StartupNation Announces Top 20 Dorm-Based Businesses for 2008

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From Virginia to Ohio and California, Leading Collegiate Entrepreneurs Are Recognized for Business Achievement

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There were those whose current businesses have huge upside, those who leveraged a personal talent as the basis for a business, and those who demonstrated great strength in adhering to business fundamentals, which bodes well for their future as entrepreneurs.

StartupNation (http://www.startupnation.com) has announced the results of its inaugural Dorm-Based 20, which ranks America's most outstanding collegiate entrepreneurs and the businesses they run. Winners were chosen from a cross section of collegiate entrepreneurs who submitted themselves for consideration.

"In compiling the final list, we identified three basic groups of these outstanding young entrepreneurs," said Rich Sloan, chief startupologist from StartupNation. "There were those whose current businesses have huge upside, those who leveraged a personal talent as the basis for a business, and those who demonstrated great strength in adhering to business fundamentals, which bodes well for their future as entrepreneurs."

Winners include rising stars like Andy Tabar at Belmont University, creator of Bizooki a social business-networking site that aims to connect people around the world together on potential projects. His site helps people collaborate on work projects from far away. Anywhere there's internet access, as Tabar sees it, Bizooki will be at the ready to tie team members together.

The 21-year-old Tabar started building Web sites at age 11. By the time he was 14, he turned a profit. Now, the incoming senior in Nashville, Tennessee makes just shy of six figures and has people working for him as far away as India.

And then there's Magician Jared Sherlock, who was chosen for his extraordinary talents in marketing and magic. He's a professional magician and is on his way to the bigtime, following in the footsteps of celeb magicians like Criss Angel and David Blaine. Sherlock is a freshman at St. John's University in Minnesota.

About the Contest
StartupNation's Dorm-Based 20 ranking names America's top 20 college-based businesses and the young entrepreneurs behind them.
Entrants had to be attending college in the U.S. (though not necessarily living in a dorm) and had to have a functioning business website.

Winners were judged on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness of business concept
  • Potential for growth
  • Cutting-edge business practices
  • Demonstration of business fundamentals
  • Degree of talent exhibited by the founder
  • Potential for overall impact
  • Financial performance

StartupNation collaborated with College Boxes, iContact, and MSN for the 2008 StartupNation Dorm-Based 20.

While the results are in for the Dorm Based 20, StartupNation is currently conducting the second annual "Home-Based 100" in conjunction with Microsoft Office Live Small Business (http://www.smallbusiness.officelive.com) to find the top home-based businesses in the country. Home-based businesses interested in making the list can submit their business profile at http://www.startupnation.com/homebased100 until September 30. The 100 winners will be announced in November.

About StartupNation
StartupNation (http://www.startupnation.com) provides over 175,000 pages of business advice and networking for entrepreneurs and serves millions of entrepreneurs annually. StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the intention of providing a one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success, including blogs from a host of experts, podcasts, webcasts, eBooks, award-winning step-by-step advice, and more.

About StartupNation's Founders -- The Sloan Brothers
StartupNation co-founders and "chief startupologists," Rich and Jeff Sloan, are two of the country's leading small business experts and ran their business from home for eight years. They speak frequently at entrepreneurial forums and act as sources for top media venues nationwide. They are authors of StartupNation: Open for Business, published by Doubleday, and provide their insight online at http://www.startupnation.com. The Sloans are regularly quoted and featured in media such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News and many others.

For more information, press only:
Kathleen Gratehouse, Borders + Gratehouse for StartupNation, (415) 963-4174, ext. 2 kathleen @ bordersgratehouse.com

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