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Calling Reuse and Repair Entrepreneurs

We can all fight for clean air in different ways, and keeping stuff out of landfills and incinerators is definitely one of them.

One of the major tenets of the Zero Waste moment is to reuse items, which often includes repairing them.

Five Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint - CO2 Living
Major Elements of a Zero Waste Strategy

The Clean Air Action Network is hosting a webinar to introduce entrepreneurs to the techniques for creating jobs through repair and reuse technologies.

Check it out because we can all fight for clean air in different ways, and keeping stuff out of landfills and incinerators is definitely one of them.

DevineTOUCH & Co. – April 7th

Our first entrepreneur on Chester Masterminds! Listen in!

Our first real entrepreneur is DevineTOUCH & Co., serving Chester with fine casual clothing options.

Their saying is: “Your Favorite Sweatshirt”, and we’re going to find out now they got their start and how they run their business. Don’t miss it!

Join us at 5pm, Wednesday, April 7th on CMPRadio.net and on Facebook and YouTube.

A Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal

Want to know our vision for this program? Read on.

[Jim’s opening comments from our first show.]

Fundamentally, we’ll discuss the techniques for business startup and help build a network of entrepreneurs, leaders, and supporters in Chester and the surrounding area.

We hope to hear and share stories from successful entrepreneurs and organizers that become the knowledge base for future entrepreneurs.

Our show is for every practiced or budding entrepreneur in the Chester area.

We’ll talk about the challenges of creating business while helping new entrepreneurs and civic organizers work on their own business plans.

Our BIGGEST goal, however, is that we want everyone involved, young and old.  We want to create and nurture a mindset — a mastermind — around introducing youths to entrepreneurship through seeing the community, their family, their friends, and others moving forward becoming entrepreneurs. 

And to cast the widest net, know that you don’t have to own your own business to be an entrepreneur, you can be an entrepreneur within your company or your organization, too.

Finally, education is so important, but it is only a foundation to generating ideas.  The skill to generate ideas is in us all, and we can nurture it for lasting benefit.

And to punctuate the point — screw all those who say you can’t.  We believe in you.

Three Things for ANY Retail Small Business

Do you sell products or services to retail customers? Please do these 3 things to get noticed.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Do you sell products or services to retail customers? (This means you don't sell to businesses.)Do you sell products or services to retail customers? (This means you don’t sell to businesses.)

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">We've been doing research in Chester small business, and this issue stands out.We’ve been doing research in Chester small business, and this issue stands out.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">We know time is precious for any new or small business, so you need ways to get noticed that cost almost no time, absolutely no money, and can integrate with what is likely stuff you already do.We know time is precious for any new or small business, so you need ways to get noticed that cost almost no time, absolutely no money, and can integrate with what is likely stuff you already do.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">So if you are a retail business, please do these 3 things to get noticed:So if you are a retail business, please do these 3 things to get noticed:

  1. Get a free website on some host. WordPress (#1 in the market), Wix, Foursquare. Whatever. Anything that’s easy for you or a friend to build. Post a page that says where you are, and what you sell. Post your hours, if appropriate, and contact information. If you offer a discount to first time buyers, post that for sure. This is called a ‘landing page’ in the biz and you need one.
  2. Get your free Google Maps page at business.google.com. When folks look for stuff locally, they start with Google and Google Maps. Post pix of your business activities, hours, contact info, etc. Link this to your landing page. Basic stuff. This lets folks rate you, too, so ask customers to rate you with a small reminder on your business card or flyer or hand-written slip of paper. This will help grow your ‘word-of-mouth’ customer base.
  3. Get a free, dedicated Facebook page for your business. There are LOTS of features there, and you don’t need to spend money on ads until you start getting business. Link this to your landing webpage. Invite all your friends to like the page and respond quickly to questions or comments. As above, ask customers to comment about your service online and always thank folks for commenting.
<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">We'll talk about more, especially networking, on <a href="http://www.chestermasterminds.com">the show</a>, but please do these things.We’ll talk about more, especially networking, on the show, but please do these things.

Biden’s Stimulus Is Also (Sort of) a Climate Bill – The Atlantic

Climate change is going to create massive opportunities for small business. With a little research, you can prosper at the same time we improve our climate.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The latest COVID rescue stimulus (and the related climate stimulus being planned) is opening doors to opportunity for entrepreneurs. With a little research and collaboration, some of that opportunity can come to Chester and SE PA, too.The latest COVID rescue stimulus (and the related climate stimulus being planned) is opening doors to opportunity for entrepreneurs. With a little research and collaboration, some of that opportunity can come to Chester and SE PA, too.

“In little-noticed ways, the rescue bill is going to reshape several areas of American climate policy. It will revive a number of crucial, pandemic-hammered institutions central to the country’s climate response. More important, it shows how the prevailing atmosphere of American governance has shifted.”

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/03/bidens-stimulus-is-also-sort-of-a-climate-bill/618247/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=masthead-newsletter&utm_content=20210327&silverid=%25%25RECIPIENT_ID%25%25&utm_term=Subscriber%20Only%20Weekly%20Newsletter">Biden’s Stimulus Is Also (Sort of) a Climate Bill – The Atlantic</a>Biden’s Stimulus Is Also (Sort of) a Climate Bill – The Atlantic

Chester Entrepreneur Survey – We’re Looking for YOU!

We invite you to give us just a moment, and we’ll discuss the results on our FIRST show this coming Wednesday, 5-6pm, on CMPRadio.Net!

Ahead of our first show, we’re inviting everyone to participate in a short survey of startup & early stage businesses in Chester and the surrounding towns.

We invite you to give us just a moment, and we’ll discuss the results on our FIRST show this coming Wednesday, 5-6pm, on CMPRadio.Net!

Entrepreneur Works Joins Us on March 31st for our Inaugural Show!

You won’t want to miss our very first show when we speak with the leadership of Entrepreneur Works about their efforts to build skills and grow businesses in Chester and all over SE Pennsylvania. They are one of a small number of organizations waiting anxiously to help small businesses get started with training, workshops, and microloans to get moving fast.

Send us your questions and listen in for the answers as we embark on this journey to build our own entrepreneurial support network for Chester.

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!