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Archive for February, 2006

Cool Company of the day: Prosper.com

By our own experience and by the sheer volume of callers we talk to on our Radio Show, it’s clear that raising money is one of the most intimidating and difficult parts of starting up a business. That’s why we’ve chosen Prosper.com as today’s Cool Company. Prosper.com is a new kind of source of money [...]

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A Reminder: Don’t Ignore Your Life Plan

I generally dislike forwarded messages, especially the ones that tell me to forward them immediately to ten people or else I’ll probably go to Hell. If I dislike them, my husband despises them. So I was very surprised when he forwarded this one to me. I’m sharing it with you because it reminded me that [...]

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Small business tip: Don’t lie

A company as big as Radio Shack takes its integrity very seriously. The New York Times reported (subscription required) that Radio Shack’s chief executive resigned yesterday after revealing that he had lied about his education background. Here’s a quote from Leonard H. Roberts, Radio Shack’s executive chairman, "When our company’s credibility becomes based on a [...]

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Are Traditonal Marketing Strategies Still Best?

A recent survey about marketing to marketers examined how marketers want to be contacted. It claims they do not want phone calls, they prefer an e-mail with links. They say they don’t want cold calls or face to face meetings. What the survey didn’t examine is how effective the e-mail strategy really is. I know [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Dogmatic for dogs

The Westminster Show that aired this week was another glowing example of just how crazy we all are about our dogs… We’re included in the craze – we have 7 (yes, seven) dogs total in our respective homes. And one of the most common things people do with their dogs is treat them like … [...]

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Podcasting strategy for small business

Podcasting is all the rage among the really cool people these days. And it’s not enough just to be listening to podcasts. (omigod, if you aren’t even listening to podcasts, then you definitely can’t sit at the cool people’s table in the lunch room) In order to be especially cool you’ve got to be creating [...]

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TV is dying – an online marketing business opportunity?

A new report by ZenithOptmedia Group claims that ad buying on television is declining while advertisers are spending more money online. A Mediapost article says "Television’s share of ad expenditure is leveling off as the Internet takes over as the up-and coming advertising medium." Does this create an online marketing business opportunity for small businesses [...]

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Story of a young entrepreneur: do what you love

I called my Uncle Jim the other day. Actually I have two Uncle Jims. This one is the Penn State Uncle Jim. You know, he’s one of those guys that lives & breathes everything that is Penn State. He and my Aunt Sally live in Annapolis but spend all of their weekends at their home [...]

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A home-based business that serves your soul

We’ve heard a lot of people say that you first have to love and understand yourself, and only then can you love and understand others in your life. The importance of this principle was confirmed this weekend on StartupNation Radio. We interviewed Julie and during the show, we uncovered a lot about her brand-spankin-new fashion [...]

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Your evolving business plan

I was going through old files recently, and came across some archived business plans from several past companies. Man, how things change… Business Plans are necessary inasmuch as they put your company’s strategy on paper. You’re forced to think about how you will accomplish your objectives, and if you’re raising capital, the business plan is [...]

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Opinions on 7 Ways to Boost Your Web Visibility

This week’s StartupNation newsletter featured an article on the 7 Ways to Boost Your Web Visibility. While we know we’re just scratching the surface with the article, and there will soon be much more content in this area, the StartupNation community has begun to weigh in with some opinion and reaction. Here’s David Binkowski’s perspective [...]

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Reasons people don’t start a business

The people who seem to use our site the most – and listen to our show the most – are a mix of people who are either considering becoming an entrepreneur or who are already an entrepreneur, and are looking to grow their business. Both of these kinds of community members can comment on this [...]

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Is it time for a site redesign?

The venture industry is abuzz about Web 2.0 – a rejiggering of web technologies that promises more interactivity and a better end-user experience. If you have a website that promotes your business, now might be a good time for a redesign. The three top browsers (IE, Firefox and Safari) all render pages about the same [...]

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