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December 22, 2010 - Lee Smith
Somewhere recently I saw an advertisement for heated driveways. This was a surprise because I had just been thinking lately that heated driveways are a great idea for a new business. You know, to keep the snow and ice from becoming a nuisance and hazard. For heaven’s sake, they heat football fields (except at the U of M stadium, for some reason), so why not make life convenient for the millions of homeowners out there who are sick of shoveling and snow-blowing.

So, anyway, there goes my entrepreneurial plan.

Unless ...

How about pet medications that already come in handy-dandy flavored-treat form? Someone should start a pet medicine business that fills custom orders, so if your dog likes beef-flavored treats, you can order his latest prescription. Yes, some pet meds already come in flavored form, but these are for common treatments, such as heart worm. I’m talking about pet meds for every conceivable need.

A big need in the future is going to be phone books, or some online resource, that lists cell phone numbers. I saw a recent story that says only half of people ages 25-29 have landlines. That means the local phone book is shrinking. I’m curious (and a little concerned as a journalist) about how people can be contacted if you can’t look them up in the white pages or call information. Someone needs to entice (PAY!) the cell phone companies to give up their listings, and then compile them into a new style of phone book.

Finally, back again on the notion of home ownership: Some brilliant geneticist needs to come up with a lawn grass that will only grow 3 inches high. Perhaps someone already has, but they need to get it on the market. Can’t be done? Hah. If you let YOUR lawn go, how high will the grass actually get? 8 to 10 inches? That’s a limit. We just need someone to shorten it.

If anyone puts any of these ideas into action, I will, of course, require half the profits.


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