Online Business Events for February 2016

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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2016

How to Use Offline and Online Networking to Grow your Business
February 2, 2016
Learn how to develop a networking strategy, where the best places to network are, how to perfect your introductions, and more!

Financials for Non-Financial Small Business Owners
February 9, 2016
Understanding your company’s financial statements is fundamental for business success, but often business owners find themselves baffled by income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow forecasts.

Top 5 Ways SCORE Can Help You Launch & Grow Your Business
February 9, 2016
Find out what SCORE can do for you and your business!

Assess Your Business:  Introduction to GrowthWheel Tools
February 11, 2016
This webinar series introduces business owners to the GrowthWheel toolkit while working with a certified business advisor.

GrowthWheel Tool:  Improve Cashflow
February 17, 2016
This webinar identifies to cash flow challenges and tools to determine whether your problems are due to profitability or timing.

Social Media Timesavers
February 17, 2016
Find time to save time with advanced social media tips & tricks! Managing social media activity can be daunting to time-starved business and non-profit owners who cannot afford to live on social media all day nor ignore it. Luckily, there are tools out there designed for people like you in mind!

Boost Your Bottom Line: The Credit Issue
February 18, 2016
The Credit Issue Personal Credit is impacted by each financial decision you make.  Come learn about it from a financial literacy educator.

Ask the CPA:  Tax Advice for Small Businesses
February 18, 2016
Join us for this timely SCORE LIVE Webinar when we’ll be answering your questions regarding tax preparations for small businesses!

Advanced Exporting – Live Webinar
February 25, 2016
This webinar is for the Advanced Global Operational or Sales Professional.  Learn invaluable tips on how to successfully manage key export challenges.

ONGOING EVENTS or PAST WEBINARS

U.S Small Business Administration:  Click HERE for Webinars

IRS:  Click HERE for Webinars

American Management Association:  Click HERE for Webinars

RESOURCES for Small Business

SBA Loans and Grants:  Click HERE 

Women-Owned Business Grants:  Click HERE 

Federal Grants for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Legal Concerns for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Legal Assistance for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Click HERE for updated information

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CHOOSE to show up 100%

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By Action Coach PJ Weiland

Have you ever felt like you are just going through the motions?  Ever wonder if you could have a satisfying professional life?  Trying to figure out how you’re going to get through an upcoming event?

You’re concerned about your business.  You’re apprehensive, fearful, and unhappy. You’re bored. Sound like YOU?

If you are human, you have probably felt like this at one time or another.  Perhaps you feel like this right now.  Do you ride it out or throw in the towel and quit?  Are you up to trying something different?

I want you to try this:  It’s not easy, but it’s simple.  You will have to CHOOSE to show up and participate 100%, no matter the task or the event.  You will learn how to get “from” a situation by full participation, not just get “through” it.  It’s about giving your all (not coasting by).  It’s about understanding that you are a verb (not a noun). It’s about being the professional you choose to be, no matter where you are or what you are doing.

Who creates your happiness?  YOU
Who creates your fulfillment?  YOU
Who creates your satisfaction?  YOU

You create these by CHOOSING to be happy, fulfilled, and satisfied.

Think about it.  You are going to a networking luncheon.  You are going to take a course. You are going to meet a client.  You are going to an important event.  Since you are going to do it anyway…then CHOOSE to show up 100%.  Show up full of gratitude and joy, and create a way to make it a great experience!

Choose who YOU want to be, and be that person.  It’s amazing how it will make you feel and what will happen.  Are you smiling because you are happy, or happy because you are smiling?  Are you full of gratitude because you have so much of it, or are you rich with blessings because you are thankful?  Are you kind because you feel loved, or do you feel loved when you CHOOSE to be kind?

CHOOSE to BE what you want to see, and watch it come to pass!  You are headed for an amazing experience!

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If you are in the Chicago area, consider taking one of PJ’s workshops, 6 Steps to a Great Business, coming up on 2/19 and 3/4.

 

2016 Online Small Business Events

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Health Benefits Done Right: Health Insurance and the Role of Payroll
January 26, 2016
Finding the right health care for your small business doesn’t have to be hard or costly. This webinar contains the basics you’ll need to find the right plan for you and your employees, and how it relates to your payroll solution.

How to Grow Your Business Online
January 26, 2016
Google is now an important part of the marketing mix for many companies, capable of driving tremendous business. This session is designed to help you understand the factors Google uses to determine the rankings of sites in their organic results, and within their paid results (PPC).

What’s Ahead for Affiliate Marketing?
January 27, 2016
Learn about new products and services on the road map for this year and how you can benefit from them.

Social Media, Marketing, and Websites
January 27, 2016
Whether you have a website, a LinkedIn page, or use Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or Instagram, you are exposing your practice/business to a potential Breach. The avenues of electronic communications are growing and we must grow with it in order to maintain HIPAA compliance and keep the integrity and privacy of patients and their protected health information. In this lesson, policies and procedures will be discussed that will help to ensure a compliant understanding of the usage of social media, marketing efforts, and website development.

Credit Card Surcharging:  What are the stipulations for compliance?
January 27, 2016
The worst thing end-user organizations can do is to have an uninformed reaction to surcharging. It’s important to first look at the big picture as end-users should also educate suppliers about the economics of card acceptance, pointing out the savings possible and other benefits.

7 Powerful Excel Features Every Government User Needs to Know
January 27, 2016
Many government employees use Microsoft Excel® only occasionally for updating figures on a monthly report, creating a budget, or preparing mailing lists. Being comfortable using Excel is a great skill to have, but becoming a more knowledgeable user is even better.When you master some power-user tricks, you’ll be more productive and valuable at work.While it is important to play around with Excel and try different functions, having an expert walk you through the process is so much better.During this webcast, you’ll get a step-by-step demonstration of some key Excel features that can truly advance your skills and boost your productivity.

GrowthWheel Tool:  Engaging Customers in Conversation
January 28, 2016
How do you best engage customers/clients to retain and continue to serve them?  Explore activities to start conversations, how to think through what vehicles you’ll use, and key messages you want to convey.

How to Kill It In Social Media
January 28, 2016
You will learn to develop and execute a social media plan for your small business.  You will also learn how to drive traffic and extend brand awareness by leveraging social media.

Free Publicity – Get Buzz and Attention in the Media
January 28, 2016
Presenter Ramon Ray has been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journey, Inc Magazine and beyond. In this webinar, he’ll share his secret sauce for getting the media talking about YOU and your product or service.vBusinesses who get media attention build credibility and quickly extend their brand reach faster than simple word of mouth marketing or other marketing. Attendees will leave this insightful, energized and practical presentation with specific tools and best practices to get the attention of local and national media.

How to Build Your First Mobile App
January 28, 2016
Learn from experts about how to approach building a mobile application and explore various do-it-yourself or outsourcing options.

How to Use Offline and Online Networking to Grow your Business
February 2, 2016
Learn how to develop a networking strategy, where the best places to network are, how to perfect your introductions, and more!

Financials for Non-Financial Small Business Owners
February 9, 2016
Understanding your company’s financial statements is fundamental for business success, but often business owners find themselves baffled by income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow forecasts.

Top 5 Ways SCORE Can Help You Launch & Grow Your Business
February 9, 2016
Find out what SCORE can do for you and your business!

Ask the CPA:  Tax Advice for Small Businesses
February 18, 2016
Join us for this timely SCORE LIVE Webinar when we’ll be answering your questions regarding tax preparations for small businesses!

Check back often for updated events!
And don’t forget to connect through LinkedInTwitter, and Google+.

ONGOING EVENTS or PAST WEBINARS

U.S Small Business Administration:  Click HERE for Webinars

IRS:  Click HERE for Webinars

American Management Association:  Click HERE for Webinars

RESOURCES for Small Business

SBA Loans and Grants:  Click HERE 

Women-Owned Business Grants:  Click HERE 

Federal Grants for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Legal Concerns for Small Business:  Click HERE 

Legal Assistance for Small Business:  Click HERE 

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5 Ways Your Small Business Can Beat the Summer Slump

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It’s the dog days of summer, and your small business might be starting to feel like a ghost town. Everybody seems to be working shorter days, or on vacation, or just not ready to shift gears from browsing to buying. You may be thinking of throwing in the towel, but your business doesn’t have to suffer from a summer slowdown.

While you can’t expect people to stop taking summer vacations, there are plenty of things you can do to give your small business a summer boost in unexpected ways. At the least, these tips will help you build a stronger foundation for when business shifts back to normal after the nice weather ends.

1.  Put a Shine on Your Social Media Accounts

2.  Get Creative with Your Campaigns

3.  Meet New People (And Learn Stuff, Too)

4.  Reconnect With Your Customers Through a New (Or Improved) Newsletter

5.  Head for the Hills (Or the Beach, or the Park)

Read full article HERE

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I loved this article, which is why I wanted to share it with you.  My business also hits a summer slump every year, and I do implement most of these 5 steps to boost my business for the fall, and they do work.  Here are a few things that might help!

For #1, consider using Canva to create some really great social media images/backgrounds.  I use it for just about everything!

For #2, using MailChimp will allow you to easily get some great campaigns out there, and you can even automate them for ease in the busy months.

For #3, consider visiting Meetup to find some local meetings that will benefit your business and keep you engaged.

For #4, this great article will give you 5 ways to improve your email newsletters.

For #5, this neat little website that will help you locate some beaches near you.

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Don’t be afraid to get creative, or to take some time to relax!  Pick up a new book and educate yourself in something new that could benefit your business! There are always opportunities to learn and to use it as an asset to your business!  Small business owners never quit working, but it doesn’t have to be hard work all the time!

Elizabeth 
Virtual Assistant
www.BusinessVirtualServices.com

Support for your Direct Sales Business

I am always getting emails from new and experienced direct sales reps.  I already work with several of them, as I think it’s important for them to have as much support as possible.  Being a direct sales rep isn’t as easy as some may think.  I, myself, have been a rep for Avon, Clever Container, Mary Kay, Creative Memories, and probably others I cannot remember.  I tried out the direct sales business many years ago, when my kids were babies.  It just must not have been the best time in my life to start a business, because I bombed at them all!!!  No joke!!!  I couldn’t get sales or grow my team.  It really was horrible.  But, to my defense, there wasn’t social media and online networking like there is today.  I didn’t have a website or blog or anything to really help my business, except word of mouth, family, friends, and sending out emails.  It’s so totally different today!

The direct sales reps I know, and work with, are so extremely motivated.  They really, really, work hard at what they do.  They network all over, in person at malls and businesses, at meetup.com gatherings, at business meetings, at coffee shops, at vendor shows, in the grocery store…pretty much anywhere they go.  They all grow their businesses and gain customers from social media and their business websites.  It’s amazing to see what kind of support they have.  But, they too, can get so overwhelmed.  These professional individuals are people oriented.  They love people and making face-to-face connections, showing others products and making relationships.  They don’t want to work at a desk sending email campaigns, ordering products, creating flyers, or even following up with emails.  They want to be out there…networking…making money and lasting relationships with their clients!!
If you are an overwhelmed direct sales rep and you need to spend more time networking and taking control of your business, then perhaps it’s time to let somebody else do the back office work, or “dirty” work, if you will.  We all need to step back for a short time and find our creative side.  It’s just what we need from time to time.  If you are a direct selling superstar, then keep shining!!!  Do what you do best!!!  And leave the rest to somebody else.

What is your direct sales business?  Comment below by sharing your strengths and weaknesses.  

Consider visiting www.MyDirectSalesBiz.weebly.com to learn about direct sales support.

You are a direct selling superstar…keep working your business the way only YOU know how to.  It will continue to grow and you will succeed!

This is a great resource for direct sales reps:

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Elizabeth Debol
Virtual Assistant
edebol@live.com
248-767-8123
www.BusinessVirtualServices.com