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How to Add Value to Your Target Audience Through Emotional Branding

The following is excerpted from “Style & Substance: How to Create a Compelling Brand: A Guide to Women Who Want to Build Their Confidence, Their Brands and Their Bank Accounts” © Liz Dennery Sanders 2018  StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here Why do I need a brand? In...
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How To Inspire And Grow Your Team

Small ideas can quickly snowball into lucrative ventures. You might not think it now, but your business could be five steps ahead of your rivals in a few years’ time. However, getting to that stage is going to be tricky and you can’t do it alone. So how do you build a team you can...
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Invention is the Necessity of Mothers

Lately, I’ve been trying to learn new ways to inspire creativity by reading books by leading innovation experts and it hit me like a sack full of Rubik's Cubes: No wonder the greatest product ideas and the most amazing businesses are cooked up in home offices and garage laboratories. Some traits that stir the creativity pot...
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What is your ”Moonrise”?

There's a phrase used among some photographers when they refer to a peer's best shot. They call it a "Moonrise." They're referring to a famous photograph Ansel Adams shot at daybreak on a morning in 1941. He was driving along a New Mexico highway, noticed a full moon still aglow over a wide open ranchland, pulled over, set...
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Do I ‘muse’ you?!

(This entry's by Rich) So many times I've heard the term "muse" referred to in interviews I've witnessed with cool musicians, writers and other artists. A "muse" is defined by the Merriam Webster online dictionary as, "a source of inspiration; especially: a guiding genius." Mannnn!!!!, as an entrepreneur, doesn't that sound like a good thing...
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The Power of “You”

Did any of you catch the "Time Magazine" "Person of the Year" feature? The Person of the Year according to "Time" in 2006 was....."YOU". Now sometimes I think "Time" tries to keep things interesting with this annual feature by stretching to be creative....just for the sake of being creative. I've agreed, of course, with many...
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Cool Company of the Day: Turn Your Head

To coin a phrase, everything old is cool again, and it took a woodworker who thought just like that to come up with our cool company of the day. Tom Bashara started his Colorado Springs-based e-tail business, Turn Your Head, in 2004 after thinking up a unique way to preserve his little girls' faces as...
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Commencement message made to order for small business owners

They say youth is wasted on the young, but I think good commencement speeches may be too. Last year, my favorite speech was the address given by Steve Jobs at Stanford. This year, most of the press was about speakers who got in hot water for the things they choose to say or where they...
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Cool Company of the Day: VocationVacations.com

Alright, those of you who want to start up a business but have no experience doing the actual kind of work that that business entails... this one's for you: Vocation Vacations. They're based in Oregon but serve up job stints all across the country (and beyond) at the kinds of businesses people typically only dream...
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Cool Company of the Day: ManageYourCellar.com

We love red wine - a lot. It's partly the flavor, partly the infinite variety and nuances of taste, partly knowing the work and thinking that goes into that taste, partly the history and concept of it, and partly it's that it's supposedly healthy for you in good measure. But remembering your favorites, storing the...
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Inspiration

My mom died exactly 4 years ago today. She is the sweetest lady I have ever known. Now, after four years, I can think about her and not remember so much the 4-year cancer battle or the way her body failed her those last months. I remember her vibrant, smiling, lovely countenance. My mom, the...
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Autistic teen has lesson for small business owners

They say that luck is where preparedness meets opportunity. And if you need a story to illustrate the point, here's great one. The 17-year-old student manager of the Greece Athena High School basketball team, had his first opportunity to actually play in a game. The team was well ahead, so the coach put him in....
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Reinventing yourself and your business

Milton Hershey, David Bowie, and Bill Bradley did it. “Madonna” and “The Donald” have made careers of it. We were talking about entrepreneurs in many fields who reinvented themselves once, twice, or on a regular basis. Here's a list of some of the ones we mentioned, and I hope you will add some of your...
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The Mudville Nine

“The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day, The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.” The opening lines of Ernest L. Thayer's poem Casey At The Bat brought a broad smile to my father's face just last week as our family gathered for Mother's Day weekend. After...
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Philly Cheese Steaks

Some of the greatest entrepreneurial inspirations have centered around food. You've probably heard the story of the ice cream vendor who ran out of cups one day and rolled up a waffle to hold the ice cream – thus the ice cream cone was born. But do you know the story of the Philadelphia Cheese...