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How Shiva Kumar Revitalized and Reinvented His Care Hair Products Business

How Shiva Kumar revitalized and reinvented his hair care products business through participating in the Business Development Center’s entrepreneurial training program

Olive & Praise brings quality, affordability, and local production together to offer a variety of hair and cosmetic products that rival the big brand names. The company's passion is to create affordable hair care solutions for the Indian market.

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How Latha Kuttiyan Established a School and Community Programs to Serve Local Slum Families

How Latha Kuttiyan established a school and community programs to serve local slum families through participating in the Business Development Center’s entrepreneurial training program

Ark of the Rainbow serves the Doddigunta slum community in a myriad of ways, preparing them for a brighter future. The needs of the community are addressed holistically and with compassion through English education, leadership clubs, sports, summer camps, training seminars, scholarships, and health and counseling services.

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How Vikhuli Bogi Started a Boutique Shop that Empowers Underprivileged Women

How Vikhuli Bogi started a boutique shop that empowers underprivileged women through participating in the Business Development Center’s entrepreneurial training program

Juvi Boutique shop trains impoverished women in skills needed for employment, giving them hope for the future. The unique products sold in the shop are carefully designed and handmade locally —including jewelry, scarves, handbags, clothing, and home décor.

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How Co-founder Abhishek Reddy Helped a Small Design Company to Take Off and Flourish

How co-founder Abhishek Reddy helped a small design company to take off and flourish through participating in the Business Development Center’s entrepreneurial training program

Criador Labs combines expertise in design and engineering to provide companies with innovative design solutions that improve user experience. They are passionate about empowering small and medium enterprises to create excellent products.

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How Venilla Hutchins Turned Her Love of Baking into a Vibrant Café

How Venilla Hutchins turned her love of baking into the vibrant café The Daily Bean through participating in the Business Development Center’s entrepreneurial training program

Venilla Hutchins and her two brothers started the café The Daily Bean in December 2017. The café offers handmade sandwiches, breakfast items, drinks, and most notably desserts in a unique vintage industrial interior. It is quickly becoming a popular hangout spot in Kothanur! Proceeds from the sales of the café benefit the local children's home where these three siblings were raised.

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The No.1 Indicator of Success for a Business You Want to Start or Grow

Everyone wants to be successful in their business but what exactly constitutes success? What are the key indicators to measure success? The new challenge facing businesses today is “oversupply and contracting demand.” To succeed in this rapidly changing global economy, identifying key indicators to measure success has become increasingly important. The aim of this article is to show what is the number one indicator of success and offer practical suggestions on how to implement it in your company.

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Attract More Customers with Email Marketing

I have come across many small businesses that have great products and services, but find it difficult to get paying customers.

How can we solve this problem?

We can solve this problem if we understand why it is so difficult to get customers.

It is difficult to get customers because...

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How Trinajit Keisam Turned His College Hobby Into a Business

How Trinajit Keisam turned his college hobby into a company through participating in the Business Development Center’s entrepreneurial training program

Trinajit Keisam started Tvakh (Sanskrit for hide), a leather goods company in 2011. His products have been sought after by companies, stores and individuals for it’s hand stitched, distinctive designs.

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Prepare Your Business for The Next Generation of Workers

As an entrepreneur, in your startup, you would need to hire great people. However, in recent years, workplaces have been flooded with a new generation of workers. "Lazy", "high maintenance", "easily distracted" have become popular stereotypes attributed to these new young workers by their employers (and senior colleagues). However, as these millennials begin to become the inevitable majority in the workplace, it is imperative that this attitude towards them changes, and that employers make a concerted effort to understand them; to continuously adapt in order to unleash the true potential of the next-gen workers.

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How Jonathan Michael launched JM School of Design & Business at 24

Jonathan Michael launched JM School of Tailoring Design at 24 through participating in the Business Development Center’s entrepreneurial training program

Jonathan Michael started JM School of Tailoring Design. The school teaches students Western, Indian and Bridal tailoring designs through diploma courses. Affiliated with the Italian tailoring school, LC Scuola Di Moda Sartoriale, it offers students a unique experience in Italian design as well. Over 100 students, from ages 23-50, have been trained, giving Bengaluru new labels and boutiques to meet their fashion needs.

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Grow Your Startup By Growing Leaders

What is your job as an entrepreneur in your startup? There are countless demands on your time and energy as you grow your company, from paying suppliers, to collecting from customers, your time is strapped! But, of all the important things that you need to be doing, what is the most important? How do you know what your priority is?

What if I told you your priority as a leader and entrepreneur is the success of all those you lead? What if I told you the thing that should occupy most of your mental energy, should be the central focus of your role description as a leader, is the process and progress of building everyone else in your organization?

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