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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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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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Congratulations to an Entrepreneur

One of our customers was just named Entrepreneur of the Week by Inc.com, the online version of Inc Magazine. John runs DesignAShirt.com. We love to see our small-biz customers grow and prosper — it’s why we’re here. Congratulations, John! Andrew Field is President of PrintingForLess.com, known by its thousands of happy customers as "America’s Print [...]

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The true mark of an entrepreneur

Everyone, including us, raves about the first-and-foremost quality of an entrepreneur… you know what it is… PASSION. But alas, that may not be true. Lately, our idea of the true mark of an entrepreneur has evolved. It’s actually something else, something that’s behind any and all action that an entrepreneur might take – and it’s [...]

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Congratulations to an Entrepreneur

One of our customers was just named Entrepreneur of the Week by Inc.com, the online version of Inc Magazine. We love to see our small-biz customers grow and prosper — it’s why we’re here. Congratulations, John! Andrew Field is President of PrintingForLess.com, known by its thousands of happy customers as "America’s Print Shop." He works [...]

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Entrepreneurs vs Business Owners

Is there a difference between an entrepreneur and a business owner? Can you be one and not the other? Or be the other and not the one? Or be neither and still be self employed? Does it make any difference what you are, or probably more importantly, what you call yourself? There’s an interesting discussion [...]

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Britney Spears as an Entrepreneur?

Yes, that is exactly the kind of conversation that goes on sometimes in the StartupNation community forums. And for good reason. It’s often the wacky, off the wall, “bend your mind just a little bit” topics that spawn the kind of creativity necessary to make it as an entrepreneur. And entrepreneurs absolutely need to blow [...]

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My REAL Introduction

This is my first official blog entry EVER. It’s true, I have not blogged before, so excuse me if I am off a bit on etiquette, acronyms, etc. After reading my bio that was posted, I thought that a little more detail on me might help you get to know me better. I live in [...]

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Entrepreneur Word of the Day: Energy

I woke up this morning after only 6 hours of sleep with the most energy I’ve had in years. Then I had a conversation with an entrepreneur in Las Vegas who manufactures kids energy drinks. Its now late afternoon, I’ve been running hard all day and I’m still rockin’!! What’s up with all this energy?? [...]

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