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Take Risks to Boost Confidence and Publicity

It’s about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and I’m recovering from a much-needed vacation. Right now, the jet lag is killing me. Yes, I’m one of those people who usually need a “vacation from the vacation.” But it’s worth it! A vacation gives you time to rest and relax, but it also provides the opportunity [...]

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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to push around our wheelchairs, or at least extricate our Rascal scooters when they get hopelessly wedged between oddly out-of-date pieces of furniture.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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The Roots of America. The Roots of Your Business.

It’s Sunday, September 6, and Linda and I are in Philadelphia. We stand in a pouring deluge – the brunt of tropical storm Hanna is upon us – as we wait to enter Independence Hall, located in the city’s Historic District. Drenched despite our umbrellas, 30 of us enter the annex of the building. We [...]

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The first thing you’d have an assistant do…

Some of you may want to jump in and comment on “the first thing you’d have an assistant do” if you actually had one. http://www.startupnation.com/forums/13043/1/1 Some fave’s so far: “make the coffee” “clean the house” “filing, without a doubt” “do tender lovin’ care for clients who need it” If you’ve had an assistant and no [...]

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The Curse of the Blackberry: A Subtle yet Virulent Anxiety

“In the past 20 years, the lure of instant gratification has gripped the youngest half of our population. For the hooked-up generation-those born after 1970 who are wedded to iPods and the immediacy/pervasiveness of the entertainment industry-it’s a stretch to go backwards to consider the root of things. The gratification of the moment is a [...]

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QVC…1-2-3

It is all about the education of how to choose the right products for QVC…how to present and get products accepted…and how to successfully sell, year after year. For any of you who missed my free QVC tele-seminar the other night, and would like to benefit from the insider information….I am opening the event to the [...]

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Online Tip Jar (from Seth Godin)

As you know, everything we offer at StartupNation – all 175,000 pages of content – is completely free. If there’s any question left as to how we run this business and make a buck, let it be known that it’s through advertising and sponsorship. That’s why I was particularly intrigued by Seth Godin’s recent blog [...]

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What is YOUR money mentality?

The number one reason for business, and personal, failure is the “lack of knowledge” about MONEY! As a successful business owner, running a multi-million dollar retail product placement company, I know first hand how being bad with money can be, and how being cash starved is always fatal. I hate to admit that I did have [...]

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Small Bust Leads to AA Lingerie PR Success

Yesterday, Retha Queenan of AA Lingerie, www.aalingerie.com, shared some of her insights. She turned her need for a stylish, well-fitted bra into a successful, worldwide business that is garnering national media attention. Here are more of her tips to help you do the same thing! What kind of challenges and rewards do you see with pursuing new business in [...]

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Another StartupNation Success Story – Quench Bath and Body

I recently spoke with Shashi Srikantan, founder of Quench Bath and Body, on StartupNation Radio. Her company offers bath and body products from around the world. What a star she is!   Though she’s just recently become an entrepreneur, thanks in part to her use of our StartMeUp! program, Shashi has always been interested in [...]

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Singing The End of Summer Blues.

I hate to see summer go. Why? The hot days? Nah. The ample sunshine? Uh-huh. The carefree days? Get real. I miss the presence of my free (sorta free) labor source: my children. During the summer, you’ll find my kids stuffing envelopes, stacking boxes, and even helping me with their computer-savviness. As you’ll recall, I [...]

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Is It Time For eBay To Break Up With…Itself?

Hi gang, So, I’ve been thinking about this idea for a while now.  Let’s say that you are eBay, and you recently realized that your core business idea, auctions, has a fad component to it.   By that, I mean that auctions were a very cool idea 10 years ago, but the novelty of them is [...]

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A Conversation with Jeff Shay of Rejuvenation

A little while ago, I had the pleasure of a short interview with Jeff Shay, Engineering Manager and Environmental & Safety Officer at Rejuvenation. For those not familiar… Rejuvenation began in 1977 as an architectural salvage shop in a derelict North Portland saloon. Jim Kelly, who still owns the privately held company, began the business [...]

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If Sustainability Were a Person…it’d be Sean

Sean is one, interesting, bird. He’s worked at small brands, big brands, has a few degrees, speaks several languages, likes pentathlons…he’s sort of like a walking-talking Rubix Cube-meets-Swiss Army Knife—likes to play with brightly colored riddles as well as the intellectual means to move adeptly between disciplines.    Right out high school he went to [...]

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Does your city support your business effort?

I recently re-discovered Paul Graham and fell in love with (his writing style). Check out this article: Cities and Ambition. This article reminds me of, and many ways is a more entertaining summary of Richard Florida’s “Whose Your City” which I blogged about recently. Some excerpts: Great cities attract ambitious people. You can sense it [...]

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Why Business and Chips Don’t Mix

Does anyone else have mornings like this? You see, the problem with home-based business is that the kitchen is much, much closer. One might say deliciously and dangerously close. And, for some reason, my metabolism starts craving potato chips at 9:30 a.m. So, I stroll to the kitchen… in a moderate sprint. I calmly open the [...]

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