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Repositioning the "Lost Generation"

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Businessweek.com recently wrote an article, "The Lost Generation", highlighting how the current job crisis is hitting young people especially hard—damaging both their future and the economy. The jobs picture is bleak for those currently graduating from college.



Nevertheless, I don't believe that we have to settle for any generation being "lost". However, I do believe that this new economic normal requires a new way of thinking about employment and careers. One of the things that needs to happen is repositioning our youth and young adults to think more entrepreneurially. Equipping people to operate in their careers more entrepreneurially is one of the things that I am very passionate about.

That's why I am partnering with Top Flight Resources to provide the Fly High Business Seminar on November 7th. This powerful learning opportunity is designed to equip ambitious individuals to think more entrepreneurially and to provide the necessary knowledge to launch a business. This workshop will provide inspiration, information, and instruction on how to successfully develop and deploy a profitable business venture.


*** Fly High Business Seminar ***

Personal & Professional Development:
  • Aligning your life purpose with your business vision/mission
  • Identifying marketplace opportunities to leverage your talents and experience
  • Repositioning to thrive in the entrepreneurial economy
Business Development:
  • Business Start-up
  • Incorporating
  • Website Development
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • And much more!
Registration Details:
  • Saturday, November 7th, 2009
  • 9 am to 1 pm
  • Individual Ticket Price: $99
  • Group Ticket Price (3 or more): $85
  • Complimentary Lunch Provided

Click here to register for the Top Flight Business Seminar...

For more information please contact Dru Martin (404) 808-6662.


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Fly High Business Seminar ~ Nov 7, 2009

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My company, Biznovations, is partnering with Top Flight Resources and Extraordinary Life Community Church to offer the Fly High Business Seminar on Saturday, November 7th. This will be a power-packed seminar with dynamic inspiration, information, and insights related to your personal, professional, and business development.




Registration Details:
~ Saturday, November 7th, 2009
~ 9 am to 1 pm
~ Individual Ticket Price: $99
~ Group Ticket Price (3 or more): $85
~ Complimentary Lunch Provided

Click here to register for the Top Flight Business Seminar...

For more information please contact Dru Martin (404) 808-6662.

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Small Biz Firms Ahead of Goal for Stimulus Funds... Sort Of

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Whenever there is a new government spending initiative, I'm always curious to know how small businesses will be included. GovernmentExecutive.com has a blog post that provides somewhat of a status update for how the federal stimulus dollars are being spent (click here).

It's encouraging to know that $1 out of every $4 that has been spent by federal agencies so far has been spent with small businesses. However, there is still much work to be done with multiple large agencies coming up short of their goals.

According to Joe Jordan, associate administrator for government contracting business development at the Small Business Administration, in testimony before the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee:
"... small disadvantaged businesses have received 11 percent of stimulus contracts, exceeding the goal of 5 percent, he said. Meanwhile, firms owned by service-disabled veteran-owned firms and those operating in historically underutilized business zones have received 4 percent and 7 percent of Recovery contracting dollars, respectively. The goal for both categories is 3 percent."
While these are good signs that the government is following through on its promises to intentionally include small businesses in contracting opportunities, pressure needs to be kept on underperforming federal agencies to ensure that all sizes and types of businesses are given an equal opportunity to compete for these contracts.

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

Transform your dream from an idea into a purposeful, passionate, & prosperous life... www.DreamBIGin3D.com



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Launch Our Youth into Entrepreneurial Leadership

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Today's youth see a very different picture of the world and their financial futures than those from just a decade ago. They are recognizing more everyday that they will need to take a more proactive role in the pursuit of their goals and dreams, rather than just hoping to land a "good job" at a "stable company" someday. Some key findings from a recent Junior Achievement survey reveal that:
  • The top reason cited by teens (26%) for wanting to start a business was wanting "to take control of your destiny and set your own career path."
  • Respondents were almost evenly split between feeling there was more job security in owning their own business (47%) versus working for a company (49%).
  • 23% of teens who want to start a business said they were interested in starting a business that "helps the environment" or that "deals with the problems or challenges of our society."
For today's youth, the idea of an entrepreneurial workforce is a reality rather than just a possibility. Junior Achievement recently produced a very informative report with recommendations for preparing our youth to succeed in the future. You can read a copy of it here: http://www.ja.org/files/The_Entrepreneurial_Workforce_full-11.pdf

Our society's long-term sustainability is greatly dependent upon today's youth being fully equipped to lead effectively when it's time for them to take on the economic challenges that our generation has created for them. Therefore, we all have an active role to play in preparing the next generation to succeed, whether you're a parent, mentor, youth leader, big brother or sister. Let's step up to the plate and develop entrepreneurial leaders who can thrive in any economy.

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.


Transform your dream from an idea into a purpose-driven, passionate, and prosperous life!... www.DreamBIGin3D.com

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Mistakes Help Make You Great!

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It's inspiring to hear success stories of entrepreneurs. However, sometimes it's even more beneficial to hear about the major mistakes that entrepreneurs have made and how they overcame them. Check out this article from USAToday.com, "Seven famous founders share money mistake, smart moves", which highlights several business owners who made major money mistakes, but were eventually able to overcome them and continue on to build successful enterprises.

Here's a few of the individuals who were highlighted:
  1. Daymond John, FUBU
  2. Adam Lowery & Eric Ryan, Method
  3. Liz Lange, Liz Lange Maternity
  4. David Liu, The Knot
  5. Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm
Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Just realize that learning from your mistakes can help to make you great!

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

Transform your dream from an idea into a purposeful, passionate, & prosperous life... www.DreamBIGin3D.com



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