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Startup BizCast #73 – Five Tips from ABC (Jim Tracy)

Note: I’m publishing a day earlier than usual this week, partly because there was no episode last week and partly because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.

This week we have not one piece of advice … but five!  The guest for Startup BizCast’s small business advice segment is Jim Tracy, founder and president of America’s Best Companies.  ABC is a small business organization with a great website and print magazine chocked with wonderful information.  Jim joins us to talk about five tips to help any entrepreneur.

Also this week … I address a listener question on building a community on your website.

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Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
America’s Best Companies (www.americasbestcompanies.com)
Snow and Trail (www.snowandtrail.com)

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Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.


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Small Business Recommended Reading (11/25/08)

Here’s this week’s recommended reading from Startup BizCast!

Small Business Economic Confidence Continues to Fall
MarketWatch (press release)

Employers cut back on holiday gifts
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Twitter for Business: 10 Things to Consider Before You Get Started
Search Engine Guide

Year-End Tech & Tax Tips for Smart Small Businesses
MarketWatch (press release)

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Startup BizCast #72 – How and Why of Business Blogging (Steve Mullen)

A few weeks back I was one of the presenters in two different webinars from PRWeb.  Each of the presentations was about small business marketing, and during each I talked about business blogging.  And … after each I received a number of emails from people who were confused about how to do it.  Since this seems to be at least a somewhat universal confusion, I decided to do an episode on the “how” and “why” of business blogging, even though I’ve covered the information here and there during this series.

Note: There will be NO episode next week.  I’ll be out of town speaking at a conference on Monday and Tuesday, and I just won’t have time to produce a show.  

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Links mentioned in this episode:
WordPress (www.wordpress.org)
EndGame PR Blog (www.endgamepr.com/blog)

Also — don’t forget to join the Startup BizCast Group on Facebook!

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.


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Startup BizCast #71 – Small Business Government Contracts (Gloria Berthold Larkin)

Local, state, and federal U.S. government contracts are NOT easy to get.  However, they tend to bring in good money, particularly for small business owners who aren’t used to multi-thousand or million dollar deals.  And, it’s unlikely our government is going to go out of business any time soon — a major consideration in this economy!  This week’s guest on Startup BizCast is Gloria Berthold Larkin, president of TargetGov, a business that helps entrepreneurs through the government contract maze.

Also this week — an announcement about a brand new podcast series from BizPodz Productions!

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Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
TargetGov (www.targetgov.com)
Central Contractor Registration (www.ccr.gov)
Federal Business Opportunities (www.fedbizopps.gov)
Women Impacting Public Policy (www.wipp.org)
Also — don’t forget to join the Startup BizCast Group on Facebook!

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.


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New Podcast Series from BizPodz Productions

I’m happy to announce a brand new podcast series from BizPodz ProductionsTREScast is the official podcast of The Real Estate School (TRES), from the Richmond Association of Realtors (RAR).  TRES offers education and enrichment to thousands of members of the RAR, and TREScast brings those educational opportunities to members’ computers, iPods, and other mp3 players.  If you’re a real estate agent in Richmond, Virginia, a real estate agent elsewhere, or just someone who wants to learn more about the real estate industry, this is the podcast for you!

Subscribe and listen to TREScast!
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To sample other podcasts from BizPodz, visit the podcast production page on the EndGame Public Relations website, and click on the link for “audio client samples”.

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Small Business Recommended Reading (11-4-08)

Here’s this week’s recommended reading from Startup BizCast!

In Britain, Debate Over Help for Small Businesses
New York Times

Ask an Expert: Credit crunch forces small businesses to be creative
USA Today

Let Your Website or Blog Build Your Online Business With Profits
SmallBusinessToday

Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004
Wired Magazine

Study: Blogging’s Dead? Someone Forgot to Tell Readers.
BuzzLogic

The 10 silliest bits of advice to IGNORE when running a Business
StartRunGrow

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