Small biz spotlight

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Donability

Amanda | October 19th, 2011

So, remember this crew of Brazilian entrepreneurs looking for a way to stream line monetary gift giving?  Well, they’re back, but this time they bring us Donability. Donability is a crowdfunding platform specifically designed to fundraise causes.  Meaning, you know that 5k you want to gather pledges for? Post it to Donability and appeal to the […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: NuCrepes

Amanda | October 12th, 2011

My first experience eating crepes was on a speech trip to Berkeley.  Yours truly was speech and debate captain in high school and got to go on some pretty amazing trips. Despite having a fine and broad array of traveling experience in high school, those crepes in Berkeley are probably the thing I look back […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Copper Penny Marketing

Amanda | October 5th, 2011

A penny isn’t much.  It doesn’t buy anything really and the amount of copper in it is pretty negligible nowadays.  However, as Melinda from this week’s Small Business Spotlight points out, most everyone has a pretty specific, penny-centric memory.  For me, it’s collecting pennies with my dad and bringing to the bank for some extra […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Simple Squares

Amanda | September 30th, 2011

This week’s spotlight was a pretty controversial product at the crowdSPRING office.  When I brought it to the lunch table and announced what it was, people were skeptical, even downright cynical.  But to those that were adventuresome enough to try it, it ended up being a tasty treat. What was it, you ask?  Simple Squares.  […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Creative Semiotics

Amanda | September 22nd, 2011

Every piece of advertising or design has a root in cultural symbolism, otherwise, nobody would understand what it’s trying to say.  For example, most people brought up in a Judeo-Christian society recognize an apple as a symbol for knowledge.  Every culture has symbols like this.  The study of cultural signs is known as semiotics.  One […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Hands Occupied

Amanda | September 15th, 2011

Crafting is not for the faint of heart.  It requires a perseverance, attention to detail  and dedication many tend to underestimate. Failed crafting experiments can leave a person feeling useless and stupid. If you doubt this, try teaching yourself to knit. However, there is hope for those who are not naturally craft-inclined.  And it’s this […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: RawFoodHomeRecipes.com

Amanda | September 8th, 2011

The worst part of cooking is deciding what to make.  Everybody has their fall backs, but there comes a point where you just wanna try something new.  A great way to do this is to try to make something from a specific cuisine.  But in a world filled with interesting fare, what cuisine do you […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: The F-ing Word of the Day

Amanda | September 1st, 2011

Sometimes, I really believe in fate.  Just last week I used the word “chortle” at the  cS office.  To which one of our beloved co-founders, Ross, responded with: “What is it, 1913?”  And that same afternoon, while browsing the site, I found today’s spotlight: The F-ing Word of the Day. Note:  despite its name, the […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Roll Rangler

Amanda | August 25th, 2011

Once upon a time, it was a beautiful, sunny, summer afternoon and I was driving on the highway somewhere in Wisconsin.  And then tragedy struck:  a water bottle slid underneath the brake pedal.  You might think the highway is the ideal circumstance for this to happen.  But, anyone who knows anything about Wisconsin highways during […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: EpicThrills

Amanda | August 18th, 2011

I have a friend who subscribes to the belief that every experience you have in life is a “story for your storybook.”  It’s become a kind of mantra in our group of friends, used in jest and in all seriousness.  To credit Rob, though, it can be a pretty powerful reminder to be constantly seeking […]

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