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5 Company Naming Mistakes that Can Kill Your Startup

In the fervor of starting a new business, it’s easy to overlook the long-term impact of a quick company naming decision. Most new business owners worry first and foremost about the more pressing issues of cash flow, staffing, leasing, signage and inventory. The company name will work itself out, or come with the help of...
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10 Negotiation Techniques to Make You a Better Entrepreneur

Startup entrepreneurs are not always the best negotiators. They step into the shoes of a business owner for the first time and find (to their surprise) that nearly everything involves negotiation of some kind, and they may not always have those negotiation techniques down. Starting a business requires, quite literally, hundreds of negotiations. Some are...
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12 Keys to Family Business Success

Family members start a major portion of new businesses launched in the U.S. every year. Brothers come to mind, of course, when it comes to family business. Whatever the family ties, however, starting a business with a spouse, parents, siblings, children or other family members presents unique challenges over and above the usual problems a...
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A Statement on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion from StartupNation

Inclusion has always been a central and underlying value at StartupNation, and we strongly believe that diversity is what makes our world so remarkable. Diversity is the heart and soul of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking; it’s what our country was built on, and what makes us thrive. Small businesses are such an important part of...
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StartupNation Breakfast with Dell Small Business Partner Outreach Experts feat. Dell Canvas 27

StartupNation will host Dell Small Business Partner Outreach Experts at Platform, located at 34300 Woodward Ave., Ste. 200, Birmingham, MI, 48009, on Monday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in partnership with Venture Catalysts. The live event, sponsored by Dell for Entrepreneurs, DBusiness and Huntington Technology, will provide hands-on technology demos and learning...
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5 Ways to Totally Impress Your Clients on the Phone

You’ve talked your prospective client into hearing your pitch or learning more about your products over a call. But now, how do you impress your clients on the phone? There are a few surefire ways to make a stellar first impression over the phone, as outlined below: Smile Just as in-person guests can see your...
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Are You a Small Business Owner? Tell Us About It!

Hello, StartupNation readers! We always strive to deliver relevant content and offerings to you, and in order to do so, we want to make sure we get your input. Please take our brief survey, below. Your responses will help us determine how we can best cater StartupNation's content to meet your needs as entrepreneurs. The...
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Detroit Startup Week feat. Amanda Lewan, Lindsey Walenga and Pam Lewis

This episode of StartupNation Radio is sponsored by DBusiness, Siren PR and Dell Small Business This episode of StartupNation Radio was recorded at Detroit Startup Week. At the event, we livestreamed 16 interviews within two days from the Lear Innovation Center, sitting down with renowned entrepreneurs, passionate thought leaders and innovators, all of whom have a keen...
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StartupNation’s 3rd Annual Year in Review: Starting Up in 2018

At the end of each year, StartupNation likes to provide its readers with some highlights from the past year. With each passing year, we strive to bring our readers the best content we can possibly curate, and 2018 was no different. Our mission remains the same: to attract, inspire and empower aspiring entrepreneurs by providing...
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What’s Hot in the StartupNation Community Forums?

The StartupNation community forums provide an online space for like-minded entrepreneurs to share advice, discover new data and strategies and connect with one another. It is also an outlet for dreamers to learn the necessary steps to turn their ideas into reality and a place where entrepreneurs and small business owners can turn to for...
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StartupNation: Build Your Business, Live Your Dream

If you're ready to escape the grind, write your own future and be wildly successful, StartupNation has all the resources you need to start, grow and manage your business. The most reliable resource for entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners seeking information about starting, growing and managing a business, StartupNation provides content by entrepreneurs for...
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Q&A with Our Inaugural StartupNation Story Competition Winners

In January, we announced the five winners of our inaugural StartupNation Story Competition. While we introduced you briefly earlier, we want our audience to get to know each of our winners a little bit better. Learn more about the five winners of our first ever StartupNation Story competition! Entrepreneur: Robert Capelluto Startup: Dubseed About Dubseed Dubseed is...
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Announcing Our Inaugural StartupNation Story Competition Winners!

StartupNation would like to thank each and every one of you who shared your journeys for our inaugural StartupNation Story competition. While we initially planned to select just one finalist, the response from our community was so overwhelming, we couldn't narrow our selection down to just one individual. Introducing the five winners of our first...
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5 Tips for Closing a Sales Deal

A deal usually has several parts: the hatching of the idea by one party, its conceptual embrace by the other side and finally the closing. In most cases, the first two phases of a transaction or sales cycle are much easier than closing a sales deal. Sealing a deal (because of the prospect that it...
StartupNation Story
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Have an Entrepreneurial Story to Tell? Join the Competition!

Have you built your own business from the ground up? If so, StartupNation wants to hear from you! We are now accepting submissions for our inaugural “Share Your StartupNation Story” competition. StartupNation is looking for entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses to share their stories, from victories to struggles. Now through Friday, Dec. 16,...
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Business Model Canvas: Escape the DIY Trap

With a piece of paper, a pen, sticky notes and 15 minutes, you can transform your business — and your life. This is all you need to make a Business Model Canvas, which reduces a traditional business plan from dozens, if not hundreds, of pages into a single page. I introduced the Business Model Canvas to...
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StartupNation with a Twist [Radio]

Jeff and Norm welcome you to another exciting year in the Nation. Our goal remains to coach our new entrepreneurs with tips and tricks from our more seasoned entrepreneurs. We also hope to inspire those of you who feel trapped in a JOB and want to take the leap to running your own business doing...
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Are consumers still interested in shopping in retail stores?

Do shoppers still like going into retail stores to buy products? I was just reading an article in Chain Store Age that asked this very question.  To my surprise, there is still major interest from consumers to shop in retail stores and that spells great potential for any inventor that has a great product that...
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Is your teen an Entrepreneur?

Maybe your teen isn’t the captain of the football team or the cheerleading squad – But, maybe they can be a captain of industry!  Dwayne Farnsworth, America’s Youth Entrepreneur Coach, shares with you how to nurture the entrepreneurial traits in your teenager. Teen entrepreneurs are all around us. Youth and teens today are very entrepreneurial....
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Companies collaborate to find solutions

Whether you are an established energy tech company or an inventor who wants to accelerate your idea, NextEnergy and RecoveryPark would like to work with you. The winner of the $80,000 NextEnergy lighting challenge for RecoveryPark LED horticultural lighting project went to a company that took a collaborative approach – Find out how individual tech...