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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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Invention of the week #3: Dual Option Tape Measure

This week’s featured invention is “Dual Option Tape Measure”, which was invented by Gene Stauffer and Steve Goecke.  Gene and Steve have an issued US Utility patent on this invention.   It can be difficult to utilize a tape measure when measuring recessed areas, such as around door or window replacements. Workers must bend or fold [...]

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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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Max, The Day After

This post is a follow up to yesterday’s Pulling for Max, My Best Friend. First, thank you from the bottom of my heart. From Max’s, too. Below I will give you my perspectives on the day and hope that I’m speaking well for Max. Wow! What an incredible outpouring of love. The spirit of this community [...]

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A Totally True Spooky Startup Legend

Submitted for your consideration during this Halloween season. A true spooky startup legend. A teenage boy and his girlfriend were enjoying the October moonlight shining on a pond at a park just outside of town. The radio was playing their favorite song when it was crudely interrupted. It was a special bulletin and an almost frantic announcer exclaimed: [...]

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Pulling for Max, My Best Friend

“So fluffy!”    “That head!”    “What a big puppy!”    “He can hold three?!”   Variations of these words always seem to blurt out of people as they encounter the one-and-only, life-loving Maximus Sloan. Those of you who know Max adore him. Today, friends, he needs your support.   Among neighbors, it’s no secret [...]

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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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