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$25,000 prize for startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest: Synergy Tech Startup Contest announces an event for innovative companies

Seattle, Washington, 2017-Feb-12 — /EPR SMALL BUSINESS NEWS/ — Synergy Tech Startup Contest for Startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest has been initiated and applications are open from February 9th. Finals will be held live from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM on April 5, 2017, in SURF Incubator, 999 Third Ave Suite 700, Seattle. The contest is designed to offer a unique Synergy experience: the winner will receive $25,000 in software development services to take their project to the next level. Additional prizes will also be offered by legal and technology sponsors in support of emerging companies. The application form, details about the judges, the agenda, and other information can be found here: http://synergycontest.com/.

The event has been created for tech startups by tech specialists. This is our way of supporting and rewarding groundbreaking technical startup businesses from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest, as well as promoting the benefits of global collaboration and the remote team model.

The entry requirements: the applicant must be a startup from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest with an innovative tech product. The applicant should have a viable business plan that can be accelerated through access to high quality development resources. The applicant must have a mature marketing strategy and have raised initial funding. The applications must be submitted by March 9, 2017 here: http://synergycontest.com/application-form/

“We’re experienced in global collaboration and would like to share all its benefits with emerging businesses from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest,” says Jeff Bianco, president and founder of Dev-Pro.net, co-founder and judge of the Synergy Tech Startup Contest. “We’re inviting applicants to join in, and plan to select six high-potential startups from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest to compete for the grand prize, which is $25,000 in software development services. We’re committed to supporting the winner in developing their startup with the help of a team of professionals who offer exactly the right set of technical skills to boost their project.”

Our Synergy formula is simple: pitch in front of influential judges and a live audience, become number one, and take your startup to the next level. All finalists will receive valuable feedback from expert judges, one or more additional exclusive prizes provided by partners, and the opportunity to cooperate with one of the contest partners. All eligible applicants from Seattle and the Greater Pacific Northwest will increase the visibility of their products or services by presenting their work on the contest website.

About The Synergy Tech Startup Contest:
The Synergy Tech Startup Contest is a startup pitch competition held in six US cities, where innovative companies with revolutionary solutions have a chance to win valuable prizes and accelerate their product development.

About Dev-Pro.net:
Dev-Pro.net was founded by successful entrepreneur, Jeff Bianco, in September 2011. The long history, vast experience, and in-depth understanding of the technology domain are the foundation of our company’s success in servicing technology companies and digital agencies.

Contact-Details:

Ievgeniia Prytula
Email: info@synergycontest.com
Phone: 1-310-362-0206

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Joel Hyatt Brings his Latest Start-up Globality Out of Stealth Mode

Meridian, Idaho, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR SMALL BUSINESS NEWS/ — Globality has debuted as the first global business-to-business marketplace that will pave the way for small and medium-sized companies to become more active in the global market.

Founder of Globality, Joel Hyatt, officially launched Globality after two years of gathering investors and a team of high-powered industry leaders. Hyatt tweeted. “@GlobalityInc is officially live! Proud of our great team. Our mission is to make globalization work.”

“We understand why people want to reject globalization — they see benefits only flowing to the largest companies and the richest individuals,” Hyatt wrote in a recent blog post.“But the problem is not that globalization exists; the problem is how it functions. We want to get more people involved in globalization. We want to drive the benefits of globalization deeper into the world’s economies.”

Globality board members include high-powered technology and business leaders Juliet de Baubigny, Senior Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Mark Hurd., CEO of Oracle; Ron Johnson, CEO of Enjoy; John R. Joyce, former CFO of IBM; Dennis Nally, Former Global Chairman of PwC; and Mark Vorsatz, Managing Director and CEO of Andersen Tax.

Globality was co-founded by Hyatt and Lior Delgo in 2015. The company currently has a staff of 75 people in Silicon Valley and London. It is backed by $37.5 million in funding from former Vice President Al Gore; John Emerson, U.S. ambassador to German; Ken Goldman, CFO of Yahoo; Jim A. Johnson, director of Goldman Sachs; Michael Marks, founding partner of Riverwood Capital; David Rosenblatt, CEO of 1stdibs; Jeff Sine, co-founder and managing partner of Raine; and Yechiam Yemini, and professor of computer science at Columbia University, among others.

Contact-Details: Bite Communications for Globality
Bethany Mullinix
media@globality.com

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NEW COMPANY GLOBALITY WILL FACILITATE AMERICAN BUSINESS GROWTH BY HELPING BUSINESSES TO REACH LARGER MARKETS

Menlo Park, California, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR SMALL BUSINESS NEWS/ — Joel Hyatt’s latest start-up Globality is looking to change the way that businesses in the United States reach larger markets. The Markle Foundation, a founding shareholder, is pleased to be part of this monumental idea and they congratulated Globality via a press release on the successful launch of the company.

Markle CEO and President, Zoe Baird, said that, “Platforms like Globality have the power to drive change to expand economic opportunity for more American small and medium-sized businesses. Globality has the potential to have real impact on the global marketplace.”

The Markle Foundation is a 501 tax-exempt charitable organization that focuses on the improvement in the areas of technology, health care, and national security. The company is currently engaged in a nationwide initiative aimed at driving innovations that create opportunities for employment. The concept behind Globality was actually inspired by Markle and their mission.

The collectively authored book by Markle’s Rework America group, “America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age” that was released in the Spring of 2015, discusses Markle’s Rework America initiative. Rework America is a collective of 50 national leaders with the goal of utilizing transformative solutions and scalable opportunities in order to help create opportunities for people by revitalizing the once thought lost American dream.

In America’s Moment the authors speak of a strategy to bring international buyers and new markets to the fingerprints of Americans in business through their computers or tablets. Globality took this idea and built an entire business model that created a technological platform to enable small American businesses to compete on a global stage by connecting them with large corporations.

Globality, based in Menlo Park, is a groundbreaking company that has created a business-to-business marketplace that connects smaller businesses with some of the largest corporations in the world. With the powerful combination of inventive artificial intelligence and the best industry minds, Globality will change the face of the global economy. Joel Hyatt co-founded the company with Lior Delgo and along with a board of the best minds in their industries and the backing of high-powered angel investors; Globality is set on restoring the American Dream.

Contact-Details: Bethany Mullinix
media@globality.com

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Inovar to present Vertical Convergence and SME Business Manager at the 6th annual Zain Technology Conference

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“Moving Forward” in strategy execution is primary focus of this year’s Zain Technology Conference.

Amman, 2016-Dec-06 — /EPR Network/ — Inovar, a premier provider of differentiated and modular mobile solutions, will be discussing Vertical Convergence and showcasing SME Business Manager, one of the latest additions to the industry leader’s portfolio of innovative mobile solutions, as well as the company’s entire portfolio of mobile solutions. Inovar’s strategy for the past 20 years has been to provide dynamic, feature-rich mobile solutions that are easy to implement and easy to use, helping mobile operators capitalize on existing network revenue streams while moving forward into the new digital space seamlessly by converging new and existing technologies, enhancing user experiences, and increasing customer loyalty.

“Inovar is excited to return as a participant and reconnect and meet with Zain Opcos and potential partners at this year’s Zain Technology Conference” Arshad Syed, CEO of Inovar, stated. “Our mission has always been to help our customers and partners thrive by providing customized solutions designed to help mobile operators grow new and existing revenue through seamless convergence.”

Zain Group CEO, Scott Gegenheimer said, “We operate in a highly competitive industry, where the margin between success and failure is very thin. We are required to push ourselves constantly, and together with trusted partners we devise new operating models to deliver the best quality service to customers. This is why events such as ZTC are so important in aligning Zain’s ambitions to become a digital lifestyle provider of choice with our technology partners’ roadmaps and expectations.”

With Inovar solutions, mobile operators have the ability to enhance user experiences and add value with ease through personalized service combinations and robust mobile apps to offer customers with a truly digital experience and rich data analytics across multiple market segments.

Inovar, founded in 1996, and based in Dallas, Texas, is a leading provider of mobile solutions for mobile network operators worldwide. For more information about SME Business Manager or about Inovar’s entire suite of proven and valuable solutions, visit www.inovar.com, email marketing@inovar.com, or call +1.972.664.0711.

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New Social Media Book Reveals How to Use Rivals’ Advertising Against Them Online

Mason Duchatschek, founder and president of the social media, marketing and video production company “Buildatribe LLC.,” has found a way to help entrepreneurs use rivals‘ advertising budgets against them.

In his new book, “Attract, Capture & Convert: 89 Simple Ways Entrepreneurs Make Money Online (& Offline) Using Social Media & Web Marketing Strategy,” Duchatschek reveals this secret and others beneficial to entrepreneurs.

In the book, Duchatschek shares details of an online marketing strategy designed to help small businesses generate Internet leads using name recognition associated with competitors’ products or services.

“A rival with a large advertising budget becomes an unwilling ally to a web savvy entrepreneur instead of an adversary without realizing it,” Duchatschek said.

Powerful social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ make it possible for small companies to compete online even if they don’t have a website.

“This web strategy is a brains versus brawn approach because the marketplace winner won’t always be the one with the biggest advertising budget,” he said. “In fact, it might be the opposite.”

Buildatribe LLC. (http://www.buildatribe.com) is located in Washington, Mo.

Additional information on his new Amazon.com Kindle book is available at http://www.AttractCaptureConvertBook.com.

Note to Editors: Duchatschek Available for Interview
Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1bWuoxL

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Poster Frame Giveaway! Panel Warehouse Offers Buy 1 Get 1 Free Poster Frames

Restaurants, bars, schools and stores cannot afford to miss the latest big giveaway from the Panel Warehouse online store; because right now they can get brand new poster frames on a brilliant Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal.

Panel Warehouse is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of office screensand display stands but their range also extends to a range of other display solutions including snap frame poster holders or poster frames. These versatile display solutions are available in a number of sizes to suit any kind of poster, and they’re already extremely popular with retailers, eateries and educators around the UK.

A brand new BOGOF deal won’t do anything to harm the popularity of poster frames. In fact, they’re only likely to fly out of the workshop faster. With their clean, professional look and neutral colour, these poster frames will be at home in virtually any environment. But there’s more to these snap front poster frames than their good looks, because they’re extremely easy to use.

Handy front loading access means that posters can be changed quickly and easily, which is important in all customer facing situations or schools. Restaurants change their menus and shops changes their offers and products frequently. Thanks to Panel Warehouse, quickly updating your POS couldn’t be simpler.

As with everything else in the Panel Warehouse collection, high quality meets low cost with these budget snap poster frames. Customers will save money with these handy display solutions, but they won’t be skimping on quality because Panel Warehouse never dispatches an order until each item has been thoroughly quality checked.

Buy 1 poster frame and get another free at the Panel Warehouse online store and create reliable, long lasting display solutions for sales, promotions and events. The Panel Warehouse are ready and waiting to create brand new display pieces for businesses throughout the UK.

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Introducing Social Marketplace

Evyral’s social shopping place has hit the market – share fine art, handmade goods, vintage, digital or manufactured items.

Rapidly growing due to the ease of use and interactive online shopping community features, Evyral is designed to bring buyers and sellers together. Evyral provides a social platform for entrepreneurs and business owners to share their own creations and products with customers around the world. Registering with Evyral allows you to participate in a social marketplace where you can buy and sell products while connecting with other community members. With your Evyral account you can setup your own storefront and sell your items. You’ll gain full access to the complete set of user interaction features, including the ability to create both a unique personal and shop profile, “follow” other users, maintain a “favorite” items list and “treasury,” share videos, comment, message, and share feedback with community members.

Dedicated to providing quality services and creating an environment of inspiring and innovative ideas, Evyral has created an open and accessible community; a network where people can connect, compare, and share products and services used today. Browse our collections, buy products online and have the ability to contact shop owners directly with questions or requests. The Evyral browsing experience guides buyers through our inventory in a fun and intriguing manner. When you need to search for specific items, the search categories will help guide you – search by color, style, price, location, or date added. Once you’re logged into you’re Evyral account, you can setup your own storefront and start selling your products, customize your store, add your items and start selling today!

Why Evyral?

Open Your Shop in Minutes!

Set up a storefront and begin listing your items with Evyral within minutes.

Sell Your Goods:

Evyral allows members to sell physical or digital goods. Sell both tangible and digital products in just a couple of clicks!

Add to Treasury!

The Treasury allows members the ability to create themed favorite lists with unique properties and link them through social networks, forum signatures, etc. Enhance the popularity of your store and products by providing fresh, actual links to your marketplace.

Connect With Your Customers:

Easily connect with your ideal audience & receive notifications whenever you list a new product, make an update, or add a new shopping category! Unlike Amazon or other online marketplaces, Evyral enables its members to follow the activity of their favorite sellers.

Buyers find what they’re looking for:

Our professional filtering system allows buyers to easily select the type of product they are looking for and quickly discover what best suits their needs.

Connect & Share with Facebook:

With over 1 billion users globally Facebook is the biggest single market in the world. Evyral provides a facility for Facebook users to easily register and login, share links to products, stores and pages on their timeline.

Share with Twitter:

Tweet and share your favorite Evyral product images, videos, & downloads for additional advertising. Grow your audience with Twitter – a real-time information network.

Effective Sales Channel:

Unlike Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, the Evyral social marketplace converts your social connections into real sales.

Get in Touch:

Connect quickly with other members of the community. Evyral members can send direct messages from user profiles or product listings.

No Listing Fees:

List unlimited products with Evyral and only pay a small seller commission after your product/s sells.

Competitive Seller Fees:

Evyral charges a 3% commission across all categories and only after your product sells. Our competitors typically charge 3.5 – 25 %.

Receive Direct Payments:

Connect your own Paypal account with Evyral or directly through your bank account to receive payments after each sale. Evyral does not hold payments and does not have access to your personal banking information.

Extra product flexibility:

Evyral gives more options to buyers to select from and gives sellers the opportunity to offer items with different item properties – sizes, colors, materials, fabric types, etc.

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Two Entrepreneurs Claim To Be Making $100,000 On Online eStore – Every Month

Two entrepreneurs, who recently launched “Amazing Selling Machine” (see review at http://www.amazingsellingmachinereviews.com) in the United States, claim to be earning $100,000 online from a major online retail outlet every month by following a system that involves selling products on the e-commerce retail behemoth, tapping into their evolved and tested platform, software and payment processing facilities.

Amazon’s e-commerce initiative encourages independent vendors to take advantage of their infrastructure and offer their own products for sale to a vast global audience. The company presumably gets paid a share of the profits from each sale, making it a win-win proposition for both sides.

What should be exciting for entrepreneurs is the scale and scope of what is possible with the right approach to setting up an online store on the giant virtual selling platform. In their newly launched course, these groundbreaking entrepreneurs are revealing their exact system for students to duplicate their success.

“Amazing Selling Machine” is a course that launches on September 20th, 2013 and will show the exact step-by-step system to setting up an online selling system on the Amazon e-commerce virtual marketplace. A detailed explanation of who this program is ideally suited for and an “Amazing Selling Machine” review are now live on the Web at http://www.amazingsellingmachinereviews.com/.

There are a series of 4 free videos that go deeper into the process and can be viewed by anyone without payment or even an opt-in email address. Can “Amazing Selling Machine” really help you sell $100,000 a month online? Find out in this Amazing Selling Machine review at http://www.amazingsellingmachinereviews.com where we look at a brand new course on online selling which reveals the secret behind how two enterprising young men have built an online business which reportedly pulls in $100,000 every month.

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Location Analysis – The Missing Perspective That Helps Businesses Make a Difference

Topo.ly is an online mapping tool that promotes location analysis. The team behind Topo.ly firmly believs that understanding location data will help companies drive the proliferation of the values that can be extracted from it. As users create a map, they not only see a bunch of markers all plotted together by sets, Topo.ly’s enhanced mapping capabilities maximize the use of mapping technology allow them to view a different kind of data visualization that initially helps them identify connections, patterns and stories that can make up their decisions for better business management.

Topo.ly’s features for location mapping are easy to use. In fact, says Fred Kunze, head of the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education, “This is just great! I am presenting a session to a group of new Geography teachers, and I’m sure they will be able to use Topo.ly to get kids more involved in map making. It works as advertised, is fast and easy to operate!”

Online Location Mapping Features

Topo.ly is in the unique position to help companies from different fields use location analysis as an integral step to establish effective business marketing. Below are some of the most useful features of the online mapping website:

Create a map

Topo.ly’s easy mapping tool allows the users to create a map in less than 3 minutes. It uses simple copy-and-paste method to reduce the time spent on map building and devote more time in location analysis. This feature has been one of the reasons why more and more companies rely to Topo.ly as their online mapping tool.

Add multiple locations data sets

The integration of different data sets on a map allows the users to clearly identify sets of patterns and connections integral to decision-making. When users view the connections between data sets, they are able to conceptualize practical and more-targeted marketing strategies to win customers and promote their business.

Heatmap

Companies will find more meaning with location analysis when they heatmap using Topo.ly’s easy heatmapping features. The online mapping tool is packed with territories to use so that Plus users can take full advantage of creating heatmaps by boundaries based on their address locations data. As easy as creating a map, heatmapping takes only minutes using Topo.ly.

The integration of location analysis into business decisions for marketing and management will increase the potentials of understanding their market and be more focused on what’s necessary. Using Topo.ly’s online mapping features allow companies to experience life-long success.

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Maps by Zip Codes Through Topo.ly Online Mapping Help Companies Manage Teams

To gain business, entrepreneurs should have a knack of winning potential customers’ attention. They should be able to project the needs of customers and execute a plan to achieve their goals. A reliable tool like Topo.ly online mapping site is an easy-to-use BI tool that can readily help businesses win more customers. It allows its users to create a map based on location-target markets. By doing so, users can help their customers understand how the business will aid them every step to success.

Direct sales and marketing departments would want to make sure that their sales and managers are in the sales forefront in their respective territories. Business heads can tie-up with Topo.ly to create unlimited maps by zip codes. This will give their teams the necessary visuals on what strategies to take, plans to create and ideas to implement.

Online Mapping Solutions for Local and Targeted Marketing Issues

“Topo.ly is the easiest, most affordable and most flexible mapping solution for my web site I could find. Within 30 minutes I had my map up and when I hit a snag, customer service was right there to help. Thanks Topo.ly for making what I thought would be a mega job into something so easy!” That was well-said by Inez Steele from Realty Guild.

To be true to its commitment to make mapping simple, Topo.ly develops features that are user friendly and at the same time drive results better and faster. It makes creation of maps with zip codes possible in less than 5 minutes using one from the long list of territory zip code sets in the US. Direct sales organizations can customize their maps to give way to more in-depth analysis based from the individual performance of their sales agents.

Aside from US Zip Code territories, businesses can also take advantage of creating maps with zip codes like the 3-digit zip codes and PUMA territories.

Add-On Values by Topo.ly Online Mapping

Share Maps

To help the teams focused on one goal, maps by zip codes created through Topo.ly can be shared by team managers to their sales agents. This gives them access to view an exceptional data visualization and can immediately act upon not only to meet the goal but moreso, to exceed expectations for them.

Embed a Map

Company owners have the option to embed a map on their websites. It significantly plays as a guide to all teams on which areas they should focus.

Direct sales companies can maximize their efforts by using Topo.ly online mapping to monitor where they should focus each sales team, to identify opportunities, protect assets and create new and innovative ideas to promote the business.

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The Co-operative And Care International Launch Innovative Three-Year Partnership To Support Female Entrepreneurs In The Developing World

The Co-operative and CARE International UK today have officially launched an innovative three-year partnership, which will see £1.5m channelled to support entrepreneurs in the developing world by the end of next year – the majority of whom will be women.

The innovative scheme, called lendwithcare.org, encourages people in the UK to lend relatively small amounts to small scale entrepreneurs running their own enterprise in developing countries. As opposed to making a one-off donation, people are encouraged to lend money to the entrepreneurs who repay the lender using the income from their growing business. Once repaid, the lender can then choose to recycle the loan to support another entrepreneur or withdraw the money.

The Co-operative and CARE International UK have set the ambitious target of leveraging £1.5m of loans by the end of 2012.

Dragon’s Den panellist and entrepreneur Deborah Meaden is a lendwithcare.org ambassador who travelled to Cambodia in March 2011, to see firsthand how lendwithcare.org is helping people work their way out of poverty.

Deborah said: “I believe that providing the opportunity and framework for people to help themselves is the only sustainable way forward, and I saw this very clearly on my trip to Cambodia. The people there are willing to work to repair their lives; they just need even the smallest of leg-ups to get them started. It’s great news that The Co-operative is working with CARE International to support lendwithcare.org.”

Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals at The Co-operative said: “As a co-operative we believe in helping people to trade their way out of poverty. In the same way we pioneered Fairtrade, our support for lendwithcare.org will hopefully lead the way in helping to turn entrepreneurs’ plans into life-changing opportunities.

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Small Businesses Must Capitalise On Mobile Sales Boom

Britain’s leading online parcel delivery specialist has called on small businesses to take advantage of the boom in sales through smartphones.

Recent research has shown that more and more consumers are prepared to buy products through their mobile phones and are enjoying the freedom that mobile shopping offers. Bolton-based Parcel2Go helps businesses of all sizes organise shipping to countries across the world and suggests that small firms should take a proactive approach when it comes to building an online presence.

People are now using their mobile phones to do so much more, from surfing the internet to using social networking sites. Figures released last week by online research specialist comScore revealed that 13.5 million mobile users across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK accessed mobile retail sites in the three months ending May 2011. In Britain, the number of smartphone users accessing mobile sites has increased by 163 per cent over the past 12 months.

Online retail site eBay expects global mobile sales to hit $4bn by the end of 2011, double the value of goods sold in 2010. The UK market has been one of the fastest adopters of the technology and an increasing number of businesses now find they have to meet eBay parcel delivery requests following purchases made via mobile phones.

Richard Mercer, Director of Marketing at Parcel2Go, said: “There is little doubt that the retail world is changing rapidly. Smartphones have become commonplace and consumers in the UK have adopted m-commerce technology quicker than many people would have anticipated.

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Entrepreneurs Learn How to Make Their Strategies Work in Any Economy With The GO SAMMY Strategy System Program

TrainingforEntrepreneurs.com, an on-line business skills training and virtual resource center for aspiring, beginning, and experienced entrepreneurs, announced today that membership enrollment is now open for the GO SAMMY Strategy System Program™. The GO SAMMY Program™ is a strategy development and implementation system created especially for entrepreneurs of small-to-medium size businesses. The Program is designed to help entrepreneurs broaden and fine-tune their strategic thinking, planning, and managing skill set. GO SAMMY™ is an acronym derived f r o m the first letter of each of the following words: Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Activities, Manage, Measure, and Yields. These words define the GO SAMMY™ planning, thinking, and managing initiatives.

“During this current economic climate, businesses of all sizes face critical issues and unique challenges that require well-developed plans and well-defined problem solving approaches. With well-developed plans and problem solving approaches, business owners and executives improve their chances for survival,” says Dolly Stevens, Director of Training for Entrepreneurs.com. “Entrepreneurs can substantially increase their probability of successfully achieving their goals and objectives by following a predetermined set of steps rather than flying by the seat of their pants! This predetermined set of steps is commonly referred to as a Strategic Action Plan (SAP). The SAP, or the entrepreneur’s road map, specifically outlines the steps and tasks that are necessary for entrepreneurs to implement so that they can achieve their business objectives.”

Ms. Stevens continues, “The SAP translates entrepreneurs’ ideas into action in order to make things happen. The SAP defines what needs to be done, how tasks are to be accomplished, which resources are required to carry out the tasks, and who is responsible for completing the tasks. Without a Strategic Action Plan, it is highly unlikely that the dreams of entrepreneurs will become realities, particularly in this current economic downturn! We are all familiar with the fact that the successful development of any project of value presupposes the use of a detailed blueprint or set of specific instructions. The blueprint for the development of the comprehensive Strategic Action Plan is the Blueprint for the GO SAMMY Strategy System™. With GO SAMMY™, entrepreneurs have a cost-effective solution for developing a custom-tailored Strategic Action Plan for their specific business that will guide them and their organization in the day-to-day business activities.”

The GO SAMMY Strategy System™ is a strategy development/implementation training program for business owners, executives, and professional service providers. The GO SAMMY Program™ provides the Select Plus members of Training for Entrepreneurs.com with expert guidance through the program’s weekly, systematic, instructional e-Lesson modules on strategic thinking, planning, managing, and executing key action strategies. The Program’s “breakaway-f r o m-business-as-usual” strategy development methods help entrepreneurs to more effectively and efficiently realign their business processes to current economic conditions, reposition their companies to gain a competitive advantage, minimize their risks, and maximize their operating results. The disciplined approach of the GO SAMMY System™ shapes and guides what the business is, what it does, and how and why it does it. By applying the GO SAMMY™ “breakaway-f r o m-business-as-usual methods of strategy development, businesses are now better equipped not only to survive, but also to more effectively re-position their businesses and thrive in almost any economy. Entrepreneurs can enroll in the GO SAMMY Strategy System Program™ by visiting http://www.TrainingforEntrepreneurs.com/programs/#strategy.com

Training for Entrepreneurs.com is an online business skills training and virtual resource center for entrepreneurs of small-to-medium size businesses who want to learn and enhance critical business skills and realize greater success. Training for Entrepreneurs.com creates, develops, publishes, and facilitates web-based information products, interactive distance e-Learning programs, and virtual mentoring programs to help members master the skill set a s s o c i a t e d with leaders that achieve extraordinary results.

Training for Entrepreneurs.com illustrates, demonstrates, and communicates its digital content using a combination of rich learning media: text , graphics, animation, audio, and video. With the use of “state-of-the-art” instructional design of the programs, subscription members are able to enjoy a valuable learning experience. Training for Entrepreneurs.com is the training and development group of Legacy A s s o c i a t e s, Inc., a small business consulting services firm located in Lakewood Ranch (Sarasota), Florida.

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Business Link London Aim To Get Women LinkedIn

Business Link in London has launched a women’s networking group on the global business networking site LinkedIn. This is in response to their survey of the London businesswomen who attended the “We Mean Business” conferences, where it was discovered that women wanted a place to network online.

The LinkedIn group is called “London Women Mean Business” and all that you require to join the group is a LinkedIn profile, which is both free and simple to create. This networking element is adding a new dimension to Women’s Business Centre, which was created by Business Link to give London women a business resource that catered specifically to their unique needs.

The group has members from all sectors of the London business community ranging from women running catering companies to photographers and fashion designers.

Each week Business Link London will be posting news items and discussion points and inviting group members to promote their own businesses. Once you have joined LinkedIn you can network with other LinkedIn members and post your own items to the group.

Join Business Links’ LinkedIn group by visiting: LinkedIn group – London Women Mean Business.

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Small Business Missing The Mark Online

London’s small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are not reaching their full online potential – and many have no web presence at all, according to a recent poll by Business Link in London.

Almost half (45.4%) of the 500 London entrepreneurs polled admit that they do not have a business website, with the majority (62.6%) stating that their business does not need one. The manufacturing industry topped the list of businesses without a website. However, over half (53.3%) the retail, catering and leisure businesses participating also lack websites.

Tony Cattermole, Business Adviser from Business Link in London says: “The results prove that there is a digital divide among London’s SMEs – those that embrace the Internet as an important component of their business and those that think they can do without. That mindset could hamper their road to recovery. Websites are a cost-effective way of generating sales, reaching customers and launching new products and services.

“A client of mine runs a car garage in London. He didn’t think a website was necessary, despite needing to increase sales and reach new customers. However, upon my advice, a quick search on the Internet made him realise that no garages in his area had an online presence – giving him the potential to capture 100% of the online market. Going online has become second nature to many customers which is why small businesses are potentially missing out.

“Having a website so customers can find you is the first step, but many businesses can also benefit from selling online.”

Research from Google shows that online sales account for 17p of every pound spent in the UK. Google also reports that online retail sales grew 14% over the last.

According to the Business Link in London poll, women entrepreneurs are leading the way for those that do have websites, in comparison to their male counterparts (58.2% vs. 50%) and this is a trend that has accelerated in the last two years.

However, even SMEs that have an online presence may not be reaching their full potential. Many of these businesses are admitting that increasing sales and promoting goods and services are not key priorities for them. 50% of the business owners had used a professional to create their website and almost half (46.6%) do not plan on making any changes to their website.

“Websites should not be static – they need to constantly evolve to reflect changes in customers’ needs, the economy and business competitors. The ultimate goal is to meet the ever changing needs of your customers”, adds Mr Cattermole.

Business Link in London is urging any small business to come to us for advice and business support, whether they need to start from scratch or make their website more effective. We are a free and impartial business advisory service providing support to small businesses in London through our online guides and toolkits, Business Advisers, workshops and seminars.

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Small Business Still Playing Catch Up With Finance

A recent Business Link in London poll found that many small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in London do not have clear processes in place to manage their financial health. Smaller SMEs in particular are putting themselves at risk by failing to adopt adequate financial management systems. Business Link in London is launching an online checklist to help businesses get their financial house in order.

The recent poll of 350 London businesses found that nearly a third of the respondents do not have effective cash flow management and 45% do not have efficient systems to chase unpaid invoices. Nearly half of the businesses polled (46%) are unaware of what their break-even point is – the point at which their business starts to make a profit. 49% told us they do not know their gross profit margin – a key indicator of business performance.

Matthew Perkins, Business Link in London Senior Business Adviser says:

“Sound financial management should be the bread and butter of every business, especially during these tough economic times. As we head into the recovery period, understanding where your money is, following up your unpaid debts and knowing what your profit is, are vital to keep your business in the black and head for growth.”

The poll results also show that smaller businesses – employing up to ten people –are less prepared than medium-sized businesses. 72% of the larger SMEs questioned have a
structured process in place for retrieving unpaid invoices, compared to less than 50% of smaller businesses. They are also slightly less likely than their larger counterparts to use an accountant for their end-of-year accounts (75% vs. 78%)

Mr Perkins adds: “Smaller SMEs are at risk of being left behind. Without an accountant to prepare their end-of-year accounts, they face the possibility of filing incorrect accounts and paying incorrect taxes, affecting the overall health of their business.

However, end-of-year accounts are retrospective which is why it is important that you keep on top of your own finances on a regular basis.”

The London Development Agency’s Director of Business, Jobs and International Promotion Audrey Slade says: “We are giving the capital’s small and medium sized businesses access to the support and advice they need to assess their financial effectiveness. In addition to the toolkit available through Business Link in London, we are extending our series of free seminars that offer expert advice on issues such as managing cash flow and forecasting. These are run in partnership with high profile partners and help SMEs reach their potential even in the challenging economic climate. The first of these seminars will be held on Tuesday, the 26th of January.”

In addition to the checklist that Business Link in London is launching today, there is a range of tools and guides on the website www.businesslink.gov.uk/london to help.

Businesses are also urged to contact one of the expert Business Advisers who can conduct a thorough business health check and seek business advice They can easily assess ways in which businesses can live within their means and still thrive.

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Free Marketing Program for Local Entrepreneurs and Small Business

Destination Graphix (www.destinationgraphix.com), the award-winning marketing communications firm, has launched a new marketing program to help local entrepreneurs and small business embrace marketing as an essential part of their business structure. The Morning Marketing Mix is an informative and interactive program allowing participants to gain a better understanding of how to market and communicate their brand more effectively by integrating the tools and strategies available both on- and off-line.

“The Morning Marketing Mix will equip you with insights and tips on how to combine traditional marketing with new technology and consumer-driven strategies,” said Gabrielle Melisende, Creative Marketing Director of Destination Graphix. “Marketing in the twenty-first century has surpassed the point of no return, forever changing and expanding how we market our business,” she continues. “Google is the King of search engines but shares its throne and title with content and consumer behavior. While traditional marketing is neither dead nor obsolete, a strong online presence and integrated brand marketing are the new standard for all businesses in virtually all industries. Now more than ever entrepreneurs and small business owners need to embrace an interdisciplinary approach to their marketing communications, or face extinction.”

As part of its own rebranding in 2009, the launch of this program marks the first milestone in Destination Graphix’ vision to establish a series of educational marketing programs to help strengthen small business and the local economy.

For more information, go to www.destinationgraphix.com. Questions can be directed to Gabrielle Melisende at (512) 260-7886 or email: info@destinationgraphix.com.

About Destination Graphix
Founded in 2002, Destination Graphix (www.destinationgraphix.com) is an award-winning full service marketing communications and design firm specializing in integrated brand marketing and advertising. Located in Leander, Texas, the firm works with businesses of all sizes in various industries, including non-profits, member organizations and government entities throughout Central Texas and nationally. Gabrielle Melisende is an award-wining publication designer and developer, internationally recognized marketing specialist, writer, editor and creative consultant. Eye On Leander,™ a small business publication promoting economic development in the City of Leander, and the 2007-2008 Leander Community Profile and Membership Directory are two multiple award-winning credits.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas for Small Business

The run up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year with tens of thousands of seasonal jobs created to cope with the Christmas rush. This doesn’t just impact retailers, as many small businesses are also affected. The rush to meet increase in customer demands doesn’t always mean recruiting new staff.

Entrepreneurs may feel pressured to go beyond their financial means and recruit to keep up with the demands of the festive season. Business Link in London urges small businesses to call our helpline or visit our website for advice on seasonal recruitment and avoid unnecessary costs.

London’s small business owners should also undertake a thorough Business Link in London health check to assess their business and be ready to make the most of the upturn in the market place in the New Year.

Whilst the impact of the recession is felt by the majority of London’s entrepreneurs, they remain resilient and optimistic about their future business growth. 63% are planning to grow and levels of optimism remain high at 75%, according to our latest Business Confidence Index, which measures business sentiment of over 3,300 London’s small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Benjamin Smart, Regional Manager at Business Link in London said;

“It’s the season to be cheery. Small businesses need to keep up their optimism by ensuring they have the right number of people with the right skills to service their customers through Christmas and beyond. My advice is to call us before hiring new staff and get a health check as one of your New Year resolutions.”

A business health check can easily assess ways in which businesses can live within their means and still thrive. More than 9,000 SMEs in London have already benefited from this since its launch over a year ago.

The service allows smaller companies with fewer staff and limited resources to access financial support and expert advice to help steer them through tough economic times and busy working periods.

Karen Hanton, of restaurant booking website toptable.com, added;

“The scale of the Christmas rush can be a real shock to businesses. Business Link in London is a great resource when you need access to quick authoritative information and business support

Top tips for small businesses to remain unaffected by the Christmas rush include:

CHRISTMAS SEASON TIPS
Tip 1
• Recruit temporary workers through an agency

Tip 2
• Engaging employees on fixed-term contracts

Tip 3
• Recruiting family and friends to help out on weekends and during school and college breaks

Tip 4
• Extending the hours of part-time workers, who may be able to ease the pressure at particularly busy times (and who may want extra money)

Tip 5
• Outsourcing some business activity

Small Business owners can contact Business Link in London for health check advice, including ways to handle the busy festive period at:

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/london/staffingoptions
http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/london/seasonalbusiness

Business Link in London is a free and impartial business advisory service providing support to small businesses in London through its Business Advisers, workshops and seminars. It also maintains a round the clock, 24-hour telephone and online advice service.

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Finding The Inner Entrepreneur In All Of Us

There have been more than 7.4 million more people unemployed since the economic recession began in December of 2007. Although the declines are beginning to moderate, there are still job losses reported in major industries (U.S. Bureau of Labor). As the leaves change colors and summer breezes turn cool, this is the season for personal change. Despite the highs and lows of the economic currents, now is the time to consider starting a business.

Go outside the comfort zone and “Discover the Inner Entrepreneur™” in You. We all have a passion, so turn that passion into a business in which you control – not someone else.

Jewish Families Services(JFS), S.U.C.C.E.S.S Program and Like Minded Moms(LMM), (a networking organization to help moms promote their businesses) are teaming up with Barb Girson, owner/founder MySalesTactics™ to bring to the community a guide to help them be self sufficient and build confidence–

With the support of these two organizations and the guidance of Barb Girson, participants can only succeed:

1) Jewish Family Services, a nationally accredited mental health, workforce, and social service agency that has been helping individuals and families, in both the Jewish and general community, face life’s challenges for nearly 100 years (2008).

2) Like Minded Moms, a networking group that strives to help their members grow their business beyond beliefs.

This innovative program, “Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur™”(DYIE), is an opportunity for interested entrepreneurs to attend, explore & determine if being an empowered, enterprising entrepreneur is for them! Barb has been a successful multi-million dollar business entrepreneur for 12 years and has a decade of senior management corporate experience. This program grew from Girson’s personal experience.

When Barb Girson was downsized one year ago from her last corporate position, she participated in the SUCCESS PROGRAM, which helps downsized workers find gainful employment. This JFS program offered tremendous support during her transition, and the current economic environment caused her to get creative. “I decided to take charge of my career and document my steps to teach others. No longer will my fate be determined by a board room decision,” says Girson. She decided she would take charge of her career and document her steps to teach others. No longer will her fate be determined by a board room decision. She developed a training program to help empower others to start their own business. To staff her firm, she is turning to other downsized workers to fill sales and marketing roles.

Teaming up with organizations such as, Like Minded Moms, and the Jewish Family Services has been one way to extend her reach and quickly establish her business. To show her appreciation, Barb contributes 10% of the course proceeds to Jewish Family Services.

My Sales Tactics, a professional skill development, training and consulting firm is offering a 4 week program, Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur™, that will help people explore various options available to start a business, evaluate what skills they have that might be marketable, determine how they should set up their office, and identify what resources they will need. At the end, they will be able to make an informed choice and have in hand an outline of what they need to do next, if in fact being an entrepreneur is for them!

New business ventures by entrepreneurs are expected to stimulate the economy. . According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (“GEM”) international research consortium the first global study of high expectation entrepreneurship has found that just 9.8 percent of the world’s entrepreneurs expect to create almost 75 percent of the jobs generated by new business ventures. To learn more or register visit www.MySalesTactics.com/entrepreneur.

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To Help Businesses, Displaysense Has Launched A New Campaign, Sourced New Products And Developed A New Customer Retention Guide

With consumer confidence slowly recovering, Displaysense feels companies must start to target their existing customer audience in an effort to prevent them from defecting to rival brands.

Displaysense

Displaysense, a shop fittings and display cabinet supplier in Hertfordshire, has been busy trying to source new and professional display products that will help retailers create a unique in-store presence to not only encourage new customers, but also entice back existing customers.

With the new products in place, Displaysense has created a campaign titled “Driving Business Forward” and kick-started it with a useful top ten list of customer retention tactics. Displaysense plans to send out the guide with customer orders. Existing customers will also be directed to the website via e-mail to download the guide. Businesses will be encouraged to promote the guide on their website for every manager, store owner and company employee to see.

It is hoped that the mix of product range and customer retention knowledge at Displaysense will aid online and offline retailers alike and boost the economy on its road to recovery.

Steve Whittle, spokesperson for Displaysense, commented: “Customer retention management is very important for any size business, especially during testing times like these. We have seen a rise in the number of enquiries surrounding tools for obtaining customer feedback and attracting customer attention, such as our ballot box range and business card holders.”

After discussing the success of their product range, Steve highlighted the importance of their new customer retention guide, stating: “In an industry such as ours, we fully understand the importance of encouraging customers to return to us and with our mix of products and online retention guide. We hope that other businesses will put extra emphasis on their own strategies.”

Not only is the company highlighting the importance of good customer retention strategies with their guide, but they have also recently sent out an e-mail to their existing customers which gave business generating ideas if they used the company’s suggestion boxes and other related products for acquisition and retention purposes.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of more than 5,000 displays for retail, exhibitions, office and home. The range is now hugely diverse including literature displays, display cabinets, mannequins, office displays, exhibition stands, catering supplies and even items for the home.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities and even home consumers.

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