Joel Welsh

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Joel Welsh, Chief Community Officer, is also the CEO of a new startup company ... Showcase U. Joel shares behind the scenes key decisions being made in the "Birth of a Startup" and knocks it out of the park to provide his own entrepreneurial wisdom.
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Ghost Runner on 2nd

Being an entrepreneur with a startup company is a lot like playing sandlot baseball as a kid. Growing up on E. 199th Street in Euclid, Ohio we could often get 6 or 7 guys for a summer baseball game in the street, but we couldn't field an entire team. That meant we'd have to choose...
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Skype Mostly Rocks as a Killer App for Startups

When you are a startup company you learn pretty quickly that your technology infrastructure is based on compromise. There are many aspects of your company that you simply will not consider accepting anything less than exemplary. Your customer service, attention to detail, daily planning, product performance - these all must be super great in order...
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You Gotta Start Your Week

Time often gets blurred in a startup company. "Normal" does not apply when it comes to workdays or workweeks. But even when you're in a season of 8 day weeks it's important to have a start and an end to the week. So that even if you didn't have a "weekend" to refresh, you still...
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The Startup Company 2X Factor

I love to admit it, Rich Sloan is right. Do all of your research diligently, assess the landscape of the market, finely define the project at hand, painstakingly lay out a time schedule, assign specific tasks to specific people, stay on top of the process with regularly scheduled meetings, set deadlines and gather feedback from...
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Words Matter

I received a text message over the weekend from one of the co-founders of our new startup company Showcase U. It was short and sweet, as text messages tend to be. But it spoke volumes. The message talked about how starting up a brand new company from scratch is extremely challenging and even though we...
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Making Yourself Vulnerable Can Be Profitable

As a new startup company, every day and every action item is intense. As entrepreneurs we often act in a fashion that is bold and confident with a "take no prisoners" or "damn the torpedoes" attitude. It's what often allows us to power through challenges that would just be too daunting if we actually took...
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Working Through the (Holiday) Weekend

Woo-Hoo!! Memorial Day weekend is here!! It's the unofficial kickoff to the summer months. A time when the working world gears up for outdoor activities, fun and frivolity. Today in my hometown of Detroit the baseball Tigers, basketball Pistons and hockey Red Wings all have home games, two of them playoff games, and one of...
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An Early Start to a Startup Day

So what do you do when you wake up at 4am with a leg cramp and then lie in bed for the next 45 minutes wondering if it will come back while the challenges of the upcoming day are whirling through your brain? Well, if you're the CEO of a startup company you get up...
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A Strong Foundation

Let's hit the button on the "Way Back Machine" for a moment today. One of the things we took a great deal of time with as we started up Showcase U is talking about, evaluating, brainstorming and then painstakingly documenting the foundation for the company. This included a well researched business plan and moved to...
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Birth of a Startup

I've been the StartupNation chief community officer for four years. That's four years of day after day hanging around eager entrepreneurs, and drinking in the most phenomenal information on the planet to learn about starting and growing a small business. It's been a PhD in Entrepreneurship under the tutelage of Jeff and Rich Sloan, chief...
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Entrepreneurs: Git It While the Gittin’s Good

I was just instant-messaging with a small business owner friend of mine who is clearly in need of a Friday afternoon happy hour break from his hectic and wonderfully-full-of-great-business-from-lots-of-clients week. He shared with me that he'll be working both days this weekend. My IM response to him was ... "Git it while the gittin's good. ...
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Start & Grow Your Small Business Step By Step

Entrepreneurs absolutely have to be scoreboard watchers. By that I mean you must know the statistics (the score) that are critical to your business. We are maniacs about that here at StartupNation. One of the data points that we pay close attention to is our website analytics. We monitor and chart and graph the number...
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Enter StartupNation’s Home-Based 100 Competition!

StartupNation's Home-Based 100 The Home-Based 100 is the first annual ranking of the best performing home-based businesses in America. But no matter what size your home-based business is, you can enter & win. There are 2 categories of competition:   100 Best Performing - if your business is large & has the revenue to prove...
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Pimped Out Search Functionality

The rockin' great web team here at StartUpNation  has done it again. This time they've made the Search Functionality on StartupNation.com something to be proud of. You can search major sections of the site: Content, Blogs, Forums, Members, Marketplace. And an Advanced Search will help you fine tune the results even more. For example, this...
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Keeping Up With the Jones’s, Internet Style

The internet has leveled the playing field for small businesses – absolutely. Startup companies can reach the entire globe with their product or service in a way that just wasn’t possible a decade ago. Entrepreneurs have access to market research that is far better and much timelier than ever before. The ability to implement changes...
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Entrepreneurs have “Attitude”

At StartupNation we see thousands of entrepreneurs. You come in all shapes and sizes. Different ages and hair color. We’ve done radio shows that talk about entrepreneurial characteristics, and articles on the subject of the great “born” vs. “made” debate. You do share many of the same qualities, but there is also fantastic diversity in...
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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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Marketing Strategy for your Small Business: Just Do It !!

So often new startups spend lots of energy on marketing instead of simply doing great business and allowing (with some smart marketing help) the service to speak for itself through happy customers. Here's an example of how this played out in my world recently: I was talking with family members about finding a massage therapist....
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Every Day Seems More Intense When You’re Starting Up Your Business

I'm going to the Detroit Tigers baseball game tonight with my bride Suzanne. Section 144, Row L, Seats 8 & 9. The reason we're going to this particular game is that the Tigers starting pitcher is Chad Durbin. Chad is a StartupNation community member and is preparing for life after his major league baseball career...
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SouthernRockin’ HarpHowlin’ TwangBangin’ Baby!

How's that for a brand? Well, if you're a southern rock, blues, country musician in Nashville it works nicely. Type that phrase into Google and you'll come up with Stacie Collins' MySpace page. (While you're there take a listen to her song “Baby Sister” for an illustration of what SouthernRockin' HarpHowlin' TwangBangin' means. You'll never...