Fall Will Soon Be Upon Us!!

Welcome to August! Are you ready for Fall sales?  If you are in a home based company/direct sales you are probably already anticipating the arrival of new Fall and yes, I am going to say it, Christmas Season catalogs.  Business is getting ready to pick back up, kids are getting ready to go back to school, and NOW is the time to start laying that foundation to make these next few months your best selling season EVER!

I want to share a 3 things that you can do now to get your business set up for the fall.

Progressive Prospecting

A couple of times each week, I am asked the same questions by entrepreneurs and business owners. How do I get my prospecting to work? How do I find clients? What are the best ways to prospect? How do I get referrals? What’s the magical formula? I felt it was time to tackle this very popular subject so I collected my thoughts and prior advice provided.

Betting The Farm Your Backups Are Safe?

It’s only natural that when you hear of a disaster you think it couldn’t happen to you.

That’s why, even though we’re told constantly that we should diligently maintain a working backup recovery system because all our company’s data could be lost in an instant, we tend to brush off the advice.

Why Choose The Small Business Community Network (SBCN)

How does someone know what's a good organization and how it can assist them? Difficult question for some but I have the answer. Ask the people who are part of the organization and those people will share why they are loyal & ho wthe organization has helped them.

Businesses need to know what they are doing well and what they can improve on. 2016 sees the SBCN celebrating it's 13th year in business, and co-founders Dave Ockwell-Jenner and Linda Ockwell-Jenner are the backbone of the organization and make it a very friendly, affordable and educational experience for everyone.

The Social Sweetheart Linda Ockwell-Jenner



  Introducing the new me. I worked on a slow re-branding process over the past couple of years. Nothing too drastic because I am still happy with Motivational Steps my speaking and consulting business I started in 2001.

Top Financial must dos for Millennials

Millennials – a term used to describe people born between 1980 and 2000 along with Generation Y or the Echo Boom -- are expected to have the same impact as the Baby Boom generation on politics, the workplace, culture and business* — and, in fact, are destined to reshape our country and possibly the entire world.

Are You Writing Blogs?

Do you know the benefits of writing blog posts? 

What is a blog you might be asking, its a short form for a weblog and you could think of your blog as your very own journal. Where your business is concerned it's a great way to share your thoughts, ideas, tips and news in the form of a story/article. Blogs are not meant to be very long, short and to the point normally works.

How can a blog help your business? 

If you are looking to create more exposure, have a recognized brand and be seen as someone who reaches out to help others, writing blog posts are the way to go.

Pursuing Passion

I was listening to a podcast the other morning. A word jumped out to me. The word “passion.” A common thread in some of my recent writings has been about having a passion for your business. One of the first things I gauge in the small businesses I mentor is the degree of passion exhibited by the business owner. Unless they are completely absorbed into their own business, then they have a major roadblock to the success of that business. In other words, is there business a bona fide business or is it a hobby.

Business Networking in a Nutshell

Business networking can be confusing, expensive and often people walk away before they understand how to benefit from consistent networking.

When I started my first business in 2001 not only did I lack the budget to pay to attend neworking events, I was scared, shy and had no idea where to network.

Over the next 2 years, before social media came into being, I walked for miles meeting people for coffee, talking to people who owned businesses. I spent hours in my local malls getting to know the store owners and asking them questions, and building relationships.

Give to Receive, an income flexibility boost

Give to receive

Giving is a selfless act and a good thing -- good for your community, your charities, and others who will benefit from your bounty. And, even though it’s not the prime reason you’ve decided to give back, giving can be good for you, too.

No matter the amount of your philanthropic gift, a sound charitable giving plan will make the best use of your contributions, preserve your legacy, and minimize taxes and/or estate fees. Let’s look at your options.