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Autistic teen has lesson for small business owners

They say that luck is where preparedness meets opportunity. And if you need a story to illustrate the point, here’s great one. The 17-year-old student manager of the Greece Athena High School basketball team, had his first opportunity to actually play in a game. The team was well ahead, so the coach put him in. [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Prosper.com

By our own experience and by the sheer volume of callers we talk to on our Radio Show, it’s clear that raising money is one of the most intimidating and difficult parts of starting up a business. That’s why we’ve chosen Prosper.com as today’s Cool Company. Prosper.com is a new kind of source of money [...]

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A Reminder: Don’t Ignore Your Life Plan

I generally dislike forwarded messages, especially the ones that tell me to forward them immediately to ten people or else I’ll probably go to Hell. If I dislike them, my husband despises them. So I was very surprised when he forwarded this one to me. I’m sharing it with you because it reminded me that [...]

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Are Traditonal Marketing Strategies Still Best?

A recent survey about marketing to marketers examined how marketers want to be contacted. It claims they do not want phone calls, they prefer an e-mail with links. They say they don’t want cold calls or face to face meetings. What the survey didn’t examine is how effective the e-mail strategy really is. I know [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Dogmatic for dogs

The Westminster Show that aired this week was another glowing example of just how crazy we all are about our dogs… We’re included in the craze – we have 7 (yes, seven) dogs total in our respective homes. And one of the most common things people do with their dogs is treat them like … [...]

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Story of a young entrepreneur: do what you love

I called my Uncle Jim the other day. Actually I have two Uncle Jims. This one is the Penn State Uncle Jim. You know, he’s one of those guys that lives & breathes everything that is Penn State. He and my Aunt Sally live in Annapolis but spend all of their weekends at their home [...]

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A home-based business that serves your soul

We’ve heard a lot of people say that you first have to love and understand yourself, and only then can you love and understand others in your life. The importance of this principle was confirmed this weekend on StartupNation Radio. We interviewed Julie and during the show, we uncovered a lot about her brand-spankin-new fashion [...]

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Your evolving business plan

I was going through old files recently, and came across some archived business plans from several past companies. Man, how things change… Business Plans are necessary inasmuch as they put your company’s strategy on paper. You’re forced to think about how you will accomplish your objectives, and if you’re raising capital, the business plan is [...]

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Opinions on 7 Ways to Boost Your Web Visibility

This week’s StartupNation newsletter featured an article on the 7 Ways to Boost Your Web Visibility. While we know we’re just scratching the surface with the article, and there will soon be much more content in this area, the StartupNation community has begun to weigh in with some opinion and reaction. Here’s David Binkowski’s perspective [...]

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Reasons people don’t start a business

The people who seem to use our site the most – and listen to our show the most – are a mix of people who are either considering becoming an entrepreneur or who are already an entrepreneur, and are looking to grow their business. Both of these kinds of community members can comment on this [...]

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NFL Players: Life planning after football

It’s Super Bowl week here in Detroit and StartupNation is heading to a special NFL players sanctioned event this afternoon. The Sloan brothers are giving a presentation to current and former NFL players and other professional athletes on the value of networking to enhance their career after their playing days are over. Many players take [...]

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Entrepreneurship runs in the family blood!

While we "Sloan brothers" have usually been the ones in our family to be recognized as ‘the entrepreneurs,’ now there’s a new force on the scene… Her name is Julie … and… she’s our middle sister. That’s right… and watch out! Just a few short months ago, she, like so many thousands of others who’ve [...]

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