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Reaching the Do Point

You’ve got a killer idea. (But, hey, you have a busy life.) You’ve never seen or heard of a business like it. (But does the idea already exist and you just haven’t seen it?) You have the money to start it up. (But you’re not sure you want to risk the money.) Etc., etc., etc…. [...]

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Be bold, not stupid

Continuing on the theme of hallmarks of true entrepreneurs, boldness is certainly one among them. But there’s "smart boldness," and there’s just plain "stupid." An example of smart? Take Tina Norris, creator of Foot Petals, a company that sells patented shoe pad inserts for women’s dress shoes. They’re basically a super premium, improved version of [...]

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Fighting Off Cynicism

I hate to show even the appearance of sucking up to the hosts here at StartupNation, but in case you missed it, the Sloan brothers’ recent post on Fighting Off Cynicism is one of their best ever. I’m a huge fan of maintaining a positive attitude in business. Starting and running a successful, high-growth business [...]

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The true mark of an entrepreneur

Everyone, including us, raves about the first-and-foremost quality of an entrepreneur… you know what it is… PASSION. But alas, that may not be true. Lately, our idea of the true mark of an entrepreneur has evolved. It’s actually something else, something that’s behind any and all action that an entrepreneur might take – and it’s [...]

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Club Entrepreneur – The Power of a Network

No matter what business you’re in, whether it be eBay, a restaurant, a magazine, or really any business in the world, you need to network with other entrepreneurs to help you become successful! Last night, we held our second monthly meeting for Club Entrepreneur, a rapidly expanding organization that encourages the free exchange of ideas [...]

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Share NCAA March Madness With Your Network

The NCAA Basketball Tournament – “March Madness” – is one of those annual events that is ripe for strengthening your business network. The tourney kicks off this week with daytime games all across the country on Thursday and Friday. Many people will take the two days off and many, many more will be sneaking peaks [...]

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5 tips for eBay selling

Want to be successful selling on eBay? These 5 tips for eBay selling are a good starting point for your eBay business. 1) Understand your eBay selling costs of doing business eBay selling is not as simple as some people make it out to be. Your are running a complicated business, so treat it that [...]

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Hot Off the Presses – Coffee Houses are Hot Business Ideas!

Read an article today from a well respected authority suggesting "hot businesses to start today"…. One of those "hot" ideas….."start a coffee shop". A what?!?! You’ve got to be kidding! With Starbucks and 10 other major brands on every corner in every community, how can that be a hot business idea? Starbucks has taken a [...]

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Business Owners Need to Know When and How

I blogged earlier in the month about a contest that we ran at StartupNation.com and the overwhelmingly “I LOVE THIS CONTEST” reactions we received. I was surprised and surmised that the combination of competition and learning is what appealed to the StartupNation community of entrepreneurs. Give an entrepreneur a challenge while telling her that she’s [...]

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Business Startup Good Ideas & Bad Ones

The StartupNation.com community is rockin’ powerful. How do I know? I often am contacted by a community member who finds that their forum comments show up in a Google search for their company name or website. This is good, no? Well, it depends. If your comments are positive, encouraging, smart & provocative and add value [...]

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Tennis and Small Business

I’m a tennis player. Well, let me rephrase … I play tennis. I played last night as a matter of fact. Two hours of singles against guys younger than me. Not bad for a dude with a titanium hip. At this point in my tennis “career” it’s extremely important for me to understand what my [...]

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You need to be the best in the world at … something

I was in a Starbucks the other day for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up and I was amazed at how the caffeine-ologists were able to create drink after drink without looking at anything in writing. One “associate” would listen to the drink order, call it out to the next guy & at the other end of this [...]

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Never Stop Learning

I take every chance I can to learn more about business. The profiles and success stories on StartupNation are fun and inspiring. So are the business human interest stories in the Wall Street Journal. I am fascinated by the ingenious ways that entrepreneurs overcome all sorts of obstacles. So in this blog, I’ll occasionally bring [...]

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Target and CK’s Book Club

Happy New Year! My holiday was a blast, and now it’s back to work. January is always a busy month and this one is looking to be no different. We have a ton going on, most notably a launch into Target stores with our So Easy Baby Food Kit. Yes, TARGET! We feel pretty accomplished [...]

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Small businesses can learn from Netflix and Blockbuster

Suzanne and I gave each other a Christmas gift this year that we’re really excited about – a Netflix subscription. Friends have been touting the internet based movie rental service for a few years and we finally cut the ties with our local video store and signed up. It seems like it will really work [...]

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Call for career advice

Courtesy of our friends over at lifehacker, there’s a call out for real world advice on how you managed to narrow down your career options and chart a course for your future. I know we’ve got a posse of driven and decisive folks here, so if you have a chance, and you have got some [...]

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Planning to Write Your Business Plan

My new company’s business plan went from beta to final release today. I’m very proud of the final product, and am excited to circle back to to prospective investors. In my opinion, Jeff and Rich have written the definitive "how-to" on business plan authorship. But how do you plan to write a business plan? I [...]

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How to Gather Competitive Research

Knowing that a market exists for your product or service is an important first step when launching a new venture, and who better to tell you about the market than your future competitors? You can start with their websites, web searches, and the Dunn and Bradstreet reports. But if you really want to learn about [...]

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Thank goodness for my wife!

I had a tough week! On top of the normal stuff – we had some inventory issues at our warehouse, we’re being forced to find a new manufacturer for one of our products, and my son was sick. When Spencer is home sick, my husband I become expert jugglers. We tag team who is going [...]

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Entrepreneur Word of the Day: Energy

I woke up this morning after only 6 hours of sleep with the most energy I’ve had in years. Then I had a conversation with an entrepreneur in Las Vegas who manufactures kids energy drinks. Its now late afternoon, I’ve been running hard all day and I’m still rockin’!! What’s up with all this energy?? [...]

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