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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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Where’s the Flair? Could Coworking Be Office Space II

Have you heard about Coworking, or have I been held captive to the whims of my underfed and long-suffering family for too long? Coworking is office space for us–free agents, freelancers, starter-uppers, and home entrepreneurs. You go to this shared space and, I don’t know, do all the things you used to do at your former nine-to-fiver. [...]

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“Bite Me Charlotte!” Overcoming your Nay-Sayers…

Imagine yourself on the CNBC show “The Big Idea” with host Donny Deutsch saying  “Bite Me Charlotte” to millions of his viewers. Donny then fires the question, “Kim, how did you overcome your nay-sayer Charlotte to achieve great success?” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te1SjoA6VNo&eurl=http://www.kimcoaz.com/index.php[/youtube] The answer starts when my family experienced a financial hardship and I needed to seek [...]

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All in the Family – The perfect niche businesses

I know these aren’t sustainable businesses, but they are the perfect niche businesses. Seems to be part of a new trend targeting every part of the family. Except poor, poor Dad. What niches do you target? Grandparents.com Grandparents.com is a life-stage destination for a new generation of active grandparents who want fresh ways to interact, [...]

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What I Learned About Entrepreneurship From My Dog

It’s amazing where–and from whom–you pick up lessons about running your own business. I found one today just by watching our dog, Beauregard. Since entrepreneurs normally love what they do, they may find it hard to charge other people for their abilities and services. Our dog has no problem with that. Beau believes everything is [...]

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Rick’s Magic Beans

One sunny day in Chicago, Rick Riehle decided to call it quits and go travel—there is something about the timing of this piece that makes that statement seem like a dare. It’s every office dweller’s fantasy. I can just see his fellow cube mates prairie-dogging up across the division, waiving their staplers and cheering him [...]

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Hello Startup Nation!

My name is Kristin Potenti and I have recently decided to make my passion for fashion a full time career instead of merely a hobby.  Over the past 5-10 years I have been studying and working in the fashion industry.  It was through my work in retail that I noticed a couple of micro trends [...]

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Did Bill Gates Start His Day This Way?

I woke up this morning–and “woke” is a very relative term–to find a nice present from our dog on the living room floor, a leaking refrigerator, hungry children, and a husband who perpetually can’t find his socks. My main urge was not to start working on my business, my intent was to crawl back in [...]

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How to Calm Your Interview Nerves

If you haven’t had a lot of experience doing media interviews, you may have butterflies in your stomach or even feel sick! To overcome your nerves and improve your chances of giving a great interview, here are a few quick tips: 1. Prepare. This is pretty obvious, but the more you prepare in advance, the [...]

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The Mistake Bank

I’m not much of a fan of Ning but this The Mistake Bank site seems like an interesting site. The Mistake Bank is a place to share stories of mistakes people have made in their lives and careers. After you sign up, you can contribute videos or blog posts recounting your mistakes that you think others could [...]

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Turn Recession Woes into “Wows”

Economists and the media may debate whether we are in a true “recession” or not, but that doesn’t change the fact that sales are down and consumers are pulling back.  I’m certainly not excited about this, but I’m not traumatized either.  The economy is full of ups and downs and we obviously can’t have the [...]

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Mind Value

To one of my previous posts on the value of education vs/or training… I wonder if education is a system that trains people to do simply repeat history, to conform – to rinse, wash, repeat. New ideas and true innovative thinking seem to appear at “the edge,” “the fringe” – people on “the cusp.” What do you think?

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Too Much *Bleep*ing Perspective

If you’ve been a maverick entrepreneur for awhile, there’s a chance you may have lost touch with the reasons you sloughed the corporate shackles and struck off on your own. It’s road trip time. Time to pay a visit to how the other half–or three-quarters–live. Let me take you there. I went to pick up my husband at [...]

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I’m A Stranger In My Own Land – Part II

Hi gang, (When we last left our travel Hero, he was happily blogging from a Seattle pier, looking out at the bay and enjoying himself.   Did he make it home? Let’s rejoin him….) “Waiter, I’d like a tequila sunrise please.” “Sure thing – can I see your ID ?” Blank stare. “You see, what happened [...]

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All in the family?

Are you starting a business with a family member or a close friend? I know, I know. You are incredibly excited. You have a winning, million-dollar idea, and you are pursuing it with one of your favorite people. What could go wrong? Well, unfortunately, much can go wrong and sometimes it happens very quickly and [...]

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