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6 Top Free Business Name Generators!!!

26 Dec

Are you having trouble coming up with a business name?. There are many free online tools to help people just like you.

Here are 6 of the top Business Name Generators.

WORDLAB
Wordlab’s uniqueness is that it provides industry based business name generators. It has more than half a dozen different generators like Team Name Generator, Restaurant Name Generator, Band Name Generator, etc. It also provides a separate domain name availability checker.

NAMESTATION
NameStation is a great tool if you are looking for a business name along with a domain. NameStation return business name ideas along with the domain availability status. It uses keyword lists, brainstorming, dictionaries, etc. to create random names based on your input.It has features like adding prefixes and suffixes, setting minimum and maximum length and combining keywords with many preset categorized wordlists like random adjectives, random nouns, medicine, music, technical, etc. It also has features to include synonyms and custom wordlists.

DOTOMATOR
Use Dot-o-Mator to generate business and domain name suggestions. Enter one or more words, and then choose some prefixes or suffixes (you can also add your own). Click COMBINE to get the results. You can save all the creative business names you like to a scratch board and check availability of related domain names.

COMPANY NAME GENERATOR
Company Name Generator is one of the most advanced free online business name generators. You can customize the generator by selecting patterns of vowels and consonants you wish to have. You can also select a wordlist for prefixes and suffixes. Although this service does not provide domain name availability checker it can provide valuable new business name suggestions.

BUST A NAME
Bust a Name is a complete domain name researcher and generator. You enter a few keywords, set options like domain extensions, prefixes, suffixes, hyphen, etc. and hit ADD. You can then sort, search, save and review related domains names. This is one of the top name generators if you are looking for a business name for an online venture.

WRITE EXPRESS
Write Express helps name businesses, products and websites. You start by entering a word or syllable that is associated to your business. You then choose a wordlist, number of desired syllables and a few more options and hit FIND NAMES. This is an easy to use tool and can help you find a business name from dozens of potential names in quick time.

11 Home Based Businesses for 2011

16 Jan

2011 is here and those of you looking for ideas on what types of businesses to start do not have to look very far.

Inc.com has put together a list of the hottest home businesses for 2011.

Etsy Craft Master
Dennis Anderson

Anderson Soap Company

When Dennis Anderson was asked if he considered himself more of an artist or an entrepreneur, he thought for a moment and replied, “Well, somewhere in between. I like creating things.” Anderson has achieved what so many Americans crave: he has turned his craft—organic soap making, or saponification—into a profitable business from his home. Anderson Soap Company launched in 2007 in his California apartment, and has since moved into a rented house in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his fiancée and children. Anderson, who started out as an accounting major in college, fell in love with soap making after taking a chemistry course that taught him the process. He has sold soaps to buyers in all 50 states and distributes internationally to Malaysia, Singapore, France, and Sweden.

Quirky Kid’s Clothing
Jenny Ford

Monkey Toes

The children’s clothing industry is a multi-billion dollar market, and a recent surge of interest for specialized kid’s gear has given companies like Monkey Toes, a Colorado-based venture run by Jenny Ford, a niche in this burgeoning market. Monkey Toes is a line of animal and insect-themed footwear for children. Ford started the company in 2002 after drawing designs on her daughter’s shoes. “I thought, ‘Oh, that’s cute,’” Ford recalls. “I fell in love with it.” She chose to keep her business at home to be able to spend more time with her two young daughters, but lack of an office hasn’t stymied the growth of the brand. Ford currently distributes in stores all over the world, and recently signed a new distribution deal that will take the product into the hands of 100 representatives around the country.

Building Better Communities
Kene Turner

EpiLife

Kene Turner understands the value of building a better business. After all, that’s his job. The mission of EpiLife is to help organizations achieve social responsibility by implementing special project-based initiatives within their communities. Before launching EpiLife, Kene worked for the YMCA of New York, where he taught youth entrepreneurial programs. EpiLife is based out of Turner’s home in New York City, and represents his desire to give back to the community that helped him in his own childhood. “When I was a teen I lost my mom to cancer,” he says. “I never knew my father. I was a child in transition. I had family, but not much. The ones that really helped me were members of the community…and it was that message that I want to implement into a venture or business.”

eBay Powerseller
Ann Whitley Wood

Willow-Wear

Ann Whitley Wood is an attorney-turned-entrepreneur who saw a market for designer goods and collectibles on eBay nearly 10 years ago. In what started out as a hobby, Wood now manages over 350 listings on eBay through her store Willow-Wear, and works with about 40 clients on any given day from her home in Texas. In 2010, Wood sold over 1,100 items for about $450,000—making her one of eBay’s true “powersellers.” Though she does not keep inventory in her house, working from home has been an integral part of her business. “I had to be able to sell on eBay from home, in between taking care of my children and managing the rest of life,” Wood says. To be successful as an eBay entrepreneur, Wood says you must have an acute understanding of your product, as well as your competition.

Online Wedding Resources
Emily Newman

OnceWed.com

Wedding dresses are bought (one hopes) only once, making them one of the most expensive purchases in a woman’s life. So Emily Newman thought, why not buy second-hand? “I saw a need where women my age were dealing with a lot of the same things,” says Newman, the founder of the Once Wed, an online wedding community, based in Atlanta. “They didn’t have a huge budget, but they still wanted to wear a beautiful dress.” So Newman and her husband, who works in online advertising, teamed up to launch Once Wed, a site for brides-to-be. The site has grown from a used dress listing service to the be-all resource for brides, similar to TheKnot.com. Once Wed puts together inspiration guides and a popular blog, which helps drives traffic to the site.

Social Media e-Commerce
Hakan Nizam

NetFoliage

NetFoliage is a web development company that creates web sites for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists. It’s also one of a growing number of web development companies that specialize in building e-commerce sites and online stores for social networking sites like Facebook. Nizam, who is originally from Istanbul, has been based out of his Brooklyn apartment since he launched the company in 2007—and plans to stay in his home, too. “Honestly, it didn’t even occur to me to rent an office,” he says. “I didn’t have the time or the need to think about. I would never do it—it’s becoming a lifestyle. I can go on vacation without worrying about anything. I turn off my phone and the business is closed.”

Mommy Blogger
Michelle Mitton

Scribbit.blogspot.com

You don’t need to attend a BlogHer Convention to realize that “mommy bloggers” are a force to be reckoned with. Michelle Mitton was one of the first “mommy bloggers” to make a name for herself and her blog Scribbit, almost six years ago. In 2008, she was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten blogs about motherhood, and her site attracts nearly 60,000 page views every month and 2,300 daily subscribers. Mitton publishes recipes, household tips, product reviews, and has even written a book about blogging, all from her home in Alaska. “With so many blogs out there, you have to be the ‘purple cow’ as Seth Godin talks about. I try to diversify my topics a bit—I even have a few men [readers].”

Curated E-mail Newsletter
Chris McCann

StartupDigest.com

Chris McCann (pictured) and Brendan McManus launched StartupDigest.com as a resource for entrepreneurs looking to get involved in their community and connected with other entrepreneurs. The site has seen remarkable growth; in just a little over a year, the site has grown to 100,000 subscribers and has spread to over 50 cities. And though the content reaches people all over the world, McCann and McManus rarely have to leave their house in Palo Alto, California. “When you’re on a shoestring budget, and if the deciding factor is to spend money to get the office or spend money and do the marketing and get the product out there, do all that stuff first,” says McCann. “An office should not be high on your lists of priorities.”

Sports Content Aggregator
Ann Gaffigan

WomenTalkSports.com

Ann Gaffigan felt that there needed to be more mainstream media coverage of women’s sports. So, about two years ago, she teamed up with two co-founders to launch WomenTalkSports.com, an online network that has become one of the most thorough purveyors of women’s sports news. “We didn’t research the market for this,” Gaffigan says from her home in Kansas. “It just came from our belief that something like this really needed to happen, and we want the next generation to see positive female role models.” There are over 100 websites that link to WomenTalkSports.com, and about 70 bloggers on the site. While the site’s traffic varies depending on the season, the site swells when national competitions are brought to the spotlight. During the Vancouver Olympics, for example, the site had over a million visitors.

Custom Men’s Shirts
Danny Wong

Blank Label

Who said custom designed shirts had to be expensive? Blank Label is a Boston-based start-up that allows users to design custom dress shirts, choosing the fabric, pattern, buttons, and size, for a modest price under $100, depending on the extras. Blank Label was created by Danny Wong (center) and three co-founders (and classmates) in the summer of 2009. After a brief period of incubation by their college, Babson, the team chose not to take on an office lease. “It worked better for us,” says Wong. “We didn’t want to pay for office space.” The founders lived together in Shanghai for several months, developing relationships with suppliers and working out of their living room. At one point, they were operating with members based from home in three different time zones around the world, but Wong says it’s never been a problem.

Application Consulting
Stacy Blackman

Stacy Blackman Consulting

Stacy Blackman knows what it takes to get into one of the nation’s top MBA programs. Blackman, a who received her own MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, turned her passion for helping students gain admission into MBA programs into her full-time job after years working in private equity. “When I first started my business, I wasn’t trying to start a business; I was just doing something I really enjoyed.” Now, Stacy Blackman Consulting has turned into one of the premier MBA international consulting firms, with clients and consultants based all over the world. Blackman has even graced the cover of Fortune, and published a book titled The MBA Application Roadmap.

Visit www.inc.com for more information.

Cheap Hype for Your Business!!

1 Dec

Hello Ladies!

Looking for low cost ways to advertise your business?

Let us introduce you to one of our best kept secrets www.uphype.com

UpHype is a micro-payment marketplace where savvy people with unique talents and resources advertise to take your message and promote it in unique ways. Simply priced at $8, $16, or $24.

Anyone can create a hype or small service ad of what they’re willing to do to “hype” your message. Buyers can purchase hypes and are required to pay for the hype in advance. After the work is completed and accepted by the buyer, UpHype gives the task performer a whopping majority of the fee.

Hypes range from promoting your message to a user’s 300,000 Twitter followers, sending 60,000 traffic hits to your website, creating a video podcast, writing a press release or article for your blog and anything in between.

Hypes are divided into categories, including Social Marketing, Graphics, Writing, Eblasts, Flyers, SEO work, Website Back-links and whole lot more! To ensure that you get a good task performer, UpHype also post buyer feedback on people who perform tasks. Task performers will be given a positive feedback score, which can be seen by users who are considering hiring them for their hypes.

To learn more about Uphype visit their website at www.uphype.com

The next big thing in fashion…and she’s only 11yrs old!

19 Oct

Have you heard of Cecilia Cassini? well if you haven’t you better pay attention because she is fast becoming a household name.

Cecilia’s passion for fashion began at the tender age of six, when she recieved a sewing maching for her birthday. While other  girls her age were busy playing with Barbie dolls, Cecilia was reading fashion magazines and teaching herself how to make beautiful dresses.

Now, at 11 years of age, she’s already an established fashion designer. She’s already dressed celebrities like Heidi Klum and Miley Cyrus and is about to star in her own reality show.

Her fashions are sold in the tony Fred Segal boutique in Santa Monica and online.

To learn more about Cecilia visit her website at http://www.ceciliacassini.com.

Where to find manufacturers!

18 Oct

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Image via Wikipedia

Are you looking for manufacturers to who can help bring your products to life?  why not try Alibaba.com. Are you looking for shoe manufacturers? or manufacturers who can work with you to develop the latest brand of makeup?. You can find a manufacturer for virtually any type of product on Alibaba.com.

Alibaba.com is the global leader in e-commerce for small businesses and the flagship company of Alibaba Group. Founded in 1999 in Hangzhou, China, Alibaba.com makes it easy for millions of buyers and suppliers around the world to do business online through three marketplaces: a global trade platform (www.alibaba.com) for importers and exporters; a Chinese platform (www.1688.com) for domestic trade in China; and, through an associated company, a Japanese platform (www.alibaba.co.jp) facilitating trade to and from Japan.

Alibaba.com also offers a wholesale platform on the global site (www.aliexpress.com) geared for smaller buyers seeking fast shipment of small quantities of goods. Together, these marketplaces form a community of more than 53 million registered users in more than 240 countries and regions.

Alibaba.com has offices in more than 60 cities across Greater China, India, Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States.

A word of caution courtesy of Allbusiness.com and Alibaba.com

When dealing with any online business, you want to make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself.

Here are some tips to prevent you from being a victim of fraud.

  1. Do your homework. Don’t just take a supplier’s word to be the truth. You are ultimately responsible for your business and the deal you do, so make sure you are comfortable. Once you find a supplier you would like to do business with, Google them. Do a search on Alibaba.com forums on the Safe Trading Center. Ask other people involved in global trade if they’ve heard of them.

  2. Ask for references. When you find a supplier it will tell you how many years they’ve been an Alibaba.com member. We strongly recommend that you work with a GOLD SUPPLIER (this means they’ve been verified by a third party), but you should also ask them for references of other companies they’ve done business with in the U.S.

  3. Do a bank reference check or credit check on your potential supplier. This way you can find out if there are any outstanding problems pending.

  4. Familiarize yourself with import/export terms and laws. You don’t have to be an expert to do this, but you need to know the basics to make sure you are covered and that your goods don’t get stopped in customs. The Official Alibaba.com Success Guide by Brad and Debra Schepp is a great place to find out everything you need to know to get started.

  5. If a supplier is pressuring you to make a decision fast or send money quickly, don’t do it. This is a red flag and a quality supplier will be willing to work with your timeline. Be very careful in the payment method you select as this will make a big difference in how you are protected later.

 

 

9 Companies seeking ideas/inventions

11 Oct
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Image by .robbie via Flickr

 

If you have an idea for a product, you might want to consider licensing it. Licensing is when a manufacturer already selling other products into your target market agrees to sell your product as part of their product line. They pay you a royalty on their sale of your product which is typically between 3% and 10% of the wholesale price.

Here are 9 companies currently seeking new inventions/product ideas :

KIDS/INFANT PRODUCTS

Crown Crafts infant products

Manufacturer of bedding blankets, accessories and Pillow Buddies. Nursery safety tips and shopping checklist.

http://www.nojo.com/

Dex Products

DEX Products makes life safer, easier, and more comfortable for children and parents. Makers of the popular Dura-Bib, Dex offers a variety of helpful items for sleeping as well as traveling safely and comfortably. http://www.dexproducts.com/ideas.htm

Creative Teaching Press

Creative Teaching Press publishes a wide variety of products for grades PreK–8, including teacher resource books, bulletin boards, borders, emergent readers, and charts.

http://www.creativeteaching.com/t-SubmitAnIdea.aspx

Mega Brands

MEGA Brands provides stimulating creative experiences for children and families through innovative, well-designed, affordable and high-quality products that are marketed worldwide under leading brands such as MEGA BLOKS, ROSE ART, MAGNEXT and BOARD DUDES.

http://www.megabrands.com/en/corpo/aboutus.php

HOME APPLIANCES/PRODUCTS

Applica Consumer Products

Applica Incorporated is a marketer and distributor of a wide range of small appliances for use in and outside the home. Through its operating subsidiary, Applica Consumer Products, Inc .

http://www.applicainc.com/inventors-corner/

Dial Corp

Henkel is the name behind some of America’s best-known brands. From Dial soaps to Purex laundry detergents, göt2b hair styling products, Right Guard antiperspirants, and Loctite adhesives, Henkel brands are part of your daily life. Henkel has grown rapidly in North America during the past several years and now generates about 20 percent of worldwide sales in this region.

http://www.henkelna.com/innovation/henkel-innovation-partnership-program-6085.htm

BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Goody Products

Goody Products, Inc. is part of Newell Rubbermaid’s portfolio of Beauty & Style brands.Goody is the world’s most recognized manufacturer of hair styling tools and accessories.

http://www.newellrubbermaid.com/public/Our-Company/Do-Business-With-Us/Brand-Assets.aspx

PET PRODUCTS

Coastal Pet Products

Coastal Pet Products, Inc. was founded over 40 years ago by Jim and Tom Stout. The first facility was built in 1974 and employed 10 people. At present our facility is 354,800 square feet and employs over 650 people.

http://coastalpet.com

CONSUMER PRODUCTS Sylmark Inc The Sylmark Group is a group of affiliated integrated marketing companies founded in 1998 by industry pioneers who have collectively sold nearly $3 billion of consumer products to date. The Sylmark Group is a leading developer and multi-channel marketer of innovative consumer products. http://www.sylmark.com/submit_a_product.html


At 17 she started an online boutique now worth $50million…get inspired!!

27 Aug

TOP GIRL of the month goes to Susan Gregg-Koger


Hello Ladies,

As you know the City Girl Business Club encourages everyone interested in starting a business to look for inspiration on a regular basis. This is important for many reasons, but mainly because it helps to keep you motivated so that you can accomplish your goals.

One of our favorite websites entrepreneur.com just recently posted an article on young millionaires,  we found the article to be very interesting and inspiring to say the least. One story that stood out to us was that of ModCloth.com‘s founder Susan Gregg-Kroger, so we decided to nominate her as the City Girl Business Club’s Top Girl of the month.

At 17 years old, Susan Gregg decided to open an online boutique that sold one of a kind vintage clothing and shoes. Her company ModCloth was launched from her dorm room with the help of her boyfriend, Eric Koger. The two drove from Pittsburgh to their South Florida hometown several times throughout college to pick up more stock. By the end of their senior year in 2006, ModCloth was getting 60,000 visitors a month, and plenty of them were asking for more.

Susan wanted to grow the business, so she decided she needed to raise enough capital to build her vision. She secured the money she needed by using her credit card,  borrowing from family, taking out student loans, and taking out a second mortgage. Then she hired designers to create an original, vintage-inspired collection.

Susan and her then boyfriend Eric are now married and run ModCloth from their Pittsburgh, PA offices. ModCloth gets around 2 million visitors every month and is on track to surpass $50 million in sales this year. They’ve raised $20 million in new funding to open up offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles this summer, and employee numbers are close to 150, and rising.

To get the full story and to check out one of our favorite websites, visit www.entrepreneur.com.

You can also find out more about Susan at www.ModCloth.com

Feel free to leave  your thoughts and comments, we love hearing what you think.

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