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StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We created this site to be your one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success, and we’re thrilled that StartupNation has grown to be the leading online content and community resource for entrepreneurs.
It’s our belief that everyone can —and should—own a business, whether full-time or part-time. Our mission is to help you do just that!
Inside our site, you’ll find all the easy-to-follow, practical information you could ever need to start and grow your own successful business.
StartupNation is a community of entrepreneurs who live the dream everyday – and we welcome you to be a part of it!
Jeff and Rich Sloan are company creators, lifelong entrepreneurs, and brothers. With the creation of StartupNation, the Sloan brothers continue to prove that there is no obstacle too big to overcome. And as true entrepreneurs, they’re having a blast along the way.
Jeff and Rich are the perfect role models for budding entrepreneurs. They have an intense passion for entrepreneurship and have faced the many challenges of starting and growing successful businesses. In fact, the Sloan brothers are accomplished inventors in their own right and have obtained patents for products that have been successfully brought to market, including The Battery Buddy® which was licensed and brought to market by a Fortune 500 company.
As teenagers, the Sloans bought and sold HUD houses. As young adults, they started and sold one of the world’s leading Arabian horse breeding operations and grew a consumer products import company with best selling products. In the mid-90’s, the Sloan brothers created Sloan Ventures. This early-stage venture development and financing firm focused on creating business plans, recruiting entrepreneurial management and raising startup capital for technology-based businesses. It has infused over $60 million in financing into fast growing, technology companies.
Through their years of in-the-trenches experience, the Sloan brothers amassed a wealth of business wisdom which they enjoyed sharing with students at some of the nation’s leading business schools. Building on this, the Sloans formed StartupNation® in 2002 to offer entrepreneurs the ultimate resource for starting and growing a company. Through StartupNation’s broadcast, online, print, and event channels, entrepreneurs can access much needed advice from a variety of experts and peers who’ve been through it before.
Today, the Sloan brothers are two of the country’s top small business experts, speaking frequently at entrepreneurial forums and acting as resources for top media venues nationwide. They co-host the nationally-syndicated StartupNation Radio call-in program, are authors of “StartupNation: Open for Business,” published by Doubleday, and provide their smarts online at www.startupnation.com. The Sloans have been featured in media such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and FOX News.
In addition, Jeff and Rich Sloan have won numerous awards including the 2005 Michigan and Midwest Small Business Journalists of the Year award by the Small Business Administration (SBA). They were also named Detroit’s Top 20 2005 Business “Dynamic Duos,” by Crain’s Detroit Business.