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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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Is Kindness….seen as a weakness?

I am a retail agent, I assist companies with getting their products reviewed and accepted by mass retailers. I recently had a client that said he mistakenly assigned another rep to a retailer he and I had a contract with, and would we exclude this account from our sales roster and allow his “other rep” [...]

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Happy Holidays!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for reading my blog and offering your questions, comments and insights. It is a pleasure sharing with you! I’ll be taking a short break to celebrate the holidays, but I’ll be back in 2009 with more tips and information to help you boost awareness, [...]

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Last Minute Gifts for Busy Entrepreneurs

As a busy entrepreneur, have you started your holiday shopping yet? To save time, there are always gift cards and food items. Another option is to visit your favorite bookstore. Here, you can find unique gifts and even buy a hot, holiday beverage at an in-store café. Plus, you can peruse the periodicals for the [...]

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The Toilet Paper Illustration

As an example of systems-thinking, and at the risk of an awful pun, reaching for a piece of toilet paper is the bottom line.   Toilet paper is a mandatory accessory. It may be the one thing that all of us have used daily for all our lives. As an illustration of a system that is [...]

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Best Advice I Can Give You

Wondering if now is the time for you to start up? Intimidated by all the complexity and confused by the possible options at hand? Here’s my simple advice today: Start taking steps, even baby steps, but just start…

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Back from India – Land of Paradoxes

I am passing through the Amsterdam airport and wanted to share some perspectives about India from my exposure over the past week, a couple of days touring around the city and the Franchise India Conference where I spoke. First of all, the Indian people I met and observed were incredibly kind and warm. The ideas [...]

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Fake It…Till You Make It!

I had a good friend of mine, and a very successful vendor at QVC who makes about $50 million a year successful….tell me sister, fake it till you make it! Boy, take her advice. I am all about making it…BIG…but what happens if you’re not quite there yet? Well you know FAKE IT! Everyone to [...]

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Attitude, Do You Have One?-Monday Morning Memoir

Looking at the current financial crisis creates such a negative picture for everyone.  Have you checked your 401K lately? Have you looked at your bank statement? Everywhere you turn there is more bad news.  In Michigan its been like this for three years and no hope of it getting better soon.  If you have this feeling then, how [...]

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Carrying the Torch of Entrepreneurship in India

My trip to India is underway. I am speaking day after Thanksgiving on entrepreneurship. (see previous post, “This Year, Turkey Tandooori Style”). I land, work my way through a sea of drivers standing with name cards for their clients, find mine and walk out into the parking area with him. Next to our car is [...]

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Thank You!

Since many of us will be busy getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday this week, I just wanted to take a brief moment to thank you for reading my blog entries and providing your insights and comments. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of fun, family and friends! Melanie

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This Year, It’s Turkey Tandoori-Style

Well folks, next week is my favorite holiday. I love the family time, I love the non-material/inclusive nature of the holiday, and of course, I love the food. But there’s one thing I love more: Inspiring people to start and grow successful businesses. That’s why I passionately accepted an invitation from Franchise India, Asia’s largest [...]

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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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Invention of the Week #4: Future Wrist Stick

Another cool invention this week from our partners at InventionHome. This week’s feature is “Future Wrist Stick,” which was invented by Robert Moriarty and Gary Hicks.  Robert and Gary have an issued US Utility patent on their invention. As the holidays approach and “Black Friday” nears, it’s inevitable that Christmas shopping lists are materializing, too.  Along [...]

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Part 2 with Author Jon Gillespie-Brown

On Thursday, Jon Gillespie-Brown, author of the new book, “So You Want to be an Entrepreneur” shared his tips and insights. Here is the rest of that interview:   How are you marketing and promoting your book? The book is published by Wiley and Co. and they do most of the promotion, PR and marketing. [...]

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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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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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