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#THRIVEable Friday: Copycats, Unique Fundraising and NYCPRgirls

Ah, Friday. The day where we can take a break from the craziness of the week and all the caffeine. It’s technically still summer, but the fall weather has hit and we’re ready for some fun fall-themed activities! Before we roll out for a fun (and pumpkin)-filled weekend, we’re sending out the latest in our #THRIVEable Friday series – a roundup of the links, apps and stories we just can’t keep to ourselves this week. Grab some fresh apple cider and enjoy! Entrepreneurship…LIKE A BOSS. Monkey See, Monkey Shouldn’t Do. We’ve all been there: you see a really cool blog post,

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Ah, Friday. The day where we can take a break from the craziness of the week and all the caffeine. It’s technically still summer, but the fall weather has hit and we’re ready for some fun fall-themed activities!

Before we roll out for a fun (and pumpkin)-filled weekend, we’re sending out the latest in our #THRIVEable Friday series – a roundup of the links, apps and stories we just can’t keep to ourselves this week. Grab some fresh apple cider and enjoy!

Entrepreneurship…LIKE A BOSS.

Monkey See, Monkey Shouldn’t Do.

We’ve all been there: you see a really cool blog post, ad or social media strategy from another brand and think to yourself ‘We can do that!’ While imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery, it might not be the best approach to business. This post from Entrepreneur describes why copying others may not be the course of action, and how businesses can utilize their own individuality.

 Unexpected Places for Funding.

Are you pitching investors without any luck? Don’t give up – just think outside the box. There are several places where you could get funding that aren’t traditional, such as crowdfunding, that can prove to be very lucrative. Learn more ways to fund your startup in this Inc article.

Make Meetings More Efficient.

Do you feel like your company’s meetings are too time-consuming and tedious without any positive effects? You’re not alone. A study by software company Atlassian showed that employees spend up to 31 hours per month in unproductive meetings. So what can you do? Here are six steps to fewer, shorter and more productive meetings from Mashable.

Tips and Tools to Empower Your Life

In the PR world, they say if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere. Keeping that in mind, two NYC PR pros created a website to help up and coming students and professionals succeed in the public relations industry. Enter nycPRgirls, a site full of PR basics, tips and info on how to work and live in the Big Apple (or everywhere else). Their guide is particularly helpful for future PR pros and is full of helpful tricks and tools of the trade.

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Have a great weekend!

–Megan and Team Belle

Heather Allen

Belle's first employee. Lover of great food, good books and spreadsheets. Mom of three. Native Floridian and city girl residing in the cornfields of central Illinois.