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The Top 10 Most Entrepreneurial States

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Being a small-business owner often means taking bold risks against long odds. According to data compiled by the Small Business Administration, only 34.4% of businesses started in the U.S. in 2002 survived until 2012. But where are the most entrepreneurial states?

There are ways entrepreneurs can increase their chance of success. One way is to go where there’s a bustling local economy with a track record of success for entrepreneurs. Another foundation for success is having enough money to run your business by making sure it is properly funded. When it comes to financing, there are more options than ever — whether it’s through the SBA or a number of online lenders.

NerdWallet analyzed data from the SBA and the U.S. Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns to identify the most entrepreneurial states. Although no entrepreneur is guaranteed success, no matter where they set up shop, there are some themes found in our top states.

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How to Afford Leveling Up: Your Funding Options at General Assembly

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We want our students to be able to focus on class, not costs. Whether you want to level up or start a brand-new career, we offer a range of student financing and payment options to make your path to education easy. Once you’ve been accepted to a GA program, you may be eligible for one of the following programs to help pay for your education.

Apply for a course today and a member of our Admissions team will reach out to answer your questions and help start your journey!

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Meet Prepd: A Sleek Product That Raised $1.4 Million on Kickstarter

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We all know that bringing lunch to work is the smart, healthy, and financially responsible thing to do. We want to bring delicious lunches to work, but then motivation is always low. So we end up buying something or settling for whatever boring thing we could find in our fridge, wishing we could be better.

Enter Prepd, a lunchbox with modular containers and a corresponding app to help us be the lunch-bringer we always knew we could be.

We spoke with co-founder and GA Hong Kong alumnus Chris Place a few days before his goal-busting Kickstarter, which raised over $1 million, closed.

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Why Are Startups Starting in Denver?

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Mount Evans and Denver Skyline courtesy of Herrera on Flickr.

Denver’s startup community has experienced a rapid increase in size and activity over the last several years. In 2015, it was rated as one of the best cities to create a startup. According to the Ewing Marion Kauffman report on entrepreneurship, it came in number five as the U.S. city with the greatest startup activity, surpassing San Francisco and New York. (Startup activity is based on the number of new startups that are a year or less old.)

Last year, 95 Denver tech startups were funded, raising a total of $683 million. There were also 59 exits, which earned Denver tech companies a total of $2.7 billion. This was even a decrease to a record-setting 2014 in which 140 Denver startups were funded bringing in a composite investment of $758 million. Continue reading

Your business should start a blog right now. Here’s why — and a month of action items to get there.

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A blog can boost your brand, drive leads, and increase ROI. So what are you waiting for?

With the overwhelming noise of social media, promotional emails, and paid advertising clamoring for consumers’ digital attention, it’s hard to squeeze in a genuine conversation about who your brand is and what it stands for beyond a pithy tweet or savvy slogan. That’s where blogging comes in.

Blogging is one of the earliest forms of storytelling on the internet — and it’s still one of the most vital in elevating a brand’s culture, community, and influence.

Consider this: According to the marketing and sales platform HubSpot, B2B marketers who use blogs receive 67% more leads than those who do not, and companies that blog receive 97% more links directing to their website.

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8 Simple Ways to Turn Your Skills into a Profitable Side Business

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In the US alone, there are over 28 million small businesses. Of those, an estimated 22 million consist of a single operating member—solopreneurs as I like to call them.

Many of these businesses got started as nothing more than the intersection of passion and skills that combined to create a side project with the ability to scale into something truly sustainable.

As someone who’s successfully launched four profitable side businesses over the past four years, I’ve learned a lot about how to turn your skills into a healthy side income. From building physical products to selling my consultative services, and building my own suite of digital products, I’ve been able to generate thousands in extra income each month.

If you’re ready to build a foundation for one day becoming gainfully self-employed, here are my top eight ways to get started with a profitable side business today.

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A University Sophomore Discovers His Passion For Entrepreneurship at GA’s Business Accelerator

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Introducing a new kind of alumnus to the General Assembly community. Boris Shou completed the 2015 Business Accelerator Programwhile working hard on his undergraduate degree. 

Last year, GA teamed up with Colgate University for the first ever Business Accelerator Program, now the Tech Intensive. A one-week immersive experience for undergraduates, the program covered the startup world’s most in-demand skills with hands-on lessons and visits from industry experts.

Inspired, Boris put his learnings into starting his own venture. He and a friend are developing an online language learning platform where language enthusiasts can practice speaking with one another. Although it’s a “simple website” so far, the product is complete with a problem to solve and a target user group.

As one of the program’s alumni, Boris talks about his unique student experience, the projects he pitched, and his entrepreneurial goals for life after graduation.

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Students Help Beer App Barly Find a Smooth Finish

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Craft beer rating app, Barly, recently released new features that shift the focus from simple ratings to smart recommendations that learn your taste in beer over time. The founding team at Barly started as a group of musicians who appreciate a frosty beverage, but after one fateful round of drinks, they realized that most beer menus are hard to decipher for the casual beer drinker. Nick Norton, Craig Vermeyen, Mike Weil, and Hunter Knight moved quickly to create an app, sourcing expertise to get their idea off the ground, including help from UXDI students at General Assembly’s Los Angeles campus.

Students in the User Experience Design Immersive work on client projects as part of the curriculum to gain real world experience using their new skills. Aaron Barnes, Samantha Burke, and Ken Sugai were assigned to work with the app.

For Barly CEO Nick Norton, it was an easy decision to go with the students at General Assembly. “They were great. Sam, Aaron, and Ken put in so much work over a short period, and were clearly excited to be working on this project,” he said.

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The 9 Things I Did To Quit My Job and Become a Solopreneur

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It was 2007.

I was an Account Manager for a startup-ish company (read: cool downtown office, lots of young people, OK to wear your pajamas to work) that seemed like the perfect match on paper. Unfortunately, it came with a verbally abusive boss that left me psychosomatic. My breaking point was having to run off a rush hour train to dry heave into a trash can at one of the busiest NYC subway platforms…and feeling fine once I knew I couldn’t go into work that day.

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How Taking An Online Course Can Kickstart Your Career: Two Student Success Stories

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Last April, Jeff Manabat, one-quarter of the San Francisco dragapella act The Kinsey Sicks, had a dilemma: how to redesign the quartet’s aging website, while balancing touring obligations?

“I do a lot of traveling, we’re on the road a lot,” Manabat said, “I can’t dedicate the time to taking a multi-week classroom course. So taking it online was the obvious choice. I needed the flexibility to learn online. And complete the course material without being in a classroom.”

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