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14 Thinking of Starting a Business?

On Wednesday, May 20th at 9am PDT/Noon EDT I will be joined for a live webinar panel discussion by Ken Yancey, Jr, CEO of SCORE, Tim Berry, founder of Palo Alto Software, and Rich Sloan author of StartUpNation to talk about starting a business. Collectively, this group has poured over thousands of business plans, seen great successes and great failures and advises many a fledgling start-up on the strategies, resources and regulations involved in going out there on your own.

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I believe that this might actually be one of the best times in history to start a business. If you need that little nudge or have decided to jump in with both feet, come learn from the pros how to do it right.

This is the fifth in a series of five webinars brought to you by HP, creators of MarketSplash and the Creative Studio – online tools to make your marketing simple, professional and affordable

Our discussion will center on the following, but we want to hear from you too. Come join us.

  • Why right now is a great time to start-up
  • Thrills and pitfalls of business ownership
  • Resources and regulations
  • How to find a big idea/innovation
  • Businesses to start right now
  • How to pitch for money
  • Marketing a start-up
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18 Top 12 Resources for Start-Ups

Logo of the U.S. government's Small BusinEvery now and then I get asked to provide a list of resources to help small business owners get started and growing. Here are some of my favorite recommendations.

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9 Calling All Home Based Business Owners

Was a time when home based meant – “not really a business” but, oh how times and technology and lifestyles change. Today home based often means, choice, family, hip, fireplace, dog, freedom, serious income and a host of other very cool things.

That’s why I love that my friend Rich Sloan of StartUpNation has put so much energy into creating the HomeBased100 competition sponsored by Microsoft Office Live Small Business.

Look, if you’ve got a home based business go enter this competition and score yourself some potentially serious credibility and exposure.

Just look at these categories and tell me that this is not a fun contest

* Best Financial Performers
* Most Innovative
* Boomers Back in Business
* Greenest
* Yummiest
* Wackiest
* Grungiest
* Recession Busters
* Most Slacker Friendly
* Most Glamorous

The only category that size and performance really matter is the financial one so really anybody can enter.

You can enter your business until midnight Pacific Time on September 30, 2008. Throughout October, winners will be judged by StartupNation and a panel of judges who are each passionate about home-based business and the Top Ten categories highlighted in this year’s competition. Winners will be announced in mid-November, 2008.

Winners of the Home-Based 100 find themselves at the center of a media storm that includes recognition on national and local TV, radio, in newspapers and magazines, and on some of the largest, most influential websites on the web, MSN and StartupNation among them.

The judges’ decision-making process (did I mention I’m a judge?) will be influenced by the following factors:

* How well your business fits the category (or secondary category) for which you entered
* The quality and completeness of the description about your business and the case you make for it. Your passion, achievements, creativity, integrity and/or humor may be instrumental factors depending upon which category(s) you entered
* The popularity of your entry based on number of popular votes received

Here’s where you enter the competition that celebrates America’s best home based businesses and the people behind them.

Here’s a list of last year’s winners and high vote getters so you can get a feel for what you’re up against.

By the way sending me product samples and free services will not influence my vote but it may help the overall spread of good karma – you know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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2 Great Small Business Video Collection

Vision to VentureI did a series of workshops for Microsoft Office Live in April and got the opportunity to meet and work with thousands of energized women entrepreneurs.

The last stop on the tour, at the Microsoft Offices, was recorded and archived here as a great small business video collection.

I was the last speaker of the day (send them out on a high note, right?) so my session is the last you will see, but also check out some great information in sessions from Susan Wilson Solovic of SBTV.com, Karen Dayan, senior marketing manager at Microsoft, and Rich Sloan of StartUpNation.

4 Great New Tool for Start-ups

Start me upStarting a new business is exciting, scary, exhilarating, confusing, and freeing. But, mostly it’s a lot of work. There’s a bunch of steps you need to do in order to get started right. You can do some research and discover most of these steps, but what if there was a way to get a free, hands-on consultant to walk you through all of the various start-up related tasks.

Well, and you knew I was going to say this, I’ve found one for you. In conjunction with Resource Nation, Duct Tape Marketing is proud to introduce StartMeUp.

The program pairs you up with a consultant who can help you create your start-up schedule, you get weekly advice and how to articles, advice on choosing vendors for things like setting up your legal entity and accounting. If you are just starting or thinking about starting your business this is a pretty cool road map. Let me know what you think.

To launch this new service I asked my favorite Startupologist, Rich Sloan of StartUpNation (another must visit resource for starting a business) to record a message introducing you to the StartMeUp service and inviting you to check it out from his vast experience in working with start-up businesses.