Business idea starters

Sources to skim for business ideas. Holiday promotions, post-holiday promotions. More.


Technology: A CPU you can carry in a pocket

With a CPU smaller than an index card and Windows 10 installed, Kangaroo lets you plug into any monitor you currently use. Currently $99 at Newegg.com and available this month at other retailers.


Places to market your craft tutorials online

Whether you want to sell crafts online or sell tutorials about crafting as sideline to your offline retail craft business, one of these 29 places ought to fit your needs.


Share a cause, promote your community

Show your community spirit this holiday season by promoting via social media one of the community organizations you’ve supported this year. Write a three-sentence story that organization ending with a plug for shopping local. Click for language to use.


Check grant funded programs for ideas

Federal Department of Agriculture value-added grants were recently announced. Check the list of funded projects to see if something your agriculture-based business is working on is similar to one funded elsewhere previously. Even if don’t qualify for a grant, you might unearth an idea your rural New York small business could try.


Prepare now for post-holiday sales slump

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but it will be over soon. Plan now for the post-holiday shopping slump.


Different ways to cash in on farm products

Taking a different approach to traditional farm business plans is paying off for some innovators. Take a look at these three:

  • Patrick Lango decided wholesale milk production was an untenable business model for his East Otto, NY, farm. Now he’s has a small retail dairy business with a farm store in a dense residential area of Buffalo.
  • A New York City chef and Cornell University plant scientist are collaborating on development of bred-to-order fruits and vegetables for today’s market.
  • Putting vegetable, herb and flower seeds in pencils whose stubs can be planted is allowing Sprout World to turn trash into a salable product.

Think differently about your marketing

In a recent newsletter, Andy Sernovitz shares three examples of details people notice, appreciate, and talk about:

1. Details that make things easier
2. Details that recognize a pain point
3. Details that are just cool

How could your business capitalize on one of those three details?


Can you make money doing that?

Ben Frank was told he couldn’t make money in youth hockey, but he put his life savings into trying. He learned he needed to change before he could grow a successful business.


 


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