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Video: Robert Herjavec’s 10 Rules of Entrepreneurial Success

Shark Tank SharksHe’s known for Shark Tank, for starting from nothing and growing a huge tech security firm, and even from Dancing with the Stars!

What entrepreneur who’s just starting or growing a business doesn’t want to be like him!

Robert Herjavec’s 10 Rules of Entrepreneurial Success:

  1. Be great at one thing – find your passion, learn it well and be great at it – focus on that one thing
  2. Never complain – never lose your joy
  3. Just keep going – perseverance and patience
  4. Create value for your customers – people buy from those they know and trust
  5. Become the person others want to know – people like to hang out with successful people
  6. Listen to yourself – that little voice usually is accurate
  7. Leave your emotions out of it – this is business
  8. Be able to adapt – change is inevitable – evolve and deal with it
  9. Find what makes you tick – marry your passion with your job – love what you do
  10. You are in control of everything that will happen to you in your life

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SCORE Success Story: Dr. Danielle Lewis

Dr. Danielle Lewis with Revolution Health, a SCORE success storyDr. Danielle Lewis was introduced to SCORE in the best manner possible: Word of mouth. She attributes her success as an entrepreneur, in large part, to her relationship and collaboration with SCORE.

When Dr. Lewis’ journey to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine started over 15 years in the field of Physical Therapy, she knew she wanted to manage her own practice. She was also conscious, from the very beginning, of the fact that dreaming it and realizing it were two very different realities.

Dr. Danielle Lewis attained her bachelor of science in Health Science & Management at Old Dominion University. While on track to seek her Doctorate of Physical Therapy she found her true calling, deliberately changed direction and then went on to earn her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 2013 from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. What a huge accomplishment. With the wind beneath her wings, she used that energy to co-found LovepoweR. The organization’s mission is to empower women, of all ages, to become educated about their bodies, use traditional and non-traditional medicine to achieve their best health and to make a difference in the world, one person at a time.

Now with credentials in hand and the fire to succeed as an entrepreneur in her soul, Dr. Lewis opened her medical practice in general naturopathic primary care with a specialized focus in women’s health. Naturopathic medicine focuses on prevention and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process.  Her success roadmap included SCORE, namely Bill Bearding (a terrific business coach and great friend), who mentored Dr. Lewis and her co-founder through all the proper foundational steps required prior to opening their doors.

LovempowerThe SCORE team offers free mentorship to business owners and entrepreneurs. They just ask for your full commitment. Dr. Lewis and her co-founder Doctor scheduled time with Bill and from that first meeting they quickly learned they had a lot to learn. As a Naturopathic Physician Dr. Lewis can appreciate starting with the basics. SCORE helped them take all the good ideas, capture them appropriately in the correct legal documents, build the right relationships in a strategic manner and most of all, keep it real. A great idea without proper planning will go in the wrong direction really fast.

Even with the stresses and strains of the last 2 years of medical school ahead of them, with Bill’s direction and partnership they laboriously organized and built a reputable business.

Now with LovempoweR as a foundation, Dr. Lewis uses this well planned business model as a platform to do what she is well versed in which is to treat common conditions that effect women of all ages. Dr. Lewis also conducts medical research on the clinical applications and effectiveness of botanical therapies. She is skilled in acupuncture and other pain management therapies.

She is a great visionary with fantastic ideas. SCORE helped her create the plan and turn a dream into a reality.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey 22 Feb

Video: Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Success is something you attract by the person you become.

~Tim Rohn

I’m sure you’ve read Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” sometime in your life. It’s one of those books that you should read every year. Kind of like a refresher course. Have you gone to a convention, trade show, symposium or expo? You come back energized, thinking like nothing can stop you. Then life happens. You get back home to reality. However, you try to adapt, incorporate, or follow-up with everything you learned, people you met, things you want to do to take your business to the next level. (By the way, Greater Phoenix SCORE has such a Symposium coming up on March 15! Click here for details!)

This video shows an nice illustration of Covey’s 7 Habits:

Habit 1: Be proactive.

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind.

Habit 3: Put first things first.

Habit 4: Think win-win.

Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Habit 6: Synergize.

Habit 7: Sharpen the saw.

A SCORE mentor can help with that Synergy. Click here to schedule a free mentoring session.

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7 Secrets of Wildly Successful Entrepreneurs 5 Oct

7 Secrets of Wildly Successful Entrepreneurs

What made you start a business? There had to be a passion, vision or idea. Starting a business is only the first step. Maintaining and growing it are where many entrepreneurs struggle and sometimes fail.

In this video, Derek Halpern of Social Triggers explains the 7 Secrets of Wildly Successful Entrepreneurs.

  1. Have a thick skin
  2. Cut the line
  3. Focus on high-value work
  4. The buck stops with you
  5. Climb the right ladder
  6. What got you here, won’t get you there
  7. Zig when others Zag

Check out the upcoming Phoenix SCORE Classes for entrepreneurs. The next 5 seminars are listed on the left column of this page, but if you don’t see what you need, click here for the full list and search for either marketing, business plans, etc. to find a local seminar. National SCORE also offers free online webinars, check those out here. They also have free tools and templates.


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Video: Get Better at Almost Anything – Marshall Goldsmith

get better at almost anythingAre you happy? Are you successful? Today, are you where you thought you’d be 5 years ago? Did you get better?

Marshall Goldsmith has devised a free strategy that will help you get better at almost anything. In this Inc. Live video, he explains what you need to know about behavioral change.

  • What’s important in your life? Values? Health? Family?
  • Ask yourself some questions everyday and answer them honestly. Everyday, give yourself a test. Review them at the end of the week. How did you do?
  • 6 Principles Behind a Positive Attitude
  • Did I do my best to be happy today?
  • The First Step to Doing Better is to Try
  • What your 95-year-old self wants you to know

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SCORE Success Story: AZ Social Media Wiz

I have a unique relationship with Greater Phoenix SCORE. I am a volunteer as I manage their social media and teach a workshop at least once a month. I’m also a vendor – they pay me monthly to manage this very blog site and to send out the weekly email newsletter and email promotions for their seminars. But I wouldn’t be where I am today, with out the free mentoring. And since I spend so much time there, I get to pick their brains every whenever I have a question.

I’ve been doing Internet marketing in one form or another since 1995. I moved to Phoenix 10 years ago and was working in various sales and marketing jobs till September 2008 when I got laid off. I was unemployed for 2 years. When I lost my job, I started a blog, “Internet Marketing Tips” and became active on LinkedIn. Those two efforts got me a job doing online marketing and events for a financial planner. I got laid off after a year and I saw it as a blessing in disguise. Having learned all about blogging and social media marketing on-the-job, I gave a presentation on blogging and Twitter for a group of writers and I saw that there was a huge opportunity training small business owners, over 40, on how to use social media marketing to promote themselves.

SCORE Success Story: AZ Social Media WizHence, I took the leap of faith and started AZ Social Media Wiz, providing 1:1 training, set-ups, strategic plans and implementation. I went first to the AZ Small Business Development Council (AZSBDC) (a sister organization to SCORE) to get help with my business plan.

I first encountered SCORE at a NetworkingPhoenix.com event and asked them, “who do I need to talk to about holding classes for SCORE.” That started it. My first class was a joint seminar with SCORE and the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce.

I was about 3 months into my start-up when I attended the free SCORE’s ABCs of Starting a New Business at the Phoenix Public Library that they present every first Saturday. (You can see their schedule here.)

A few months later, I was contacted by Scott Schreiber, now retired, about writing a couple of blog posts a month. In the summer of 2013, Scott asked me to help promote their upcoming Symposium on social media. I informed him that you can’t just start doing social media and stop after an event. People will think you fell of the face of the earth. It’s an on-going effort. That’s how I became a volunteer managing their social media. (My post, “11 LinkedIn Reputation Killers“, is the most popular post in their blog!)

Besides doing the 1:1 training and providing the social media services, I thought of recording training videos and offering them online. The challenge is that social media changes constantly and as soon as something is published — book or video — it’s obsolete. The other challenge was taking the time to record the videos. I remodeled my business plan in attempts to get some funding so I can take 3 months off to record the videos. I met with several SCORE mentors, Rod Houston, Andy Beran regarding my “pitch” for an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign and I also picked the brain of Tom FitzSimons when I thought of bringing on a business partner.

My problem – no collateral and lousy credit history. Crowdfunding didn’t work for me.

I ditched the video idea and decided to hold more local classes for the Phoenix-area entrepreneurs. I searched for the right space, rented a room at a computer school for a while, but I felt the best way to go was to find my own retail space. Problem came back to: no funding.

At the annual SCORE volunteer appreciation dinner, I sat next to Mike Levy. Not wanting to miss the opportunity of picking his brain, I started, “I’ve been growing my business with just the income – no funding or investors.”

SCORE Success Story: AZ Social Media Wiz“You’ve been bootstrapping,” he said.

“Yes, I want to open a training center in a retail location, but I have to buy tables, chairs and equipment. Any ideas?”

He said, “Try ACCION. They’re here in the Southwest and they help minority business owners with loans – and you cover 2 minority – Hispanic woman.”

I ran with it. The next day, I applied and I got an $8,000 loan. The SCORE dinner was a Wednesday night, the money was in my bank account Friday. Wow!

July 28, 2015, I signed a lease for a 1250 sq. ft. space in North Phoenix and opened the AZ Social Media Wiz Training Center. It’s a dream come true!

If you’re a business, no matter what stage you’re in: just thinking about it, starting-up, growing or established, you can benefit from either the free mentoring sessions and/or the local workshops and even online webinars! They also have free templates and tools to help you put together your business and marketing plans, budget, financial statements, etc.

Thank you, SCORE for all your continued help! Oh, and you’ll all get an invite to the grand opening!

Giselle Aguiar
Owner, AZ Social Media Wiz

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