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Archive for April, 2006

Cool Company of the day: Template Monster

Not quite sure how to design your web site? Want to avoid the expenses of working with designers to come up with and build out a design? We were turned on to a great solution by Brian, our web manager. And he’s right – you need look no further than TemplateMonster.com, a site that has [...]

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What I learned over Spring break…

• When children are concerned, the noise level in your home increases exponentially for each child added. • In a related revelation, little girls scream a lot. • One should not bother cleaning the floor during a play date, unless it is an activity you enjoy doing more than once. • On a related note, [...]

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Does integrity ever NOT matter when hiring (good) employees?

If we’re honest with ourselves, I think the answer to that question has to be … Apparently – all the time! Lila Cherri was on StartupNation Radio this weekend. She is also highlighted in a key move article on StartupNation.com with the article title of “Building a Business With Integrity”. Here’s a quote from that [...]

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Cool Company of the day: PODS

"Cool" comes in many forms. PODS hits the "Cool Company of the Day" list largely due to the sheer convenience of their innovative moving and storage service. (But it’s cool also based on the growth potential.) You may have seen the PODS ads on TV or perhaps your neighbor has one of the crisp white [...]

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Help your business startup today: Set goals

It’s good to have daily goals. They add up to support your weekly, monthly, annual & life goals. One of my goals today … Goal setting!! I received an e-Newsletter this morning from my friend Kevin Binion and the lead article was titled “Learning How To Win”. He described an Xbox gaming experience he had [...]

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Networking, Russian style, to grow your sales pipeline

Just when you think you’re a pretty darned good networker, someone comes along and shows you how to build relationships even better. In a StartupNation Key Move article, Start Your Business Globally, Glenn Coggeshell of Black Dot Coffee talks about doing business in Russia and then this little gem gets dropped on us at the [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Airforce Nutrisoda

Staying on the beverage theme…, I was passing through the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport Friday of last week and was thirsting for a soda. So, I walked into the magazine/snack store. My eyes were instantly drawn to a cool array of slender cans in the open cooler. They were cans of "Nutrisoda," sold by Air Force. [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Tea Forte

We were let down when we went to TeaForte.com to research more about the product we’d recently been wowwed by – we thought we were on the cutting edge of discovering a hot new product. But at their site we learned that Oprah beat us to the punch when she announced in 2004, "if you [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Spot Runner

Ever wanted to do a TV ad campaign for your business? Not a problem. Even the thought of it sounds too pricey? Not a problem. Don’t know how in the world you’d shoot and create the commercial itself? Not a problem. Enter Spot Runner, a new service that packages up your specific advertising message with [...]

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Life Plan in action: a “do what you love” podcast business

I am a subscriber to 5 podcasts: • StartupNation Radio • Entrepreneurial Tips with the Sloan Brothers • Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code • The President’s Weekly Radio Address • Roots Rock Radio You’re surely familiar with StartupNation, the Sloan Brothers, Adam Curry if you’re a podcast listener, and the President. But what’s the deal [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Zillow

Looking to buy a home? Wondering what your own home is worth? Has the value escalated the way you hoped? The people who created Zillow want to help you find out. The beta version of their site puts the power of maps, comparables, trend charts and more all at your fingertips. Is this destined to [...]

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The secret weapon of small business

It’s gotta be Customer Service. I could try to write a pithy blog with supportive documentation and research statistics to back up my hypothesis. I could quote successful entrepreneurs and point out entire businesses that have succeeded solely on the basis of customer service as the backbone of all that they do. Instead, let me [...]

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