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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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Attention web entrepreneurs: Are you a Googleholic?

This morning I woke up and wondered something that had never occurred to me before. Am I a Googleholic? I mean, what are the signs? Just the fact that I’m wondering about it must be bad, right? Anything with –holic attached to end of it is not something to be aspired to, it’s to be [...]

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Entrepreneurship is what Africa needs

We received this message today from a Zimbabwe-based soon-to-be entrepreneur. Here’s what Kuda wrote us: message: Hi guys , what a great website you have its quite informative , i am in Harare Zimbabwe, eager to start up my own business and i can say the resources you availed to me on the website will [...]

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A Bubbly Niche!

My husband went to the doctor this week. His doctor is always reading about the latest in vitamin and medical research and usually has a new topic to discuss during each visit. This time it was the “Gluten-Free” diet. Many autistic children are on this diet. It is also recommended for variety of other conditions, [...]

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Business startup advice: Be attentive to your customer

Today is a special day for me. It’s exactly six weeks since my hip replacement surgery. At six weeks you’re allowed to do all kinds of things that you weren’t allowed to do after surgery. For instance, I’m allowed to lean forward while sitting in a chair. I can stop using a raised toilet seat. [...]

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Craig of Craigslist… visionary or listener?

We had a great hour with Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist this weekend, unearthing the seeds of his success and giving you access to him through our call-in radio program. It was a great hour for us, and Craig loved the variety of calls and the opportunity to share his wisdom. During the program, we [...]

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The Super Bowl creates unique business opportunities

Who are you rooting for? The National Football League Super Bowl is here (literally here in Detroit) and it’s time to choose sides. Steelers or Seahawks? Vintage franchise from the 1930′s with four Super Bowl titles already in hand or "upstart" pacific northwest team on their virgin Super Bowl run? Well, I don’t care about [...]

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