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Must-read books for business start ups

Entrepreneurs are book readers. I find that almost everyone involved in business start ups is also reading at least one book. The book topics vary and often it’s helpful to get a complete change in perspective from what one normally reads. Information & inspiration can come from many sources. Here is one of my favorites: [...]

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Invaluable tools & help for small business

As entrepreneurs we need to do everything as efficiently as possible. It actually truly makes my day when I discover a tool that makes me more effective. This afternoon my teammate Chuck Fuller passed along a link to me to update my Firefox web browser with a little diddy that displays the Google PageRank & [...]

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Cool Company of the day: The Evening Hatch

We all know how important it is to enjoy life… to live it to the fullest. In that spirit, we recently went on our first fly fishing adventure – something we’d heard people rave about but we’d never "taken the time" to do ourselves. The little business we chose to outfit and guide us was [...]

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Character matters more than skills when hiring good employees

Experience is highly over rated. So says the 2006 Stanford Business School Entrepreneurship Conference panel of recent graduates, venture capitalists, and established entrepreneurs. I agree. This character over skills argument applies to both the entrepreneurs who are starting a business (you don’t necessarily need to have experience in a business to be successful at it) [...]

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Internet dangers abound for small business startups

A couple of months ago I wrote about some of the dangers you face on the internet–phishing and pharming. I read a story today that makes me want to reiterate that you need to be careful out there. A study showed that one out twenty people who received e-mails “phishing” for personal information fell victim [...]

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St. Patrick’s Day grassroots marketing examples

For small businesses, grassroots marketing is a foundational strategy to reach a core customer base on a limited budget. GoDaddy.com can market using Super Bowl commercials but startup entrepreneurs need to get extraordinarily creative to make every marketing dollar count. The Sloan brothers call out 3 ideas to get started with a grassroots marketing campaign [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Blurb.com

Thanks goes to community member Chuck for this one… Blurb.com is particularly cool for those of you who want to see your words in print someday, and not just here in the comments section of StartupNation’s blogs – instead, how about professionally bound… the real deal?! Enter Blurb.com, a website with a sofware/service whose time [...]

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Can a buzzword create a new definition for marketing?

There are two examples of new buzzwords that I’ve been exposed to recently and they both seem to be making a bid to create a new definition for marketing. Long Tail Slivercasting Long Tail showed up last year as Wired magazine popularized the phrase to refer to the large number of specialized offerings that in [...]

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The absolute number one best business to start

Full service car wash. You see, you probably thought I’d wimp out and not really name one. I mean come on, how can you pick just one business that’s the best for everyone. Isn’t it conventional wisdom that we all have unique personalities & gifts & styles? But I’ve decided. There is just no question [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Old House Gardens

We look for cool companies all the time and want you to help us find them. So keep them coming our way! Email ideas to info@startupnation.com. Today’s Cool Company is Old House Gardens, one of the leading heirloom seed catalog companies in the world. What makes the company cool–more than the fact that they run [...]

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