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SpareFoot: Leading a $22B Industry Into the 21st Century

SpareFoot: Leading a $22B Industry Into the 21st Century

Name of your company and URL? SpareFoot, http://sparefoot.com Date started? Fall 2008 What is your product or service? SpareFoot is the world’s largest search engine for consumers to find, compare and reserve self-storage units online. We also offer a suite of web marketing tools to help storage facility operators effectively reach modern customers. These include [...]

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Business Startup 101: From Great Idea to Profit...Quick!

Creating Startup Success

A short authors bio Chris Gattis has helped hundreds of people just like you become successful entrepreneurs. He knows how to hone a business model, analyze its viability, launch a business and keep it growing. Chris applies his real world knowledge with the skill that only comes from years of experience. His wide range of [...]

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THREE FOR THREE!

Three For Three

I am in the unique and hectic position of having three (yes three!) companies in launch mode. They are G’Day Café pavlovas (www.gdaypavlovas.com), Henny Penny Soaps (www.hennypennysoaps.com), and Find My Treasures (www.findmytreasures.com). And for “fun” I’m completing my final six credits this Fall for my Master degree in management and administrative science! I conceived of [...]

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2 Marines take on 800lb guerrilla

2 Marines take on 800lb guerrilla

Name of Social Enterprise and URL? Veterans Global Ventures, LLC dba On Point Energy www.opeusa.com Who is the person? What is their background? Co- Founded By Dennis Wynant and Doyle Schaefers They are both U.S. Marine Corps veterans who came from military families and were raised with a strong sense of duty and service. They [...]

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New web app set to revolutionize seamless transcription of contacts

New web app set to revolutionize seamless transcription of contacts

CardWiX lets businesses upload business cards, sign up sheets, and other contact data for easy transcription and organization What is the name of your business and URL? CardWiX, Inc. Our website is www.cardwix.com. A brief synopsis of the website: CardWiX is a web-based application service that saves time by taking business cards and [...]

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Startup from the Ground Up : Practical Insights for Entrepreneurs – How to Go from an Idea to New Business

Meet Cynthia Kocialski, she is the founder of three technology companies in computer hardware and software. Currently, she is a business consultant for start-ups. What makes her unique is that she has experienced many start-ups and seen them from the inside out, including the day-to-day trials and tribulations, not just the milestones and status presented [...]

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connXus.com Connects Small, Minority Businesses with Corporations

http://www.connxus.com/ As a small, woman- or minority-owned business, have you ever entered your company’s information into yet another corporation’s Supplier Diversity Portal, only to wonder if you will ever hear from anyone? A new online service called connXus.com aims to change all that. Like all inventions, connXus.com was born of frustration with the status quo. [...]

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In Search Of A Dry Night’s Sleep from Cancer Treatments Night Sweats.

A cancer diagnosis brings with it admittance to a fraternity that chooses its members indiscriminately; and for life. For most people, shock, fear, anger and anxiety are just some of the rush of emotions that come with a diagnosis. But acknowledging and effectively dealing with these emotions can greatly assist in the journey through treatment [...]

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Promotions: Marketing and Sales 8.7. Pay-Per-Click Networks

Promotions: Marketing and Sales 8.7. Pay-Per-Click Networks

Search advertising (8.6) distributes text ads on search engine results pages as well as a network of member sites. While ads are “contextually” placed on member sites, that is, they are placed on sites with content more or less matching the keywords you’ve specified, you typically have little control over how and when your ad [...]

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Core Competencies and Outsourcing

Core Competencies and Outsourcing

In the MBA world, they call “what you do best,” core competencies. Corporations understand that they succeed by doing what they do best and letting other folks, like suppliers or vendors, do the other stuff. For instance, most hotel chains do not actually own their hotels. Why? Any moron can own a hotel. The owning [...]

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IPO’s lose their luster

IPO’s lose their luster

More entrepreneurs are thinking that Sarbanes-Oxley is, in fact, for dummies. All that glitters, it seems, is not golden. In a trend not totally related to recessionary pressures, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are increasingly turning their back on the traditional brass ring of business startups, the initial public offering. Although we’ve all been saturated with [...]

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The 3 Biggest Start-up Killers, Part Three: Bad Controls

Today we finish our three-part series on the hazards that kill start-ups. As entrepreneurs and consultants, Steve and I have had season tickets to the start-up demolition derby for many years. While we aren’t sages or gurus (no-one is), we’ve learned quite a few things up watching businesses go boom over the years. And the [...]

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The Thom Hartmann Program, Tuesday, July 14

Remember, folks, I’ll be on the Thom Hartmann Program in its third hour tomorrow, July 14 (Happy Bastille Day, everyone!). Syndicated nationally on over 50 stations, it’s one of the truly magnificent talk radio programs out there. Now, as a writer and entrepreneur, I don’t have much time for talk radio, but I’m a genuine [...]

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The 3 Biggest Start-up Killers, Part Two: Bad Organization

In all our start-up travels — on the consulting side (me) or the entrepreneur side (Steve) — we’ve had front row seats to a million start-up crack-ups. And what we’ve learned from history is that nobody learns from history, to paraphrase a philosopher who year in and year out wins the “Best Moustache on a [...]

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The top ten reasons leaders fail

Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman of the corporate leadership consultancy,Zenger/Folkman, and authors of

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Breaking into Starbucks

Breaking into Starbucks

Breaking into a major retailer is possible, but are you ready for the game? The New York Times has a must-read article on one entrepreneur’s winning efforts to get his products shelved in Starbucks. Read it. Seriously. And take notes. Although cursory, like everything else published in the Times, the article covers every major issue [...]

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If social networking is the future, CEO’s are stuck in the past

Just a couple days ago, UberCEO published a semi-formal study of the CEO’s of the Fortune 100 companies and found — no surprise — that they were way behind the social networking curve. Money quote: Only two CEOs have Twitter accounts. 13 CEOs have LinkedIn profiles, and of those only three have more than 10 [...]

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We told you the outsourcing model was the way to go!

In the latest issue of the New York Times, Kermit Pattison talks about global outsourcing as a resource for small businesses and solopreneurs. Money quote: “This is one more step in the path to leveling the playing field between small and large businesses,” said Thomas W. Malone, a professor at the Sloan School of Management [...]

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Incorporate for free, December 1-5

MyCorporation is offering free incorporation or LLC formation between December 1 and 5. Maybe they expect you to buy a fifty-inch TV on the way out, but you can form a corporation or LLC online for the low, low price of free. Free, of course, if you’re using the basic service that costs $149. If [...]

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