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Free Websites For Small Business in Florida

Since Rick Scott took office, I have not agreed with much of what he’s done, especially for public safety and teachers where he cut 3% of their pay. That’s not what I’m writing about though. Just needed to get it out there that I DO NOT favor Rick Scott. Hate to mention something in the political realm…but I would not feel right If I made you wonder either way.

With that said, according to an article by FloridaRealtors.org, Rick Scott announced a partnership with Google to create free websites for small businesses throughout Florida.

Time to make some moves!

FloridaRealtors.org

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March 28, 2012

The initiative, “Florida Get Your Business Online,” will, according to Scott, help drive economic growth by giving Florida businesses the tools and resources they need to create a website, find new customers and grow.

For the next year, Florida businesses can go to http://www.floridagetonline.com to get a free website. Google partnered with Intuit to provide its Intuit Websites offerings that include an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name and free web hosting for one year. The offer includes tools, training and other resources.

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We Can All Use Some Donald Trump…

Let’s face it, if we could, we would. Do some work with, and get some advice from Donald Trump is what I mean. The guy has been through it all and he’s done it all in front of the world. Recovered from financial troubles, made millions and millions (and millions) in real estate as well as many other ventures and even being a VERY popular TV personality with shows like “The Apprentice” and on and on and on.

So, when I read that a presidential candidate (Newt Gingrich), whom actually seems to be making it as a front runner, I was not exactly surprised. Actually, I thought it was a good move. I think Donald Trump is a good guy to have on your side and I think Gingrich will reap some benefits from having made the phone calls he did.

Below is an article from portfolio.com with more details…

Portfolio.com

What is it about Donald Trump that has made the legendary entrepreneur (and believer that Barack Obama isn’t really a U.S. citizen) such a potent force in presidential politics heading into 2012?

It’s hard to identify another private citizen who has managed to A) toy with the idea of running for the presidency, B) get candidates to make the pilgrimage to his office seeking support or wisdom or both, C) get the media to continue to treat him as a go-to analyst about presidential politics, and, perhaps most oddly of all, D) get to hold his own presidential debate.
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How to Make New Media Work for Your Business

No matter what your business is, who you market to or what your product is, chances are that New Media has (or will) make an impact on your business. I personally think it’s one of the latest and greatest ways to reach hundreds of thousands of customers, get your word out and get known, fast! Recently, Matthew Toren of youngentrepreneur.com interviewed Neil Rosen, author or Chatter Marketing where they discuss some great points for and about marketers and the changes we’re living today with New Media.

youngentrepreneur.com-Matthew Toren

New media, which encompasses all aspects of online marketing, such as social media marketing, blogging, comment marketing, and more, is everywhere we look these days. It’s almost impossible to find ads even in traditional media that don’t point to a company’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and the web is replete with blog posts, e-books, websites, you name it, talking about how to market using new media. Still, many business owners are struggling to figure it all out and make new media work for their business.

In Neil Rosen’s new book, Chatter Marketing: Putting the Relationship Back in Customer Relationship Management, he helps to shed light on this important topic and shows entrepreneurs not only the importance of new media marketing, but how to use it effectively.

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How to Tap the Power of ‘Thank You’

I don’t know when the last time you sent a thank you note to someone was, but I bet if you did, it was well received. I can hontesly tell you that I’ve had more positive responses from a thank you note than I have from a gift (sometimes an expensive one) that I’ve given a client.

Entrepreneur.com’s Joey Faucette’s offers some great tips for building a habit of saying thanks. Personally, my favorite way to do this: Handwritten notes. Take the time to write a post card, a letter, or a greeting card but do it in writing.

It’s a FACT that handwritten items stay in a recepients possession much, much longer than a typed note or email, etc. It’s remembered longer, and YOU will be remembered longer.

Try it! I guarantee positive feed back.

 

entrepreneur.com – Joey Faucette:

There may be only one day a year devoted to giving thanks. But expressing thanks regularly — year round — and doing it well is one of the most profitable business strategies you can have.

Study after study reveals that when you say “Thank you” to your customers, they both spend more money and tell their friends about the exceptional service and products you deliver, increasing your profits. Volumes chronicle how employee productivity zooms when appreciation is expressed, raising your margins. Vendors go the extra mile to extend credit and deliver “just in time” when they hear gratitude regularly, not just in November, and keep your cash flowing.

Giving thanks works in business. But you’re already doing more with less and the last thing you want is another item on your to-do list. So what are the most effective and efficient ways for you to express gratitude to these important players in your business’ success?

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How a 14-Year-Old Kid Shot This Start-up into Stardom

I practically live by a quote I read once by Mark Caine: “The successful always has a number of projects planned, to which he looks forward. Any one of them could change the course of his like overnight.” Granted, I don’t think 14-year old Robert Nay had this in mind at the time, but it goes to show you the potential of ‘makin’ moves’. It’s what being an entrepreneur is all about.

Inc.com-Christina DesMarais

One junior high schooler and his mobile game totally changed the fate of this app development platform.

The circumstances may differ, but for successful startups there’s always a tipping point. Sometimes this happens incrementally, and other times there’s one big rocket-ship-kind-of-event that makes a company take off.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Ansca Mobile is one that rapidly erupted and landed in a very sweet spot, thanks to a 14-year-old kid.

It all started with an app

Robert Nay, a junior high schooler from Spanish Fork, Utah, used Ansca’s mobile app development platform, Corona SDK, to make a wildly successful mobile game called Bubble Ball that back in January became the No. 1 free app in Apple’s iTunes store.

It was downloaded more than 10 million times so, naturally, it raised some eyebrows.

Soon Nay was in the national spotlight, with appearances on Good Morning America and ABC News.

This fortuitous milestone pushed Ansca Mobile onto center stage as well. Less than a year later the company says Corona is the world’s number one mobile app development platform used by everyone from teenagers like Nay, who works out of a public library, all the way up to huge brands such as Warner Brothers, Doritos, and Dannon Yogurt. In fact, this year the number of developers using Corona skyrocketed from 15,000 to more than 100,000.

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Richard Branson on How to Avoid Common Startup Mistakes

Entrepreneur.com-Richard Branson

Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur Richard Branson regularly shares his business experience and advice with readers. What follows is the latest edited round of insightful responses. Ask him a question and your query might be the inspiration for a future column.

Q: What are some of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting out? — John Gachiri

A: Making mistakes is part of the process of building a company; quickly recovering from them is what’s most important. It’s all part of the adventure of entrepreneurship, which will require all of your stamina, drive and determination.

But your way forward is not entirely uncharted: When you notice an opportunity that has never occurred to anyone else, there are certain steps to turning your vision into reality. You must formulate an innovative business plan, find funding, hire the right people to carry out the plan, and then step back from your role in the business at exactly the right moment.

Let’s take a look at these steps, and also at ways to avoid some of the most common mistakes new entrepreneurs make.

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How Great Entrepreneurs Think

All in all, in the world of entrepreneurship there are some moments of order and organization and many more moments of creative improvisation and resource hunting. Call me crazy, but the idea that anything can change at any given time just does something for me. Something pretty great, because it keeps me coming back for more. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of planning and structure when a project takes off. There are however, a multitude of different things that happen during the entrepreneurs thought process during a new venture that I can’t say happens to anyone else.  It’s as though the more the pressure and the tighter the timeline, the better. Again, it’s not like there is no planning involved…it’s just not first on the priority list. Leigh Buchanan wrote a very awesome article on a study that “set out to determine how expert entrepreneurs think…”

Inc.com-Leigh Buchanan

What distinguishes great entrepreneurs? Discussions of entrepreneurial psychology typically focus on creativity, tolerance for risk, and the desire for achievement—enviable traits that, unfortunately, are not very teachable. So Saras Sarasvathy, a professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, set out to determine how expert entrepreneurs think, with the goal of transferring that knowledge to aspiring founders. While still a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, Sarasvathy—with the guidance of her thesis supervisor, the Nobel laureate Herbert Simon—embarked on an audacious project: to eavesdrop on the thinking of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs as they grappled with business problems. She required that her subjects have at least 15 years of entrepreneurial experience, have started multiple companies—both successes and failures—and have taken at least one company public.

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Lessons From the Launch of Google Music

Sometimes even the biggest of the big, the ones you can’t imagine having much competition come to a point where they too must find ways to stand out amongst giants in their respective markets. You can bet even for Google it’s an intimidating feeling when the decision is made to take a dive into something new. “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious. ” -Vince Lombardi –               Ok,ok. So maybe I’m feeling inspirational today. 🙂

Inc.com-Nicole Carter

Here’s what you can learn from Google Music’s entrance into the music marketplace, and how to make your next product a stand-out in a crowded market.

It seemed inevitable. Google Music’s late arrival into the online music marketplace immediately sparked headlines comparing it to its’ biggest competitors: “Can Google Music unseat Apple’s iTunes, Spotify?;” “Cloud Music Showdown: Amazon vs. Apple vs. Google;”  and “Google, iTunes Turn up the Volume.”

Why does this matter to you? Because even if you’re Google, when your product is late to the game, you’re going to have to fight for the spotlight. While the jury is still out on whether Google Music is a stand-out, it’s a good time for small business owners to look at just how to surface their new products in an already crowded market.

Here, experts reveal key lessons from Google Music’s launch and how to ensure your next launch gets its share of the spotlight.

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10 Franchises for $20K (Or Less)

Check out some possible franchise opportunities that are doing well and not so hard on the pockets as some of the franchise fees and costs you think of when you the word franchise comes to mind. It’s all about a system someone created that is proven to work. Do some homework and if the numbers work, you can hit the start button on one of these “business systems” and start cashing in sooner than you expected.

Top Franchise Deals
Company Lowest Starting Cost
Candy Bouquet Int’l $10,220
Christmas Decor Inc. $16,650
CompuChild $18,300
Computer Medics of America Inc. $10,300
Disaster Kleenup Int’l (DKI) $17,895
Fiesta Insurance Franchise Corp. $3,400
Travel Leaders $2,845
SuperGlass Windshield Repair $9,910
TGA Premier Junior Golf $13,150
Vanguard Cleaning Systems $8,200

Entrepreneur.com – Jason Daley

Buying into a franchise has always been difficult, but the credit freeze has made it almost impossible for the average would-be small-business owner to get in the game the past three years. Without a fat savings account or 401(k) worth cashing in, the traditional first-time owner-operator who used to define the franchise world has become an endangered species.

But opportunities are still out there for franchisees, and many of them are with strong, time-tested companies. All of the franchisors on our list of $20,000-or-less startups improved their rankings on this year’s Franchise 500®, and one,Vanguard Cleaning Systems, even made it in the Top 10overall.

Running one of these franchises might not be as ambitious as owning a few McDonald’s, but they offer flexibility and scalability. Most can be run out of the home or out of a van by a single owner-operator. Or they can have multiple employees and their own offices. It all depends on the franchisee’s ambition.

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Student Entrepreneurs Compete

Portfolio.com – Kent Bernhard, Jr

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards bring together young people from around the world who have juggled studies with the demands of founding and growing companies. To veteran entrepreneur Kevin Langley, the competitors are an inspiration. 
 
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