I would like to welcome you to the The Business Consortium
(TBC) Network. TBC was created, in early 2007, to bring
professionals together to learn, grow and succeed in the
business world. Please jump in and share your thoughts,
opinions, knowledge and questions.
I invite you to view our Expert
Panel, a hand-picked group of top-notch professionals in their
field. These are the people you should be paying attention to
and learning from. Utilize this great wealth of knowledge to help
yourself achieve the dreams you have - for yourself and your business!
My name is Susan McCool and I am the founder
of TBC. I created TBC so that I could establish a network
of professionals that want to share in their experiences
- good and bad. I don't see failure as a ruined attempt.
There is no such thing as a failure. Each "failure"
is actually a learning curve; an experience that we can
learn and grow from. It is just another stepping stone to
the great success we will all achieve. I encourage everyone
to share in their experiences here at The Business Consortium
so we can all learn together.
A little about me...
I am a young entrepreneur. Apparently, I
always have been. I remember being about 6 or 7 years old.
We lived in the "city" then - not a big city,
but still a city. We had a little convenience store that
was directly across our little neighborhood street. I remember
my parents asking me to go across the street to pick up
milk, bread, etc. Well, of course, my time didn't come free
in those days, either! I would charge my parents "gas
money" to walk across the street and make their purchases.
My clever little money-making business expanded into charging
other family and friends. I saved all of my money until
I was able to buy something big.
That entrepreneurial spirit never left me.
I worked in the J-O-B rat race managing businesses for my
employers and handling their bookkeeping and anything else
that was thrown at me. Everyday, I wished I could start
my own business. I just didn't have the guts to take the
plunge. Then, one day I did. I began my entrepreneurial
journey in direct sales - PartyLite. I did fairly well,
but this business was not for me. It wasn't creative and
challenging enough. My next business venture was that of
a Virtual Assistant - Virtual
Office Associates. This business was more "me,"
and I still operate it. I developed a fantastic business
model. But, I still wasn't quite happy with my business.
I started toying with the idea of moving from a do-it-all
VA to a more streamlined business providing the services
I enjoyed most - Marketing and Design. I mentored with Denise
Michaels for several months. Within my first session, Denise
had intuitively picked up on my indecisiveness about my
business. She recommended the same idea I had toyed with
and I knew that her validation of my thoughts was the boost
I needed to continue.
I started Spotlight
Marketing and Design shortly after I began this network. Spotlight
Marketing and Design is a marketing and design firm specializing
in Internet Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Web & Graphic
Design and more. I have 8 years of experience in these fields
and now teach other business owners how to handle their "techy"
business needs. This is the creative business I was searching
for. This is what fulfills me. Because of my passion for this
business and its success, I gained a few clients right away -
mostly project work. Then, I found Marilyn Jenett, our Prosperity
Expert. Exactly two weeks after starting her Feel Free to Prosper
program, I landed another terrific client and my business has
been growing ever since - along with my happiness.
I look forward to sharing more stories of my entrepreneurial
journey and can't wait to read yours!
Certified Professional Organizer®
Bestry, president of Best
Results Organizing in Chattanooga, Tennessee,
is a professional organizer, author, and speaker.
Julie is committed to eliminating client guilt
and motivating her residential, home office
and small business clients with the motto "Don't
apologize. Organize!" A former television program
director, Julie has a passion for developing
organizing skills and systems with patience
and humor. She particularly loves eliminating
paper chaos and streamlining tasks. A Golden
Circle veteran member of the National Association
of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Julie has
received the official designation of CPO, Certified
Julie is the author of "Tickle
Yourself Organized" for keeping busy professionals
from drowning in paper and To-Do lists. Julie
loves setting up filing systems and turning
clutter into charitable donations, hates paper
clips and pet hair, and does not answer the
telephone during prime-time TV. She believes
in controlling her schedule instead of letting
it control her (because she is decidedly NOT
a morning person) and wants you to know that
you can replace the chaos in your life with
Relationship and Communication Expert
J. Slattery, M.A., M.Ad.Ed. is a communication
consultant, speaker and coach specializing in
training home-based business professionals to
see more cash flow through effective communication
with their clients and target audiences. She
teaches teleseminars, leads workshops, publishes
written and audio materials, and offers private
coaching to individual clients on improving
their communication skills. Having taught communication
skills for more than a decade, Felicia knows
what it takes to help her clients see results.
A published author and popular
public speaker, Felicia began her consulting
and coaching business in early 2006 when she
decided it was time to take the communication
skills she'd been teaching for years and offer
that same knowledge to people outside the classroom.
She holds two Master's Degrees: one in Adult
Education and Training and another in Communication.
In her business she teaches small business owners,
sales professionals and corporate professionals
powerful communication skills they need to succeed
at work and enjoy happy and fulfilled personal
Felicia runs is the author
of the e-book Cash
In On Speaking, a definitive guide to creating
what she calls your Signature Speech to
market your business. She also offers a free
e-course where you can discover how to Increase
Business by Communicating Your Credibility.
Visit her site today: http://www.transformativejourneys.com/creating-credibility-ecourse.html
and sign up now!
and his wife Sara both lived in New York for
many years. They moved to Southeast Florida
about 13-15 years ago (pf & sf respectively)
after they realized that they would enjoy a
warmer climate for the entire year. Sara actually
was born in Israel, after eight years old moved
to Philadelphia, then New York, Forest Hills,
Queens. Sara's dad operated a Romanian Deli
on Queens BLVD. She remembers the small space
they had to work quickly in when preparing lunches
and dinners for their customers. Paul was born
in Brooklyn, New York and lived on Newkirk Avenue
for his first 9 months after coming out into
the world. Later moving to Rockland County,
New York for many years. Both Sara and Paul
went to college. Sara went to St John's University
and Paul went to Rochester Institute of Technology.
Sara studied business and Paul studied photography
They both have a bachelors of science business
degree. Sara put herself through school while
working full time for the Dean's office and
commuted over 2 hours back and forth to school
with the mass transit in NYC. Paul went to Rockland
Country Day School in Congers, NY and then college
in upstate Rochester, NY and studied photography
first, then completed a business degree from
St Thomas Aquinas college.
Jenett is a renowned prosperity mentor with an international
following. She is an accomplished business woman and
owner of a company that served the corporate arena
for 20 years. Her achievements were the result of
the prosperity principles she now teaches in her Feel
Free to Prosper program. Her fascinating memoir, Feel
Free to Prosper: An Entrepreneurial Memoir of Synchronicity
and Guidance attracted an agent and will soon
Marilyn founded the Feel
Free to Prosper program to mentor and teach others
to become aligned with Universal laws and accept their
right to prosper. Her students, from around the globe
and from all walks of life, are enjoying remarkable
success applying her lessons and participating in
her private and group sessions, teleclasses and audio
programs. Visit her website at www.FeelFreetoProsper.com
and her network forum at http://prosper-network.ryze.com.
Financial and Tax Planning Expert
McKinley is a CPA and a Certified Financial
Planner®, and the founder of Beacon
Kristine is a home based business owner who
understands first hand the unique tax situations
other home based and online business owners
face, such as:
- Do I need to make estimated tax
- Can hiring my kids help reduce
my income taxes?
- What business deductions can
- What is the best retirement plan
for my online business?
- Do I qualify for the home
Kristine works one on one with
home based and online business owners to help
them with their financial planning, tax preparation,
and tax planning needs.
Kristine enjoys writing and has several blogs
which is devoted to providing online business
which provides financial tips for work at home
Eileen Brown is an entrepreneur who founded
her own company, BEK - Brown Enterprises of
Kansas in late 1992. Over the years there have
been various companies both off and online held
by BEK. One commercial site specializes in helping
the small business owner and not-for-profit
groups expand and grow through donating services,
hosting, web site design and SEO technology
information systems. Ms. Brown is currently
the manager of six groups that support online
business owners and affiliates. Her articles
and stories can be found in newsletters across
the web and in print. Not the usual approach:
Life Enrichment Facilitator
Kennedy is a writer, inspirational speaker,
and massage therapist. She offers a message
of hope, balance and joy.
Diana shares her powerful message of slowing down and going within in order to life a more fulfilling life. Diana leads a powerful online course called Awakening the Heart that offers a process for healing the past and opening up to the present moment. She also offers free teleclasses with special guest speakers. Sign up for her monthly E-zine The Divine Idea to get call information. Diana considers herself to be a student of life, keeping her mind and heart open to new experiences.
Diana LOVES life and enjoys sharing her positive
with the world.
Would you like to be a TBC Expert? PM Susan with your
topic and how you think it will help the TBC Members!
Below is a list of our daily topics that
you should look out for. Other topics and postings are allowed
Monday - Ad Day - Place
your ads on this day. Please clearly mark the ad in
the subject with "AD:" before the title.
One AD per person, please!
Tuesday - Organization and Delegation - Organization
and delegation are a key ingredient to a successful business.
Learn how you can use these to make your business sky rocket!
Wednesday - Relationships, Communication and
Creating Your Image - Relationships must be
built to gain and maintain your clients. Being authentic
in all of your various ways of communication is vital.
This is a MUST KNOW for any business owner, manager
or sales person. Your image is the FIRST thing people
see. You must present yourself in a professional manner
if you want to be taken seriously. Learn tips from
an expert on how to capture the RIGHT image.
Thursday - Prosperity and Wealth - All
of the marketing, sales and business know-how in the
world will not result in success unless you first
have the internal foundation - the mindset - to succeed.
Learn simplified mental and spiritual principles based
on Universal laws and the subconscious mind to ensure
your success. Then, learn how to manage the finances
that come with that success and some great Tax Planning
Friday - Marketing, PR and SEO - Let's
face it, one of the toughest parts of business is
MARKETING and PUBLIC RELATIONS. And what in the heck
is that SEO stuff everyone talks about? You have to
get your name out there so that people know you exist.
In a rut, or don't even know where to begin? Stay
tuned on Fridays for tips, tricks and more!
Saturday - Relaxation and Self Care
- Ahh, the weekend is here. Time to unwind from all
the work week hustle. Finally, some much needed alone
time with the most exceptional company you can find
-- YOU! Tune in on Saturdays for a Spiritual Spa Experience.
Sunday - Open Topic - Topic is open, but please
do not post ads!
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