a monthly newsletter from Crystal Communications June 2004

in this issue

Seminars to Help Your Business Grow

Take Action!

The Largest Event for Small Business

Feeding Frenzy

Call for Volunteers at the KLRN Auction

Focus on Business Growth

Be aware of SPYWARE!


Seminars to Help Your Business Grow

The following seminars will be of interest to anyone who wants to improve his or her business.

Wednesday, June 9,
8:30 -10 a.m.

Presented by The BottomLine at the Greater Chamber's Small Business Resource Center - FREE
RSVP to 210-392-3309

Friday, June 11,
9 -10:30 a.m.

Presented by The BottomLine at the Greater Chamber's Small Business Resource Center - FREE
RSVP to 210-392-3309

Wednesday, June 9,
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Learn how to choose your domain name, how to write web-friendly text, and how to get people to visit your site - at John Marshall High School - $21.00
Call 210-522-8100 and ask to sign up for course #302-212-01-003

Wednesday, June 16,
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Learn how to how you can use online marketing to promote your business - at John Marshall High School - $21.00
Call 210-522-8100 and ask to sign up for course #208-255-01-003.

For seminars custom-created for your business...


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  • Take Action!
  • How many times have you created a plan for your business (or your life, for that matter), but never quite got it underway? Don't tell me I'm the only one!

    It's so important to plan your business. Having a plan is as important as having a map when you go on a trip. But there comes a time when you have to act.

    One of my best friends, Debbie, is an artist (It's still under construction, but visit her website). Before I started my business, she encouraged me by sounding like a Nike ad, saying "Just do it." I asked her for her best piece of advice and she told me this story:

    There was a piano that needed to be moved from someone's house and another friend, Richard, agreed to help us move the piano. When we got to the friend's house, everyone was staring at the piano on the porch, trying to figure out how to get the piano into the truck. Richard watched for a few minutes and then he said, "Are you going to THINK that piano off of the porch, or what?" He had that piano moved in minutes. I guess that was the beginning of my "Just Do It" attitude. If I analyzed anything for too long, I would hear Richard asking the "Think" question.

    Before I started my business, I thought, "I'm going to be fifty years old before it starts to work." Then it dawned on me. I was going to be fifty anyway. Why not be fifty with my own business? Wouldn't that be better than being fifty, still wishing I had my own business?

    You probably know that I used to be a heavy smoker. A little over four years ago (4 years, 3 weeks, 22 hours, and 51 minutes as I write this, but who's counting?), I quit. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done (and is partially responsible for some of the additional weight I carry.) I had tried to quit a number of times. What made the difference this time was that I was willing to sacrifice whatever it took to reach my goal and I took action.

    So now, I have about seventy pounds to lose. I'll probably be 55 before I get that weight off. But I'll be 55 anyway.

    Think of that one thing that you have wanted to accomplish. Do it this week. Don't just plan to do it. Take the first step of action to accomplish your goal - and meanwhile I'll head to the gym. I've discovered I can't just think the weight off.

    Need help getting into action?
  • The Largest Event for Small Business
  • Join me at the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce's next Small Business Roundtable on Wednesday, June 1, at the Petroleum Club, 8620 N. New Braunfels, Energy Bldg., 7th Floor.

    Speakers this month will be:

    • June Bratcher - Daisy Tours-Conventions San Antonio
    • Kathi O'Bryant - INFOPRO
    • Stephen Springer - OfficeSource, Ltd

    Join me and the over one hundred business people who attend this networking event. I know it's early, but we promise to start your day off right.

    To register for the Roundtable
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Want to chill out with friends after a hard day at work? Join us on Tuesday, June 8, at the Feeding Frenzy at the Radisson Hill Country Resort and Spa this month!

    This is a FREE relaxed (non-Chamber- affiliated) networking opportunity, with heavy appetizers compliments of Paulette Good, Sales Manager at the Radisson. Come join us! Tuesday, June 8 (the second Tuesday of every month), 5:30 PM until we feel like leaving.

    Need directions?
  • Call for Volunteers at the KLRN Auction
  • I'm putting together a group of volunteers to help answer phones at the KLRN Auction on Sunday, June 13, and Monday, June 14. I'm looking for people who can stay up late and still maintain their enthusiasm. Two shifts need filling 5 PM -10:30 PM and 10 PM -3 AM. Call or email me if you can join me. I do this every year and have a great time!

    If you can't make those two days, but can help some other time, contact Katy Garcia by email ( or by phone (270-9000, ext. 2234.)

    Food and refreshments are provided. 10 p.m. shifts get EXTRA SPECIAL treats!

    Check out the auction...
  • Focus on Business Growth
    • Do you have a clear growth strategy for your
    • Can you articulate that strategy to others?

    Do you have trouble prioritizing when faced with the competing demands of customers, employees, limited resources, and dwindling time?

    Focus on Business Growth from The BottomLine is a succinct, but highly effective one-on- one three-hour strategic solution for the small business owner. It will quickly help you clarify your options and rank your priorities. Led by veteran business strategists and marketing consultants, you'll leave with greater insight and practical next steps on your path to growth.

    For more information, click on the link below to visit The BottomLine or call 210-392-3309.

    Visit my friends at The BottomLine...
  • Be aware of SPYWARE!
    1. 1. Spyware is downloaded without your knowledge.
    2. Some forms of spyware install "runkeys", which automatically reload each time you start your computer.
    3. Spyware collects your information and sends it back to businesses that sell websurfing data.
    4. Spyware frequently camouflages itself and resists removal.

    Bring your computer to the specialists at Computer Repair Zone to sweep your hard drive for malicious spyware. Call 680-7770 for an appointment or additional information.

    Visit my friends at Computer Repair Zone...
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