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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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Enough Doom and Gloom Already!

  For the last few weeks, it seems like there has been nothing but bad news. All of the radio and television reporters blast the latest unemployment stats, stock market dips and unrest in the world. It’s enough to turn you into a Scrooge this holiday season or make you cower in a corner with [...]

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Retail Sales up 7.2% from Last Year, But Is Anyone Making Money?

The National Retail Federation announced holiday sales are up 7.2% from last year.  While these numbers are encouraging, here’s the real question: “Is Anyone Making Money?” As the dark cloud of Recession looms over the economy, retailers are showing their desperation as they drastically slash prices to compete for consumer dollars.  The end result is [...]

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Can Cutting Seconds Cut Costs?

As the old saying goes, “Time is Money.”  Big retailers such as Gap, Limited Brands, Office Depot, Toys R Us, and the Meijer grocery chain are all jumping on this bandwagon as they try to squeeze as much profit as possible out of the upcoming weak holiday shopping season. (Read more here from the WSJ, [...]

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When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Networking

This has become my new mantra and quite honestly, I wish I would have seen the light a little earlier.  However, as a small business owner swamped with trying to make sales, market the business, oversee the day-to-day operations, and oh yeah- create the product, I just never saw where “having lunch” had a worthy [...]

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Good Idea- Monday Morning Memoir 11/10/2008

When you’re running a business you never have a minute to just think.  “Focus time” helps to just unwind those thoughts and get in touch with the answers.  Once a week I turn off the office phone, my cell phone, close the door and place an appoitnment in my calander called “focus time”.  I try to only do [...]

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Think Positive in Tough Times

Negativity surrounds us. But now, more than ever, it’s important to stay positive. After all, it can be really easy to spread negative comments and get caught in a downward spiral of hopelessness. Don’t let it happen to you! Toxic communications and people can be detrimental to your health and hurt your business. Without knowing [...]

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Hay Hotels…Anyone?

Interesting article in the NYTimes: Leave it to the Germans to combine livestock with lodging. In the last decade, hundreds of farms throughout Germany have transformed old barns and potato warehouses into heuhotels, or hay hotels, where guests spend the night on a bed of dried grass. The eco-friendly hotels (no sheets to change) are [...]

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Financial Turmoil – Monday Morning Memoir 10/20/08

I’m sorry it’s been so long since I last wrote. The last few weeks have been filled with market turmoil and internal growth struggles.  As the Presidential race heats up it appears as though the markets will take their time recovering. The crash of ‘08 will be felt for a long time. Frankly, I have [...]

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3 Ways to Avoid Financial Worries Right Now

With all the negative news about the economy and world events, it can be easy to get stressed out – fast. But as an entrepreneur, it’s more important than ever to stay calm and think clearly. As a fellow small business owner, I’m dealing with many of the same stressors you are, and here are [...]

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Cool, No-Cost Offers for Small Business Owners

I’ve been receiving several exclusive offers specifically to help small business owners. And since the economy is tough right now, I thought I’d share these free offers with you, my fellow StartupNation entrepreneurs: – Got an innovative, recession-busting marketing strategy that is helping your small business boost sales? If so, you may want to enter [...]

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Inside the Angel Investor Mindset

Angel investors have become more cautious in light of the recent economic uncertainty, trying to reduce their risk exposure by including more angels in each deal, according to the Angel Market Analysis for the first and second quarters of 2008 released by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. According to [...]

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Economy Got You Down? 9 Things to Do NOW

With the non-stop news reports of Wallstreet’s record losses, the rising unemployment rate, and the dismal forecasts for holiday spending, it’s easy to become paralyzed with fear of the unknown.  While there may be several factors effecting the economy and markets today that are out of our control, there are plenty of things that we [...]

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7 Must-Ask Questions When Seeking New Career Training

On Tuesday, Katie Yeakle, executive director of American Writers & Artists, Inc., shared her small-business wisdom with us. Today, she provides valuable advice on seeking legitimate training for a new career.   Katie Yeakle, American Writers & Artists, Inc. Executive Director       What are some things to be aware of when looking for the [...]

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What Part of Work From Home Don’t You Understand

I have a slight problem with the whole home-entrepreneur gig. Apparently, to you, me, and the rest of the Startup Nation, working-at-home means that you are WORKING at your HOME. That seems clear enough. However, the deluded, including the hubby, sometimes slip into thinking that if you WORK from home, you’re actually just sitting around [...]

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Cool Work for Yourself Tips from AWAI’s Katie Yeakle

If you are struggling to start a business and work for yourself, check out these tips from Katie Yeakle. As the executive director of American Writers & Artists, Inc., Katie has helped people successfully develop new skills to purse their dream lifestyles since 1997. Katie Yeakle, American Writers & Artists, Inc. Executive Director     [...]

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The Big Idea Asks for Help

The producers at The Big Idea called asking if I’d make myself available to help out one of their viewers in need. His name was Tony, and here was his situation: He’s a dad of four kids, got let go from one job accepted a new one and that company went bankrupt right before his [...]

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Do you rely on press releases too much?

  It’s early in the morning, and I am answering another e-mail from a brand new entrepreneur. He “needs” a press release written ASAP.  I respond to discover more information. Basically, he’s another new business owner offering a significant discount for his new product. Now, this may have involved a lot of time and work [...]

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