I’ve been planning, for a while, to put together a series of articles on entrepreneurs I know bucking the economy and hanging their own shingle, kind of a celebration of American work ethic and ingenuity. Unfortunately, because my school schedule has been beyond hectic, and because this president and Congress has provided us with a veritable wealth of material for the Web site, I haven’t been able to get started on the series.
The first piece was going to be on a company called NuBarter. A friend of mine, Aaron Tillinger, got in on the ground level and the stories of the success of the company have come fast and furious. Aaron is a friend, and actually is no stranger to America’s Right — back in March of 2008, when the daily readership topped out at about 40 people instead of more than four thousand, Aaron contributed by recounting his experience standing guard at the funeral of a young Auburn University student who had been murdered just off campus.
The nutjobs at the Westboro Baptist Church had planned to protest Lauren Burk’s funeral because of her Jewish faith, and Aaron joined the Patriot Guard and wrote about it wonderfully.
Now, NuBarter is a semi-finalist in Forbes magazine’s Boost Your Business Contest. To win the $100,000 award–$50,000 for investment in the business, and $50,000 in Forbes advertising–would be an absolute windfall and fantastic reward for a ton of hard work and sacrifice. Please read the short description of the business at the contest Web site, if you’d like, and vote for NuBarter in the Boost Your Business Contest.
I know it’s shameless, but I don’t have the time to write this the way I’d like — and the deadline for the contest is September 30th. Please do this … for me!
How to Vote:
- Go to the Forbes Boost Your Business Contest Web site.
- Scroll down — NuBarter is on the left side.
- Read the accompanying information, if you’d like.
- Vote for NuBarter.
- Check your e-mail and validate the vote.
And thank you. Now, if you’ll need me, I’ll be studying over the weekend and preparing a bunch of material for next week. And, as it turns out, I think we may have a new writer or maybe two for your reading pleasure.
Sunday night/Monday morning update — I haven’t heard from Aaron about the numbers, and the effect of our little astroturfing maneuver here. I hope it helped. Regardless of the result, I really appreciate all who understood that it must be something important for me to expend what little trust capital I have here at AR, and voted for NuBarter.
Plus, it allowed me to stay away from the computer for the weekend, and focus on studying–some–and mostly just get our house ready to go on the market. In fact, now that I’m in the business of squandering trust capital — if anybody knows anyone moving to the Philadelphia area, my house is for sale. For more information, just e-mail me.