Community/Economic Development

REAL ~ Global Entrepreneur

REAL ~ Global Entrepreneur

By on Jan 27, 2013 in Community/Economic Development, Entrepreneur | 0 comments

Published REAL Magazine January 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) – from November 12th through 18th where more than 100 countries across 6 continents will participate in more than 30,000 total activities! Launched in 2007 by Carl Schramm, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation and Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; this “movement” has grown significantly since its inception. With the strategic aim to foster innovation and creative leadership accompanying the spirit of entrepreneurship across the globe in young people; students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, non-profits, government officials and more engage each year. More than 150 cities around the world will host Startup Weekends helping to educate over 15,000 entrepreneurs and launching over 560 new startup ventures. In Tampa, this event is being led by entrepreneur Susie Steiner. Startup Weekend Tampa is an intense 54 hour event where a community of entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, developers, designers, marketing gurus and anyone interested in building a business come together over the course of a weekend to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours. tampa.startupweekend.org The Gulf Coast Venture Forum, along with our growing list of community partners, is proud to support several events that will take place in Southwest Florida during Global Entrepreneurship Week. From entrepreneurial awards in Charlotte County, TEDx Sarasota on Creativity in Entrepreneurship and the introduction of StartupChicks – we continue to say that regionally we are so much more than tourism and construction. “Global Entrepreneurship Week is a great opportunity to showcase what thousands of organizations already do to help foster a culture that embraces innovation, imagination and creativity. Through this initiative, the next generation of entrepreneurs is inspired and can emerge. In doing so, they will begin to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives, their families and communities.” GEWUSA.org Developing entrepreneurs is not the same as developing inventors. Although innovation is important for entrepreneurs, it is important to note the word entrepreneur first used in 1882 shares the same root as the word enterprise. Webster’s defines enterprising as marked by an independent, energetic spirit and by readiness to...

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More than just a place to retire…

More than just a place to retire…

By on Sep 8, 2012 in Business Development, Community/Economic Development, Sara Hand And Associates | 0 comments

We already know that Southwest Florida (SWFL) is a great place to retire. Yet more than just a place to retire, golf and fish; SWFL has also become a place where entrepreneurs looking for quality lifestyle are choosing to build their businesses and choosing to relocate. With many of these companies at an early stage of development and often pre-revenue, they may not yet be headliners for news. However, in an economic climate that becomes more and more entrepreneur friendly, it won’t be long before they do become known. Into this entrepreneurial landscape, welcome the Gulf Coast Venture Forum (GCVF). An angel investor network with chapters in Sarasota and Naples, the GCVF supports the entrepreneurial and business communities by organizing angel investors. SWFL is home to a significant number of individuals with the means to be considered accredited investors according to the SEC, and is a part time residence to even more potential investors. The GCVF exists to bridge the gap between the entrepreneur and the potential investor. During 2011-2012 investment season we received 246 business plan submissions through our business vetting process and facilitated potential investment for the 22 companies that were chosen to present to the organization in both Sarasota and Naples venues. Why angel investors? According to the report The Angel Investor Market In 2011: The Recovery Continues by Jeffrey Sohl from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire: “Angel investments continue to be a significant contributor to job growth with the creation of 165,600 new jobs in the United States in 2011, or 2.5 jobs per angel investment.” With early stage investments recovering this last season from a 2009 and 2010 slump, angel investors benefit through participating in angel networks by sharing the work of due diligence and deal flow management among themselves. Through an investor network like the GCVF, entrepreneurs benefit by gaining exposure to wider set of potential investors and a structured process that facilitates a relatively quick and efficient investment decision. Most early stage ventures suitable for seeking angel investor funds have the potential for significant growth and compelling exit strategy. Typical individual investments for companies that successfully move through the due diligence process range from $25,000 to...

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BarCamp Sarasota Spring 2012 Event Details

By on May 2, 2012 in Community/Economic Development, Events | 0 comments

BarCamp Sarasota Spring 2012  As a co-founder of BarCamp Sarasota  I am excited to say we have an incredible event coming up. My favorite BarCamp Sarasota complaint was that it just didn’t last long enough. I don’t know how we did this, but this Spring it looks like we have 4 days of activites. Check out the details below, and if you haven’t registered yet…”Get it done!” Sarasota BarCampers – If you haven’t registered yet, do so at http://bcsrqspring2012.eventbrite.com/ Just days away…We have an action-packed weekend planned, with a number of different events available for you to attend. Here’s the schedule of events for the weekend: Thursday May 3 – Casual after-hours event at Shakespeare’s Pub, starting at 5:30pm Friday May 4 – STF Business Expo at the Municipal Auditorium. 12-5pm – SarasotaDev – Shaun Walker, founder of the DotNetNuke Project. 2-4pm – Weekend Kickoff Party – Broadway Bar. Starts at 5:30pm Saturday May 5 – BarCamp Conference event at G.WIZ Science Museum. 9am – 5pm – Conference after-party – Broadway Bar. Starts at 5:30pm Sunday May 6 – BarCamp Conference event at G.WIZ Science Museum. 9am – 3pm Plan to attend the Technology Conference & Expo 2012, presented in partnership with the Suncoast Technology Forum. The Expo will feature the latest business and technology innovations developed by companies all along the Suncoast. Attendees will engage with an array of exhibitors showcasing leading edge technologies that create efficiencies, reduce costs and enhance area companies’ competitive advantages. A diverse range of business solutions will be on display, including consumer devices, interactive technologies, business IT, cloud, hardware, software, VoIP telecommunications solutions, health tech, green tech, wireless, mobile applications, and more. Admission is $10 per person… Everyone is welcome, Register Today! As an open-format conference where everyone is welcome to speak on any topic they’re passionate about (note: please do not sell your product or service) sessions aren’t scheduled in advance. The agenda is created the day of the event. If you don’t want to present a topic alone, join a panel or start a panel of your own. If you’re not speaking and have already registered – you don’t need to do anything (except show up for the event!). Check out the speaker list – to...

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Will 2012 be your year…or will it be more of the same?

By on Nov 22, 2011 in Business Development, Community/Economic Development, Events, Finding Solutions, Sara Hand Speaking | 0 comments

No change means no change. Join Sara Hand for Setting Goals and Making “IT” Happen… Because setting goals is not enough! Thursday, December 1st 8 am-9:30 am AND Thursday December 8th 8 am-9:30 am For many people they simply dust off last year’s goals and change the date and are ready to face a new year. Somewhere they heard that if you simply get those goals on paper, that’s “most” of what it takes. For some people it happens that way. But what about all those people that write goals year after year and it doesn’t happen for them? Could there be more? In this 2 sessions workshop series we are going to deal with 5 components to setting and achieving goals: Priorities …Life Values …Goals …Action Plans …AND Accountability “This workshop needs a disclaimer, it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and I set goals with clients all the time.” Professional coach workshop attendee Cost $99        Pre-registration is necessary at: www.sphandworkshop.eventbrite.com Questions Call 941-228-4033 or Info@SPHANDandAssociates.com Networking at 7:40 am Sessions start promptly at 8 am 2300 Bee Ridge Road #305| Sarasota, FL 34239 This workshop is for you if you want to accomplish and complete the goals you set and are prepared to deal with belief systems, whether conscious or unconscious, that currently stand in the...

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Jacksonville Code Camp Rocks

By on Aug 27, 2011 in Business Development, Community/Economic Development, Sara Hand And Associates, Sara Hand Speaking | 0 comments

Despite the threat of rain from Hurricane Irene, the Jacksonville Code Camp has been an awesome event. Great turn out, excellent speakers, Kilwin’s icecream for dessert and the SWAG just kept coming at the closing session. If you would like a copy of the power point slides from my presentation… Early Stage Funding and Your Start UP  click here. From the scheduling to the after hours events, Bayer White and his team did a great job of making the event feel flawless. Although there are probably some good stories about that on the staff side. I personally am looking forward to the Jacksonbille Code Camp next year and to getting to know better some of the new people I just met. If you are available –  Mark your schedules for out BarCamp Sarasota October 15th and 16th event in...

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“It” is what “It” is…Now WHAT?

By on Apr 6, 2011 in Community/Economic Development | 0 comments

Recently I have been involved with a number of events whose purpose was to gather data about entreprenurial support in our region. Questions and discussions were among leaders from across a variety of organizations from formal to informal, and from the business community itself. These were not gripe sessions…although I have heard from enough people like that who complain how our region is not Silicon Valley or not New York or not “wherever.” That is very true and will not change. However, since we are not any of those other areas, isn’t possible that we could be “someplace” entirely new? Could we be the best Sarasota/Bradenton/SWFL/state of  FL/Southeastern US that we could possible be? Over the next weeks and months I will be sharing with you findings from these meetings and the additional information gathering practices. The initial focus of these has been first to look at the natural resources of where we live, the challenges we face, and to discuss optimal outcomes. Next there has been a process of drilling down in some of those areas to more clearly idnetify “market/community” needs and the challenges to going forward. For those of us involved to date who focus on getting things done, not just talking about it; I believe this has been an incredibly exciting adventure. In the process of gathering data, we are building relationships across like-minded organizations who purpose to collaborate for the good of our community. It does not mean that we do not compete in any way with any of the services/products that we provide. However, we choose to work together from the point of our unique value propositions. Our differences, united, are when we will be strongest and how we can most effectively affect change. What can you take away from our process for your business? In today’s world it is crucial to have an understanding of what you are actually dealing with. Research! Know your market and the context into which it fits. Look at the good and the bad and what you might like “it” (your business, your life, your organization) to look like. Look for feedback outside your own little circle. Objectivity and perspective can radically reframe opportunities and challenges. Look...

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