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My name is Heather Nolte, and I have enjoyed being a small business owner for the past four years.   My company, Glamajama.com , is a lifestyle clothing company that creates glam-studded clothes for women, toddlers, and babies.  Glamajama has been featured on The Today Show, The Early Show, Oprah, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Extreme Makeover: Home [...]

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Has Your Phone Stopped Ringing?

I’ve talked to a lot of business owners recently who are seeing requests for information, incoming calls and in-store visits decline due to the economy. As an entrepreneur, you’ve probably noticed this too. And it can be easy to fall into an emotional trap of negativity and disappointment. If you are feeling this way, try to [...]

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Don’t Expose Your Assets!

There you are. You just finished reading Rich and Jeff Sloan’s book and you are fired up! You have an idea that you are certain will make make the invention of those small yellow sticky notes look like small potatoes. Not only that, but you are so proud of yourself, because you have done exhaustive [...]

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It’s good to be the king (of a small business)

As if you needed even MORE pride and joy as a small business owner, I’d point you to the latest job stats in the US. According to today’s ADP National Employment Report SM, private sector employment declined by 23,000 in February.  BUT, nonfarm employment by small businesses (as a sub-sector of private sector businesses) actually grew. [...]

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Great business community

Jeff and I had the pleasure of keynoting at an entrepreneurs’ conference in Green Bay, Wisc., yesterday. We were struck by how committed they were to fostering startups and growing the small business community. Met some great entrepreneurs, including Thomas Sausen of www.bonewerksculinarte.com, a really cool gourmet sauce supplier to restaurants. Of course, he showed up [...]

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If he can sing opera, you can start a business

I recently saw a video at YouTube showing a socially awkward, British mobile telephone salesman singing his heart out. My first reaction, like so many of the other 20,000,000 people who downloaded the video, was goosebumps. Here’s the video of you want to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e8mh2cUlbs It dawned on me after the second time playing the video that if [...]

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Do veterans have an edge as entrepreneurs?

A StartupNation community member, Marsha, recently posted in our forums that she’s compiling feedback from veterans who’ve taken the path of owning a business to determine what special skills and abilities having military experience brings to entrepreneurship. I think this is a very worthy endeavor, which Marsha is also going to turn into a book [...]

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Nothin’

I saw the whole thing happen. It came at me in slow motion. Frame-by-frame. Like witnessing a train wreck, I was powerless to stop it… Last weekend, I met with some other hard-working home entrepreneurs at the neighborhood park. We do it as regularly as possible. It’s a chance for us to pull ourselves out of our basement [...]

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Just Three Brains

Despite a myriad of thinking patterns and a full range of individual behaviors among those who share this world with the home business entrepreneur, I am convinced that our spouses and significant others rely on only one of three brains. How do I know? Do this experiment: Tell your husband or wife that you are quitting [...]

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Nothing original – just plain inspiring

For all of my friends and the StartupNation community members looking for inspiration, here’s some to get the week under way: (Reprinted from an old Wall Street Journal ad i’ve saved for years and found when I was cleaning out the garage today) If you sometimes get discouraged, consider this fellow: He dropped out of [...]

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Start & Grow Your Small Business Step By Step

Entrepreneurs absolutely have to be scoreboard watchers. By that I mean you must know the statistics (the score) that are critical to your business. We are maniacs about that here at StartupNation. One of the data points that we pay close attention to is our website analytics. We monitor and chart and graph the number [...]

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Starting a business question from a blog reader

I began answering this question from one of my readers, and then just figured I might as well turn this into a blog post so others can benefit from it. The following question was asked: Q: I was wondering if you would mind taking time and jotting down a few pointers for me to follow [...]

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Risky Business

We’re in Miles City, Montana this weekend at the world famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. What a blast! People come here from all over for a 3-day party in the streets, intermingled with auctions of bucking horses, a horse and tractor parade, craft shows and street dances. The bucking horses get ridden (few of [...]

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Do I ‘muse’ you?!

(This entry’s by Rich) So many times I’ve heard the term "muse" referred to in interviews I’ve witnessed with cool musicians, writers and other artists. A "muse" is defined by the Merriam Webster online dictionary as, "a source of inspiration; especially: a guiding genius." Mannnn!!!!, as an entrepreneur, doesn’t that sound like a good thing [...]

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