Events to Help Your Business Grow
Join me at some of the following events:
Friday, October 29
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 17
1:30 - 3:00
Presented by Renee Watson at the
Greater Chamber's Small Business Resource Center -
Learn how to prepare for The City
County's Annual Small, Minority, Women-Owned
Business Enterprises Conference.
Wednesday, November 3
7:00 - 9:00
SMALL BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE
Presented by The Greater San Antonio
Chamber of Commerce at the Petroleum Club, 8620
N. New Braunfels, Energy Bldg., 7th Floor. This is my
last time as emcee of The Best Networking Event for
Small Business in San Antonio. Please join me!
Click here to
register for the event or call 210-229-2119.
Wednesday, November 3
9:30 -11:00 a.m.
BIG STRATEGIES FOR SMALL BUSINESS
Presented by The BottomLine at the Greater
Chamber's Small Business Resource Center - FREE
RSVP to 210-392-3309 or click here.
Thursday, November 11
5:30 until we
by the Radisson Hill Country Resort
and Spa and yours truly - FREE, no RSVP needed.
This is the last Feeding Frenzy of the year, so be
sure to join us. Just show up, relax, and meet some
Tuesday, November 9
MARKETING BAG OF TOOLS
Presented by The BottomLine
at the Greater Chamber's Small Business Resource
Center - FREE
RSVP to 210-392-3309 or click here.
Tuesday, November 30
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
with Dr. Ricardo
Presented by the
Greater Chamber's Northwest Area Business Council,
at Hometown Buffet, 6059 La Cima
(Take the Summit Parkway Exit off Loop 410.)
Chamber Members - $10.00,
Members - $15.00. Register here or
Tuesday, December 14
5:30 - 7:30
MEET THE BUYERS
Presented by all the area Chambers
Commerce, in conjunction with the City and County
SMWBE Conference, at the City's
Development and Business Services Center, 1901 S.
Alamo at S. Flores. FREE
Register online at
www.sanantonio.gov or call
Wednesday, December 15
For seminars custom-created for your business...
7:00 a.m. - 4:00
THE 4TH ANNUAL SMALL, MINORITY,
WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS CONFERENCE
Get IN the Game and Stay IN the
Game at this all day event at the Henry B. Gonzalez
Convention Center. FREE admission, FREE breakfast,
FREE lunch. Program flyer, conference agenda, and
registration are available at
www.bexar.org. You can also sign up
there for an exhibit
booth if you have opportunities for small business.
Don't forget to vote. Early voting ends
Friday, October 29. Polls open at 7 AM on Tuesday,
November 2. Then we get to all wait until (What's
your guess? January? February?) we find out who
won. Remember that the things that unite us are
more important that the things that divide us. We all
have to pull together after this election is over.
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|Tips for a Successful Business
This is Tip #11 for creating a successful business.
Define and visualize your success.
What does success look like to you? I've run into a
lot of people lately who measure their success by
how much money they have. I'm not one of those
people. Don't get me wrong. I like money as much
as the next person, but I've always seen it as a tool,
not an end to itself.
If you don't measure success by how much money
you are making, how do you measure it? For me, it's
the number of hours I spend doing what I love to do
(writing, training, and spending time with friends and
my son.) The higher the number of hours I get to do
what I love to do, the more successful I am. (When
I'm doing what I enjoy, the money usually follows.)
Spend just a few minutes visualizing what success
looks like to you. If it's money, that's fine. Picture
yourself surrounded by bank accounts and stock
reports or the things you get to purchase if you have
the money. But be sure to also visualize how you
get to that level. Does your company increase its
client base? Do you get higher fees for the work you
do? If money is not your measure, visualize what life
would be like if you reached your own definition of
success. Again, see what needs to happen to get to
that point. The key here is to make sure it's your
definition and not someone else's.
After you've visualized your image of success, write
it down. Write it as if it is already happening. You'll
notice I don't use the term goals. Goals seem to be
a lot like New Year's Resolutions - frequently broken
and therefore guilt-inducing.
Success is a great deal like taking a road trip. The
very first thing you have to figure out is your
destination. Once you know that, it's relatively easy
to find a map - or the specific steps you need to
take to get to where you want to be. Too often we
aren't sure of the destination, so when an
opportunity presents itself, we take it, never giving
much thought as to whether it gets us closer to
success or not.
Just remember to stay focused on what you want -
and ask yourself at each fork in the road, which path
gets me closer to what I want? When you can see
that success in detail - what it looks, sounds, feels
like - you'll be on your way to making it happen.
||Meanwhile, if you need help with training, writing, or graphic design...
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|My Upcoming Seminars
Join me at one of the following seminars:
CONDUCTING BUSINESS BY
Wednesday, November 17
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
SEMINAR FOR MEN: MARKETING TO WOMEN
Wednesday, December 8
6:00 - 9:00
Each class: $21.00, John Marshall High School,
Lobo. Register by phone (210-522-8100) or online at
Community Ed Department
|Volunteer at the largest small business event!
Join me at the City of San Antonio's and Bexar
County's Fourth Annual Small, Minority, Women-
Owned Business Enterprises Conference on
Wednesday, December 15.
It's that time again! I'm looking for as many people as
possible to help with registration, directions, seminar
assistance, display floor assistance, etc. Shifts
start at 6 AM, but if you aren't an early riser, you
can pick any two-hour shift during the day. We
especially need people from 10 AM to 2 PM to help
direct during lunch.
This event gets bigger every year. This is a great
opportunity for your business or organization to
market itself. Put together a team and have your
volunteers wear their company T-shirts. But I'll take
individual volunteers as well who want to be a part of
this amazing event.
Email me at the link below with the time you can
work. I'll be in touch soon.
|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.
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|Recover your storage space
Do you have used computer equipment taking up
valuable storage at your business? Are you keeping
it in the hope that you will be able to sell it and
recover some of your investment? Is the
equipment dropping in value every day you hang on
Corona Visions will pick up your equipment, wipe any
storage (hard drives, fax machine memory, etc.) of
existing data, and repair and resell or recycle your
equipment. You may even qualify for the new E-
Broker Program and have part of the net profit of any
resale value returned to you.
Call 210-521-7612 to find out how Corona Visions
can help you free up that storage space.
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