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StartupNation Reports in on 2009

We at StartupNation want to take this moment at the end of 2009 to share our gratitude with you, our members and general site users. Part of our goal in writing this post is to offer you our winning strategies so you can use them in your business plans to develop your own success stories. First off, [...]

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The Entrepreneurial Brain at Working Out

Hi gang, I finally learned how to lose weight by remembering something that an old boss told me years ago. At the time, I was living in Chicago and working for CBS in national outdoor sales – billboards, bus advertising, train advertising, etc.  My first year there, I was given a goal of bringing in [...]

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Tips for a GREAT Holiday Break

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the unique challenges 2009 had to offer small business owners, and now it’s time to celebrate. With this in mind, here are a few tips to have a G-R-E-A-T holiday: G: Give Back To The Community. Volunteer to help a local charity. Donate your used clothing and other items to [...]

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Leadership Guru and eePulse, Inc. Owner Theresa Welbourne, Ph.D. Shares Employee Motivation Tips

Are you having trouble keeping your employees motivated during today’s challenging times? Well, I recently caught up with human resource and leadership guru Theresa Welbourne, Ph.D. As the President and CEO of eePulse, Inc., www.eepulse.com, a Research Professor with the Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California and the Editor-in-Chief [...]

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Your Product + QVC = $$ MILLIONS $$

      The fastest ways to bring your product to market is to get it on QVC!  The best, and fastest, way to do that is hire a QVC agent! What is a QVC Agent? A QVC Agent is an independent person, or group, that can get your product or new invention in front of [...]

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Surviving a layoff….even if it is NOT you!

  As the wife of a laid off aerospace engineer, I can tell you that the devastating effects of losing a job are lateral, affects everyone and difficult to deal with! After kissing my husband goodbye one day, and leaving our home together; he went his way to work, and I went out running errands. [...]

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7 Ways to Juice Your Holiday eCommerce Sales

It’s the holiday shopping season. If you run an eCommerce website, you need to do everything possible to increase and maximize your sales during this busy shopping period. To that end, here are 7 ways to juice your holiday eCommerce sales to drive your revenue and profits to new heights before the New Year. 1. [...]

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Get Real. Get Real-Time, That Is.

Ready or not, Google is turning real-time. In the past week, Google has started including real-time listings on the first page of its results. The initiative is appropriately called “Real-Time Search.” So, instead of just listing articles, images, videos, blog postings, etc. in its results, Google is now incorporating a list of rotating items from [...]

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The Entrepreneurial Brain At Work

Hi gang, Life is funny.  I mean, it’s just a laugh out loud riot, isn’t it? As an entrepreneur, I share the same DNA as you have.  Recite with me:  1) luck is the residue of persistence 2) make the best of any situation   3) keep both eyes on your goals. I’ve been repeating those [...]

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Who’s On Your Team?

If you are trying to save money and start the New Year off right, there may be a secret problem lurking in your business. With the stress of trying to balance a budget, pay bills, obtain new customers, and have a life outside of the office, it can be easy to overlook one key element [...]

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More Advice on ABC News Now

During my recent appearance on ABC News Now, I was lucky enough to be asked to provide some advice to fellow entrepreneurs who are growing businesses built around their passions. Click here or on the image below to view that advice. Let me know if you have a cool story you’d like to share with ABC News [...]

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Trying to Overcome Issues? Check out Gary Hennerberg’s Inspiring Success Story

Gary Hennerberg is an in-demand direct marketer and the founder of Hennerberg Group, Inc. www.hennerberg.com. And from seeing his confident, marketing presentations and reading his clients’ enthusiastic testimonials, you’d never know that he had to overcome a unique challenge to become a successful entrepreneur. Well, recently I caught up with Gary to share his tips [...]

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ABC News Now Highlights 2009 Home-Based 100 Winners!

Excited to share the news: ABC News Now’s Tory Johnson just highlighted select winners from the 2009 StartupNation Home-Based 100. Click on the image here to view the interview or select “Play ABC Video.” I was able to mention these winners in the quick interview: Haralee Weintraub’s Haralee.com Joe Hansen and Cristy Stewart-Harfmann’s PricelessProfiles.com, and [...]

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There’s a “Survey” for everything

CINCINNATI, Dec. 1, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Small Business Index deployed by Mr. Clean Professional™, a provider of small business cleaning solutions, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) finds that more than one-quarter (29 percent) of small businesses have scaled back on workplace cleaning.  The Index was conducted to identify how the economy has affected small business cleaning standards, and revealed critical resource shortages faced by owners today.  

 

Despite that roughly one of every three owners (31 percent) recognized “cleanliness and appearance” as having the greatest impact on customer first impressions, a significant number have curtailed their cleaning processes.  Eliminating professional cleaning services and buying cheaper or generic products are the most common ways owners have cut back, while others now clean less often or buy fewer products.  Of those who have altered their cleaning practices, almost half (44 percent) report negative repercussions, such as rising customer and employee complaints and longer cleaning time when using cheaper products.

 

“Now more than ever, we recognize owners’ needs for solutions that work at the speed of small businesses today and for information that equips them with cleaning best practices,” said Pete Self, research and development manager, P&G Professional. “Mr. Clean Professional provides small business owners with both powerful cleaning solutions as well as a 24-7 information resource, helping restore owners’ confidence that their business’ appearance makes a great first impression every time.”

 

Small Businesses Demand Effective Solutions

Six out of ten small business owners (60 percent) said time is the biggest barrier to keeping their workplace, whether retail or professional, as clean as possible; meanwhile, less than one-sixth (14 percent) believes staffing is the major hurdle to cleanliness.  As a result, the vast majority of small businesses surveyed believe “effectiveness” is by far the most important factor when selecting cleaning products.  

 

To address the concerns of small business owners, Procter & Gamble Professional has launched Mr. Clean Professional, a commercial grade line of hard surface and floor products, including four disinfectants, specifically designed to clean with up to twice the speed and power of similar products.  The four disinfectants are effective against the 2009 H1N1 virus – a key factor for the nearly one of every two small business owners (47 percent) who indicate that the swine flu has affected their cleaning process, the majority of whom now look for disinfecting products when possible.

 

Owners Call for Cleaning Guidance

Additionally, when asked what cleaning resources would be most beneficial, approximately half of small business owners (49 percent) cited they need free resources and advice from trusted sources that help them get the cleaning job done.  

 

“Our membership research confirms that owners continue to face tough conditions, including plans to reduce employment over the next several months,” said Mark Garzone, senior vice president, marketing, NFIB.  “Solutions such as Mr. Clean Professional that save time in performing the critical task of cleaning as well as resources such as MrCleanProfessional.com that offer cleaning guidance are more critical than ever in equipping owners for success.”  

 

 

 

Survey Methodology

The P&G Professional/National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Index is based on a national survey of more than 1,100 small business owners registered with NFIB.  Small business owners representing a wide spectrum of industries and functional areas participated in the online survey, conducted by Kelton Research, between October 16 and 26, 2009.  Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation.

 

 

About Procter & Gamble

Four billion times a day, P&G (NYSE: PG) brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Actonel®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun® and Fusion®.

 

The P&G community includes approximately 135,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

 

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Now I’m officially convinced. There’s a survey for everything. I just received this press release via email, and folks, it’s earth-shattering news… fewer cleaning supplies are being used in the down economy. (Seriously, who thinks up this stuff?!) Survey Reveals More Than One Quarter of Small Businesses Cut Back on Cleaning Amidst Down Economy  Owners [...]

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Are Reporters Reading Your E-Mails?

It’s 8:30 a.m. and you’ve spent the morning crafting the perfect e-mail to announce your brand new clothing line for dogs.  You click “send” and wait for a response from the business editor at “The Wall Street Journal.” Now, it’s noon and still no response from the editor. You call and get voice mail so [...]

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The Price is Right. Or Is It??

Pricing your products and services is both an art and a science. Get it right, and you can secure yourself a profitable future. Get it wrong, and you’ll find yourself without orders and going out of business. Effective pricing is critical to your business success. It plays a huge role in your company’s viability and [...]

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Ugh! Bad Day-But Still Thankful!

Ok. So it’s 5:00 a.m., and I walk to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee with my eyes half open. Ugh! I forgot to put coffee into the machine last night, and there is just a pot of hot water waiting for me. Oh well. I’ll make a fresh batch and use the [...]

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Are You Promoting Yourself?

In the process of promoting your products and services to potential customers, are you also promoting yourself?   Competition is fierce today, and people want more for their money. This means that they are not just looking at products and services – but the people behind the businesses as well.   With this in mind, [...]

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