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3 pieces of advice for young entrepreneurs from a startup specialist

Meyer, a startup specialist within Corporation Service Company's small business unit, lends some helpful tips to fledgling business owners.

Some friendly advice from a startup specialist. (Photo by Flickr user GotCredit, used under a Creative Commons license)

Meet John Meyer, marketing lead and startup specialist at Wilmington-based business services provider Corporation Service Company — aka, the “biggest company you’ve never heard of.”
One of the many hats Meyer wears at CSC is leading the strategic partnerships charge (such as CSC’s funding of Founders Films), which frequently places him in direct contact with young small businesses and startup founders incorporating through CSC’s The Company Corporation — or, Incorporate.com — which helps expedite the incorporation process for new businesses.

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John Meyer. (Courtesy photo)


“We primarily work with a couple of different industries through Incorporate.com,” Meyer said. “We’re working with a lot of consultants, retail businesses, construction businesses, a fair amount of health and wellness businesses and we do quite a bit of work with some technology companies as well.”
Meyer said most of those technology companies are coming through Delaware courts while registering to become a Delaware C-Corp.
After 10 years as CSC’s startup specialist, Meyer has a few pieces of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs:

  1. Stay Curious. “Continue to read, continue to explore all different facets,” Meyer said. “Something that might be successful in another industry might be successful in your industry.”
  2. Be Flexible. “Things change, things evolve,” said Meyer. “What you started out with might not be what you finish with.”
  3. Get a Support System. “Entrepreneurship can be a hard and lonely journey,” Meyer said. “You’ve got a lot of demands on your time, wallet and passion. You need good mentorship and a good support system to help you as you build your company.”

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