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2009 Looms Big for Entrepreneurs

My prediction? Some of the most exciting businesses of the next few years are going to be born in 2009 and grown from 2008 toil. It’s my strong view that the economic duress we’re all under as entrepreneurs is going to make us smarter, scrappier, more effective and ultimately far more successful. To help you [...]

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Credit Card Debt Out of Control? Help May Be on the Way

As 2009 gets under way it’s painfully obvious that the economy is still struggling.  Sales are continuing their downward trend, unemployment is rising, and many Americans are still having trouble paying their mortgage.  After struggling through 2008, the average consumer is facing the New Year at a financial rock bottom.  The best indicator of this [...]

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Give yourself a break!

  While the world focuses on economic news, it can be easy to turn inward and worry about your career and paying bills. You are probably working more hours and dealing with more stress each day. I know I was starting to feel major burnout too, and I finally decided to spend the weekend scuba [...]

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Is Your Website Listening?

Your customers have something to say. Are you listening? Is your website capturing this valuable information? Your small business website is an excellent tool for hearing from your customers and prospective customers, and for engaging with them. What is on their minds? What are new challenges of theirs that you can solve for them? How [...]

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Have you checked these two things yet?

It’s early Thursday morning, and I just remembered another “New Year” bit of information to share with you. If you haven’t checked these two things, you could be losing out on some great publicity and new customers: 1. What copy needs to be changed on your website? Do you have old copyright dates and outdated [...]

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The Capitalization of Community

Late last year (as if it was so long ago) I attended a keynote presentation featuring Larry Brilliant of Google.org and Malcolm Gladwell author of The Tipping Point. Larry Brilliant shared his inspirational story of leading the first organization of doctors to rid the world of smallpox and how it eventually lead him to his [...]

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Putting my holiday present to work

My little home office has recently gotten a great upgrade. I’ve replaced a big multfunction, cumbersome, older, multi-function printer with a brand spanking new one – an Epson Workforce 600. You know how rarely I’ve included reviews of products in my blog but this printer has inspired me to give a huge plug tothe folks [...]

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3 Demographic Trends for 2009

With the new year upon us, it’s an opportune time to take a step back and see the bigger picture of the market landscape and corresponding market opportunities. With that in mind, let’s examine three major demographic trends that you can look to leverage in the coming year to grow your business: Trend #1: Seniors [...]

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Invention of the Week #5: Doggie Fountain

Another cool invention this week from our partners at InventionHome. This week’s featured invention is “Doggie Fountain”, which was invented by Tony Lytle of Larwill, IN.  Tony has a Utility Patent on file for his unique invention, which operates similar to a drinking fountain but is modified to provide clean, fresh water for friends of [...]

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