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  • Semi-finalists for Seventh Idea Cafe Grant Announced   10 years 25 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for naming me as a semi-finalist for my business idea of giving a series of free Feminist Art Tours and art lectures at the Norton Simon Museum. I would love to launch this type of lecture, to create a national program, at museums around the country. THANK YOU AGAIN! - Margaret Danielak, DanielakArt - A Gallery Without Walls

  • Semi-finalists for Seventh Idea Cafe Grant Announced   10 years 25 weeks ago

    Yeah! Good luck to all of us :)

  • Idea Café Grant Registration Closes, Winner Selection Begins   10 years 25 weeks ago

    I am very interested in applying for the grant. I am young, female, african american and I graduated from college 4 years ago. for me at this point in my life it is hard to recieve financeing from a bank. But one thing is for certain I am passionate about starting my own buisness not only for me but for my daughters. How do I go about applying? Who can I talk to for help?

  • Idea Café Grant Registration Closes, Winner Selection Begins   10 years 26 weeks ago

    I really wanted to do this, please let me know when the net one opnes up thanks!

  • Choosing the Best Marketing Tools For Your Small or Local Business   10 years 26 weeks ago

    I would add there is a free site for uploading videos ads for your business adwido.com unlike youtube.com Also noticed they have image uploads if you are not yet up to videos. The more sites you can link to the greater your maket will be. They have a free link exchange as well.

  • Small businesses moving to the cloud: a Q&A   10 years 27 weeks ago

    A Cloud can absolutely be used for a distributed video solution utilizing progressive download. In fact, it is an ideal usage of a Cloud; taking advantage of a scalable amount of processing power and bandwidth that may be too costly to implement on your own.

    When considering this type of setup, particularly for an enterprise-class video application, you need to ensure that your provider's bandwidth will not limit your intended audience. Advantages to a Cloud implementation in this case (as in almost all cases involving Virtualization) would be added stability and availability of the application, plus scalable bandwidth which is likely far greater than you would otherwise have available.

    If you have any other questions regarding Cloud computing, feel free to post them here or contact me directly.

    Tom Gaydos
    Director of Marketing
    Evolve IP
    [email protected]

  • Join Idea Cafe on the major social web sites   10 years 30 weeks ago

    Joined your Facebook page but am disappointed to see there isn't much there. I find it easier to keep up with Facebook than with Twitter (which I also follow you on) and have suggested your FB profile to others I know. Please give us more food for thought. :)

  • On the strengths and weaknesses of small business: Idea Cafe talks to Susan Wade of Network Solutions   10 years 30 weeks ago

    Hi Chad, thanks so much for mentioning the Small Business Success Index among these other terrific studies. Interestingly, the research also revealed a couple core challenges for U.S. small businesses, specifically long/short-term capital access and marketing. We (Network Solutions) are hosting a free webinar next Thursday, April 30 from 2-3pm ET to address these issues. We’ve got a panel of small biz owners and experts lined up to talk about overcoming these challenges to stay profitable in this economy. Now there’s a glimmer of hope. Hope you can join us and spread the word. Full details are available at www.growsmartbusiness.com/webinar. Thanks again, Chad!

  • On the strengths and weaknesses of small business: Idea Cafe talks to Susan Wade of Network Solutions   10 years 30 weeks ago

    Thanks, Jordan, for the opportunity for Susan to chat with you and go over the Small Business Success Index. We hope you can join us for the GrowSmartBusiness Webinar next Thursday, April 30 at 2pm ET. Here’s a blurb in case your readers are interested:

    On Thursday, April 30 from 2-3pm ET, Network Solutions will host the GrowSmartBusiness Webinar. Join our all-star line-up of entrepreneurs and experts for this free, live webcast. They’ll discuss tips for overcoming the biggest hurdles for small businesses: Marketing strategy and capital access. (U.S. small businesses scored a D- in finance and a C- in marketing in the recent Small Business Success Index.)

    Roy Dunbar, CEO of Network Solutions, will host the conversation. Our speakers include:
    • Kristina Bouweiri, CEO of Reston Limo, the largest independent limousine service in the U.S.
    • Anita Campbell, Editor of Small Business Trends
    • Tom Heath, Columnist, The Washington Post’s Value Added
    • Kelly Muccio, Founder of Lost Boys, a fashionable clothing store recently featured on Good Morning America
    • Surfy Rahman, Co-owner of Indique, a popular DC-area restaurant chain.

    Register and get the details at www.growsmartbusiness.com/webinar.
    Find out YOUR marketing and finance score by taking the survey – your results will be benchmarked against the Small Business Success Index.

  • Small businesses moving to the cloud: a Q&A   10 years 30 weeks ago

    Can cloud be used for hosting video when a lot of users are expected to be accessing them using progressive download? Is there an advantage (cost or performance) in doing it through the cloud vs a full blown CDN?

  • WOMbeat! – Tapping Into the Power of LinkedIn for Small Business   10 years 32 weeks ago

    Very good article and you can bet that I will put much of your advise to use!

  • DOs and DON'Ts of Recession Marketing   10 years 32 weeks ago

    Don't gamble. And that's exactly what you'd be doing if you buy into the idea that the reason to spend during a downturn is because others aren’t. There are definitely categories and products that are ripe for aggressive marketing in a recession. It has to be a case-by-case decision.

  • Do you have what it takes to make it in the fashion business?   10 years 34 weeks ago

    I’m always interested in exploring the business side of fashion. People dream about becoming a designer or owning a boutique, but don’t exactly know what it takes to get there.
    marirea sanilor

  • Five "Must Have" Website Communications Tools for Customer Loyalty   10 years 34 weeks ago

    The process that the organization uses to ensure repeat business/usage of its products/services on an ongoing basis

  • WOMbeat! – Tapping Into the Power of LinkedIn for Small Business   10 years 34 weeks ago

    Linda,

    Thank you for sharing such timely insight into the ever expanding professional/social networking scene and how it's helping leading the way for open-minded thinkers, regardless of how "tech savvy" they are.

  • WOMbeat! – Tapping Into the Power of LinkedIn for Small Business   10 years 34 weeks ago

    This is a fantastic article. Thanks for sharing. I do seminars on how people who are less savvy with technology can use technology to improve their careers, and I always mention LinkedIn prominently, but this article has even taught me quite a bit. Thanks!

  • Idea Cafe talks to business expert Jim Tracy   10 years 35 weeks ago

    Jim has hit home with me. I also as a young boy of seven or eight watched my father start a small musical instrument repair and music teaching business out of our home. I watched him experience the highs and lows of trying to build and maintain a small business while also trying to be a father to 13 children. I was determined to have a small business of my own and have had a few. I also firmly believe in forming alliances to level the playing field and in interdependent strategic partnerships to grow small business without government intervention and that it is the key to economic growth in America .

  • Government to pump "a significant amount" of money into small business lending   10 years 35 weeks ago

    This is very encouraging.

  • Need hosting for your business' web site? Take your pick from the best providers   10 years 37 weeks ago

    Nice stream of consciousness piece there, dude :)

  • Need hosting for your business' web site? Take your pick from the best providers   10 years 37 weeks ago

    Discouraged . So many able bodied people want to work . We all
    listen to the news . Unemployment is at an all time High . And the States in this country can't keep up . I'm trying to find a Job at home. . You always have to pay to get started . I don't have a Credit Cards anymore . Can't even afford to file BK . Try to live off ofthe state, Illinois ? My point is there are so many Scams out there now. It shouldn't be . We are supposed to Help each other !
    The Gov. isn't doing it for us, we work for them . I feel everyone is getting tired and fed up. Alot is being taken away

  • Finalist Q&A: PALS with PAWZ   10 years 37 weeks ago

    Trained dogs can really be of help when the only chance you have is 70% chance of eneding up blind and paralyzed in a wheel chair. It is better to be blind and walking.
    ________________
    Slimband

  • Tell us your business story, and we'll feature it online for 90 days, for free   10 years 38 weeks ago

    I hope that many small businesses take advantage of this free opportunity.

  • WOMbeat! is the Winner of Idea Cafe's Innovation and Originality Grant   10 years 40 weeks ago

    Congratulations WOMBeat! I wish you continued success in your business venture.

    Best of luck to all of the finalists! Don't give up...Get ready for the next contest!

  • DOs and DON'Ts of Recession Marketing   10 years 40 weeks ago

    All of this is terrific advice. Here's another idea that's kind of cool.

    As the talk of recession crowds the news and economic stimulus package debates rage, it's time for small businesses to take the matter into their own hands.

    Make a Referral Week, March 9 - 13, is an entrepreneurial approach to stimulating the small business economy one referred business at a time. The goal for the week is to generate 1000 referred leads to 1000 deserving small businesses and highlight the impact of a simple action that could blossom into millions of dollars in new business.

    Small business is the lifeblood and job-creating engine of the economy and merits the positive attention so often saved for corporate bailout stories.

    There's a website with information (lots of high-powered people are buying in) and a list of events: http://www.makeareferralweek.com

    The goal is to get as many businesses making referrals as possible - now that would kick start the economy!

  • DOs and DON'Ts of Recession Marketing   10 years 40 weeks ago

    Count me among the overplanning types. I know it's a nervous response to by anxiety, but does it have to also make it worse. Aaaaaarrrrgghhhh!