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Autistic teen has lesson for small business owners

They say that luck is where preparedness meets opportunity. And if you need a story to illustrate the point, here’s great one. The 17-year-old student manager of the Greece Athena High School basketball team, had his first opportunity to actually play in a game. The team was well ahead, so the coach put him in. [...]

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Story of a young entrepreneur: do what you love

I called my Uncle Jim the other day. Actually I have two Uncle Jims. This one is the Penn State Uncle Jim. You know, he’s one of those guys that lives & breathes everything that is Penn State. He and my Aunt Sally live in Annapolis but spend all of their weekends at their home [...]

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Entrepreneurship runs in the family blood!

While we "Sloan brothers" have usually been the ones in our family to be recognized as ‘the entrepreneurs,’ now there’s a new force on the scene… Her name is Julie … and… she’s our middle sister. That’s right… and watch out! Just a few short months ago, she, like so many thousands of others who’ve [...]

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TOP SECRET: Entrepreneur forum on steroids

I care what you have to say. Now that’s a pretty bold statement. Well, let me prove it to you. The StartupNation team is feverishly working on a top secret initiative that I’m not going to tell you about. I will tell you that it has to do with you. It has to do with [...]

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Entrepreneurship is what Africa needs

We received this message today from a Zimbabwe-based soon-to-be entrepreneur. Here’s what Kuda wrote us: message: Hi guys , what a great website you have its quite informative , i am in Harare Zimbabwe, eager to start up my own business and i can say the resources you availed to me on the website will [...]

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Born To Be An Entrepreneur

“Luck” may be part of a direct translation of the company’s name, but Geely Automotive founder Shufu Li seems to have been born with an entrepreneurship gene. When you are born to peasants and raised in rural China, that’s pretty incredible. An article in the Detroit Free Press by Carol Cain tells his story. "I [...]

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Ditch your day job!

As our most recent newsletter stressed, there’s got to be a way for you to get out from the grind, ditch the drudgery of that day job, and do something YOU LOVE with your precious time!!! Our lead article indicates that over 80% of the businesses that will open for business next month will be [...]

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Consultants of every kind

In a world of dog psychologists, feng shui gurus, and astrologists, it seems like these days there’s a consultant who’s an expert on anything and EVERYthing! That’s not necessarily a bad thing. For example, we recently got an email from an entrepreneur who’s developed a consultancy specifically and solely for coffee shops and how to [...]

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Hate your boss? Start Your Own Business.

The number one reason that people change jobs is their immediate supervisor. The company can be crumbling around you but if your manager is treating you well, you are likely to stick around – and flourish. On the other hand, you could be at one of the best companies to work for, but if you [...]

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Thank God for Entrepreneurs

It happens to me every day. Actually, it happens all day long. My life is impacted by an entrepreneur. Not only because I am a part of the StartupNation team and get to interact with entrepreneurs and people who are still working at their careers and dreaming about starting their own business. That is, of [...]

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A way to see if something is patented

Received this email this week… —–Original Message—– From: Sharon Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 9:31 AM message: Where would a person go to find out if some other person or company already has a patent on an invention? Is there a website or can a company help out with that? ————————– It’s a common question, [...]

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Powered by Entrepreneurial Spirit

The power is out at StartupNation headquarters right now. Word is that someone cut a power line & it may be up to 5 hours before electricity is restored. So, do we take the rest of the day off? Go for a long walk, or take a nap? It was fascinating to see the StartupNation [...]

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Reinventing yourself and your business

Milton Hershey, David Bowie, and Bill Bradley did it. “Madonna” and “The Donald” have made careers of it. We were talking about entrepreneurs in many fields who reinvented themselves once, twice, or on a regular basis. Here’s a list of some of the ones we mentioned, and I hope you will add some of your [...]

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Welcome to the Sandwich Generation

I think I can safely mark in my calendar that yesterday I became an official member of the Sandwich Generation. My son started kindergarten and while he was there, my sister called from the hospital to say my Mother’s doctor thinks we should consider a nursing home for both of my parents. To boot, kindergarten [...]

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Everyone Says They Want the Big Order

Everyone says they want the big order. But beyond all the techniques and tricks of the trade you’ve heard about how to crank up your sales, here’s an ever-looming challenge entrepreneurs have to deal with: Would you take an order–sell, basically–a product or service only once it’s clearly developed, locked, loaded, and ready to go? [...]

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Entrepreneurs Will Knock You Over

This past weekend’s StartupNation radio show featured an interview with entrepreneur Emily Blumenthal of Yasmena. She tells the story of how she got her product to be featured on QVC. She saw her opportunity and literally knocked people out of her way to make it happen. You can listen to the story here – it’s [...]

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Ideas floating in the ether

It’s grey today in Michigan – someone owes me big for taking away a sunny summer day. In honor of a somewhat dour Sunday, I wanted to share a a somewhat dour (but hopefully moving) message once told to me by a bright young venture capitalist: an idea entitles you to very little. Here are [...]

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