When our friend Erica of SAVE THE GARMENT CENTER asked if wecould recommend some resources for a friend of hers that is starting a non-apparel business, we thought we should take a page from our mentor and top blogger and we thought we should take a page from our mentor and top blogger Chris Brogan and turn our response into a post. Reading and observing Chris has helped us navigate and understand both the etiquette and mechanics of inbound marketing and social media.
- 1. Recently, Chris has launched Kitchen table companies, an online community for entrepreneurs. This would be an ideal place to find like-minded folks as well as accountability buddies.
- 2. & 3. Last week, we had the great fortune to be inspired at a mentoring event hosted by the Tory Burch Foundation. The foundation has been established to provide economic opportunities to women and their families in the United States. The foundation has partnered with ACCION USA, a leading micro lender. Tory, is a study in grace.
- 4. & 5. For a comprehensive understanding on the framework of business and help with the dreaded business plan, the FAST TRACK Program by the Levin Institute is like a mini MBA. For manufacturing and technology ITAC is a nonprofit consulting and training organization.
- 6. Thanks to Sarah (from Jumpstart), we now know far more about the breadth and depth of the resources available at The Science and Business Library. It is a premier public business library for both research and education.
- 7. Ulas at The Small Business Development Center at Baruch College has been and continues to be a great sounding board and a reality check for us. Find yourself an Ulas!
- 8. For access to experienced professionals who are looking to explore new opportunities, JUMPSTART NYC at the Levin Institute has matched us with 3 candidates enabling us to benefit from the skills, wisdom, and experience of motivated professionals. Thank you, Sarah, Betsy, and Laurie for the tools you have given us which will surely take us to a whole other level.
- 9. We are particularly jazzed about the Sustainable Design Series at The Enterprise Center of the Fashion Institute of Technology. They have a comprehensive and affordable curriculum across multiple disciplines.
- 10. Check out the roster of “shear freakin’ brainiacs” at New York Entrepreneur Week. Go forth. Succeed.
- 11. Last but not least, The New York Economic Development Corporation has a Center for Economic Transformation. The NYEDC has launched more than 60 pilot initiatives to address four key components necessary for innovation: Access to Capital,,Affordable Workspace, Support for Entrepreneurship and International Out reach.
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