• THE SEVEN TOP RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CEO TO ENSURE SUCCESS

    This year has proven to be quite turbulent for some of our m

    THE SEVEN TOP RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CEO TO ENSURE SUCCESS

    This year has proven to be quite turbulent for some of our most infamous CEOs. Clearly, the many highly publicized ethical lapses have caused some new entrepreneurs to rethink their own roles within the companies that they have founded.

    With confusion and dismay, we watched how Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, was ordered to testify before the U.S. Senate after news broke that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign, gained access to information of about 50 million Facebook users, which violated Facebook policies. We were left wondering and questioning the integrity of Zuckerberg and his company as a whole.

  • Stronger Together: A Family in Business

    Most parents have helped their sons and daughters with any n

    Stronger Together: A Family in Business

    Most parents have helped their sons and daughters with any number of school projects. But unless you’re Judy Gatena, they have not been asked to help build a company from the ground up as part of one.

    In 2008, Gatena, now CEO of REP Interactive, a corporate and commercial video production agency, was posed a homework question by her son, Steve, then a public relations graduate student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles: think of a job that couldn’t exist five years ago and that could boom in the next five years. What would it be?

    The answer was simple: with YouTube a recent startup and the videos being posted of low production value, there should be a company that makes professional, high-quality videos online. “Why don’t you go start that?” As with many homework projects, that “you” in short order became “we.”

  • Want to fire your boss?

    Something about 2018 has stirred up much momentum for new an

    Want to fire your boss?

    Something about 2018 has stirred up much momentum for new and seasoned entrepreneurs, alike. Those that have been operating and growing a part-time business while working their full-time jobs are taking the leap. They have mustered up enormous amounts of courage and decided that this New Year is ripe enough to write corporate America that infamous “Dear John” letter.

    Imagine leaving a little note on your boss’s desk that reads, “YOU’RE FIRED!” Well, that seems to be the run-on theme as more and more entrepreneurs are discovering their purposes and paths to a more lucrative and fulfilling life. For many, the excitement of this transition is causing them to overlook three vital must-haves that need to be set in place before firing their bosses in 2018.

  • Passion provides marketing and technology solutionsa

    Back in college, Jared Kelly realized he had a knack for mar

    Passion provides marketing and technology solutionsa

    Back in college, Jared Kelly realized he had a knack for marketing. He was instrumental in bringing high-profile talent, including musicians and comedians, on to the campus. He loved it. Today, Kelly is the principal consultant of CEI Media Group, a Chicago-based digital intelligence firm and award-winning supplier of media, marketing and mobility solutions.

    Growing up, Kelly was always fascinated with film and photography. But it wasn’t until his time spent at Drake University that his entrepreneurial spirit began to unfold. A well-rounded and creative scholar, Kelly often embraced leadership roles for a variety of student activities. “All of those things shaped my perspective of being interested and getting involved with what I felt was the business side of entertainment and media,” said Kelly.

    Kelly’s talents on campus didn’t go unnoticed. The university recognized his technical skills and creativity and eventually asked him to develop their first website. But as a senior in business school who was holding down two jobs during his spare time, Kelly had to turn down the offer.