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As we dive into 2014, let’s take a moment to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and look forward with a new focus on entrepreneurial success. As we all know, there is always room for improvement and starting a new year is a great opportunity to do so. Set the pace for productivity and improvement – make a resolution and use it as a roadmap for your business goals.

Of course, it’s not always easy to pin-point what goals for success may be. In our case, MTEC SmartZone programs empower entrepreneurs with the skills, strategies and plan to succeed. Our goal is to help entrepreneurs unleash and hone their business skills. Our five-week, peer-based learning program, SmartStart, helps validate big technology ideas. Expertly trained business coaches work through unanswered questions – Who are my customers? Where will I get the funds I need to launch? Is there a need in the market for my product/service?

Speaking from experience, the most effective learning tool for CEOs is networking with other CEOs. Networking is a key component of SmartStart. Participants build confidence in themselves, find out what works and what doesn’t, and have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to potential key investors. Idea stimulation continues with our one-hour Lunch and Learn sessions that focus on topics to help entrepreneurs move their company forward.

As you can see, MTEC SmartZone is much more than office space. We provide business counseling, coaching, access to funding and business development to help entrepreneurs and company tenants succeed faster, and more securely, than they would on their own.

So, before making New Year’s resolutions, ask yourself: How can I set the pace for productivity? A good rule of thumb is to keep an open mind, stay focused and always keep your nose to the grindstone.

Marilyn Clark, CEO
MTEC SmartZone