Archive for the ‘Small Business News’ Category

21 Ways to Inspire Change at Work

April 18, 2009

Keeping people motivated and inspired at work, with the media drowning us in fear, adds one more demand on small business owners.

I saw a great snippet movie this week that is targeted in helping small business owners to keep their team focused on how change is good.

Take a look.  Pass it along.  And, more importantly, use it to help your team keep winning in any economy!

Enjoy Success!

Sandra

An Overview of the Video Email Industry

March 30, 2009

 

191004841

Video is moving us into the next era of communication.  For the first-time in history, communicating with video has become accessible to our society.  Easy and affordable.  Only a few years ago people were writing articles just like this about email.  Before that it was the mobile phone and the list of techno advances goes on and on.

Sending a video email is now simpler than ever before.   There are a plethora of  free services online.  For example, http://www.springdoo.com and http://www.freegabmail.com.   They are popping-up all over the web!   Unfortunately, there are very few premium services catering to the business users, and people who don’t want Google Ads placed ALL around their videos.  Recognizing the power of video, I have been searching for a quality video email service provider.   And being a professional business coach, I needed to find a good one.  And of course, I did!

For the past few months I have been using jive SYSTEMS, which comes with unlimited video email, conferencing, and I can even embed a link in my website for a video representative [although I am yet to use this feature].  I choose jiveSYSTEMS because they charge me a flat-rate of $37 per month with no setup fees which gives me unlimited us of their systems.   I believe that fee is up to $47 a month now, which is still a bargain.  The other companies like http://UnxVision.com and http://TalkFusion.com both have expensive setup fees and additional charges.  In addition, they don’t have the video conferencing and rep features that jive offers.

While jiveSYSTEMS.com  is not perfect, I have noticed they are diligently working on improving their systems – based on customer feedback – a novel thought!   They are great folks to work with and very responsible to “help” requests.  I have been so impressed with their service that I am recommending them to all of my clients.   My friend, and long time business associate, Kathleen signed-up on my recommendation.  And, she didn’t even know how to use a webcam!!!   When she called the company, customer service helped her get it setup so she could use the system and enjoy their affiliate benefits, too.  Sweet!

That being said, we all have to find our own answers.   And, no two people are alike.   Hence, I am including links to both free companies and business class video email (www.jiveSYSTEMS.com) companies.   What I can tell you is this “communicating with video” and via the internet has revolutionize the way I do business.   It has even helped me keep in-touch with friends that live too far away – to enjoy more of a “meet in-person” kind of way. 

jiveSYSTEMS.com uses a very catchy phrase “If a picture is worth a thousand words what’s a video worth?   I have to say, I can’t explain it any better myself.

To Your Success! 

And, have fun getting there!!!

Sandra

P.S.  Your posts are welcome and visit www.ProfitWithSandraLee.com for more business profit and marketing strategies today!

Save Money – Cut Business Expenses + Personal

March 29, 2009

30325463Rebate Spending:

Yup!  We see it everyday on credit card ads, TV, print offers – cash back rebate on cars, cash back rebate on new mobile phones, etc, etc.  Does rebate spending work?

Yes it does.  Think about it.  It makes you buy what you want to buy anyway, right?

So, why can’t we get rebates on everything we buy?  Well, now we can.  At least just about everything.

How about getting a rebate from everything you buy online?  Rebates from 1-40%!  Like the idea … read on

Depending upon where you shop, by simply using your own personal shopping portal you can save hundreds if not thousands per year by shopping online.

Save 3% from Best Buy – 6% from Staples – 12% from 1-800-Pet-Meds – Target 3% to 7% – Macy’s 4% – Vista Print 12% – and over 700 more name brand vendors on the Shop to Earn shopping portal.

These are all name brand stores.  Stores you shop at already – perhaps on or off line.  But, if you can save on what you’re already buying anyway – simply by buying online – how sweet is that!

You can still go into these stores – see “it,” touch “it,” try it on (like Victoria Secret).  You can still use all the usual coupons and special discount codes you would have from these vendors anyway.  With Stop to Earn you simply get money back for buying the same things online.

I made a trip to the Parks Mall in Arlington, Texas yesterday.  Almost every store in the mall is on Shop to Earn and available for you to receive cash back from your purchases.   Sears, Macy’s, Victoria Secret, just to name a few.

I am health conscious, or shall I say “degenerative disease conscious.”  So I do my best (and better every day – with all the challenges) to eat as healthy and as pure as possible.  I don’t like the big box, processed, over-crowded, stand-in-a-line grocery store.

So, lots of my groceries are from local “holistic” stores. As part of my new lease on life this year, I’m also going “green” in as many ways as I can.  Groceries and otherwise.  Shop to Earth, which is part of Shop to Earn and is a way to do your part in “going green,” in whatever ways you choose.  Again, there is an array of “green stores” to choose from here.

I’m replacing my less than great eating habits with a variety of things, including organic shakes, bars, veggies, etc. this year.  Here, I’m redirecting much of my spending from the regular grocery store to the “green side” of  Shop to Earth.  All “green” and organic products to choose from – all of which you also receive cash rebates.

Rather than the lines and stuff I’m not crazy about at the local grocer, I go to my website Shop to Earn and and order my coffees, office supplies, breads, camera supplies, and even my smoked salmon!  I’ve added my cleaning supplies (“green”) to my order list.  My clothes, my shoes, my underwear, my gifts, my EVERYTHING – I look at my shopping portal now!

So, check it out.  The best part of this is that Shop to Earn is a great fit in my business plan for passive income strategies – AND, for my clients!  It is a “no-brainer” profit strategy within small businesses for money they are spending ever year anyway.

I have a plan to be completely and totally supported by passive income by January 1, 2011.  I have made money every week with Shop to Earn and my business is growing exponentially.  It’s taking little time away from my mainstay business efforts.  So, whatever your passive or current income plans are, take a few minutes to check it out.  I trust you’ll be glad you did!

Business owners buy stuff.  And, more than the average consumer.  And, even the average consumer … everyone wants to save and have more money.  Shop to Earn is a great addition to anyone’s savings plan – business and personal.

Please leave your comments.  Check it out.  And, let me know what you think!

To Your Profits

and Success!

Sandra

“Going Green” Is Good Business – Part Two

March 26, 2009

19145838

In my last post, I simply introduced “Going Green” In Your Business.  

Now:  TIME TO PLAN.  It takes time to “go green,” so develop a plan for your company. 

In today’s economy, “going green” can be a one step-up marketing advantage for you, which equals more business, as well as helping us all … with what must happen … or, the rest will likely be mute points, anyway! 

First off,  focus on sustainability.  Simple examples include switching to compact fluourescent bulbs and recycling,  as starters.  And, what is important for your sustainability in the future?  This is where your planning comes in.

Thinks about it.  Month to month.  Things like toilet paper, cleaning products, reducing waste, going paperless, reducing energy and water use, improving indoor air quality and more.  How much can you easily do, day to day, to help here?

A great example of this includes joining hundreds of participating employees and families from around the world for “Earth Hour” on Saturday, March 28th, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm.  With this, you will take a stand against global warming  with millions of others around the world.  Participants in this are as far away as Fiji.

This may not be an immediate business builder for you, but it will be part of your overall business plan for “Going Green.”  Your participation will matter in terms of “News” and use with this on your websites, blogs, etc. in weeks to come.  

===================================

Created by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to make a basic point in a big way, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for an hour to deliver a powerful message about preserving our world’s limited resources.   So far, more than 1,100 cities and towns in 80 countries and 25 time zones worldwide have committed to powering down for this history making event.

 

Simply shut off non-essential lights and mechanical systems in businesses and homes (street lights and other common area and public safety lighting should stay illuminated).

 

It’s a great example of “Going Green” practices in our businesses.  

 

===============================================

 

Years past, I would criticize clients for turning lights off in the offices, just because no client activity was happening there.  Not giving a “good impression.”  Now, it’s a very smart thing to do!

 

Consumers expect to move towards sustainability.  There’s no reason business would not be ahead of consumers in this!  We are all responsible for reducing pollution, waste of energy, resources, etc.  So now, the question is how do we design our businesses, products, packaging, operations, etc. to be more environmentally-friendly.  To do what consumers are also seeing value in doing.

 

From a business marketing standpoint, make sure you communicate your efforts in this … and achievements to all of your clients … and prospects, via your website and offerings.  Give them details on the steps you’ve taken along the way, both tangible (i.e. “Green” product use) and intangible (i.e. reduced energy use).

 

Consumers expect companies to start moving towards sustainable solutions.  Reducing pollution, waste in packaging, and implementing more environmentally friendly choices.  Again, make sure you communicate your efforts in this to your clients.  Give them details on the steps you have … and, are taking.  And, remember, this means reduce, reduce, reduce!  That is the ultimate goal for everyone in terms of “resources.”

 

Part Three on “Going Green in Your Business” will be focused more on Profit Strategies.  That will be up in the next few days!

 

See you then!!!

 

To Your Success,

Sandra

Obama Speech – It Is In Our Mindset, Attitude and Actions that Will Matter Most!

January 23, 2009

flag_rounded

OBAMA – GREAT SPEECH!

And, more important will be what we do with “IT,”

 in terms of INDIVIDUAL and COLLECTIVE actions.   Ours, and “His.” 

There is no one man who can right all of the rest!

So, those in small business Unite!  Get help where you need it … and realize that it is a “NEW” world economy!!! 

And, a “NEW” way of marketing your small business – overall – or, you may perish!!!

=================================== 

Inaugural Address

By President Barack Hussein Obama

     My fellow citizens:  I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you’ve bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. 

     I thank President Bush for his service to our nation — (applause) — as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

     Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.  The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace.  Yet, every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.  At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we, the people, have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears and true to our founding documents. 

     So it has been; so it must be with this generation of Americans.

     That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood.  Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.  Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.  Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered.  Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many — and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

     These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics.  Less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land; a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights.

     Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real.  They are serious and they are many.  They will not be met easily or in a short span of time.  But know this America:  They will be met.  (Applause.)

     On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.  On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.  We remain a young nation.  But in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.  The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea passed on from generation to generation:  the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.  (Applause.)

     In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given.  It must be earned.  Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less.  It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.  Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom. 

     For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.  For us, they toiled in sweatshops, and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip, and plowed the hard earth.  For us, they fought and died in places like Concord and Gettysburg, Normandy and Khe Sahn. 

     Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life.  They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions, greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

     This is the journey we continue today.  We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.  Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began.  Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week, or last month, or last year.  Our capacity remains undiminished.  But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed.  Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.  (Applause.)

     For everywhere we look, there is work to be done.  The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift.  And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.  We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.  We’ll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.  We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.  And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.  All this we can do.  All this we will do.

     Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions, who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans.  Their memories are short, for they have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.  What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. 

     The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.  Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward.  Where the answer is no, programs will end.  And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

     Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill.  Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched.  But this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control.  The nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous.  The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.  (Applause.)

     As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.  Our Founding Fathers — (applause) — our Founding Fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man — a charter expanded by the blood of generations.  Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience sake.  (Applause.)

     And so, to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born, know that America is a friend of each nation, and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity.  And we are ready to lead once more.  (Applause.)

     Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with the sturdy alliances and enduring convictions.  They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please.  Instead they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

     We are the keepers of this legacy.  Guided by these principles once more we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort, even greater cooperation and understanding between nations.  We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan.  With old friends and former foes, we’ll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.

     We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense.  And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken — you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.  (Applause.)

     For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.  We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non-believers.  We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

     To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.  To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.  (Applause.)  

     To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.  (Applause.)

     To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds.  And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect.  For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

     As we consider the role that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who at this very hour patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains.  They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. 

We honor them not only because they are the guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service — a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. 

     And yet at this moment, a moment that will define a generation, it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.  For as much as government can do, and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.  It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours.  It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child that finally decides our fate.

     Our challenges may be new.  The instruments with which we meet them may be new.  But those values upon which our success depends — honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old.  These things are true.  They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. 

     What is demanded, then, is a return to these truths.  What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.

     This is the price and the promise of citizenship.  This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.  This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall; and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served in a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.  (Applause.)

     So let us mark this day with remembrance of who we are and how far we have traveled.  In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river.  The capital was abandoned.  The enemy was advancing.  The snow was stained with blood.  At the moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words to be read to the people: 

     “Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive… that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

     America:  In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words.  With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.  Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

     Thank you.  God bless you.  And God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

It’s “The Answer” – New Book on Secrets of Business Growth

June 2, 2008

\

Jay Abraham, Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, Larry King, Suzanne Somer and dozens of other leaders recommend it.

It’s “The Answer” the new book that does for business growth what “The Secret” did for personal growth.

John Assaraf (of “The Secret”) and business-growth expert Murray Smith (best friends and business partners) just released The Answer. Within two days of it’s release it was:

  • The number-one selling business book at Amazon.com
  • The number-one selling motivational book there as well
  • And Amazon’s 36th bestselling book overall (for now)

That was just two days after its release!  You can learn more at www.readtheanswer.com

That was just two days after its release!  John and Murray have applied the simple principles they share in The Answer to build 17 of their own successful businesses, some of them from zero to billions in sales and value.  Amazing!

They have also worked directly with more than 3,500 business owners in 30 countries and have changed the businesses and lives of thousands more.

If you’ve been looking for The Answer to growing your business, achieving financial freedom and living an extraordinary life, you owe it to yourself to check it out.  Simply visit www.readtheanswer.com for more insights and information and taking your business to the next level.

They’re actually giving away two audio chapters and your chance to win your share of $1.2 million dollars in prizes with their Million Dollar Business Makeover contest.

The Answer is finally here … at least one of them! 

To your business success!

 

 

 

Blogging Your Professional Service Practice

April 2, 2008

istock_000004684908small.jpg   

Blogging is the new national pastime. There are personal blogs, social blogs and professional blogs.  Whatever the topic, someone has probably blogged it.  Creating a blog for your professional practice is an excellent way to differentiate your dental, veterinary, chiropractic, legal or CPA practice from the masses.  As a service professional, a blog makes you seem up to date and relevant.  It makes you seem human and personable and, most important, it is an excellent way to build awareness for your practice, which leads to more patients or clients, which leads to more case acceptance, and … well, I think you get the picture.  Here are a few great tips for building, maintaining and promoting a professional practice blog.

#1: Define your blog
First of all, it’s important to define your purpose in creating a blog for your practice.  Although the obvious answer seems to be “to get more patients or clients,” it’s important to look at the kinds of information that can be published on a professional service blog.  It’s also important to remember that unlike most blogs, your postings are really only important to individuals who live within driving distance of your practice.  For these readers, articles on your health, legal or accounting specialty will be important but postings about your team members, your state-of-the-art equipment, successful cases and even favorite patients and clients are great ways to make a professional service blog fun and worth reading.

#2: Create visual appeal
Good content isn’t the only thing that matters. Your blog should also be visually appealing. Use tasteful colors, modern font styles, and clean graphics. Avoid dark backgrounds, overly fancy typefaces and other elements that will make your blog hard to read.  And remember the power of great photos and images. Clinical illustrations and before and after cases are obvious choices in dentistry or plastic surgery groups.  But don’t forget informal snapshots to lighten the mood and keep your site from feeling like a sterile journal.

#3: Use the proper tools
I highly recommend using one of the popular blog systems like Word Press, Blogger or Typepad. These three systems, as well as others, are extremely easy to use and make you look professional and polished. Building a blog from scratch is for nerds and people with extra time on their hands.  Most dentists, CPAs, veterinarians, attorneys and the like have neither.

Once your blog is up and running, it is easy to link your blog’s web address to your practice website (hopefully you have a practice website) so patients/clients and prospective patients/clients can easily find you online.  Most blogging systems are free to use if you allow ads to show up in your blog, but for about $8 per month you can have the ads turned off-which I highly recommend. Nothing is more annoying than cluttering a great blog with obnoxious ads that have nothing to do with your message.

#4: Engage your readers
Tell your readers who you are behind your mask and something about yourself and your team members.  Be human by posting things about your family and hobbies. Don’t get tacky, but it never hurts to make a blog informal and fun.  Get your team involved in the process.  It’s a great team-building exercise and it will also take the pressure off you as the service professional to do all the writing and content gathering.  Although it seems obvious, don’t forget to keep the humor clean and never use your blog as a political or religious platform.

#5: Keep it concise
Some of the best posts aren’t particularly profound or long.  Don’t think you have to wait until you have something brilliant to say before you write an article or put off posting because you don’t have time to write your complete thoughts on periodontal disease or IRS tax regulation changes.  Most readers have short attention spans and crowded schedules themselves.  They prefer to read a short, catchy post rather than a long, complex one.  Again, mix up the specialty content of your profession with light postings and you’ll give your readers the perfect balance of serious and fun.  Too much about plaque, halitosis, legal advice, or too many cookie recipes from your office manager will kill the site.  Look for a balance and you’ll be more successful.

#6: Promote your blog
For the most part, search engines and blog syndication are overkill for a local dentist or CPA’s blog.  But, make sure your direct mail, website, newsletter, business cards and every marketing tool available promote your blog.  This is another reason that managing a list of patient/client email addresses is so critical.

If you’ve done a poor job in the past of promoting your practice, begin today!  The future of professional practices today is exciting and your patients, clients and members of your community will value access to the easy-to-read information and professional insights you can publish in a great practice blog!

Duct Tape Marketing Expansion News

March 26, 2008

dtmcoachlogolow.jpg  Press Release March 25, 2008

The Duct Tape Marketing small business coaching network expands to include one on one coach mentoring and regional guides.

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) March 25, 2008 — The Duct Tape Marketing Coach Network announced expansion plans to include the addition of five regional coaching guides. These guides are charged with introducing coaching entrepreneurs, marketing professionals and corporate refugees to the Duct Tape Marketing small business system and opportunity as well as training and mentoring new marketing coaches through a success program known as FastTac.

The FastTac program pairs new coaches with seasoned coaches for an extensive 20 week 1-on-1 mentoring program. This program is in addition to Duct Tape Marketing Coach boot camp and ongoing marketing coaching training received by all coaches.

The vision for the Duct Tape Marketing system is that it become the small business marketing operating system. We are accomplishing this growth in a very practical and smart fashion

The Duct Tape Marketing Coaching Network has experienced steady growth on the heals of strong sales of the book Duct Tape Marketing – The world’s most practical small business marketing system.

Duct Tape Marketing coaches work with small business owners installing the Duct Tape Marketing system through virtual coaching, group coaching and training and personal marketing planning and implementation.

Currently, Duct Tape Marketing coaches practice in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK.

“The vision for the Duct Tape Marketing system is that it become the small business marketing operating system. We are accomplishing this growth in a very practical and smart fashion,” said John Jantsch, founder of Duct Tape Marketing.

Currently, Duct Tape Marketing coaches practice in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK.

The newly appointed Duct Tape Marketing Regional Guides are:
Cidnee Stephen – Western Canada and Central States
Matthew Scott – West Coast
Liz Walker – Eastern Canada and Midwest States
Joe Costantino – East Coast
Scott Campbell – South

Duct Tape Marketing is a turn-key small business marketing system as well as an award-winning blog, podcast and marketing newsletter by the same name. Find out more about Duct Tape Marketing coaching at www.ducttapemarketingcoach.com

Microsoft Small Business Summit

March 21, 2008

I wanted to remind you that the Microsoft Small Business Summit 2008 starts Monday, March 24th, 12:00 pm EDT/9:00 am PDT. Monday the 24th at 9 am PDT John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing, will be live on the MS small business summit. Also, as a benefit of registering for the Small Business Summit, you will be entered in the Response Point Daily Giveaway.* Each day of the Summit Microsoft will be giving away a complete Response Point System. Be sure to watch to find out if you’ve won. If you haven’t marked your schedule yet, take time to do that now!

Got a small-business question? Here’s your chance to have it answered by one of America’s foremost small-business experts, Rieva Lesonsky, live during the Microsoft Small Business Summit. Send your questions to Summit08@microsoft.com and be sure to put “Questions for Rieva” in the Subject Line.

On Monday, log in at www.sbsummit.com to watch the Summit and view schedules for the four-day event. You can also get the latest guest speaker lineup – including Microsoft’s new guest on day 4: Donny Deutsch, Big Idea host and successful businessman.

I know it will be an informative and entertaining way to learn how to better meet your business challenges. Of course, you can visit Microsoft anytime at www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness for some great resources you need to give you the competitive edge. Thanks for registering and I hope you enjoy the Summit.

Sandra

The Edge of Success – 9 Building Blocks to Double Your Sales

March 13, 2008

Look, it’s incredibly challenging to be a small business owner!  There are employees to manage, customers to please, bills to be paid, and a million other things to consider. And, on top of all of that, you’re still trying to build your business.

If you’re feeling frustrated and tired, or simply want to see your business grow, I’ve got great news!  You see, I’ve just come across an e-book: The Edge of Success – 9 Building Blocks to Double Your Sales.  The e-book is being offered as a FREE download.  And, in it small business owners will discover:

  • Simple steps to turning prospects into customers, and customers into raving fans
  • How to systemize and simplify business management
  • Why automation is imperative to small business growth
  • The one “secret” every small business owner must know
  • And so much more!!!
This book is a powerhouse of information!  Information that will grow your company quickly and profitably.  The same techniques and tactics in this book have been used by hundreds of companies to easily double, and even triple their current sales.
The book is free, but could be worth thousands, or even millions to your bottom line!To download the book, simply click here http://crm.infusionsoft.com/go/edge/ConsciousLee and within minutes you could be on your way to skyrocketing your income. This is an opportunity (a FREE opportunity) you can’t afford to miss!
Sincerely,
Sandra
P.S. Download now and start filling your bank account with all that extra income!  And, please share your comments here after this great read!