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October 2011 eNewsletter 

In This Issue
LifeSmarts Competition
Message From the President
Look Who's New
Market Your Business
October Networking
Shred Day!
SalesPartners Mastery
November Networking
New "BBB Search" App
Gold Community Sponsors
BBB Business Services


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BBB Sponsors Michigan Teen Consumer Education Competition LifeSmarts

For the second consecutive year, your Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula will sponsor the Michigan chapter of the National Consumers League's (NCL) 2011 - 2012 LifeSmarts competition. LifeSmarts is a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 9-12 on real-life consumer issues through online quizzes and live contests. The competition will culminate with the National LifeSmarts championship where teams and individuals are awarded academic scholarships and prizes.  Read on


A Message from the President
Take Advantage of What Your BBB Offers 
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Melanie Duquesnel


As I am busy preparing the 2012 budget, I am reminded of all of the wonderful opportunities your BBB offers you and your business. From our popular Business Card Exchange networking events to our free SalesPartners Mastery seminar to the all important Secure Your ID Day which is designed to help you and your staff take the appropriate steps to safeguard your business and identity.


So please take the time to read through this month's newsletter and click on the links so you don't miss out on these great events and ways to strengthen your business!

BBB Welcomes New Accredited Businesses
The BBB Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula welcomed 86 New Accredited Businesses in August. Click to view:

Interested in Accrediting your business? Click here
New Marketing Program for Members!

Your Membership Just Got Better! 

The NEW BBB "Start With Trust" branded marketing program was created especially for Accredited Businesses to reinforce your  commitment to ethics in the marketplace. Your BBB has brought TV, radio, print and internet marketing resources to you, saving you time and money!  Want to know more? Click on the links below.


View the Marketing Program brochure!


Watch Demo TV Spot!

Upcoming Events
B Pilarski
Brian Pilarski
Business Card Exchange

Want to save your business some money? Then join us Wednesday Octoberr 19th at the BBB Conference Center for this FREE networking session and complimentary continental breakfast featuring Brian Pilarski who will discusss the ins, outs and chages to workers compensation and how your busines can save money! 


Click here for more information and how to register.   


Clean the Office and Protect your Business! 
Secure Your ID Day

Residents and small businesses are encouraged to take an important step in identity protection by attending BBB's SECURE YOUR ID DAY Community Shred and Computer Recycling event on Saturday, October 22, 2011

(9 am - 1 pm). Shred sensitive documents, destroy computer hard drives and recycle your old computer equipment! Click the graphic for more information.

SalesPartners Mastery Training for ABs!
Denise Roberts

Denise Roberts


"The insight into a brand new area of understanding my own personal road blocks was just eye-opening" states Elaine Bronaka from The Office Connection.  You too, can overcome your fear of sales and learn creative techniques to get you more results in record time by attending this FREE seminar to help build your business!


Join your BBB on Tuesday, October 25th at the BBB Conference Center for SalesPartners Mastery lead by renowned business trainer, coach and President of SalesPartners of Troy,  Denise Roberts.


Seating is limited to ONLY 50 ACCREDITED BUSINESSES so click here for more information and to register today!

November Business Card Exchange
Jill Jordan
Jill Jordan
Do you ever wonder why it is that certain people achieve great success while others with the same characteristics and competencies don't? The answer may be the lack of an effective personal brand. Join Jill Jordan, Wednesday November 9th, as she shares why you need a strong personal brand to be successful.
Click here for more information and how to register!

Consumer News 

"BBB Search" App Now Available!iPhone App

A new mobile application for Apple iPhone and iPad users, BBB Search, allows Business Reviews and other information from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to be available on the go. The new BBB Search iPhone app can be downloaded for free at the App Store under "BBB Search". Features include: search capability for businesses and charities; access to BBB Business Reviews which highlight if a company is a BBB Accredited Business; information about the BBB's vision, mission and values, as well as, FAQs and support. Read on 

Community Sponsors

Gold Community Sponsors 
Asset Acceptance Capital Corp         Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Michigan
Detroit Media Partnership    Ford Motor Company


 Ikea         WeatherGard

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