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How To Create An Entrepreneurial Community When No One Is Nearby

Forbes: The Midwest has vast open spaces, making it difficult for people, especially women, to get access to the capital, education, mentorship, and community they need to start and grow businesses. Being a region known for its conservative values, friends and family are less likely to be supportive when women choose a career that goes against traditional mores, making being part of a supportive community with mentors and peers even more important.

Forbes interviewed  Sara Davidson to find out how she created an entrepreneurial support system/community in Kansas City (and beyond!) through launching Hello Fearless.

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This Woman is Dedicated to Helping Every Girl Accomplish Her Dreams

Smart Girls Group interviewed U-Chic CEO Christie Garton about how the company, its product and its scholarship fund is helping girls reach their dreams.

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How to outgrow the startup mentality and grow a sustainable business

Upstart Business Journal: For many entrepreneurs, being scrappy and making quick decisions are critical for getting their business off the ground. But as they mature, most will be forced to outgrow their startup ways. Dynamit co-founder Matt Dopkiss explains how to do it — define your organizational structure, delegate, have strategic and action plans, and find an advisor to help you grow.

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Entrepreneur: Emphasize attitude over aptitude

Kansas City Business Journal: Athlete Network CEO Chris Smith says that when hiring, he looks first at traits that lead to success and second at specific skills.

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88 marketers you should follow on Twitter

Convince & Convert: Jay Baer included Heather in Convince & Convert’s list of 88 marketers to follow on Twitter.

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Madison Electric Products is looking for ideas

Crain’s Cleveland interviewed Madison Electric Products’ President Brad Wiandt about “Sparks 2.0,” the expansion of Madison’s new product development platform to a wider variety of ideas in the electrical field.

Since the program began, Madison has received more than 350 product submissions, and about 55 have become products (or product families) that have made it to market. The company’s primary market is electrical distributors, but it is also looking for ideas to help it expand into related markets like retail and the low-voltage data communication business.

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Reynoldsburg Police Officer Fired Over Racially-Charged Social Media Posts

10TV: After a local police officer was fired because of posts on her personal Facebook page, Heather talked with WBNS-10TV about the importance of social media policies. A clear policy could’ve prevented the whole ordeal.

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#InnovateNow With Heather Whaling: Plan Smart. Implement Smarter.

Cision.com: How can PR pros generate creative ideas that drive results? Heather shared her insights as part of Cision’s #InnovateNow, a series of Q&As featuring some of the finest innovators in our field.

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How Dynamit took off without crashing down

Columbus Business First: Dynamit more than doubled its staff to 80 workers over the past two years and could add 20 this year. It’s on pace to double 2014’s revenue of $5.8 million, all on sales growth with no outside investment. Columbus Business First talked to co-founders Matt Dopkiss and Bobby Whitman about the company’s success, and some crucial advice that got them there.

Additional coverage: Upstart Business Journal

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Should You Ditch That Nightmare Client?

Business News Daily: Dropping a client isn’t a decision to be made lightly or hastily — a business relationship with a paying customer should be ended only if it’s actively hurting your company. Dynamit founder Matt Dopkiss weighed in on questions to ask to determine if you need to reconsider working with a particular client.

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