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Archive for 2006

No limp handshakes allowed

On the heels of us featuring a recent article about business ethics in the newsletter, I was struck by a post from Seth Godin about the dreaded "wet fish" handshake. We deal with ethical dilemmas in business every day, and while the internet is a huge boon to small businesses everywhere, it’s hard to avoid [...]

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Holiday Gifts – Any Neat Ideas?

When it comes to celebrating the Holiday Season and the close of another year, I like to recognize all of the people who have made the year a good one. I’m always searching for unique and creative ways to reach out to these folks. I thought it would be interesting for us to share Holiday [...]

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Call for career advice

Courtesy of our friends over at lifehacker, there’s a call out for real world advice on how you managed to narrow down your career options and chart a course for your future. I know we’ve got a posse of driven and decisive folks here, so if you have a chance, and you have got some [...]

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Planning to Write Your Business Plan

My new company’s business plan went from beta to final release today. I’m very proud of the final product, and am excited to circle back to to prospective investors. In my opinion, Jeff and Rich have written the definitive "how-to" on business plan authorship. But how do you plan to write a business plan? I [...]

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I’ve been deselected…

…and it is not a good feeling. A month ago I received a letter in the mail from one of our manufacturing partners that informed me that they have decided to resign our account. The letter went on to give us 90 days to find and move to a new facility. It turns out that [...]

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How to Gather Competitive Research

Knowing that a market exists for your product or service is an important first step when launching a new venture, and who better to tell you about the market than your future competitors? You can start with their websites, web searches, and the Dunn and Bradstreet reports. But if you really want to learn about [...]

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Surprise and Delight

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? Mine was fabulous! We went to a friend’s home and enjoyed a great day and a feast of turkey with all the trimmings. This is our fourth year to get together with these friends, and each year we divide up the menu among the families. I always pick the [...]

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Thank goodness for my wife!

I had a tough week! On top of the normal stuff – we had some inventory issues at our warehouse, we’re being forced to find a new manufacturer for one of our products, and my son was sick. When Spencer is home sick, my husband I become expert jugglers. We tag team who is going [...]

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Small Business Internet Relationships

How tuned into this internet thing are you really? Ok, so just by being a blog reader you’re at a certain level of internet savvy-ness (is that even a word?). But do you take it to the next level? I’m talkin’ about actually introducing yourself to people for the express purpose of doing some business [...]

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My REAL Introduction

This is my first official blog entry EVER. It’s true, I have not blogged before, so excuse me if I am off a bit on etiquette, acronyms, etc. After reading my bio that was posted, I thought that a little more detail on me might help you get to know me better. I live in [...]

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Entrepreneur Word of the Day: Energy

I woke up this morning after only 6 hours of sleep with the most energy I’ve had in years. Then I had a conversation with an entrepreneur in Las Vegas who manufactures kids energy drinks. Its now late afternoon, I’ve been running hard all day and I’m still rockin’!! What’s up with all this energy?? [...]

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Do you like music? You’ve got a business idea.

I had a conversation today with Lynne Sandler on the StartupNation community podcast. She figured that similar music tastes might be a good foundation for a dating partner so she created “A Sound Match” online dating service based on her theory. I mean, c’mon! You say you can’t think of an idea for a business? [...]

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StartupNation Community Podcast Has Launched !!

Yee-Haw !!! Whoopee !! Whoa Nellie !! The brand new StartupNation Community Podcast is rockin’ and it’s a rollin’! It may have been a bit of a sneak attack, coming in under the cloak of darkness … but the light is shining on it now, and there’s no more flying under the radar. You WANT [...]

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Getting Engaged to Entrepreneurship

Well, it happened again. I had the best intentions to go into management consulting following my recent departure from Charisma Arts, but it seems like I’ll be starting another business. Just can’t escape it! I was discussing this last night with a new friend who is at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She is a Senior Manager there but [...]

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Say hello to Cheryl Tallman

We’re excited to welcome Cheryl Tallman as a guest blogger on StartupNation, she’ll be contributing regularly to add her perspectives as a successful Mompreneur – here’s a brief bio for our newest blog team member: Cheryl is an ambitious and versatile executive and entrepreneur with proven abilities in building and managing all aspects of business. [...]

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Win Prize Package in StartupNation ’10 Step Challenge’

We want to learn from the StartupNation community and we’re giving away a prize package to one lucky winner this month, along with four 2nd prizes too. This contest is sponsored by Southwest Airlines, PrintingForLess.com, Atlas Business Solutions and LegalZoom. Grand Prize package: One winner will receive • Southwest Airlines:1 round-trip airline ticket • PrintingForLess.com: [...]

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