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Getting Engaged to Entrepreneurship

Well, it happened again. I had the best intentions to go into management consulting following my recent departure from Charisma Arts, but it seems like I’ll be starting another business. Just can’t escape it! I was discussing this last night with a new friend who is at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She is a Senior Manager there but [...]

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What’s OUT! What’s IN! The ‘Wayne Gretzky’ Small Business Trend Spotting Strategy

Out: heal-hurting leather-soled dress shoes Out: Clothes Out: Web 1.0 In: run-through-the-airport rubber-soled dress shoes In: Working from a home office via computer In: Web 2.0 Out: Tanning beds Out: Thinking out of the box Out: business devices with a cord (including white cords) In: Healthy tanning……….Sunless tanning, spray or lotion! In: Not allowing yourself [...]

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Does your business plan include blue jeans?

It’s often quite fascinating to see how the mind of an entrepreneur jumps from one thought to another. Readers of this blog are familiar with how typical everyday events are the supporting content for what ends up written here. Today I was reading an article in the Washington Post about Yahoo search running on all [...]

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What’s REALLY important about being an entrepreneur

We all know the importance of balance in our lives. We’ve all heard about how nobody at the end of their life wished that they had worked more. (I’m not totally buying that, by the way, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog) StartupNation’s 1st step in the 10 Steps to Open For Business? Create a [...]

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Predicting how successful a new technology will be

From Joan Isabella, StartupNation Radio consultant What if you could tell what technology was going to be adopted in the future. If you could find an equation to identify the market needs and strengths of a new idea, you could start a business, or invest in one that would make you rich, Rich, RICH! Pip [...]

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Former Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble has got it goin’ on

Uber blogger Robert Scoble announced last month that he was leaving the "comfy?" corporate world of Microsoft to join a startup – mentioned us in his blog Scobleizer. Now here’s a great example of an extremely smart and talented business person who is striking out into the startup world and he’s looking for valuable resources. [...]

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Start your own business to help fund your retirement

Planning for retirement is an important part of our lives. We all know the statistics: we’re living longer and have more income needs for retirement years that are extended beyond the previous generation. There are many resources and strategies for how best to accomplish our life goals. A recent Washington Post article shares some statistics [...]

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Does your business plan include an exit strategy?

I was reading an article on WashingtonPost.com about how social search startups have sprung up to fill in the gaps that the larger search engines like Google and Yahoo! have left open. It’s an interesting read and made me think of how important it is for any business, whether you’re internet based or home based [...]

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Favorite Movie Entrepreneurs

While painting the family room over this holiday weekend Suzanne mentioned that Gone With the Wind was about to begin and suggested we watch. As it is one of my favorite movies and we are 34 days from our 1930′s themed wedding, I agreed. During the film, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) asked Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien [...]

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Need a Vacation? Tell Us Why and You Could Win One

Yep – it’s true. All you gotta do is convince us. Do you consider yourself to be persuasive? Someone who is able to make your point succinctly and in such a compelling manner that you simply cannot be refused? Here’s your chance to show off this special ability, and you could win a vacation! During [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner #4!

THE 4TH & FINAL WINNER IS… Our congratulations go to GuruConnector of Lincoln, Rhode Island! You are our the 4th & final lucky entrepreneur to win two free roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. GuruConnector has been a member of the StartupNation community since its beta launch. It’s clear [...]

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Startup attitude: Act like a winner

• Confidence • Boldness • Strut These are contagious qualities. Your customers will pick up on it. Your team will rise to it. Your competition will notice it. When you start acting like you belong, you do belong. One of the ways that entrepreneurs can gather this confident bold strut is to practice and hang [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner #3!

AND THE 3RD WINNER IS… Our congratulations go to contestbill! You are our 3rd lucky entrepreneur to win two free round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. contestbill is a new StartupNation community member as of this month. We love having you in the StartupNation community and are looking [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner #2!

AND THE 2ND WINNER IS… Our congratulations go to davenny! You are our 2nd lucky entrepreneur to win two free round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. davenny is a power networker as evidenced by both his high level of activity right here in the StartupNation community and his [...]

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Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner!

AND THE WINNER IS… (drumroll) Our congratulations go to bridalchic! You are our first lucky entrepreneur to win two free round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines through our "Work Hard. Play Harder." Contest. bridalchic is a part time entrepreneur and started it up with a company called The Bridesmaid Party after being in the bridal [...]

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Ten Steps to opening a lemonade stand

We are trying to teach our 6 year old the value of work. We are hopeful to raise a young man with a strong work ethic and desire to succeed. It’s much easier said than done. So when I offered him the job of cleaning up some lawn debris for cash that he could use [...]

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