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The Dreaded Holiday Party! Monday Morning Memoir

This is always a difficult one.  Every year no mater what business I’m in, the holiday party is always drapped in a delima.  Do you invite their spouse/significant other? Do you have an open bar or cash bar? do you rent a private room or have it at your office?  We have done it all.  [...]

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This Year, It’s Turkey Tandoori-Style

Well folks, next week is my favorite holiday. I love the family time, I love the non-material/inclusive nature of the holiday, and of course, I love the food. But there’s one thing I love more: Inspiring people to start and grow successful businesses. That’s why I passionately accepted an invitation from Franchise India, Asia’s largest [...]

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When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Networking

This has become my new mantra and quite honestly, I wish I would have seen the light a little earlier.  However, as a small business owner swamped with trying to make sales, market the business, oversee the day-to-day operations, and oh yeah- create the product, I just never saw where “having lunch” had a worthy [...]

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Part 2 with Author Jon Gillespie-Brown

On Thursday, Jon Gillespie-Brown, author of the new book, “So You Want to be an Entrepreneur” shared his tips and insights. Here is the rest of that interview:   How are you marketing and promoting your book? The book is published by Wiley and Co. and they do most of the promotion, PR and marketing. [...]

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It’s Just the Way We Do Things Around Here

When the “Shall I do it now or later?” question comes up for a new Centratel staff member, their not-yet-disciplined internal dialogue goes something like this: “What’s the difference if I do this task now or later? I just don’t feel like doing it right now. I’ll do it later because my guess is I [...]

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Max, The Day After

This post is a follow up to yesterday’s Pulling for Max, My Best Friend. First, thank you from the bottom of my heart. From Max’s, too. Below I will give you my perspectives on the day and hope that I’m speaking well for Max. Wow! What an incredible outpouring of love. The spirit of this community [...]

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Pulling for Max, My Best Friend

“So fluffy!”    “That head!”    “What a big puppy!”    “He can hold three?!”   Variations of these words always seem to blurt out of people as they encounter the one-and-only, life-loving Maximus Sloan. Those of you who know Max adore him. Today, friends, he needs your support.   Among neighbors, it’s no secret [...]

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What’s Your Story??

I have been reading or more truthfully, listening to Seth Godin’s book All Marketer’s are Liars.  Seth Godin is the author of the best selling marketing books over the past decade.  Let me clear the air, he doesn’t actually believe that all marketer’s are liars.  The title, I think is mainly to attract attention and stir up [...]

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Measuring the Body

Here’s an excerpt from Sam Carpenter’s book Work The System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less…        Eight years ago, in the depths of my workplace chaos, I was also dealing with a very sick body and an exhausted mind. I was delirious during the day and couldn’t sleep at night. My doctor [...]

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Think Positive in Tough Times

Negativity surrounds us. But now, more than ever, it’s important to stay positive. After all, it can be really easy to spread negative comments and get caught in a downward spiral of hopelessness. Don’t let it happen to you! Toxic communications and people can be detrimental to your health and hurt your business. Without knowing [...]

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The Evils of Multi-Slacking

Home entrepreneurs are highly efficient people. They have to be; if they miss that mortgage payment, they lose the “home” part of that title. We’re expected to write, edit, post, design, build, market, sell, and 2.3 gazillion other duties to get our business off the ground, or at least out of the guest bedroom. Oh, yeah, and [...]

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Public Relations and Politics-Question Everything

As a small business publicist, I’ve been watching all of the political debates and television commercials with much interest. Some of the comments and images anger me and others make me think – “Is that true?” Beware of media opinions. As many of you know, PR specialists carefully train candidates on what to say and [...]

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The Tip System

Here is an evaluation system, albeit waggish. It’s about tipping in restaurants, and I’ll preface things by saying I don’t believe a tip is a diner’s obligation. It’s a tip—something extra that one earns if the service he or she delivers is at least good.  Linda and I sit down for a meal in a [...]

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The Cardiovascular Equipment Sign-Up System

Here’s a remove-the-system-altogether scenario. It’s the ultimate in simplifying things. My staff and I take delight in chucking unnecessary Centratel protocols. System-elimination is great to see in personal life, too.  The cardio room at the gym where I work out is equipped with dozens of treadmills, step climbers, and stationary bikes. It’s a busy place, [...]

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3 Ways to Avoid Financial Worries Right Now

With all the negative news about the economy and world events, it can be easy to get stressed out – fast. But as an entrepreneur, it’s more important than ever to stay calm and think clearly. As a fellow small business owner, I’m dealing with many of the same stressors you are, and here are [...]

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Stella’s Startup Cycle

I have found that inventing, starting a business up, and other entrepreneurially thingies follow the same emotional pattern as your first roller coaster ride. Step 1: I’m so excited I could just pee. This is when you size up the ride. You’re caught in the moment considering the immense possibilities of your idea. The dizzying heights and [...]

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Losing Key Employees

In my small business, Centratel, each of our half-dozen key management people has had several years of on-the-job experience. Training managers to operate a telephone answering service is a long, drawn-out affair because it is necessary to understand a myriad of technical details and random facts. The introduction of documentation speeds up this training process, but [...]

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An Entrepreneur’s Day Out or Why I Shop Alone

Entrepreneurs are different, that’s a common theme on Startup Nation. We work differently. We think differently. And, by the looks of my Startup Nation profile pic, we dress and wear our hair differently. But, maybe that’s just me. A case in point: I went shopping with my friends. They’re your average corporate hard-charging, salary-seeking, bonus-pimping 40-hour-a-weekers. [...]

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