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Cool Company of the Day: Turn Your Head

To coin a phrase, everything old is cool again, and it took a woodworker who thought just like that to come up with our cool company of the day. Tom Bashara started his Colorado Springs-based e-tail business, Turn Your Head, in 2004 after thinking up a unique way to preserve his little girls’ faces as [...]

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Email marketing #1 choice for pre-Holiday eCommerce rush

eCommerce companies banking on garnering a strong holiday sales season are planning on utilizing email marketing as their first choice strategy to drive sales. This is according to the latest study by shop.org and Forrester Research. The top 3 marketing strategies: Email marketing 52% Search engine marketing 46% Search engine optimization 38% We are not [...]

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Infosys Technologies entrepreneur sticks to his own rules

There are many things to be impressed about by people who start and grow their own business. There is a unique success story in the news today about the co-founder of Infosys Technologies, India’s powerfully successful Consulting and IT Services company. N.R. Narayana Murthy, the entrepreneur who says he starts every day by cleaning the [...]

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What is the best small business elevator pitch in the pitch-off? You tell us!

From Joan Isabella, StartupNation Radio consultant A signature feature on StartupNation Radio is The Elevator Pitch . Participants have one minute to verbally hook the interest of a potential investor on a virtual elevator ride. We are having the first ever “StartupNation Radio Pitch-Off” on StartupNation Radio and here in the community forums at StartupNation.com. [...]

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Franchising for winners

From Dennis Hitzeman My friend Mike probably holds the world record for building the most winning teams. We entered West Point in July of 1965, two Chicago dudes recruited for sports. He played basketball for Bobby Knight; I played football for Bill Parcells. We both spent most of our years on the bench, but we [...]

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Introductions

Hello StartupNation, Dennis Hitzeman here – I’m excited to kick off the StartupNation franchise blog, and look forward to helping others interested in the fast-paced world of franchising. By way of introductions, I’m the president and CEO of Pride Restaurant Group, located in Scottsdale, Arizona. We currently own and operate 55 Burger King restaurants and [...]

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The Internet Continues to Evolve… To Your Benefit

If you were expecting a blog from Jeff & Rich, don’t be disappointed. As they continue to create more content, answer questions on the radio show, and take the many calls and emails they’ve received since the latest Costco Connection Magazine was published, I offered to provide some of my thoughts, or at least some [...]

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Is the customer always right?

This evening we received an email from an irate customer who had no reason to be. He was challenged when accessing one of our digital products, and closed the email off with "How much is YOUR time worth?" The insinuation was insulting, especially given the degree of customer service we had shown him prior to [...]

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Former Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble has got it goin’ on

Uber blogger Robert Scoble announced last month that he was leaving the "comfy?" corporate world of Microsoft to join a startup – mentioned us in his blog Scobleizer. Now here’s a great example of an extremely smart and talented business person who is striking out into the startup world and he’s looking for valuable resources. [...]

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Guy Kawasaki agrees with StartupNation

Guy Kawasaki was on StartupNation Radio recently and it was a good show. The Art of Creating a Community". As StartupNation’s chief community officer I figured I oughta check that one out. So I did. And I kept nodding my head as I read each of Guy’s 8 points. Guy, you rock.

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Don’t forget the small stuff

Whoa, remember me? Its been a long time since I blogged. No excuse for the unexplained absence… other than graduation from college (after nine years of in and out!), consulting on a friend’s new business, a wonderful new girl in my life, and excessive growth at Charisma Arts. We have a television show coming out [...]

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Start your own business to help fund your retirement

Planning for retirement is an important part of our lives. We all know the statistics: we’re living longer and have more income needs for retirement years that are extended beyond the previous generation. There are many resources and strategies for how best to accomplish our life goals. A recent Washington Post article shares some statistics [...]

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Small business loans grubstake entrepreneurs

Huh? I subscribe to a daily ‘Word of the Day’ email from Merriam-Webster and the other day the word was grubstake. grubstake GRUB-stayk verb : to provide with material assistance (as a loan) for launching an enterprise or for a person in difficult circumstances Apparently, the word gained footing during the California gold rush, and [...]

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