Calling all entrepreneurs and small business start-ups…

Every entrepreneur has questions. You need answers! We’re here to help.
Temple’s Small Business Development Center is hosting Temple Business Roundtables, a series of monthly business round table discussions. Our series kicks off on October 23rd at Temple University Center City. Registration is FREE
TBR will provide aspiring entrepreneurs with everything needed to make an informed decision about starting and running a small business.
Panelists will answer questions about all aspects of beginning and running a small business. We’ll have experts with the knowledge you need about legal, financial, marketing, HR, management, and funding resources.
Register for our October event here
Can’t join us in October? We’ll be hosting another TBR event on November 14 at Temple Ambler. More details and registration here


March 31 & April 1 at 5:30pm – 8:00pm | Alter Hall, 7th Floor

Registration for the TechConnect Workshop is now open! Reserve your seat for the two-night workshop by clicking here.

Whether you are a technologist or an aspiring entrepreneur, this workshop offers you the opportunity to introduce your ideas, identify entrepreneurial partners and develop your strategy – to build a business or to apply for NSF translational research funding. Participants may work on their own technology innovation or join another technology group.* Food and drinks will be served.

If you are a technologist, we would like to feature your innovation at TechConnect. Email Dr. Robert McNamee at to submit your invention.

*Protection of your ideas is our priority. IEI Leadership has worked with Temple University’s Office of TCBD to develop a process to protect your intellectual property including all participants signing non-disclosure agreements.

Start your New Year off right with some IEI’s Women’s Networking Night!

Tuesday February 28th, 5pm-7pm at Alter Hall, in the Undergrad Commons, under the ticker.

Meet some professionals in your field and interact with students who are also as driven and motivated as you are. Time waits for no one so register now before it’s too late! We can’t wait to see you there!

Register today

Making LinkedIn Work for You

May 20, 2011 //

    By Sue Shellenbarge

    Wall Street Journal Blogs

    Some Juggle commenter’s have asked for a post on the professional networking website LinkedIn. The site passed 100 million users in March and continues to grow by about one million members a week. Its public offering this week is drawing even more attention.

    Non-users of LinkedIn may wonder, why bother? Posting a profile, keeping it updated, building/maintaining your network of connections, responding to messages take time.

    Of course, LinkedIn can help you find a job and research prospective employers by contacting current and former employees. Recruiters use it heavily to find what they call “passive candidates” who are open to new opportunities but not actively looking.

    But even if you aren’t looking for a job, LinkedIn is a tool for displaying your work and credentials to colleagues and potential clients, gathering intelligence about trends and competitors from others in your industry or profession, and keeping in touch with alumni and other groups that matter to you. Also, if you lose your job unexpectedly, having your LinkedIn network up-and-running is a big asset.

    The first step is to sign up and create a profile. The profile should be briefer than your resume, but it should include current and past employers, education, a professional-looking head shot (no party or beach candids, recruiters say), and any relevant affiliations appropriate for listing on a resume. Try to include details that will set you apart. “We are searching through tens of millions of people on LinkedIn, so include the thing that makes you different and unique,” says Steven Raz, managing partner of Cornerstone Search Group, a search firm.

    It is also OK to include a little personal information that would be suitable for your resume, such as being an avid runner, says J. P. Sniffen, a regional recruiting manager for the recruiting firmOrion International.

    Keep your profile up-to-date, and don’t make the common mistake of failing to delete outdated versions. Recruiters sometimes call these up by mistake, thinking they are current. Another common error is failing to respond to messages, which can create a negative impression, says Corey Ackerman, a senior partner at Cornerstone.

    Strengthening your LinkedIn network is worthwhile. The more contacts you have, the more likely you are to get job interviews. Also, employers are likely to review your contact list to see who you know at what levels and in what industries, a measure of your networking skills, says Don Kjelleren, director of career services at Middlebury College. Many LinkedIn users maintain dozens to hundreds of contacts.

    LinkedIn poses a risk that your boss will notice your profile or activities, assume you are jobhunting and hold it against you. A vigilant boss may wonder why you are connecting with a human-resource manager at a competitor, for example. Or “a significant change in activity level, such as new recommendations or changes to your profile, it could look suspicious” to your boss, says Laura Poisson, a vice president at ClearRock, an executive coaching and outplacement firm.

    Mr. Sniffen says “it happens all the time:” An unemployed jobseeker calls to say he is out of work because the boss discovered via LinkedIn that he was looking around.

    Recruiters offer tips on reducing the risk. Consider making a pre-emptive strike: Tell your boss that you are active on LinkedIn for networking purposes, to share ideas and information, to get help solving work-related problems, or to stay in touch with alumni or professional groups, Mr. Sniffen says. Be consistent in updating your profile and contacts, so a sudden flurry of contacts from recruiters or prospective employers won’t be so conspicuous. And if you receive a LinkedIn job query, consider responding via your personal e-mail or phone. Some users post their personal e-mail addresses on their profiles, enabling prospective employers to contact them that way.

    Some jobseekers have begun using Facebook as a tool. Recruiters advise against it, however, because you can’t control photos or information other people might post on your Facebook page. “I have a tremendous fear of Facebook,” Mr. Sniffen says. “It allows too much room for your personal life to bleed over into your professional life. I’ve seen candidates lose offers because they have some wild stuff on their Facebook page.”

    On the other hand, don’t rely exclusively on LinkedIn and neglect face-to-face networking, recruiters say. Although “LinkedIn is the go-to site for professional social networking,” Mr. Raz says, “nothing replaces the old-fashioned calling people up and meeting with them.”

    Posting recommendations with your LinkedIn profile can burnish your image. The best way to ask people for recommendations is to offer to write one for them, Mr. Sniffen says. Although nobody is going to post a negative recommendation, recruiters and employers still look at them.

    Pick your contributors carefully. You can hurt your cause by posting fluffy recommendations from people who really don’t know your on-the-job skills and capabilities. “Savvy employers will look at that and say, ‘Who is recommending you and why?’” Mr. Sniffen says. Cornerstone’s Mr. Ackerman says a good recommendation might come from a co-worker or current or former supervisor, or a customer you have helped. “I want to read a story about how you solved a problem, not just, ‘I worked with Bob and Bob is a great guy.’”

    More tips can be found on this LinkedIn user blog.

    Untapped Resource: Your Major's Department

    March 30, 2009 //

      You should all get to know the faculty and staff of your major. Some of the people you meet could be instrumental to your success. Get to know your professors as well as any administrative staff. Here are a few reasons.

      1. Companies have connections with departments of interest.
        Many times companies have a contact with the department who may propose a great networking opportunity for you. So when companies are recruiting the best and brightest students, the department can put you in for it.
      2. The faculty can be more helpful to you.
        By making closer ties they may be more accommodating to your needs because they know you. Good friends help each other and it could be the same way in the department of your major. Things that they normally do not do for students may become more of a possibility.
      3. They may see your potential.
        Communicating with your professor and staff will give them the best judgment of who you really are. Be bold, exceptional and talk to them about something you found that is related to your major. Have discussions about latest trends. These people could see that you are a bright student and could potentially be a reference for a lifetime.

      Get to know the department members of your major. Good things can come out of it. You will always hear that networking is key and this untapped resource is a great place to network.

      Fresh Start! Get Involved

      January 21, 2009 //

        Welcome back fellow Temple Students!

        Hopefully everyone had a wonderful break to recuperate. But the beginning of the semester also begins the sign ups for the Student Professional Organizations (SPOs). There are many that may suit your interests so be sure to find at least one to join.

        SPOs are a great way to get involved here at Temple so take advantage of them. They show that you went beyond the standard school curriculum and  it adds a nice touch to your resume.  When you start interviewing for jobs employers will see that you are  involved, and that you are capable of handling more than just school work.

        SPOs are a great way to network and make friends. Many students will build bonds with others and potentially in the future they could help get you a job or prove to be of some value. They are a great way for transfer students to make friends during your beginning semesters here. They certainly helped me make friends.

        Last but not least, SPOs are a great way to improve your understanding of the work force. Many of them invite guests from the working world to come speak and give essential words of advice. These working professionals can help educate you of what it takes to get out and be successful in your major.

        So everyone go out and get involved!
        Check out the list of SPOs here to learn more.


         The women adminstrators and faculty of the Fox School had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Liz Dow, President of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, and I wanted to share this information with you as well!

        Liz completed a project called the “Connector Project” which aimed to find the connectors in Philadelphia.  For any of you who have not read The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell (which I definitely suggest you do) let me explain what a “connector” is.  Connectors’s are the people who “link us up with the world … people with a special gift for bringing the world together.”  Liz Dow has been called, by Malcolm Gladwell, Philadelphia’s #1 connector and she wanted to find others like her.  In completing this project, she compiled a list of CONNECTOR COMPETENCIES that all connectors have. 

        C     Community Catalyst
        O     Other-oriented
        N     Network Hubs
        N     Navigating Mazes
        E     Empowering Passion
        C     Curious
        T     Trustworthy
        O     Optimistic
        R     Results-achievers
        S     Self Starters

        Think about that list above and think of those in your life that holds those competencies, they may even be competencies that you hold (Find out if you are a connector HERE).  The important think to realize here is that the Connectors in your life are going to be the most helpful for you in your job search and in other areas of your life where it is important to know the RIGHT people.  We always speak about networking here in the CSPD and sometimes it is a daunting task but if you can find just one of these connectors amongst your friends, teachers, acquaintances, etc. than you will have opened up the doors to numerous possibilities.  Leverage your current relationships to help you as best you can.  Especially in this current economy, the people we know will be that much more important in your job search.  If you know anyone on THIS list than you are off to a great start!  Think about it….

        *Copyright Liz Dow: President, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia

        An influential American Sociologist, Mark Granovetter, created one of the most influential social network theories and one that is extremely helpful to all those in search for full time or internship positions.—THE STRENGTH OF WEAK TIES.


        Let me explain… (more…)

        Everyone says since I’m a business major, I should be “networking.”  Sounds great, but I don’t have a clue how to get started.  Any advice????

        – Bob R.

        Hey Everyone!  I got this question sent over to me through email and I thought it would be helpful for everyone to get some more information on NETWORKING!  I know a lot of students think the whole concept is overwhelming and scary but it really doesn’t have to be.  It is as simple as letting people around you know, you are looking for a job!

        Too often students rely on the “mass-email my resume to 1,000 employers” approach and then get discouraged when they only hear from 1 or 2 employers.  There are many success stories of individuals who came across great positions on and landed their dream job, but there are far more success stories of individuals who put themselves out there and met the right people, and landed their job that way.  In the most recent surveys, 86% of people have reportedly received their positions through their networking efforts.  Now, your lucky, the Fox School and CSPD have bridged a lot of the gaps for you with employers and many of them are right here on campus many times a year.  You must take advantage of them.  Listed below are the top 10 ways to network!

        1. Friends and Family and Family and Friends
          This old cliche of talk to everyone you know couldn’t be more accurate.  You would be amazed at how many business contacts you can come up with if you just take the time to ask your friends, parents, 3rd cousins, and distant uncles who they might know that could help you.  These relationships need to be cultivated and regular updates on your job search are important.
        2. Mock Interviews and Industry Resume Critiques
          For weeks on end, every year, the CSPD has employers come into the office for no reason other than to assist our students with perfecting their all too important resume and interviewing skills.  Whether you feel you need your resume critiqued again or not, this is a great way for you to have personal time with an company bigwig or hiring manager.  Use the opportunity to start building a relationship that may pan out to a great contact down the road.  Mock interviews are also a great way to let the employers tell you what they want to hear during an interview.  If your dream job would be to land a position with JPMorgan and you see that they will be here on campus for a few different occasions, make sure you are there!
        3. Professional Associations/Organizations
          There are numerous professional associations in the Philadelphia area that focus their meetings on networking and business card exchanges.  Print up a few makeshift business cards and get yourself out there.  The Chamber of Commerce is a good place to start but do some research.  There is a Womens Referral Network  that has a lot of great networking opportunities.  The Young Professionals Network of Philadelphia is a great association to be involved in.  There are also a ton of industry specific organizations to look into!
        4. Professors, Faculty, and Alumni
          Talk to your professors.  Many of them have spent years in the field and years maintaining great relationships with others in their industry.  See if they can refer you to anyone to speak to, see if they know of any companies hiring, and let them know of your goals.  Many will be compelled to assist you reach those goals!
        5. Informational Interviews
          An informational interview, though underutilized, can be one of the most effective tools in building your network and landing a job.  Find a job you are interested in, find someone who currently holds that job, reach out to them and ask them if they would be willing to give you about 30 minutes of their time, either on the phone or in person.  When you do speak with them, have well thought out and prepared questions such as: How did you get into the field?, what challenges did you face?, What classes would be especially important for me to have on my resume?, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, Do you know anyone else I should speak to that may be able to give me some more information on the field?.  This is how you build your network. After meeting with them be sure to followup with a thank you and keep following up on a regular basis to let them know you are still looking for a job.
        6. Target Employers
          Create a list of target employers and identify current contacts affiliated with these companies.  Reach out to each insider offering something to attract their attention- not about asking them for a job!  Make your communication about them, not you!  Let them know you came across an interesting article they might like to read and send over the link, tell them about a good event you attended, etc.
        7. Promote your web presence
          As mentioned in a previous blog, publishing and promoting a blog, establishing a web portfolio, joining and interacting on email lists or chats, producing a podcast, publishing an ebook, etc. can be really helpful.  Periodically update these and inform your network contacts about your new developments.
        8. Volunteer
          Volunteer for community education programs, school events, sporting activities, etc. where you can meet people and demonstrate your initiative and work ethic.
        9. Career Fairs
          In addition to the 2 career fairs through the CSPD, there are numerous other career fairs in the area.  CSPD’s blackboard organization actually has a list of those we have come across in one section.  Use these as a good opportunity to get your name out there and meet some people in a professional setting.  Even if none of the companies particularly interest you, it is a great time to collect some business cards, practice your 30 second elevator speech, and get comfortable speaking with employers about yourself.
        10. Send a letter of interest
          Up to 80% of jobs remain unadvertised and hidden.  It is up to you to find this hidden job market.  Just because a company doesn’t have a position posted, doesn’t mean they are not hiring.  Send a letter of interest, much like a cover letter, detailing what type of position you are interested in and ask them to please keep your resume on file for any positions that may open up.  Followup with these employers and try and find someone in your network who knows someone in the company.

        These are just 10 ways to broaden your network.  When I was in college, I remember hearing that it normally takes about 25 contacts with people to land an interview.  This is a large number but can come easily if you get out there and network!