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Reporting in from the 2005 SBA Expo!

It’s always amazing to come to the nation’s capital. We’re staying in a hotel that’s on ‘Embassy Row’ just down the way from the Embassy of Togo, and across from the Embassy of Venezuala. Very cool for a couple of boys from Michigan. In any event, we just finished Emcee’ing the kick-off evening of this [...]

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The Faces of StartupNation

What is StartupNation? StartupNation is not a website, or a radio program, or a book. StartupNation is not a resource, a newsletter, or an event series. (these support it, but do not define it) StartupNation is not about us at all. StartupNation is each and every one of you that is reading this blog entry [...]

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Why be an entrepreneur?

In a recent entry, we asked you why you’d choose to work at a big company–basically, why you’d rather by employed rather than be an entrepreneur. We got some really thoughtful responses and we appreciate it "BIG"time! but now, let’s go "small"time. Let’s talk about why you chose the entrepreneur’s path. Why did you start [...]

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We’re looking for Key Moves

Everyone says you can learn from failure. True. But you can also learn from success. And that’s why we created "Key Moves." Perhaps you’ve heard how we feature success stories on our 1-minute StartupNation radio spots airing all over the U.S. (they’re called "Key Moves for Success.") We also feature them on our website–you’ve probably [...]

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What is it like to work at a big company?

We’re serious. What is it like working at a big company? To us, it isn’t even a possibility. We can’t imagine working in the ranks of a large company where we’d have no skin in the game or influence on the ultimate outcome of the business. Each of the people who work at our company [...]

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Challenge: What is the Percentage of Businesses Based at Home?

Ever wonder what the percentage is of businesses in America that claim their "headquarters" as the extra bedroom, the basement, the garage, or no room at all–perhaps just a wireless-Internet enabled laptop that wanders with you from room to room. The home is becoming the preferred address to locate a business. And the fact is, [...]

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10 businesses you could start in the Bahamas

Formulaic thinking got you down? Feeling like you’re living in a habitrail? OK. Let’s do a little dreaming. Let’s say you could escape the grind. You could make a break for it and start up your dream business…in the Bahamas. What business would you want to start there? I (Rich) will be holding up my [...]

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When business opportunity knocks, open the door.

"Sometimes it’s a matter of using a familiar product in a new way," wrote StartupNation community member Sara Schaedig in response to our previous entry about the invention of Velcro. Sara went on to state a problem horse owners deal with. "Those of us who have horses and trail ride have the same problem with [...]

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Burs in a dog’s coat led to what invention?

Could a bur stuck in a dog’s coat lead to one of the greatest practical inventions of all time? Read to the end and you’ll find out what George de Mestral invented. We share four golden retrievers. They spend a lot of time outside–even in the winter–while we’re working away at our desks in our [...]

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"Small Business." Does that term apply to you?

We always like reading the work of Gwendolyn Bounds in the Wall Street Journal. This week she highlights an effort by the SBA to refine the federal agency’s definition of what a "small" business is. And, boy, the SBA needs to! For example, they have 37 different "size standards" to account for the full gamut [...]

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Putting Purpose into Your Business

Are you on a mission? You should be. We are. Do you have a mission? You should. We do. We’re lucky. We have the privilege to work all day with our fellow team members at StartupNation on a goal that’s really important and incredibly fulfilling: Each person here is supremely committed to "empowering people to [...]

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Bob Plath invented what?

Do you know who Bob Plath is? Read to the end, and you will! All we have to say to start out is, "Thank You, Bob Plath! You are a savior!!!" Our week-long road trip up and down the west coast is over. FINALLY, we’re back home. We met some amazing entrepreneurs, as we always [...]

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What it’s Like…

We woke up this morning and logged on to the Internet only to discover that our website had been COMPLETELY transformed! it wasn’t a shock that our web manager, brian, actually re-launched the site. the real shock was that he did it basically on time. we figured we’d be able to harrass him for an [...]

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From the Road…Not Dazed. Dazzled!

It’s late and we’re tired. But we’re TOTALLY inspired. That’s how we feel when we’re in the presence of superstars – the kind of people who are building extraordinary businesses from an idea to reality and LOVING it along the way! The trip in to L.A. last night got us into our hotel at the [...]

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Spring Fever!!!

It’s that time of year. A cold 18 degree day is followed by a balmy (43 degree) day. Then another cold day rolls in. It’s back and forth, but we all know that the clock’s ticking on the worst of the weather. Spring is trying to spring, and Michigan (where we work) is about to [...]

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