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Monday, February 28, 5 pm to 7 pm

Entrepreneurs Making a Difference Lecture Series at Chapman University, featuring Vincent Smith, Executive Chairman, Quest Software. Please RSVP at Vinny Smith Talks


Thursday March 10, all day, Milestones In Leadership Summit at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, featuring local entrepreneurs and nationally known provocative speakers. Learn more at  www.milestonesinleadership.com/




What would YOU do with an additional 10-20 hours a week?  Do the Master Plan Seminar and find out!


I did, and it made such a difference that now I'm leading it.

The Master Plan is a twelve session seminar which will meet on Tuesday evenings starting on March 22nd. Three sessions are in-person and the rest are conducted by teleconference. For more information, go to March Master Plan



What counts is not what you know but what you do about it.

"Were it not for agitators, we wouldn't even have an America. The Fourth of July would  be just another day, we'd be singing "god save the Queen" and our government officials would be wearing white-powdered wigs. "    Jim Hightower




Hitachi Foundation Searching for Young Social Entrepreneurs Improving U.S. Communities. $40,000 Prize! The Hitachi Foundation's Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program is seeking to identify up to five entrepreneurs who are operating viable businesses that help to improve the lives of low-wealth individuals in America. This is a business competition in which selected entrepreneurs receive $40,000 over two years and have access to additional technical resources to strengthen their business.

Eligible applicants must currently be at least 18 years old and no more than 29 years old when they launched their business. Businesses must be 1-5 years old, and have been generating revenue for at least the past 12 months. The award is open to businesses organized as either for profit or nonprofit, with an earned-income revenue model. Enterprises must create jobs, supply goods or services, or use internal management practices that offer low-wealth individuals in America an opportunity to improve their economic mobility.

Click application process to learn more. The first round application deadline is March 14, 2011.

The Cartier Women's Initiative Award is an international business plan competition which awards $20,000 plus extensive support and media exposure to five Laureates.   
Created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women's Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify and support initial-phase women entrepreneurs through funding and coaching and to create an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage peer networking. Based on the quality of the plan and the persuasiveness of the verbal presentation, one Laureate for each of five regions is selected.  Click HERE to learn more. Applications are due March 15.