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No Fish–> No Fishsticks

Almost 80% of the world’s fisheries are fully- to over-exploited, depleted, or in a state of collapse. Worldwide about 90% of the stocks of large predatory fish stocks are already gone. More… This made me think…how are countries coping with this, and are they working together? In an oceanography class I took in college, the [...]

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Happy eBay Live Eve

Hi gang, Well, it’s that time of year again – eBay Live – Chicago. I remember my first eBay Live very well. It was in New Orleans several years ago, back when I was but a guppy in the seller bowl. What I remember the most about N.O. Live was that it was a freak [...]

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Hello StartupNation!

My name is Heather Nolte, and I have enjoyed being a small business owner for the past four years.   My company, Glamajama.com , is a lifestyle clothing company that creates glam-studded clothes for women, toddlers, and babies.  Glamajama has been featured on The Today Show, The Early Show, Oprah, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Extreme Makeover: Home [...]

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Do You Believe In (Imaginary) Friends?

When talking to Jody DeVere about her company Ask Patty, it’s hard to know where DeVere ends and Patty begins. Both are smart, accomplished and energetic women, but only one has built several businesses, had children, and adapted through several industries. The other is a cartoon. Like best friends though, they do most everything together: [...]

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Personalizing your messages contd.

In the last post, I discussed the benefits your business can receive by personalizing your email messages. Personalization can be a powerful way to reinforce the connection between your company and your customers. Although a subscriber’s email address is the most important piece of information when it comes to your email marketing campaigns, having their [...]

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Beat Recession Blues-Do Your Own PR

Many entrepreneurs have told me recently that they want to use PR to build their businesses. But they feel frustrated because they can’t afford a publicist. The good news is that you don’t need to hire a publicist to build buzz for your new business. Now, be aware that it is going to take time and [...]

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Apple Iphone 3G Announced and eBay Bans Pre-Sales and Limits Sales

 

Bah, humbug,  eBay.

I especially like the Paypal only requirement.  That was a nice touch.

The Iphone 3G might be the hottest gadget all year.   For a company who wants to become the “new, in season” merchant of choice, please explain to me how these restrictions fall under that goal.

Kevin

http://inflatablemadnessdvd.com

http://buybackmadness.com

kevin@inflatablemadness.com

 

 

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Hi gang, I am an Iphone freak – had it since it came out and you will have to pry it from my cold, dead hands.   It sleeps gently next to me and my wife on an 800 thread count satin pillow at night (kidding! … ? ). So I did the happy dance when Steve [...]

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When you are self-employed and shopping for an individual insurance policy

Many self-employed individuals need to purchase their own health insurance policies, long before strategizing about their startup’s approach. When you are newly self-employed and looking to purchase, here are some quick tips: -Always compare multiple policies and prices. Don’t just look at insurance companies that “your parents recommend.” The market is incredibly competitive, so you [...]

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How to Score Top Media Placements

Today is definitely going to include a brief celebration on my end. After having stories cut at the last minute due to election results, my client is enjoying the publicity benefits of a mention in the June 16th edition of Newsweek®. Now, the story is much smaller than expected (after involving many interviews, phone calls, [...]

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Tilth: Letting Your Inner Philosophy Be Your Guide

If you’re new to Seattle and looking for that list of three things you have to experience, here they are: the mountains, the sea…and Tilth. The experience is everything everyone has told you and more – just the sort of cozy dining you wish were in every neighborhood, the kind of quality you wish every [...]

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Internet Retailer Conference 2008 – Caught In The Web

Hi gang, Large eBay sellers are spending a lot of time these days developing other sales channels, and I am certainly no exception. Multichannel commerce is the way to go for an online seller. Our latest effort, http://inflatablemadnessdvd.com has been very rewarding to create, and now the challenge is to get some bidness out of [...]

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The federal stimulus package and your business

There as a lot of hoopla about how the Federal stimulus package would encourage spending by consumers, but it’s also designed to positively impact small businesses as well.  www.sba.gov/stimulus is a new site set up to help you understand just how. Included at the site are: A fact sheet that provides a clear explanation of the small business tax [...]

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Higher Pay, Fewer Benefits.

More than half of small business employers spent up to 10 percent more on health insurance in 2007 than in 2006, and nearly 10 percent of employers surveyed say they’ll either drop or consider dropping coverage this year, according to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations. Employer-sponsored health insurance coverage rose 6.1 percent in [...]

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Has Your Phone Stopped Ringing?

I’ve talked to a lot of business owners recently who are seeing requests for information, incoming calls and in-store visits decline due to the economy. As an entrepreneur, you’ve probably noticed this too. And it can be easy to fall into an emotional trap of negativity and disappointment. If you are feeling this way, try to [...]

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Vision to Venture webcast is live!

Here’s a link to the webcast of my 8 Secrets to Startup Success. Throughout April and into early May, I was on a seminar tour with the folks at Microsoft Office Live Small Business. The tour, Vision to Venture (aimed at women entrepreneurs), was a huge success. Hundreds of people showed up in St. Louis, [...]

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