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    • 36 posts
    August 10, 2006 5:20 PM EDT

    I found it when I got the mail for the office.  I found the article in the bosses edition.  I made a copy of "The Sloan Seven."  I am sooooo glad I did.  It was the greatest article I have ever read.  Rich, I truly felt like you and jeff were speaking directly to me saying, "Hey Bill!  The time is here!  your time is now!"  I can`t thank you enough.  Okay, that`s enough ego boosting.  Seriously, this is exactly what I have been looking for.

    Bill

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    Cabo Loco- Paradise is closer than you think.

    • 4 posts
    August 4, 2006 11:51 AM EDT

    I found SUN through Costco, too.  I`m a member, and I`ve been working with Costco for some time, introducing additional no-cost payment processing efficiencies for their business members. 

    It`s great to communicate with other entrepreneurs!

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    Cheri
    Aegis Associates, LLC
    "Intelligent Payment Processing Solutions"

    www.checksyes.com

    • 0 posts
    August 4, 2006 3:10 AM EDT
    Yep, I got mine. That`s the reason I`m here. I`ve been looking for
    something like this. I`ve been to local BNI meetings, it didn`t seem like
    quite the right fit, I`ve considered joining one of the ad clubs, but it`s in
    another town. This is perfect!

    And our family LOVES Costco!! Anything connected to them has to be
    good.
    • 4 posts
    August 3, 2006 9:16 PM EDT
    Costco Rocks. The pizzas are great...no comment on the Polish sausage.
    Giovanna2006-11-2 17:30:41

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    Giovanna Villanueva
    iWebCom


  • August 4, 2006 4:04 AM EDT
    I was introduced to the Sloan Bros. through the Costco magazine. We are just starting to move the E side of our business from in-family only to hiring "outsiders" so knowing about this site is good timing.

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    Greg Baskin www.GoldMountainMining.com "A Motherlode of gifts ... at Old West prices!"

  • August 4, 2006 12:40 PM EDT

    all for juggling balls...

    We have an almost equally complicated process for supplying our salivating (literally) buyers with custom engraved sterling silver chewing tobacco lids!  Amazing what gymnastics we will go through in the service of our dear customers.

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    Greg Baskin www.GoldMountainMining.com "A Motherlode of gifts ... at Old West prices!"

  • August 19, 2006 3:07 AM EDT

    I would like to see information related to what is currently relevant for me, which is this:  we`ve run the Web side of our business for the last five years strictly as an in-family, two-person operation.  But growth now forces us to hire from outside.  I am interested in all things related to this. 

    In addition to how to find the right person I find myself dealing with feelings of vulnerability.  I am fearful of showing my warts; of exposing my less-than-perfect systems and procedures to someone.  Our actual day-to-day operations can really be quite brutal because we deal with custom items with tight delivery deadlines and, candidly, I`m afraid of showing someone else my moments of frustration.

    Other members of my family run our brick-and-mortar.  I have worked for other family businesses and that family`s lives and secrets were no longer private.  Everyone in that 450 employee company knew the tweaks, quirks and personal lives of all the family members.  I am fearful of being so "out there."

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    Greg Baskin www.GoldMountainMining.com "A Motherlode of gifts ... at Old West prices!"

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    August 17, 2006 6:52 AM EDT
    I am also here because of the Costco Connection.  I am, however, ashamed to admit that I knew about SUN long before.  I just never took the time to really check it out.  I should be shot...

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    Julie
    http://www.timewiselv.com

    Life Style Management - VIP Concierge - Virtual Concierge

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    August 17, 2006 8:22 AM EDT

    I`m also here because of the Costco Connection.  Great article.  I love to read about "real" (as in "get real"! : D) people making it!

    I am disappointed, in myself, that I never found you before 

    Especially with all the googling I do about all things business.  Oh Wait!  We can`t say that anymore!

    http://www.itnews.com.au/newsstory.aspx?CIaNID=35913&r=h story

     

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    Laura Glynn www.parrotworks.com the art of e-learning the science of web design multimedia in a Flash!

    • 11 posts
    August 18, 2006 5:13 AM EDT

    Hi Rich-

    No.  I didn`t just receive my magazine.  It was in my "to read" pile.  I did want to tell you that I often read articles and think "I should look at that on their website" and then I completely forget about it.  or I don`t remember the website by the time I am in front of a computer.  I did remember you and Jeff and your website was easy to remember! So here I am.

    As for your question, I`d like to see an opinion piece about obtaining Venture Capital.  Something with a headline like; Obtaining Venture Capital - Helping your business or selling your soul? That would really get my interest!

    I`m being comical on the headline but I do think such an article would be of interest to small business owners whom have never taken the plunge.

    What do you think?

    Have a great Friday!

    Laura

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    Laura Glynn www.parrotworks.com the art of e-learning the science of web design multimedia in a Flash!

    • 18 posts
    August 4, 2006 9:35 AM EDT
    I am a new member, but I actually found startupnation doing a web search for pricing info yesterday morning.  I though it looked like a great site, joined, and then a few hours later got the mail with the Costco magazine in it and SuN on the cover!

    Can`t figure out if it is a weird coincidence or something about fate......

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    Lisa Tarver
    Fauna Sauna
    Natural Heat for Your Pet`s Health
    www.faunasauna.com

    • 2 posts
    August 17, 2006 4:04 PM EDT

     I also got here through costco connection magazine, great article and this web site is very helpful lotsa information to get started or continue with my plans.

     

    thanks.

     

    • 335 posts
    August 4, 2006 10:01 AM EDT

    I was introduced to the Sloan Bros. through the Costco magazine. We are just starting to move the E side of our business from in-family only to hiring "outsiders" so knowing about this site is good timing.

    Not sure what you have to pay more special attention to, the "outsiders" (who are true pros) or the "family members" (who may or may not be the best at what they do... take my brother, for example!

    ha! love ribbing him publicly...

    glad to have you aboard - hope our community and content will be magical ingredients for your growing business.

    best,

    rich

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    Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation

    • 335 posts
    August 4, 2006 11:32 AM EDT

    are you throwing darts at it, vincent?!

    as for juggling, that was indeed real juggling. i`ve taught thousands of people to juggle (back when we were distributing and marketing the juggling kit the article talks about).

    should we organize a SUN juggling class? juggling torches, maybe?

    we`re all playing with fire as entrepreneurs anyway...

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    Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation

    • 335 posts
    August 4, 2006 11:56 AM EDT

    Rich
    you left out the best part.
    You guys bought a shipping container load!

    page 249

    degrees! true! but even beyond that, demand ramped up so big that we had the skins being flown in from London to our assembler in China and we had containers of African millet (the filling) being shipped across the Indian Ocean to the port in China. once all the materials were there, the Chinese would make the balls, print our insert (with the humor- and philosophy-filled instructions), and THEN that would be put on a container and shipped across the pacific (then trucked across the US) to FOB Detroit.

    all for juggling balls...

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    Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation

    • 335 posts
    August 11, 2006 5:58 AM EDT

    bill,

    the compliment goes to CostCo for their vision to put the right material in front of their loyal customers - we`re just doing our work! and the article was really well-written, don`t you think?

    rich

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    Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation

    • 335 posts
    August 17, 2006 7:14 AM EDT

    I am also here because of the Costco Connection.  I am, however, ashamed to admit that I knew about SUN long before.  I just never took the time to really check it out.  I should be shot...

    jewlz,

    our firing squads use only duds, so you`re relatively safe. you probably have a good excuse anyway, such as, "my dog keeps jumping the fence and running away and i have to chase him down."

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    Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation

    • 335 posts
    August 18, 2006 3:19 AM EDT

    new SUNsters, please let us know what kind of information you`re most interested in. also, just curious, are you just receiving the Costco Connection via mail? some people got it a couple of weeks ago...

    welcome!

    rich

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    Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation

    • 335 posts
    August 18, 2006 12:25 PM EDT

    I`d like to see an opinion piece about obtaining Venture Capital.  Something with a headline like; Obtaining Venture Capital - Helping your business or selling your soul? That would really get my interest!

    I`m being comical on the headline but I do think such an article would be of interest to small business owners whom have never taken the plunge.

    What do you think?

    Laura

    this is very helpful! i popped you a 5 rating for following through with details!

    regarding the topic, i think venture capital is for such a tiny minority of startups that it`s not a viable resource in most cases. do you feel that Step 6 doesn`t cover the topic well enough with upside/downside information?

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    Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation

    • 335 posts
    August 19, 2006 3:54 AM EDT

    greg,

    currently the only two articles we have on this topic are these:

    http://www.startupnation.com/pages/articles/AT_FamilyBusines s.asp

    http://www.startupnation.com/pages/keymoves/KM_Ponzi.asp

    and they`re basically discussing the same subject matter.

    we did a radio show focused on this very topic, "running a family business and how to integrate non-family members" about the Simon family that is a 6-generation owner of Omaha Steaks. unfortunately, it appears that that radio show is not archived on our site at this time. let me see if i can get that onto the site. additionally, since over 80% of all businesses are family-owned, i`m sure many people confront related issues and we should give more attention to aspects of the topic.

    thanks for the heads up about this.

    in the meantime, you should probably start a post here in the forums regarding family business. will you?

    rich

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    Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation

    • 2 posts
    August 4, 2006 6:08 PM EDT
    Alright, count me in. I too am here because of the Costco spread.   I need to learn all I can from those who have gone before me! 

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    "Behind every success woman.....is a substantial amount of coffee.."
    Robbin

    • 2 posts
    August 18, 2006 5:29 AM EDT
    Hello, I`m interested in knowing if there is any other people here at SUN who own their own coffee house, what kinds of problems they have faced, is Starbucks as big a competition as they seem?, is anyone using a company called "Crimson Cup" as their supplier and the pros and and cons of that company, etc. Or am I the first here at SUN who wants to own my own coffee house.?  I would love to hear from those who have gone before me. Thanks!
    About the Costco Connection, Have been a member for 4 years now, We are fully into the Costco lifestyle!

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    "Behind every success woman.....is a substantial amount of coffee.."
    Robbin

    • 11 posts
    August 4, 2006 7:02 PM EDT

    Well Costco was not my way in. However, my friend who called me up in the middle of the day telling me to log on found you through Costco... Call me a second hand junkie!

    I am finding this site very useful indeed!

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    Rachael Theragood No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~~Eleanor Roosevelt~~

    • 621 posts
    August 3, 2006 5:11 PM EDT
    OK, I am about to read about The Startup Nation in the costco connection. I think I will even keep this one.

    Did you get yours?

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    Vincent Wilcox (a.k.a. KRAKR)
    Drummer
    My band: Letters Make Words

    • 621 posts
    August 4, 2006 11:28 AM EDT
    Rich, how does it feel to know I have your picture (from the mag) posted on a guys wall (mine). Oh, and were you really juggling or was that a photoshop trick? I personally cannot juggle more than two items... which really isn`t juggling is it.

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    Vincent Wilcox (a.k.a. KRAKR)
    Drummer
    My band: Letters Make Words