My quest to reinvent myself in the post-newspaper world has taken a decidedly entrepreneurial turn. Networking and continuing education open doors to opportunities that may blend my long history as a writer/reporter, editor and photographer — and bring in a decent amount of money!
Three elements play into this latest adventure. Education from the non-profit ProNetjobs network has expanded my social media, personal branding and
leadership/adult training credentials (including a UNR certification). Taking the Startup Growth Strategies 101 class opened doors to working with the Entrepreneur’s Assembly — an umbrella coalition of non-profits in Reno that help people start and grow a business. I call the dozen or so members the “alphabet soup” group. It includes SCORE, NSBDC, NIREC, NMI, EDAWN, KNPB, UNR, SGS, etc — more than a dozen entities.
Working with Entrepreneurship Nevada (e-nevada.org), I developed, designed and created a newsletter celebrating successes already here.
Not being with the Reno Gazette Journal any longer has opened doors with Northern Nevada Business Weekly and other publications. I have fewer conflicts of interest and no longer worry about crossing that invisible barrier between reporter and subject. I am free to network.
Meeting with the Carson Area Marketing and PR Network is opening other opportunities …
Through it all, I am meeting terrific, professional people who really have a stake in making good things happen — and they’re contributing their talents to building a brighter economic future for northern Nevada.
Last week UNR selected six student-led business teams to compete in the Sontag competition — and for $50,000 in grant money to start a business. The prize is winner-take-all, funded by a UNR Alum. More than 35 groups submitted plans for businesses that ranged from a “made in the USA” snowboard company to high-tech innovative ways to reuse tar.
I wrote a story for eNevadaNow.org about a former corporate worker starting
a business as a quilting expert. Denise Bevard will parley her hand-quilting expertise under the Fiddlesticks & Humility banner. Her mentors believe she’ll be self-supporting quite soon.
The point is that mentors WANT to help start businesses here … and many offer their advice for free … because their organizations are privately funded or operate under government auspices.
A staffing company owner today told me that his business is picking up — and that hiring temporary staff is a leading indicator of economic recovery … all hopeful signs ….