Earlier this week my New Venture Management professor, Dr. Jeff Lewis, shared 10 things he has learned through his personal entrepreneurial experiences.

He has invented products that are being sold nationwide at major retailers, has managed a real estate finance business and worked as a church administrator and pastor. Needless to say, my professor has some good advice.

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Earlier this spring JuniorBiz, LLC was chosen as 1 of the 16 teams (out of over 30 teams that applied) to participate in the 9th annual Venture Adventure Business Plan Competition. No CSU team had ever won and I was sure I was going to be the first… but I didn’t even make it out of the first round.

Why was losing a good experience for me?

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As of the end of week 8, I am two-thirds of the way through the JuniorBiz Project Charter. Last week was also supposed to include the second and final milestone of this semester; to publish and post for sale the Official JuniorBiz Lawn Mowing Guide. Due to some publishing setbacks, this milestone has been postponed for a few days.

Accomplishing the milestone a couple days late isn’t a big deal, considering this was planned out 8 weeks ago. I should still have my proof for the competition later this week.

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Today I received an email from the Marketing and Events Manager of Inc. Magazine, Catherine Daake. Thirty years ago, Inc. Founder Bernie Goldhirsh challenged the editors of Inc. to “think of the business-person as an artist using both sides of his brain.”

In celebration of Inc. Magazine’s 30th anniversary, the publication has launched “The Great Garage Hunt,” an interactive online game.

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