A Sound Proposition

Six years of working at a nonprofit 150609_pac_john-bialkoffering rental housing to low-income families taught John Bialk just how precious quiet can be. He frequently fielded noise complaints from tenants—from late-night parties to loud TVs. And these issues often led to nasty feuds between neighbors. “I’d see cars keyed, tires flattened, physical threats,” says the Neshkoro, Wis., resident. “As a property manager, you sit at your desk waiting for bad things to happen.” In the meantime, he came up with a solution: a noise-monitoring system that works on a wireless network to alert landlords to problems.

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How To Get Buzz for Your New Biz

Breaking into a crowded market? 201406_pac_buzz“Not only can press put you on the map, it can put you at the head of the class,” says Paul Krupin of Direct Contact PR in Kennewick, Wash.  The scoop on how to get media attention.

Click here to read about three simple ways to make your startup part of the conversation.

Putting a Face to Your Startup’s Website

What better place to connect online AboutUswith customers, investors, media, job seekers and the like than through your business’s “about us” section?

While naturally, plugs for products or services are best kept separate from this precious piece of real estate, the opportunity to connect with customers on a personal level is yours for the taking. Still, many young entrepreneurs struggle to utilize the space to its full potential.

So, what’s the best way to show who you are, where you started, where you’re going and what makes your company tick? Click here for tips on personalizing your “about us” page to help your company stand out from the crowd:

Entrepreneur.com: How Guppy ‘Treps Fared After a Swim in the ‘Shark Tank’

ABC’s hit show Shark Tank puts entrepreneurs’ business ideas to the test, giving them the chance to turn their startup dreams into reality. The show invites contestants to pitch their concepts to five “sharks” — wealthy angel investors — who then evaluate the companies and determine whether they’re worth investing in.

Now in its third season, Shark Tank has provided a number of young entrepreneurs with the capital they need to launch or expand their businesses. But what happens after the episodes aired? Snagging investors was only the beginning. For a story for Entrepreneur.com, I spoke with three young treps who dished on their experience with the show and how their businesses are faring in the real world. Click here to read the piece.