Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Marketplace Exchange of Talent

C.J. Meenan OFBV Network

The marketplace is where we exchange talent. As a younger man, I mistakenly thought that entrepreneurship was restricted to those who build big companies, but I soon discovered that there’s more to it all than just starting and growing a company. While most view the marketplace as a mere exchange of goods and services, I view it as the exchange of talent.

The marketplace is a forum where we can share our talents in a manner that improves other’s lives as well as our own.

The entrepreneur has many labels, from unique visionary to risk taker. While these labels may be accurate, entrepreneurs are also people who enjoy sharing their gifts. We’ve all been given talents, and some feel called to express them through entrepreneurship.

During my 25+ year career as an entrepreneurship instructor, I’ve helped thousands of folks develop their skills and improve their lives through entrepreneurship. Through it all, I’ve become convinced that we all have an entrepreneur inside of us; the challenge finding a way to express it. 

I see a world filled with entrepreneurs expressing their talents all around me. From the electrician restoring my lights, and baker providing my children’s muffins, to the auto mechanic repairing my car, all are expressing their talents through the marketplace, and making life better in so doing.

Talents are given to us to be expressed, not remain dormant, and I believe the world is a better place when we share our talents. One of the most wonderful ways we might do so is through entrepreneurship, which is why I share mine through entrepreneurship, in both teaching and doing.

Through written guides and video content, from the comfort of your own homes online and in the classroom, I wanted to show you how to unlock and express your gifts and talents in the marketplace. Open for Business Ventures exists for this purpose, offering dynamic workshops and multiple online courses for a variety of people. Every online course for beginners contains 20 entrepreneurial lessons and 40 concepts for new entrepreneurs.

I also wanted to connect entrepreneurs with one another for motivation, inspiration & encouragement because we must rely on the support of others more now than ever before. The entrepreneurial spirit and positive mindset is contagious. Open for Business Ventures exists for this purpose as well, having created the free online Entrepreneurs’ Community Network that anyone can join with ease. 

It’s my hope that you’ll uncover your gifts & talents and go on to express through entrepreneurship them as you read through each lesson and network with other entrepreneurs in our community. The lessons provide the basic understanding and skills required, while the community provides the motivational support to guide the path of your entrepreneurial journey, should you choose to launch your venture.

I’m confident that our tools will serve as a catalyst for you to unleash and share your inner entrepreneur!

C.J. Meenan
Instructor | Speaker | Author | Co-founder of Open for Business Ventures

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Social Sunday: Kopila Valley Children's Home & School

Social Sunday: Kopila Valley Children's Home & School, founded by Maggie Doyne 

Maggie Doyne set out to trek through the Himalayas after her senior year of high school & met hundreds of Nepalese orphans. She returned to NJ & raised money to build them a home: Kopila Valley Children's Home & School now cares for & teaches 300 children!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday's Startup: Carousell

Carousell is a simple way to sell all that unused and underused clutter in your home!

Carousell Launches New Feature: "Carousell Groups"

Carousell, one of the largest mobile marketplace in Singapore, has just announced a brand new feature to all Carousell users called Carousell Groups.

Carousell Groups work very similarly to Facebook groups: you can discover various groups on Carousell and join those that might be relevant to you, and get notified when there are new listings within the group. Some examples of groups that Carousellers have set up include brand specific groups like “Apple Fans” and “Charles & Keith”, or even place and location specific groups like “National University of Singapore”.

Open for Business Ventures highlights a new start-up each Saturday, to help them gain exposure & show you all the different & new things that entrepreneurs are doing! If you’d like us to highlight your startup, simply follow us, send us a note telling us more & we'll do the rest! To learn more, visit us @ and join our free entrepreneur community network @ to be motivated and inspired by other entrepreneurs!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fun Fact Friday: Entrepreneurs are Most Generous

Fun Fact Friday: Entrepreneurs are the most generous!

According to a survey backed by Ernst & Young, and conducted by Australia’s Fidelity Charitable Gift Trust, 89% of entrepreneurs donate to charity and 70% donate their time as well. Companies that are led by an entrepreneur boast charitable giving that is on average more than double that of their peers who aren’t led by entrepreneurs.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Clara & Lillian Westropp

Throwback Thursday: Clara & Lillian Westropp: Women’s Savings & Loan Co.

Along with a group of business and professional women, sisters Clara and Lillian Westropp founded and launched the first savings and loan run by women in the United States in 1922, Women’s Savings & Loan Co., just two years after women gained the right to votein order to educate women about money.  Though at a time when most banks had either failed, merged, or were acquired by the larger banks, Clara and Lillian Westropp saw a need to establish a bank that would serve the needs of women and saw the business quickly outgrow its original offices and move to larger quarters. By 1935, the Women's Savings & Loan Co. acquired a federal charter and was reorganized as Women's Federal Savings & Loan.

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"Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on, or a motivating factor to act upon." ~Denis Waitley

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wednesday's Wisdom: Connect With Positive People

Wednesday's Wisdom: Connect with positive, like-minded people! 

The entrepreneurial spirit as well as a positive mindset is as contagious as the negative. If you spend time with positive-minded entrepreneurs, you are bound to catch it. Feeling down & discouraged about yourself or even your ideas? Hang out with fellow entrepreneurs who will be more than happy to share some of their positive energy. Through our online educational support networks, entrepreneurs can connect with positive, like-minded people for continual motivation, inspiration & encouragement!

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." ~Milton Berle 
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday's Trends: Mentoring & Engagement for Remote Employees

Entrepreneurial Trends: Investing In Mentoring & Engagement for Remote Employees 

As more and more companies employ telecommuting strategies (with employees who work from home, making use of the Internet, e-mail, and the telephone), top performers will make a commitment to electronic tools to teach, monitor and mentor team members despite their physical location. These tools enable team members to learn on their own schedule and receive on-demand support, whether it’s technical support, strategy, or sales tactics.

This type of career development leads to more engaged employees and also increases the recruitment of Millennials who value the development of career skills. This extends beyond learning but also provides tools to verify concepts and tie to additional clarification as well as track and report on progress made to validate the investment in mentoring and engagement. Successful companies must meet both their employees and customers where they want to find them, and many individuals wish to extend their learning outside of traditional models to online, video and podcasts.

Recognizing business trends presents significant opportunities for entrepreneurs. You must recognize trends and know when and how to act on them to succeed. Open for Business Ventures helps you to develop your talent in identifying and acting on these important trends whether you are an adult or a teen! Visit to learn more about our online programs and join our free entrepreneur community network @ to network with others and learn more important business trends!