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To B-school or not to B-school

The age-old dilemma most budding entrepreneurs will face at one point or another is whether to finish school before starting a business.

There is of course that exceptional group of bright minds to consider, such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, who ditched academia in favour of entrepreneurship. But the likelihood of being a part of this select group is depressingly low and for every genius, there are thousands of people who wish they could have had the luxury of an education.

Is there a link between entrepreneurial success and education? AMEX Open Forum seeks to find out in this clever infographic that charts the educational pedigree of 549 company founders.

For those who choose the path of education, a juicy post from Forbes that offers up 10 things they don't tell you in business school.

Nice work if you can get it

Think your summer job was a waste of life? Think again. In this slideshow, the writers of Inc.com ask successful business owners about the best (and worst) parts of their summer jobs, and how these experiences shaped their career paths. Unfortunately, summer jobs aren't exactly easy to come by in Canada, and for many students, the search can seem impossible.

Cut the coupon addiction

Finally, a cure for discount coupon addicts suffering from buyers' remorse. A secondary market for Web coupons issued by daily deal sites like Groupon has emerged, aided by a host of startups that allow users to resell their vouchers. Needless to say, not everyone (i.e. Groupon and Living Social) is pleased with this recent trend.

EVENTS AND KEY DATES

Dragon's Den Part Deux

Do you run a struggling Canadian company? Do you want access to investor expertise and capital? Then you might be in luck. The producers of Dragons' Den are looking for companies to appear in their new business show. Read more about the program here. All interested applicants must apply by Aug. 12, 2011.

Silicon Valley comes to Canada

The Grow Conference is a three-day conference that brings together the top minds in business, entrepreneurship, technology, and capital to inspire and engage the next generation of disruptive entrepreneurs. The conference takes place August 17-19th in Vancouver, BC.

EDITOR'S PICKS FROM REPORT ON SMALL BUSINESS

Sparkling and shining and ethical

In this month's Inside Jobs video series, we take a look at Canada's first fair-trade jewellery company FTJCO and discover why ethical extraction has given the company a leg up on its global competitors. Watch Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

FROM THE ROSB ARCHIVES

Home, home on the road

In this feature from last November, we asked entrepreneurs to name some essential must-bring items for the road. Their answers may surprise you.

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