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Stella’s Startup Cycle

I have found that inventing, starting a business up, and other entrepreneurially thingies follow the same emotional pattern as your first roller coaster ride. Step 1: I’m so excited I could just pee. This is when you size up the ride. You’re caught in the moment considering the immense possibilities of your idea. The dizzying heights and [...]

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Fabric Sourcing in NYC

Warning…this post is more industry specific than I’ve been recently so if you are not interested in fabrics this is probably not your cup of tea.  At the end of this week I am going to NYC to round out my fabric sourcing venture.  I am completely psyched and have done some legwork prior to [...]

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Losing Key Employees

In my small business, Centratel, each of our half-dozen key management people has had several years of on-the-job experience. Training managers to operate a telephone answering service is a long, drawn-out affair because it is necessary to understand a myriad of technical details and random facts. The introduction of documentation speeds up this training process, but [...]

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Email Marketing Preparation for the Holidays

Based on a SLI Systems “Trends in E-Commerce” 2008 survey, email marketing is considered one of the top three E-Commerce tools used by retailers. Participants of the survey also agree that many online tools such as email marketing, social media tools, and mobile technologies will make an impact on their marketing campaigns in the next [...]

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Cool, No-Cost Offers for Small Business Owners

I’ve been receiving several exclusive offers specifically to help small business owners. And since the economy is tough right now, I thought I’d share these free offers with you, my fellow StartupNation entrepreneurs: – Got an innovative, recession-busting marketing strategy that is helping your small business boost sales? If so, you may want to enter [...]

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Out of Work? Consider Buying A Franchise – Part 2

Earlier this month we discussed different options for those who are currently unemployed or recently heard they will be receiving a severance package and asked to look for different opportunities. While buying a franchise isn’t for everyone,  considering the idea is always a possibility after leaving corporate America. Shortly afterwards, I read this article  in [...]

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