Training & Education

May, 12

‘Rich Dad’ Author Offers Entrepreneurs Unfair Advantage

I’m an avid book reader, and Robert Kiyosaki’s book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” is one of my favorites. So when I heard that Kiyosaki was offering a book that promises entrepreneurs an unfair advantage, I just had to share it with you.

As Kiyosaki sees it, jobs are no longer stable—so the only think you can really control is yourself. That’s why he wrote his latest title, “Unfair Advantage.” The book challenges people to stop being time card punchers and start becoming owners and investors; to reinvent career paths.

Unfair Advantage outlines Kiyosaki’s five insider tips to encourage entrepreneurs to build positive cash flow businesses through (1) knowledge, (2) taxes, (3) debt, (4) risk and (5) compensation. Kiyosaki is well aware of the Small Business Administration statistic that says half of new businesses fail within the first five years. He says, “I write this because I believe we need real financial education before the world economy can truly recover.”

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May, 2

AMEX, Wells Fargo Launch Small Businesses Projects

Small businesses can use all they help they can get—and two corporate behemoths are offering a leg up. American Express and Wells Fargo are ready to help small businesses grow.

American Express Open has partnered with SCORE to launch a multi-city tour that aims to help small business owners develop strategies and give them the educational and coaching programs they need to identify new opportunities for business growth.

Dubbed the “Small Business High Speed Growth,” the program expands on the previous “Small Business Speed Coaching Test Drive” event series to couples speed coaching with new problem-solving workshops. The 2011 events invite questions on a variety of topics, from surviving the current economy to finding the “right” customers.

For the first time since 2006, growth has surpassed survival as the number one priority for entrepreneurs, according to the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor.  Perhaps further evidence that economic recovery is reaching Main Street, more than one-third (35 percent) plan to hire, the highest level since the fall 2008 survey.

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