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Numbers we overlook in our society…

http://www.ted.com Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics — like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day. Numbers of everything from cups use to total people in jail…click here to watch.

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Word-of-Mouth Marketing Guru Shares Tips

Recently, I spoke with word-of-mouth marketing guru, Andy Sernovitz. As the author of “Word of Mouth Marketing – How Smart Companies Get People Talking” and the GasPedal.com blog, he has some great insights for StartupNation entrepreneurs.  Here’s what he had to say: Why is word-of-mouth marketing so important to new entrepreneurs? Because word of mouth is [...]

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In Small Business, Is It About College or Training?

Every now and then I get asked or ask the question: what universities could do to prepare their students for a world in business.” I was randomly going through articles on Startups at Alltop and came across Is College Worth it For Entrepreneurs? at youngentrepreneur.com.   Classic, “Top 3,” “Best Of” list below:    1) [...]

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When is an entrepreneur a business person?

I was reading that Olivia Newton-John just got married again. Oh, hold your little blog ponies, people, I have a point. I just noticed in the article that her new hubby,  John Easterling, was termed an “entrepreneur” and I wondered why he was listed as such. It turns out he owns a hugely successful and, I’m gathering, lucrative business [...]

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Mommy CEO – Is it Possible?

Six months into launching Glamajama I was driving home from a playgroup with my nine month old son.  I caught Dr. Laura on talk radio telling some frazzled work-at-home Mom that there was no way she could be both a full-time Mom and a successful Entrepreneur.  Her argument was simple, one would suffer and all [...]

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I drew pictures at a sales meeting, and it worked

I made a public promise on this week’s telechat with Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures. The promise was to use the techniques that Dan recommends at a very high-powered sales presentation that I was to give yesterday to a big potential partner. Well, I [...]

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Thank God It’s… What Day Again?

Ahhh. Just remembering the cold steel routine of the five-day work week. Every week began with a Monday. Three days were spent wishing it was Friday. And, right on cue, every week ended with a Friday. Then, there were two days spent dreading the other five days. And so on… and so on… Now, as a [...]

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Finally Some Good News From eBay

Hi gang, A few hours ago,  eBay announced that they will no longer be counting Neutrals in a seller’s feedback percentage!  All sellers will be happy about this – it was one of the dumber policy changes that eBay has made in the past year. Here are a few snippits from the announcement: “Hello everyone [...]

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The Magic Pill for Publicity Success

Many new entrepreneurs often ask me how they can easily get media members to talk about their products and services. Basically, they want a “magic success pill.” And I completely understand. After working diligently to turn your idea into a real business, you just want to get things going and “watch the money roll in.” [...]

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I Need A Vacation From My Vacation!

Hi gang, So how many of you said to yourself when you read that title, “He’s got kids”. Lol – you’ve got kids too, eh? For those of you without children,  read that title again when you do – you’ll get it. I just spent a wonderful 6 days in Wisconsin at a log cabin [...]

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Learn how to draw out your vision

The older we get, and the more responsibilities we take on, there’s a tendancy for life to become increasingly “routine.” This can lead to boredom and a loss of spirit. So it’s critical to constantly integrate new and stimulating things into your life and daily practices. I’ve run across one of those recently. It’s very [...]

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I Will Choke One-out-of-Ten Advice-Givers

Do you know what’s the worst thing about starting up a home business, besides the two weeks my husband is on vacation and decides he wants to help me? I’ll tell you: it’s the “helpful” advice that you get from your so-called friends and family members, all of whom usually wear suits. You know the worn-out advice… “Well, [...]

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Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s Holiday Time for PR

While it may be scorching hot outside, and the last thing on your mind is the winter holiday, it’s time to pitch your products for holiday gift guides. Since many press members work on articles way in advance of publish dates, now is the time to contact them with your holiday gift ideas. Quick Steps for [...]

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You Gotta Start Your Week

Time often gets blurred in a startup company. “Normal” does not apply when it comes to workdays or workweeks. But even when you’re in a season of 8 day weeks it’s important to have a start and an end to the week. So that even if you didn’t have a “weekend” to refresh, you still [...]

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Step #2 – Begin your franchise search

As you start deciding which franchise is for you, there are dozens of sources to reference to gain valuable information about available opportunities. If you are searching for a retail opportunity in your own town, take some time to drive around and see what’s there. Use other helpful resources like YellowPages.com and Google to see [...]

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Overcoming Failure to Launch

So you’ve got some ideas, a decent prototype, and a couple customers to boot…now what?  Sadly, many would-be entrepreneurs fail at running a business before they even start.  The complexity of a business plan, lack of funding, and an army of competitors all create a standstill that causes those flames of business freedom to flicker.  [...]

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