Archive | November, 2013

The Social Media Push for Black Friday

How retail businesses are using social media to promote Black Friday deals Last year, Black Friday attracted 247 million shoppers who spent nearly $60 billion dollars, according to the National Retail Federation. The numbers could be even higher this year and, to ensure that they have an ample share of the Black Friday booty, many […]

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8 Startup Gaps That Will Frustrate Funding Efforts

A while back I received a discouraging note from an entrepreneur with a patent and a medical software application who couldn’t find a dime of investment, and was grousing that seed funding just wasn’t available anymore. After exchanging a couple of notes, I concluded that she was more likely a victim of item #1 on […]

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Overseas Expansion Creates Growth Opportunities for Small Businesses

Growth focused small businesses often face the daunting challenge of expansion.  What’s even more difficult to navigate for the small business owner is expansion overseas.  If just the thought of building up your business on foreign soil gives you Montezuma’s Revenge, put down the Pepto-Bismol and relax.  It’s much easier to accomplish than you think, […]

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Silver Lining to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Deals

Guest post by B. Michelle Pippin The enthusiastic revolt of independent business owners against big box retailers’ Black Friday discounts began in 2010 with the creation of Small Business Saturday. Their rallying cry was for shoppers to support small, local businesses with their holiday budget during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. And — […]

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The Next Business Stage Requires Aggressive Growth

Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise. That’s where I see too much entrepreneur burnout, growth plateaus, and Founders being replaced, to their chagrin. […]

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My 10 Year Blog Anniversary

10 years ago today, I started this blog. I never thought that it would be active a decade later and 2,000 posts later. 10 years in Internet time is forever. 10 years ago, I came out with my first book, You Need to Be a Little Crazy. 10 years ago, my sons were in grade […]

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