Running and entrepreneurship

June 12, 2013

Categories: Entrepreneurship

What does long (or short) distance running have to do with entrepreneurship? Writing in Forbes magazine, Adii Pienaar draws several parallels between the rigors of physical exercise and the life of the entrepreneur: Last month, I ran a total of 120 kilometers, which included running my personal best on an unexpected half marathon. I spent a lot of time on the road — just me, some music, the sound of my (sometimes ragged) breathing and most importantly, my thoughts. One of the recurring themes to pop into my head while running in the last month was the similarity between how I was progressing as a runner and how I could potentially apply the same mindset to running my company. Here’s a list of the things I learned about entrepreneurship from spending time on the road, running ... Read more here....

Pope Lecture: Chicago economist blasts crony capitalism

April 4, 2013

Crony capitalism is destroying the foundation of the free-market system in the United States. That was the message economist Luigi Zingales brought to students at N.C. State University yesterday when delivering the 2013 John W. Pope lecture. Zingales, the Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, highlighted the core arguments in his new book, A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity. The native of Italy said that American capitalism has benefited from the belief among the American people that wealth inequality is acceptable provided there is room for upward mobility. That core traditional American belief has eroded in recent years; many now see the government as working against the best interests of the people. [nggallery id=zingales] The end of entrepreneurship as we know it happens when the key aim of business isn’t to satisfy customers and make a profit...

Juan Nelson comes full circle to help others find jobs

March 12, 2013

Our new Achiever Spotlight tells the story of Juan Nelson, who works as a case manager for StepUp Ministry's Life Skills program. Once employed and struggling with a drug addiction, today Juan helps others find jobs: It took five businessmen at a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, to set Juan Nelson on the path to new life. That was no easy task: Juan had just arrived in the Queen City seeking recovery from a nagging drug addiction. His criminal record scared away potential employers. But after he joined a ministry geared toward renewal through spiritual means, his life began to change. “The men in my church imparted a lot of principles,” Juan said. “Instead of telling me how to do it, they literally put their arms around me and showed me how to do it, how to change.” The process was slow and required a solid dose of humility up front, but soon Juan was hired in a supervisory role to help clean Harris Teeter stores. “It taught me how to work for someone else...

Pope Foundation Announces 2013 Class of Eagle Scout Scholars

February 19, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. FEB. 19, 2013 — The John William Pope Foundation, one of the top-giving philanthropies in North Carolina, is proud to announce the 2013 class of Pope Family Eagle Scout scholars. The scholarships, valued at $20,000 for each student, will help four young men pursue careers in the military, small business, and music industry. The mission of the Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship is to further the course of study for devoted Eagle Scouts who want to become leaders in the free-enterprise system. The Pope family and the Pope Foundation have invested over $1 million in these promising young men and in the Occoneechee Council. “Helping these Eagle Scouts become the greatest leaders of tomorrow — that’s our goal,” said John Akerman, CEO of the Occoneechee Council, the scouting council that administers the scholarship. “We’re excited to see where life takes this newest class of young men.” The Pope Foundation funds two scholarships, valued at $40,000,...