Archive for December, 2010

Lean Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses and Startups

Ross | December 15th, 2010

Small businesses and startups face many challenges when marketing their products and services. Small businesses and startups have minimal brand recognition, are often located in geographic or demographic areas that limit their marketing options, and most have small (or non-existent) marketing budgets. Some marketers advise small businesses and startups to research and create strategic marketing […]

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Business plans for entrepreneurs – Part III: refinement

Mike | December 13th, 2010

In this installment of my posts for entrepreneurs about creating business plans I discuss the second of the “3-Rs,” Refinement. Iteration of your idea is critically important and I share some thoughts about this process and some ideas on how you can strengthen your own plan with a few simple techniques. Let me know what […]

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Success Is Not The Key To Happiness

Ross | December 12th, 2010

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Herman Cain

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Point Guard College

Laura | December 10th, 2010

Ever wonder how professional basketball players got so good? It’s not just skill as we’ve learned – there’s a company called Point Guard College and it has been setting athletes up for success since 1993. Point Guard College (PGC) is an intense, no-nonsense learning experience that offers courses for middle school, high school and college-aged […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #64 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | December 10th, 2010

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and […]

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Ten Crowdsourcing Trends for 2011

Ross | December 8th, 2010

Crowdsourcing is fundamentally changing business, government, non-profits, education, research, and other sectors. Remarkably, we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg. Here are my picks for the top ten crowdsourcing trends for 2011: 1. Crowdsourcing marketplaces will earn significantly more market share. In 2010, the top two design crowdsourcing marketplaces (crowdSPRING and 99designs) together paid well […]

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Worry About People Listening To You, Not About Them Stealing Your Ideas

Ross | December 7th, 2010

If you have a great idea for a new business, should you freely share that idea with others? What if they steal your idea? Many entrepreneurs and small business owners obsess about keeping ideas confidential. The vast majority of entrepreneurs and small business owners should be far more concerned about people listening to their ideas, […]

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Great reads on small business and entrepreneurship

Mike | December 6th, 2010

The fragmentation of mass media comes with its own set of benefits and detriments.  So while there is more and more great content available to us, it gets more difficult to track down the best bits. Starting with this post, I am compiling some of the articles I most enjoyed, found most thought-provoking, or felt […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #63 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | December 3rd, 2010

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and […]

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