Online Business School Seeks To Disrupt Business School Pricing And Value Proposition Model

Tulsa, Oklahoma, February 14, 2015 /PressReleasePing/ – Thrive15.com, the online business education platform for entrepreneurs, business owners and employees looking to improve their business skills, launches out of beta, after nearly three years of development. The online education platform is already disrupting the business school pricing and value proposition model. According to Bloomberg, the least expensive business schools such as the Illinois – Urbana Champaign School of Business and William and Mary Mason start at over $34,000 per year and many business schools like Cornell University are priced at over $50,000 per year.

“We’ve worked very hard to make our business school $49,400 less per year than other business schools and much more entertaining, engaging and interactive so you will actually retain what you are learning,” says Thrive15.com Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Clay Clark.

Thrive15.com currently has subscribers in 33 countries has been attracting the attention of both non-college graduates and college graduates who are amazed at the quality and the practicality of the website’s ever growing content. One Thrive15.com subscriber and a private Ivy league Graduate from Southport, Connecticut says, “I think if you were to go to one of those websites that evaluates schools, my school would rank in the top 3 in the U.S. However, theres no training on how to be an entrepreneur and run a business. What is provided is not considered to be important by the students. They have professors who have never built a business, but are giving them critiques on their work. When go out in the real world, you enter this foreign world of entrepreneurship.

Thrive15.com’s Founder, Clay Clark says, “We think Steve Jobs (Apple co-founder and former Pixar CEO) was correct when he said, “It is absurd that American classrooms are still based on teachers standing at a board and using textbooks. All books, learning materials, and assessments should be digital and interactive, tailored to each student and providing feedback in real time.”

Thrive15.com’s business education platform offers courses in 20 areas of business mastery including leadership, capital, accounting, marketing, sales, legal, and more. Thrivers rate themselves and their current proficiency in each area and can then choose from the ever-expanding course catalog consisting of thousands of business education videos.

Even proud pillars of academia such as Harvard Professor, Clayton Christensen, see a brewing storm for America’s colleges, “Generally universities are doing very well financially, so they don’t feel from the data that their world is going to collapse, but I think even five years from now these enterprises are going to be in real trouble.”

Thrive15.com videos are taught by world-class mentors including NBA Hall of Famer turned successful entrepreneur, David Robinson, the former Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World Resort, Lee Cockerell, the New York Times bestselling author and publicist of choice for Michael Jackson, Prince, P. Diddy, Charlton Heston, and countless celebrities, Michael Levine, and countless other experts.

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Quick Facts Thrive15:

Thrive15.com provides 15-minute practical online business courses taught by millionaires, mentors, and everyday entrepreneurial success stories.

Thrive15.com features many celebrity mentors including:

David Robinson, NBA Hall of Fame Basketball Player and founder of Carver Academy charter schools and Admiral Capital Group, which currently has a valuation of over $250 million; Lee Cockerell, the Former Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World Resort who once managed 40,000 + employees; Michael Levine, the founder of Levine Communications who has been the publicist of choice for Michael Jackson, Prince, P. Diddy, Charlton Heston, Cameron Diaz, and countless other celebrities; David Nilssen, the cofounder of one of the nation’s largest small business funding solutions, Guidant Financial and; Jonathan Barnett, the founder of the 400 + OXI Fresh franchise.

Thrive15.com has teamed up David Robinson and the U.S. Chambers, Hiring Our Heroes Program, to provide free subscriptions to U.S. military families as part of the 1 for 1 HandUp Movement.

Thrive15.com has been mentioned in Forbes, Pando Daily, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, and numerous media outlets since launching in BETA.

Thrive15.com offers best practice and practical online education in the core areas of business mastery that every entrepreneur must know including: legal, real estate, investing, execution, purpose, mindset, networking, business modeling, overcoming adversity, capital, branding, marketing, sales, customer service, product/service development, quality control, accounting, management, human resources, and leadership.

Thrive15.com was founded by Chief Operating Officer and Oklahomas former U.S. Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year, Clay Clark.

The Chief Executive Officer of Thrive15.com is doctor, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist, Doctor Robert Zoellner.

Thrive15.com offers points instead of grades and gives its users a chance to win a business boost package of over $10,000 every six months to the Thriver with the most points.

Thrive15.coms content is created by combining entertainment, gamification, and best-practice practical business education to increase the retention of training provided on the platform.

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Christian Home Based Business – Daily Blessings For Success Scriptures

Here are some blessing scriptures to help all of us to never give up. These scriptures are to lift you up when you are wondering if you were ever meant to be blessed or stuck in the same old rut barely making enough money to make it. Do you believe you are supposed to be blessed? Read these out loud morning and night to increase your faith.

Deu 28:2-8 The blessing of the Lord shall come upon me and overtake me, because I obey the voice of the Lord! Im blessed in the city, blessed in the field, blessed going in and blessed going out! My children are blessed! My possessions are blessed! The enemy may come at me one way, but he will flee seven ways! God commands the blessing to come upon me – in my storehouse and in everything I set my hand to do!

Deu 6:11 God is giving me houses filled with all kinds of good things I did not provide!

Deu 8:18 God has given me the ability to produce wealth and to establish His covenant on the earth!

Deu 1:11 I thank God for increasing me a thousand times and blessing me as He promised!

Ps 5:12 The favor of God surrounds me like a shield!

Ps 34:9 I respect the Lord and lack nothing!

Ps 112:3 Wealth and reaches are in my house!

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord is on me and it brings me wealth with no sorrow!

Pro 21:21 Because I pursue righteousness and love, Ive found life, prosperity, and honor!

Matthew 6:33 I seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the things I need and desire shall be added unto me.

Phil 4:19 God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The Dos And Donts Of Starting A Wholesale Clothing Business

The wholesale clothing industry is among of the fastest growing industry today. May it be off or online, the wholesale clothing business has become the largest trend around the world. This is because of the reason that people always needs clothes, it is both a necessity and a luxury.

Majority of individuals that set-off and start their own wholesale clothing businesses are those that already own a clothing retail business. These people are those that wanted to expand their businesses and earn more by selling their stocks in bulk.

Though these kinds of people have the necessary experience in handling a business, a wholesale is still a different business that involves processes which are distinct from those of retail. One of which is customers. Instead of selling to the public, wholesalers engage a business to business system in which wholesalers sell directly to other businesses such as retail businesses, retail distributors, exporters, and other wholesale businesses.

But other than customers, there are also other processes that make a wholesale business, in this case a wholesale clothing business, different from a retail business. Having no knowledge about these processes could lead the business to bankruptcy. So here are some Dos and the Donts of starting a wholesale clothing business.

Choosing a Storage Location

Do: Choose a storage or warehouse located near the manufacturer and retailers. Choosing a location that is physically near from a supplier or retailers can save more time and money when in comes to transport. This is particularly important for those that are only starting out.

Also, check if the cost of the rent or space is applicable for the amount of capital allotted. Do a research about several locations, if the place is cheaper than the others, and perfect because its physically near the market, then that is the most appropriate location.

Dont: Though the location is cheaper and near to the market, if the area and the location itself arent secure, then that is not the perfect place to start a wholesale clothing business. Dont start a wholesale clothing business on a location that offers too little or no security. Also, check if the location offers some laborsaving to material handling, warehousing methods, or inventory procedures. If the location cannot provide those, then the better thing to do is to choose from another place.

Order Flow Procedures

Do: Do a systematically planned order flow system. Careful planning of the order flow system is essential for starting any wholesale business. This is because when the orders from the customers start to come in, the procedure in which the stock is processed must be done thoroughly and systematically. This is to avoid unnecessary mistakes when the retailer phones in and inquire about their stock and finds out that their order will be coming late.

Dont: Avoid making the mistake to not update a customer of their order. Make sure that they are filled in with the information they deserve about their stock. So as much as possible, give them the information they need, and dont delay them.

Customers

Do: Do a list of those customers that you have failed to get. Apart from making a list of your own line of retailers and wholesalers, its also important to make a list of those that you failed to have. This is to keep track on their activities such as if they are still loyal to other wholesaler or have already left to find another one. Or if you need another retailer on your wholesale clothing business, you could ask them again to join you. You might be surprised and find out that theyre now willing to join.

Dont: Dont include those that cant show any supporting documents on their business. When looking for a dealer or distributor, make sure that they have legal documents that permit them to resell your products. This can ensure your businesss security.

Competitive Credit Policy

Do: Do a research about the competitiveness of giving credits. Giving credits to retailers and other customers is a common thing when it comes to wholesaling. It is part of every wholesalers strategy to lure customers on their business, especially on a wholesale clothing business. This allows them to buy their stock and pay for it when they have enough cash to pay. Setting up a competitive credit policy could give any wholesalers an edge when it comes to attracting customers to their business.

Dont: Dont give any credit to those customers that cant represent a complete documentation, papers, and permit for their business. Make sure that the customers are capable of paying back the credits they took. This is done by checking up on their references. Check if they were able to pay on time and complete. If they dont have the papers or any other supporting documents of their recent credit, then dont give them any credits.

Maintain A Close Contact with Retailers and Other Customers

Do: Maintain a good relationship with customers. Maintaining a good relationship with customers is the one of the most important aspect that ever wholesaler should practice. In a wholesale business, in this case a wholesale clothing business, keeping in good terms with customers can produce good results that may help proliferate the business such as loyalty and trust.

Talking with them, listening to their suggestions about the business, asking them on whats on the demand in clothing, are the ways that can insure them that you are concerned about the success of your business and of them. This builds up the credibility of a person as a wholesaler when it comes to doing business.

Dont: Dont let the customers feel as if they are just things. Mistreating a customer by letting them face a secretary or talk to answering machines could degrade their loyalty and trust to the business which could then lead them to leave. Lack of communication could also affect the wholesalers credibility in handling a business. So make sure to communicate with customers and talk to them personally as much as possible.

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The Evolution Of Business Analysts

Software application development has only been around since the late 1970s. Compared to other industries and professions the software industry is still very young. Ever since organizations began to use computers to support their business tasks, the people who create and maintain those “systems” have become more and more sophisticated and specialized. This specialization is necessary because as computer systems become more and more complex, no one person can know how to do everything.

One of the “specialties” to arise is the Business Analyst. A Business Analyst is a person who acts as a liaison between business people who have a business problem and technology people who know how to create solutions. Although some organizations have used this title in non-IT areas of the business, it is an appropriate description for the role that functions as the bridge between people in business and IT. The use of the word “Business” is a constant reminder that any application software developed by an organization should further improve its business operations, either by increasing revenue, reducing costs, or increasing service level to the customers.

History of the Business Analyst Role

In the 1980s when the software development life cycle was well accepted as a necessary step, people doing this work typically came from a technical background and were working in the IT organization. They understood the software development process and often had programming experience. They used textual requirements along with ANSI flowcharts, dataflow diagrams, database diagrams, and prototypes. The biggest complaint about software development was the length of time required to develop a system that didn’t always meet the business needs. Business people had become accustomed to sophisticated software and wanted it better and faster.

In response to the demand for speed, a class of development tools referred to as CASE (Computer Aided Software Engineering) were invented. These tools were designed to capture requirements and use them to manage a software development project from beginning to end. They required a strict adherence to a methodology, involved a long learning curve, and often alienated the business community from the development process due to the unfamiliar symbols used in the diagrams.

As IT teams struggled to learn to use CASE tools, PCs (personal computers) began to appear in large numbers on desktops around the organization. Suddenly anyone could be a computer programmer, designer and user. IT teams were still perfecting their management of a central mainframe computer and then suddenly had hundreds of independent computers to manage. Client-server technologies emerged as an advanced alternative to the traditional “green screen,” keyboard-based software.

The impact on the software development process was devastating. Methodologies and classic approaches to development had to be revised to support the new distributed systems technology and the increased sophistication of the computer user prompted the number of software requests to skyrocket.

Many business areas got tired of waiting for a large, slow moving IT department to rollout yet another cumbersome application. They began learning to do things for themselves, or hiring consultants, often called Business Analysts, who would report directly to them, to help with automation needs. This caused even more problems for IT which was suddenly asked to support software that they had not written or approved. Small independent databases were created everywhere with inconsistent, and often, unprotected data. During this time, the internal Business Analyst role was minimized and as a result many systems did not solve the right business problem causing an increase in maintenance expenses and rework.

New methodologies and approaches were developed to respond to the changes, RAD (rapid application development), JAD (joint application development), and OO (object oriented) tools and methods were developed.

As we began the new millennium, the Internet emerged as the new technology and IT was again faced with a tremendous change. Once again, more sophisticated users, anxious to take advantage of new technology, often looked outside of their own organizations for the automation they craved. The business side of the organization started driving the technology as never before and in a large percentage of organizations began staffing the Business Analyst role from within the operational units instead of from IT. We now have Marketing Directors, Accountants, Attorneys, and Payroll Clerks performing the role of the Business Analyst.

In addition, the quality movement that had started in the 70s with TQM, came into focus again as companies looked for ways to lower their cost of missed requirements as they expanded globally. The ISO (International Standards Organization) set quality standards that must be adhered to when doing international business. Carnegie Mellon created a software development quality standard CMM (Capability Maturity Model). Additionally, Six Sigma provided a disciplined, data-driven quality approach to process improvement aimed at the near elimination of defects from every product, process, and transaction. Each of these quality efforts required more facts and rigor during requirements gathering and analysis which highlighted the need for more skilled Business Analysts familiar with the business, IT, and quality best practices.

Future of the Business Analyst Role

Today we see Business Analysts coming from both the IT and business areas. In the best situations, the Business Analyst today has a combination of IT and business skills. Each organization has unique titles for these individuals and the structure of Business Analyst groups is as varied as the companies themselves. However, there is a core set of tasks that most Business Analysts are doing regardless of their background or their industry.

The Business Analyst role becomes more critical as project teams become more geographically dispersed.
Outsourcing and globalization of large corporations have been the driving factors for much of this change recently. When the IT development role no longer resides inside our organizations, it becomes necessary to accurately and completely define the requirements in more detail than ever before. A consistent structured approach, while nice to have in the past, is required to be successful in the new environment. Most organizations will maintain the Business Analyst role as an “inhouse” function. As a result, more IT staff are being trained as Business Analysts.

The Business Analyst role will continue to shift its focus from “Software” to “Business System.”
Most Business Analysts today are focused on software development and maintenance, but the skills of the Business Analyst can be utilized on a larger scale. An excellent Business Analyst can study a business area and make recommendations about procedural changes, personnel changes, and policy changes in addition to recommending software. The Business Analyst can help improve the business system not just the business software.

The Business Analyst role will continue to evolve as business dictates.
Future productivity increases will be achieved through re-usability of requirements. Requirements Management will become another key skill in the expanding role of the Business Analyst as organizations mature in their understanding of this critical expertise. The Business Analyst is often described as an “Agent of Change.” Having a detailed understanding of the organization’s key initiatives, a Business Analyst can lead the way to influence people to adapt to major changes that benefit the organization and its business goals. The role of a Business Analyst is an exciting and secure career choice as U.S. companies continue to drive the global economy.

Training for the Business Analyst

The skill set needed for a successful Business Analyst is diverse and can range from communication skills to data modeling. A Business Analyst’s educational and professional background may vary as well–some possess an IT background while others come from the business stakeholder area.

With backgrounds as diverse and broad as these it is difficult for a Business Analyst to possess all the skills necessary to perform successful business analysis. Companies are finding that individuals with a strong business analysis background are difficult to locate in the marketplace and are choosing to train their employees to become Business Analysts in consistent structured approaches. First, organizations seeking formal business analysis training should examine vendors who are considered “experts” on the field with a strong focus on business analysis approaches and methodologies. Second, you will want to examine the quality of the training vendor’s materials. This may be done by researching who wrote a vendor’s materials and how often they are updated to stay abreast of industry best practices. Third, matching the real-world experience of instructors to the needs and experience level of your organization is critical to successful training. Business analysis is an emerging profession and it is critical that the instructors that you choose have been practicing Business Analysts.

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