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 http://northjerseysmallbusiness.org 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:

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/North-Jersey-Small-Business-Forum-4483658

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: http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/visual-content?inf_contact_key=a1da4bb10be9350eeef6f09d02b06ab2a87fc65920c4031d0cae571b88218cf2


Do You Look Like A Professional?

June 2, 2014

The following is from Tina Del Buono’s PPM Blog:

Far too often people in leadership roles do not take the time to examine how they appear to people who they come in contact with. What do I mean by this? If you are a manager, do you take a look at yourself in in the mirror each day before leaving for work? Do you ask yourself “Do I look like the professional that I am?” Do you look like the professional that my staff expects me to look like?

My Aunt Dollie recently sent me an article from the May 2014 Allure magazine titled “Lessons from a Media Trainer.” This short article talked about people who are in positions that present or report to others and how they need to think about how they look and how they present to those they come in contact with each day.

People in a leadership position need to stage a dress rehearsal, to make sure they present the position they hold. Managers need to make sure when they are holding a staff meeting they prepare and know the material they are presenting, just as if they were doing a presentation for 500 people.

Staff members look up to their superiors and so they need to make sure they are delivering (both in appearance and in their actions) what is necessary to keep the team moving forward and growing with the company.

If your office dress code states that you should be neat, clean, and professional looking, do you actually know what that means to your superiors or whoever wrote the policy? If it is not spelled out clearly, i.e., pressed clothing, hair combed and in place, no tattoos showing, teeth brushed, a white shirt with tie and black slacks. Do you know what is expected of you?

If you oversee other employees, you need know how your appearance and personal actions will affect them and your position being a superior they answer to. Take the time to think about how what your appearance is like and how you behave and the affects it may have on those you work with.

What do you see in the mirror today?

Is it someone who other will look up to and respect?


U.S. Chamber of Commerce: America’s Small Business Summit

May 29, 2014

REGISTER TODAY: America’s Small Business Summit, June 11-13, 2014

The 10th Annual America’s Small Business Summit will bring together more than 800 business owners and chamber executives from across the country to network, hear from business and policy experts, and meet with their legislators on Capitol Hill. Confirmed speakers include Former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, political analyst Charlie Cook, who will be giving a preview of the 2014 midterm elections; Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL and well-known entrepreneur, Susan O’Malley, first female president of a professional sports franchise; and Jim Vandehei, the founder and CEO of Politico. While the keynote speakers alone are reason enough to attend, the summit will also feature a Governors Roundtable, breakout sessions on managing your online reputation and alternative financing, and a special 10th anniversary reception at the Newseum. Register today!


7 Things Really Persuasive People Do

May 21, 2014

The following is from a post on Inc. written by Kevin Duam. Please see the original article for more information.

“Sometimes you absolutely have to make your point. Here are 7 tips on how to do it effectively with style and grace.”

“While many people don’t like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea. Often the most effective persuaders are your kids. Somehow they come by it naturally while you, the adult, has to work hard to find the persuasive path to success.

Whatever your persuasive need, here are 7 things that the most persuasive people consistently do:”

[Note: the autohr then goes on to describe each of the following attirbutes in detail.  Please see the original article for more information]

1. They Are Purposeful

2. They Listen … and Listen … Then Listen Some More

3. They Create a Connection

4. They Acknowledge Credibility

5. They Offer Satisfaction

6. They Know When to Shut Up

7. They Know When to Back Away


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