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Franchise Organizations Secret Shop Employees

It’s travel season … last week Washington, DC for Franchise Appreciation Day and this week Franchise Update’s annual Franchise Development Conference at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL. The conference agenda is helping owners of franchise organizations (in a peer to peer environment) understand the present franchise sales environment and gain valuable insight for improving [...]

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I Appeared on ABC News Now – Promoting Home-Based Business

I appeared on ABC News Now, ABC’s online initiative, in an interview with Tory Johnson. She was great and it was yet another opportunity to offer advice for smart home-based business practices as well as to encourage people to enter the 2008 StartupNation Home-Based 100. Click on the screenshot directly below to view the video. [...]

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Everyone Assume Financial Crash Position

Ever watch Airplane? Or did I just reveal my status as dinosaur. (If I didn’t, my kids will be the first to tell you how ancient I am sooner or later anyway.) But I digress… as usual. In the movie, when the passengers were asked to assume “crash position,” they immediately started to scream, wave [...]

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Bookshelf: Where Have All The Leaders Gone?

One the same trip back from Hartford, I picked up Where Have All The Leaders Gone (Lee Iaococa) and it rocked me in the same way Team Of Rivals did (Doris Kearns Goodwin). One the heals of my last post on Drucker, Iaococa practically reaches out of the pages, takes you by the collar and [...]

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Book Shelf: Peter Drucker’s Managing Oneself

So I was on a return flight from West Hartford coming back from a family event and wondering the Hartford terminal for something to read. I came across the Harvard Business Classics series–clever way for them to make even more money… Managing Oneself got my attention.  Every line read like the sage advice you wish you [...]

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A Rocky Start For eBay’s New Selling Format

 

As of this writing,  it is unclear if this issue has been corrected.

I do not root against eBay.  eBay needs to be successful in order for the 1.3 million sellers on their site to be successful.  eBay is and will hopefully continue to be a big part of my business.

Let’s just hope eBay gets all these bugs worked through in the next 30 days, because Thunderbirds are go for the holidays.  We still have to get through capped shipping and the removal of money orders/checks as payment in October.

Crossing his fingers,

Kevin

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Hi gang, eBay’s had a tough week. Not that it hasn’t been a tough week in general.  Lehman’s gone.  AIG is getting bailed out (I bet that makes Lehman happy – if they would have waited 3 days, maybe they could have received part of the $600 billion the gov is forking over to save [...]

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IFA’s Franchise Appreciation Day Recap – Current Political Issues Facing Franchising

Earlier this week I attended the International Franchise Association’s 9th annual Franchise Appreciation Day in Washington, DC. Over 500 people, franchisors, franchisees and industry suppliers, gathered together to discuss the current economic and political picture and visit Congressional men and women to present their views and stances on the major political issues facing small businesses [...]

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Why We Had Kids… For Social Networking Help

I guess my husband and I always had in the back of our heads that we would have kids, so that when we were old and grey we would have someone to push around our wheelchairs, or at least extricate our Rascal scooters when they get hopelessly wedged between oddly out-of-date pieces of furniture. I also had [...]

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Getting Back To Basics: Lessons From My Interviews

When I first started social venture labs, I drew inspiration from companies who were classic examples of triple bottom line organizations like Burt’s Bees and Life Is Good. The owners of these kinds of companies went from living out of their cars or without running water, to earning over several hundred million while including communities [...]

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Getting On The List

I just attended an event where Edie Hilliard gave a short talk on her experience in the radio industry. We all want to be “on the list.” It almost doesn’t matter which one—it could be anything from a VIP list for an event to an approved vendor or being the go-to guy. A certain amount [...]

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Buzz Term: Sustainability

from The Environmental Leader… The term “sustainability” peaked on blogs, boards and discussion groups after the February 25 telecast of The Oscars as Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” took home the Oscar for Documentary Feature. Nonetheless, “sustainability” has remained a persistent issue in the blogosphere, with buzz levels on this term up 169 percent in July 2007 [...]

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What story are you telling?

In a recent blog post Drew McLellan tells the story of a 1989 campaign from Crowley Webb for Garcia’s Irish Pub in Buffalo, New York. “[This] most brilliant outdoor campaign broke every one of these rules,” he says. “Every single one.”   For nine weeks in a row a new billboard would appear in the same [...]

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Top Ten “First Things My Evil Assistant Would Do”

Rich has asked what would the first thing my assistant would do. Unfortunately, the first things my assistants have done was to start mucking things up. The second thing they do, once they’re good and trained, is leave. What I would like is an Evil Assistant. Sort of a Voodoo assistant. If I had an evil assistant, [...]

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Common Obstacles: Doing It (all) Yourself

After a while of going it alone, it may seem right to hire or partner. Some times it takes people a while to understand when and how to leverage hiring other people to do things that you can do yourself. You’d be able to do it all - if time were not an ever-present variable. There’s a limit to [...]

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Common Obstacles: Money Now v Later

In several of the interviews that I’ve done, one of the frequent topics that comes up as an aside, is Money now vs. Money later. Many business owners are torn between the product or service offering money quickly and the development or infrastructure efforts that take short-term money but offer long-term reward. This creates an immediate [...]

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Helping Cedric and Kymberly on The Big Idea

On a recent appearance on The Big Idea with Donny, I was one of three people on a panel. It was our role to help people fed into the show via satellite and phone. It’s a huge challenge to be in the hot seat and be ready to fire away with valuable advice. But it’s [...]

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eBay : Cry Havoc! And Let Slip The Dogs Of War!

Hi gang, “Ohhhhhh,  the sun’s not so hot in the sky today.” “And I can feel summertime slipping on away, yes I can.” -September Grass,  James Taylor Believe it or not,  the title of this post and my man James’ quote are actually related.  You see,  I hate summer.  For my business, and I suspect [...]

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Startup Attention Deficit Disorder

Scientists are now studying Startup Attention Deficit Disorder – a condition that causes entrepreneurs to start up new businesses mere seconds after they launched their original idea. I know this from experience. I am a S.A.D.D. sufferer, or, as some call us, a serial entrepreneur. As soon as I start one business, I get a [...]

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Lessons Learned from the First Day of Kindergarten

Yesterday was a tough day for many Moms- myself included.  The baby boy that inspired the birth of my company, Glamajama, isn’t such a baby anymore.  He started Kindergarten at a new school with no friends at his side, a teacher he’s never met, and all kinds of new rules and procedures he’d have to [...]

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