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Small Business Financing and Funding

Last week I attended the BOSS 2011 Conference put on by the Barefoot Executive, Carrie Wilkerson . Was an incredible experience!!! While I was there I participated on the "Power of People: Buzz, Publicity and Social Media panel and also conducted a breakout session on Financing and Funding. As you can see I am multi-talented speaking on two such diverse topics. Not sure that is so much true…

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Added by Michael Bowers on October 13, 2011 at 8:38am — No Comments

Steve Jobs ~ Aspire

"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know…

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Added by Michael Bowers on October 6, 2011 at 7:12pm — No Comments

25 Essential Conference Networking Tips

by DEB NGon OCTOBER 3, 2011

 

I’m not an expert networker.  I’m sort of shy about approaching people and often…

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Added by Michael Bowers on October 3, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Giving Free Content to Generate Business

Found a great post from Gini Dietrich of Arment Dietrich, Inc. in Chicago on how to utilize free webinars to generate leads for your business. Giving Free Content to Generate Business to check out the post and video on how to implement this strategy. If there is anything we can do to help call 614-287-5294 to set up a meeting.

Added by Michael Bowers on September 26, 2011 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Increase Your Sales Prospecting Success Through Relationships

Yesterday I was moderating a panel for the Ohio SBDC  on building sales as a small business owner. It was a great discussion with Mark Gilicinski  founder of Mobile Expeditions…

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Added by Michael Bowers on September 16, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Expert Twitter Marketing

With 200 million members,twitter follow back final Twitter is one of the most popular social networks out there. But are you taking advantage of everything it has to offer for marketing? Used effectively, Twitter can help you…

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Added by Michael Bowers on September 15, 2011 at 2:36pm — No Comments

1492: New Business Start-Up and Funding Opportunity Announced

A partnership between Columbus State Community College the Columbus College of Art and Design  andTechColumbus  has established the  second 1492 business launch competition aimed at finding, funding…

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Added by Michael Bowers on September 13, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Gini Dietrich and Spin Sucks ~ Who I Look To For GREAT Content

If you are thinking of getting your business or your non-profit more involved in on-line and social media activities you may need help. I know that I take all the help I can get. Where do you look to find good resources? Certainly there are all kinds of experts, gurus and strategists out there pumping out content but which ones are good? Given that I have been doing some work…

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Added by Michael Bowers on September 12, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

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.…

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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…

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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…

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

Let's Talk About Money Baby...

Let's talk about financing.  I get asked daily about financing options.  People want to know what is out there for their business. Here is a quick list of types of financing that is "out there" for your business.  If you go to the full post on Ideas2Deals you will see descriptions of each area.

  • Your Money
  • Friends and…
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Added by Michael Bowers on July 8, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

Picking Winners and Losers in the S.B.A. Budget

I recently received a communication from the ASBDC, the Association of Small Business Development Centers highlighting this post on the NY Times blog.  As you will see when you read it the discussion references a potential reduction in the federal allocation to the Small Business Development Center program.  While many people think of…

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Added by Michael Bowers on March 2, 2011 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Start-up Survey: Mistakes Were Made

Who knew running a small business was so expensive? Not many new small-business owners, it turns out.

In a recent survey by Bermuda-based insurer Hiscox, one third of 500 U.S. business owners with fewer than 100 employees said higher-than-expected costs was their single biggest start-up mistake, followed by hiring the wrong people, not knowing how to market and sell products, and not securing enough financing.…

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Added by Michael Bowers on February 24, 2011 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Import Guide For Increasing Your Markets

Doing business internationally is a great way to expand your market. Not everyone that could use your product lives in the United States right? The challenge is that international business can get confusing. If you are interested in exploring global business look to your local International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC) for assistance. This is a service supported by the US Small Business… Continue

Added by Michael Bowers on December 2, 2010 at 5:09pm — No Comments

What Did You Learn Today?

Yesterday afternoon I presented at the final session of the Ohio SBDC's BizStartNow class. The people attending were all looking for information to help them start-up their businesses. It was a great session with a lot of great questions and input from the attendees. At the start-up phase most people want to learn because they haven't been in business before and don't want to get off on the wrong foot. The challenge is that many small business owners fail to… Continue

Added by Michael Bowers on December 1, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

First Impression: Eight Ways to Avoid a Bad One via Spin Sucks

By Gini Dietrich



I’ve been curious about a phenomenon we’re seeing when we interview

candidates these days. Their first impressions suck. Not everyone (we did, after all, just hire Megan Beausang), but I’d venture to say 90 percent of them.Why do they suck? Because they’re…

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Added by Michael Bowers on November 30, 2010 at 2:50pm — No Comments

17 words and phrases to avoid in your business plan

We all have words that make us cringe. That’s especially true in the investment community.

Generally, I can tell a few lines into a business plan if a company just doesn’t “get it”. Sometimes, it’s blatant – like the lack of a clear mission statement. Other times, it’s something more gut-based, like the use of quotation marks as I did at the top of the paragraph (it’s too cute for a serious business proposal).



There are some words and phrases that are…

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Added by Michael Bowers on November 30, 2010 at 11:05am — No Comments

Will You Just Take The Money (most of the time)

An Angel investor friend of mine is currently leading a crusade around the concept that entrepreneurs should stop focusing on all the little details involved in funding and should take the money when offered and get it working in their business. He has a good point. When you are out pitching your business opportunity Venture_capitalist you are trying to generate interest and get funding. You… Continue

Added by Michael Bowers on November 24, 2010 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Share Your Prospects Have Split Personalities – Your Website Should Too

By Tom Augustine



Minds On builds a lot of websites and I look at countless more every day. Far too many of them are exactly the same. They put their product right in your face and shout about how wonderful it is and why you need every single feature they provide. It’s jarring. I’ve also talked to a lot of business owners who are frustrated with how poorly their website is at creating new sales. They just… Continue

Added by Michael Bowers on November 22, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

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