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7 Belgian Startups to Look out for in 2017

Belgium has so much more to offer than just strong beer, French fries and great comics. The rather small country also plays a quite important role in European politics, with Brussels being kind of the capital of the EU. But most importantly, at least for us, Belgium has a blooming startup scene. As you might know by now, we started 2017 with some research and the goal to create a list for each EU country…

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This 11-Year-Old Girl Made Fashion Week History For The Very Same Reason She Was Bullied

About one out of every five students report being bullied, according to the National Bullying Prevention Center. For African-American students that number jumps to almost one out of four. Current sixth grader Kheris Pollard seemed to face bullying fueled by racism no matter where she went. First, it was at an elementary school where Kheris was one of only four black girls in her class. Kheris’ older sister, Taylor, told BuzzFeed News that because of…

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Amsterdam’s Electric StartUp Scene

Amsterdam, Netherlands What is the formula that has allowed the Netherlands to catapult onto the center stage of the global startup scene in these past few years? The answer relates strongly to the Dutch brand of enthusiastic practicality. They aren’t a culture known for tiptoeing around the point if a direct answer can do the job, and what we’re seeing here is the manifestation of this simple quality projected out as a fruitful interplay between…

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Truly Grand Sports Promotions is a Knockout!

(Flint, Michigan) Myke Darrough always knew knockouts would be a part of his life, from a childhood traveling with his uncle, a professional boxer, to his successful business management company, Truly Grand Sports Promotions LLC. As a child, Darrough said he was “a real fanatic with WWF,” the World Wrestling Federation, and would go on tour with his uncle who was a professional boxer. He remembers staying at Virginia Beach and touring the Boxing Hall…

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Revival Chili: Serving Up Opportunity with Every Bowl

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) “I was actually arrested when I was a freshman in college. I was arrested for two different counts but got convicted of underage drinking,” said Jordan Robarge. This is Robarge’s idea of a conversation starter, as well as the event that led him to create his own business, Revival Chili. Revival Chili is a new food truck on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania serving – you guessed it – chili. But it’s more…

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Be Your Own #Boss: The Prestige Society, with CEO and Founder Nicole Doss

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Nicole Doss is no stranger to professionalism, poise, and more than a hint of glamor. The Prestige Society, of which she is CEO and founder, reflects that. That kind of fun, positive outlook is reflected in Doss’ voice. A motivator, facilitator, coach, author of the book “Rock Your Life,” and CEO, Doss was driven to start the Prestige Society after going into business with a friend. “I realized very early on in this…

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Eight-Year-Old Kinyah’s “B Chill Lemonade” is a Sweet Success

(Flowood, Mississippi) They’re a common scene in the summertime: younger kids with handmade stands, selling paper cups of lemonade for twenty-five cents. But most will not have started their own lemonade company; that distinction belongs to eight-year-old Kinyah Braddock, founder and CEO of “B Chill Lemonade.” B Chill Lemonade started with one glass of lemonade in January of 2017, in Kinyah’s home in Flowood, Mississippi “as a way to quench her thirst for something different…

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Small And Minority-Owned Businesses: Seven Tips To Rebound And Rebuild After Unrest

It is no secret, small businesses play a vital role in the United States by generating approximately 66% of new jobs and contributing hundreds of millions of dollars into our nation’s economy. Black-owned businesses in particular, such as those in Ferguson, Missouri, where a Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown has led to rioting and looting, are critical to building prosperity in their communities. To encourage and…

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A Positive Brand Identity Turns Consumers Into ‘Frands’

Franding is a new and exciting concept, and it will help you develop your brand into a consumer loyalty magnet. Simply defined, a frand is a loyal fan of your brand. While the definition is elementary, the results can be dramatic. Everyone has read stories where consumers line up for hours, even overnight, to purchase a sale-priced popular brand item. Because of the product’s brand, a loyal following of “frands” appear whenever there are new…

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Why I Left a 6 Figure Job to Become an Entrepreneur

I did everything that they tell you to do. I had the degree, the condo, the six-figure salary, and the prestige of working at one of the world’s top consulting firms. I was also absolutely miserable. Sunday was always the worst day because Sunday meant that Monday was just around the corner. On Monday the countdown began – four days until Friday, three days, and so on. At the age of 27, being this unfulfilled…