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Cool, No-Cost Offers for Small Business Owners

I’ve been receiving several exclusive offers specifically to help small business owners. And since the economy is tough right now, I thought I’d share these free offers with you, my fellow StartupNation entrepreneurs:

- Got an innovative, recession-busting marketing strategy that is helping your small business boost sales?

If so, you may want to enter PrintingForLess.com’s “Economic Stimulus Contest” at http://www.printingforless.com/Economic-Stimulus-Contest.html.

One winner will be chosen each month from October through December 2008 to win $1,000 in free printing (including brochures, newsletters, posters, postcards, business cards, calendars, presentation folders, greeting cards, and more).

“With the slow economy and the uncertain bailout plan, we’re taking action now to help small businesses overcome the slowdown,” says Andrew Field, PrintingForLess.com Founder and CEO. “When business marketers enter our Economic Stimulus Contest at http://tinyurl.com/3gbnc4, they have the chance to win $1,000 worth of printing services. Plus, they also help other small business owners nationwide by sharing their innovative marketing ideas.”

- Have a book you want to sell (or need a unique gift)?

Now through December 31, 2008, authors can post and sell their self-published books on www.jexbo.com at no cost. The first company to offer self-publishers a cost-effective marketplace to sell their books online, jexbo is waiving the 99¢ monthly posting-fee during the beta-testing phase.

“We are waiving the monthly fee until the end of 2008 to give authors the chance to post, market and sell their self-published books and provide feedback as we upgrade our new site,” says Jill Exler, jexbo Founder. “Authors only pay us 5% of whatever they sell. And as a special bonus, all new registrants will receive an exclusive, free eReport full of valuable publicity tips on how to sell books and build media awareness.”

- Want fresh new ways to build word-of-mouth buzz?

Andy Sernovitz, author of “Word of Mouth Marketing,” offers updated marketing tips, seminars and information on building word-of-mouth buzz. Check out his free blog for some cool tips at http://www.damniwish.com/.

- Want inspiration to help your small business grow?Check out Guy Kawasaki’s blog and books at http://blog.guykawasaki.com/

 

- Want to learn more about recession-proof careers?

There are people out there right now who are flourishing during these tough times. Find out more about these careers and how to avoid scams at http://www.awaionline.com/2007/07/business-opportunity-scams/, http://www.awaionline.com/2004/06/quitting-your-day-job/ and http://www.awaionline.com/2007/05/become-what-you-want/.

Do you know of some cool offers, contests and freebies for small business owners going on now?

Please share the good news with your fellow StartupNation audience below, or feel free to write to me at www.rembrandtwrites.com. We all need as much help as we can get right now! Thanks!

About the Author: Melanie Rembrandt

Since our initial launch date, Melanie Rembrandt has been an integral part of the StartupNation team. As the founder of Rembrandt Communications®, LLC, www.rembrandtwrites.com, Melanie is one of the country's top, public-relations consultants, an SEO content strategist and a published [...]