Nominations are open, its your move

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sun, Oct 12, 2014

If your business model is one which requires a personal sales process and proposals, are you ready to reach out to the leadership of a company to say:

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Tags: Guerrilla Marketing, Business Success, News

Teen Invents Flashlight That Lights From Body Heat. It Could Change the World

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Thu, Feb 27, 2014

Ann Makosinkski is 16 years ald and about to change the world.  She has just invented a flashlight that is powered completely from body heat.  She did not win first place at the science fair competition.  You have to wonder what science project was in first place.

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Tags: News, Invention

Fantasy or reality? Getting over the hump and making eggs obsolete

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Wed, Dec 11, 2013

I am sorry to hear that your life continues to have large hurdles both as an Internet entrepreneur and in your personal relationships. The struggles you have endured with health are more than enough for anyone to endure and stay positive.

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Tags: Deep Thoughts, News, Entrepreneurship

Voters Approve $15 per hour Minimum Wage in Seatac WA - Jan. 1, 2014

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Wed, Nov 27, 2013

Voter approval of the $15-an-hour minimum wage measure in the city of SeaTac was officially confirmed Tuesday.  Proposition 1 also requires affected business to provide up to 6.5 days a year of paid sick leave for full-time employees. Businesses will be required to offer additional hours to part-time employees before bringing on more workers.

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Tags: Government, News, Human Resources

Fiscal Cliff Notes: The Disconnect Between the Media and the Real World

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Wed, Jan 09, 2013

A week ago you read the story and watched a video on FOX News here.  The dramatic news story made a point that things are bad...very bad. And things are going to get worse.  David Lightfoot is in the thick of business reality and offers his thoughts and perspectives regarding the "fiscal cliff":

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Tags: Taxes, Government, Business Success, News

Heroes on the Homefront: New Report Highlights Veterans' Contributions as Job Creators

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sun, Dec 02, 2012

I’m excited to announce the release of a report by the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development called “Heroes on the Homefront: Supporting Veteran Success as Small Business Owners.”  This is the second report of its kind where task force members from seven agencies have come together to collaborate on small business issues that are unique to Veteran business owners.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) believes that two of America’s greatest assets are the service of our returning veterans and the economic dynamism of our small businesses.  It is no secret that entrepreneurs and small businesses are the engines of American innovation and economic prosperity.  For example, our nation’s 28 million small firms employ 60 million Americans, or half of the private sector workforce, and they are responsible for creating 2 out of 3 net new private sector jobs across the country.  And, these numbers are even better when looking at Veteran Owned Small Businesses:

      • U.S. military veterans own 2.4 million businesses, or nearly 1 in 10 of all businesses nationwide.  8.3 percent of veteran business owners have service-connected disabilities.
      • Veteran-owned businesses generate $1.2 trillion in receipts and employ nearly 5.8 million people.
      • In the private sector workforce, veterans are at least 45 percent more likely than those with no active-duty military experience to be self-employed.
      • Each year SBA provides more than 1 million entrepreneurs with free counseling and technical assistance through a network of more than 14,000 counselors.  Through Q3 FY 2012, SBA and its resource partner network counseled or trained over 150,000 veteran or service-disabled veteran small business owners.
      • The SBA provides grants to 15 organizations across the country to serve as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs). 

The focus of this year’s report, the Task Force’s second, is to provide updates on the 18 recommendations that were made in last year’s report.  The recommendations are organized around three priority areas for engaging the Federal government: (1) Increase Opportunities for Growth; (2) Improve and Expand Counseling and Training Services; and (3) Reduce Barriers to Growth and Improve Coordination and Efficiencies. 

We are pleased to report great progress has been made since the Task Force’s initial review.  In FY 2012, the Task Force, along with the interagency Veterans Employment Initiative developed and piloted a re-designed military transition program, entitled Transition GPS, that includes an entrepreneurship training program called “Operation Boots to Business: from Service to Startup.” This program is expected to be rolled out nationally in the coming year.  The Task Force has also worked to streamline programs and cut paperwork for veteran small businesses through support for initiatives such as BusinessUSA and QuickApp for surety bonds and it has continued the efforts begun last year to make the process of winning Federal government contracts simpler and easier for service-disabled veterans and veteran-owned small business.

We know that our nation’s veterans helped reshape the American economy following World War II. They helped to build one of the longest periods of economic growth in our country’s history. And we know they can do it again if they are simply given the right tools and the right opportunities.

That’s why the SBA and the entire Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that these amazing men and women have the access and opportunity they need to fully realize their potential as entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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Tags: Veterans in Business, News, Business Success Stories

Mars Landing via a Live Online Streaming Watched 11.5 Million Times

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sun, Aug 05, 2012

Will the Internet soon be on Mars?  NASA Television in High Definition on UStream has already been viewed over 11.5 million times and as of this moment, there are over 138,000 viewers watching the high definitiion stream via UStream.

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Tags: Technology, News

All 50 States to Pay Internet Sales Tax if Marketplace Fairness Act Passes

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Fri, Aug 03, 2012

In the news is more discussion about the implications of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would mandate businesses in every state to collect internet sales taxes based on the destination of products purchased.  Is the "no tax" policy for Internet purchases an unfair loophole or legitimate?

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Tags: Taxes, News, Legal

Entrepreneurs Can Raise Money with ROCK THE POST Crowdfunding

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sat, Jun 16, 2012

Rock The Post is a crowdfunding website designed to fund small businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits.  It is a new tool for entrepreneurs to leverage networks, reach out to new contacts, and fill in the missing pieces of their projects.  Rock The Post provides budding businesses with the means necessary to amass resources and flourish.

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Tags: Banking, Crowdfunding, News

The Top Five Engineering Firms in Puget Sound Area

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sat, Jun 09, 2012

This is truly a business success story that shows the top five engineering firms in the Puget Sound area of Washington State.  If your engineering firm is not in the top five for revenue in 2011, you will contact me and I will help to change your marketing reality.

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Tags: Guerrilla Marketing Ideas, News, Business Success Stories