Dick DeVos Has Been Involved In Business, Politics, And Philanthropy For Over 30 Years

The DeVos family may not be a name that hears about too often, but they’ve had quite a far reaching influence across the nation. They come from Grand Rapids, MI but have interests in many other cities. Richard DeVos Sr. is the owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic as well as the co-founder of the family company, Amway Corporation. His sons Dick, Daniel and Douglas have all worked at Amway Corporation, as has his daughter Cheri. Douglas currently runs the company. Dick DeVos is most known for his other company, The Windquest Group which invests and buys shares in alternative energy companies as well as venture capital companies and others. He’s married to Betsy Prince DeVos who has been an education reform activist for quite some time.

 

Dick DeVos started working at Amway back in 1974, and at the same time completing his bachelor’s degree in business and economics at Northwood University. In 10 years he became a company Vice President, and he and his brothers started opening the doors for the company to grow overseas. He briefly stepped down from the company in 1989 and founded The Windquest Group along with his wife Betsy. His father purchased the Orlando Magic in 1991 and Dick joined him on the executive board there for a couple years. Dick returned to Amway in 1993 where he served as CEO till 2002, opening offices in 50 new countries and growing profits in the billions. He turned the running of Amway over to his brother Douglas upon stepping down, and today he simply runs The Windquest Group.

 

Dick and Betsy are most known for their state education reform efforts, particularly in support of private schools such as Potter’s House, Grand Rapids Christian School, but they also support Grand Rapids Public Schools. They helped start scholarships through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and established the Education Freedom Fund and Children First America. They’ve also donated to local museums and art organizations such as ArtPrize and Whitney Museum of American Art. They also started a local charter school called West Michigan Aviation Academy.

 

Dick is the author of the 1998 New York Times bestseller Rediscovering American Values, a book stating the importance of conservative and traditional American values. He and Betsy have been active in the Republican Party for a long time, including while Betsy was chair of the party and when Dick ran in the 2006 Michigan Gubernatorial race. Betsy was also recently chosen to be President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education.

 

How Mike Baur Is Fueling Startups Through The Swiss Startup Factory

Mike Baur is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a strong background in banking having worked in the Swiss banking sector for at least 15 years. He is the brain behind the formation of the Swiss Startup Factory, which is working to support startup entrepreneurs.

 

The Swiss Startup Factory is managed by professionals with a long experience record and the ability to spot opportunities. They have all the tools necessary to help in the analysis and preparation of data that can be useful to young entrepreneurs to help them to make prudent decisions.

 

The Pre-Accelerator program

The Swiss Startup Factory pre-accelerator program is aimed at spotting extraordinary talent in Switzerland and offers further support to the talented individuals through partnerships with leading academic institutions in the country.

 

Their partnership offers their entrants a closer look into the high-quality services they offer and helps to impart vital skills to the aspiring entrepreneurs. The program includes bits in product development, market research and accounting and marketing support. They also offer coaching on several areas of business that can affect the performance of their ideas.

 

Growth acceleration

Through the Swiss Startup Factory growth acceleration program, aspiring entrepreneurs are able to access financial assistance that is necessary to help them implement their ideas. The Swiss Startup Factory ensures after the three months incubation those who lack the capital are connected to entrepreneurs willing to invest in their ideas and financial institutions that can offer them financial support to launch their businesses.

 

This stage also offers business development tips and management guidelines that every entrepreneur should understand. There is also an IT team that offers the requisite IT support to help the startups proceed seamlessly.

 

The Members’ Association

Members of the Swiss Startup Factory can also join the Association of the company, which offers exclusive rights and access. Members of the program are able to take part in the Swiss Startup events and can access the innovation pool. The association also offers an exclusive network that connects entrepreneurs and other professionals in different industries.

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About Mike Baur

Born in Fribourg, Switzerland, Mike Baur is a serial entrepreneur with passion in supporting young entrepreneurs to become successful investors. At his teenage, he showed massive love for Banking and Finance, a passion that inspired him to pursue the subjects later in university. He worked as a banker in the Swiss private banking industry for almost 20 years and in 2014, he formed the Swiss Startup Factory.

 

 

Positivism Is Key To Successful Online Reputation Management

The term Online reputation management or Reputation Defender Review is often misunderstood by leaders of both large and small businesses who mistakenly believe this is a retroactive form of marketing designed to eliminate problems after they have appeared. However, as many business owners are discovering the need to protect an Online reputation is not based simply on reacting defensively to any issues being faced Online, but to use both good and bad social media comments as a way of showing a company in a positive light.
A recent article from Supermarket News explained just how Online reviews can be a chance to show just how any business is responding to its customers with a positive and forward thinking attitude; defensive or negative comments from a business owner or marketing team can lead to a fall off of sales because of a perceived negative attitude. The future of any business is now closely tied to its reputation Online regardless of whether the company has established its own social media or Internet presence. Almost every business will be represented on Yelp with customer reviews both positive and negative, which every business owner should now see as a chance to impress existing and future customers.

Reports suggest 90 percent of Yelp users trust Online reviews when making decisions about a business or service they are considering using, which means every business owner should take the time to respond to all comments without descending into arguments or negativity. Negative comments should be met with a positive spin about improved services or action being taken based on the complaints being represented Online. In the same fashion a positive comment should be met with thanks and a comment explaining how this success will hopefully be continued in the future. taking appositive approach to Online reviews and comments can alter the view of a business taken by other readers who can often have a negative view altered by the positivity taken through Online marketing.

 

The New Real-Estate App by David Osio and Team

David Osio together with the Executive Directors of Davos Real Estate Group released a new mobile application. The application was introduced for the sole purpose of estimating real estate investment returns. Davos Real Estate Group is part of Davos Financial Group that is widely spread in the Latin American market. The group has been offering financial advice and opinion in over 20 years. Davos works to ensure that its clients get the best investment options that they need. The group works well within the law by working together with a highly trained team of professionals who provide service quality products.

The Executive Director of Davos has been tirelessly working with Tecknolution that is designing a tool to help investors and individuals estimate profit and gain of any investment property. The tool will take into account the expenses in developing any investment property. The mobile application is available for iPhone and Android enabled devices. Through one’s mobile device, one can be able to look up properties. Hence one can have a quick look and search the type of assets that they want to invest their money in. The application also has a way of conducting a chat or conversation with one of Davos’ agents. David Osio stated that the application would enable them to reach their objective of guiding their clients on how to safely invest in the real estate world.

The application offers investors a first of its kind financial guidance through Davos CAP Calculator. The calculator will also allow investors choose properties that will maximize their income levels. Other advantages of this application are the mortgage calculator that will afford its clients the opportunity to know the best mortgage package that they want taking into account the interest rates. To make use of the application effectively, Davos has increased its number of agents by 60% that has resulted in the increase in sales by 75%.

David attended the New York Institute of Finance where he studied Shares Portfolio Management and Banking. He has extensive experience and expertise as a legal adviser. He has worked with various organizations such as Latino International Bank. Besides being the Executive Director of Davos, he is also the Director of MGO law firm based in Caracas. David has over the years sought to build his career, and this has seen him enroll for further studies. He has offered his legal expertise to multinational companies. To learn more about David, one can visit http://www.davidosio.com/.

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