From Business Owner to Coach

What image comes to mind when you think of an entrepreneur? Someone young? Middle aged? Someone in between?The NIIC makes entrepreneurship accessible for people of ALL ages and walks of life—and I am proud to be a part of that overarching mission of being rocket fuel for great ideas, people, and organizations. To that end, […]

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Put Your City On the Entrepreneurial Map

It’s no secret that Silicon Valley has long been associated with a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity and innovation. And it’s no coincidence that Apple, Facebook, Oracle, Intel and the like have all come out of this dynamic and innovative geographic area. However, we have great energy and excitement today with the recent announcement of the […]

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From the Corporate World to The NIIC

With a new year comes great potential. I am excited to empower and inspire more clients than ever in 2017! If you’re a woman entrepreneur, I’m talking to you, especially! Speaking of women business owners, I want to take the opportunity to formally introduce myself and tell you about the Women’s Economic Opportunity Center (WEOC). […]


Treat Failure Like a Scientist–Hypothesize, Experiment, Learn, & Pivot

By: Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, The NIIC “Failure is simply a cost you have to pay on the way to being right.” – Seth Godin Continuing on my recent blogs on failure, this week I want to talk about the implications of failure in our professional growth and in the development of your […]

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Resilience – Key to Coping with Failure

By: Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, The NIIC According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 50% of all new businesses survive 5 years or more, and about one-third survive 10-years or more. U.S. S.B.A. cites 34% of all businesses started will close in the first two years of operation. So why would […]

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