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 […]

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 […]

October 2016: Integrity in Business

Tra Bouscaren

Modern business doesn’t have to just be about turning a profit. At Pregame, we see another dimension to entrepreneurship, management, and leadership. We are fortunate to live in a time and place where our work can involve sharing our stories, living […]

Introducing the Pregame Clubhouse: A Space for Creating Your Success

Pregame PDX Clubhouse

After the past decade of working with people to create a Game Plan for achieving their personal and professional goals, I’m excited to launch the first Pregame Clubhouse this August in Portland, Oregon. Our Pregame PDX Clubhouse is a space dedicated to giving you […]

Assessing Your Present Circumstances: The One Sentence that Realigns My Perspective

Sunia Gibbs Art - Rivers

With this month’s focus on challenges, setbacks, and failures, I thought I’d share my favorite tool that keeps me grounded both in business and in life. The tool is actually a philosophy: Whatever is in front of you is your teacher. […]

From 9-5 Survive to Career Thrive

Shanti Grumbine, Surge (From “Genizah”), 2015, de-acidified New York Times newspaper, jade glue, matte medium, UV archival spray, nails, magnets, 24 x 30 inches

Working the 9-5 is showing up simply in order to get a paycheck. Having a job is a survival mechanism rather than a thriving mechanism. So how do we take a job from surviving to thriving? By having a fulfilling […]