Biznik, a social networking site for entrepreneurs, has produced an excellent video exploring the success and challenges, hopes and fears of entrepreneurs. It does a great job of telling the stories of the people who face enormous odds to manifest their vision and pursue a life full of meaning. Give it a look:
From the website: SHINE is a collaborative film project produced by BIZNIK.com, an online networking community for micro business owners and solopreneurs. The project began on May 6, 2009 when 12 video crews and over 400 entrepreneurs gathered in Seattle’s largest film production studio to share why they work long hours, for low pay, facing great uncertainty.
The film combines compelling stories from the event, and interviews with academics, celebrated researchers (like Scott Shane author of Illusions of Entrepreneurship), and entrepreneurial superlatives (like Bruce Livingstone, founder of iStockphoto, acquired by Getty Images for $50M).
The result presents the larger story about entrepreneurship in an economy where 90 percent of all new jobs are created by small, entrepreneur-driven businesses.
Starting today, Mercy Corps Northwest is hosting a 6-week series of business classes taught by Portland Ten, an entrepreneurial development organization that assists founders in increasing revenue through better time and resource management as well as business and product development.
The class series “Six Week Sprint” features 12 classes on an array of topics including legal, product management, venture capital, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, sales, marketing, HR, and more. Community Members are encouraged to attend ($30 per class, pay at the door, cash or check only). There is no pre-registration, but space shouldn’t be an issue.
The first four topics have been announced, with more to come:
16 Things That Indicate You’re An Entrepreneur Who Gets It
Instructor: Portland Ten Director, Carolynn Duncan
Tuesday, Oct 12, 3-5 pm at MercyCorps NW, 43 SW Naito Parkway
Managing Team & Product through Minimum Viable Product to Sales
Instructor: ShopIgniter founder, Alan Wizemann
Thursday, Oct 14, 3-5 pm at MercyCorps NW, 43 SW Naito Parkway
Legal: Basics of Company Formation
Instructor: Davis, Wright, Tremaine Lawyer, Steve Davis
Tuesday, Oct 19, 3-5 pm at MercyCorps NW, 43 SW Naito Parkway
Product Management: Ready, Set Launch
Instructor: Amy Winkelman, Product Management Consultant
Thursday, Oct 21, 3-5 pm at MercyCorps NW, 43 SW Naito Parkway