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A Bubbly Niche!

My husband went to the doctor this week. His doctor is always reading about the latest in vitamin and medical research and usually has a new topic to discuss during each visit. This time it was the “Gluten-Free” diet. Many autistic children are on this diet. It is also recommended for variety of other conditions, [...]

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War of words: ‘Vetting’ a business idea

We often blog about interesting language creeping into the business vocabulary… words like "flesh out," which brought out all the linguaphiles. Well, this next one we think we resolved without your help. But maybe we’re wrong–that’s for you to comment on. In this case, the explanation was staring us in the face for many years. [...]

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How to ask for help and get results

As you might expect, we get a great many emails from entrepreneurs who march to the beat of the StartupNation drum. Carin is one of those people. Unfortunately, Carin has recently run into tough times and sent us an email asking for help. (see her email below, provided here with her permission.) The question we [...]

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Consultants of every kind

In a world of dog psychologists, feng shui gurus, and astrologists, it seems like these days there’s a consultant who’s an expert on anything and EVERYthing! That’s not necessarily a bad thing. For example, we recently got an email from an entrepreneur who’s developed a consultancy specifically and solely for coffee shops and how to [...]

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Why more people will start up

Have you read the most recent BLS report? If you’re like most people, you don’t even know what a BLS report is! BLS stands for "Bureau of Labor Statistics," and this government office puts out a quarterly report on trends in labor in the U.S. The big news from this quarter’s report isn’t the expected [...]

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Grab Your Partner

You don’t have to do it all yourself. In fact, you can’t. Entrepreneurs all have a certain amount of maverick "I can do it alone" attitude, but real success comes when we can step aside and allow others to play important roles. We do it all the time here at StartupNation. The guests that we [...]

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Back from L.A., Looking for Mentors

We returned from our KABC radio seminar in L.A. with moderator Al Rantel with renewed excitement. We were hoping 120 people would turn out and it was standing room only… more like 160 people showed. It was a two-hour jamboree of taking important questions from the entrepreneurs in the room (about half wanting to start [...]

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Ideas floating in the ether

It’s grey today in Michigan – someone owes me big for taking away a sunny summer day. In honor of a somewhat dour Sunday, I wanted to share a a somewhat dour (but hopefully moving) message once told to me by a bright young venture capitalist: an idea entitles you to very little. Here are [...]

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Start With A Plan

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we built a wooden play structure from a kit. It is very hard work and I learned a couple of important things: 1) Carpenters and landscapers probably don’t have very nice fingernails or soft hands. 2) You really need a plan. Without the instruction manual, we would have had no [...]

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Philly Cheese Steaks

Some of the greatest entrepreneurial inspirations have centered around food. You’ve probably heard the story of the ice cream vendor who ran out of cups one day and rolled up a waffle to hold the ice cream – thus the ice cream cone was born. But do you know the story of the Philadelphia Cheese [...]

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10 businesses you could start in the Bahamas

Formulaic thinking got you down? Feeling like you’re living in a habitrail? OK. Let’s do a little dreaming. Let’s say you could escape the grind. You could make a break for it and start up your dream business…in the Bahamas. What business would you want to start there? I (Rich) will be holding up my [...]

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