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Spotlight on Home-based Businesses and Free Business Data

Posted by Brent Leary on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 @ 05:37 PM
  
  

Show : Spotlight on Home-based Businesses and Free Business Data

Guest : StartupNation's Rich Sloan and Jigsaw's Jim Fowler

Aired :August 20th 2008 

Rich Sloan

We double the information with two great guests.  StartupNation's Rich Sloan fills us in on their new mission to uncover the top 100 home-based businesses.  While they don't seem to get the publicity of bigger companies, home-based businesses actually make up more than half of the businesses operating in the country.  And StartupNation wants to shine a bright spotlight on them through this new contest to find the greenest, grungiest, yummiest, wackiest, unique small businesses across America.  Rich will fill you in on why they've teamed up with Microsoft Office Live Small Business to promote home-based businesses, the details on how you can enter your business into the contest, and what you stand to gain if you make the list! 

Jim FowlerWe also speak with the CEO and Co-founder of Jigsaw, a leading provider of business information and data services.  Jim talks about why his company is giving away free company data through their Open Data Initiative, the importance of the providing incentives to the Jigsaw community to provide clean, accurate and complete data, and on slaying the "Data Dinosaurs".  Jim also shares with us why he donned a powdered wig and created a YouTube video to announce the Open Data Initiative.  

Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartupNation, has been starting and selling businesses since he was a teenager. He believes the importance of home based businesses in the US economy is frequently overlooked.

Startup Nation was founded in 2002 to provide a multimedia platform for entrepreneurs seeking business advice. He is co-host of the StartupNation Radio call-in show and is co-author of "StartupNation: Open for Business." Rich has been featured in media such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and FOX News. More information available at www.startupnation.com.

As Chief Executive Officer, Jim Fowler provides direction and leadership toward the achievement of goals and objectives at Jigsaw. A veteran sales executive, Jim has more than 12 years selling software for marketing and collaboration applications. Before starting Jigsaw, Jim served as VP of Sales at Digital Impact (DIGI), Paramark and TightLink. In these roles, he built sales departments from the ground up focusing on sales strategies and processes. He was able to leverage his experience as an outstanding sales manager at Personify and NetGravity.  

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