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  • Entrepreneurs and small business: big things for the economy and our lives

    • By jennifer
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    • Friday, November 16, 2012

    It's a big week for small business. November 12 - 18 is Global Entrepreneurship Week and tomorrow is Small Business Saturday in the U.S.

    Here at Tracky, we enthusiastically support entrereneurs and small businesses. After all, we are one! And, small businesses are what have made economies run the world over for millenia. Even in today's mega corp society, small businesses pay 44% of the total U.S. private payroll and created 65% of the new jobs between 1991 - 2009 (infographic below). Here! Here! for the hard-working men and women who took at very deep breath at some point and said something to the effect of, "I'm an entrepreneur. I'm willing to risk it all. I'm going to take responsibility for my income and aim to create a business that will contribute positively to the economy."

    No matter what it takes, entrepreneurs often trudge on. Through economic highs and lows, sometimes going without while they pay their employees first, cutting back while mega corporations post record profits and yet believing that small business is still relevant, appreciated and something worth fighting for. Indeed it is.

    89% of consumers believe that small businesses positively contribute to their local communities. There's a trend to get back to buying local and small. In fact, 93% of consumers think that it's important to support small business and will go out their way to buy local. The "shop small" movement means that while big box stores often see monstrous checkout lines and revenues, it is the small businesses that we increasingly appreciate. Local collaboration is important to creating local environments that sustain our local businesses through our dollars and word-of-mouth.

    Tracky's productivity platform fits the needs of modern small business and entrepreneurs because it's simple to use, is a freemium product and allows businesses to connect with anyone, anywhere - thereby extending the resources of small teams.

    Our app was reviewed by TheAppChamp as "one of the most useful platforms" for team communication and productivity. Often times, small businesses don't have the financial or human resources to buy their way to efficiency. As the review points out, as small teams grow, its a challenge to get things done on time and to find the ideal task management system that is also mobile-friendly. Small businesses often hire contractors to perform tasks their full-time team can't. Managing those external resources as well as keeping our internal team on task can be overwhelming. Tracky has been recognized as a way to cut down the time it takes to delegate simple tasks (email, phone, third party programs and social networks) by using just a single platform.

    Tracky is a proud member of the growing #VegasTech community and is #VegasBuilt. We're a small team in a large city with high hopes. We're getting things done because of a superstar team, solid supporters and passionate users. We thank each of you for helping us build a small business with big potential. Our coworking office even speaks to the collaborative community aspect that we treasure: inNEVation is the first public and private economic diversification effort that brings together entrepreneurs, business leader, mentors, investors, educators and governemnt agencies. Built by Rob Roy, founder of Switch, it's aiming to diversifiy the Nevada economy and empower the next generation of successful local start-ups.

    So, to all the entrepreneurs, the small business owners and the #doers out there - we say, keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive. Let's do our part to support small, local and homegrown - whether it be products, services or technology. These two initiatives - Global Entrepreneurship  Week and Small Business Saturday - remind us of how important small business is to the global economy. But, let's take it a step further and support the small yet mighty every week.

    After all, small business is big to our economy and our lives.

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  • Tracky gets entrepreneurs amped up at LaunchUp Vegas #launchupvegas

    • By sarah
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    • Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Last night I had the opportunity to meet and speak with the LaunchUp Vegas community. I. Loved. It. A free, 90-minute program for entrepreneurs to network and pitch their products? Right up my alley. Based in Utah and Las Vegas, LaunchUp was founded by successful entrepreneurs and is their “labor of love.”

    The program began with a 10 minute Amp! session, which I was lucky enough to score. Thanks, Stewart!

    I told attendees about my personal journey as an entrepreneur and, hopefully, motivate them to keep going when things get tough. Being an entrepreneur is the hardest and most rewarding work you’ll ever do. I challenged them to #reframe any negative thoughts and energy they have about themselves, their expertise or their business. And, I shared stories like how I decided to move to Las Vegas and join the Tracky team. It took, in large part, the support of my husband who was on board 100 percent. When he was asked about giving up his job and moving from Chicago? His reply was, “Let’s live this life!” It still gives me chills when I think about it.

    Next up attendees got to hear from the “King of Pitches,” (that’s my title for him) Andy White (@andywhite). He is a partner with the Vegas Tech Fund where he hears from hundreds of startups. Andy gave great advice on pitching best practices. What’s his favorite pitch of all time? One startup mimed their entire pitch and let the product speak for itself. Brilliant!

    And then came the startups. Each startup below had an opportunity to share what they’re working on and then interact with attendees after.

    Interested in attending a future event? You can grab the schedule, here.

    A special thank you to the folks at The Historic 5th Street School for donating the space. There’s nothing like the smell of hardwood gym floors!

    [PHOTO CREDIT: The photo of me speaking was taken by event organizer Stewart Christensen)


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