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Dec

29

2017
How To Survive As An Entrepreneur

How To Survive As An Entrepreneur

Today our fearless entrepreneurs, Pam and Kristen talk about how they manage the day-to-day stresses of being an entrepreneur. Later in the episode, Kristen talks with fellow entrepreneur Cassandra Miller, CEO of See Jane Go, the nation’s first women-driving-women ride-hail platform. Pam tell us about the entrepreneurial spirit: “Entrepreneurs are fearless, typically. I mean some of them are afraid to do the next thing but they do...

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Dec

14

2017
Cerius Business Today – New Year’s Resolutions and Advisory Boards

Cerius Business Today – New Year’s Resolutions and Advisory Boards

On this episode of Cerius Business Today, Pam and Kristen discuss using advisory boards in strategic management. Please join us on our journey as you’re laying your own plans for strategy and accountability in the new year by incorporating advisory boards. Why businesses need an Advisory Board? How business owners can benefit from one? The building of an Advisory Board. Join us! Pam stresses the...

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Dec

14

2017
Cerius Business Today: Working With Private Equity

Cerius Business Today: Working With Private Equity

A large number of executives in our network have had longtime, successful relationships with private equity firms. They have worked with them in a number of ways, including: Project-based: Due diligence, SME, first-100-day plan Interim-based: A wide variety of work based on unique or pressing needs Full-time: Stepping in as part of the new leadership team or supplementing the current one Where most executives see...

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Dec

10

2017
What Got Your Company to the Lead May Not Help You Win the Race

What Got Your Company to the Lead May Not Help You Win the Race

When leading and growing a company, there are a few things to keep in mind: company culture and splitting the founder/ CEO dual role By Kristen McAlister Recently, with great media attention, Travis Kalanick stepped down from his role as Uber CEO. As the story unfolded, there was a great deal of controversy about whether he was the still the right leader for the company...

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Dec

07

2017
You Can’t Always Get What You Want, but You Can Get What You Need with Business Development

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, but You Can Get What You Need with Business Development

Here are a few examples of how Cerius helped companies figure out their business development needs and the strategy they needed It’s lonelier at the top than you realize. Everybody needs somebody to talk to. Everybody needs a sounding board. Everybody needs an advisor. And as business owners, we know this. The reason we don’t find one is we often don’t take the time to...

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Nov

28

2017
Processes and Procedures – Putting the Puzzle Together

Processes and Procedures – Putting the Puzzle Together

When Interim Operations Executive, Felda Looper, helps companies, she is often helping the team map out and improve their processes and procedures in a very short period of time. One example of helping with processes and procedures is an organization that had had some turnover in the past couple of years and was struggling with on-boarding, training, and inconsistencies with how it was operating. One...

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Nov

22

2017
How to Set Your Company Culture on the Right Track From the Beginning

How to Set Your Company Culture on the Right Track From the Beginning

Companies can avoid a scandal like Uber if they set their company culture on the right track from the beginning The recent scandal with Travis Kalanick from Uber revealed a toxic company culture that was born out of neglect and inattention by the CEO whose only focus was fast growth. It’s a lesson that has made the business world rethink company policies by paying more...

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Nov

19

2017
5 Great Tips on Giving a Business Pitch to Investors From Startup Experts

5 Great Tips on Giving a Business Pitch to Investors From Startup Experts

Make your business pitch shine and sparkle in front of investors with tips from experienced startup experts to give you that YES! So you’ve scored a meeting with an investor. It might seem like that was the hardest part, but don’t just sit down and put your feet up. Investors are a tough crowd, and like any audience you need to know what captures their...

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Nov

16

2017
Should I Bring in Somebody with Startup Experience to Attract Investors?

Should I Bring in Somebody with Startup Experience to Attract Investors?

Entrepreneurs can greatly benefit from bringing someone with startup experience to their businesses to gain outside perspective, reassurance and skill diversity At Cerius, one question we get asked a lot by entrepreneurs is: “Do I need to bring somebody on my team with startup experience before to be compelling to investors?” We put that same question before three distinguished CEOs with decades of experience with...

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Nov

13

2017
Are Business Plans still Relevant Today?

Are Business Plans still Relevant Today?

Business plans are the ABCs of business schools. However, fewer and fewer entrepreneurs are creating one today and it seems as though its relevance is dissipating from the business world. A study in 2006 by William Bygrave, a professor emeritus at Babson College and longtime entrepreneurship researcher, studied whether formal, written business plans had an effect on businesses by gathering data from Babson graduates. “We...

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