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Invention of the Week #2: Cruisin’ Casket

Halloween fun for grown-ups. That’s this week’s theme. Our featured invention from our friends at InventionHome this week is “Cruisin’ Casket”.  This product has an issued U.S. Utility patent, and was invented by the team of Daniel Mendez, Vicky Mendez and Daniel T. Mendez.   Cruisin’ Casket is a car-shaped coffin that enables the car aficionado [...]

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Invention of the Week #1: Critter Litter

Going forward, I will include a new “Invention of the Week” here in my blog (in collaboration with InventionHome, one of the few legitimate invention commercialization companies).   This week, we kick it off with… “Critter Litter“.       Critter Litter was invented by an intrepid entrepreneur by the name of Barbara McNew. Barbara’s [...]

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Stella’s Startup Cycle

I have found that inventing, starting a business up, and other entrepreneurially thingies follow the same emotional pattern as your first roller coaster ride. Step 1: I’m so excited I could just pee. This is when you size up the ride. You’re caught in the moment considering the immense possibilities of your idea. The dizzying heights and [...]

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Cool, No-Cost Offers for Small Business Owners

I’ve been receiving several exclusive offers specifically to help small business owners. And since the economy is tough right now, I thought I’d share these free offers with you, my fellow StartupNation entrepreneurs: – Got an innovative, recession-busting marketing strategy that is helping your small business boost sales? If so, you may want to enter [...]

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An Entrepreneur’s Day Out or Why I Shop Alone

Entrepreneurs are different, that’s a common theme on Startup Nation. We work differently. We think differently. And, by the looks of my Startup Nation profile pic, we dress and wear our hair differently. But, maybe that’s just me. A case in point: I went shopping with my friends. They’re your average corporate hard-charging, salary-seeking, bonus-pimping 40-hour-a-weekers. [...]

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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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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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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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