Small biz spotlight

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: AppMonsta

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I was recently blessed with an iPhone and have fallen into the world of apps.  Lord knows all of us here at the cS offices love our apps.  Just last week Ross insisted all of us download SayHi Translate and speak to him in Swedish.  This is a true story, I encourage all of you […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Colourbox

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Ever hear of Netflix (or Qwikster, for that matter)? Ever hear of Spotify?  These sites use the subscription business model, meaning you pay a monthly fee and have unlimited access to the library of videos or mp3’s the site has been granted streaming rights. Well, Colourbox is like that, but for stock photos. It’s a […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Juicy Bits

admin | November 2nd, 2011

Don’t worry, I’m not turning the crowdSPRING blog into smut. This sounds dirtier than it is. If you’re disappointed, you probably know where to turn on the internet to get find what you were looking for.  If, dear reader, you find yourself not discouraged, read on. Juicy Bits, quite simply, creates awesome apps for iOS […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Coupon Cactus

admin | October 26th, 2011

If there’s one thing I regret about myself, I wish I were better at clipping coupons. In my dreams, after sitting at a sunny table finding deals galore in the Sundays, I go to the supermarket and I buy $250 worth of groceries for approximately -$23.57.  That’s right, in my dreams, I’m into extreme couponing.  […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Donability

admin | 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

admin | 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

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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

admin | 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

admin | 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

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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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