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Faces and Blogs and Tweets, Oh My!

The big buzz in marketing these days is all about social networking and viral campaigns. In the past two days alone, I received about nine e-mails inviting me to various, educational seminars online. And I’m sure you have been inundated with this same kind of information. It can be overwhelming…Do I start a Facebook page, [...]

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Con-Post: Prisons focus on greening too

Being sustainable is something that everybody is doing, no matter where they are in life. Interesting article from MSNBC Inmates of the minimum-security facility, 25 miles from Olympia, the state capital, raise bees, grow organic tomatoes and lettuce, compost 100 percent of food waste and even recycle shoe scraps that are made into playground turf. [...]

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Being Green, one element at a time…

I met John Barboni following a rather powerful presentation on the societal impacts of consumption given by his colleague David O’Higgins and Jason Levine. Barboni and O’Higgins have formed an interesting partnership with architects Tom Abraham and Carl Stein, FAIA. … Barboni is co-founder of elemental, a New York City-based collaborative where he and his [...]

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Invention of the Week #2: Cruisin’ Casket

Halloween fun for grown-ups. That’s this week’s theme. Our featured invention from our friends at InventionHome this week is “Cruisin’ Casket”.  This product has an issued U.S. Utility patent, and was invented by the team of Daniel Mendez, Vicky Mendez and Daniel T. Mendez.   Cruisin’ Casket is a car-shaped coffin that enables the car aficionado [...]

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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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Gone Missing

Several years ago we had our house remodeled. Immediately after, we “flipped” another house. In both cases, numerous subcontractors, both experienced and inexperienced, did the work.  Linda was the interior designer. I was the general contractor.  In this world of framers, plumbers, electricians, roofers, and concrete specialists, there is an interesting commonality among inexperienced subcontractors: [...]

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Invention of the Week #1: Critter Litter

Going forward, I will include a new “Invention of the Week” here in my blog (in collaboration with InventionHome, one of the few legitimate invention commercialization companies).   This week, we kick it off with… “Critter Litter“.       Critter Litter was invented by an intrepid entrepreneur by the name of Barbara McNew. Barbara’s [...]

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Stella’s Startup Cycle

I have found that inventing, starting a business up, and other entrepreneurially thingies follow the same emotional pattern as your first roller coaster ride. Step 1: I’m so excited I could just pee. This is when you size up the ride. You’re caught in the moment considering the immense possibilities of your idea. The dizzying heights and [...]

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Out of Work? Consider Buying A Franchise – Part 2

Earlier this month we discussed different options for those who are currently unemployed or recently heard they will be receiving a severance package and asked to look for different opportunities. While buying a franchise isn’t for everyone,  considering the idea is always a possibility after leaving corporate America. Shortly afterwards, I read this article  in [...]

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Do you measure “the goods?”

Nations measure GDP. Big Businesses measure Profit and Revenue. Small Businesses measure People measure…their weight. Is the focus on these measures getting us to where we need to be? Probably not. Think about it: if you buy into the (very true) notion of “if measure it you can manage it,” than you get what you measure. The measures in [...]

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An Entrepreneur’s Day Out or Why I Shop Alone

Entrepreneurs are different, that’s a common theme on Startup Nation. We work differently. We think differently. And, by the looks of my Startup Nation profile pic, we dress and wear our hair differently. But, maybe that’s just me. A case in point: I went shopping with my friends. They’re your average corporate hard-charging, salary-seeking, bonus-pimping 40-hour-a-weekers. [...]

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A eBay Seller On Fire In The Startup Nation 100 Contest!

Hi gang, For those of you who have entered the Home Based 100 contest right here on StartupNation, best of luck! Mr. John Lawson,  aka ColderIce,  is burning it up right now!  He’s a big time eBay seller and a social marketing expert (he’ll Twitter you to death!) Best of luck,  John! Here’s his entry: [...]

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Ant or Grasshopper?

Do you plan for a crisis? Of course not. But you can plan yourself out of one! Let me weigh in here with another question: Who do you want to be? The person who goes on a hike  prepared with the Ten Essentials? Or would you rather be the one that blindly walks along and [...]

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Hey, Green Business, is regulation a good idea?

·         How does environmental regulation affect your small businesses? o    Additional taxes? o    Ability to get loans? Credit? o    Required compliance to unnecissary rules? ·         Are self governing goal setting more effective? How have you been able to get out in front of the economic or environmental climates by o    Aligning with government initiatives? o    [...]

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Would You Like Fries With That Outsourcing?

I’m a big fan of Fast Company (both online and off). When I travel, the magazine is always in my briefcase.  If they offered an App for my iPhone (like The New York Times App) I would be a faithful subscriber. You get my drift … So I was catching up on my Fast Company [...]

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Now I’m the Expert

Have you got those calls yet? You know, the calls or the in-the-grocery-store chats from your old co-workers, or ex-bosses who are looking at their jobs and thinking maybe the security of a full-time job wasn’t such a secure thing after all? And they heard you started your own business and are doing quite well, thank [...]

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Out of work? Consider buying a franchise

Tough news in Charlotte, NC earlier this week. Wachovia Corp, one of the largest companies in Charlotte and the 6th largest bank in the United States, was purchased by Citigroup (Stock ticker C). 5,000 people were let go on Tuesday and I’m sure more will be before the end of the year. When the unemployment [...]

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How to get on the cover of a book

If you listen to our podcasts, you recently heard my interview with Rick Smolan, a new friend and someone whose books I’ve long admired. He’s the photographer-turned-entrepreneur behind all those coffee table books that start with this in the title, “A Day in The Life of…”.  He started with “…Australia” and from there went on [...]

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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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