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Dream Big as Small Biz People

I had the pleasure of hearing Kevin Harrington, a pioneer in the infomercial business, selling products on TV and on the ABC hit show Shark Tank, speak this week at The Inpex Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. Harrington imparted the crowd with a boat load of information on the best practices of inventing and getting a [...]

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Tech Overload – What Not to Pursue!

Every day, there seems to be some kind of new technology or app out there to help you run your business. This one will increase productivity. That one will help your customers find your business online. Yet, another one will help you save time and money. As a new entrepreneur, it can be impossible to [...]

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The Heat is On: Summer Scheduling

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us which means Summer Is Here.  Summer is difficult for many parents in small business.  Schools let out, Camps are pricey, Babysitters take vacations, Schedules change, and well, let’s face it – we want to be outside sharing time with our kids (myself included). On the flip side, the 2nd [...]

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Unplug to Recharge!

I was very lucky to take a much-needed vacation recently and get some rest and relaxation. During my break, I did not have access to e-mail, phone services or the Internet. Now, being someone who is constantly connected, I was worried about this. But guess what? Surprise, surprise…the world did not end because I was [...]

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5 Marketing Lessons We Can Learn from Google

I am always looking for ways to help my small business clients get more results in their marketing.  This week I got an unsolicited telephone call from Google, of all companies, which started me thinking.  Why is Google, who is unquestionably the king of online marketing, engaging in telemarketing?  I’d be interested to hear what [...]

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86 Common Sense Marketing Ideas for Startups

When starting a business, marketing is (or should be) the business owner’s biggest priority. Yet many startups have no clue about marketing.  With that in mind,  I thought who better to learn what works in marketing than from those who have gone before? I reached out to established business owners across all industries to see [...]

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Conference Survival Tactics

I just returned home from a few days away at a conference.  As always, getting back in the groove is difficult when returning from being away whether for pleasure or business.  That is not what I am going to write about though.  Rather, I am going to address the leaving for a trip instead. When [...]

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Want a “Happiness Problem”?

Your phone rings off the hook. Your Inbox is flooded with requests. Your schedule is packed. When you can’t take on any more clients and you can set whatever fees you want because you are booked solid with work, this is called a “happiness problem.” And while it can be wonderful to have all this [...]

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5 Reasons You Should Not Write a Blog

As a small business owner, you’ve heard all about the benefits of having a blog for search engine optimization (SEO) and getting noticed online. But just because everyone else has a blog doesn’t necessarily mean you should write one too. Here are… The Top 5 Reasons You Should Not Write a Blog. 1.  You are [...]

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10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Market Your Business

Every business owner needs to make the most of their marketing dollars and sometimes thinking outside the box can help you do much more with less.  Here are 10 great ways to market your business without busting your bank account provided by business owners across the country.   I love writing posts like this.  The advice [...]

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And you thought marketing to women was simple…

Yesterday I was invited to attend a speaker series at the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship featuring Mary Lou Quinlan on the topic of Marketing to Women.  At first, I thought, well, I know everything on thinking like a woman because I am a woman.  Boy, I was wrong, and I gained some huge insight into [...]

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3 Signs of SEO Copywriting Burnout

Are you writing Website landing pages, e-mails, search engine optimization (SEO) tags, blogs, social media entries, and more on a daily basis? If so, you may be experiencing one or more of the following symptoms: •    Difficulty turning on the computer to start writing. •    Endlessly staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to [...]

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5 Creative Marketing Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th, 2012, and is an excellent opportunity to build buzz for your business with some creative marketing! From Mother’s Day Contests to Mother’s Day themed promotions, here are 5 creative Mother’s Day Marketing ideas that will help you bring more customers in your door. 1. Create a Mother’s Day Gift [...]

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Google Update and Your SEO-What Do You Need To Do?

You just finished updating your search engine optimization (SEO) with Google’s Panda update, and now you hear that Google is making another update. What do you do? Well, don’t’ stress out. You have no control over what Google does. But there is one thing you can do to ensure you maintain your top SEO rankings, [...]

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Tools to Start a Small Business

When you work for yourself, the right tools can help you save time and money. Aside from the obvious tools: a computer with plenty of memory, a space-saving All-in-One (link to Brother), shredder and other tools mentioned on Startup Nation, there are other not-so-obvious tools that can help you start and grow a business. Reliable [...]

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10 Tweets To Solve Twitter Writer’s Block

If you are actively involved in your social media activities, then you may have trouble coming up with new and exciting tweets to share with your customers on a daily basis. However, there is a simple fix for this. Remember, social media is about being social and interaction. When you are not sure what to [...]

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Get a Big Media Story in 3 Steps

As a small business owner, you may think it’s impossible to get a big, feature story about your company in one of your favorite publications, especially if you don’t have the money to hire a publicist. And while a publicist has the skills to build buzz and cultivate relationships with the media, it is possible [...]

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9 Big Marketing Ideas for Small Business

Small business owners are always on the lookout for that one big marketing idea that will catapult their business into the stratosphere.  What I’ve found, however, is that it isn’t just one marketing idea but many marketing ideas, implemented strategically and consistently over time that reap the best results.  Here are nine of my favorite [...]

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Setting Limits with Commitments

Across most of the country, summer, I mean spring has arrived.  After an unseasonably mild winter for many, like me, it seems as though summer is here bright and early.  While I don’t doubt that we may still get some spring rain-filled and cooler days, the heat and sun is prompting an early summeritus season. This week [...]

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