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StartupNation Radio
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Local Merchants Talk Return to Main Street on StartupNation Radio

On today's special edition of StartupNation Radio, we're talking to several local Main Street merchants about the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the opportunities ahead. Joining StartupNation's Jeff Sloan in the co-host seat is Julie Sloan of MainStreet Nation (a subset of StartupNation), who is a subject matter expert on...
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5 Must-Haves for Starting a Main Street Business

Startups and small businesses have been the silver lining in a year as chaotic and unprecedented as 2020. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have realized that the time to start a business is now and are embracing their inner entrepreneur by starting a business. While so many of these businesses are based online, through...
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How Entrepreneurs Can Increase Their Visibility on Small Business Saturday

Most entrepreneurs are familiar with Small Business Saturday. The holiday, which falls on the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, celebrates shopping locally at small businesses throughout neighborhoods and communities. It gives small businesses the chance to boost their holiday sales and allows customers to learn more about local businesses and embrace the #ShopSmall...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: The Importance of Farmers Markets (Episode 93)

On today’s WJR Business Beat segment, Jeff discusses the importance of farmers markets. While they're essential at all times, farmers markets are especially vital during COVID-19, as they are serving a more important role than ever in supplying fresh food to local communities and supporting our local small businesses, communities and local economies. Farmers markets...
Read More Proves the Power of Independent Bookstores

On this episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff features a company that has created an excellent solution for independent bookstores to compete with big behemoths like Amazon. Andy Hunter is founder of, an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. Hunter has a background in the publishing industry, and is also a...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: (Episode 48)

On this morning's WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses, a new online bookstore launched in January with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. While Amazon poses an incredible threat to local, independent bookstores,, created by Andy Hunter, serves as a co-op of local bookstores selling online, all in a central portal. In the...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Supporting Local Business (Episode 45)

On this morning's WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares uplifting news about the desire to return to small, local business. A new study just released from MomentFeed indicates that consumers intend to return to local shopping more than ever before. Of those consumers polled, 91 percent indicated that not only are they going to return to...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Main Street Merchants (Episode 36)

Did you know that roughly 70 cents of every dollar spent at a local merchant stays right in your community to improve schools, sidewalks, parks and more? On this morning's WJR Business Beat, Jeff offers tips for helping your local Main Street merchants through the current pandemic. Listen in for Jeff's tips below: "Help spread the...
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10 Ways to Help Small Businesses Survive COVID-19

Most of us are seeing the effects of the coronavirus take place right in front of our eyes. We are living history today with a crisis that will be talked about for years to come, and perhaps no one is feeling it more than small businesses. As people seek to avoid crowds and government mandates...
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6 Ways to Make Your Local Company Nationally Competitive

Starting a local business is like graduating college. It may feel like a big milestone (and it is!) but it’s also the bottom of a new ladder. At the top of that ladder are enterprise companies. If your new business hopes to one day reach that level, it needs more than just community support. Satisfied locals...
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Tips to Turn Your Solopreneur Venture Into a Real Money Maker

You’ve got an idea that will make you millions, right? Or, maybe you just want to make a little extra money on the side doing something you enjoy. Whatever your solopreneur goal is, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that anyone can make it these days with hard work and...
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R.J. King Talks Detroit: The Engine of America on StartupNation Radio

This episode of StartupNation Radio is brought to you by Pappas Financial On this episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff sits down with R.J. King, editor of DBusiness magazine, to discuss his new book, "Detroit: The Engine of America," which tells the story of the birthplace of the automotive industry. To kick off the show, R.J.,...
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Inside Small Business: Survey Shows Startup Dreams Thriving

The second annual The UPS Store, Inc.’s “Inside Small Business Survey” is in, and the results confirm that dreams of owning a small business continue to be robust in 2019. This year’s survey demonstrates that more than 65 percent of Americans have dreamed of owning a small business, which is notably higher than many other...
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4 Simple Tips to Successfully Scale Your Startup Globally

For many startups, conquering the domestic market (and indeed the local market) would be a prize enough. Yet others have broader ambitions, and see a place in the world for their idea. For those individuals, there is no time to waste in getting their product to market, and guiding their business to greater success, globally....
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Riffraff Uses Google AdWords to Grow Main Street Boutique

When she founded Riffraff in 2009 as a senior at the University of Arkansas, Kirsten Blowers shared her unique eye for design with the city she loved. “We're very community-based. We absolutely love Fayetteville,” Kirsten says. Riffraff is a home-grown Arkansas fashion boutique, designed for women by women. Her vision has since blossomed from a...