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August 2011 Blog Posts (4)

Small Business Grants...What They Really Are

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what kind of grants are available for small businesses I would be rich and living on a beach somewhere. Everyone is looking for undiluted capital (fancy term for free money). The problem is that there really is no free money. If you can actually find and qualify for a grant there are always strings attached. You may not have to pay it back but you will definitely have to work for it.…


Added by Michael Bowers on August 26, 2011 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Small Business "Word of Mouth" Marketing = Social Media

This morning I read a post by Lisa Barone  of Outspoken Media  that highlighted the lack of participation of small businesses on social media (read the post by clicking here ). I…


Added by Michael Bowers on August 24, 2011 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Columbus Start-Up Weekend slated for October 7 - 9

As all the kids head back to school, you might ask yourself….what have I learned lately? Most aspiring entrepreneurs and technologist have a passion for lifelong learning and as we get entrenched in the day to day it can be hard to find time to keep our learning sharp.

Think of Startup Weekend as a crammed in school project.  Remember those projects?  You spend most of the semester gleaming through the material and then in 48 hours you learn the subject matter, have a crash course in…


Added by Michael Bowers on August 22, 2011 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Is it possible to be under-connected because you are over-connected?

Hello Columbus, Ohio.  As a new owner operator of a small business, vending Magic T-shirts, I have utilized a variety of local internet advertising and social media applications.  For example, I am new to SBDC and I am excitedly taking advantage of all the features MC offers.  My experience as a internet Marketing "Newbie"  and Social media is the theme to this week's blog posting.  I hope you find it entertaining and I hope you either like, follow, plus one, invite,share, tweet, stumble,… Continue

Added by William Puncheon on August 12, 2011 at 9:44pm — 3 Comments

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