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"For Where Your Septic Tank Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also": Enterprise Cascadia and The Hood Canal Septic Loan Program

Jan Markham's team was currently considering Enterprise Cascadia as a potential awardee for her foundation's Community Investment Excellence Awards program. The program had been established to recognize and aid in the growth of community development financial institutions that achieved excellence in each of six areas: vision, use of funds, leadership, innovation, financial strength and performance ...

A Better Yoga Block: Shanti Creek Yoga Products

This case follows a protagonist as he tries to secure start-up capital to get his entrepreneurial venture going. With the company still in its conceptual stage, students must evaluate everything in a business plan: from the initial product design, to marketing, fabrication, and logistics. The case ends with a pitch scenario to a potential investor. ...

A Bowl of Good: Defining the Partnership

Katrina Didot's local organic food business, A Bowl of Good, was on the upswing now, and there was a chance to expand operations. In order to do that, Didot knew she needed a partner to shoulder some of the work. Didot had the recipes and knowledge?and she had drive. She needed someone who could make the trains run on time and ensure things flowed smoothly when it came to operations. ...

All Means ALL: Maintaining Success in Norfolk Public Schools

Stephen Jones, the newly hired superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools (NPS), wants to pick up where his predecessor John Simpson left off. During his six-year tenure, Simpson had managed a successful turnaround for the school division and garnered tremendous praise. Yet one accolade continued to elude NPS: the prestigious Broad Prize in Urban Education. How can Jones step into a well-performing ...

American Express: Bank 2.0

In June 2011, American Express announced the formation of a new group, Enterprise Growth (EG). EG was designed to challenge existing credit and charge business models and extend American Express's leadership into the world of digital and mobile forms of payment through the use of software platforms and mobile apps. Alpesh Chokshi, president of EG, and Wesley Wright, product development leader, wer ...

Arbor Days: Trumann Landscaping and ACCION USA

ACCION USA was a nonprofit organization that began operations in 1991 to provide financing to small businesses that did not have access to traditional sources of credit. In this case, Sarah Gomez, a risk analyst and senior consultant for AUSA, has to evaluate a potential client: Trumann Landscaping. ...

Ascend Ventures into Education

This case describes the decision by Ascend Ventures to invest in a firm that falls outside their investment strategy. Ascend Ventures is a relatively young private equity firm that has targeted technology companies that are managed by women or minorities. The company under their consideration, Platform Learning, operates in the for-profit education market, providing supplemental education services ...

BandyWorks (A): Founding a New Business (Guided by the Past)

Now in his mid-40s, Tom Bandy was not a novice entrepreneur. He was a veteran of the IT revolution two decades earlier. He had started a company after college that successfully exploited a market niche in database management. But by his late 30s, he had lost the business. Now he was ready to launch a new business. And guided by experience, he had some thoughts about how to finance it. ...

BandyWorks (B): Tom Bandy?Growing, Letting Go

Bandy was no stranger to entrepreneurship and the problems brought about by success. Having honed his programming skills in the 1980s, he had already founded a database company that had seen great success?and then had been squeezed out by investors. He spent a few years after that working for a computing firm in Richmond until a chance remark by his young son spurred him to become an entrepreneur ...

BioSidus: Biotecnologia en la Patagonia

The case follows an Argentinean biotech firm as it sets future firm strategy and decides how to fund it. Specifically, the firm is working on a method to produce human growth hormone through the milk of cloned cows. Economic and political uncertainties in Argentina complicate an otherwise challenging strategic decision. Students are required to make a decision based on the conditions present at t ...

Black Entertainment Television: Creating, Building, Extending and Protecting a Brand

Robert L. Johnson accomplished what many thought couldn't be done: he founded a company that leveraged managerial talent, largely African American, and grew into one of the leading media companies in the world. This case allows for many teaching points from multiple functional perspectives. Students can learn about decisions necessary for a firm's start-up and can compare the start-up of Black Ent ...

Bolt Newspapers: Is There a Future in Print Media?

Jane Darcy stared in dismay at the spreadsheet. As the editor of Bolt, a free daily newspaper in Richmond, Virginia, Darcy had been working since January 2007 to build a devoted readership. Published Monday through Friday, Bolt featured topics such as local news and sports and was written in a snappy style for readers between 18 and 34 years old. Advertising had been steadily climbing. But its par ...
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