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Cool Company of the Day: ManageYourCellar.com

We love red wine – a lot. It’s partly the flavor, partly the infinite variety and nuances of taste, partly knowing the work and thinking that goes into that taste, partly the history and concept of it, and partly it’s that it’s supposedly healthy for you in good measure. But remembering your favorites, storing the [...]

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Home business idea for woman in Pennsylvania

One of the initial aspects of taking that first step to start a small business is trying to determine whether your business idea will be profitable. Creating a business plan is absolutely the thing to do in order to figure this out. An early benchmark as you begin the research to create that business plan [...]

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Scissor-runners are cut out to start a small business

My bride-to-be Suzanne coined a phrase at a congratulatory dinner we were having last evening at our favorite Italian restaurant “joint”. She called herself a scissor-runner. There’s no question about it. She’s bright, intelligent, beautiful and does not like rules. It’s not that she especially wants to make her own rules, she just doesn’t like [...]

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“No budget” marketing strategies

So many startups, so little money. No matter what size business you run you’ve got to make every dollar count. Simply throwing money at a problem is not a smart way to grow your customer base. But grow you must! You’ve got 2 choices: 1) guess 2) research Guessing is very fun. It’s called the [...]

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A small business startup needs that work life balance

When we launched the entrepreneur forum in the StartupNation community pages on our website we did a whole lot of planning & strategizing in advance. After a month of the beta version of our community going public, there is a great deal that we have learned. Much of what we anticipated is happening just as [...]

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Inspiration

My mom died exactly 4 years ago today. She is the sweetest lady I have ever known. Now, after four years, I can think about her and not remember so much the 4-year cancer battle or the way her body failed her those last months. I remember her vibrant, smiling, lovely countenance. My mom, the [...]

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What I learned over Spring break…

• When children are concerned, the noise level in your home increases exponentially for each child added. • In a related revelation, little girls scream a lot. • One should not bother cleaning the floor during a play date, unless it is an activity you enjoy doing more than once. • On a related note, [...]

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Cool Company of the day: PODS

"Cool" comes in many forms. PODS hits the "Cool Company of the Day" list largely due to the sheer convenience of their innovative moving and storage service. (But it’s cool also based on the growth potential.) You may have seen the PODS ads on TV or perhaps your neighbor has one of the crisp white [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Airforce Nutrisoda

Staying on the beverage theme…, I was passing through the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport Friday of last week and was thirsting for a soda. So, I walked into the magazine/snack store. My eyes were instantly drawn to a cool array of slender cans in the open cooler. They were cans of "Nutrisoda," sold by Air Force. [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Tea Forte

We were let down when we went to TeaForte.com to research more about the product we’d recently been wowwed by – we thought we were on the cutting edge of discovering a hot new product. But at their site we learned that Oprah beat us to the punch when she announced in 2004, "if you [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Spot Runner

Ever wanted to do a TV ad campaign for your business? Not a problem. Even the thought of it sounds too pricey? Not a problem. Don’t know how in the world you’d shoot and create the commercial itself? Not a problem. Enter Spot Runner, a new service that packages up your specific advertising message with [...]

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Life Plan in action: a “do what you love” podcast business

I am a subscriber to 5 podcasts: • StartupNation Radio • Entrepreneurial Tips with the Sloan Brothers • Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code • The President’s Weekly Radio Address • Roots Rock Radio You’re surely familiar with StartupNation, the Sloan Brothers, Adam Curry if you’re a podcast listener, and the President. But what’s the deal [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Zillow

Looking to buy a home? Wondering what your own home is worth? Has the value escalated the way you hoped? The people who created Zillow want to help you find out. The beta version of their site puts the power of maps, comparables, trend charts and more all at your fingertips. Is this destined to [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Vital Choice Seafood

This one comes from community member Carolyn – one of StartupNation’s biggest advocates and a huge healthnut! (We like that about Carolyn – we, too, try to live in a healthy and sustainable manner and she’s very inspiring that way.) The Cool Company is Vital Choice Seafood, and as the letter from the founder, Randy [...]

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Advice for starting a home business website

Jo lives at the Jersey shore. She has a service business focused mainly on seniors. It’s time for her first website. She needs help. What should she do? Well, what she did was get together with thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners just like her and she asked them for their advice. Maybe some [...]

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