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    Building a BIG Small Business Brand

    Branding Expert Shares Top Five Small Business Branding Tips That Help Turn a Brand Into a Most Valuable Asset


    Washington, NJ— Just like the famous saying “You only get one chance to make a good first impression,” the same is especially true for small businesses. Branding is that opportunity. “And more often than not, it’s a missed opportunity,” shares small business branding expert, author and ad agency entrepreneur, Dan Antonelli. “95% of small businesses have a poor brand and a neutral or negative brand promise.” But there is hope.

    Graphic D-Signs



    “If your business is in the minority and is embracing the power of its brand, you’re already standing out. So that’s great news,” he states. But what about the vast majority? Without a strong logo, a business may never get the chance to prove their quality to consumers. “If a business’ branding does not make it look like they do great work, consumers may likely choose a competitor instead. It’s that simple. After all, a strong brand inspires consumers who have no prior knowledge or experience with your company to believe you deliver an amazing product or service.”

    So where do small business in need of stronger branding go from here? Dan Antonelli author of Building a Big Small Business Brand and of New Jersey Ad Agency, Graphic D-Signs, is detailing his top five branding tips for small business brands everywhere.

    Give a brand the attention it deserves. According to Dan, "’giving attention’ means the logo you choose to represent your business won't be an afterthought; instead, it will define your whole brand.” Undoubtedly, starting or growing a business can be an arduous experience involving many considerations and a careful use of precious resources. “But when making decisions about how to invest your time, energy, and capital, you should remember that in today’s often oversaturated and noisy marketplace, you cannot afford to shortchange your branding. It’s likely the single most important decision you’ll make.”

    Follow Dan’s five tips to create a logo that will build a strong foundation for a small business brand and ultimately empower a business to thrive:

    1. Don’t be generic.
    “First, make sure your logo is clear and easy to interpret, because you may not have the years of brand recognition behind you that ensure that people will associate your name with your product or service. Second, unlike large companies, you likely don’t have the large advertising budget required to brand icons too generic to help consumers understand the nature of your business. In short, then, your logo needs to convey what you do and who you are and leave a positive brand impression,” explains Dan. “That’s why small business logo design is a different animal from corporate logo design,” he continues. “Corporations can throw enough money into marketing to ensure that people associate any symbol or graphic with their name. Small businesses don’t usually have that luxury: Each impression is so important. You need to very quickly connect with your audience members and give them something to latch on to -- at the same time that you give them something disruptive in your competitive space.”

    2. Pick typography that reflects what you stand for.
    The vast majority of small business brands are built upon two primary elements: their typographic elements and their graphic or iconic element. Together, these factors form the basic structure for most logo designs. According to Dan, “Next to the graphical element or icon, the typography used in your logo design is the most critical choice that a designer makes in representing your small business brand. Typography communicates much about your brand -- whether it’s a brand that's whimsical or elegant, established or common, fresh or futuristic. Your typography should be in harmony with, and balance with, the graphic or icon in order to optimize the audience’s first impression.”

    3. Choose colors wisely.
    Certain industries have very typical color palettes that are traditional to their industry. For example, heating and air conditioning companies often use red and blue in their branding. But, try to think outside of the box when devising brand colors. “Look closely at your competitors, then choose a color scheme unlikely to be confused with that of existing brands. Again, think about being disruptive in your space by choosing unique hues,” urges Dan.

    4. Consider how your logo will be used.
    “Whenever possible, avoid using a logo that requires a lot of explanation,” he says. “If your small business relies on outdoor media, such as signs or vehicles, a memorable icon is especially important. It should link the viewer to the message, quickly and efficiently. One simple test is to cover up the lettering and simply look at the graphic. Does it give the viewer an idea as to the nature of the business? It’s also vitally important to think about the big picture. How is your logo going to look in the various executions of the brand? Will it thrive in one format but suffer in another? Or, are there certain marketing channels you might use in the future, wherein the logo will need to work well?”

    5. Hire a pro.
    With so much of a business’ success riding on how well their branding performs, this generally isn’t the place to cut corners. Yet, so many businesses look for the least expensive option, because they don’t necessarily understand the value of a good brand and how it will affect their chances of success. “The most important part of any branding exercise is an open dialogue between the brand strategist and the client. Choose a firm where you will speak directly with the person developing your brand. Make sure all artwork created is original, not derived from clip art. Choose a firm with a thorough understanding of all those applications where your brand eventually will be deployed,” says Dan.

    Build a foundation. With so many small businesses suffering from poor brands, they have a real opportunity to be unique and stand out. “One look at your logo should provide a reasonable expectation of a good experience. The logo is the hub for your brand and sets the stage for all of your strategic messaging,” he says. “If you create a logo that will build a strong foundation for your brand, you will empower your business to thrive.”

    Dan Antonelli


    About Dan Antonelli & Graphic D-Signs: Dan Antonelli has over 20 years’ experience in small business logo design and marketing strategy. As CEO and Creative Director of Graphic D-Signs, Inc., The Small Business Advertising Agency®, he’s helped nearly one thousand individual brands recognize the better side of business: all while building a best-in-class agency that’s collectively earned over 200 design awards. Eighteen years later, Graphic D-Signs has grown to a 15-person team focused on branding, web design & development, marketing & advertising services, and catering exclusively to small businesses. His expertise on small business marketing has been referenced by Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Fox Business News, SiriusXM, SignCraft Magazine, Intuit Small Business Blog, The Newark Star Ledger, HVACR Magazine, Contracting Business, and Green Industry Pros, among others. The definitive industry expert on logo design for small business, Dan has authored three books on the subject and established his agency as the premier brand-building agency for small businesses nationwide. Dan’s newest book, ‘Building a Big Small Business Brand’ is topping the charts on Amazon with dozens of 5-Star reviews so far! For more information, visit http://graphicd-signs.com.


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    WEF 2016 PwC's 19th Annual Global CEO Survey


    PwC presented this year’s result of the Global CEO Survey. The key findings in the report show that two-thirds of CEOs (66%) see more threats facing their businesses today than three years ago and just over a quarter (27%) believe global growth will improve over the next 12 months, a decline of 10 points on last year.

    In addition, findings from the survey show only slightly more than a third (35%) are very confident of their own company growth in the coming year, down four points on last year (39%), and even one point below 2013.

    PwC's 19th Annual Global CEO Survey was conducted during the last quarter of 2015, with 1409 CEO respondents in 83 countries.

    Available video includes highlights from PwC's press briefing in Davos, interview clips and general footage of Davos.The video content that we are offering includes general views and soundbites with PwC’s Chairman, Dennis Nally and other PwC executives from Germany, UK and the US.

    http://thenewsmarket.com/

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    Your Emotional IQ Matters—Here's How to Increase Yours


    Leadership development programs designed to increase emotional intelligence have matured during the last 15 years. So why haven’t we seen a big change in the way executives relate to one other? Despite reading books and articles, taking assessments and attending seminars, leaders still lean toward old habits.

    Emotional Intelligence scores typically climb with titles, but peak with middle management, according to Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0. Any higher up the ladder, and the scores plummet. CEOs rank at the bottom.

    Poison Still Exists in the Boardroom

    Toxic behaviors from leaders are still prevalent, from the warehouse to the boardroom. Leaders openly yell at, embarrass and publicly criticize subordinates. Tempers flare, anger surfaces, and emotions are unchecked or mismanaged. In toxic work cultures, passive aggressiveness is the rule, not the exception.

    This happens for two reasons: One, leaders simply don’t have sufficient desire to be better—i.e., they don’t care. The other is lack of self-awareness.

    All models of emotional intelligence start with a foundation of self-awareness. Most coaching time should be spent on self-awareness because that is where the gold is still to be found. There are two ways to gain self-awareness:

    Listen to and honestly examine the stories you are telling yourself in your head. Are they true? How do you know? This simply requires quiet time for self-reflection and to practice mindfulness.

    Seek feedback from others. This requires you to identify people who feel safe with you, who you would freely invite to tell you how they react to you, and how they think others react to you. It requires honesty and, of course, the right time and environment where the conversation can occur without interruption.

    Easy,right? No, of course not. These steps take time and commitment to change.

    1. If Business is Good, Why Should You Care?

    Coming face-to-face with your flaws, defects of character, pride, ego, distrust, fear – being vulnerable – does not come easily. Further, if business is booming, deadlines are met, and stock value is going up, why go through this exercise? Why dig deeper when all is well on the surface? You dig because you can always up your leadership game and because it will make a difference in how you engage with your team, your vendors and clients.

    2. Listen to Your Own Stories

    Force some quiet time every day where your cell phones go off completely and your door is shut for 10 minutes. I have clients who break out in a cold sweat at the thought, but I urge you to try it. Breathe deeply and slowly, and see what surfaces. Let the thoughts roll through your brain like a digital ticker tape. Notice what is happening and see if you can articulate how that experience feels. Pay special attention to anything that feels difficult or sparks negative emotions, as these feelings point to something larger underneath. When you take the time to look below the surface, you can see a glimpse of the source.

    3. Listen to Stories of Others

    Pick one person who you trust to tell you the complete truth about how you look to them. Ask them to find something they believe you do that causes others to disconnect from you – to avoid you, to shut down around you, to be less the honest. This is tough stuff. It requires both courage to take this feedback and a desire to hear it. If you are doing something like this now, keep at it - do it more.

    Following these three simple steps will put you well on your way to better self-awareness—not only as a leader, but also as a person. And that is good for everyone.

    Kevin McHugh is the president of JKM Management Development, a management consulting firm specializing in increasing organizational performance and coaching business leaders to develop emotional awareness, conflict resolution capabilities, and maximize executive effectiveness. He is author of The Honest Executive. Learn more at http://jkevinmchugh.com/.


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    New Commerce Department Data Shows that Minority Entrepreneurship is Growing


    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce today released the final results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO), which found that business ownership in our nation is mirroring our increasingly diverse population. Minority-owned firms in the U.S. rose from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8.0 million in 2012, and employed 7.2 million people in 2012. While the number of minority-owned businesses increased by 2.2 million, the number of non-minority- owned businesses declined by 1.1 million, from 20.1 million in 2007 to 18.9 million in 2012.

    “The Commerce Department is committed to supporting all of America’s businesses, and ensuring that small and minority-owned firms in particular have the tools they need to thrive,” said National Director for Minority Business Alejandra Y. Castillo. “The Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has been a proud and steadfast partner to our nation’s 8 million minority-owned businesses, to better equip these firms to create jobs and increase revenues.

    From 2007 to 2012, the percentage of minority-owned firms increased from 22 percent to 29 percent of the total number of U.S. firms. Hispanic-owned firms increased by 46.3 percent from 2.4 million to 3.3 million. The number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander firms rose 45.3 percent from 37,687 to 54,749. Black or African American-owned firms rose from 1.9 to 2.6 million, and the number of Asian-owned firms climbed from 1.5 million to 1.9 million.

    “This new Census Bureau data underscores the rapid growth in minority-owned firms. Nonetheless, considerable disparities remain between their revenue and nonminority companies in our economy,” said Director Castillo. “MBDA is committed to eliminating disparities in access to capital and contracts so that minority businesses may fully participate in the economy. Next year, MBDA will invest nearly $13.4 million in grants to continue to support the growth and expansion of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE)s.”

    Regional highlights from the final 2012 SBO data:

    California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Georgia remain the states with the highest numbers of minority-owned businesses.

    California led all states with 1.6 million minority-owned firms in 2012. Los Angeles County, Calif., led the nation in the number of Hispanic-, Asian-, and American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms in 2012. It also ranked second in the number of Black or African American- and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander-owned firms.

    Georgia had more Black or African American-owned firms in 2012 than any other state (256,848), followed by Florida (251,216). The Atlanta metro area had more Black or African American-owned firms (176,245) in 2012 than any other metro area besides the New York metro area (250,890).

    Hawaii was the only state in 2012 in which the majority (51.5 percent) of all firms were Asian-owned. California ranked second with 17.0 percent.

    Among the 50 most populous U.S. cities, New York, NY had the most Hispanic-owned firms with 199,085. El Paso, TX and Miami, FL had the highest proportion of Hispanic-owned firms with 73.9 percent and 69.2 percent, respectively.

    California led all states in the number of women-owned firms in 2012, with 1.3 million. To access the detailed SBO data, visithttp://www.census.gov/econ/sbo/getdata.html.

    About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
    MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 45 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets.


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    (BPRW) VEDC and JPMorgan Chase Announce Loan Fund for African American-Owned Small Businesses

    -- The National African American Small Business Loan Fund will increase economic opportunity for small businesses that lack access to credit and primarily serve low-income communities in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles --


    (BLACK PR WIRE) -- NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- VEDC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a new lending program for African American-owned small businesses in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. The National African American Small Business Loan Fund will boost economic opportunity for minority-owned businesses in these cities and help them serve low-income communities by providing them with greater access to capital, technical assistance and financial consulting. JPMorgan Chase Foundation has contributed a $3 million grant to help VEDC reach its goal of creating a $30 million loan fund.

    Facilitated by VEDC, a California 501(c)3 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), this new Fund will provide financing for businesses across all industries. By providing the initial $3 million grant to seed the Fund, JPMorgan Chase is helping VEDC support small businesses that are a critical source of jobs and economic opportunity in their neighborhoods, but may be credit-impaired and unable to qualify for traditional capital. Without access to sustainable financing, these businesses may miss a growth opportunity or risk closing their operations.

    “As a direct small business lender and a leading intermediary of SBA loan programs, VEDC has a 39-year track record of providing business services to small businesses in low-and middle-income communities and especially in communities of color,” said Robert Barragan, President and CEO, VEDC. “Approximately 20 percent of our existing portfolio serves the African American community. With JPMorgan Chase’s seed funding, we look forward to helping more small businesses in our effort to further narrow the lending gap.”

    Currently, there are 268,000 African American-owned small businesses in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – making them among the top cities for African American-owned small businesses. With ownership of approximately 1.9 million, 7 percent of small businesses nationwide, African Americans are the fastest growing segment of small business owners.1 However, business loans to African American entrepreneurs have yet to rebound since the economic downturn in 2008.

    To address this need, the National African American Small Business Loan Fund will provide short and long-term loans. Loan sizes will vary, but the average loan will range from $35,000 to $250,000. The JPMorgan Chase grant will allow the National African American Small Business Loan Fund to provide loans and technical assistance and establish a loan loss reserve. This reserve will allow VEDC to expand its lending criteria to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles small businesses that traditionally did not qualify for a loan.

    “African American small business owners have identified flexible capital as a critical resource for growth, but they face a shortage of this kind of support,” said Janis Bowdler, Head of Community Development for Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase. “CDFIs like VEDC provide small businesses with the consulting and financing they need to grow their operations and often serve as a bridge to traditional bank loans down the road. We’re proud to partner with VEDC on this new fund, which will increase access to the capital and assistance that African American entrepreneurs need most.”

    Businesses receiving financing will be able to use the capital to expand, finance equipment, address short-term cash flow needs and provide contractor lines of credit. The Fund will also provide small business loan recipients with technical assistance such as networking, marketing, business plan development and financial consulting. Eligible small businesses must be majority-owned by African Americans.

    Notable Statements of Support

    “This new lending program will be another critical piece in our ongoing efforts to promote small business development and entrepreneurship in all Chicago communities, and particularly those that have traditionally lacked access to capital,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “By investing in Chicago’s minority-owned businesses, VEDC and JPMorgan Chase are showing the power of the private sector to help cities tackle some of our biggest challenges.”

    “African American-owned small businesses are vital economic engines in Los Angeles, and when they are empowered, our communities have new doors open to them — opportunities that they both need and deserve,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We expect great things from this fund, and thank VEDC and JPMorgan Chase for their commitment to addressing this great need.”

    “These small businesses are the heart of our neighborhoods,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “They put people to work and create opportunity for families to make their way up the economic ladder. We are excited to partner with JPMorgan Chase and our fellow cities to support and grow African-American small businesses.”

    “We know that mission lenders hold the key in providing a sustainable source of capital to minority borrowers and those that have been left out of the economic mainstream,” said Grady Hedgespeth, Director of U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Economic Opportunity.

    This new fund complements the recently launched Detroit Minority Business Loan Fund – a $6.5 million loan fund for Detroit’s minority-owned small businesses – announced last month by Detroit Development Fund, JPMorgan Chase and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Detroit is the fourth largest U.S. city for the number of minority-owned businesses.

    Interested small businesses in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles can learn more about eligibility by contacting VEDC at (212) 231-4310.

    About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. The firm uses its global resources, expertise, insights and scale to address some of the most urgent challenges facing communities around the world including the need for increased economic opportunity. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

    About VEDC
    VEDC is a leading non-profit small business lender that is changing the way small business lending is done by making it more available and impactful. With a growing footprint, VEDC has lent $380 million in direct and guaranteed loans to over 104,000 small businesses and created more than 28,000 new jobs. VEDC’s mission, as a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), is to help create jobs and promote small business development in under-served communities. It provides loans and micro-financing options to small businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities, that don’t qualify for traditional financing. VEDC’s expanding portfolio is composed of community-based loan funds in California, Illinois, Nevada, Utah, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and New York. For more information, visit www.vedc.org.

    1 http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/business_ownership/cb11-24.html


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    (BPRW) ConnXus Debuts All-in-One Supplier Diversity Management Tool at 2015 NMSDC Conference San Diego

    Web platform brings simplicity to corporate Supplier Diversity initiatives and more opportunities for a growing number of minority businesses across the globe


    (BLACK PR WIRE) -- MASON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ConnXus®, the Mason, Ohio-based company that connects diverse and small businesses with companies seeking to expand and diversify their supplier base, has upgraded its technology platform to better connect buyers and suppliers in the marketplace.

    The platform, centered on an innovative all-in-one user dashboard, will debut at the 2015 NMSDC Conference in San Diego, California this month. ConnXus team members will provide live product demonstrations during the Business Opportunity Exchange on Oct. 19. Look for booth 947.

    Demonstration will be available on-demand, or schedule a demo with a ConnXus account executive ahead of the conference. Get all the information you need at the ConnXus website.https://connxus.com/blog/join-connxus-2015-nmsdc-conference The intuitive, new Web interface allows buyers to access compliance information, find, hire and manage suppliers, and track diverse supplier spend. Additionally, suppliers can create and manage a custom profile, upload certification documents and find potential opportunities with match notifications in the ConnXus platform.

    “This tool is a game-changer in the supplier diversity space,” says ConnXus COO Daryl Hammett. “This platform allow users to manage every aspect of their supplier diversity program in one place, creating an easy, seamless experience.”

    ConnXus corporate supplier diversity tools include:

    •ConnXus Scrub: Identify and validate diverse suppliers in your existing database

    •Supplier Registration Portal: Collect, search and filter key diverse vendor information in a private, branded repository.

    •TierTracker®: Capture direct and indirect Tier1 and Tier2 spend with customized reports in a single repository.

    •ConnXus Database: Access a database of more than 1.7 million diverse suppliers (refreshed daily).

    These upgraded products reflect months of feedback from current and potential customer feedback, and more fully reflect our motto: Supplier Diversity Made Simple®.

    “The all-in-one dashboard feature makes a historically manual process more efficient. This makes our clients jobs easier, and facilitates a more sustainable diverse supply chain,” says Account Executive Carrie Hawkins.

    To date, ConnXus has helped Fortune 500 companies navigate the procurement process, including The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s Corporation, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Brown Forman.

    About ConnXus
    Headquartered in Mason, Ohio, ConnXus helps grow small, woman- and minority-owned businesses by connecting them to Fortune 2000 corporations seeking a competitive edge through supplier diversity. Our membership-driven platform champions quality buyer and supplier relationships through bid, marketing and direct communication opportunities.


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    (BPRW) Charles D. King’s Media Holding Company MACRO Announces Initial Partners

    Diverse range of investors signal widespread vote of confidence for new venture with eight-figure round


    (BLACK PR WIRE) LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MACRO, the next generation multi-platform media company founded by former WME Partner/Agent Charles D. King, announced today that it has closed its first round of funding earlier this summer.

    “I couldnt be more thrilled with this incredible group of partners and investors. Among them, they represent some of the most boundary-pushing, innovative thinkers and leaders in their respective fields of technology, finance and media,” says Charles D. King, CEO & Founder of MACRO. “Most importantly, these individuals ascribe to the global vision of MACRO and understand what a tremendous opportunity awaits us. Their endorsement enables MACRO to create universally themed premium content for the African American, Latino and multicultural market, which has been vastly underserved for too long.”

    MACRO received a boost from its lead investor Emerson Collective, founded by Laurene Powell Jobs. Emerson Collective supports social entrepreneurs who are innovating ways to create lasting avenues for social and economic mobility. Powell Jobs shapes the vision of the company and their focus on collaborating with partners who harness the entrepreneurial spirit and are determined to disrupt the status quo by accelerating positive change.

    King has also secured financing from MNM Creative, a multimedia and entertainment company with offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. The firm is dedicated to supporting, producing and financing diversity-driven, multicultural content across all media with its strategic partners in the U.S. and across Asia. Also participating in the round is digital media expert Michael Kassan’s firm Medialink. Medialink is a strategic advisory and business development firm that operates at the intersection of media, marketing, advertising, entertainment, technology and finance.

    Other notable investors in the company include Wall Street Titan and MACRO advisor, Raymond J. McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citibank, tech entrepreneur/investor Justin Yoshimura and Michael Kane, Managing Director of the Los Angeles based private equity firm Caltius Capital.

    “Charles is uniquely poised to lead what’s sure to become the kind of media company that will launch careers and brands, but more importantly add rich value to our entertainment culture,” said Laurene Powell Jobs. “Charles has an extraordinary set of creative instincts — he’s demonstrated a remarkable ability to amplify talent, trends, and content to multi-cultural audiences throughout his career.”

    Corey Martin of Davis, Shapiro, Lewit, Grabel, Leven, Granderson and Blake structured the holding company financing for MACRO alongside co-counsel Irell & Manella and Latham & Watkins.

    MACRO has already lined up projects from filmmakers Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) and Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) that will be announced at a later date.

    ABOUT MACRO
    Launched in 2015, MACRO is an innovative media asset holding company founded by Charles D. King, former long-time partner at William Morris Endeavor (WME). The disruptive entertainment company is focused on premium content creation, distribution and engagement for African American, Latino and multicultural (ALM) audiences. King is the first and only African American to rise from the mailroom to partner in the 116-year history of WME. His career as an agent spanned over 15 years, during which he was known for his innovative deal making and his strategic planning in developing brands for and around his clients. The executive and management team at MACRO includes Ronald Hohauser as Chief Financial Officer, Poppy Hanks as SVP/Development and Production and Michael Palank as VP/Digital and Business Development. Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix and Raymond J. McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citibank, serve on the advisory board of the company. MACRO’s headquarters are in the Kilroy Realty Sunset Media Center in the heart of Hollywood. Go to www.macro.ventures for more information.


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    Mixing the Perfect Sales Cocktail

    by Anthony Caliendo


    Sales can be complicated! Whether you’re a career sales professional or just starting your first sales job, being a good salesperson can be frustrating and complex. Different factors contribute to sales complexity:

  • being able to find the right lucrative opportunity

  • having access to the right resources

  • selling the right product or service that appeals to businesses and consumers

  • developing effective lead generating techniques

  • learning how to navigate through a complex sale

  • I've watched sales professionals expend an enormous amount of energy making sure all these aspects align so they achieve the success and income that they desire and deserve.


  • One factor in achieving sales success that is the absolute most essential but most frequently ignored is the “human factor.” The two most important and critical components to a successful sales process are you and your customer, no matter what you’re selling. As humans, we have different personalities, tendencies, habits, quirks that can simplify or utterly complicate sales. At the end of the day, salespeople must recognize that when you strip away all of the other variables in the sales process, the two constants that will always dictate sales success or failure are who is selling and who is buying. Once you accept this fact, then sales suddenly becomes less complicated. Why? Because now sales is all about your desire to sell and their desire to buy.

    With literally thousands of different sales techniques and philosophies that salespeople attempt to master, we find ourselves using trial and error, sampling and tasting until we think we’ve mixed the right sales cocktail that will increase our closing ratios. However, as a sales leader, coach, and the Ultimate Sales Assassin, I know that the most effective sales techniques to produce results and achieve desired outcomes focus on the human factor and the emotions that drive desired behavior:

  • make an impression

  • make connections

  • build relationships and build trust

  • This requires that salespeople perfect the techniques that get you in front of your potential customer, make you likable and above all, persuasive.


  • 5 Top Techniques for Mixing a Successful Sales Cocktail

    #1 – Sell Yourself. My one universal concept that never varies or waivers no matter if your sales business is B2C, B2B, retail, real estate, insurance, technology, securities or manufactured goods: selling is not about selling your product or service, it’s about selling yourself. That doesn’t mean that you don’t need product knowledge or that you don’t need to create value to influence the close. But consider this: having an A+ product with A+ product knowledge means nothing if you can’t even advance to the presentation.

    First and foremost, you have to think of yourself as your product. What attracts consumers to a product? The packaging, its features, its price, its guarantees. Manufacturers design and market their goods with consumer appeal uppermost in their mind. As a sales person, you have to market yourself in the same manner. You are the manufacturer of your product: which is you. Dress for success, channel confidence and charisma from within, and attract your buyer to you. You have to make an impression. Be unique. Be distinctive. Be remembered or be forgotten.

    At trade shows, I’m known as The Suit. Even if the dress code is business casual, I show up in a suit because that’s how I want to be remembered: the guy who always looks professional and is ready to deal with the CEO or the doorman. You know the saying: “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” What first impression are you giving your prospects?

    #2 – Make Your Prospect Comfortable. Frankly, make them like you. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, persistence and annoyance, being knowledgeable and being a know-it-all. You have to know where and when to draw that line. You have to make your customer want to engage with you and do business with you. Even with today’s online researching and buying trends they will not buy from you if they do not like you and trust you.

    #3 – Master “The Art of Asking Questions Without Asking.” You must make a connection with your buyer. Learn how to get them off the defense and extract as much information as possible so you can assess their needs – without them even realizing it. The best advice I can give new salespeople is to learn how to open up the dialogue and then learn how to listen. Listening is a skill: not everyone is born with the ability to listen. But if you want to learn how to improve your sales skills, learn and practice your listening skills. Next thing you know you’ve gathered all the info you need for your closing arsenal. Now close.

    Remember: LISTEN and SILENT are spelled with the same letters. Think about it.

    #4 – Isolate Your Buyer’s Hot Spots. Create value, create need and create solutions for your potential buyer. In today’s buying cycle the vast majority of buyers have done their online research before they ever speak to a salesperson. They asked for recommendations, they’ve Googled your company and you, and they have decided that they want to hear your pitch. Don’t waste their time: hone in on what is actually important to them and then be prepared to give them the solutions they are looking for, not the pitch you’ve been preparing for months.

    That’s not to say you shouldn’t have your big pitch ready: a Sales Assassin is always prepared to change course to meet the buyer’s needs. They know their problem: but you have the solution. A buyer may be very clear that he needs to purchase ABC, but when you hear the problem a good salesperson is prepared to explain why XYZ is the real solution to their need. Don’t confuse this with up-selling: cross-selling is solving problems the client may not even realize he has, or known that you could solve. Refer to #3: LISTEN.

    #5 – Recognize Emotional Drivers and Negotiate Accordingly. Don’t be so preoccupied with your own goal to reach the finish line that you fail to identify your potential buyer’s signals. You are pitching a product to your prospect to solve their problem – not to solve yours. So when your prospect is giving you clues as to what they may be thinking or feeling, you need to recognize that this is what drives them to make their final buying decisions. In reality, we all know salespeople do have to solve their problems: meeting quota, a family to support, a sales manager watching their every move. But that’s your problem: not your client’s. Once you make your problems the client’s, you’re sure to lose the relationship and the sale. So tune in and negotiate accordingly.

    Once you’ve solved the client’s problem, you’re their hero – and you’re their go-to sales rep.

    Anthony Caliendo is a self-made man, entrepreneur, corporate visionary, leadership coach, and author of The Sales Assassin – Master Your Black Belt in Sales. Learn more at www.thesalesassassin.com.


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    Amazing.com is making every employee their own boss!


    AUSTIN, Texas—Friday Aug. 7, A 2-year-old Austin startup focused on helping people start their own businesses by offering online training, tools and active business communities is now helping its employees do the same. Today, Amazing.com launched Startup Fridays which offers employees time and resources to work on their own entrepreneurial goals.

    As entrepreneurship is exploding around the United States, Amazing.com is doing its part to get people into working for themselves and their own businesses, instead of working for someone else. Amazing.com believes so strongly in this mission that they are not only encouraging every employee to start their own business, they are also putting way more than just their money where their mouth is.

    Matt Clark, CEO and co-founder of Amazing.com, said, “Helping our employees start their own businesses accomplishes several things. It helps them truly understand what we do for our customers every day, they better learn our course products and they get to live the customer experience. It truly makes them a part of the company mission of helping people start their own business.”

    Amazing.com is letting any employee take one of their business-starting courses, giving them every Friday free to work on growing their business while still getting paid to do their regular job. The founders of the company are going way beyond that and even offering to mentor the employees to help them get their businesses off the ground and running. And to make sure the employees can give this a real go, Amazing.com is even offering angel funding for each employee to invest in inventory or marketing to help grow their businesses.

    Jason Katzenback, President and co-founder said, “Not only do I believe that this unique opportunity will help foster employee engagement and productivity, but I believe we’ll also discover more opportunities to improve our courses and platform.”

    Amazing.com made the announcement to employees a few weeks ago and officially kicked it off today in their downtown Austin office with the inaugural Startup Friday.

    About Amazing.com
    Founded in 2013, Amazing.com is redefining entrepreneurship by helping people build their own businesses. Offering results-focused training, exceptional business tools, and a strong, supportive online community, the company empowers people from all walks of life to become successful business owners.

    Amazing.com offers a variety of courses to help every level of entrepreneur, from beginner to veteran, build or boost their business. They achieve this by partnering with proven, entrepreneurial business leaders to develop and teach their courses.

    Amazing.com is headquartered in Austin, TX, where an abundance of technical talent, a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, and access to the world’s best barbecue combine for the perfect conditions to drive company growth.

    For more information about how Amazing.com can help you, visit www.Amazing.com.


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    From Winning Investment on Dragons Den to Helping Budding Entrepreneurs Make their Fortune






    While starting a new business is always a steep learning curve underpinned by long hours, stress and strong faith and courage to keep going, the ultimate gain can be well worth the initial pain in starting up. From flexibility and personal freedom to great financial profits, running a successful business can be more rewarding than the security foreseen in a regular job.

    Successful entrepreneurs recognize the importance of a good mentor and strong support network and Goldgenie’s new Business Opportunity aptly titled the "Mastermind Programme" may be just the golden ticket to the personal freedom and financial independence that building and running your own business can bring.

    Founded by award-winning entrepreneur Laban Roomes, who incidentally got the first televised investment from Mr. James Caan on series 5 of the hit Dragons Den show and then went on to purchase 100% of his shares back soon after to take a gamble on franchising his leading luxury gift and customisation company Goldgenie worldwide.

    Laban Roomes is personally launching the new programme to assist entrepreneurs who are looking to start out on their own. He is looking for entrepreneurial people who would like to work under the guidance of the Goldgenie team and potentially earn in excess of £60,000 per year working part or full time in their own business customising everyday items.

    The Goldgenie Business system and Mastermind programme will allow just 10 entrepreneurs each month to work personally with Laban Roomes to establish and grow their own successful businesses as Goldgenie Certified Professionals while building their own company. There are no franchise fees, royalties, or fixed rates to pay, just a one off fee of £2,447.50 plus VAT.

    Goldgenie Certified Professionals are supplied with a "business in a box" which will include a plug-in-and-play gold plating system and everything that you could possibly need including: personalised business stationery, marketing materials and all of the brand’s high resolution images for marketing use.

    Members of the Mastermind Programme will also receive a Crystalgenie kit, equipping themselves with the tools to diversify their customisation service by offering clients the option to embellish their items with Swarovski Crystals along with their own fully configured e-commerce website.

    The business has the ability to take a B2B model too and many Goldgenie certified professionals are busy working to meet the demands of hotels, luxury car dealerships, interior designers, jewellery and antique stores, restaurants and even buildings of worship. These are just some examples of how Goldgenie Certified Professionals are creating niches and expanding the luxury customisation market, which is not only highly exciting but also highly flexible.

    “With modern technology, the world is truly your oyster. From reaching customers to building business-to-business relationships, the infrastructure is freely available to support your business growth and reach new heights. I know from experience that getting started can be the steepest climb which is why I hope to personally offer more entrepreneurs the encouragement and boost they need to launch their business under the guidance of our expertise.”

    Known for their lustrous finishes in 24K Gold, Platinum and Rose Gold, Goldgenie’s collections include technology and lifestyle accessories including their popular iPhone Elite range and ground-breaking personalised items such as their recently released 24K Gold British Racing Bike, Segwheel and Diamond Ecstasy iPhone.

    Goldgenie no stranger to success supplied corporate and customised gifts to be Emmys and Oscars not to mention blue chip corporations, such as Blackberry, Aston Martin and Rolls Royce and celebrities such The Beckhams, Elton John, Roman Abramovich and P. Diddy as clients.

    For more information on how to join the Mastermind Programme please email Marcus@goldgenie.com call +44 208 804 6200 or visit our web page here:http://www.goldgenie.com/business-opportunity-mastermind_1_sta.php

    Website: www.goldgenie.com


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    Chris Foster's Non-Toxic Movement/M. Boutique Products






    Finally, a line of household products that are 100% safe for your family, your pets, and the environment! Chris Foster was inspired to create M. Boutique during his mother Mina’s battle with cancer. After her diagnosis, Foster did some research and learned that there was evidence linking the harsh chemicals in many household cleaners to cancer. He was sure that the years his mother spent cleaning homes and offices may have contributed to her diagnosis. Determined to create change, Foster created M. Boutique.

    M. Boutique’s products are unique in that they are free of all chemicals and are made using only all-natural and organic ingredients. All of M. Boutique’s products are available in five signature fragrances, each created from pure organic essential oils. The unique fragrances are Geranium Wild Ginger, Lavender Smoke, Lemon Wild Verbena, Moroccan Rose Wild Mint, and Neroli Lotus Blossom.

    M. Boutique features several product lines. For your home, a line of household cleaning products that include everything from laundry detergent to glass cleaner. To pamper yourself, look no further than M. Boutique’s Foster My Body, a line of shower and bath gels, shampoos, and facial products. Pair these with M. Boutique’s luxury candles and soaps for a true spa-like experience.

    And to keep your furry friends healthy and happy, turn to Pet’s By Jorge, M. Boutique’s line of pet grooming products, which include pet shampoo, paw therapy, and fur hydrating butter. Scandal star Kerry Washington recently revealed to US Weekly that she is a huge fan of M. Boutique and swears by Pets By Jorge for her dog! To learn more about Pets By Jorge, check out Chris Foster’s visit to The Pet Show with Dr. Katy Nelson.

    To purchase any of M. Boutique’s products visit Mboutiqueintl.com.


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    Five Steps to Integrating Coaching into your Talent Management Strategy

    by Renée Robertson


    Coaching means many things to many people. Many times a certain technique that is referred to as “coaching,” isn’t really coaching at all; it’s actually counseling or feedback. For example, you may have heard or had this happen to you – a manager will say, “Let me give you some coaching around ABC,” and they proceed to explain to an employee why the employee failed to accomplish a task. The manager then explains the way ABC needs to be done. More times than not, the recipient of this so-called “coaching” walks away disillusioned by what they think was a coaching experience and perhaps, deflated and unmotivated. As a result, coaching can get a bad rap and employees may begin to disengage. So what does a real coaching conversation look like? Well, something like this: “So, how do you think your presentation on ABC went?” The employee is given time to reflect, respond and be an active participant in the conversation. The manager continues to ask thoughtful questions such as: “What would you have done differently?,” ”What actions will you take?,” or “How can I support you?” Do you notice the difference? This is a coaching conversation—the employee is empowered to act while being supported by their manager. The employee gains confidence knowing that they own the outcome while feeling acknowledged and supported by their manager.

    Now more than ever, there is a great opportunity to bring coaching into organizations. According to Gallup’s study on the global workplace, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work or are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations. Therefore, 63% are "not engaged." If this is the case, then why not integrate coaching into your talent management strategy, not only to increase employee engagement, but to achieve other talent development goals such as developing certain competencies like problem-solving, strategic thinking or filling your talent pipeline with ready-now talent for upward or lateral assignments?

    In order to integrate coaching into your talent management strategy, the following five steps should be taken:

    1. Educate Your Leaders: Start at the top and educate your executives on the differences and benefits of coaching versus counseling. Interview them on their perspectives on coaching and assess their willingness to participate and support a coaching initiative. Explain the benefits of coaching and ask them where they see applications for coaching inside their organizations.

    2. Identify Coaches, Participants and Executive Sponsors: Look for individuals and managers that can become trained to be internal coaches inside your company. These individuals may be inside your talent management and organizational development areas or could exist inside the business itself. Consider having talent management or Human Resources executives trained and credentialed by the International Coach Federation as professional coaches. As a result, they will be in an excellent position to coach executives in the company. Alternatively, you may choose to utilize external coaches. If so, you can submit a request via the International Coach Federation Coach Referral Service website or ask colleagues for recommendations.

    Simultaneously, you will want to identify candidates to participate in the coaching program. Therefore, review your succession planning and consider top talent managers, directors and executives. Participants should be excited to be part of the program and willing to make a commitment. Just as important as identifying the coaches and participants is to make certain that you have executive sponsorship. Determine which executives would like to sponsor the program and be a participant. Request that they support you in your coach and participant identification, marketing efforts, during participant enrollment and throughout the program’s life cycle.

    3. Manage Expectations: Be sure to clearly set expectations with your internal coaches, individuals being coached, the executive sponsors and, of course, your managers and colleagues. It is best to run the initial program as a pilot and build upon its success. Make certain everyone is clear on the goals of the program, time commitment and their roles and responsibilities.

    4. Train: Enroll your internal coach candidates in a coach-training program that is designed to train individuals that work inside companies as a coach. If you choose to enroll internal employees to become coaches, ensure they’re being coached by a coach with experience coaching internal coaches. In addition, be sure to train the individuals who are to be coached on the role and responsibilities of the participant. While training your coaches, be sure to establish a clear and consistent process for enrolling clients, coaching time and exiting clients. The key here is to ensure that everyone participating has a similar experience.

    5. Measure Success: Prior to starting the program, determine how you will measure its success. It may be done simply by using a Net–Promoter score or setting up a simple impact study. It doesn’t have to be a rigorous measurement such as ROI. If your program is embraced and utilized (coaching clients show up and participate in the coaching), then that’s a great sign. Interviewing them or surveying them on the benefits they received is also an excellent idea. In addition, be sure to ask the managers of the program’s participants about the changes they may have noticed in their employee’s behaviors after being coached.

    In a time where we’re surrounded by change and have so many demands on our personal and professional lives, the need for coaching is at an all time high. Coaching is a model for engagement, empowerment and accountability. It teaches those being coached to be responsible and to “own” their results. By engaging in coaching, you’re making a decision to replace mediocrity with high-performance. So let’s ask ourselves, who and what company doesn’t want full engagement and high-performance?

    Renée Robertson is a two-time International Coach Federation Prism Award Winner for Internal Coaching, in addition to being the CEO of Trilogy Development. She shares her insights and first-hand experience in her new book, The Coaching Solution: How to Drive Talent Development, Organizational Change and Business Results. To learn more, visit www.trilogydevelopment.com.


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    NATION’S TOP ENTREPRENEURS OF COLOR TO CONVENE IN NEW ORLEANS JULY 1-3 FOR 2ND ANNUAL POWERMOVES.NOLA CONFERENCE

    New Platform Connects High-Growth Minority-Owned Startups with Leading Investors


    NEW ORLEANS (June 3, 2015) — PowerMoves.NOLA is convening the country’s premier entrepreneurs of color for its second annual national conference in New Orleans on July 1-3, 2015 to coincide with ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®. The three-day event is designed to connect nationally-sourced entrepreneurs with a preeminent network of advisors, experts, and investors. The conference advances PowerMoves.NOLA’s mission to increase the number of America’s venture-backed, minority-founded companies in high-tech and high-growth sectors. It is made possible through the generous support of Chevron as Founding Sponsor and Morgan Stanley as Presenting Sponsor.

    “Entrepreneurs of color do not typically have access to deep pools of capital, and this event is about identifying the very best of this historically overlooked talent pool and connecting them to experienced investors. The entrepreneurs get unparalleled access, and the investors are exposed to attractive prospective investment opportunities at reasonable valuations,” said Earl Robinson, the president of PowerMoves.NOLA.

    More than 50 highly-regarded investors and advisors and some 40 entrepreneurs will be in attendance. In addition to hand-selecting the nation’s most promising entrepreneurs of color, several invitation-only events ensure top-quality deal flow.

    The conference will also include the culmination of the PowerUp Boot Camp for early-stage entrepreneurs of color. The intense program helps them develop viable brands, produce effective business models, and prepare for the Demo Day presentation to potential investors held at the conference on July 3.

    For descriptions of all participating entrepreneurs, visit http://www.powermovesnola.org/2015-conference/.

    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    Entergy Angel Pitch
    This pitch will feature five early-stage entrepreneurs competing for a $25,000 cash prize.
    July 2, 9AM - 10:30AM, Club XLIV in Champions Square (LaSalle St)

    Morgan Stanley Series A Pitch
    This pitch will feature five later-stage entrepreneurs competing for a $25,000 cash prize.
    July 2, 11AM - 12:30PM, Club XLIV in Champions Square (LaSalle St)

    PowerMoves Alumni Panel

    This panel will feature former PowerMoves.NOLA Pitch and Demo Day participants as they discuss their experiences scaling their startups and raising capital as entrepreneurs of colors.
    July 2, 2PM - 3:30PM, Club XLIV in Champions Square (LaSalle St)

    Morgan Stanley FinTech Showcase
    This showcase will feature five entrepreneurs representing the financial technology field present their business models to a select group of investors and industry business leaders.

    July 3, 8:30AM - 10AM, Freeport-MacMoRan Building, 1615 Poydras Str, 23rd Floor

    PowerUp Demo Day presented by IBERIABANK
    Twenty early-stage tech entrepreneurs of color will culminate their 6-week boot camp at the PowerUp Demo Day where they will pitch for the chance to win a $15,000 cash prize.

    July 3, 10AM - 11:30AM, Pan American Life Building, 601 Poydras St. -20th Floor - IBERIABANK Atrium

    Big Break Power Pitch
    Four consumer-focused startups founded by entrepreneurs of color will compete at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola® for the chance to get their “Big Break.” The winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize and exposure to investors and business leaders. The Big Break Power Pitch will be moderated by Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisory at Morgan Stanley.
    July 3, 1:30PM – 2:15PM, Center stage in the Ernst M. Morial Convention Center

    More about the conference at http://www.powermovesnola.org/2015-conference/

    ABOUT POWERMOVES.NOLA

    PowerMoves.NOLA is a national initiative to deploy innovative ideas, fresh approaches, and an overall commitment to equity and diversity as a growth strategy to address the generational obstacles that prevent minority entrepreneurship. Leveraging the thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, resources, and culture of New Orleans, PowerMoves.NOLA’s mission is to increase the number of venture-backed minority-founded companies locally and nationally.

    PowerMoves.NOLA is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors including Chevron as Founding Sponsor and Morgan Stanley as the Presenting Sponsor. Other major sponsors include Entergy, IBERIABANK, Liberty Bank, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®.

    In addition to the national conference, programs include City Ventures, PowerUp Boot Camps, and a fellowship.

    City Ventures

    City Ventures introduce regional and national startup talent to partner cities, highlight existing local entrepreneurial resources and ecosystems, and aid in the strategic positioning of those cities as regional hubs for high-growth and high-tech entrepreneurs of color. City Ventures kicked off with the activation of PowerMoves@Detroit sponsored by Morgan Stanley in April. Co-hosted by Invest Detroit, PowerMoves@Detroit was a three-day event in which local and nationally recruited entrepreneurs of color participated in venture capital pitch competitions, vying for $120,000 in direct prizes and a chance to raise their visibility to other investors.

    A short video on PowerMoves@Detroit can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/candlelightfilms/review/127048836/2ec6140b5b

    PowerUp Boot Camp

    PowerUp is an intense boot camp training for early-stage entrepreneurs of color to develop viable and fundable business models with advice from successful entrepreneur and investor mentors. The boot camp begins with a 6-week virtual program where companies attend interactive sessions covering specific entrepreneurship-related topics and pitch coaching. Participants are then brought together for 2-days of mentor-led workshops, peer learning and networking.

    The Fellowship

    The Fellowship, sponsored by Chevron, helps high-growth minority-led startups succeed by individually connecting them to executive, capital and technical assistance through a national network of advisors, mentors, experts and investors. Selected Fellow received $25,000 in investment capital and free office space during their fellowship year the PowerMoves headquarters. Eligible startups commit to have a C-Level executive and be at 25% or more of their FTE employees living in the New Orleans for at least a year.

    More at powermovesnola.org.


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    5 Lessons Learned from a Successful Serial Entrepreneur


    LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (May 21, 2015) – According to the Small Business Administration, only half of all new businesses make it to the five-year mark, and only a third of them survive to reach the 10-year mark. Yet there are people who not only have a successful business, growing it to be a multimillion-dollar company, but that go on to be successful serial entrepreneurs. Figuring out what it takes to have one successful company is a challenge, but doing it more than once is a secret worth sharing.

    “I am thrilled to be at the forefront of another successful company that is helping to revolutionize an industry,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of SAVVY TRAVELER. “There are many lessons learned about what it takes to be successful in business, and if you can master just a few of them your chances will be that much greater.”

    Aldatz’s story is one that most people find impressive, considering she emancipated herself from her parents at the age of 15, and went on to learn everything she could about having a successful business. She created the company “Foot Petals,” which was recognized by Inc. 500, and worth millions. She is now working with her business partner, Margie Floris, to bring that same level of success to SAVVY TRAVELER, a company dedicated to the health and wellness of the traveler.

    Sharing 5 lessons Aldatz has learned from being a successful entrepreneur, she starts by advising that people offer something that is needed. Take a look around and notice that something is lacking or could be improved upon, and find a way to capitalize on that idea. Consumers are always interested in new and improved products that will help them in their life.

    Other lessons include:
    Being able to reach people on multiple levels. In today’s world, people get their information in a variety of ways, including online, through videos, and more. Aldatz helped in this area by writing a book called “From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange,” where she shares information on her journey from struggle to success.

    Having a good understanding of business and a willingness to take chances. Many people have great ideas, but they rarely ever act upon them. Taking the leap to act on one of those great ideas is essential in order to become successful in business. Always being able to overcome challenges, rather than letting them hold you back from reaching your goals. Aldatz overcame numerous challenges in both her private life and professional career, going on to becoming a successful Latina entrepreneur. Giving back to the community and those who have helped you along the way. One thing Aldatz did was to create a good bond with those in her community and then give back and help those in need. Good things come from giving back and helping others.

    “Tina and I have learned many lessons from being entrepreneurs, but also from working together in business,” says Margie Floris, co-founder of SAVVY TRAVELER, a marketing expert who also helped Foot Petals to become globally successful. “Having a partner is a good way to help move the company forward, provided you compliment each other’s skills. We both bring a lot to the table and together we have created an unstoppable team with SAVVY TRAVELER.”

    SAVVY TRAVELER offers a line of products that help to keep travelers healthy and comfortable. For more information, visit the site at www.BeASavvyTraveler.com or follow @BeASavvyTraveler on Instagram or @BeSavvyTraveler on Twitter for product launches and events.

    About SAVVY TRAVELER
    SAVVY TRAVELER is a premier lifestyle brand offering daily use products in convenient kits and single-use packets that are disposable, eco-friendly and made in CA! Savvy Traveler is dedicated to overall travel wellness while offering stylish lifestyle components for both personal and surface use. They are high performance products that are individually packed in a disposable towelette form that remove 99% of surface contamination. Savvy Traveler, American-made products with a modern design, help consumers carry all of their must-haves while they travel for a healthy, easy, on-the-go experience. Ranging from quick-fix beauty needs like deodorant wipes, nail polish remover wipes and facial cleansing wipes to surface wipe sanitizing products (even for your cellphone), each item has been individually packaged and designed for the busy traveler. For more information, visit the site at www.BeASavvyTraveler.com.

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  1. Advance Funds Network...
    Since 2007, we offer financing to small-medium sized businesses, providing them with additional funds through unsecured lines of credit, business cash advances, & unsecured business loans.
    http://www.advancebusinessfundsadviser.com

  2. African American Biographical Database ...
    African American Biographical Database.
    http://aabd.chadwyck.com/

  3. African American Black Magazine ...
    African American business magazine dedicated to educating and empowering Black professionals and small business owners.
    http://www.tnj.com/

  4. Africa Import Export Forum ...
    Africa Trade Forum and Network are dedicated to trade and import export opportunities from Africa towards Asia Pacific, Americas and Europe.
    http://www.export-forum.com/

  5. African Technology Forum >...
    African Technology Forum (ATF) publishes a unique magazine on science and technology in Africa.
    http://web.mit.edu/africantech/www/index.html

  6. Aloha Limousines & Yacht Charters ...
    Aloha is a minority owned business (African-American female). Our mission is to provide our clients with total customer satisfaction, providing quality services to the vacationer, working man, and the average family, allowing them a chance to experience luxury, at an affordable price.
    http://www.aloha-limos.com/

  7. Amazing Marketing Business Opportunities ...
    The empower network is an all in one blogging platforms that provides all members with a blog to increase online exposure to their business.
    http://www.iboplus.com/KRoss

  8. Ameriplan ...
    Katherine Ross, AmeriPlan Independent Business Owner
    http://www.iboplus.com/KRoss

  9. Anns Business Solutions ...
    If you are looking for recommendations on a Home Based Business or seeking to grow your existing business, we are your one stop source.
    http://www.annsbusinesssolutions.com/

  10. Ask Recy ...
    Community activist Recy Dunn answers questions about building your minority business.
    http://www.askrecy.com/

  11. Background Screening Solutions ...
    We provide employment and tenant background search packages for companies and associations.
    http://www.labssllc.com/

  12. BBNomics ...
    The purpose of BBNomics is to build a network, a group of individuals working together for mutual benefit.
    http://www.bbnomics.com/home

  13. BDPA ...
    BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) was founded in 1975 in Philadelphia, PA and continues today to bridge the Digital Divide with its programs and services.
    http://www.bdpa.org/

  14. Black Business and Professional Association ...
    The BBPA serves to address equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development.
    http://www.bbpa.org/

  15. Black Business Builders ...
    A Black business and Consumer networking organization. The best money making business opportunity online.
    http://www.blackbusinessbuilders.com/

  16. Black Business Expo ...
    Black Business Expo.
    http://www.blackbusinessexpo.com/

  17. Black Business Journal ...
    Black Business Journal Magazine.
    http://www.bbjonline.com/

  18. Black Business List ...
    Directory offering free advertising, Listings in various business categories.
    http://www.BlackBusinessList.Com/

  19. Black Business Owners ...
    The Network Journal's 25 influential black women in business magazine launched in 1999 tells about the professional achievements of women in business.
    http://www.tnj.com/career/career-advice

  20. Black Business Planet ...
    Our mission is to stimulate an environment of African American entrepreneurship in the black community.
    http://blackbusinessplanet.com/

  21. Black Business Seminar ...
    Black Business Seminars are inspiring, motivating and educational events that teach Black people how to succeed.
    http://www.blackbusinessseminar.com

  22. Blackxchange ...
    The Black Business Information Gateway. A business networking site where you can let others know about your business. (SIGNING UP IS FREE)
    http://www.blackxchange.net/

  23. Black Family Network ...
    Finding Solutions To The Digital Divide.
    http://www.blackfamilynet.net/

  24. Black Owned NY ...
    BlackOwnedNewYork.com was created to increase the visibility of local black businesses in New York, including the 5 boroughs, Long Island, and upstate New York to allow for local economic collaboration and support.
    http://www.blackownednewyork.com/

  25. Black Pages ...
    African American Directory.
    http://www.blackpages.com/

  26. Black Shopping Channel ...
    The Black Shopping Channel has created an opportunity for aspiring African American Entrepreneurs to gain financial freedom by owning your own e-store on what is becoming the most viewed African American Online Mall in America.
    http://www.blackshoppingchannel.com/

  27. Blacks in San Antonio ...
    San Antonio's Largest Black Directory and Executive Listing.
    http://www.blacksinsanantonio.com/

  28. Black Speakers and Experts ...
    The National Directory of African American Speakers, Experts, and Professionals.
    http://www.blackexperts.com/

  29. Black Wall Street ...
    The Black Wall Street Merchants Association is a not-for profit enterprise that serves as an advocate for commerce in the African American community.
    http://blackwallstreet.org/

  30. Black Women Connect ...
    BlackWomenConnect.com is the #1 online community for African, Caribbean and African American women who are professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. Black women are one of the most wealthy and influential demographics on the planet. It's time we have our very own social network!
    http://www.blackwomenconnect.com

  31. BlackYellowPagesOnline.com ...
    Use BlackYellowPagesOnline.com - Black America’s Largest Business, News & Community Information Resource! Rated #1 by African Americans nationwide.
    http://www.blackyellowpagesonline.com/

  32. Central Florida Black Business ...
    Central Florida Black Business features Orlando events and Black businesses in the Orlando area. We promote Orlando events and Black businesses via many different channels including our partners, our website, newsletter, social media pages and internet advertising.
    http://www.cflblackbusiness.com/

  33. Cheap Business Cards ...
    Design your business cards online or upload your own design. Fast, easy and fun!
    http://www.CardsMadeEasy.com

  34. Concert Promotions: A Step By Step Guide ...
    Learn how to book successful shows without spending your own money. Get sponsorship ideas, marketing secrets and more.
    http://www.concertpromotions.net/

  35. Custom Made Publications ...
    Specializing in unique one-of-a-kind book marks, party favors, flyers, family history books, brochures, and invitations for all occasions. Experienced in designing PowerPoint presentations, church programs, newsletters, etc.
    http://custom-madepublications.com/

  36. Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce ...
    The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for the creation, growth and general welfare of the African American business in the Dallas community.
    http://www.dbcc.org/

  37. dfwMinority.com ...
    dfwMinority.com is a free directory of minority and women based businesses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We have over 3000 businesses listed and growing.
    http://www.dfwminority.com/

  38. Diamond and Company ...
    Raising brand awareness takes vision, creativity and expertise. Diamond & Company, provides artist management, marketing and Public Relations services to a wide variety of clients.
    http://www.diamondandcompany.com/

  39. Diversity Information Resources ...
    Connecting Buyers with Diverse Suppliers.
    http://www.diversityinforesources.com/

  40. Ebony Pages - Atlanta Listings ...
    With over 600 listings to choose from, Ebony Pages is the most complete Atlanta area minority owned business listing.
    http://www.ebonypages.com/

  41. Ecommerce Black Owned Website ...
    This website was built to aid African Americans in spending and earning inside their own community.
    http://www.blackbuying.com/

  42. E-Jams Banner Plus Network ...
    EBPN is a free advertising service, created to help promote and create awareness of the many African-American web sites on the Internet.
    http://www.ejams.com/bp/

  43. Export Jamaica ...
    Export Jamaica facilitates trade between Jamaican and International businesses.
    http://www.exportjamaica.org/

  44. E-Z Web Marketing ...
    E-Z Web Marketing was developed to provide World-Class Online Marketing and Promotion solutions for upstart and fast-growing businesses. 100% black owned.
    http://www.onlinebizmarketing.com/

  45. FreelanceWriterChick.com ...
    FreelanceWriterChick.com provides 100% original and custom keyword rich content for your website, articles, blogs, ebooks and other writing projects, you receive full copyright to your content upon completion.
    http://www.freelancewriterchick.com/

  46. Government Grants ...
    Your step by step guide to get government grants.
    http://obamagrant.us/

  47. Hair Today...
    We are an organization of Licensed Professional Cosmetologists In New York State about 66 years old dedicated to unifying professionals and working to promoting and improving our Profession.
    http://sbcahair.hypermart.net/

  48. Home Based Online Business ...
    Free information on how to use personal touch and technology in building a home based business.
    http://www.homebasedonlinebusiness.ws/

  49. Hotcards.com ...
    Hotcards.com is the lowest cost full color printer in the nation, offering full color printing, graphic design and direct mail services.
    http://www.hotcards.com

  50. How to Become A Booking Agent ...
    Learn how to become a Booking Agent and start a profitable booking agency.
    http://www.becomeabookingagent.com/

  51. Image Of Perfection ...
    Image of Perfection is the industry leader in providing the highest quality Business Printing, Graphic Printing, Digital Printing, Offset Printing, Large Format Printing, Online Printing, T-shirt Printing, Book Printing and Discount Printing.
    http://imageofperfection.com/

  52. Indiana Black Expo ...
    Indiana Black Expo, Inc., has grown from a single annual event to a year-round, multifaceted community service organization with 13 chapters around the state of Indiana.
    http://www.indianablackexpo.com/

  53. In the Company of Sistas ...
    Your premiere women of color shopping resource.
    http://www.inthecompanyofsistas.com/

  54. iZaniaOnline ...
    An online networking community dedicated to accelerating the growth of Black-owned businesses.
    http://www.izania.com/

  55. Jackson and Tull ...
    Jackson and Tull provides a broad range of engineering and technical services. Jackson and Tull is involved in aerospace and aeronautics engineering.
    http://www.jnt.com/

  56. JDS Communications ...
    JDS Communications features BioCareersource offering biotech publications, biotech jobs and resources in the San Francisco area.
    http://www.jdscomm.com

  57. Juniques Marketing Television ...
    Actively promotiong African American Connection - Providing online web shopping from 1500 national retailers and local African American Business Owner around the United States.
    http://www.jusmcc.com/

  58. Juniques Multi Cultural Connections ...
    Site for people of color on the go and in the know providing local information about community events happening in southwest USA. ( arizona and california primarily).
    http://www.jusmcc.org/

  59. Kwame Building Group ...
    KWAME Building Group provides construction management services to public and private sector clients.
    http://www.kwamebuildinggroup.com/

  60. Leadership Development Training ...
    Ithaka Leadership Development Ltd specialise in Leadership Development and Management Training to directly improve organisational performance.
    http://www.ithakaleadership.co.uk/

  61. Leumas Security Services Inc. ...
    With over 17 years experience we are the #1 choice for Executive Security Guard Service in Hampton Roads and are expanding along the east coast.
    http://leumassecurity.vpweb.com/

  62. Los Angles Black Business Expo ...
    The official web site for the Los Angeles Black Business Expo and Trade Show.
    http://www.blackbusinessexpo.com/

  63. Little Africa ...
    Community for African American consumers & businesses.
    http://www.littleafrica.com/

  64. Mainstream Services Inc. ...
    Mainstream Services Inc. is a premier medical claims processing company. We meet the needs of any medical practice or specialty. We offer clients reliable, accurate, quality electronic medical billing services.
    http://www.msmbinc.com/

  65. Masai Design -Marketing ...
    Making people see you differently.
    http://www.masaidesign.com/

  66. Mbendi AfroPaedia ...
    Welcome to MBendi - Africa's leading business website.
    http://www.mbendi.co.za/index.htm

  67. Memphis Tennessee Carpet Cleaning ...
    Professional Carpet Cleaning in Memphis. We specialize in safe, dry carpet cleaning in Memphis and the Mid-south.
    http://memphiscarpetcleaningpro.com/

  68. MBNet ...
    Your Online Minority Business Community Network! Expand your business, locate capital, find buyers & suppliers! Free listing in our minority business directory.
    http://www.mbnet.com/

  69. Minority-Biz ...
    A business directory and consumer review publication that connects black owned businesses with consumers who actively support black owned businesses.
    http://minority-biz.com/

  70. Minority Professional Network ...
    Minority Professional Network. Very informative website for those in the business world.
    http://www.minorityprofessionalnetwork.com/

  71. M V Consulting, Inc. ...
    M V Consulting, Inc. is a diversified private company that maintains divisions in search engine optimization, online store, political and entertainment celebrity blogs.
    http://www.vassconsult.com/

  72. My Black Info ...
    Our Mission is to provide our community with the information and resources to become better citizens, parents and community leaders.
    http://www.myblackinfo.com/

  73. National Black Business Council ...
    The mission of the National Black Business Council, is to be catalyst and advocate for the creation and development of Black-owned businesses serving both domestic and global markets.
    http://www.nbbc.org/

  74. National Black Chamber of Commerce ...
    The NBCC reaches 95,000 Black owned businesses. There are 1 million Black owned businesses in the United States.
    http://www.nationalbcc.org/

  75. National Minority Supplier Development Council ..
    Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
    http://www.nmsdcus.org/

  76. Net-Crawler.org ...
    The Business Directory for Business.
    http://www.net-crawler.org/business.htm

  77. NMP Informaton Services ...
    NMP Information Services provides resources, support, advertising, to Businesses, Corporations, Communitues, Families, Kids & Shoppers nationwide.
    http://www.nmpinfo.com/

  78. Nubian Surfer ...
    Nubian Surfer - Black African-American Member Base Traffic Exchange.
    http://www.nubiansurfer.com

  79. OKI Commercial & Residential Cleaning ...
    O.K.I. Cleaning, offers real-world solutions for the janitorial needs of residential and small to medium businesses in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region. Our knowledgable and experienced staff has and always will deliver impeccable results for your business.
    http://www.okistripwax.com/

  80. OneUnited Bank ...
    The largest African-American owned bank in the country, OneUnited focuses on developing the urban community and offering superior financial products.
    http://www.oneunited.com/

  81. People You Need to Know, Inc. ...
    Voted Atlanta's most elegant presentation of dentists, attorneys, real estate agents and physicians in the southeast.
    http://www.sparkplugpeople.com/

  82. P. Kimbro Group ...
    Think & Grow Rich: A Black Choice.
    http://www.denniskimbro.com/

  83. Power Tone Communications, LLC ...
    Power Tone Communications, LLC is a 100 percent minority-owned firm providing public relations, crisis management and event planning for businesses, political campaigns, churches and faith-based organizations.
    http://www.powertonecommunications.com/

  84. Precision Garage Door San Diego ...
    Precision Garage Doors has been providing expert garage door repair in the San Diego & Riverside CA area since 2001.
    http://garagedoorsocal.com/

  85. ReadyWriter Production Company ...
    Tracy L. Bell is an author and proprietor of RWPC, the website list her books.
    http://www.readywriterproductioncompany.com/

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    Reddi Business Solutions is the intelligent, cost-effective and efficient business strategy of the 21st century, specifically for businesses or individuals needing occasional office support.
    http://www.reddibusiness.com/

  87. Rejoice Christian Ministry and Entertainment ...
    Welcome to our Community service and business Christian network for ministries, businesses and entrepreneurs who through our programs, services and events bring wealth to the body of Christ.
    http://rcmae.net/

  88. SandyKnows.com! ...
    SandyKnows.com! informational website, business and pleasure.
    http://www.sandyknows.com/

  89. Smartsley ...
    Provides business process outsourcing solutions for small/medium sized businesses as well as independent contractors and non-profit organizations.
    http://www.smartsley.com/

  90. SoHe Designs ...
    Home decor that embraces the art and culture of our African heritage. Dinnerware, bedding, pillows, bath accessories, ornaments. Most items made in America. Retailers and churches welcome.
    http://www.sohedesigngroup.com/

  91. Sonya A. Lowery ...
    Author of 'The Secret Language of Business Cards:' Image-Building Help for Small-Businesses.
    http://www.thesecretlanguage.com/

  92. Stiforp - Warren Enterprise...
    Earn more money than you can spend. Huge compensation plan.
    http://roycew.websiteaboutme.com

  93. Support Black Owned ...
    A directory of Services, groups, and businesses provided by Black people.
    http://www.supportblackowned.com/


  94. Tag Team Marketing ...
    TAG TEAM Marketing is an organization of positive Black people all over the world who are working together to promote Black Business Seminars and promote Black businesses.
    http://www.tagteammarketing.com

  95. Target Market News ...
    Target Market News The Black consumer market authority.
    http://www.targetmarketnews.com/

  96. Telishia Berry ...
    Professional Copywriter For Print and Online Communications, Search Engine Optimization, and More. Hire This Freelance Copywriter To Help Boost Your Business.
    http://www.telishiaberry.com/

  97. The Business of Black Film ...
    Our mission is to compile relevant secondary research data, apply critical analysis and provide an informed opinion on how such an industry may be brought about. Our content is aimed at producers, industry executives, investors, bankers, attorneys, CPAs, media organizations, corporate advertisers and anyone with a vested interest in seeing such an industry thrive.
    http://www.thebusinessofblackfilm.com

  98. The Comprehensive Database of Black Businesses ...
    We aspire to be the biggest platform of black business directories in the world
    http://theblackbusinesslist.thebusinessblender.com/

  99. TK Virtual Administrative Services ...
    We help businesses and individuals by providing virtual and remote administrative support, saving you time and money! We also offer small business consulting, business development, and procurement services.
    http://www.tkvirtualadmin.blogspot.com/

  100. Tough Inspectors Consulting ...
    ough Inspectors Consulting offers comprehensive restaurant and foster care inspections. Food safety.Food sanitation. Prices start as low as $55.
    http://www.toughinspectors.com/

  101. True Executives ...
    True Executives - Wealth Building Website for Urban America.
    http://www.trueexecutives.com/

  102. Truzion.com ...
    One People in Business, Culture, History An international online community for people of color which focuses on business promotion and cultural exchange.
    http://www.truzion.com/

  103. Write-On Consulting Firm ...
    WOCF offers several ways to help you get the funds that you need and want.
    http://success-secrets.ws/

  104. Yvonne E. White & Co. - Event Planning ...
    YEW & Co. has been in the business of event planning, party design and catering for twenty years.
    http://www.yewandco.com

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