Work Locally, Learn Globally: The Best of the Web
Community Futures offers the best in local, person-to-person, specialized assistance for business owners and entrepreneurs. No online checklist or generalizing blog entry can take the place of the specific expertise we offer.
But when it comes to thought leadership in the field of entrepreneurship and small business, the Internet is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. In this age of global information, all business owners should be taking advantage of the incredible array of articles, blogs, talks, podcasts, success stories and cautionary tales available on the Web.
Here are our suggestions for five of the best places to start:
According to its manifesto, Foundr exists “to show you what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.” Rather than focusing on the businesses themselves, the site tells the stories of what highly successful people have done to get to where they are. Endorsed by entrepreneurial giants like Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and Seth Godin, the site offers a blog, business guides, a weekly podcast, technology reviews, training courses, and a monthly magazine.
Perhaps an obvious choice, but there’s a reason why this site shows up on pretty much every list of top websites for entrepreneurs: well-written and well-organized content on a wide range of useful topics. This site is a rabbit hole that you can easily lose yourself in for hours.
You have to pay to join this site, but the advantage is that you’ll be able to connect with a wide range of entrepreneurs with the same challenges and concerns that you have. Resources include exclusive content, user forums, and a team of experts who actually answer questions and share their knowledge. Also check out co-founder Dr. Jeff Cornwall’s blog site for interviews that explore how entrepreneurs got their start and built their business.
Not every female entrepreneur wants a website written from a woman’s point of view, but there is no question that women in business do face challenges that men don’t have to face. The site does focus a great deal on the technology sector, but much of the content is useful for any entrepreneur. The organization also hosts conferences, and Google hangouts.
You certainly don’t need to be under 30 to use this site, but you will find that its language and content are geared to a younger crowd looking to create business success before they settle down with marriage and kids. With article titles like “Do Sh*t You Love,” “Build Your Dynasty Like Jay-Z,” and “How To Escape Your Quarterlife Crisis,” this site is aimed directly at 20-something Millennials.
And don’t forget the obvious:
- TED Talks offer an endless supply of interesting, educational, and inspirational talks. Try searching under keywords such as “entrepreneur,” “success,” “goal-setting,” “personal growth,” “decision making,” “productivity,” “innovation,” “happiness.”
- Twitter: If you’re not following your favourite business leaders and entrepreneurial thinkers on Twitter, then you may be missing out on some really useful advice and inspiration. This is also a great place to get some Albertan content: if you don’t know where to start, try Alberta Innovates (@ABInnovates), entrepreneur Dean Heuman (@dheuman), Startup Canada (@Startup_Canada), and/or business strategist Rosemary Malowany (@RoMalow) and build from there.