Comcast Business Announces Entrepreneurial/Startup Contest

Comcast Business, a company that provides scalable internet, voice and data services to a number of businesses, is searching for Florida’s most pioneering entrepreneurs and startup companies. Comcast’s “Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs” competition is an opportunity for current and hopeful business owners from Florida can enter the competition, which will award winners $30,000 for beating out other teams of business experts, who will demonstrate their business ability and showcase their plans.

Applicants were asked to submit 250-word essays, which offered an answer to the question: “How could your business use technology to help enhance your business?” These entrepreneurs and startups were also encouraged to visit the Comcast Business Community for complete program details, and it also identifies specifications for the application and essay. The contest will effectively draw startup businesses and entrepreneurs into the light, which will lead to more jobs and economic influence.

Two winners from Florida will be selected by judges, as well as winners from the other 14 Comcast Business regions. One winner will be recognized for their startup company. Another will be one winner named for the ‘entrepreneurs’ category. Additionally, 30 regional winners will earn $10,000 in cash.

Approximately six of the regional winners will be selected as grand prize winners, earning an additional $20,000 in cash and a trip to Philadelphia for participation in a group session involving industry professionals. Industry professionals who will be in attendance are John Jantsch, Marketing Consultant, speaker and best-selling author; Denice Hasty, Senior Vice President, Product and Marketing, Comcast Business; Anita Campbell, Founder, CEO & Publisher of Small Business Trends; Robert Irvine restaurateur, TV star and entrepreneur; Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer at Comcast; Louis Toth, Managing Director for Comcast Ventures; and experts from Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship.

Entries for the contest are due by March 11, 2016. The online application can be found at Voting will take place between April 25 and May 13. The regional winners will be announced April 25, 2016. Also, the six grand prize winners will be announced June 6. The Grand Prize event will take place later in the year on August 2016.

Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting and

Enjoyable, Cohesive Company Cultures Stimulate Success

Company Culture

Company culture encompasses the organizational values and behaviors that contribute to the unique psychological and social dynamics within an organization. The language, habits, beliefs, visions, systems and values of a particular firm make it distinct. Company culture contributes to the atmospheric cohesion and probable success of a company. Job seekers in today’s workforce inquire about company culture as much as they inquire about benefits and salary. More than ever, members of the workforce value working with intelligent, interested and charismatic individuals.

From the perspective of the employer, it’s important to determine if a new hire will fit comfortably in the cultural environment at a firm. This is why a great deal of hiring decisions are based on the likelihood that a person might fit into a particular company and their willingness to accept and promote core values. Zappos, Warby Parker, Southwest Airlines, SquareSpace, Twitter, and Chevron are prime examples of companies that pride themselves on their company culture and the happiness of their employees, aware that this translates to having a happy customer base.

Positive company culture is  promoted, in some respect, by companies communicating goals and visions. Additionally,  giving employees the permission to realize those goals and visions honors their ambition and encourages them to produce their own ideas. Empowered employees who feel that they’re equipped with the necessary goals to reach far prove that they are a valuable asset to their respective company. Also, when their company or team supports those efforts, this allows an employee to know that their actions and voices are important to the company. Employees who feel that they have ownership within the company prioritize the needs of those who they service and those who work beside them.

Fostering team building skills and support, and prioritizing communication are important when nurturing a company’s culture. When it becomes apparent to employees that their needs are valued within a firm, they’re more likely to remain energized and see the value in growing with a particular company. Also, if employees feel further determined when they feel that they are working for a company that’s contributing to important changes in the world.

Some organizations utilize their HR managers to facilitate morale boosts while others assign entire departmental committees to keep team members excited, engaged and task-oriented. Events and programs are frequently organized to promote a sense of community. Whether it’s unlimited vacation, free beer, robust perks, group yoga classes, on-site laundry, employee health-oriented programs, stock options, catered meals, periodic guest lecturers or safety seminars, these small acts promote a team-oriented environment. Google is another company that’s known for granting access to amenities such as gym memberships, dog-friendly environments and etc., resulting in a team that’s driven and talented.

The companies with the best company culture frequently revisit the needs of a team to make sure those needs are being met. Also, companies that place trust in employees find that the entire firm moves forward through the efforts of independent employees. While focusing on company culture, don’t ignore regulations, laws or safety, and ensure that all employees feel welcome and comfortable. Your company culture should be accepting of diverse individuals and ideas.

Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting and

6 Ways to Know if Your Startup Idea is a Bad One

“You might be business minded, but that doesn’t mean that you have good business ideas.” Those words, though harsh, could save you from a great deal of financial stress. The ability to discriminate between a good idea and a bad idea won’t only save time, it saves money. While the answer to the question “Is this a good idea?” may not be written on the walls, there are signs that suggest that your idea may not be the best idea.

You Can’t Quickly Describe Your Quirky Startup Idea

Perhaps, at the beginning… at the point of inception, your idea was great. But some time between then and now, your idea unraveled and collected features from Google, Amazon and Zappos. Thus, when trying to explain this idea, you have difficulty when trying to  keep your  listeners’ attention. Hone in on what you really want your business to do, and who you want it to serve. Then, sit down and write out a succinct 20-word explanation of your business. If you can’t, that’s a problem.

People Tell You it’s a Bad Idea

Forget the notion that the person listening to your business idea is a “hater.” Instead, consider why it’s been communicated to you that you reevaluate your startup idea. Critics are important because they’re potential customers. Try to listen to the constructive feedback that you’re receiving.

You Don’t Have a Market

Yes, people buy services and products that they don’t need, but that doesn’t mean you should be the mastermind behind one of those brainless ideas. Don’t construct products that are overly complicated, or endeavors to be two parts Facebook, one part food delivery service and one part music service… it’s not needed. Moreover, it’s not wanted. Be practical and consider what things will never go out of fashion, and focuses your attention on branding that product/service as your own.

Your Concept is Generic

If you ever hear the phrase, “been there, done that” when explaining your business concept to someone, figure out if your product is unique or if it’s just a bastardized carbon copy. While there is a market for producing improved versions of existing services and products, try creating something fairly original that clients want to pay for.

You Lack Passion

Like anything, your business requires passion if it’s to flourish. Even if your idea is spectacular, you have to have excitement or passion when presenting it. Otherwise, why would anyone else be excited about your business? Build a business around something you love and you’re proud of.

You’ve Founded a Business That Isn’t Scalable

You won’t make money with your business if your idea of return is rooted in immediacy, and there was no planning to secure investors or develop long-term success. Strategy is important for business creation, it’s the difference between shuttering your business and being ready when an opportunity comes knocking.

Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting and

5 Signs Your Startup May be in Danger

Like the human body, businesses experience symptoms when they aren’t doing well. The human body offers a number of telling signs, including headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady or shortness of breath. When it comes to a startup, signs can be just as physical, but can manifest in a number of ways, from hemorrhaging cash to disorganization to operational dysfunction. There are countless signs, but you’ll find five listed below.

You Can’t Focus

If your company doesn’t have consistent focus that’s a bad sign. In its early months, focus and footing are invaluable. While the “do everything for everybody” approach is admirable, it’s an unfeasible endeavor that can sink your business. Startups tend to have limited resources, so founders must choose wisely when deciding what they want their business to accomplish. Shifting gears mid haul could end tragically.

You Can’t Stay the Course

Again, don’t let your company’s mission escape you. An original idea can easily become diluted when unnecessary changes are made to pricing or delivery. If your company has always been known as a tool for creating custom phone cases for $9.99, don’t continually change the products or the cost on a whim. The inconsistency of your company means that customers can no longer depend on you to deliver a particular product and a particular price point, and it also reads as a loss of passion for the original product.

You’re Not Ready for Success

Having a great idea means nothing if you haven’t decided that you’re going to succeed. Not only does a startup have to have a strong or interesting idea, its founder has to have a desire for success. Rookie mistakes, such as dumping all funds into marketing and failing to hire competent workers, can ensure failure. Instead, put money into polishing a product or service, and if you can’t realistically do everything for your business, hire someone who can.

You Don’t Know if Your Business is Legally or Morally Sound

Grooveshark is a prime example of a great startup that found itself struggling due to legal oversights. However, Grooveshark certainly isn’t the only company that’s gotten shut down or dissolved due to an error in judgement., Napster and a number of other met similar fates due to difficult conversations that involved royalties, copyrights and permissions. Do your research.

You Didn’t Make an Independent Product

If your business hinges on someone else’s business or services then it’s possible that your business could bite the dust. Twitter and Facebook are just two examples of businesses that other startups gather around and attach themselves to, leaching from. Unfortunately, businesses such as TwitPic and Lookery found that big social media platforms didn’t want others to drink from their success, and took look legal action against them. If choosing to lean on major social media platforms, it’s necessary for startups to establish an independent identity that distances it and makes it a more reliable product. Likewise, don’t solely look to Google results, and stir clear of channel dependency. The dangers of putting all of one’s proverbial eggs in one basket are that they’ll all get smashed if dropped.

Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting and