On Wednesday, March 4th, I received some very exciting news! JuniorBiz was accepted to compete in the 2009 Colorado State University Venture Adventure Business Plan Competition. As far as I know there will be 16 teams competing for a top prize of $5000! The competition will take place on April 17th and 18th in the College of Business at CSU.
Needless to say, I would love to have people come and watch. If you’re interested, you should let me know and I can provide more information. The excitement aside, I still needed to move towards my objectives for the week.
Obj. 1: Finish Guide
The first objective was to move towards finishing the Official JuniorBiz Lawn Mowing Guide. My goal for the week was to research and write the Lawn Mowing and Trimming Tips sections. I completed all of my research but fell a little behind on the writing. So I am going to have to make up for it this week…
In addition to the Venture Adventure acceptance, I had some more almost equally exciting news this week. Emil Motycka, an award-winning teen lawn mowing entrepreneur, replied to my request for him to review the guide. He seems very interested and may even want to get more involved with JuniorBiz in the future.
Obj. 2: Increase Traffic
Increasing traffic to JuniorBiz.com was the second objective. The only specific task I completed to move toward this objective was to bookmark the new articles with Del.icio.us. However, JuniorBiz.com did crack the 900,000 mark in the Alexa Rankings and the site had 110 visitors in 7 days.
Obj. 3: Boost Online Presence
Most of my time was focused on boosting my online presence. I submitted the JuniorBiz RSS feed to both Technorati and FeedBurner. Technorati is a website that ranks blogs. After registering with Technorati and making a few adjustments to the site my Website Grader rating jumped from 66/100 to 72/100. By submitting the feed to FeedBurner I was able to create a “Subscribe by Email” function for the site.
If you would like to receive an email every time I post new content, then enter your email in the orange box on the right side of the page. (I really appreciate it when someone subscribes by email!) Additionally I emailed a list of about 30 people who I thought might want to subscribe to JuniorBiz.com. 9 of them did!
Again this week, I spent a lot of time on Twitter. Probably not the most productive time, but I managed to make a few new friends. I continued following interesting and relevant people, and people continued to follow me. My goal was to have 400 followers by the end of the week. I had 465. This means I’m about one week ahead of schedule to accomplish my goal of 1000 followers by the end of the semester. I’ve listed a few of the comments I received about JuniorBiz.com this week:
- PixieStevenson Love this idea!
- waynejohn Good luck with the biz, looks like a good thing. I started when I was 13 but had no clue what to do, so I taught myself. With some luck and meeting the right people, I was able to figure things out. Having a resource in one place is a great idea… erm…that was late 80’s…damn I’m getting old…
Thanks to Pixie and Wayne for the comments!
Obj. 4: Add Content
The fourth objective was to add content to the site. Early last week I wrote and published the post, Finishing the How-To Section – JuniorBiz Journey Entry #3. So far it has received 50 hits (even if half of those are from me, 25 people still read it!). Then later in the week I published a new article, How to Deal with Teen Business Issues. This post has only received 31 hits so far. Hopefully with the new Subscribe by Email function in place I will begin to gain more consistent readership.
Obj. 5: Expand Local Awareness
The final objective for the week was to expand the local awareness of JuniorBiz. As I previously stated, I was accepted into the Venture Adventure Business Plan Competition. The competition alone will gain tons of local exposure for JuniorBiz. If I place in the top 5, JuniorBiz will be featured on the CSU Entrepreneurship website as well as in the Center for Entrepreneurship Newsletter.
Final miscellaneous task for the week: I registered an Employer Identification Number with the IRS for JuniorBiz, LLC..