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HRA

A great new tool to reduce your health insurance cost is at your finger tips, it’s called an HRA. HRA stands for a Health Reimbursement Arrangement. An HRA gives the employer the opportunity to reimburse the employee for health related costs. The employer must follow these rules: they must have an HRA agreement in place, [...]

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How to Calm Your Interview Nerves-Part 2

On Tuesday, I shared some tips for calming your nerves right before a media interview. When it’s time for your big moment, here’s what you can do to stay calm: Focus. As you start to respond to interview questions, try to act natural and provide honest answers. Focus on the moment without thinking about how you [...]

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Company events

As a business owner or entrepreneur, one of the best things you can do for your company is to host an event in your local community. We’ve spoken a lot about getting your business’s name out in the online marketplace and in print, and nothing generates buzz like a well-organized event. You can also personally [...]

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Rick’s Magic Beans

One sunny day in Chicago, Rick Riehle decided to call it quits and go travel—there is something about the timing of this piece that makes that statement seem like a dare. It’s every office dweller’s fantasy. I can just see his fellow cube mates prairie-dogging up across the division, waiving their staplers and cheering him [...]

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Ready for Retail?

I wanted to share with you today some insider information and useful tips about getting your products into “mass” or “big box” retail.  My hope is that this info will make you well informed with the process when you go looking for the connections into that industry. Knowledge is power!  The myth: “If only I can [...]

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Hello Startup Nation!

My name is Kristin Potenti and I have recently decided to make my passion for fashion a full time career instead of merely a hobby.  Over the past 5-10 years I have been studying and working in the fashion industry.  It was through my work in retail that I noticed a couple of micro trends [...]

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Did Bill Gates Start His Day This Way?

I woke up this morning–and “woke” is a very relative term–to find a nice present from our dog on the living room floor, a leaking refrigerator, hungry children, and a husband who perpetually can’t find his socks. My main urge was not to start working on my business, my intent was to crawl back in [...]

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How to Calm Your Interview Nerves

If you haven’t had a lot of experience doing media interviews, you may have butterflies in your stomach or even feel sick! To overcome your nerves and improve your chances of giving a great interview, here are a few quick tips: 1. Prepare. This is pretty obvious, but the more you prepare in advance, the [...]

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The Mistake Bank

I’m not much of a fan of Ning but this The Mistake Bank site seems like an interesting site. The Mistake Bank is a place to share stories of mistakes people have made in their lives and careers. After you sign up, you can contribute videos or blog posts recounting your mistakes that you think others could [...]

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Managing Your Business Credit and Cash Flow in a Down Market

As if we didn’t know it, the New York Times wrote today, “Banks struggling to recover from multibillion-dollar losses on real estate are curtailing loans to American businesses, depriving even healthy companies of money for expansion and hiring.” Yep, tough times. We all are well aware of the fact that everyone’s getting more conservative including [...]

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Ten steps to workplace success

Your employees are not mind readers or fortune tellers, and your business is not a free-form venue for experimentation, or a place where individual preference based on mood, time of the day, or random circumstance can rule the day. Your purpose and methodology must be clear, concise, consistent, and understood by everyone involved. Aim for [...]

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Turn Recession Woes into “Wows”

Economists and the media may debate whether we are in a true “recession” or not, but that doesn’t change the fact that sales are down and consumers are pulling back.  I’m certainly not excited about this, but I’m not traumatized either.  The economy is full of ups and downs and we obviously can’t have the [...]

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Mind Value

To one of my previous posts on the value of education vs/or training… I wonder if education is a system that trains people to do simply repeat history, to conform – to rinse, wash, repeat. New ideas and true innovative thinking seem to appear at “the edge,” “the fringe” – people on “the cusp.” What do you think?

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Too Much *Bleep*ing Perspective

If you’ve been a maverick entrepreneur for awhile, there’s a chance you may have lost touch with the reasons you sloughed the corporate shackles and struck off on your own. It’s road trip time. Time to pay a visit to how the other half–or three-quarters–live. Let me take you there. I went to pick up my husband at [...]

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jexbo grows with PR-Jill Exler’s Interview-Part 2

On Tuesday, I introduced you to fellow entrepreneur Jill Exler. When Jill had a challenging time publishing her own book, she decided to create a business to help others. Today, self-published authors can sell their books at www.jexbo.com, and readers can find unique books and communicate directly with authors. Jill used publicity to help start [...]

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Ghost Runner on 2nd

Being an entrepreneur with a startup company is a lot like playing sandlot baseball as a kid. Growing up on E. 199th Street in Euclid, Ohio we could often get 6 or 7 guys for a summer baseball game in the street, but we couldn’t field an entire team. That meant we’d have to choose [...]

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