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Amazon: What’s All The Hubub, Bub?

Hi gang, This is the first of a 2 part series about Amazon and eBay. I’m going to talk about each sites positives and negatives from a large sellers point of view. Please keep in mind that I am a dvd, cd, book, and video game seller – your experience may vary. Side effects include [...]

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Simple Ways to Be a Better Entrepreneur

Are you an entrepreneur who is stressed out about work and getting projects done on time? Check out these three, simple tips to help you get back on track… fast! 1. Work extra hours at strange times. If you are a morning person, try to get up one hour earlier and start working. If you [...]

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Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference, You gotta go!

Want to start your specialty product business this year? Then you MUST attend the (SPREE) Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference. Be part of the world’s largest event for the $12 billion specialty retail industry! No matter if you are a retailer, or prospective entrepreneur looking for the newest concepts, or interested in starting  or [...]

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The Small Business Professor Gives Insights on Brother® Small Business Survey

A recent survey conducted by StartupNation’s friends at Wakefield Research for Brother® International, http://bit.ly/cIsNF5, indicated that small business owners “believe that stockpiling their cash now is the best strategy for survival.” The survey also revealed ways that small business owners plan to make their businesses more efficient this year. To find out more, I interviewed [...]

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Powerful Partnerships!

As a retail product expert, and working with the industry leaders in the field of placing products on retailer’s shelves (or on TV), I am honored to be partnering up with one of those industries experts – Jim DeBetta. Jim and I have decided to join forces to help budding entrepreneurs get the education and connections necessary [...]

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I have a Product Idea- Now what?

Every time I tell people what I do as a Product Agent, and then start describing that I search for products for QVC, TV and retail product placement, inevitably 90% say, “Oh, I have a product idea, I just do not know what to do with it.” It never fails, ever. Then I start telling them [...]

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Target is re-branding to “Real MOMS”…..Bye-Bye Bullseye!

Is that bull’s-eye logo going bye-bye to survive the Wal-Mart effect? What does Wal-Mart know that may save business everywhere? Is it true- is Target steering away from their famous Bullseye logo? Since March of 2009, they have been pulling it to implement an ARROW; that is being targeted right to “Real MOMs” and how they [...]

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How to make money….when you’re not busy!

Boy, it sure does sound like that is a silly thing to say? How do you make money when you do not have work? Well, it isn’t easy…but you can do it. My husband lost his job two months ago, after 25 years in aerospace…..now who has issues? He is OK though because: 1) He [...]

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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 [...]

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“Bite Me Charlotte!” Overcoming your Nay-Sayers…

Imagine yourself on the CNBC show “The Big Idea” with host Donny Deutsch saying  “Bite Me Charlotte” to millions of his viewers. Donny then fires the question, “Kim, how did you overcome your nay-sayer Charlotte to achieve great success?” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te1SjoA6VNo&eurl=http://www.kimcoaz.com/index.php[/youtube] The answer starts when my family experienced a financial hardship and I needed to seek [...]

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A Printer Cartridge in a Pear Tree?

In just a few days, they (and by they, I, of course, mean the global powers-that-be who control the media’s light holiday feature-type articles) will release their treasured summation of what the 12 Days of Christmas would cost in today’s dollars. I looked over the list. Unless you run a small organic farm and are in [...]

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The No Bull Prizes for Home Entrepreneurship

It’s that time of year again, time for the Nobel Prizes—a series of awards given to the best and brightest scientific minds. But… excuse me all the way to Oslo and back… did you notice any categories for Home Business Entrepreneurs? Well, then. I would like to award my first-ever No Bull Prizes for Entrepreneurs. [...]

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Unleash Your Passion

I've been lying awake at night… unable to sleep. It'll be 2:00 in the morning and I'll get up and walk around the house, attempting to tame a mind that is racing with ideas. Does this happen to you? To be a true entrepreneur, it should. World-renowned entrepreneurship expert Michael Gerber, author of "The E-myth", [...]

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An Entrepreneur’s Theory of Relativity

You gotta love Albert Einstein. I'm not sure what he was blessed with more – genius or sense of humor. For example, check out this quote by him: When you sit with a nice girl for two hours you think it's only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute [...]

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Richard Branson’s “Luck”

I just read this in the May 14 issue of The New Yorker and wanted to pass it along. Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Atlantic (and about 130 other "Virgin" brands) says about entrepreneurship: I don't think I am different really from any entrepreneur. You have to stick you neck out on occasion. You have [...]

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Are you up to it?

A thirst for knowledge is essential for those who truly want to become successful entrepreneurs. As a small business owner, I know the fundamental challenge that every business owner faces: time. "I don't have time to read books, I have too much going on right now", I have said over and over again to my [...]

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Getting things done

Entrepreneurs are often go-getters; people that can do anything … for anyone … and, yes, sometimes overcommit. I recently read David Allen’s, Getting Things Done and found it one of the most helpful books I’ve read in 2007. A quick excerpt on the five phases of project planning: You have an urge to make something [...]

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Maple Syrup Festival is Entrepreneurship in Action

Tomorrow’s the day!! The annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival is here!! What began as a joke for Suzanne and I 15 years ago (she told me that she could never marry a man who ate Log Cabin “syrup” on his pancakes) has turned into an annual obsession. To get to Vermontville, Michigan from Detroit, you [...]

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Why There’s Hope for Silicon Valley

Last evening I went to a networking event organized by the StartupNation community members from northern California. I had no idea what to expect. I had spent the day in and out of meetings with hotshot techophiles from Silicon Valley, and had heard more references to "Web-2-dot-0" and "agile" and "offshoring" to make my head [...]

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