Entrepreneurs Innovating 2017

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In recent months IF has featured stories of industry leaders whose vision of a ‘start-up’ probably didn’t begin with much more than pen and paper. This month’s Front -Runners is about modern industry mavericks; leaders who may have used pen and paper, but probably also worked out their visions with cellphones and laptop computers.

Follow the below Inc.com link to read inspiring stories about industry front-runners of today. The talent, careers, and companies of these current industry stars are making a difference in fields from technology to hospitality.

The article offers much to read and think about, so take some time to find a comfortable couch, read, and even dream a little…

INC.com- 25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017

Industry Education Scholarships

Mike Rowe has made a name for himself doing dirty jobs for the hit television show Dirty Jobs, seen on the ever popular Discovery Channel. However, in the process his work also brought renewed awareness and promotion to industry related careers through public exposure and activism.

Mr. Rowe then expanded his efforts from promoting the world of industry to supporting industry training, creating his educational foundation the Mike Rowe Works Foundation. Through this foundation, students of industry based careers can apply for scholarships that range from covering tool purchasing to education tuition. In this endeavor Mr. Rowe is also collaborating with one of the largest and diverse of industry organizations- Skills USA.

With the arrival of May comes a look at industry related scholarship opportunities available from both these organizations. Although these scholarships are available specifically for Skills USA members, membership dues are very reasonable and benefits of membership are great!

Below are links to scholarship information from Skills USA and the Mike Rowe Works Foundation. Perhaps you’ll find an opportunity of interest for yourself or someone you know!

Skills USA membership and scholarships

The Mike Rowe Works Foundation

The Conversation on Training and Degrees

To degree or not degree, that is the question!

With some experience and/or the willingness to start in an entry-level position and work up in responsibility, it’s possible to bypass earning a university degree and still create a successful career. Of course there are some careers that by nature will always need a full university education. However there are also some that will not, and companies are starting to take a new look at what employee requirements truly lead to success for their business models.

For more about this conversation, follow the link below to an article on this subject that is truly part of The Conversation.

The Conversation on University Degrees