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Business Lessons from the Cubs

Business Lessons from the Cubs

Winning combinations are made of having the right people in the right places at the right times, as the Chicago Cubs know. The same thing could be said about entrepreneurship. At the recent Elevate fundraising event our keynote speaker, Joe Slawek of FONA, related a...

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3 Tips for Networking Success

3 Tips for Networking Success

If you’ve been in business for a minute or more, you’ve probably heard that networking is one of the keys to success. Networking is one of the most effective – and low cost – methods for developing business opportunities and contacts. The idea is simple, attend an...

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Joseph Slawek, Keynote Speaker for ELEVATE Event

Joseph Slawek, Keynote Speaker for ELEVATE Event

The FVEC is honored to have Joseph Slawek as the keynote speaker for our inaugural fundraiser event this year. Joe is the founder, chairman and CEO of Flavors Of North America International in Geneva, Illinois. Established by Joe in 1987, FONA is a different kind of...

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5 Tips for Running a Wildly Successful Business

5 Tips for Running a Wildly Successful Business

The Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center understands that running a business is rarely easy, that there is always hard work to be done and that it is one of the most exhilarating tasks ever. With all the effort people put into building an organization, they want to make...

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Top 10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurship is AMAZING

Top 10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurship is AMAZING

Every established business owner and new entrepreneur has a different reason for why they opened their doors. Some say they seem to have been born with an entrepreneurial gene, while others took the leap after working for someone else. Regardless of what the primary...

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In memory of Jim Brannen

In memory of Jim Brannen

Jim Brannen was a mainstay in our community. A native of Geneva, Illinois, he left long enough to graduate from Dartmouth. Once home, he earned his MBA from Northwestern. From there, he began his 25-year career with First National Bank of Chicago. Along the way, he...

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Vetting the Funding

Vetting the Funding

From start-ups to established companies, ask any entrepreneur what their biggest challenge is, and they will most likely talk about capital and new funding. There are a number of ways to raise financing and it’s better to have an idea of what strings are attached –...

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4 Things Every Startup Should Know

4 Things Every Startup Should Know

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to go into business for yourself. That’s a huge accomplishment – and responsibility. With these four tips, you can be on your way to being one of the greatest success stories ever and not become a statistic of business...

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The SBDC – Are They in Your Toolbox?

The SBDC – Are They in Your Toolbox?

The Small Business Development Center is an invaluable resource for any business owner or for those looking to start their own company. The program is funded through both the federal and state governments and their mission is to provide information, confidential...

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The Business Plan – Your Roadmap to Success

The Business Plan – Your Roadmap to Success

The business plan is a critical element to starting a successful business. Why? Because a great plan is the foundation for operations and gives solid reasons as to why the business will be a success. The document needs to be as specific as possible and communicate the...

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