will also cost you conversions when visitors find your website. by Braden Becker. You’ve put time, effort and investment into your startup. It’s about time people know about it.

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Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

Most simulcasts are free, although some charge a small fee to cover their costs. One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere. 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.

10 Best Apps For Small Business Owners

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Gusto starts at $39 per month and $6 per employee you manage with the service, so it’s a cost-effective option for maintaining administrative sanity. Take the Hartford, Connecticut police department, who use Slack to “track and share intelligence regarding felonies and pattern crimes.”

Stop Wasting Your Employees' Money

Inc Startups

As a business owner, if you''re offering your employees a retirement plan, it''s probably pretty lousy, University of Connecticut School law professor James Kwak wrote recently on the blog Baseline Scenario recently.

Minnesota's Minimum Wage Hike and Why It's Important

Inc Startups

Minnesota follows Connecticut and Maryland in raising state minimum wage. Minnesota''s measure isn''t as ambitious as Connecticut or Maryland, which recently passed laws to gradually boost their minimum wage to $10.10 We can choose to go the low-cost, low-tax, low-wage route.

Why the 'Internet of Things' Nabbed $1 Billion in VC in 2013

Inc Startups

Those trends include the pervasive use of smart phones, more extensive and faster network coverage, a greater ability (and interest) in crunching sets of big data, and the cheaper cost to mass-manufacture certain essential components, such as sensors and accelerometers.

How to Get Your Employees to Give You Their Billion-Dollar Ideas

Inc Startups

But incentivizing your employees to bring new ideas using money or other rewards is no panacea, says Ron Ashkenas, managing partner of Stamford, Connecticut-based Schaffer Consulting and the author of Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done.

Serving Greens for Green: The Little Salad Shop

Inc Startups

They estimated it saved them up to $15,000 in labor costs. At first, the shop struggled to keep its operating costs down and hit the desired gross margins. Seven of the shop’s 12 employees are Yale students and two are from nearby Southern Connecticut State University.

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How Technology Helps You Stay Relevant

Inc Startups

Connecticut''s Chris Runyan is the owner of six GameXChange franchises, which sell, purchase, and trade new and used electronic gaming hardware, software, and accessories. Small business owners across the U.S.

7 Things You Need to Know Today

Inc Startups

Time to Hire a Pro Penalties related to employment taxes cost businesses $4.5 A roundup of the day''s news curated by the Inc. editorial team to help you and your business succeed. Boston''s Booming Boston startups secured more than $1.2

Unintended Lessons

Steve Blank

checking out the shopping in Georgetown, saw beautiful horse country in Pennsylvania and upstate NY and headed down into the bays and coves of Connecticut filled with sailboats. She said, “Dad, one of the great things you and Mom did was never tell us how much things cost.” Now that I’m older, I’m starting to know what things cost.

Can a Smartphone-Based Ultrasound Raise $4 Million?

Inc Startups

It's not clear to me how Zar and Chutani will have enough profit margin to cover the cost of training, which is very important. What sells the product is its potential to dramatically lower the cost and footprint of ultrasound devices. Can Your Phone Do This?

Turning 40

Will Price

True to form, at 14, I left London for boarding school in Connecticut. I've come to believe that greater risks lie in not finding out what you are truly capable of, in seeking safety at the cost of possibility, and in thinking that there will one day be a "good time" to take a chance. Today, I am 40. I write this from a small village in Baja, where I am celebrating the milestone with my wife and best friends. 40 is an iconic birthday and an occasion for reflection.

Seth Sternberg – Meebo

Both Sides of the Table

He grew up in Connecticut attended Yale undergrad and worked for IBM after graduation doing M&A, strategy and venture capital. Although both parents are educators, his father a professor and his mother the Commissioner of Education in Connecticut, they did not teach him business.

Why (and how) you should let your customers do the advertising for you

Duct Tape Marketing

My company was profitable, but I was constantly stressing over the daily fluctuations in advertising cost. George resides on the Connecticut coast, where he enjoys photography, his family, and starting new businesses.

4 Good Reasons Why Small Businesses are Dropping Health Insurance

Inc Startups

As of April 8, Connecticut''s marketplace had sold plans to just 78 businesses, covering a total of 330 people. So far, few small businesses have signed up for group health insurance through the new exchanges created by Obamacare. Here''s why.

Youngstown: Shrugging Its Rust Belt Reputation

Inc Startups

5000 company Northern States Metals, a full service aluminum extrusion and extruded products company with locations in West Hartford, Connecticut and Youngstown, Ohio, to offer his thoughts on the pilot program and the reinvention of Youngstown. Paul Cusson, chairman and founder of Inc.

Subway's Fred DeLuca: Nail the Basics, Then Expand

Inc Startups

Forty-nine years ago, at the age of 17, Fred DeLuca used $1,000 of a friend's money to open a sandwich shop in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The founder of the world's largest fast-food chain discusses how he learned to scale his company, and what's different about business in 2013.

Before a Crisis Hits, Create a Customer Service Action Plan

Inc Startups

It''s not only the actual data breaches that will cost these retailers customer loyalty in the long run, though--it''s their delayed disclosure and lack of proactive communication. The fallout from the recent spate of data breaches shows the importance of preparing to handle upset customers.

How to Make a Ton of Money in Politics

Inc Startups

61 million : Amount that Linda McMahon, the GOP nominee for Senate in Connecticut, has spent on her two campaigns so far: a 2010 losing effort against Democrat Richard Blumenthal, and her primary victory earlier this week, which allows her to face off against Democrat Chris Murphy.

6 ways startups can improve sales lead generation (without selling their soul)

The Next Web

Gregg Schwartz is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Strategic Sales & Marketing , an industry-founding lead generation firm based in Connecticut.

Piers, Parks and Why White People Suck

This is going to be BIG.

The cost for the park totals in the hundreds of millions of dollars. If these people don''t like the park and the people that it welcomes, they''re more than welcome to move to Connecticut. There''s a saying. There''s nothing worse than rich white people living in luxury housing in a park than the rich white people living in luxury housing protesting against them.". Ok, well, there wasn''t a saying, but there should be.

5 News Stories Not to Miss This Week

Inc Startups

Big companies would barely feel it while small ones were most likely to have minimum wage workers and could least afford the cost increases. A new study claims that skilled foreign workers actually drive down the cost of labor in the U.S.

The Smart Grid Debacle and What to Do about It

Secret Formula

Super-low cost. Utilities must deliver the reduction at the lowest cost per kWh. It’s going to be less costly (and, I suspect, more effective) to do this via cheap prize mechanics rather than deploying yet more costly hardware. Found at stopsmartmeters.org.

Lessons From Porsche's Customer-Service Fail

Inc Startups

If you can find a Porsche 911 for rent, the cost can easily exceed $290. Enter Nick Murray, a Connecticut-based Porsche-enthusiast who saved for five years to buy a Porsche 911 , and his tale of woe ( viewed on YouTube nearly one million times ).

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We are the greed we protest against #occupywallst

This is going to be BIG.

Firemen alone in 2010 cost the city nearly a billion dollars in pension payouts, and those numbers only reflect worstening numbers across the board.

What the Latest Quiet Delay in Obamacare Really Means for Your Business

Inc Startups

On the other hand, plans offered on the SHOP might cost you less for comparable coverage, depending on your industry and the age of your employees. But others, most notably California , Connecticut and Kentucky , are more or less efficiently enrolling small businesses online.

Pricing experiments you might not know, but can learn from

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We make do with guesstimates and a vague recollection of what things are “supposed to cost.”” The book Smart Pricing suggested that successful pay what you want programs are characterized by: A product with low marginal cost. Extra Lucrative Conversion Advice. Services.

What CISPA Could Mean for Start-ups (and You)

Inc Startups

But at what cost? The proposed bill aims to fight cyber attacks by giving the government access to customer data.

Smaller Companies Seek Super Bowl Ad Boost

Inc Startups

The 30-second spot reportedly cost less than $400,000 dollars to make, and will air in only four major markets (racking up not all, but a sizeable portion of the nearly 172 million anticipated Game-Day viewers). Is $3.5 million for 30 seconds of fame worth it?

The Commodity-Pricing Trap

Inc Startups

—Jolina Li, Owner, EntrePIXneur, Hartford, Connecticut When you're starting a business, it's easy to fall into the trap of trying to compete against larger companies on price. Yes, she could try to obtain a patent on the software, but the process is lengthy and costly, and there's no guarantee she'd get one. Norm Brodsky advises on how to avoid the race to the bottom.

The Forecast for the Weather Prediction Business: Hot and Crowded

Inc Startups

Right at this very moment, Adam Grossman is working on one of them from his home in rustic Willington, Connecticut. Most weather apps cost money, enabling developers to bootstrap indefinitely without having to take funding. The tech industry has warmed up to weather apps, but predicting the forecast is not an easy business. If I could go the rest of my life without getting caught in the rain, I would.