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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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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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