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Help needed testing intake form for entrepreneur event

Hi Everyone, I am on the planning committee for "San Diego Startup Week" that will start on June 25th. It is a pretty big deal here - there are more than 200 events and they have rented out the entire civic center this year. Specifically, I am in charge of the "Idea Track' which is a set of seminars, panel discussions and workshops for early stage ventures.

In addition, I am working on two sessions, "Entrepreneur Speed Networking" and "Mentoring and Peer Mentoring" where having a decent way to match entrepreneurs working in similar areas and with complimentary skills. In other words, before these events even happen, we will have a pretty good answer the the question, "Who should I meet here".

What I have so far is a fairly simple Google form but I need help testing it. What I don't have yet is a system or technology for actually doing the matching. Current backup plan is to have human volunteer analysts do that matching, but I would like to come up with something better before the event. In the meantime I have a desperate need for 'real data" from entrepreneurs and where better than to ask than on this community?

If any of you could spare a few minutes and fill this out I would greatly appreciate it. Your business can be at any phase of development and there are "no wrong answers" here. The form is long - six sections - but most if it is checkbox lists so it should go quickly. Please enter your comments about the form here; parts you found awkward or didn't understand, parts you liked, and questions we didn't ask that you thought we should ask.

I think I have removed all "San Diego" references from this and added "city" and "country" since this is an international forum. While Google forms itself probably would not make a good permanent system I have checked the option that lets anyone who inputs data see a summary of the data entered (with the exception of your email address which is not published).

Thanks a bunch for your help with this. Any thoughts or ideas are welcome.

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As entrepreneurs and SME business owners, especially those of us who dwell in the digital world, we’re a frazzled lot with all the emails, messages, notifications, alerts, feeds and information coming at us nearly 24/7. If only we would turn to our personal assistants – meaning the intelligent assistant (IA) software we have on our phones (laptops, and smart speakers). Smartphone penetration in the US and UK is approaching 70%, yet we’ve been slow to take advantage of the software at our fingertips that is designed (and can) save us time and increase our productivity. Today, we largely limit our IA use for a narrow range of tasks, such as planning the day or finding information, but they’re now capable of doing so much more. This article explores the vast app ecosystem (6.2 million apps!) and how to fully leverage IA software potential.

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Have you heard of influencer marketing but don't pay much attention? It may be time to tap into this marketing channel, especially if you have an e-commerce business! Partnering with influencers to get your brand in front of their engaged community can do wonders for your sales! Here's some great info about influencer marketing and how it can help grow your business!

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Picture a typical CPA. Then, meet Bob. He’s only by the book when it comes to accounting, in his interactions with people, he jumps off the page. As the founder and principal of Robert P. Russo, CPA, PC, Bob pleasantly surprises clients (plus the IRS and lawyers) with his proactive, caring, and interested approach. Bob’s authentic passion for both numbers and people is why his firm is sought after by everyone from solopreneurs to CFOs. And it’s what energizes his fast-growing team of top CPAs, who follow his lead by providing impeccable service to clients – without the CPA geek speak.

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According to an Intermedia report, the average small-to-midsize business uses 14.3 separate applications, with software systems for logistics, sales, marketing, accounting, HR, and more. The problem is that unless integrated, each application is an information silo that limits business owners’ ability to access data and get a clear, holistic picture of their operations. Enter application integration, which allows you to derive the maximum impact from each system by linking them into an interactive whole. The author describes four specific benefits from integrating your applications – greater productivity, access to real-time data, increased efficiencies, and improved customer experience – as well as the two basic options for doing so.

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Are you a small business owner? My latest blog post is filled with 40+ different productivity tips and hacks for small business owners that will help you save time and make more money for your business. Check them out here and please do share your favourite productivity hacks:

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Your web design will make or break your business goals. Not just the way it looks, either—the way your website functions and the ease in which visitors can interact with it

There are thousands of online articles out there that will tell you what to do and what not to Do, but the issue here is that all of those “Do This and Your Website Conversion will skyrocket” bits of advice may not directly apply to your industry, and may in fact mislead you.

Is your business website struggling to generate rankings, traffic, conversions or the results you hoped for? Want to check if you’ve made mistakes that are costing you big time?

Incion share 8 website mistakes to avoid in this infographic.

Here’s a quick summary:

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- Spelling and grammar mistakes

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There are always two sides to every individual on the surface of the earth, assuming such an individual is mentally and physically hale and hearty. These two sides ensure that such an individual is able to live a meaningful and fulfilled life. These sides are a work life and a personal life.
Do you know that one of the causes of stress and ill-health in many people is their inability to keep a healthy divide between their work and personal lives? So much so, that many burn out due to feelings of inadequacy and guilt when it becomes apparent that one phase of their lives seems to be encroaching into the time for the other.
So, it possible to strike a balance between your business/professional and personal lives, so that you can gain more productivity and be less likely to wear out? Yes, it is; it will however take careful planning, loads of determination and the willingness to keep trying even when you miss the mark. The following tips can serve as your guide:

1.Create a List of Work and Personal Pursuits

The first step on the way to maintaining a balance between your business and personal life is to have a list of all the pursuits, goals and objectives that you hold dear in your business/professional life. You should do the same for your personal pursuits. Your aim with this step is to clearly see what activities and endeavors will be competing for your attention.
In this way you are able to have complete picture of what is expected of you in both areas of your lives and then you can begin to apportion the time, energy and resources in dealing with them.

2.Set Priorities

Now that you have created lists for both your business and personal pursuits, it is pertinent that you rank these activities on both lists in the order of the most important to the least important.
It can also be some other kind of classification that will help you gain clarity and conviction as to what needs to be done at the time that it needs to be done, with regard to the significant aspects of your activities.
Prioritization will help you incorporate these activities into your overall daily, weekly, monthly or yearly schedule and what efforts and resources should be channeled as appropriate.

3.Create a Schedule and Stick to It

Now that you have successfully created and structured your tasks and activities into prioritized modules of action, it now time for you to fit in these activities into a schedule that subsumes each and every activity as well as the time of the day and duration.
In this regard, it can be helpful you develop a weekly schedule that encompasses all your regulars like going to work or your business, time-out with friends and family, sports, hobbies as well as other one- time events that you normally engage in.
You can then formulate a daily schedule for those repetitive tasks (aside work/business or school) that you have to fulfill each day.
The aim of these schedules is to do a comparative mix that will ensure that your achieve your priority daily items while at the same time paying attention to one of the other items that should come after you must have carried out your obligations.
A functional schedule can also serve as a great means of keeping tabs on the progress you make in sticking to your course of action and to see what areas you need to improve upon.

4.Fight-off Procrastination

If you truly desire to maintain a balance between your business and personal lives, then you will need to constantly fight the tell-tale signs of procrastination. It rears its undesirable head when you tend to put off things that should be done at any given time until you are faced with the deadline and you have little or no time left to accomplish it.
In that instance, two things could happen: you will either just barely make it or you will postpone the task until later.
The results are you having to face more stress and burnout, especially when a business task seeps into the time meant to relax and unwind with family.
One way of beating procrastination is by breaking large tasks or projects into smaller, less complex and achievable bits. This method makes the task much less formidable and you can gain encouragement as you complete the smaller bits and pieces.

5.Cut-out Distractions

If you conduct a proper analysis, you will be amazed at how much distractions take the wind out of the sail of your productivity and time. Distractions may include the following: watching too many television programs, spending great amounts of time on social media, engaging in idle banter and day dreaming.
In order to fight off distractions and get the tasks that need to be done on both your business and personal schedules, you can embark on the following courses of actions:

1. Place a premium on important, rather than urgent, tasks. The reason for this is that important tasks have been scheduled and are proactively carried out, while urgent tasks steal into your apportioned time and force you to react.
2.Turn off the internet and if your telephone must be left on, ensure that you put it on silent mode.
Ensure that your work space is organized and clutter free
3. Have water, food and snacks at hand and also schedule times for short breaks.

While the above courses of action are by no means exhaustive, you can actually create a balance in your business and personal life, with a plan and a purpose in mind. It must also be noted that a key ingredient you will need in this instance is the capacity to remain disciplined and focused.
You should also not be too hard on yourself when you fail at certain points. All that you need to do is to pick yourself up and give it another shot.

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You may not be thinking of divesting now but selling could be your exit strategy in the future.

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A recent Google-commissioned study by Deloitte to explore the levels of digital engagement among small businesses (250 or fewer employees) yielded some interesting findings. Titled “Connecting Small Businesses in the US,” the study determined that there were four general levels of digital engagement with corresponding outcomes in opportunity, market share and revenue. The four levels were defined as basic (no website or social media presence), intermediate (simple website and basic digital marketing), high (advanced, mobile-ready website and social channels), and advanced (used of data analytics and mobile apps).
The percentage of businesses at the high and advanced levels of digital engagement experienced greater revenue and workforce growth than those at the basic level. Also, while businesses at the basic level had less than a 10% chance of introducing a new product or service over the past 12 months, 70% of their digitally advanced counterparts did. The upshot? “For every business, whether you only serve a local audience or an international customer base, embracing digital strategies is a business must.”
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