This site is going to move

February 18, 2015

Good morning everyone,

As you have probably noticed, not much has been posted on this site lately. Unfortunately, I have just been too busy to keep things fresh. Therefore, I am planning to shut down the site in the near future.

If you wish to continue to follow activities of interest to small businesses in the north Jersey area, perhaps you will follow us on our LinkedIn group. The LinkedIn group can be found at:

I hope you will follow us via LinkedIn, but if not- thanks for being here.

Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2014

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom).” (Source- Wikipedia)

While the 4th of July is a great summer holdiay full of parades and barbequed food, it is important to remember this is a day to celebrate the birth of our nation, and our declaration of independence of the tyranny of Britain. Many people died for their dedication to our independence, and we must be ever-diligent to no let our freedoms be taken- either by revolution (e.g., hostile take-overs), or evolution (e.g., the slow loss of freedoms to an ever-growing government oversight and control).


10 Words People Who Lack Confidence Always Use

June 20, 2014

This post was originally from Inc. and then shared with Time. Click here to read the full story.

“Want to avoid giving the impression you lack confidence and authority? Avoid these words”

“These words are not always triggers about confidence level, but they are my first signal that something is amiss. They make me think the sender is not that sure about the product or service. And they are dead giveaways that I need to question what the person says.”

The words to avoid are listed below, and you can read the article to see why these words are on the list.

1. Might

2. Won’t

3. Usually

4. Suspect

5. Impossible

6. Worried

7. Confused

8. Need

9. Quandary

10. Likely

Pricing Pitfalls; Future Entrepreneurs; Connecting with New Customers

June 19, 2014

A triple play from Carol Roth’s Business Unplugged blog:

Don’t Let Pricing Become a Pitfall

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 04:00 AM PDT

Many small business owners and solopreneurs (especially those in professional services) have trouble figuring out how much to charge their clients. It’s brain – and nerve – wracking, particularly when you’re starting out in business. Pricing mistakes can trip up the most talented and skilled small biz professionals as they risk… Under-pricing their services because […]

A Candid Letter to Future EntrepreneursPosted: 29 May 2014 04:00 AM PDTI lost a friend in 2011. It happened while I was on a hiatus from the life I had built for 18 years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The year I temporarily moved away to write a book. The year I stopped making coaching a hobby. It was the year I decided to stop being a scaredy-cat, […]
3 Ways to Connect with New CustomersPosted: 28 May 2014 04:00 AM PDTSo, you’ve started a business- your website has launched, your products and services are ready to go and the sign in your window now reads “OPEN”. But after you’ve done all of the legwork to get your business up and running, how do you find the customers that will actually hire you or patronize your […]

6 Easy Ways to Turn Customers Into Brand Fanatics (Infographic)

June 17, 2014

This appeared in a post by Laura Montini on Inc.’s blog. Please click here to see th posting and a full size version of the infographic.

“Growing a fanatical following isn’t something only Apple can achieve. You’re probably already doing a lot to earn your customers’ love and affection without even thinking about it — for example, incorporating great design into all of your products. But you might also want to start going out of your way to let them know that the feeling is mutual. Send them emails. Make them laugh. Keep them informed. In this infographic created by Column Five on behalf of customer engagement company Get Satisfaction, you’ll pick up some more tips for building customer loyalty.”



The Power of Visual Content

June 9, 2014

Please see below for information about an exciting webinar hosted by DuctTape Marketing.

I know, I know – content is king, you’ve heard it until your sick of hearing it – but the reality is – the right content, in the right context is actually king and distribution of that content is the queen (and she wears the pants!)

People don’t simply need more content, they need content that moves them to act, motivates them to share and fits into their own private journey.

Visual content – words, data and inspiration in the form of an image – has grown both in popularity and effectiveness and drives a great deal of what’s actively shared in social media.

Understanding how to produce and distribute visually appealing brand assets and messages is now an essential marketing practice.

The Power of Visual Content

Join me for a free webinar with Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick to learn about how, when and why to create visual content and more importantly – how to do it with ease!

Enroll here:

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