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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Image via WikipediaOn Saturday, November 1, the Washington DC Convention Center was full of folks looking for product, information, and entertainment. The For Sisters Only Expo sponsored by a host of folks (such as WPGC) was quite a scene.
Wendell Hanes was invited to radio personality, Michel Wright's "Literary Cafe" to promote and speak on his book, The 30-30 Career: Making 30 Grand in 30 Seconds! Producing Music for Commercials
Noted author, Omar Tyree, was the host and he had his hands full as the Cafe was unfortunately positioned near a DJ booth. But he and the other authors had much bass in their voices and the crowd got what they came for...info.
Wendell spoke to the crowd for awhile and sold a large number of books. Thanks to WPGC, Michel Wright, and The Renaissance Group for inviting Wendell to participate. Thanks goes out to Dackeyia Q. Sterling for sharing info and resources. Shout outs to Tafia Allah-Pringle of the TLA PR Agency for the love and support.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
Image via WikipediaReport from the BNI Bleachers.
For the last ten years, I have been a member of BNI. This networking tool and word of mouth marketing has more than kept my company afloat. Many of the professionals in my chapter have dispensed weekly nuggets of wisdom for years on how to be a better entrepreneur.
The printer pulled an approved job off the line because he wasn't satisfied with how it looked. Lost money, but it was more important to keep a client happy. That's forward thinking.
The biz coach stressed that we should emulate companies that have weathered financial storms before: IBM, Johnson&Johnson. These companies seem to always stay relevant.
The web developer mentioned a dozen (12!) small bizzes that he is currently working with. Folks have still make sure their message is current, which keeps the web developer working. And hard.
The real estate lawyer has 7 closings in this short 4 day week. That's what I'm talking about.
The architect was watching a thriller with her hubby, but was more interested in the buildings. A bit obsessive, but keeping her nose to the grindstone.
The photographer is offering heavily discounted rates for portraits and headshots. Some folks say don't cut your rate during this time, but I think that in this instance, she is going to reap the benefits.
The investment consultant stated that his company handles zero sub-prime mortgages. He is now grabbing accounts from Lehman Bros.
The commercial real estate exec fired three clients because they didn't want to be realistic. Even with the economy as up and down as it is, he would rather look at the big picture because it will benefit him going forward. So far one has crawled back.
The Aflac guy said his company was the only one keeping Gilbert Gottfried employed.
The morale of the story: keep networking, stay the course, and surround your self with folks who are not letting this turmoil keep them from growing their business.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Image via WikipediaFor the last ten years, I have been a member of BNI. This networking tool and word of mouth marketing has more than kept my company afloat. Many of the professionals in my chapter have dispensed weekly nuggets of wisdom for years on how to be a better entrepreneur.
And BNI founder, Ivan Misner wrote in a recent missive, "Let others worry about the macro economic picture. You have a micro economy in which you are a vital and central player. The more you focus on fear, the more afraid you will become. You already know this in your gut: No bailout is coming your way … unless you do it yourself.The more you focus on obstacles, the larger they will loom. And the more you focus on today's global economic doom and gloom headlines, the less time, energy, and faith you'll have to focus on building the prosperous, successful, well-networked business you really want."
Thursday, October 2, 2008
It was hectic, but it was a fun time. Wendell Hanes, his wife Lesley, Phat Gary, and DJ Premier, and myself forced ourselves in and did our thing at The Volstead. Hats off to Good Girl PR and TLAPR for a jam-packed shin-dig.
Highlights for me:
Seeing Zenobia for the first time in several years.
Talking with Lisa Willis and Ashley Battle of the NY Liberty.
Hearing Eazy Mo Bee tell Wendell that they need to get back in the studio to work on a commercial.
Wendell Hanes and Awesome 2
Wendell Hanes and Rahzel
Sunday, September 28, 2008
If you are going to be in Manhattan around 630/7pm on Monday the 29th, stop through and grab a $6 Sangria. Also buy a couple of raffle tix, to put you in contention to win the stay at the Italian villa. SuperNodes is taking care of the stay at the villa, not the transportation costs to get there. We are generous, but we still need to help pay for this $700B bailout.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Brooklyn “Bump Rock” crew Roughstars hit the stage at The Knitting Factory, Friday, September 19 at 11pm.
The set will include new tracks from the forthcoming CD, HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE WOODS (November 18), distributed by Traffic Entertainment.
Watch for the video for the first single, "Girlfriend," directed by veteran lensman, David Shadi Perez (House of Pain "Jump Around," NERD "Everybody Nose").
74 Leonard Street
New York, NY 10013
Tel: (212) 219-3132
Check them out at Gibson Guitars loft series
Performing at Nightmare Before Christmas show, Greenpoint Brooklyn 2006
Check out this video: Roughstars "Down"