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What’s Your Excuse? Do it Now!

I just returned from a visit to Detroit. My Aunt Margaret died unexpectedly, and I wanted to pay my respects to this wonderful woman who touched the lives of everyone she met. It just goes to show you that things can happen when you least expect it…whether you are ready or not. With this in [...]

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Prep for CNBC’s The Big Idea

I’ve been appearing here and there on The Big Idea with Donny recently. Thought you might get a kick out of how the show comes together and the role of so-called experts (yours truly included) who are invited on the show. Below are the emailed questions I received from the producers in advance of my [...]

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How to Tell if Your Product is Great

Product development is a crucial step in building a company that will produce top sales. Through the years, innovation has been at the core of creating successful business models or new products. The question you must ask yourself is, “How can I tell if my product will satisfy customer needs in innovative ways that lead [...]

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Patents, Trademarks and Knock Offs

Many people believe that you must get a patent before you launch a product. I say…forget it. UNLESS you are actually inventing something. Which is extremely rare, given that in this day and age, almost everything has been “invented”. Ask yourself…Am I merely “re-inventing“? I did not invent insoles. I came up with an original [...]

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Holy Crisis, Batman!

For those of you who run a business or are trying to get one off the ground, I bet you’ve had a run-in or two with a crisis of some kind. It may have taken the shape of a loss of data, or a short-fall in needed cash. Perhaps it was a lawsuit or a [...]

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Ready-Set-Go! Sister-preneurs……

Sister-preneurs! Should you start a business right now or having trouble with your current one? I had the fantastic opportunity last night to help out a girlfriend, and client, Kim Kioysaki of Rich Woman (wife of Robert Kioysaki of The Rich Dad Poor Dad Company.) Kim asked me to participate in a PBS webinar special [...]

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Getting on QVC!

How do I get on QVC? This is the most frequently asked question I get from everyone, everyday. My answer! Pray, hire a good agent and make sure you and the product are ready. Being a QVC vendor for over 8 years now, I see new products come and go every day. The things that [...]

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I drew pictures at a sales meeting, and it worked

I made a public promise on this week’s telechat with Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures. The promise was to use the techniques that Dan recommends at a very high-powered sales presentation that I was to give yesterday to a big potential partner. Well, I [...]

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Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s Holiday Time for PR

While it may be scorching hot outside, and the last thing on your mind is the winter holiday, it’s time to pitch your products for holiday gift guides. Since many press members work on articles way in advance of publish dates, now is the time to contact them with your holiday gift ideas. Quick Steps for [...]

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The One Big Secret to Getting Press – And It Costs Nothing!

Are you overwhelmed with the latest technologies, social media sites, networking opportunities, and other products and services that promise to increase sales and awareness? As an entrepreneur like me, you are probably inundated with the latest products and services on a daily basis. (Ugh! I just received another three e-mails about the latest media-list services and upcoming [...]

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What the new patent ruling means to you

One of the greatest advances born from that incredible American spirit of innovation has been the federal patent system itself. Yes, it definitely has its detractors, but overall it’s been a huge asset for this country and the opportunities for entrepreneurs here for decades. We know first hand – we received several patents, starting with [...]

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A way to see if something is patented

Received this email this week… —–Original Message—– From: Sharon Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 9:31 AM message: Where would a person go to find out if some other person or company already has a patent on an invention? Is there a website or can a company help out with that? ————————– It’s a common question, [...]

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Shedding light on an unforgettable impression

Following on the theme of our previous blog entry, you might get a kick out of this story. We’re focusing on an unforgettable impression someone made on us by going to lengths to do something nice (and smart). Maybe it’ll spark an idea for you in your business dealings… We recently went to a conference [...]

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Amish Inspiration

Sometimes the inspiration for starting your dream business can come from an unexpected direction. Learning from the past can be quite profitable, and life-changing for you as a budding entrepreneur. I was visiting my family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania this past weekend and one of the “must do” activities for these visits is Achenbach’s Bakery [...]

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