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Eclipsing Expectations: DFW Startups/Small Businesses Benefit from Celestial Craze

On a slightly cloudy Monday afternoon on April 8th, 2024, the bustling life of DFW came to a momentary standstill as residents and visitors alike lifted their gazes skyward. The cause for this pause? A spectacular solar eclipse. Such celestial events are relatively rare, occurring approximately every 18 months and often over remote regions. Notably, the 2024 eclipse marks the first such event to traverse the United States since 2017 and an even rarer occasion for Texas, finding itself directly in the path of totality for the first time since 1878. The 2024 eclipse has reignited the public’s fascination, much like...

The Link Between Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship and innovation share a symbiotic relationship, each fueling and catalyzing the other. At its core, entrepreneurship is about identifying opportunities and taking calculated risks to create value. Innovation, on the other hand, involves the creation and application of new ideas, technologies, or processes that bring about meaningful change. In this article we will explore how innovation has launched industries, disrupted traditional business models, and showcased the transformative power of entrepreneurial vision and inventive thinking in today's rapidly evolving market landscapes. Innovation is the buzz word of every business book and economic development strategy. Large, established companies love to talk about...

A look at Sparkyard in 2023

Sparkyard held its grand opening during the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Week. We thought this would be a great opportunity to see how 2023 shook down with some general stats and entrepreneurial assistance.  Total number of website Users: 11,502 Total Sparkyard Pageviews: 27,927 With the exception of the Sparkyard homepage, the top 3 most viewed pages have stayed consistent through the last three years:  Business Entity Types  Resource Navigator   Calendar Total Published Blogs: 38 Number of blog views: 4,531 Here are some "Need to Save" posts from 2023: Earth-Friendly Ways to Cut Waste AND Your Marketing Budget How to Fund Innovation for FREE When to Ask and Investor to Sign an NDA Top 10 Important Documents You Need...

Announcing our Favorite Innovators of 2023

There is so much exciting innovation happening in Fort Worth in  many different areas of our city. But, who were some of the Innovate Fort Worth podcast teams favorites in the last year?  Kendel Rogers, the producer of the podcast, Rob Upchurch, the technical producer and Cameron Cushman, the host, share their favorite innovators on the most recent episode of the show.   Kendel Rogers I have two actually.  My first was Jose Alfaro from co-starters (Episode 83). We interviewed him at the beginning of the year. I love what he is doing...

Sparking Change: Sparkyard’s Move to Ensemble Coworking

After four years of successful implementation and thousands of entrepreneurs served, HSC Next is handing over operations of the Sparkyard platform to Tamara Payne, CEO and cofounder of Ensemble Coworking, a trusted partner in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and a Sparkyard resource partner since 2019. Ensemble Coworking is a mission-driven collaborative business community and coworking space located in Fort Worth’s Near Southside. SourceLink will continue to support the platform from a technical standpoint. HSC Next is not selling Sparkyard, but rather, Ensemble will contract with Sourcelink, license...

Co-Working + Storage + Shippin’ It = E-commerce Solutions

In an era of rapid online growth and changing business dynamics, the warehousing landscape has experienced a pivotal shift in Fort Worth. Traditional warehousing, with its expansive space and vast inventories, served only the biggest industries. However, as the business climate evolves and need for microentrepreneurs multiply, there’s an evident shift from large warehouses to more sustainable, small warehouse spaces that may offer even more benefits to micro and small businesses compared to their larger counterparts. This shift is not just about downsizing but about adapting to the needs of an agile market. When small businesses, particularly e-commerce entrepreneurs, have...

Why You Should Consider Partnering with a Cofounder

What "Working Capital: Assembling Your Team" Has to Say About Cofounders

When it comes to cofounders, there can be a lot of questions regarding the logistics, relationship, and even the necessity of them. Luckily, Sean K. Murphy’s book, Working Capital: Assembling Your Team, Vol.2, addresses most of the common concerns and inquiries surrounding such partnerships. Instead of merely recommending this book to you, I’ve outlined the insights Murphy provides toward developing a cofounder partnership.   Murphy starts by addressing that cofounders are very similar to the initial startup founder. They’re both ‘generalists’ and ‘fast learners,’ and they have the same...

Business Resources for Fort Worth Veterans

Starting a business can be a challenging and risky venture, and Veterans often bring unique skills and experiences to the process that can help them succeed.  Some of the skills that Veterans bring to entrepreneurship include leadership, discipline, problem-solving, teamwork, and adaptability. These skills, along with the experience of serving in the military, can help Veterans navigate the challenges of starting and running a business.  There are a number of resources available to help Veteran entrepreneurs succeed, including government-backed initiatives, business incubators and accelerators, and mentorship programs. Many Veteran-owned businesses also receive support from the Veteran community, as well as from organizations...

Interview with Caroline McKnight from Create Fort Worth

Fort Worth's newest addition to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Create Fort Worth, is officially open and welcoming small businesses and entrepreneurs to take advantage of its resources and coworking space. We interviewed one of the powerhouses behind this space's success, Caroline Mcknight, Create Fort Worth's Community Coordinator. The Abilene Christian University alumna is bringing her classroom experience with non-profit and corporate communications to Fort Worth's small business owners and entrepreneurs as the "house mom" of the new space. McKnight will be leading tours, directing onboarding and offboarding, meeting with community members, and everything in between...

Scaling Your Sales

The dream of many entrepreneurs is to get their product on the shelves of big-box merchandise retailers. But how do you take your product from the R&D stage to stores such as Walmart and Target? We’ve compiled a list of steps needed to make your goal a reality. If you’re new to the entrepreneurial world, this cluster of words may seem overwhelming. Here’s what you need to know about creating a product:   Product Validation is a process that decides whether there is a demand for your product. Do consumers really want or need this solution you're providing? Once you’ve decided that your product...