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Hello! 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!

 

Prosperous thoughts,


 

Julie Bestry
Certified Professional Organizer®

Julie 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 Professional Organizer®.

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 serenity.

Felicia Slattery
Relationship and Communication Expert

Felicia 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 lives.

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!

Paul Steven
Professional Photographer

Paul 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 and business.
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.

Marilyn Jenett
Prosperity Mentor

Marilyn 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 be published.

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.

Kristine McKinley
Financial and Tax Planning Expert

Kristine McKinley is a CPA and a Certified Financial Planner®, and the founder of Beacon Financial Advisors.

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 payments?
  • Can hiring my kids help reduce my income taxes?
  • What business deductions can I take?
  • What is the best retirement plan for my online business?
  • Do I qualify for the home office deduction?

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 including:

www.onlinebiztaxtips.com which is devoted to providing online business tax tips,
and www.financialtipsforwahms.com which provides financial tips for work at home moms.

Eileen Brown
SEO Expert

Ms. 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: http://www.bekansas.com/history.

Diana Kennedy
Life Enrichment Facilitator

Diana 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 message (www.DianaKennedy.com) 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!

 

Daily Topics

Below is a list of our daily topics that you should look out for. Other topics and postings are allowed and encouraged!

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 Tips!

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.

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