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 [...]Continue Reading
Archive for June, 2008
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 [...]Continue Reading
Here’s more from Suzy Batiz, our latest source of inspiration in the StartupNation community. She’s made over $1 million in first year revenue for her Poo-Pourri product line. Want your own success story featured here someday? Then read what Suzy shares below in Part 3 of her advice to fellow entrepreneurs. In Suzy’s words: [...]Continue Reading
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 [...]Continue Reading
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: [...]Continue Reading
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 [...]Continue Reading
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 [...]Continue Reading
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.
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 [...]Continue Reading
As I indicated in Part 1 of this series of blog entries, Suzy Batiz, founder of Poo-Pourri, shared her advice, further proving what a true shining star she is, right here, living and working among us in the StartupNation community. What a role model! Below Suzy provides more of her advice. In Suzy Batiz’s Words: COVER YOUR [...]Continue Reading
I met with Stephanie Toler of Sage Clean this week and I have to say: House cleaning hasn’t been this upbeat or bright a topic since Carol Burnett sat on a bucket to watch her own show. Even as I write this, I am trying to characterize her energy, enthusiasm and belief in herself and [...]Continue Reading
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 [...]Continue Reading
Sounds like a dream come true has occurred among us. Through the winning combo of tenacity, a great idea, having access to the right information and support network here at StartupNation, Suzy Batiz made over $1 million in first-year revenue selling her novel toilet scent spray product line called, “PooPourri.” Yes, you read that correctly. [...]Continue Reading
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, [...]Continue Reading
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 [...]Continue Reading
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 [...]Continue Reading
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 [...]Continue Reading
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 [...]Continue Reading
Email marketing services like iContact have a powerful method of improving the open and response rates for your email newsletters: message personalization. People generally respond more favorably to marketing when you make them feel unique. On the other hand, they tend to respond differently to things when they perceive themselves as part of a larger [...]Continue Reading
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 [...]Continue Reading
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, [...]Continue Reading