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The One Page Business Model: Lean Startup Approach by Cassie Hintz, FCEDC Market Research Analyst

On April 14th, 2015, attendees at the Imagination Network meeting were introduced to the Lean Startup Approach.  Steve Blank, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, toyed with the concept of Lean Startup in the mid-1990s while his protégée, Eric Ries, mobilized the movement behind this methodology through his 2011 book The Lean Startup.  Below is a summary of […]

Making Money on the Internet: Advice About Selling Online By Cassie Hintz, FCEDC’s Market Research Analyst

On March 10th, 2015 we had a fantastic turnout for Imagination Network’s “Making $ on the Internet: E-commerce Revisited.”  This month we had three panelists speak about some strategies for becoming a successful online business: Alex Masri is the CEO of OnlineBootStore, http://www.onlinebootstore.com/, a boot store that offers quality footwear and the knowledge to go […]

Exploring new ideas is as easy as 1,2,3,4 by Randy Melzer, SCORE mentor and adjunct instructor at Moraine Park Technical College

How do you explore potential business ideas whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur/inventor or an existing business owner? On February 10, 2015 at theImagination Network meeting, I had the privilege to discuss where ideas come from and how to evaluate them. Business ideas come from a multitude of sources: internal, external, through research, and by […]

Ventures – February 2015 Newsletter

February 2015 Ventures newsletter

Ventures – January 2015 Newsletter

January 2015 Ventures newsletter

Networking Doesn’t Have to Make You Cringe! by Jerry Baltus, AdviCoach

On January 13, 2015, I had the enjoyable opportunity to speak to the inventors and entrepreneurs of Imagination Network.  The topic was “Networking Doesn’t Have to Make You Cringe!”  The comments and feedback from the attendees illustrated to me once again how intimidating networking can be to those who haven’t had some training, or at least exposure, […]

Imagine That! By Scott Kirkpatrick, Creative Director at wisnet.com

We showed the wisnet.com “5&5 Branding Process” at the August 12, 2014 Imagination Network meeting. It’s a simple yet very important exercise we do with our clients at the very beginning of talking about their brand. It is our way to put a “face, voice, and feel” to their marketing message. This is vital for […]

It Takes More Than A Good Idea

It Takes More Than A Good Idea Automobile = Good. Just One Color = Not So Much Steve R. Jenkins, CEcD  One of the aftermaths of the Great Recession was the resurgence of entrepreneurship. Some wanted to control their own destiny after losing jobs in corporate America. Others, in desperation after long unemployment, sought to […]

“Show me the money” theme continues at Imagination Network

In February 2014, Imagination Network attendees learned “where” to find money, some of which include: SBA loans, revolving loan funds, microloans, crowdfunding, and angel investors.  The May and June meetings continued with the theme of money by showing “how” to better prepare yourself and your business when trying to get money or capital. On May […]