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Contest: More Chances to Win!
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It seems like February is the month of contests. I recently wrote about the Dell Small Biz Contest ($50,000 grand prize) and the Women 2.0 Startup Competition. (There’s still time to apply for both so don’t delay!) Well, there’s a new contest in town…

Prizes
Intuit is awarding a $25,000 grant (plus $2,500 in products such as Quickbooks), not to mention free PR for your business.

Requirements
All you have to do is write up a short story about a real situation and a short tip for other entrepreneurs. How easy is that?

Added Bonus
Not only do you have a chance of winning $25,000, but your entry will help promote your business to the entire Intuit community.

So what are you waiting for? Apply today! (Submission deadline is 3/23/09.) If you need help, contact a SCORE mentor online or at a local chapter.

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Upcoming Small Biz Contests

Intuit Biz Story Competition
Grand Prize: $25,000 grant and $2,500 in products
Deadline: March 23, 2009
Dell Small Biz Contest
Grand Prize: $50,000 in Dell products and services
Deadline: April 3, 2009
Women 2.0 Startup Competition
Grand Prize: Win a meeting w/ Michael Moritz (Sequoia Capital) and more
Deadline: April 10, 2009

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Success: Tip 5 – Globally Savvy or Internationally Challenged?
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tip_no5This past year, YSN decided to get a closer look at college students around the globe to better understand the next generation workforce young people launching their careers. In case you haven’t heard, over the next 10 years more than one billion young people will enter the workforce. They may be your kids, your staff, your partners, your peers or even your competition, but however pervasive they may be in your world today, it’s time to ask yourself if you’re ready for these sweeping market and demographic changes. Are you globally savvy or internationally challenged? Are you ready to join the new world order?

The “Global Career Mindset Study” we conducted was the first of its kind, surveying students from 50 countries. The most compelling finding: 55% of students are looking abroad to launch their careers, and only 20% plan to look for work locally. What’s more, they’re skilled, they’re ambitious, they’re hungry for new opportunities to show the world what they can do, and they’re savvy — about politics, geography, world affairs and culture. Plus, they have the business skills the top employers and entrepreneurs are looking for in young talent.
Between the current economic turmoil and the workforce crisis, building a solid business or finding and keeping a great job is going to require a lot more effort. If you want to give yourself every possible advantage, it’s time to expect more from yourself. I firmly believe the smartest thing you can do to be competitive in the global workforce is to become more globally savvy, aware, skilled, refined, and cultured. Stop thinking of your own city or country as your community and start thinking of yourself as a citizen of the world.

A few tips:

  • Keep up on international news. Read it online or watch international news broadcasts.
  • Build and nurture relationships with people from other countries, on and offline.
    Join international membership organizations.
    Attend and participate actively in global conferences and events.
  • Travel as much as you can to experience different cultures first hand. In your own country, spend time with immigrant families with a strong sense of their native culture. (Visit with them in their homes if you can.)
  • Learn different languages. At the very least, learn how to exchange pleasantries (hello, how are you, nice to meet you, thank you, goodbye) in a few different languages. Practice and learn more every chance you get.
  • Lastly, open yourself up to new and different experiences. Embrace the idea of things and people who are unfamiliar and look at your exploration of the world as an adventure that will not only open up your opportunities, but change the quality of your life.

My best advice:
Think like an economist, act like an entrepreneur and set your sights globally.

Jennifer Kushell is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Secrets of the Young & Successful: How to Get Everything You Want Without Waiting a Lifetime. As President & Co-founder of YSN, Jennifer has dedicated her life to helping young professionals and entrepreneurs in over 130 countries find success through powerful tools like the YSN Assessment.

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