Young entrepreneur creates thriving business


When his parents suggested that he start his own lawn-mowing business to raise money for a new scooter, 10-year-old Ashton Ray decided that he was up for the challenge. “My mom and Eric said, sarcastically, ‘If you want money, start a lawn business,’” Ashton said, “so I did.” The young entrepreneur, who lives in the Fryelands area of Monroe with his parents, Eric and Jennifer ... [Continue Reading]

What ‘Ghostbusters’ Taught Me About Entrepreneurship


I think we can all agree that throughout the rich and vast history of cinema, one film stands out among the rest.  Forget about Citizen Kane or Casablanca.  I’m referring of course to the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters.  In addition to being my favorite movie of all time (Fun fact: when I was five years old I insisted that my mother refer to me exclusively as Peter Venkman), I’ve ... [Continue Reading]

What Went Wrong: 101 Failed Startups Tell All


Worried about your startup? You are not alone. That's the subtext to a new study from CB Insights, which goes into the 20 reasons startups are likely to fail. The study has everything, from weak founding teams to failed pivots to overbearing investors. This is not exactly the first study about startup failure, of course, but it's a bit different from many others. First, ... [Continue Reading]

The psychology of entrepreneurship: have you got what it takes?


Being an entrepreneur can feel like a rollercoaster ride. One with steep highs and lows, moments of intense adrenaline, exposure, disorientation and occasionally the sense that you've somehow arrived back where you started. If your experience of being an entrepreneur includes moments of vulnerability, doubt, guilt, fear, and anxiety, the good news is – you're doing it right. ... [Continue Reading]

Young entrepreneurs pitch their business plans for investment panel in LaPlace


Dressed and poised like business professionals, eight chief executive officers from the River Parishes took to the stage April 21 in the John L. Ory Magnet School auditorium in LaPlace. In only six minutes, each CEO articulately presented his or her business plan for a panel of investors. With the hope of getting start up money from the potential investors, the CEOs pitched ... [Continue Reading]