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New Shopify Point of Sale System for Small Business - Small Business TrendsNew Shopify Point of Sale System for Small Business - Small Business TrendsPosted: 08 May 2020 09:07 AM PDT The new Shopify point of sale system readies small businesses post-pandemic.It helps merchants adapt and rebuild the future of retail, they say. And, it assists merchants in building and refining a solid omnichannel strategy.Shopify's POS will bring in-person and online sales into one convenient location. The system helps sellers stay resilient and flexible, the company says.New Shopify Point of Sale SystemPost COVID-19, small retailers face an abundanceof changes. Issues related to employee and customer health and safety are not going to disappear overnight.Hence the importance for omnichannel retail solutions. Omnichannel retailing brings together a store's physical and digital shops. So, customers can connect to a retailer's online and physical shopping platforms seamlessly.Further, Shopify …

Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Present Business Ideas at COD Contest -

Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Present Business Ideas at COD Contest -

Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Present Business Ideas at COD Contest -

Posted: 02 Oct 2019 03:50 PM PDT

College of DuPage students, recent alumni and local district high school students will make business presentations to a panel of experts and compete for a top prize of $3,000 and a six-month Innovation DuPage membership during COD's third Pitch Contest from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000, on the College's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

Online applications are due by Friday, Oct. 18, and eight finalists who are selected to participate in the contest will be notified by Friday, Oct. 25.

The contest, now in its third year, will feature a second-place prize of $2,000 and a third-place prize of $1,000. Participants will have the opportunity to receive insightful advice, explore resources and network with fellow entrepreneurs.

The competition is hosted in partnership with the Innovation DuPage, College of DuPage Foundation, e2 Emerging Entrepreneurs, College of DuPage Continuing Education and the Small Business Development Center. Peter James, Business Professor and Entrepreneurship Club Advisor, said the contest will present participants with a challenge that will have long-term benefits.

"As aspiring entrepreneurs, the Pitch Contest presents the ability to not only gain exposure but also to be the launching pad for their venture," James said. "The ability to be able to pitch your product or service to individuals and/or investors who desire to help you in a fluid manner is a skill that all entrepreneurs should master."

Innovation DuPage Managing Director Travis Linderman said participants will benefit from hearing panelists' perspectives and that the six-month ID membership will be valuable to the first-prize winner.

"Innovation DuPage is bringing in experienced entrepreneurs to participate on the review panel for each pitch," Linderman said. "These innovators will bring a seasoned perspective to the student's startup ideas. The founder(s) that earn the ID Membership will receive a roadmap for transforming their ideas into viable commercial ventures. ID connects novel thinking to a solid infrastructure of resources available to entrepreneurs we mentor and support."

Learn more about the College of DuPage Pitch Contest and contact with any questions.

i.d.e.a. WF winners announced at reception - Times Record News

Posted: 02 Oct 2019 05:34 PM PDT

Torin Halsey, Wichita Falls Times Record News Published 7:34 p.m. CT Oct. 2, 2019 | Updated 8:02 p.m. CT Oct. 2, 2019


For entrepreneurs and business creators, the i.d.e.a.WF contest might be just the kind of jump start they need. 

The contest is sponsored by America's Small Business Development Center at Midwestern State University and helps business owners research and develop strong business plans for starting or growing their venture.

Winners were announced during a reception Wednesday evening at the Dillard College of Business Administration. The contest has three main categories and the winners are: 

Startup & Go - Wichita Valley Pet Cremation owned by Barry & Beth Tate.

Expansion & Grow - Horseshoe Bend Cellars, owned by Linda & Scott Poenitzsch

Judges' Choice - Endunamoo Strength & Conditioning owned by Drew Hill

The winners in the first two categories are awarded $12,000 each  plus thousands in in-kind services that include assistance in website development, accounting, human resources, IT and marketing.

The Judges' Choice winner receives the in-kind services and $6,000.

The keynote speaker was Michael Browning, founder and CEO of Urban Air Adventure Parks. 

Numerous local and area service providers, investors and sponsors make the awards possible. For those interested in competing in next year's round, go to for more information on the process, rules and prizes. 

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