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Make A Referral Week – March 9-13th 2009 – Stimulate the local economy Toledo!

Make A Referral Week - March 9-13

Attention all Toledo businesses!  This is Make A Referral Week – March 9-13th, 2009. 

In an attempt to help stimulate the economy – Make a Referral to another local business.  This is a national effort, but think about what you can do here locally to help other businesses.  Give and you’ll get back!  

Read more on the Duct Tape Marketing site by John Jantsch


March 9, 2009 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

I hope you Dance!

As I was driving my two daughters to school this morning we were listening to “I hope you Dance” by Lee Ann Womack.  I smiled in the rear view mirror, proud of the two little ladies singing along in the backseat.  Myoldest earned a special honor and is “Principle of the Day” today.  She was beaming with joy and so excited to get to school!  I thought about how proud I am that I am raising two strong, independent, entrepreneurial spirits with a can-do attitude.  They have grown up in my highly entrepreneurial world, and they are brimming with ideas of their own.  I have no doubt they will one day make great things happen.
On that same note.  I love hand painted wooden signs.    We have many hanging around our home for inspiration.  Two of my favorites are:
Strong Women:  May we know them.  May we raise them.  May we be them.
Dance as if no one were watching.  Sing as if no one were listening.  Live each day as if it were your last.
So what’s this got to do with starting or marketing  a small business? 
Yes.  Times are tough.  But small business makes this country go round.  To all of you fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners:  We need your courage.  We need you to take the risks.  We need you to dance anyway! 
Ironically, I came across this a great post I found this morning in one of my LinkedIn Group Discussions.  As a small business owner and especially a brand new start-up in this turbulent economy, the uncertain world can be scarry.  But you have more courage and power than you may give yourself credit for.  Just go ahead and dance.  Start and grow your business!   Read more posts at
January 30th, 2009
by: Christine Comaford

February 2, 2009 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

12 Steps to Improve Your Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

During a recession, many businesses make a fatal mistake by cutting back on marketing to save money. Big mistake! Without proper marketing, you don’t stand a chance of surviving. Sound harsh? It is. But there are many ways you can market on a shoestring budget.

Continue Reading January 15, 2009 at 10:10 am 1 comment

Continuing with E-Myth Revisited

The E-Myth Revisited is definitely my newest favorite book!   (I know it’s not new, I’m just reading now after it collected dust on my shelf).   I wouldn’t have normally let it sit there like that, but someone told me when I bought it that it was no good.  They said that it basically told you to just franchise your business and sell it to make nomey.  Don’t remember who said that but obviously they didn’t read the book.  Sorry I listened.  But, maybe the book is having such an impact on me right now because my company is going through a hugh growth spurt and the information is EXACTLY what I need at this moment in time.   I read it in less than a week and have the basic info for my protype laid out.  I’m far from done working on that, but WOW does this book make you think and work ON your business, not in it.

This system is powerful for any entrepreneur, or technician that had an entrepreneurial seizure as the book discusses.  Lucky for me I fall into the very small percentage of small business owners that is highly entrepreneurial.  I am not at all a technician turned owner, as most struggling business owners are.  If you are not getting what you want out of your business and your life, definitely read The E-Myth Revisited. 

I went on Amazon today and ordered E-Myth Mastery and the E-Myth Manager as follow up reads.  More about those later….

December 16, 2008 at 4:05 am Leave a comment

Resolving the inner conflict within every Entrepreneur


I began reading an excellent book this week,

The E-Myth Revisited:

Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. 

Sadly it’s been sitting on my shelf for the months awaiting me to pick it up.  I wish I’d have read it a long time ago, but glad I am now.  I am only about 30 pages in today, but already I can tell this one is a winner.   Have you ever wondered why sometimes it feels like as a business owner you are your worst enemy?  Do you have days were you are very productive and task oriented, and other days you’re a dreamer and can’t seem to stay on task?  Did you start a business because it seemed like so much fun and the right thing to do, but a little ways into it you’re feeling like a prisoner?  If so, pick up a copy of this book and find out why. I’ll be posting more as I read through it. 

Have you read “The E-Myth Revisited”?  What did you think?  Was it helpful to your business?

December 9, 2008 at 7:15 am Leave a comment

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