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Cool Company of the day: Airforce Nutrisoda

Staying on the beverage theme…, I was passing through the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport Friday of last week and was thirsting for a soda. So, I walked into the magazine/snack store. My eyes were instantly drawn to a cool array of slender cans in the open cooler. They were cans of "Nutrisoda," sold by Air Force. [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Tea Forte

We were let down when we went to TeaForte.com to research more about the product we’d recently been wowwed by – we thought we were on the cutting edge of discovering a hot new product. But at their site we learned that Oprah beat us to the punch when she announced in 2004, "if you [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Spot Runner

Ever wanted to do a TV ad campaign for your business? Not a problem. Even the thought of it sounds too pricey? Not a problem. Don’t know how in the world you’d shoot and create the commercial itself? Not a problem. Enter Spot Runner, a new service that packages up your specific advertising message with [...]

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Life Plan in action: a “do what you love” podcast business

I am a subscriber to 5 podcasts: • StartupNation Radio • Entrepreneurial Tips with the Sloan Brothers • Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code • The President’s Weekly Radio Address • Roots Rock Radio You’re surely familiar with StartupNation, the Sloan Brothers, Adam Curry if you’re a podcast listener, and the President. But what’s the deal [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Zillow

Looking to buy a home? Wondering what your own home is worth? Has the value escalated the way you hoped? The people who created Zillow want to help you find out. The beta version of their site puts the power of maps, comparables, trend charts and more all at your fingertips. Is this destined to [...]

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The secret weapon of small business

It’s gotta be Customer Service. I could try to write a pithy blog with supportive documentation and research statistics to back up my hypothesis. I could quote successful entrepreneurs and point out entire businesses that have succeeded solely on the basis of customer service as the backbone of all that they do. Instead, let me [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Vital Choice Seafood

This one comes from community member Carolyn – one of StartupNation’s biggest advocates and a huge healthnut! (We like that about Carolyn – we, too, try to live in a healthy and sustainable manner and she’s very inspiring that way.) The Cool Company is Vital Choice Seafood, and as the letter from the founder, Randy [...]

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Advice for starting a home business website

Jo lives at the Jersey shore. She has a service business focused mainly on seniors. It’s time for her first website. She needs help. What should she do? Well, what she did was get together with thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners just like her and she asked them for their advice. Maybe some [...]

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Home-based business owner wins an office!

My favorite thing about the winner of the “Home Office From Hell Contest” sponsored by Offices2Share.com is the name of his company: Ancient Geek. The owner of the formerly home-based business’s name is Jason Welshonse, and his startup business (as you probably guessed) is a computer consultant to regular folks like you and me (well [...]

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StartupNation community has spoken & keeps talking!

I’m speechless. The brand new beta version of the StartupNation community resource was released to our current community members earlier today and the site has been overwhelmed with energetic & passionate entrepreneurs and those dreaming of starting their own businesses. People are creating their own personal profiles, many also uploading a photo of themselves or [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Cocktails by Jenn

Picture this: You’re in your hotel room in Vegas. You want to party BEFORE you even get down to the strip. You think, a Cosmo (=the popular martini beloved by women) would be great right now… You open your mini-bar and voila! There waiting to delight your thirst is a prepackaged collection of mixed drinks. [...]

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Brand new Entrepreneurial Tips podcast

I love podcasts. You only have to watch me walk around to figure that out. I used to have the signature white cords dangling from my earbuds, but now I’ve graduated to a Bluetooth wireless headset for my iPod. I’m certain that I’m the first one on my block sporting those babies! So you can [...]

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Fellow entrepreneur needs help with packaging and drop shipping

Time for a little of that StartupNation community spirit! Anyone have expertise in packaging for small consumer products and/or drop shipping resources and strategies? A fellow StartupNation entrepreneur has asked for help that would lead her to these resources. Of course, soon, this will all be facilitated through our community section where you’ll be able [...]

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