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Wednesday, October 21, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Area student startups place in Northwest Entrepreneur Competition

Student entrepreneurs from area universities recently earned cash prizes to further their business ideas at the Northwest Entrepreneur Competition. The competition, held Thursday by the Spokane University District and North Idaho College, featured 22 Pacific Northwest-based teams that presented business plans to three panels of regional business experts for a chance to win $42,000 in prize money.

Established Firms Can Be Easy Targets

Most folks blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit tend to concentrate their energies on developing and growing new enterprises. But there's also a great need for their talents in established companies that are getting a little "long in the tooth." Q. I enjoy your observations about the keys to success in starting new businesses, but I work for a firm that's been around since Hector was a pup. We're fighting new competitors all the time but we never seem to be able to do anything really new or different. Is it possible for us to get an "entrepreneurial attitude" and turn this company around?

Plans Useful For Outlining Aims, Tactics

It has been said that if you want to give God a good laugh, tell him your plans. True, planning does not always produce desired outcomes in this age of unpredictability. More often than ever before, "the best laid plans of mice and men" are going awry. But despite this unavoidable uncertainty, the odds of achieving a desired goal increase exponentially, if we use a plan to guide our actions.