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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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Cheap, smart startup labor!

No, I’m not talking about highly trained monkeys; I’m talking about college students. Do you work with college students? If you don’t yet, you should consider it. They can be a free (or incredibly cheap) source of labor, and their mental faculties are generally well ahead of their professional skills, so most of them are [...]

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NFL Players: Life planning after football

It’s Super Bowl week here in Detroit and StartupNation is heading to a special NFL players sanctioned event this afternoon. The Sloan brothers are giving a presentation to current and former NFL players and other professional athletes on the value of networking to enhance their career after their playing days are over. Many players take [...]

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Entrepreneurship runs in the family blood!

While we "Sloan brothers" have usually been the ones in our family to be recognized as ‘the entrepreneurs,’ now there’s a new force on the scene… Her name is Julie … and… she’s our middle sister. That’s right… and watch out! Just a few short months ago, she, like so many thousands of others who’ve [...]

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TOP SECRET: Entrepreneur forum on steroids

I care what you have to say. Now that’s a pretty bold statement. Well, let me prove it to you. The StartupNation team is feverishly working on a top secret initiative that I’m not going to tell you about. I will tell you that it has to do with you. It has to do with [...]

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Small Business Owners Need Contingency Plans

The big news, here in Detroit, is Super Bowl XL. Many citizens are chipping in as volunteers and guides, and many small business and home-based business owners are squeezing their way in to the activities hoping to earn a few of the many dollars to be spent here. I guess you could even consider the [...]

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