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Gerber Hits a Nerve

One affiliation I am thrilled to have made over the years at StartupNation is with Scott Gerber. You may have seen him contributing on our Small Business Braintrust video series (http://braintrust.startupnation.com), or if you’re a Gen Y entrepreneur, you may know Scott in his role as founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, which is a [...]

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7 Ways to Effectively Market Your Small Business

I’ve been working from home for 20 years (not counting the Kool-Aid stands I set up, and the business I had selling rocks door-to- door when I was 8). When I started my first home-based business, technology wasn’t where it is now. I thought I was so cool when my dad gave me his old [...]

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Growing a Biz & Kids, Part 2

Hello StartUpNation! This upcoming Monday is Columbus Day, and guess what? That’s right – My kids are off of school.  Days off School and School Breaks are a challenge to moms and dads who run small businesses and start-up ventures everywhere.  I am so thrilled because I already secured a plan for Monday with another [...]

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Growing A Biz & Kids, Part 1

A few weeks ago, I wrote about moms and dads everywhere being ecstatic over Back to School.  For mom and dad business owners, Back to School signifies schedule, routine, and hopefully, high productivity.  However, Back to School also brings sick days, snow days, school holidays, and winter vacations….Which in turn all limit productivity. Often, as [...]

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AVOID a fast relationship with my inbox!

Last week I attended a business professionals networking event in my hometown.  The event was extremely well attended and actually turned out to be a lot of fun (I am not saying this just because I was on the planning committee).  I met a lot of great contacts and I caught up with some old [...]

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Sleep = Productivity

Over the last few weeks on my own blog, I have covered topics ranging from stress busters to back to school to linked in for moms to past mishaps.  It has been a busy few weeks with back to school, diving into a full schedule, and trying to remain calm, cool, and collected.  Some days, [...]

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Analytics & Quantity v. Quality

For better or worse, we live in a world full of numbers discussion.  No matter where you go, someone is chatting about exact quantities and numbers.  How many calories is that sandwich?  How many RPM’s does that car do?  How much did you earn at your first job?  How many ounces did the baby drink [...]

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Saved! By Automatic Backup

Picture this: It’s late December. You’re planning for the year ahead. You resume your work after dinner. Totally in the zone! But there’s a problem. A major problem. The computer is frozen. Nothing works. You turn it off. You turn it on. Nothing works right. Your files and software are inaccessible, useless. I’m telling you [...]

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Top 3 Getting Organized for Biz Tools

With Labor Day upon us, either most schools are back in session or about to start.  That means Moms and Dads Gone Wild.  Do NOT let your mind get carried away with you…..I am talking about moms and dads all over the country are changing schedules, transitioning into a new routine, and welcoming the occurrence [...]

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The Future Is Coming…And You Won’t Believe It

Hi gang, welcome to Noodle Baking 101! It’s been a while! How’ve you been? Still in business? Growing? Circling the wagons? Custer’s last stand? Hey, you got into this entrepreneur thing because you don’t fear uncertainty – don’t forget that! This is fun! You could be like all your friends, who are right now being [...]

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Small Business surprise in my week away

Hi there StartUpNation!  I am back after one final tribute to summer last week.  Where I live, school is back in session as of today, and I am glued to my desk and ready to go!  In between camp and school, my WHOLE extended family headed to the beach last week.  We enjoyed one last [...]

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Add This Term to Your Business Vocabulary: API

Yes, another acronym.  API means Application Programming Interface.  Ok, your eyes just rolled back.  Don’t stop reading, I’ll give you some reasons why you need to know this term: 1.  The essence of an API is that it makes it easy for two types of programs to talk to each other. 2.  So when you [...]

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Where can I find ME time?

Last week, I wrote about ME time for the start-up biz person.  Do you take it?  Do you avoid it?  Do you think that you do not have the time to take it?  You get the gist of where I am going with this….. My thoughts were that YOU cannot afford to skip ME time, and [...]

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Getting Engaged…on Twitter

You have signed up for Twitter, learned about Twitter Etiquette here from me, and NOW WHAT?  You are an emerging brand trying to establish yourself.  You know that Social Media, namely Twitter, plays a role in this process.  BUT, you do not know what to do next?  How do you connect, engage, and share with [...]

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Building Brand Loyalty

A few months ago, I wrote a post here at StartUpNation on what every mom/entrepreneur should have in her bag of tricks.  This was a fun post for me to write because I carry a large (really large) tote everywhere I go.  Please do not ever look inside that tote because it is the most [...]

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