Tech Thursday (9/13): The YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) and Citi Mentor Aspiring Business Owners, Dell and Manta Promoting Small Business Growth

America’s Top Entrepreneurs and Citi Set Out to Mentor the Nation’s Aspiring Business Owners

 

Dell and Manta: Promoting Small Business Growth

 

 

 

America’s Top Entrepreneurs and Citi Set Out to Mentor the Nation’s Aspiring Business Owners

 

The YEC seeks to retool and retrain the American workforce with mentorship from successful startups

 

New York, NY — This Labor Day weekend, the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) took another important step toward alleviating youth joblessness and underemployment by launching #StartupLab (http://MyStartupLab.com), a free virtual mentorship program presented by Citi that will deploy America’s top young startup founders to retool the current workforce into a more entrepreneurial one. Aspiring entrepreneurs and young people will have unprecedented, direct access to mentorship (both virtual and in-person) through interactive live video chats, how-to content and weekly email lessons.

The YEC, an invite-only nonprofit organization, was founded by Scott Gerber in November 2010 to spur more entrepreneurship among Millennials; in less than two years, it has become the most elite membership organization of its kind, with 500-plus successful young entrepreneurs who have collectively generated tens of thousands of jobs and over 1 billion dollars in revenue. Through #StartupLab, young founders, high school and college students and even current business owners are able to access those minds directly. Featured mentors in 2012 include Catherine Cook of MeetMe, Jennifer Fleiss of Rent the Runway, Slava Rubin of Indiegogo, Jason Nazar of DocStoc, Ryan Allis of iContact, Matt Mickiewicz of 99Designs and Rahim Fazal of Involver, to name just a few.

#StartupLab will launch its beta model publicly on Labor Day weekend. The beta program includes a full roster of interactive live video chats (4 per month), weekly email lessons for participants, an eBook club, and access to YEC’s complete library of how-to articles and videos. Organizations also benefit from the ability to request YEC members for their mentorship events across the country.

#StartupLab’s beta program will be available to individuals interested in entrepreneurship as well as to the members of various organizations that have signed up for the program including Junior Achievement, Georgetown University, BizWorld, Lemonade Day, George Washington University, MassChallenge, University of Central Florida, North Carolina Rural Center, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, Springboard Enterprises, Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2), Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Startup Weekend, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Venture for America, Kairos Society, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, and dozens of other universities, nonprofits, entrepreneur and small business organizations, government agencies and co-working spaces. Because the program takes just minutes to set up and is built right into an organization’s Facebook Page, it allows entrepreneurship organizations across the country to create stronger online communities for their members quickly and effectively — at no cost to them. More importantly, through #StartupLab, these organizations can request YEC members for in-person mentorship events as well, giving their membership even more direct access to the top startup minds in the country.

The #StartupLab Facebook app, videos and website will be available for preview the week of August 27, 2012. Executives from YEC, Citi and select launch partners can be made available for interviews upon request.

 

Dell and Manta: Promoting Small Business Growth

 
 
Create, Work, Inspire: Dell & Manta Promoting Small Business Growth
 
 
 
 
 

You’ve probably noticed over the past few months a new but familiar name on Manta – Dell. From Tweet Chats to the Small Business of the Week, Manta’s collaboration with Dell promotes a shared mission to spotlight and support the unique needs and success stories of small businesses.

Recently announced was a new feature of the Dell and Manta collaboration, a series of live content-driven events called the Create. Work. Inspire: Business Edition, for small businesses to learn from other members of their community, as well as expert speakers about innovations in business growth. The half-day experience will include interactive sessions with valuable conversation, content, and demonstrations that address top business challenges. Each event will conclude with a networking cocktail hour featuring treats from local businesses. The first event will take place in Miami on September 14, 2012, followed by Los Angeles in November. Stay tuned tohttp://connect.manta.com/t/create/-work/-inspire/-workshops/-providing?f=32&t=24001 to learn how to register.

“Dell is committed to fueling the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses of all stages, not just through technology, but by working with communities like Manta that make it easier for small businesses to have access to the information essential for success,” said Mel Parker, vice president and general manager of Consumer, Small Office and Member Loyalty at Dell Inc.

Additionally, Dell and Manta will continue promoting the Small Business of the Week and will select and spotlight one small business on Manta.com each week. Each business chosen will receive:

  • Manta Premium Business Listing for 12 months to help small businesses gain exposure to the more than 30 million visitors to Manta.com and boost traffic by more than 45 percent compared to Manta’s standard claim profile;
  • Free promotion to Manta’s community of nearly 90 million small business owners. The company will be featured on Manta.com, and will also be included in that week’s Small Business of the Week Manta advertising campaign.

For small businesses today, being found online drives business, but it is an increasingly difficult thing to sustain for business owners. A recent Manta study of more than 1,000 small business owners polled found nearly one-third say they reviewed online recommendations before selecting a new vendor or business partner. This type of visibility is becoming increasingly important, but many small business owners don’t have the budget for a full-scale marketing campaign. According toBIA/Kelsey, a media and advertising research firm, small businesses with 10 or fewer employees only spend an average of $3,787 on advertising per year. Manta provides a form of promotion for all small business owners which enable them to keep their focus on other aspects of their business.

For details about upcoming networking events please visit: http://connect.manta.com/t/create/-work/-inspire/-workshops/-providing?f=32&t=24001 and for more information about how to nominate your business or someone else for Small Business of the Week presented by Dell, please visit:http://connect.manta.com/t/show/-us/-why/-your/-business/-should/-be/-the?f=32&t=14264.

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Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (www.virtasktic.com), an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.

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