The Entertainer Founder Donna Benton Reflects The Journey Of Launching A New Brand

When starting a new venture and knowing you will have to invest heavily into a brand or company financially, emotionally and, perhaps most importantly, with all of your time, quite simply, it has to be right. For example, it took two years after exiting The Entertainer to focus on what I wanted to embark on next. Many entrepreneurs expect a lightbulb moment, and for some, this may be the case. However, it is important to note that this isn’t always the path and certainly not the only one. If you approach your startup not as a sprint, but as a marathon, you can put in place the ideas and mindsets that will help you succeed in the long run. By ignoring the rush to market and taking a longer consideration to your prospective venture, it can very often benefit you and your brand.



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When I was considering

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This Founder Had a Lot to Learn When She Moved to the U.S. She Turned It Into a Translation Business



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Elisabete Miranda

Elisabete Miranda had to start over again when she moved to the U.S. from Brazil in 1994. She turned what she learned about translation into a business.

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When Elisabete Miranda immigrated to the United States from Brazil in 1994, she learned how a life’s experience can get lost in translation. In Brazil, she’d been a respected serial entrepreneur and vice president of her local chamber of commerce. In the U.S., she felt like one more Latin American woman who didn’t speak the language. “When you move to another country, it’s like you become a stupid person,” she says with a laugh, recalling her first days in the States. “You have to suck it up and do what you need to do.”

What Miranda needed to do, she believed,

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Blindster Founder Kyle Cox Named Gold Winner for Executive Excellence: Business Role Model of the Year

HOUSTON, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Blindster, the leading online custom window coverings business, is proud to announce that the Customer Sales & Service World Awards®, the world’s top achievement awards program for sales, service, support and business development, has named Blindster’s founder and CEO Kyle Cox the gold winner for Executive Excellence: Business Role Model of the Year.

The Customer Sales & Service World Awards® is an industry and peer international competition honoring achievements in disciplines that create the best customer experience for business successes everywhere.

When the pandemic hit, Kyle stepped back to think about how he could continue to keep in close contact with their customers but also consider the bigger picture of how to be a servant during a time of immense need for his community. Because of this, Kyle launched the COVID-19 Program: with every product sold on Blindster.com, $2 was

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How this founder birthed a new idea to keep his medical device startup afloat amidst COVID-19

The COVID-19 tsunami has caused many ships to sink. But the beauty of a bootstrapped, revenue-generating startup boat is that it can quickly steer and ride the wave.

When Vikram Rajput, Founder of medical device startup Subhag HealthTech, felt the rising tide threaten to drown his fledgeling startup, he did what all hustle-happy founders do. He pivoted.

The startup that was set to take off in India this year with its low-cost, home-based IUI (Intrauterine insemination) treatment solution, temporarily shifted gears and started manufacturing face masks — the frontline defence against the dreaded virus.

But it is no ordinary face mask. The copper-infused face mask, named VSafe, is one step ahead in its protection promise as copper is considered a naturally antimicrobial material and is believed to be more resistant to the coronavirus.

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 Co-founder and CTO JI Kwang Jeong wearing VSafe.

“We had started offering our IUI solution in Bangalore

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Beneficient Group founder and wife donate $11.5 million to build SMU business school commons

Dallas businessman and financier Brad Heppner was welcomed to the Southern Methodist University business school campus as an undergraduate student pursuing a triple major in the 1980s, thanks in part to a scholarship.



a man standing in front of a window: Brad Heppner, CEO of Beneficient Group in Dallas.


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Brad Heppner, CEO of Beneficient Group in Dallas.

“We had a dedication out front with all the students. You had Cary Maguire, Ed Cox, and Trammell Crow — all out there dedicating the opening of those buildings,” Heppner said.

Now, with an $11.5 million gift from Heppner and his wife Aurelia, his family’s name will adorn a brand new commons area the university is planning as part of a $10 million renovation of existing Cox School of Business facilities.

In addition to the commons, their donation includes $1.5 million to support research faculty salaries and scholarships through the Heppner Endowments for Research Organizations.

“We hope for those to grow

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Lagunitas Brewing founder gives business start-up insights to Sonoma State University students

The founder of Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma told a group of Sonoma State University business students that if anyone opts to start a craft brewery they should steer clear of the ubiquitous India pale ale.

The beer marketplace is saturated with the extra hoppy brew, and so to build a new successful brewing operation around it would be “Neanderthal thinking,” Tony Magee said Tuesday. “Low-hanging fruit isn’t a business model, it’s just preying on market share that already exists.”

During the online gathering, Magee talked about the business lessons he learned while running the beer enterprise as part of his first act in his official role in the entrepreneur-in-residence program at Sonoma State.

He launched Lagunitas Brewing in 1995, and then he was at the forefront of the IPA, and his success spawned various hoppy offshoots such as Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ wheat ale and the potent Waldo’s Special Ale

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