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Can a buzzword create a new definition for marketing?

There are two examples of new buzzwords that I’ve been exposed to recently and they both seem to be making a bid to create a new definition for marketing. Long Tail Slivercasting Long Tail showed up last year as Wired magazine popularized the phrase to refer to the large number of specialized offerings that in [...]

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The absolute number one best business to start

Full service car wash. You see, you probably thought I’d wimp out and not really name one. I mean come on, how can you pick just one business that’s the best for everyone. Isn’t it conventional wisdom that we all have unique personalities & gifts & styles? But I’ve decided. There is just no question [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Old House Gardens

We look for cool companies all the time and want you to help us find them. So keep them coming our way! Email ideas to info@startupnation.com. Today’s Cool Company is Old House Gardens, one of the leading heirloom seed catalog companies in the world. What makes the company cool–more than the fact that they run [...]

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Women’s home based businesses rock!

The facts are in. Women are just as likely to be successful entrepreneurs as men. But we all know that women and men are from different planets. So what is different about the women who are starting businesses than the men? I really don’t know. I really want to know. Do women have specific entrepreneurial [...]

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What does it take to be the leader of a startup?

Good heavans, its been awhile since I blogged. Midterms were two weeks ago, along with a push to launch some new backend stuff at my businesses, then I took a much-needed spring break. In any case, while on vacation, I was contemplating what it takes to be the leader of a startup. 1. Visionary: the [...]

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Movie lines that motivate the entrepreneur

Starting a business is hard. Yes, we believe that everyone should own their own business. Yes, it’s actually easier than ever before as the internet has changed everything. The average cost to start a business these days is only $6,000 – that’s extremely do-able! But nobody ever said it was easy. That’s why we believe [...]

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Free beer – an outrageous viral marketing idea

Did your mood just pick up? Are you smiling? We have an “Outrageous” board here at the StartupNation office where all of our team members are encouraged to write ideas on how we can better deliver fantastic value to our community. It’s called the “Outrageous” board because we’re supposed to write down anything that comes [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Foot Petals

This one was recommended by a StartupNation community member with sore feet apparently – a problem a lot of women (and men) deal with. The Cool Company of the day is Foot Petals, the brainchild of Tina Aldatz, who experienced the proverbial "necessity is the mother of invention" phenomenon. The product line is Tina’s invention [...]

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What’s in your office?

What is the oddest, most out-of-place item in your office? Whether it’s at home or a commute away, we all end up with stuff we never meant to have. My pet item is a can of spaghettios. I worked at a radio station in Philadelphia and after a couple of part time jobs, and a [...]

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Get a massage and a franchise business opportunity

Oh boy, do I need a massage. Now, truth be told, I always feel like I need a massage. I mean, who doesn’t? Seriously, I’m asking. Do you feel like you need a massage – right now? I’ll just bet that the overwhelming answer to that question is … YES! I smell a small business [...]

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Autistic teen has lesson for small business owners

They say that luck is where preparedness meets opportunity. And if you need a story to illustrate the point, here’s great one. The 17-year-old student manager of the Greece Athena High School basketball team, had his first opportunity to actually play in a game. The team was well ahead, so the coach put him in. [...]

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