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Baseball and the Passion of Starting Up

I had baseball practice tonight. Now this is real hardball, none of this old-guy softball stuff. It’s actually old-guy baseball. I’m playing another season in the over 40 league. As my 44 year old body is aching and I wait for the celebrex to kick in, I’m reminded (painfully) that all baseball players go through [...]

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Amish Inspiration

Sometimes the inspiration for starting your dream business can come from an unexpected direction. Learning from the past can be quite profitable, and life-changing for you as a budding entrepreneur. I was visiting my family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania this past weekend and one of the “must do” activities for these visits is Achenbach’s Bakery [...]

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What a Weird, Wonderful World

Hi friends, my name is Jonathan. I’m thrilled that Jeff, Rich and the rest of the StartupNation crew have asked me to share my thoughts with the community. Jeff and Rich have at times been big brothers, mentors, financiers, and fellow sushi conniseurs to me, and hopefully I can pass on some of the wisdom [...]

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Entrepreneurs & Guacamole

The greatest thing about being the chief community officer of StartupNation (besides the fact that I have the coolest job title ever invented) is that I get to talk with entrepreneurs every single day. It’s a real hoot! Entrepreneurs are the most fascinating people. The truth is that there are as many different types of [...]

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Being frank about franchising

We’d like to answer a question recently asked of us by one of our community members. How do I identify responsive and fair franchises? -Bill If you’re determined to open a franchise, we recommend that you do two very important things: Go into other locations of the franchise and look around. See how customers are [...]

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Doing your "Homework"

My name is Joan Isabella, and I work at home. I made that decision so I could stay home with my son. My number one job is being a Mom, yet, working as part of a team and contributing to a larger goal is a big part of who I am. I set out to [...]

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