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A small business loan with a twist

Catch 22. You have a terrific idea for a profitable small business. You need some startup cash to get it rolling. Or maybe you’ve started your business and an influx of cash will take it to the next level. Problem is, you haven’t been in business 2 years yet so banks aren’t likely to give [...]

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Entrepreneurs need to turn it off to turn it on

Entrepreneurs often don’t but they especially should. And when they do, they don’t really, at least not completely. (I’m reminding myself of Yogi Berra’s famous quotes – my favorite: "If the fans don’t come out to the ball park, you can’t stop them." I’m talking about time off. Small business owners are in severe need [...]

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Your small business needs more Cowbell!!

“Guess what?? I got a fever! And the only prescription … Is more Cowbell!!” Ohhh YES !!!!! The contributions that the late night tv show “Saturday Night Live” have made to our society are so bountiful! As we’re heading into the long Memorial Day weekend, I’m beginning to get into a festive mood. My mind [...]

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StartupNation is JOM’n

Have you joined the StartupNation community yet? We’re the nation’s fastest growing online group of people starting and growing their dream business. Over a thousand of you have been one of the first to join our new community initiative. Now we’re on a mission to double the size of the community. If each of us [...]

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Even a home based business needs a team

I was watching the Detroit Pistons defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 7th & final game of their NBA 2nd round series Sunday afternoon and I started thinking of entrepreneurship. (This is not unusual, as I think about entrepreneurs, the businesses they start & the lives they lead all day long) Here’s a bit of [...]

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Top 10 Reasons to join the StartupNation Community

Here we go! Today’s Top 10 List. The top 10 reasons to create a profile & join the StartupNation community … 10 You’ll be hangin’ with really smart people who’ll help you with that idea for starting up & growing your dream business 9 If you join & create a profile by June 1 you’ll [...]

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Loving my cell phone leads to startup business ideas

A StartupNation community member recently asked “What’s your favorite office supply?” on the community forum. At first glance it seemed like a very silly question & even a sillier topic for discussion. But the question has stuck with me for a few weeks and I really thought about it as I bought a new cell [...]

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A "normal" day for an entrepreneur

• Caffeine-up • Follow up with customers • Analyze website traffic • Move forward on strategy for growing customer base • Tweak strategy for growing customer base • Manage accounting activity • Re-caffeinate • Gain inspiration from a teammate (or the StartupNation community) • Analyze sales • Walk the dog (home-based businesses only) • Shipping [...]

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Cool Company of the Day: VocationVacations.com

Alright, those of you who want to start up a business but have no experience doing the actual kind of work that that business entails… this one’s for you: Vocation Vacations. They’re based in Oregon but serve up job stints all across the country (and beyond) at the kinds of businesses people typically only dream [...]

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Cool Company of the Day: ManageYourCellar.com

We love red wine – a lot. It’s partly the flavor, partly the infinite variety and nuances of taste, partly knowing the work and thinking that goes into that taste, partly the history and concept of it, and partly it’s that it’s supposedly healthy for you in good measure. But remembering your favorites, storing the [...]

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Home business idea for woman in Pennsylvania

One of the initial aspects of taking that first step to start a small business is trying to determine whether your business idea will be profitable. Creating a business plan is absolutely the thing to do in order to figure this out. An early benchmark as you begin the research to create that business plan [...]

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Scissor-runners are cut out to start a small business

My bride-to-be Suzanne coined a phrase at a congratulatory dinner we were having last evening at our favorite Italian restaurant “joint”. She called herself a scissor-runner. There’s no question about it. She’s bright, intelligent, beautiful and does not like rules. It’s not that she especially wants to make her own rules, she just doesn’t like [...]

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“No budget” marketing strategies

So many startups, so little money. No matter what size business you run you’ve got to make every dollar count. Simply throwing money at a problem is not a smart way to grow your customer base. But grow you must! You’ve got 2 choices: 1) guess 2) research Guessing is very fun. It’s called the [...]

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A small business startup needs that work life balance

When we launched the entrepreneur forum in the StartupNation community pages on our website we did a whole lot of planning & strategizing in advance. After a month of the beta version of our community going public, there is a great deal that we have learned. Much of what we anticipated is happening just as [...]

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Lunchtime: I’m in the sales pipeline for small business

A glimpse into the lunch hour of a typical customer: Here’s what happened in my world over the past 60 minutes. I was touched by several small businesses, reminded why I do business with some & not others, hooked by a store’s grassroots word-of-mouth promotion, paid a premium price for a premium product & was [...]

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Inspiration

My mom died exactly 4 years ago today. She is the sweetest lady I have ever known. Now, after four years, I can think about her and not remember so much the 4-year cancer battle or the way her body failed her those last months. I remember her vibrant, smiling, lovely countenance. My mom, the [...]

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