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Quick Survey about websites, get a free StartupNation eBook

We’re conducting a VERY quick and anonymous survey to collect some data about your experience in creating a website for your business. We’d like to get your feedback which you can provide by clicking here. We’re giving away one of our advice-packed downloadable eBooks as a thank you. Much appreciated…     Rich

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Exposed – The PR Myths!

How was your Halloween? Was it as scary as your current, publicity activities? Well, if you’ve had bad publicity experiences in the past and are afraid to move forward, don’t be! After hearing from many entrepreneurs who were “taken” by a big agency or just didn’t have the money to pursue PR activities, I decided [...]

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How to Get Publicity Now

Do you need publicity right away to build some buzz for your products and services? Well, here are three things you can do right now that will help you get the word out… fast: 1. Write to your local paper. Check your local paper to see if they have an “Opinions” or “Letters to the [...]

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Building Your Company to Last (Part 2)

Last week I posed the question, What’s your favorite company. Thanks for the responses and explanations folks! This week, staying on the theme of building a company to last, I wanted to pick up on comments made during the panel I moderated at the Conquer & Grow conference regarding “culture” and its importance to companies [...]

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What Happened When One Entrepreneur Had Cleavage Issues

If you have an idea for a new product based on your personal experiences, you should definitely look into creating it. Just look at today’s interview. After having a difficult time finding a piece of clothing that would give her the ability to “manage” her cleavage in comfort at work, Julie Crotty quit her job, conducted [...]

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4 Crazy Myths about Marketing

Before I will work with a company on their marketing strategy, I need to make sure that they are of the right mindset.  Unfortunately too many business owners have taken to believing certain crazy myths about marketing.  Sorry, but I’m here to debunk those myths.  Here’s the top 4. 1.            Marketing is all I need [...]

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Why you Need to Build a Startup Family

Over the last 7 years, I have been involved in more startups than most entrepreneurs will in their lifetime. That’s not to say that I’m an “expert” in entrepreneurship (or an expert in anything for that matter), but I certainly have had a pretty diverse set of entrepreneurial experiences for a 27 year-old. I have [...]

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Building Your Company to Last (Part 1)

Last week in Vegas was incredible. The events were phenomenal and the density of information, networking and inspiration was off the charts! The panel discussion I moderated at Conquer & Grow, which included Pamela Slim (author of Escape from Cubicle Nation), Clate Mask (who runs Infusionsoft), and Donavan Roberson (Cultural Evangelist at Zappos), was really interesting [...]

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The Elements of a Personal Brand

Note:  This is an excerpt from a presentation that I gave recently for a group of executive level job seekers.  I thought it was worth repeating here. Yesterday was the last day of your job search for the rest of your life!  Because today I’m going to teach you how to break free from the [...]

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Invention in the Spotlight – September

INTRODUCING – MAGIC SPICER As autumn approaches, so does the season for savory “comfort foods” and holiday baking.  As you begin to pull out those spices from the back of the cupboard, spices like chili powder, oregano, nutmeg and cinnamon, consider how great it would be to have a convenient spice rack to both simplify [...]

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Are You A Sick Entrepreneur?

Beep! Beep! Beep! The alarm blares, and my hand slams down on the button to turn it off. Ugh. Monday morning. And no matter how much sleep I get, Monday mornings never seem to get any easier, do they? Well, this morning is a little worse… My head is throbbing, and the pillow is soaking [...]

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What Does Google Instant Mean for Your SEO Strategy?

The new Google Instant promises to make searches faster and easier, and you’ll be able to see results as you type. But what does this mean for your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts? Well, first of all, if you are overwhelmed with all of the information you hear about search engine optimization and have stopped [...]

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Expert Gene Marks weighs in on how to increase 2010 profits

Our friends at Kodak have generously (and very strategically) sponsored our next and upcoming 1-hour webinar: Ways to Increase Profitability and Productivity Gene Marks, a business management expert and entrepreneur I hold in high regard (as do Forbes, Business Week and American City Business Journals where he provides regular columns), is going to walk through proven, [...]

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Capture Visitor Data or Miss Out on Sales

As you search the Internet, you probably visit many sites that offer free newsletters, reports, weekly updates, and more. And while this may seem like a lot of work, there is a reason so many businesses and organizations offer this information…   They are capturing site visitor data to create customer relationships and grow sales. [...]

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Use Social Media to Build Buzz for Your Business

Social media has changed the face of marketing forever. What was once a one-way message pushed from the company to the consumer has become a two-way conversation, requiring both parties to participate. Now your customers have a voice in the marketplace and their voices are loud and clear. One study showed that an unhappy customer [...]

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