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iCenter EIR Brandon Dennison : Why We Voluntarily Unionized Our Companies

iCenter EIR Brandon Dennison : Why We Voluntarily Unionized Our Companies

Over the past two years both of us made the decision to organize our teams with local trades unions. We did this because we do not view unions as a problem to be managed but...

June 21, 2022
Four Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business

Four Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business

A couple of months ago, I was telling someone that my job is to help people start businesses and she responded, “So basically you make dreams come true!”

November 03, 2021
Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution

Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution

Starting a company is a risky business. (Pardon the pun.) Roughly 2 out of every 10 new businesses fail in their first year, and about 7 out of every 10 new businesses have failed...

October 07, 2021
Implement Tech Into Your Business, Or Get  Left Behind

Implement Tech Into Your Business, Or Get  Left Behind

  In the modern world, technology is a necessity for all businesses. It is not enough to just have a website that offers your products or services anymore. You need to offer...

August 05, 2021
Why Your Business Should Reinvent the Wheel

Why Your Business Should Reinvent the Wheel

We’ve all heard the old adage that there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Yet, history has shown us time and time again that companies that strictly follow this advice often do...

June 03, 2021
Developing the Right Mindset Toward Information Disclosure

Developing the Right Mindset Toward Information Disclosure

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” These sage words, slightly paraphrased from John Heywood centuries ago, have been uttered countless times across inestimable contexts. Most...

May 06, 2021
Jumping Generations in the Land of Opportunity: West Virginia

Jumping Generations in the Land of Opportunity: West Virginia

Reversing the cycle of generational poverty is the grand challenge of our time here in West Virginia. Generational poverty ensues when two consecutive generations of a family have...

April 08, 2021
The Leap from Failure to Success: Why Entrepreneurs Should Test Their Assumptions

The Leap from Failure to Success: Why Entrepreneurs Should Test Their Assumptions

Recent data paints a clear picture of the critical role small businesses play in our economy. There were over 33 million small businesses in the United States in 2020. This means...

March 03, 2021
Look Closer: Appalachia’s New Economy is Emerging

Look Closer: Appalachia’s New Economy is Emerging

The organization I founded in 2010, Coalfield Development, has been a leader in modeling what a new, more sustainable, and more fair Appalachian economy can look like. As the coal...

February 03, 2021
Designing Life Decisions

Designing Life Decisions

Each day we make hundreds of decisions. Some of these decisions are simple, like what will you eat for breakfast...

October 22, 2020