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3 Ways to Provide Value to Site Visitors Fast

Ok. Be honest. When is the last time you updated your Website? I know that you have many, other priorities. But, if your Website is old, you are losing customers! After all, who wants to look at the same old data all the time? And I’m not talking about drastic, expensive changes. I’m talking about [...]

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The Power of Online Invention Tradeshows

Developing or finding the next innovative product in today’s marketplace is the key focus of an ever expanding list of companies. Even our government is pushing industries to innovate more, recognizing the need for innovation to drive our economy. Over the coming years, we expect an explosion in the area of innovation, thus creating a [...]

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Saved! By Automatic Backup

Picture this: It’s late December. You’re planning for the year ahead. You resume your work after dinner. Totally in the zone! But there’s a problem. A major problem. The computer is frozen. Nothing works. You turn it off. You turn it on. Nothing works right. Your files and software are inaccessible, useless. I’m telling you [...]

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Introduction To New Blogger Photographer Steven Kovich

Since I’m new here, I’ll introduce myself and give you a brief discription of what we’ll be talking about. I’ve been working with the creators of StartUpNation since 2001 when I was hired to shoot Rich Sloan doing yoga on the conference room table in the Birmingham Michigan office of the up and coming StartUpNation.  [...]

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Product Summit Provides Unique Inventor Opportunities

Back in April, I posted an article which addressed the growing trend of “micro-shows”.  Many of the largest tradeshows in the land were adding destinations within the larger tradeshow…these “micro-shows” are devoted entirely to independent inventors and their unique products.  Two examples of these micro-shows are: National Hardware Show’s “Inventor Spotlight” International Home and Houseware [...]

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Inpex Invention Trade Show

This week, after orchestrating insane childcare arrangements (school is out), I attended The Inventor’s University and The Inpex Invention Trade Show in Pittsburgh, PA.  This was a phenomenal experience for me, and I am so excited to share some of the highlights with you.  I did not have anything ready to exhibit, but I decided [...]

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Tips for Networking in the Beginning…

I was a little stumped about what to write about this week.  A lot has been going on in my world, but for some reason, I could not pinpoint the one little thing that I wanted to share.  My new website for moms in transition is SLOWLY coming together (not as fast as I would [...]

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StartupNation 1, Facebook Squatter 0

Similar to our efforts on Twitter to claim the www.twitter.com/startupnation account name, we have now achieved something similar for www.facebook.com/startupnation. As I wrote a while ago here in my blog about the Twitter squatter who was trying to extort StartupNation, there are definitely systems in place at the social media companies that support ethical companies [...]

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Is Frustration Getting In the Way of Your Success?

Your phone stops ringing. You don’t get a response for your proposals. The competition steals your business. Yep. We’ve all been there. It’s not fun, but frustration is a part of business. Instead of taking it personally, you need to move on to the next opportunity. And this can be easier said than done so [...]

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Mompreneur’s Pre-Flight Checklist

Over the last few weeks, pulling off all my various roles has been hard.  Being a mom requires a lot of patience recently, and a number of extended family issues need my attention.  At the same time, as a mompreneur, my prototype is heating up, and I am ready to pull out from the gate [...]

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Should you exhibit your product at the upcoming National Hardware Show (May 10-12th)?

Should you exhibit your product at the upcoming National Hardware Show (May 10-12th)? If you want exposure to thousands of industry professional looking for new products and the opportunity to learn from industry experts, YES…you should consider exhibiting at this show. The trend in National Tradeshows is to include a “micro tradeshow” for inventors within [...]

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What To Do After An Interview

You just spoke to a top reporter with a major publication, and the feature story is due out in one month… so what do you do now? Well, I’m sure you would like to yell it from the rooftops and tell everyone you know. But before you do, here are three things to keep in [...]

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Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference, You gotta go!

Want to start your specialty product business this year? Then you MUST attend the (SPREE) Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference. Be part of the world’s largest event for the $12 billion specialty retail industry! No matter if you are a retailer, or prospective entrepreneur looking for the newest concepts, or interested in starting  or [...]

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Top 3 Ways to Avoid SEO Rip-Offs

Have you been ripped off by a search engine optimization copywriter (SEO)? Well, I just heard from another entrepreneur who hired a big, SEO research firm. Unfortunately, things did not go well, and this new business owner needed some help. With this in mind, I thought it was time for a quick review so here [...]

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Boost Buzz Fast with Local Press

If you are a new entrepreneur, one of the best ways to start building buzz is by contacting local media-members. This way, you can practice your pitching skills with a smaller venue and begin creating media relationships to help your business grow. But how do you start your publicity efforts? 1.      Research. First, you want [...]

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My Huge Mistake & Guess What? The Nation Works!

Last week, I spent (wasted) a lot of time spinning my wheels and thinking about decisions that were irrelevant at the moment. Paralyzed with small details that did not matter and stuck in over-thinking the “what-ifs,”  I created a perfect storm for myself. This “time suck” went on for the greater part of the week [...]

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Pick Yourself Up and Get Back to Work!

Yes, the economy is ugly. Yes, customers are tightening their purse strings. Yes, it’s harder to bring in new sales.   Blah. Blah. Blah. Things are tough for many people right now, but that’s no reason to just sit back and wait for things to get better.   It’s time to take action! No one [...]

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