building the community

Why Startups Should Get Involved in Building the Community

Why are you in the community you are in? Is it because your target demographic consumers are in surrounding neighborhoods, cheap rent, because you like the culture, or grew up in the town? Whatever your reason for choosing the location of your startup, you’re a part of a community of people connected by location, and...

Building a Community - The Key to a Successful Business

Building a Community – The Key to a Successful Business

As many of you know, I’ve promised to share with Smart Hustle readers some of my knowledge gleaned from years of working in the arts. I started out last month with this conversation with creative development advisor, Marc Zegans. He and I talked about how having a distinctive personality, something that has helped many...

3 Essential Steps for Building Your Own Community

3 Essential Steps for Building Your Own Community

We often talk about the importance of networking from the position of the member, including where to find networking groups, best networking practices, and inspirational examples. However, with the most recent statistics showing over 2 million LinkedIn Groups and 620 million Facebook Groups, it seems that we are just as likely to start our own communities as...

How To Build A Community of Software Developers: Intuit Exec Share's Success Tips

How To Build A Community of Software Developers: Intuit Exec Shares Success Tips

I recently had a chance to speak with Vinay Pai, the Vice President of Intuit Developer Relations. Pai is no stranger to the world of startups and small businesses, and so he was able to share some insight into what small business owners are looking for in a software solution and, on the flip...

Why Your Business Should Get Involved in the Community

Why Your Business Should Get Involved in the Community C orporate social responsibility isn’t just for large corporations. Whether you run a large established company or a small startup, your business has the resources to contribute to positive change in your community. For many businesses, with so much going on, it can be hard to...

What Does eBay Have That Amazon Never Will?

What Does eBay Have That Amazon Never Will? “We Are eBay,” it was plastered on all the branding from your notepads and goodie bags to the hallway room signage. Was it there to remind me that they are eBay or was it there to remind themselves? I think it was both. After two days of being...

Dan Wernikoff of Intuit Shares New Opportunities for Small Business

Dan Wernikoff of Intuit Shares New Opportunities for Small Business I recently had the chance to sit down with Dan Wernikoff, SVP and GM of Small Business Finance Group at Intuit. Dan shared three ways that Intuit is reaching out and providing new opportunities to small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Here are a few of the key points that...

How Dogged Persistence is Growing a Business and a Community

How do you launch a successful restaurant in South Central Los Angeles—an inner-city area plagued by gang violence and poverty, where there are few businesses other than liquor stores? For Karim Webb and Edward Barnett of PCF Management, the answer is simple: Show the community you care, and the community will support your business.