TURNING GREAT FRIENDS
INTO GREAT BUSINESS PARTNERS
We want to help you and your friends take your business to the next level with Miller Lite Tap the Future.
Miller Time's always been about great friends and great Pilsner taste. But now, it's about great business partners and great ideas. Miller Lite Tap the Future is the business competition that pits like-minded groups of entrepreneurs against each other to claim their slice of a $300K prize pool. In addition, we offer business seminars, live pitch opportunities, and access to mentors and business moguls like Daymond John from ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Check back in February for details on the 2015 program launch.
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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Job for a Startup

Most entrepreneurs don’t succeed on their own. As startups continue to grow, the CEO needs a team to support and execute business tasks. For people who come from a large corporate background, jumping into the startup world can be a bit of a shock, as they are faced with working in a less predictable environment with fewer resources. If you are thinking of leaving a corporate job for a startup, this article form Inc. magazine lists some things to consider.

2014 Grand Prize Winner Bellhops in the News

Chattanooga-based moving company Bellhops came out on top in the 2014 Miller Lite Tap the Future competition. Nooga.com talked with the co-founders of Bellhops about their experience in the competition and how they plan to use their winnings.

Were You Born to be an Entrepreneur?

Through entrepreneurs come from various backgrounds and have different stories, many of them share similar personality traits. This article from Inc. magazine lists 10 signs shared by people born with the entrepreneurial spirit. Read on to see if you fit the bill.

Do What You Love

Following your passion can lead you to a successful business doing what you love. On his website, Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Daymond John shares his thoughts on why it’s important to find something you’re passionate about when pursuing your next venture. He writes, “If you’re an entrepreneur who’s not sure what your next business should be, ask yourself ‘what do I love enough to do for free?’ You won’t regret it.”

7 Things Successful Founders Want You to Know About Startups

Most entrepreneurs don’t start out on top. They all had different paths to success. This Inc. magazine article shares some of the failures, successes and lessons of seven founders who are now at the top. Read on to see what they have to share on building a successful startup.

Congratulations to 2014 Miller Lite Tap the Future Winner – BELLHOPS!

Chattanooga startup Bellhops is the grand prize winner of the Miller Lite Tap the Future program, earning $200K to go towards their business. This moving company uses college students to provide collegiate and small residential moving services to 121 cities across the U.S. This team also won the Atlanta Live Pitch Event, where they took home an additional $20K. Congrats and continued success to Stephen Vlahos, Cameron Doody and the Bellhops team. Cheers!

Meet Los Angeles Live Pitch Event Winner - Enso Ink

Enso Ink launched in Albany, Oregon in 2011 and specializes in developing lotions and balms to care for and improve the appearance of tattoos. This team won the Live Pitch Event in Los Angeles and went on to the national finals, where they presented their business to our panel of judges for a chance at winning the $200K grand prize. Check out this article where they talk about their experience in the Tap the Future competition.

Fastest Growing Small Business Industries

Looking to explore some new business ideas? This article from Inc. magazine points out the five fastest growing industries for the small business market. If you are an investor or entrepreneur looking to start or grow a new business, this might be a good place to start.

Hold On to Your Equity

Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Daymond John is regularly pitched business ideas from entrepreneurs looking for funding. In this article, Daymond argues that sometimes business owners sell themselves short by being too willing to give up a significant portion of equity in exchange for an investment. He gives several different options where business owners can obtain funding without having to give up equity in their company.

Meet Miami Live Pitch Event Winner – Million Dollar Scholar

Chicago team Million Dollar Scholar lit up the stage at the Miller Lite Tap the Future Live Pitch Event in Miami and earned $20K for their business. Million Dollar Scholar, an online platform that helps students secure financial aid for college, will go up against four other teams of finalists for a chance at winning the $200K Tap the Future grand prize.

Meet Atlanta Live Pitch Event Winner - Bellhops

Chattanooga startup Bellhops is a moving company that uses college students to provide collegiate and small residential moving, serving 121 cities across the U.S. This business won the Miller Lite Tap the Future Live Pitch in Atlanta, winning $20K for their company. Later this month, they will present before our national judging panel where they have a chance to win $200K to go towards their business. Check out this article where Bellhops talks about the growth of their business and their experience in the competition so far.

Get Your Business "Unstuck" with Barry Moltz

If you feel like your business could use a little boost, then Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Barry Moltz has just the advice for you. Moltz has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners unstuck and marching forward by applying simple, strategic steps to facilitate change. In this podcast, Barry talks about the hard knocks he’s had, lessons he’s learned as a successful entrepreneur and tips on how to get your business “unstuck.”

Three Ways to Supercharge your VC pitch

For entrepreneurs looking for investments, pitching to venture capitalists is par for the course. This article from Inc. magazine shares three surefire ways to supercharge your pitch so that you stand out from the pack and increase your chances of getting funding.

What are the Judges Looking For?

Miller Lite Tap the Future just finished its second year of Live Pitch Events, where semifinalists presented their business plans before an audience and our panel of judges, including Daymond John from ABC’s “Shark Tank.” This article from Success magazine talks with Daymond John and a few other Live Pitch Event judges to find out what they look for in a good business pitch.

Business and Branding Tips from Daymond John

Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Daymond John began his foray into entrepreneurship when he co-founded the clothing line FUBU with friends. In this article, John talks about turning FUBU into an international brand, his experience as a Tap the Future judge, his role as a “Shark” on ABC’s Shark Tank and some of the secrets to his success.

Making Lemonade out of Lemons

Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Daymond John from ABC’s “Shark Tank”, has had a number of successes, but also a number of failures. He explains, “if you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t making moves.” Check out the video clip as Daymond shares the lessons he’s learned in business and how to turn failures into successes.

Get Connected

The Internet makes it possible to reach potential customers locally or globally. Are you connected? Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Barry Moltz shares a few ideas on the best ways to stay connected with customers and start a conversation with new ones.

100 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

How do entrepreneurs continually produce fresh ideas and improve the vision for their companies? By asking the right questions. Inc. Magazine compiled a list of questions that entrepreneurs, CEOs, business authors and bloggers have asked themselves to keep new ideas flowing. Check out the link below to read the questions you should consider when thinking about the future of your business.

Seven Deadly Sins of Pitching

Semifinalists in the Miller Lite Tap the Future competition need to prepare to present to our panel of judges in the Live Pitch Events. Inc. Magazine describes the seven deadly sins of sales pitching and tips on how to correct them.

10 Business Tips from "The Shark"

What does Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Daymond John from ABC's "Shark Tank" think are the traits of a great entrepreneur? Read the article below to find out.

Social Media Mistakes

Is your company missing a solid social media strategy? Are you talking to the wrong people on Twitter or using the same message across channels? Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Barry Moltz highlights these and other mistakes you should avoid when utilizing social media for your business.

What do You Think is Most Important for Running a Great Business?

Running a great business requires more than a great idea. It requires financial literacy and guidance. Read on to see what Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Daymond John from ABC's "Shark Tank" thinks is one of the most important aspects of building a small business.

Ace Your Presentation

The Miller Lite Tap the Future competition includes a Live Pitch Event, where semifinalists present their ideas to business expert judges, including Daymond John from ABC's "Shark Tank." Inc. magazine shares how you can ace your presentation Shark Tank style.

Let's Talk Business with Barry Moltz

Are you crazy about entrepreneurship? If so, check out Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Barry Moltz' internet radio show "Business Insanity Talk Radio - All the Craziness of Small Business." Listen in and join the discussion with other originators and passionate entrepreneurs. The show airs every Friday at 9 a.m. CST.