Monday, June 29, 2009
VENTURE IDEA: There are more than 18,000 high schools in the U.S. That means there are more than 18,000 valedictorians who finish number 1 in their class each year. Yet, there seems to be no home that aggregates this elite group. Create a venture that leverages this special group of achievers. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/nyregion/28valedictorians.html
Living Routes' mission is to provide future leaders with the skills, knowledge, and wisdom needed to repair the earth after 200 years of industrialization and to build durable economies and healthy communities that can thrive into the indefinite future. They offer for-credit sustainability education programs on every continent in semester, January-term and summer formats, and continue to develop new and innovative programs to meet an increasing demand.
Another resource to learn about ecovillages...
As of March 2009, it had more than 1 million members in 232 countries and territiries. According to their own published statistics, 35% of their members are currently offering their couches to host travelers (with another 18% saying "maybe", and others who are travelling at the moment). According to Alexa it is currently the most visited hospitality service on the Internet, averaging more than 30 million daily page views in July 2008.
Members use the website to coordinate contacts and home accommodation (or "surf" others' "couches") with other network members around the world. The website allows the creation of extensive profiles, and uses an optional credit card verification system, a personal vouching system, and personal references to increase security and trust between members. The site offers other features such as discussion groups, events and meetings, and live chat.
Aservice called Weebly lets users create a free website or blog in minutes by using a simple drag and drop interface. No ads. One of Time Magazine's 50 best websites of the year.
They receently launched a simple yet powerful way for you to create an online store. With a set of easy to use tools, you have complete flexibility to add featured products on the home page, create pages for categories or products, and feature videos, audio and photo galleries to show off your products in the best light.
Best of all, Weebly does not take a cut of your sales, and these features are included free in all Weebly accounts -- so you can get started selling easily and for free!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This is a wonderful opportunity for generating "passive income" for continual cash flow.
Annually, more than 5 billion drinks and 8 billion snacks are sold through American vending machines. A Department of Commerce study showed that fewer than 5% of new vending businesses fail - compared to a 65% average for other small businesses.
Are you a new farmer or farm cooperative who is confident that you’ll be successful, but have a minimal track record and limited financial resources? Have you written a business plan and done your homework on your proposed venture? Can you demonstrate responsibility, good work ethic and follow-through?
FarmStart assists beginning farmers and new cooperatives through their start-up years by providing working capital investments of up to $50,000.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The long-term outlook for equity investment in microfinance is positive, despite the financial crisis, says J.P. Morgan and CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a microfinance group based at the World Bank.
The analysis comes in a joint report, issued in February 2009,that challenges conventional approaches to equity valuation in microfinance and establishes the first benchmarks for microfinance equity valuations. After a downturn in 2009, the report predicts that valuations will bounce back in 2010.
"Leading microfinance institutions, especially those with solid domestic funding from local deposits, should emerge stronger from the financial crisis," said Elizabeth Littlefield, CGAP CEO and a co-author of the report. "Microfinance managers will need to slow heady growth rates and be extra vigilant about arrears in loan portfolios, but the fundamentals of the sector, and the underlying credit worthiness of its low-income clients, are very solid."
DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE...
An example of such a service...
Also, please refer to a prior create a gig post that is very informative on the subject of online dating service creation...
In the last year, Peace Corps applications from those 50 and older have shot up 40 percent, helped along by a two-year marketing campaign. There are 428 volunteers in that age group now serving, according to the Peace Corps.
According this article in the New York Times, there are less than 600,000 insured pets in the US. That is less than 1% of the more than 160 million dogs and cats in the country. There are fewer than 20 companies that offer pet insurance (at the time of this writing).
Are you an out-of-work scientist or engineer with a creative idea that you think could provide the nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage? Do you want the opportunity to turn your idea into a revolutionary capability? If so, consider joining IARPA as a Program Manager. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) invests in high-risk/high-payoff research that has the potential to provide the United States with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries.
As the number of malicious posting about individuals and business grow, its becoming increasingly difficult to manage reputation. A few false blog postings can spiral into a "truth" in mainstream media.
Start a practice that helps people and businesses stay aware of how they are being perceived in the blogsphere. Here are a number of tools that can help you find and manage mentions of you or your company online. These sites earch blogs, myspace, news sites, twitter, phootos and videos send alerts when you are mentioned online.
This new service assist home and apartment owners in managing and marketing their rooms to short term renters, so that they can focus on doing what they do best - making their guests feel comfortable and completely at home.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Go BIG Network is an on-line marketplace that connects the startup and small business community. The company allows startup companies, funding sources, adivvestVESTsors, job seekers and service providers to post requests for help on-line and have those requests routed to other members of the Network who can help them. Funding, business plans, advice.
Creating a modern venue where people can set up their "garage sale" in a communal setting. Treat it as a co-op. This is the new mall...
Friday, June 19, 2009
A national paper-free medical records an prescriptions initiative aims to change completely the way doctors prescribe and practice medicine, by digitizing the entire medical record-keeping process, from patient charts to lab reports and test results.
Part of the newly passed economic stimulus package, as much as $21 billion is devoted to e-health records. The goal of modernizing our health care system by 2014, once a long shot goal, may be attainable with the new health care funding. Doctors should jump in now, they qualify for $40,000 to fund their upgrades over several years if they adopt electronic medical record systems.
"Electronic health ambassadors" will be needed to visit every doctor's office, no matter how big or small, and teach its entire office staff how to keep electronic health records on the computer.
Lead: Allscripts is the leader in this area and is looking for sales reps...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
University of the People (UoPeople), launched in May 2009, is the world’s first tuition-free, online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. The high-quality, low-cost and global pedagogical model embraces the worldwide presence of the Internet and dropping technology costs to bring collegiate level studies to even the poorest and most remote places on earth. With the support of respected academics, humanitarians and other visionaries, the UoPeople student body represents a new wave in global education.
When you call Office Depot or Verizon for customer service, you may speak with a home-based agent. Agents often say they like their work: schedules are flexible, and pay ranges from $8 to $16 per hour. A relatively new company, OnState, will set you up with a virtual call center for $49.95/mo. If you ask you can get set up with a free trial, too.
Harvard Law School requires all J.D. students to contribute at least 40 hours of law-related PRO BONO work as a condition for graduation. Subjects range from cyber-law amd intellectual property to sports law.
Monday, June 8, 2009
This was a terrific article from the May 11, 2009 issue of the Wall Street Journal, about 5 people who have started small businesses after being laid-off. A good read...
PTC is a specialist consultant in guiding non-Chinese, small and medium sized businesses to start operations in the China market. PTC are intimately familiar with the current Chinese economic situation and understand the law, culture difference and challenges of living and working throughout this region. They have people on the ground in most major cities in China and access to alliance partner specialists who can help with start-up issues and handle it confidentially and professionally.