Starting-Over A Business: When to Relaunch, Pivot, Expand, or Close Up Shop

Danielle Mourning

You never think it will happen to you. One day, the business launch dust settles and inquiries drop off, customers stop returning, profits flatline, the press deems you yesterday’s news, or you run out of the enormous energy it takes […]

Please Refrain From Picking My Brain (Or, My Landlord Doesn’t Accept Lattes)

Michelle Hartney, Sagan Druyan I

As a strategist working with entrepreneurs, I get a request like this at least once a week: Hey Ciara! I have a launch/event/campaign coming up and I want to pick your brain on how to market it/get press/do everything. Can […]

10 Essential Entrepreneurial Lessons From the Notorious B.I.G.’s 10 Crack Commandments

The Notorious BIG

Of the many great insights gleaned from rap lyrics, few are as applicable to startup success as The Notorious B.I.G.‘s 10 Crack Commandments. Assuming your business, drugs or otherwise, is legal, you may have overlooked hip hop as a source […]

Business Coach Dana Corey: Letting Go of a Client

Dana Corey

Dana Corey presents her brand new workshop “The Five Fundamentals of Freedom, Flexibility, and Fun” at Pregame HQ on October 11 – sign up here. Sometimes I’ve been really pressed to remember the long term view instead of getting hung up […]

Your CFO: Successfully Launching Your Second Location

Projection Theory Slant Rhyme Institute, Solo Installation at Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, Pittsburgh

Liquidation sales, covered windows, “Closed for business” signs on the doors…the remnants of a good idea gone wrong. What makes an otherwise successful business fail when opening its second location? I see it often – the potential was there and […]