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Invention of the Week #8: The Doodle Daley

This week’s invention was created by Susan Drexler, who decided she needed a better way to clean up dog messes in the yard. If you’re tired of stepping in your dog’s “Doodle” or cleaning it up each day with a plastic bag that makes your regular trash can smell, Susan Drexler has the solution – her [...]

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Invention of the Week #7: Dryer Shoe Holder

This week’s featured invention is the ” Dryer Shoe Holder”, which was invented by Richard Jackson, Sr. and Glenda Jackson.   Richard and Glenda have an issued US Utility patent on their invention.    Along with the winter comes snow, sleet, slush…and ultimately grimey, muddy shoes.  Dryer Shoe Holder was developed to help consumers launder their tennis shoes, without all that bumping and banging around in [...]

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Free PR Tools for Do-It-Yourself Publicity

If you are working with a tight budget like most entrepreneurs, you can do your own publicity. Here is a quick list of some of the free services available to help you build buzz and sales: 1. Learn simple steps to start your publicity efforts with StartupNation’s Guide to PR here. 2. Check out the free, [...]

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Invention of the Week #6: Expandable Power Strip

This week’s featured invention is the ” Expandable Power Strip”, which was invented by Yekusiel Teitelbaum.  Mr. Teitelbaum has an issued US Utility patent on his invention.    Most households contain multiple charging devices for cell phones, handheld gaming systems, cameras, MP3 players, etc.  The large plugs are bulky and sometimes prevent adjacent plugs from being used at the same time.  Expandable Power Strip enables the [...]

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Have you checked these two things yet?

It’s early Thursday morning, and I just remembered another “New Year” bit of information to share with you. If you haven’t checked these two things, you could be losing out on some great publicity and new customers: 1. What copy needs to be changed on your website? Do you have old copyright dates and outdated [...]

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Invention of the Week #5: Doggie Fountain

Another cool invention this week from our partners at InventionHome. This week’s featured invention is “Doggie Fountain”, which was invented by Tony Lytle of Larwill, IN.  Tony has a Utility Patent on file for his unique invention, which operates similar to a drinking fountain but is modified to provide clean, fresh water for friends of [...]

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The Fool Proof Marketing Offer

By Erin Jacobs, VerticalResponse Customers often ask me, what are the best offers to use in email marketing programs, or any lead generation program for that matter.  The answer, of course, is dependent on a list of factors- among them: What is the nature of your business? What are you trying to achieve with your [...]

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Faces and Blogs and Tweets, Oh My!

The big buzz in marketing these days is all about social networking and viral campaigns. In the past two days alone, I received about nine e-mails inviting me to various, educational seminars online. And I’m sure you have been inundated with this same kind of information. It can be overwhelming…Do I start a Facebook page, [...]

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Invention of the Week #4: Future Wrist Stick

Another cool invention this week from our partners at InventionHome. This week’s feature is “Future Wrist Stick,” which was invented by Robert Moriarty and Gary Hicks.  Robert and Gary have an issued US Utility patent on their invention. As the holidays approach and “Black Friday” nears, it’s inevitable that Christmas shopping lists are materializing, too.  Along [...]

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Part 2 with Author Jon Gillespie-Brown

On Thursday, Jon Gillespie-Brown, author of the new book, “So You Want to be an Entrepreneur” shared his tips and insights. Here is the rest of that interview:   How are you marketing and promoting your book? The book is published by Wiley and Co. and they do most of the promotion, PR and marketing. [...]

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Voting is over. Now what?

Fantastic! We don’t have to listen to repetitive campaign advertisements any longer! But the best news for small business owners now is that many media members will start focusing on stories that have nothing to do with candidates, politics or Washington. Are you ready? If you haven’t already done so, start preparing your: – Unique Story for [...]

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Invention of the week #3: Dual Option Tape Measure

This week’s featured invention is “Dual Option Tape Measure”, which was invented by Gene Stauffer and Steve Goecke.  Gene and Steve have an issued US Utility patent on this invention.   It can be difficult to utilize a tape measure when measuring recessed areas, such as around door or window replacements. Workers must bend or fold [...]

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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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