As a blogger and entrepreneur, it’s so easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of popularity, celebrity and the ever changing definition of “success”. Growing up in Southwest Detroit, I was definitely considered an “at risk” student enrolling at Michigan State University in 1998. As the eldest of seven children, the first of my generation to ever attend college and being a product of a one-parent household, you could imagine the amount of cards stacked against me becoming a college graduate – so you can imagine my surprise when I got the call to return to my alma mater 15 years later to share my journey.
Spartan Innovations complements the work being done now by MSU Technologies, the university’s technology transfer office organized in 2007, and Business-CONNECT, created in 2009 as MSU’s portal for engagement with the business community. All three units are part of the MSU Innovation Center. The MSU Foundation, which serves as fiduciary and trustee for MSU’s charitable annuities, trusts, and gifts of property, provides major funding for the initiative.
(*Breaks out my vision board from 2012….) Working with Spartan Innovations and sharing my journey from a 1st generation college graduate to career media professional, entrepreneur and STEM advocate is a great opportunity that I’m truly honored to share. If there’s at least one student or entrepreneur empowered by my words then I know that I’ve done my job…and that expensive tuition bill was worth it! (LOL) [Get your tickets here.]
Join me for a full circle moment this Wednesday, September 23rd as I kick off the Innovate State Speaker Series and share my story of corporate ups, entrepreneurial downs and valuable lessons learned along the way.
Michigan State University
Wednesday, September 23rd 6pm – 8pm
MOO, a company responsible for printing business cards, postcards and more has granted the next step in business card functionality for tech savvy users. Their newest option doesn’t have much to do with style, but it should make the business card maybe more useful than ever before. MOO is outfitting some business cards with NFC chips that business card owners can program and reprogram to direct potential customers to a website of their choosing.
An example MOO gives is of a restaurant owner who can change the chip to direct customers to a different daily special every day, just by tapping their phones to the cards. It’s an idea that has the potential to make the business card something that doesn’t have a date with the recycling bin after you’ve kept it around for no reason for a few months.
The NFC business cards aren’t available for sale just yet – MOO is currently running an open beta. The first 150,000 people to place an order for business cards on their site starting today will receive one free NFC-enabled business card to play around with. MOO hopes to have the new business cards ready for general sale by next year.
What do you think? Are you a small business owner that could make use of the new NFC-enabled business card?
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Can you believe in a few short days 2012 will be live and in full effect! It’s time to get your house, business and life in order now before you’re left behind. As an entrepreneur, I want to be organized and ready to do business heading to the new year. And as a small business owner, I do not get lots of time off. It is important for us to prioritize tasks to manage all that we juggle on a daily basis.
In order to get things started off right in the New Year; I’ve been checking out the Small Biz Lady herself – Melinda Emerson and she has an awesome list of things that you can do before 2012 that will make a huge difference in starting the new year off right.
Here are 12 Things To Do Before 2012:
Update Your Bio and Resume. As you head into the new year, take the time to reflect on your accomplishments this year. Have you won any awards? Got some media attention? Landed any new Fortune 500 clients? Launched any new lines of business? Any and all of these accomplishments should be reflected in your bio, resume and your social media profiles, especially on LinkedIn.
Update Your Website. In the new year make sure your website or blog has a new look. Even adding a new header graphic can make a big difference. Create new ways to engage your target customers. Add a new giveaway, checklist or coupon offer to your website. Make sure that you at least update the copyright signature to 2012.
Clean Out Your Inbox. Start 2012 fresh with no old emails. If you haven’t read it by now, it is simply not that important. And if you subscribed to anything you haven’t been reading take this opportunity to unsubscribe.
Update Your Personal Theme Song. For years I have used Golden by Jill Scott and I have decided to make a change in 2012, I’m now using For the Love of Money by the O’Jays. Be sure to pick a theme song that makes you feel good whenever you hear it. Have it handy so you can rock your theme music whenever you need to remind yourself why you started your business.
These were a few of my priority tasks that I personally need to iron up on right away. What about you?
Looking for the remaining tasks? Check them out at SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com.