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Start Up Money… and Husbands | For the Raleigh Mompreneur

Often times mompreneurs will use family money to start their businesses. Whether you are purchasing a start up kit for a new direct sales business or creating an online shop, you may need some financial support to get started and you’ll likely need and want the financial and emotioanl support of your husband to do so. It was creating my …

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Raleigh Upselling | The Smart Sales Technique You Might Be Overlooking

Let’s talk about a smart sales technique that, if done right, could increase your profits with minimal additional effort on your part. It’s called “upselling”. Let’s say your customer is ready to buy a necklace at your craft show. They have it in their hand and are ready to checkout. Do you let them pay and send them on their …

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas | Local Raleigh Businesses

Mother’s Day is on May 10th this year…just barely a month away.  If you still don’t have a gift purchased, not to worry. The mompreneurs at Vend Raleigh can help you out. Below is a list of local Raleigh businesses that can help you find the perfect Mother’s Day Gift: Belinda Lee Designs “My most popular designs are custom Family Trees perfect for Mother’s …

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Vend Raleigh Group Leaders

I’m not sure we can say the word community enough here at Vend Raleigh. Vend Raleigh is a unique example of a Raleigh small business community. We partner, cross promote, educate and celebrate one another. One way that we make Vend Raleigh just a little smaller and a lot more relevant is our sub-groups, our Facebook groups that are specific …

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Raleigh Small Business | Kickstarter

I am not the first to say it, but I will say it anyway. My life changed the moment I became a mother. Before deciding to start a family, I was a professional with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. I managed a hotel, spent my days elbow deep in marketing, forecasting, financial planning, human resources. My staff lovingly called …

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Small Business Marketing | A Community of Events

One of the top concerns of a small business is marketing. I see often in Facebook groups, conferences, etc. questions regarding different ideas on what a business could do to market their small business with little to no cost involved. As a Vend Raleigh Directory Member, your opportunity to promote your business and the events you plan to attend (or …

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Product Lighting | How to Make a Product Image Pop

My one year “Etsy-aversary” has just passed. Yes, this is a real word. It’s been an interesting year on Etsy…..I’ve learned a ton, I’m constantly tweaking my shop, and oh yes—I can’t forget the actual production of my product. When I first got the idea to sell my jewelry, I thought, “This will be great! I love making jewelry, I’ll …

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Makeover Your Vend Raleigh Business Directory Listing

Many of you are about to begin a second year with the Vend Raleigh Business Directory and I want to tell you that I’ve got some fun promo ideas coming this year that will be big traffic drivers to the Directory! Those details are coming soon. For now, let’s talk about how you are using the Directory and how you …

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Pinning with the Pintester | Pinterest for Your Business

Sonja Foust, the Pintester, will be speaking with Vend Raleigh on pinning for small business. Sonja Foust, Pintester, was recently featured twice on Good Morning America and we are very excited to have her with us February 23rd. Don’t wait to get your ticket! The presale for this event with the Vend Raleigh Business Directory members received a huge response. …

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What I Learned from Hiring a Business Coach

I started 2014 so optimistically, declaring resolutions and making goals for changes in my photography business that I hoped would bring growth.  Early 2014 brought about some tough times personally, which drew me away from my business, and the growth and goals.  In the middle of the year, I realized I’d hardly had any sessions or gained any new clients, …