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Home-based business owner wins an office!

My favorite thing about the winner of the “Home Office From Hell Contest” sponsored by Offices2Share.com is the name of his company: Ancient Geek. The owner of the formerly home-based business’s name is Jason Welshonse, and his startup business (as you probably guessed) is a computer consultant to regular folks like you and me (well [...]

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StartupNation community has spoken & keeps talking!

I’m speechless. The brand new beta version of the StartupNation community resource was released to our current community members earlier today and the site has been overwhelmed with energetic & passionate entrepreneurs and those dreaming of starting their own businesses. People are creating their own personal profiles, many also uploading a photo of themselves or [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Cocktails by Jenn

Picture this: You’re in your hotel room in Vegas. You want to party BEFORE you even get down to the strip. You think, a Cosmo (=the popular martini beloved by women) would be great right now… You open your mini-bar and voila! There waiting to delight your thirst is a prepackaged collection of mixed drinks. [...]

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Brand new Entrepreneurial Tips podcast

I love podcasts. You only have to watch me walk around to figure that out. I used to have the signature white cords dangling from my earbuds, but now I’ve graduated to a Bluetooth wireless headset for my iPod. I’m certain that I’m the first one on my block sporting those babies! So you can [...]

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Must-read books for business start ups

Entrepreneurs are book readers. I find that almost everyone involved in business start ups is also reading at least one book. The book topics vary and often it’s helpful to get a complete change in perspective from what one normally reads. Information & inspiration can come from many sources. Here is one of my favorites: [...]

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Cool Company of the day: The Evening Hatch

We all know how important it is to enjoy life… to live it to the fullest. In that spirit, we recently went on our first fly fishing adventure – something we’d heard people rave about but we’d never "taken the time" to do ourselves. The little business we chose to outfit and guide us was [...]

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St. Patrick’s Day grassroots marketing examples

For small businesses, grassroots marketing is a foundational strategy to reach a core customer base on a limited budget. GoDaddy.com can market using Super Bowl commercials but startup entrepreneurs need to get extraordinarily creative to make every marketing dollar count. The Sloan brothers call out 3 ideas to get started with a grassroots marketing campaign [...]

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Cool Company of the day: Blurb.com

Thanks goes to community member Chuck for this one… Blurb.com is particularly cool for those of you who want to see your words in print someday, and not just here in the comments section of StartupNation’s blogs – instead, how about professionally bound… the real deal?! Enter Blurb.com, a website with a sofware/service whose time [...]

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Can a buzzword create a new definition for marketing?

There are two examples of new buzzwords that I’ve been exposed to recently and they both seem to be making a bid to create a new definition for marketing. Long Tail Slivercasting Long Tail showed up last year as Wired magazine popularized the phrase to refer to the large number of specialized offerings that in [...]

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The absolute number one best business to start

Full service car wash. You see, you probably thought I’d wimp out and not really name one. I mean come on, how can you pick just one business that’s the best for everyone. Isn’t it conventional wisdom that we all have unique personalities & gifts & styles? But I’ve decided. There is just no question [...]

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