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"Inspiration" is a recurring section intended to spark ideas and motivation.

What can you do with mushrooms, besides eat them? If you guessed, "for making leather and bricks," you'd be right! 

A company called MycoWorks has figured out a way to grow mushrooms that can be transformed into a variety of unexpected materials, from a super-strong breathable leather-like material, "wood" bricks for building structures, or even material to make sustainable furniture. Mushrooms are to become "leather" in weeks, compared to years when raising animals, and they use significantly fewer natural resources to produce.

Watch this video to learn more about this fascinating process that has potential to revolutionize industry.

Published March 25, 2019

Everybody faces challenges in life and career. Some challenges present themselves through outside forces or life experiences, while others are embedded within who we are as individuals. Entrepreneur Jessica McCabe discusses how her ADHD has impacted her life trajectory in this TEDx conversation, when she shares her journey of discovering that her brain works differently, but she's not alone. McCabe learned to play to her strengths and leverage them for her business.  

Published January 16, 2019

Being an entrepreneur is a test of balance and prioritization; business, life, general career, image, are all part and parcel to having a successful business. Women's Business Daily website describes itself as "Your daily source for motivation and inspiration for the ideal work/life balance" and can serve as a touchstone in a busy life. Learn about an array of women business owners' stories, view suggestions on how to manage your finances, and even find inspiration for your style or travel options.  

Published April 18, 2018

In celebration of Black History Month, we highlight the story of Madam C.J. Walker, the country's first African-American self-made millionaire business woman. The historians at the Smithsonian Channel produced a short film about Madam Walker, discussing her upbringing, the challenge that sparked her business idea, her intrepid approach to targeting her market, her business success and legacy. Click here to watch the video 

Published February 19, 2018

The holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes added stresses. The to-do lists, the family visits, and the expectations we put on ourselves for a new year can take its toll. Studies show that creating a habit of gratitude can not only relieve stress, it can impact many aspects of life and wellbeing - and not just at the holidays, but throughout the year. Here is a simple article to get you into the mindset of creating a practice of gratitude and get you on the path to wellbeing.  

Published December 11, 2017

Do you need to quit your day job to start a business? Or should you create a side hustle first? Author Chris Guillebeau's discusses these topics in his books The $100 Startup and the Happiness Pursuit, providing fodder for new business ideas or ways to add to an existing business. His Side Hustle School series of podcasts (click the Episodes link at the top) covers truly creative business ideas that are an inspiration in and of themselves. At this link, he discusses one woman's six-figure idea to fill a gap in Valentine's candies. And she didn't even quit her day job.

Published October 24, 2017

How do entrepreneurs generate creative ideas?

Writer Molly Reynolds interviewed 10 entrepreneurs to find out what they do to unlock their creative juices. The common thread involved physically moving around or doing something completely unrelated to the problem needing to be solved.

Read more to learn about the various strategies employed by some creative business owners.

Published August 16, 2017



What makes someone a creative entrepreneur, and how young is too young to begin a small business? Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine at 12 years old, young artist and entrepreneur Maya Penn talks about her creative expression and thoughtful stewardship of the environment in this classic TED Talk.

Published on August 10th, 2017