Archive | September, 2011

Entrepreneur Started First Business with $1,000 – and Most of That Went to the Phone Line

Entrepreneur Started First Business with $1,000 – and Most of That Went to the Phone Line

When Benjamin W. Mangan decided to start his first business, RapidMail, he had only $1,000 to launch his enterprise – and a big share of that went to the phone line. “I had to use 44 percent of that initial investment to get a Northwestern Bell phone line,” he said. “That cost didn’t even include [...]

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A Few Guitars, a Mac, Two Computer Geeks and a Dream = One Cool Smart Phone App

A Few Guitars, a Mac, Two Computer Geeks and a Dream = One Cool Smart Phone App

By Diane Hamilton A brief overview of our smartphone app Home Inventory Photo Remote is a free companion app for Home Inventory, the full-featured Mac app for keeping track of your possessions. Home Inventory Photo Remote makes keeping an inventory fun, fast, and easy using your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It connects to Home [...]

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Bellstrike - Helping Small Nonprofits Build Effective Websites and Raise More Money Online

Bellstrike – Helping Small Nonprofits Build Effective Websites and Raise More Money Online

  Bellstrike provides “instant websites for nonprofits”. With Bellstrike, nonprofits across the US can launch their own branded website and instantly begin accepting online donations in 1-2 minutes. Dodd Caldwell, a social entrepreneur from Greenville, SC, founded Bellstrike. Dodd has worked with a number of nonprofits and private foundations and currently serves on boards of [...]

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Formstack: The Easy to Use Online Form Builder & Landing Page Builder for Small Businesses

Formstack: The Easy to Use Online Form Builder & Landing Page Builder for Small Businesses

What is the name of your business and URL? Formstack – www.formstack.com     A brief synopsis of the website / application: Formstack’s application gives organizations an easy-to-use online tool to build several types of forms for collecting information. Once the forms are built/customized, users can immediately begin to collect data, as well as use [...]

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Batchbook Social CRM for Small Business: Go to Work — Work to Go

Batchbook Social CRM for Small Business: Go to Work — Work to Go

What is the name of your business and URL of you APP? BatchBlue Software, http://batchblue.com/mobile.html A brief synopsis of the smart phone app: With the Batchbook for Android app, users can track their Contacts, To-Dos, and Deals in their Batchbook database to ensure no information is lost while there are away from their desk. Users [...]

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The Change Management Pocket Guide: Tools for Managing Change

The Change Management Pocket Guide: Tools for Managing Change

Book Synopsis: In the top ½% of sellers on Amazon.com, The Change Management Pocket Guide has helped hundreds of organizations effectively manage change. The Change Management Pocket Guide is a fantastic resource for people who need to make change happen. This tactical, hands-on guide will lead you through the steps in the entire process from [...]

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High School Project turns into real Business

High School Project turns into real Business

Name of your company and URL? Southern Ties http://www.shopsouthernties.com Date started? Winter 2011 What is your product or service? Our main product is high quality cotton bow ties but we also have a few different shirts and will be doing ties as well in the spring. Why did you start your company? It started as [...]

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5 Steps to a BIG Payday

5 Steps to a BIG Payday

A short authors bio Justin Cauley is a Business Enhancement & Value Maximization Expert who has dedicated ten years to helping small businesses increase revenue, increase profit, and increase and manage cash flow. Justin is an entrepreneur and business development consultant who enjoys working with business owners looking to create a business able to run [...]

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Value-Based Intellectual Property Law Firm

Value-Based Intellectual Property Law Firm

It was very clear that there were two sets of values in the law firm: Ours and Theirs. Nobody was going to change and the company was split in two very different directions. So, we packed up our bags and our Values and walked out to start our own Firm. The recession was in full [...]

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Trend Micro’s SafeSync Protects Companies in the Cloud

Trend Micro’s SafeSync Protects Companies in the Cloud

Written by Trend Micro Trend Micro employs its 20+ years of experience in the security space to help consumers, small business owners and entrepreneurs protect their personal or company information from hackers looking for vulnerabilities to exploit for financial gain. The company offers products and services for networks of all shapes and sizes, including smartphones [...]

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3 Traffic Tickets in 3 Weeks Leads To Something Profitable

3 Traffic Tickets in 3 Weeks Leads To Something Profitable

During my sophomore year of college, I received 3 traffic tickets in 3 weeks. As a “starving” student, I thought, “What in the world am I going to do with 3 tickets?!” I found a legal process to contest the tickets without ever going to court…and had 2 of the tickets dropped. I told some [...]

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Take Charge of Your Financial Future

Take Charge of Your Financial Future

Author’s bio: Professional Bio Qualifications/Background Information: 1- Authored two books on Covered Call Writing. 2- Produced a 4-part DVD and CD Series based on the seminars presented on the same subject. 3- Presented 32 seminars during the past two years on the subject of stock options. 4- Filmed Speaker at the LIREIA Deal Panel Forum [...]

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Financial Insight creates Success for Small Businesses

Financial Insight creates Success for Small Businesses

Freelancers and small businesses need insight into their business in order to succeed. The change of their success is raised when they start using powerful business software. The Old Way Most freelancers and small businesses depend on an accountant or bookkeeper to do their numbers. You send your invoices and expenses to your bookkeeper at [...]

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The Company that is Changing the World of Finance

The Company that is Changing the World of Finance

Today, we interviewed Tony Aguilar, the Gen-Y Finance Guy, to discuss his business, Amiti Advising. Tony, tell us a little bit about Amiti Advising. Well, Amiti Advising is the first affordable financial planning firm that is focused on young professionals, young families, and college students. We launched this May, but have worked on the business [...]

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Creating and Selling Hand Painted Canes on a Shoestring Budget

Creating and Selling Hand Painted Canes on a Shoestring Budget

Leaning on the Promises Hand Painted Puzzle Canes www.leaningonthepromises.etsy.com Judy A Goddard, Sole Proprietor In October of 2009 my Godmother announced that she was going on a cruise through the Panama Canal. Having been through some medical issues, she asked me to paint a cane to take with her. She wanted one covered with Christian [...]

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Braintree is disrupting the online payments industry

Braintree is disrupting the online payments industry

What is the name of your business and URL? Braintree. braintreepayments.com A brief synopsis of the website /application? Braintree helps online businesses process credit card payments by providing a merchant account, payment gateway, recurring billing and credit card storage. The company is disrupting the payments industry by providing elegant tools for developers coupled with white-glove [...]

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College Financing Group: Financial Aid Consultants That Make College Affordable

College Financing Group: Financial Aid Consultants That Make College Affordable

In 2008, it became very evident that the Federal government would be taking over 100% of the Student Loan business thus ending the long standing relationship students and parents had borrowing money for college from local/national lenders. As of July 1, 2010, all students and parents borrow their Federal education loans from the government. Co-founders, [...]

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Make more phone calls faster

Make more phone calls faster

What is the name of your business and URL? Impact Dialing simplifies the process of making lots of phone calls. You can find us at www.impactdialing.com. Whether you’re a one-person business and make a few dozen calls every week to your clients, or have several full-time sales staff, Impact Dialing makes it easy to get [...]

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Everyone can be a Changemaker

Everyone can be a Changemaker

  Name of Social Enterprise and URL? Ecuador Eco Volunteer – www.ecuadorecovolunteer.org What is your product or service? We run volunteer work and conservation programs for young idealistic people fresh out of school or university in Ecuadors Andes mountain range, Amazon rainforest, and Galapagos Islands. What came about that made them help in social change? [...]

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WineClubReviews.net – A start-up that keeps on growing no matter what the economy is doing

WineClubReviews.net – A start-up that keeps on growing no matter what the economy is doing

Website URL: www.wineclubreviews.net Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/WineClubReviews Crash! Bang! Boom! That was the sound of the economy landing at the bottom of a really big cliff in Q3 2008, at least that’s what it sounded like to me at my post at a well-known social media start-up. I could hear, see and smell trouble brewing and [...]

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