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Month: January 2006

SCORE -10,000 Plus Mentors

If you’re launching a new business, check out SCORE.

SCORE has over 10,500 volunteer business mentors, both working and retired, who counsel businesses from 389 chapter offices throughout the country. Last year, the organization helped more than 400,000 people.

[tag]SCORE[/tag] is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonprofit dedicated to [tag]entrepreneurial[/tag] education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. Volunteers help entrepreneurs become successful small business owners through face-to-face and email business counseling.

Their expert business volunteers help you free of charge: Continue reading

Staying Motivated

It’s no secret. The biggest challenge for you and I is finding the motivation to begin an exercise program or continue one recently started. Together, how can we inspire each other to make fitness a priority everyday?

Our health is so important. Let’s get started. First, we’ll both need to accept the fact that living a healthy lifestyle is a process and not an event. Fitness is the end result of our daily habits and our everyday behavior. We rarely question why we do certain things, its just habit. So first of all we’ll need to alter our habits. How? Continue reading

Photo Essay: The Doors of Lower Manhattan

When Tara Met Blog

The doors of lower Manhattan, below 14th Street, are especially unique and filled with the area’s heritage and originality. Tara took these shots for her photojournalism grad class.

Now that’s a great idea!

Thank Tara for sharing her photos with us. Here’s a sample (see Tara’s blog – link above – for more great shots):

NY door photo

How to Measure Financial Return – Marketing Via Blogs

How to Measure Financial Return – Marketing Via Blogs

Blogging for sport is one thing, doing so for financial return alludes most bloggers even thought their intent is otherwise. Why is this so? Several factors must be taken into consideration when determining a blogger’s ROI:

  • Equipment (computer, software, Internet connection, server, desk, etc.)
  • Labor cost (writer, marketing staff, programmer, site designer, etc.)
  • Management, and
  • Marketing costs

The equipment isn’t a big deal. Every business owner, and most students and homeowners for that matter, have a computer. Blog software can be obtained at no cost (WordPress, etc.) and finding an inexpensive hosting company is easy. The real costs are labor, management, and marketing. Continue reading

FREE Music From Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz International – Mixed Tape 10

Mercedes-Benz International provides FREE music downloads. Their latest release, Mixed Tape 10, is now available for download. They provide a wide variety of music from around the world.

For example, you get “Flashback,” a track from Fat Freddy’s Drop – a soul/reggae band from New Zealand. You also get tracks such as “All The Things” from the band Rotari Klub (based in Frankfurt, Germany).

This is a very effective component of WOM marketing, “give them something to talk about.”

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Million Dollar Homepage – Believe it or not

The Million Dollar Homepage

This guy made a million off of this home page? Hard to believe advertisers are that stupid. Or are they? Give a lot of credit to the guy that came up with the idea for this page and did very well. Several others tried to copy the idea without much success. It pays to be first.

[I stand corrected by Malcolm, see his comment. He is an advertiser doing very well on this page. Thanks for setting the record straignt Malcolm!]

Fitness Franchises Growing Strong

Franchise 500 – 2006 Ranking

Two fitness franchises rank within the Top 25 on the Franchise 500 – 2006 Ranking, as reported by Entrepreneur Magazine. Curves, a well-known chain of women’s fitness and weight-loss centers, comes in at number 3 on the list. Jazzercise Inc., a chain offering dance fitness programs, ranks at number 25.

With over 8,000 franchises worldwide, the growth of Curves has been impressive. Based in Waco, Texas, the firm began franchising in 1995. The average total investment required to open a franchise ranges between Continue reading

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