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Posted by: | Posted on: January 20, 2020

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first_img Portmore Primary football October 28 INSPORTS Portmore Primary Netball Rally will be on Wednesday, October 12, at Ascot High School at 9 a.m. Some nine schools are expected to complete in the one-day rally. Portsmouth are the defending champions for the Netball League and are expected to put on a good show, while Naggo Head, Kensington and Waterford and others will press them for the title. The league will commence on Wednesday, October 26. Mandeville hosts Church Teachers’ College 5k road race today The second staging of the Church Teachers’ College 5k road race run and walk will take place in Mandeville today. The race was first organised with considerable success last year with more than 200 participants. The organisers have advertised a 6 a.m. start, which means all participants have to be on spot by 5:30 a.m. to participate in the pre-race warm-up exercises. The race starts at the institution’s premises on Manchester Road, takes a route further south, before returning to its base. The school has been able to attract major sponsorship from Manchester Co-op Credit Union. Prizes will be offered in all age categories. Registration can be done online at fitness.ctc.edu.jm. Defending champions in the walk category are Jon Oliphant for male and Natasha McKenzie for females. Both are already signed up. Waterford Primary will defend their INSPORTS Portmore Primary League title as they oppose Ascot Primary in the feature match of a double-header as the league kicks off with a uniform parade and opening games at Portsmouth Primary playing field at noon. Prior to that match, third-place Portsmouth tackle Gregory Park at 10 a.m., while at 11 a.m., a uniform parade and opening ceremony take centre stage. Waterford are in a rebuilding stage as most of their star players have left. However, they have a young crop of ‘ballers’ that are eager to shine. Third-place Portsmouth have retained most of their players and are gunning for a title charge. Independence City, Bridgeport, Gregory Park and the ever-improving Kensington will be in the mix of things. Portmore Netball Rally on Wednesday Braeton All Stars, Waterhouse in mid-season showdown Portmore Business House football starts on Wednesdaycenter_img Central Manchester netball finals tomorrow Braeton All Stars and Waterhouse United will clash in the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League mid-season final tomorrow at the Olympia Crown Hotel located at 53 Molynes Road, match time 11 a.m. The winning team will receive a trophy and cash prize. Meanwhile, in a rescheduled match last Sunday, Right Stuff defeated Jade Strikes 300-259. MFA sends condolence to family of Mandeville sportscaster Weather permitting, the finals of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee Netball leagues will be hosted tomorrow at the May Day High School grounds. The third-place match in the Junior League between Porus and Broadleaf will kick off the afternoon’s programme at 2:15. This will be followed by the Senior League third-place play-off between the Police team and Newleigh All Stars at 3:00. Following the third-place play-offs, football takes centre stage with the finals of the Knockpatrick Division at 3:30. The Junior League final featuring Albion and Pear Tree gets under way at 3:45. The grand Senior final between Williamsfield and Bombay is earmarked for 4:30. The organising committee, which works out of the constituency office of central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting, promises substantial prizes to the top four places. The Manchester Football Association (MFA) has sent formal condolences to the family of long-standing Mandeville-based journalist Paul Byfield. Byfield, who primarily worked as a correspondent for CVM TV, has been a fixture in the coverage of domestic football in the parish for the last 15 years. He passed away last Friday after battling cancer. According to the official message on the association’s Facebook page by its president, Dalton Wint, “The Manchester FA is grateful for the sterling interest Byfield took in the coverage of all its football competitions and programmes annually.” It notes that Byfield’s last assignment was his coverage of the South Central Under-13 competition in August, which Manchester won. A date for his funeral is being finalised. Portmore Gas and Network Plus will kick off the Portmore Business House Football League in a 7:30 p.m. curtain-raiser at the Sunshine playing field in Naggo Head on Wednesday. In the feature game at 8:30 p.m., C&S ‘A’ play Tyre Warehouse. The inclement weather forced the organisers to postpone the opening-round game, and it will be played on a date to be announced. Cable Pro are the defending champions and sponsors include INSPORTS and Charles Chocolates.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 17, 2020

GTT donates $1M for Independence fashion extravaganza

first_imgThe Tourism and Public Communications Ministry on Friday received a cheque valued million from network giant, GTT, to facilitate the activities to mark the nation’s 50th independence anniversary.During the handing over ceremony at the headquarters for the Tourism Ministry, Minister Cathy Hughes accepted the cheque which was presented by Marketing Director of the company, Daniel Gilson.Making her remarks, Minister Hughes underlined the significant role the company has been playing even before the celebration of this year’s anniversary.Minister Cathy Hughes receives the cheque on behalf of the Tourism and Public Telecommunication MinistryShe said the company continues to be a key sponsor in the country’s activities and this year is no exception, considering its whopping contribution.Referencing the celebration of the anniversary as an explosion of music, art, dance and fashion, Hughes pointed out that this year will definitely be the most memorable.GTT’s role in this will be pulling off the fashion segment of the four nights of activities to be hosted from the May 19-22.The money received will go fully towards ensuring that the “Fashion Extravaganza” lives up to its name of being extravagant in every sense.The fashion shows are set to be hosted for four nights on the lawns of the Ministry and will feature 22 local designers meeting and their fashion pieces exhibited.Explaining the event, Minister Hughes said that this is anticipated to be largest fashion show hosted in Guyana where designers will meet on one stage to portray their originality and creativity.This, she said, will put Guyana’s designers on the international map since there is expected to be thousands of persons from the Diaspora visiting to witness the course of the anniversary celebration.Hughes pointed out that Guyana’s fashion industry has been thriving over the years and this event will create a platform to speak of how the country is developing.Designers from all genres and ages are expected to take the lawns on that night with each exhibiting 10 to15 of their pieces.A special feature that is also set for the stage is the launching of the Fashion Week, which is a Sonia Noel’s initiative.Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of GTT, Allison Parker, cited that the company over its 25 years of existence has been a consistent supporter of these kinds of events.She pointed out that their role has been especially highlighted in celebrating the country’s anniversaries and this year, as Guyana marks 50, the company is grateful to be major sponsors.The company’s involvement in the activities will not only be limited to the fashion show but will expand to the GuyExpo and another show set to be hosted at the National Stadium.Parker pledged the company’s future attachment to this nature of activities and urged the public domain to be supportive of the country’s development and honouring it.The four nights of events will be hosted at the National Stadium with each night having a different focus; be it music, food, fashion, art and a wide range of other attractions.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 14, 2020

Bill for Corruption Court Lands at Senate

first_imgSenator Jewel Howard Taylor has submitted to Senate plenary a letter asking for their attention, review and subsequent endorsement of a draft Legislative Bill entitled: “An Act to amend Title 17 of the Penal Code Laws of Liberia, known as the Judiciary Law of 1972; to provide for the establishment of the Corruption Court of Liberia.”She said the draft Act is being submitted in response to the high level of alleged corruption cases and the public perception that the endemic and systematic corruption has engulfed “our governance structure; and that we the lawmakers have not shown enough political will to put in place the requisite structure, which will enable the Judiciary deal with corruption in a holistic way.”The Bong County lawmaker told her colleagues that it is her ardent desire that “in consideration of the urgency of the passage of this bill that we will do all within our power to expedite and have this critical draft bill into law.”Immediately upon passage of the Act, Corruption Courts will be created as specialized courts and established in each of the counties, initially commencing with Montserrado County. The procedure and enforcement of the mandate and judgments of the Corruption Court shall be the same as that of the Circuit Courts in criminal cases, except as modified in this act or the Rules of the Corruption Court as may be promulgated afterwards. The court will be composed of a panel of three judges, one of whom shall be called the Chief Judge and the administrative head of the court. Decisions of the court shall be by majority. The judges of the court shall have the power and authority to issue orders in the nature of writs of prohibition, to inferior courts and their officers; will aid the exercise of the appellate jurisdiction over said inferior courts. “In terms of appointment and tenure, the President “shall nominate, and with the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission three judges of the circuit court stature, who shall preside over the Corruption Court.”The Bill is now with the Senate Committee on Judiciary, chaired by Senator Varney G. Sherman. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 12, 2020

Venezuelans charged for entering Guyana illegally

first_imgChief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday fined and ordered that two Venezuelans be deported while she remanded another to prison, after they appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on charges of entering Guyana illegally.The Venezuelans – 27-year-old Faito Jose Perez Reyez; Alexis Jose Compero Medina, 38; and 25-year-old Aldondro Roja Belia, were charged separately for entering Guyana by sea on December 22, 2018, but failed to present themselves to an immigration officer.Reyez and Medina admitted to the charge while Belia denied the offence.The unrepresented men, by means of a Spanish translator, informed the court that they presented themselves to an immigration officer, where they signed their names but have no legal document to prove their claims.However, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the men were arrested in relation to a robbery at sea, while he further stated that checks on immigration records revealed that they entered the country illegally.The Chief Magistrate fined Reyez and Medina $15,000 each and deported them while Belia was remanded to prison until December 31.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 29, 2019

Pep Guardiola to face Bayern Munich in first game as Manchester City boss

first_imgNew Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will face former club Bayern Munich in his first match in charge in a pre-season friendly at the Allianz Arena.The Spaniard, who left the German champions at the end of the season after winning a league and cup double, takes his new side back to his previous employers on July 20.“Playing Bayern Munich is always a great occasion and this match has the added excitement of our new head coach Pep Guardiola returning to play with Manchester City against his former club,” City chief executive Ferrran Soriano told mcfc.co.uk.“Bayern will provide fitting opposition as our team continues its pre-season preparations and we will be able to connect with our fans in Germany.”Bayern will be managed by former Real Madrid, AC Milan and Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti. 1 Pep Guardiola hugs Bayern Munich’s David Alaba after winning the DFB Cup Final last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 28, 2019

Dirty Dancing back on the big screen at Eclipse Cinemas

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Have the Time of your Life at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford: For One Night Only – Dirty Dancing – Monday 26th Sept – All Tickets €5.00Dirty Dancing (1987) 12AIt’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year old Frances “Baby” Houseman (JENNIFER GREY) is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday in America’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, “Baby” shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff’s quarters where an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, “Baby” can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of sexy, heart-throb Johnny Castle (PATRICK SWAYZE) the resort dance instructor. “Baby’s” life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off with breath-taking consequences.Magnificent Seven: 12ATraining Day and The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua re-imagines the classic 1960 Western with a whole host of Hollywood stars all saddling up to tackle injustice. The American frontier town of Rose Krick is under siege from ruthless villain Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Saarsgard), and in their desperation the residents turn to a misfit group of gun-slingers to save the day. These include bounty hunter Sam Chisholm (Denzel Washington), explosives expert Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke) and tracker Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio).Today’s crop of A-listers don the spurs and step into the iconic boot prints left by movie legends Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Robert Vaughn in this gritty, action-packed reworking of a landmark movie classic. Reuniting Training Day stars Washington and Hawke with Guardians of the Galaxy’s Pratt and Daredevil’s D’Onofrio, this promises to unleash seven barrels of mayhem.The Girl With All The Gifts: 15AOne girl holds the key to survival in this strikingly original post-apocalyptic zombie horror.In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating ‘hungries’. Mankind’s only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel. The kids go to school at an army base in rural England, where they’re subjected to cruel experiments by Dr. Cauldwell (Glenn Close). Teacher Helen (Gemma Arterton) grows particularly close to an exceptional girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua). When the base is invaded, the trio escape with guard Sergeant Parks (Paddy Considine) and embark on a perilous journey of survival, during which Melanie must come to terms with who she is.Filmed on location in the West Midlands, M.R. Carey’s adaptation of his much-acclaimed, bestselling novel puts a fresh, provocative spin on the zombie movie. Dirty Dancing back on the big screen at Eclipse Cinemas was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dirty DancingEclipse CinemasFeatureslifestylelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 25, 2019

MEP HARKIN CONDEMNS MERKEL’S ‘JUDAS KISS’ FOR TAOISEACH

first_imgNorth West Independent MEP Marian Harkin has slammed German chancellor Angela Merkel – describing her embrace of Enda Kenny last night as a ‘Judas Kiss’Ms Harkin said that “Angela Merkel, having embraced Enda Kenny at the EU summit, subsequently showed this to be a ‘Judas Kiss’ when she ruled out back-dated recapitalisation of Eurozone banks”.Speaking from the European Parliament, Harkin argued that this is “an extraordinary setback and a real kick in the teeth to our leaders who have been struggling earnestly to achieve a fair deal for Ireland”. She added that “our banking debt of € 64 Billion – which Ireland put in place to save German, French and other European banks, as well as our own – cannot be left on the shoulders of Irish taxpayers. It is unjust, unfair and it makes the possibility of recovery virtually impossible”.“Ireland took one for the team when Europe badly needed it, and should Germany follow through on this apparent decision to block recapitalisation of Ireland’s legacy debt, it will sadly be a bitter blow to Irish hopes and another nail in the coffin of European economic solidarity” the Ireland North & West MEP concluded. MEP HARKIN CONDEMNS MERKEL’S ‘JUDAS KISS’ FOR TAOISEACH was last modified: October 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MEP HARKIN CONDEMNS MERKEL’S ‘JUDAS KISS’ FOR TAOISEACHlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 22, 2019

Juventus and PSG out to defy odds in Champions league round of 16

first_imgYaya Toure may start as Gurdiola is expected to ring the changes against Basel.Manchester City vs BaselEtihad StadiumWednesday, 10:45pmReferee: Pavel Kralovec(Cze)Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy are both sidelined for Manchester City, whilst the doubtful Raheem Sterling is unlikely to be risked. Gurdiola is expected to make major changes to his team as he looks to rest several key players.Goalkeeper Germano Vailati and defender Eder Balanta are expected to miss out through injury, whilst Taulant Xhaka will sit out due to suspension.It was always likely to be Manchester City progressing from this round of the Champions League, but their trip to Switzerland in February all but confirmed their place in the next stage of the competition. Three goals in the opening half and another after the break gave them a 4-0 aggregate lead going into the home leg, so there is a phenomenally slim chance of the Swiss side pulling off an upset. Manchester City did follow that victory with a shock exit in the FA Cup against Wigan, but since then they have beaten Arsenal 3-0 twice in a row and clinched a 1-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday. This has consolidated their hefty lead at the top of the Premier League and won them the League Cup, so things are still looking good for them.Basel, meanwhile, haven’t had the best period since that defeat. They have lost against St Gallen and Young Boys since then, and haven’t been in action since the 27th February due to match postponements. In fairness the Swiss side have done very well to make it this far, qualifying ahead of both Benfica and CSKA Moscow in their Champions League group and even beating Manchester United on home soil. They have scored in all but two of their seven Champions League games this season, and they will be at least hoping to find the net on Wednesday.Neymar is out for the rest of the season and also missing tonight in PSG must win game against Madrid.Comments Tags: champions leaguejaggen kloppjuventusliverpoolneymarpaulo dybalaPSGreal madridsports toptottenham hotspurszinedin zidane Juventus have Paulo Dybala to look out to for inspiration as they seek to defy odds and progress to next round.Tottenham Hotspurs vs JuventusWembley StadiumWednesday, 10:45pmReferee: Szymon Marciniak(Pol)Tottenham will be without key central-defender Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian continues to recover from a long-term hamstring injury. Right-back Serge Aurier is suspended following an accumulation of yellow cards, his latest came in Turin. Kieran Trippier is expected to start for Spurs. Higuain faces a race to be fit to line-up against Tottenham having missed Juve’s win over Lazio on Saturday through injury. Returning for Juventus will be star man Paulo Dybala and key midfielder Blaise Matudi. Meanwhile, the Bianconeri will be without Federico Bernadeschi, Juan Cuadrado and Mattia De Sciglio. Allegri will be looking to devise a plan to prevent Spurs from taking a hold of the tie as they did for large parts of the first-leg in Turin.Juventus came out all guns blazing and looked too much for Tottenham to handle. But following Gonzalo Higuain’s second of the evening, the Italian champions invited far too much pressure on to themselves allowing Pochettino’s team a way back into the game.As the whistle for full-time sounded, Allegri reflected the emotions of the home support. He stormed down the tunnel, hugely disappointed with his side’s carelessness. Juventus will need to seek a different approach in order to reach the quarter-finals of the competition. Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Juventus. Jurgrn Klopp will also be ringing the changes against PortoLiverpool vs FC PortoAnfiled StadiumTuesday, 10:45pmReferee: Felix Zwayer(Ger).Liverpool will be without midfielder Georginio WIjnaldum and forward Ben Woodburn, who are both recovering from illness. There are no new injury concerns for Klopp, while he has insisted he will not make wholesome changes, there are likely to be a few tweaks.  Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana could also be in contention. Emre Can is available after missing the first leg through suspension.Porto have named a 20-man squad for their trip to Anfield and a number of regular players are absent. Defender Alex Telles and midfielder Danilo Pereira have not been included, while 20-goal striker Moussa Marega is out. Porto B players Luis Mata and Bruno Costa have been included in the travelling panel. Liverpool are unbeaten against Porto, having played them five times in all competitions (W3 D2). Liverpool were one of three unbeaten teams in this season’s Champions League group stages, alongside Barcelona and Tottenham. They have never lost by more than two clear goals at Anfield in the knockout stages of the Champions League.Liverpool’s 5-0 victory over Porto in the first leg was the biggest away win by an English side in the knockout stages of the Champions League.This is one of the ties that were ended in the first leg and Porto is unlikely to get even a draw in this one too as Liverpool have been exceptional at home all season.Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Porto. Zinedin Zidane has only one injury worry as his Real Madrid side look to get the job done against PSG.PSG vs Real MadridParc de PrincesTuesday, 10:45pmReferee: Felix Brych(Ger)Following the return to training of both Kroos and Modric – although the duo remain doubtful for Tuesday’s contest – defender Jesus Vallejo is the only missing link in Zidane’s squad, with the 21-year-old still sidelined due to injury. Dani Carvajal will get his first crack at PSG this year, after missing the first-leg through suspension.For the hosts, Neymar is the most significant exclusion after it was announced he would face surgery and a three-month wait to return, with it likely Angel Di Maria will take his place. Javier Pastore, meanwhile, is the only other player doubtful within Emery’s ranks, meaning Mbappe is set to start after missing his side’s 2-0 win over Troyes at the weekend. Both experienced midfielders Lassana Diarra and Thiago Motta are available after missing the opening tie through injury.Only 33% of teams to have lost 3-1 away in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie have progressed to the next round (four out of 12), including three of the past four. Paris St-Germain have eliminated Real Madrid in their two previous knockout encounters (1992-93 Uefa Cup, 1993-94 Cup Winners’ Cup), both times in the quarter-finals. However, Real Madrid are unbeaten in their three previous Champions League encounters with PSG (W2 D1), conceding only one goal.Paris St-Germain have lost only one of their past 46 home games in European competition (W30 D15), against Barcelona in April 2015 (1-3). Real Madrid were the last team to stop PSG from scoring at the Parc des Princes in European competition, in October 2015 (0-0).PSG will have to negotiate past such huddles like it faces tonight against the big boys if they want to start dinning with the elite in Europe. They have the players to do so but they face a team that has been there and done it more than any other in the Champions league. A win at home is very much in their reach but the 3-1 deficit may be too much to overcomePrediction: PSG 3-2 Real Madridlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 21, 2019

Fishing the North Coast: Right on time — sport crab opens Saturday

first_imgGood news North Coast! The much-anticipated sport Dungeness crab season will open on time this year, and the season’s first crustaceans can be legally hauled from the salty waters of oceans and bays beginning Saturday morning. After last year’s domoic acid debacle, which delayed both sport and commercial openers, this is welcome news. Here on the North Coast, winter crabbing is a tradition that dates back generations. Boats will be working the near shore waters, bays and river mouths baiting, …last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 15, 2019

The Best Startup Decision I Ever Made: 8 Founders Fess Up

first_imgHow to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… scott gerber How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#startups The concept of failure is all too familiar to founders today. It’s almost a mantra: Fail fast, fail often, fail early, fail cheap – sometimes, it seems like there are far more ways to fail than to succeed.But every once in a while, startups make a pivotal decision that creates an undeniable shortcut to the finish line. We asked eight successful entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share the single best decision they ever made with their startup. 1. Choose The Right Co-FounderPeople often liken a co-founder to a spouse: You spend more time with them than anyone else in your life, you have to be uncomfortably honest about difficult topics and, if all goes well, you stick together through thick and thin – or at least until a successful exit. I trust my co-founder completely and rely on her to provide a balancing perspective in all our important decisions. We’ve certainly made mistakes along the way, but we’ve borne the consequences of those mistakes together. We also genuinely enjoy spending time together, which makes the whole startup adventure a lot more fun! Our relationship has provided important business advantages since our clients, employees and investors can sense the mutual commitment we have to the company and each other. – Martina Welke, Zealyst 2. Get A Subscription At MixergyWhen we started our business in China, I noticed that many of the mistakes we made could have been easily avoided if we were surrounded by a community of entrepreneurs or mentors who could coach us or share their experiences before we went through the pain. Meeting them in person was impossible given none lived in China. I searched online for a community that would be able to share stories, conduct classes or give practical advice that would help our business. I came across Mixergy and, after watching three interviews, I signed up immediately. I can tell you the ten interviews/classes changed our business and my life. Mixergy gave me a place to generate new ideas and implement effective strategies, motivating me to continue fighting for financial freedom. – Derek Capo, Next Step China 3. Put Your People FirstThe best decisions we’ve made have revolved around people in almost every way. Great people make or break your startup, and bad hiring decisions can break it quickly. I feel like thus far we’ve made some great decisions around people. From my co-founder to early hires, everyone involved in Speek is here because they’re capable, passionate and willing to take a risk at some level to make Speek happen. – Danny Boice, Speek 4. Say ‘No’ To The Wrong ClientsEarly on, we discovered that clients who were not in alignment with our core values sapped 80% of our time and energy, leaving less room to amplify and scale what was working. Developing a process to weed out clients who were not in alignment and then empowering our staff to say “no” to those clients made room for us to say “yes” to the rights kinds of customers so we could serve them brilliantly and with joy. – Corey Blake, Round Table Companies 5. Find Underserved MarketsWe have always been opportunistic about finding markets that are underserved where we do not face entrenched competition. For example, in the early days, we focused on serving clean tech companies, first in San Francisco and now, in the last year, in LA. We aggressively pursue new markets and new opportunities. Because we commit ourselves to these new markets and put a lot of resources into them, we are able to get first-mover advantage and become the dominant player. – David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services 6. Do Your Own Market ResearchAt Star Toilet Paper, we have an obviously unique concept where there is no easy answer. That being said, in the beginning, my brother and I ensured that we did not outsource market research and business plan writing. We wanted to learn the ins and outs of our business and how we could enter the market. By doing this initial work ourselves (but making sure we let others do legal work effectively and ask questions when necessary), we understood our company like the back of our hand prior to entering the market. – Bryan Silverman, Star Toilet Paper 7. Focus Your Market & Prioritize SalesAs with most founders, we had ambitious plans but soon realized that to build market share, we needed to define “market” more carefully to demonstrate traction. Our initial goal was to launch in every physician’s office, but in some traditional industries like health care and education, no one wants to be the first to try new technology. On the other hand, they will speak with you once you have proven credibility. We chose one market, one product and one focus. This helped us lead the team toward one goal and march in one direction together before we started adding features and other offerings. Focusing on market share through one customer base and product also allowed us to prioritize selling, receiving feedback, iterating and selling again to align with market needs rather than just building beautiful products. – Shradha Agarwal, ContextMedia 8. Just StartI started. Sure, launching your own business can be a daunting task. There are a million reasons not to; you don’t have enough money, you’re current job is “secure,” the success rate of startups seems scary and so forth. But at the same time, if you don’t jump in, your success rate will be zilch. Plan carefully and think things through, but remember: You can’t learn to swim if you don’t get in the water. – Nicolas Gremion, Free-eBooks.netcenter_img AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Related Posts How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative …last_img read more