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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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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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