Wednesday, July 28, 2010

campus2careers demo at Tech Ranch

campus2careers and Tech Ranch have developed a program to connect students with start-ups to help grow your business? Like to learn more?

Join campus2careers for an informal happy hour at Tech Ranch Austin Friday, July 30 at 4:00PM and participate in a demo of the campus2careers website that connects top student talent to startups and small businesses. Your organization needs these resources and the students need the experience and class or internship credit. Come find out how to get matched with the top student talent in Central TX this Friday at 4:00PM. To register go to:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

City of Austin Hosts 7th Annual Small Business Loan Fair

Existing and aspiring entrepreneurs invited to Meet the Lender

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine recently named Austin the number one Best City for the Next Decade. In praising Austin, the ranking highlighted Meet the Lender, a city-run business loan fair, as a key example of the resources available for small businesses and start-ups.

This year, even more small businesses will have the opportunity to be a part of the next decade’s success. On Thursday August 5th, from 3 to 7PM, the City of Austin Small Business Development Program (SBDP) will host the 7th annual Meet the Lender exposition. The event, held at Palmer Events Center, brings representatives from dozens of local banks, community lenders, and other investors to the same place at the same time. In this informal setting, business owners can go from booth to booth to learn how to secure financing for their business and start forming critical relationships with lenders.

Austin has been recognized as one of the best U.S. cities to launch a new business and SBDP, a division of the City’s Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office (EGRSO), continues to offer no-cost and low-cost opportunities and resources for entrepreneurs wanting to begin or grow their businesses and successfully compete in today’s business environment.

“Small business owners aren’t always aware of the incredible and varied resources there are available to help them be successful,” said Rosy Jalifi, EGRSO Assistant Director. “We want to connect entrepreneurs to those resources. When Austin’s small businesses are successful, the City of Austin is successful and local jobs are created.”

The expected 400 or more attendees at Meet the Lender can also register to take a Business Resource Orientation class or a class outlining the City’s zoning, permitting and development processes during the fair. There is no cost to attend any part of Meet the Lender and free parking will be available in the Palmer Event Center garage. For more information or to register for the event call 974.7800 or visit our site and here's a video clip from last year’s event.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July Bootstrap B2B: "Smarketing"

Fernando Labastida will lead this month's Bootstrap B2B meeting.

Topic: "Smarketing: How to market an international company in the US on a shoestring"

When: Monday, July 26, 2010 7:00 PM

Where: Business Success Center
Chase Bank Tower 7600 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757

By use of white papers, case studies, press releases, blogging and social media, small international companies can implement the "Smarketing" methodology to enter the U.S. market: a hybrid of sales and marketing, in order to penetrate the fortresses corporate decision-makers set up to protect themselves from sales people, create buzz, and generate sales.

Fernando Labastida specializes in providing content marketing services for Latin American software companies wanting to penetrate the U.S. market. He's been a sales and marketing professional for the last 20 years, having worked for several Austin start-ups, including Powered, Vignette and Sunset Direct.
Twitter: @flabastida

Monday, July 12, 2010

Request for Interviews - National Doc

Hello Austin entrepreneurs.

My colleagues and I are in town from New York doing a video on local entrepreneurs who rely on skilled immigrant workers. Some of our questions for the piece have to do with the caps and restrictions on H-1B visas and how those caps affect small businesses in the tech industry.

Our work is purely journalistic and educational.

We will be in Austin until Wednesday, July 14th, and are looking to talk to any interesting entrepreneurs who can speak about these issues from personal experiences. We always appreciate a character.

If you would like to know more, including our platform for the video, please email me: dghigliotty AT visibileeconomy DOT com.