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3D Printing Opens Doors for Inventors
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Attaining the money it takes to invest into ideas and launch them into the phases of prototypes and searching for investors is hard work, and not achieved by many. But 3D printing has helped change that reality for many inventors and aspiring entrepreneurs. Wes Kouba from Dallas, TX had his great idea four years ago after a record breaking, devastating tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, AL, leaving many trapped in storm shelters with three feet of debris on top of them. Wes wondered if there was a solution that allowed shelter and safety, without leaving people trapped underground.

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The Last Stand of the Brand: The Rise of Biologics
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In the movie “X-Men: The Last Stand”, the fictional pharmaceutical company, Worthington Labs, develops an inoculation to suppress the gene that gives mutants their super-powers, offering the “cure” to any mutant who desires it.  The “cure” was derived from the DNA of a young child whose powers included suppressing other mutants’ abilities.  Although this scenario is fictional, some pharmaceutical therapies are actually being manufactured today in the form of biologics.   Some characteristics of biologics are:

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3D Printing is the Prize for Middle School Design Class Contest
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Remember the excitement of being in school and taking a field trip? Not only do you get to get out of school, but it often creates a lifelong memory.

 A San Diego middle school teacher, Mr. Matt Davis, recently provided his students with a field into the future of technology. Mr. Davis teaches an elective class in CAD, computer aided drafting where students learn to create and design structures and objects through a computer program. He held a contest in his class where students competed to have their 3D design printed. The students used SketchUp, 3D modeling software that’s easy to learn and incredibly fun to use, to create their entries. The UPS Store, the first national retailer to offer 3D print services in-store, offered to 3D print the winning student’s design for the class.  Read More »

A ‘Mentor Match’ Made in Heaven
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For 82-year-old small business owner Newt Malerman, finding his mentor was a serendipitous event. Over the course of his life, Newt had shifted career paths six or seven times without much hesitation. But when faced with a business venture that led him into unchartered waters, he began drowning in his own fear and self-doubt. A mentor came to his rescue and offered him a lifeline.

While Newt had a history of owning small businesses, most of them had been within his comfort zone. His first love was art. He attended art school and after graduation, followed a natural progression. Newt became an artist, an art teacher and eventually, transitioned to become president of a graphic arts/embroidery business. When the business transferred overseas and he lost his job, Newt returned to his first love, opening an art gallery with his wife and fellow artist. Read More »

Third Generation Business Built on Mentoring
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This year marks the second annual National Mentoring Month, as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. The month was created to highlight the importance of mentoring and the positive impact it can have on youth. However, recent research has shown that mentorship can also play a role in the success of small business owners.

Starting a business can be challenging and oftentimes a new business owner may not know all the answers. For a small business owner, a close mentoring relationship provides the benefit of having a different experience or knowledge base to draw from. Mentors can help look at problems and situations from different perspectives and have expertise that can provide insight to people just starting out.

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From Small business owners: Why it’s important to shop small
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We’ve been posting about it for weeks, and Small Business Saturday is here! Whether you still have a list of people to shop for, or simply want to treat yourself today, it’s a great time to shop small. Whether you patronize your local clothing boutique, the neighborhood toy store, or even the corner coffee shop, shopping small means supporting business owners in your own neighborhood, and helping your community thrive.

Here at The UPS Store, we love our small business customers, and work closely with them to ensure we understand their challenges, goals, and to find out what they think about small business. In fact, we host a private online community of small business owners – The Small Biz Buzz – where we ask for feedback about products and services, offer access to exclusive content, speakers and products. We also use it to get to learn more about our customers.

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My business runs thanks to the support of other small businesses
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As part of our series of posts leading up to small business Saturday, we’re shining the spotlight on Steve Crain, co-owner of A> Prompt Computer Service, LLC. He took some time to talk with us about his journey as small business owner.

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What You Can Learn From the Hi-Tech Industry and Its Post-Sales Success
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For many companies, particularly in cutting-edge high technology industries, an evolution has occurred as post-sales services have become an important part of their business. Post-sales services have become a significant source of revenue and profit, a way to build long-term customer relationships, and a source of competitive advantage. As healthcare evolves, the importance of services is likely to grow, creating a corresponding need for post-sales supply chain management.  

Supply chains can be thought of in three categories:

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Living the Dream with Living Dreams Clothing
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As part of our series of blog posts leading up to small business Saturday, we’re shining the spotlight on Michael Poulos, owner of Living Dreams, in Scottsdale, AZ. After Michael recently returned from traveling around California and the Pacific Northwest promoting Living Dreams, he sat down to discuss the importance of supporting local small businesses.

Tell me about your business?

I founded a beach lifestyle clothing label in 2011. We make t-shirts, hats and fun casual apparel sold online and at local boutiques. The idea behind the name, Living Dreams, is to encourage others to follow their passion in life and do what they love.

I come from a line of entrepreneurs. I’ve been enthusiastic about fashion since my high school screen printing class, so I decided to give business a shot.

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Preventing ‘flu when we flew
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Flying pretty much anywhere these days is expensive. And it’s almost twice as expensive when I travel with my daughter.

And the reason is simple: The route from airport security to the departure gate is littered with opportunities to spend money. There are stores that sell expensive clothes, jewelry, electronics, duty-free goods, food and tacky tee-shirts that announce to the world that the wearer has spent time in the City of Atlanta. (The “I’m a Georgia Peach” key ring complements the tee shirt nicely, by the way.)

Traveling to see family in China once, my daughter and I had too much time to kill in the airport. And, like a wasp to blueberry jelly, she was immediately drawn to the most expensive items for sale in the retail area.

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