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Aug 06, 2008 9:15 pmre: Welcome!!#

diane walker
Hi Everyone. My name is Diane, I live near the seaside with my husband and daughter and I run a business called In2Town.

In2Town is a magazine site where we have a business section and also other sections which includes entertainment, news, fashion and interviews. We also have a business directory section where we let business owners advertise their business for free. Please look out site and if you have any idea then please do let me know. http://www.in2town.co.uk

The most important lesson I was always taught in business and in life was to treat people how you would expect to be treated.

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Aug 07, 2008 7:19 amre: Welcome!!#

Raina Vinci
1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on.

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur.

Hi Everybody,

Im Raina from Pune, an industrial hub in India where you can find most of the biggest IT comapanies. I moved here 3 years back after I got married to Vinci.

We run our software firm where we develop web based applications. We work for clients from USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Japan, and India.

We are also into consulting. We provide advice to other industrial companies and help them maximize their revenues using the internet.

We also have staffing solutions and we provide staffs for various IT companies.

One lesson I've learnt from being an entrepreneur is to aim BIG. When you think about achieving something really really Big that you know you cannot achieve but still think and try to achieve it. Even if you do not achieve it 100%, making 80% to 90% of it will help you feel better, infact GREAT. And the next time, you try to do something even BIGGER than the previous one which will make you go higher and higher than before.

We are also looking for possibilities to partner up with other IT companies. We also would be interested in partnering with other industries if they are within our knowledge.

Incase you are interested, pm me and we can discuss the possibilites.


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Aug 07, 2008 4:31 pmre: Welcome!!#

Scott Allen
1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile

I'm a multipreneur - have my fingers in a lot of pies. I think I have ADD on a macro scale - things don't hold my interest very well over the long term. So even though I have some things I'm in for the long haul, I'm constantly doing new things -- small side businesses, new passive income streams, serving on advisory boards to various businesses (I'm on three now -- getting ready to join one more).

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on.

My primary business is Link to Your World, LLC (http://www.LinkToYourWorld.com), a consulting form that advises companies on social media and social networking strategy. We also work as an advisor to startups in the social media space and provide product direction and go-to-market strategy (http://linktoyourworld.com/portfolio.html). We also have developed an educational platform for social media / social networking (http://www.LinkToYourEducation.com).

I'm also the Entrepreneurs Guide for About.com (http://entrepreneurs.about.com), where I help tens of thousands of entrepreneurs every month to start and grow their business. I've been there nearly six years and there's a wealth of information there -- I hope you'll avail yourself of it if you haven't already.

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur.

I've learned that the single most important thing in business is this: CASH FLOW!

Without it, you don't have a business. You have an idea, or perhaps an expensive hobby.

It's the #1 reason business shut down. It's the #1 reason entrepreneurs give up on their dreams and go back to a traditional job. I've seen divorces because of it. I've seen attempted suicides because of it.

Personally, I think that if you're going to bootstrap your business -- if you don't have a ton of capital -- the first thing you should do is set up some passive cash flow for yourself, even if it has nothing to do with your main business. Network marketing, affiliate marketing, real estate, info-products, vending machines -- whatever. It just needs to be almost completely passive.

If you have $1,000 to invest, invest it in something that will earn back your $1,000 in three months and then keep generating that kind of income. Work on your business plan in the meantime, but don't rush to launch your business until you have some other sources of cash flow lined up.

- Scott -

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Aug 08, 2008 2:00 pmre: re: re: Welcome!!#

Cheryl Baumgartner(CITRMS)
1. I am a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist through the Institute of Fraud Risk Management and an Independent Associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. Before getting involved with this I worked as a Communications Officer for a small police department in FL. In addition to working for my department, I gained certifications from the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement as an instructor for the statewide certification on the FBI's NCIC system.

2. I'm currently working with individuals, businesses and non-profit entities to tackle two major problems, Identity Theft and lack of affordable access to the legal system for the average person. This is done through classes, seminars, and providing my benefit "package" Life Events Legal Plan, Legal Shield and Identity Theft Shield

3. It's never about you, it's about your clients, customers, business partners and connections. Make yourself a servant of others and you will reap the benefits. A clenched fist cannot receive anything but an open palm receives all blessings.

Cheryl Baumgartner
Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist
Independent Associate/Group Benefits Specialist/Small Business Specialist Pre-Paid Legal Services

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Aug 08, 2008 6:05 pmre: Welcome!!#

Natalie Clegg
Hi there.

I am a businesswoman in the UK and have a lifestyle business, primarily in the interior design of high end properties for the home market. We work in commercial areas too. I am looking to increase my network of high-net-worth clients and to increase my public exposure.

I live in a small village near Cambridge, England, with a brood of cats and chickens, so I am close to the country and to the city. I spend a lot of time on research and observation as I feel that to remain top-class as a designer you have to learn and learn.

My ventures for the future are to focus on getting our niche right, and then to create several income streams from related companies within the lifestyle and interior design trade over the next few years. I also want to raise my public profile and see if I can spin some business off of this.

My websites are off line at the moment - it started as a bit of a problem, but I am now using it as an opportunity to rethink the way that they are done. I am also developing a personal website that will be about living and lifestyle, and this is very exciting as I feel I will have a platform to directly air my own views. I am also looking for ways to make this personal website pay its way.

I feel that after a 10 year apprenticeship I am on the brink of experiencing a whole new phase within my business and exploring and developing the entrepreneurial talent I have.

I have learned so much being in business that it is hard to choose the key one thing - so I will just list one of many:
If something is not working change it. Immediately.
If something is working leave it alone.

Looking forward to getting to know you all a bit better.


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Aug 08, 2008 8:10 pmre: Welcome!!#

Lisa Wald Guarino-horse artist

My name is Lisa Wald Guarino.

1. My mom says, I've been drawing since I could pick up a pencil. I love to draw and paint. I decided to follow my talents and attended art school. In 1990 i created my own art business.

2. I run my own art business, Lisa's Art & Horses. When I sat down and envisioned what my business would look like, I decided that my business should reflect my passions. Besides art, I also love animals and nature. I have a special spot in my heart for horses. My parents occassionaly took us to a stable for pony rides. I found myself enamored by them. Big, beautiful and gentle. I felt on top of the world in the saddle and loved it. I'd spend many hours with books on horses and drawing horses. I have had some time to learn to ride and enjoy riding when I can.

3. Persistence and patience are key to business.
You can do things..the choice is up to you.

Lisa G.

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Aug 09, 2008 12:45 amRe: Welcome!!#

Teddy Towncrier

Thanks for this opportunity, Gunil/Paul.

1. About myself .... An immigrant from UK who is a possibility thinker who can quickly spot opportunities ... I prefer to focus on what can work and How can we? Rather than the reverse.

Career path ... Instrumental in building a few highways, dams & golf courses. .... Consultant to the parking industry for 20 yrs. ... Managed a private, single client, investment portfolio for 10 yrs.

2. Currently involved in? .... Latest accomplishments are A. Building my own globe spanning telephone system (Natalie's office kindly assisted me in testing the UK link). and B. Creating an on-line, community TV station.

3. What I've learned? .... A. ... Never hope an intermediary will effectively present your idea. .... Make sure all the decision makers will be present and they understand what you expect to happen.

B. ... Cash flow is everything. I'd rather live in a cold water walk up and solvent than at the Palace Pier and wake up sweating over money.

Towncrier's primary business is assisting qualfying business' to effectively harness today's dirt cheap technology in their marketing. Complimentary Info-Pak available. Request Here.


Teddy Towncrier CPP Towncrier-Media.com Supercharging Your Visions.

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Aug 09, 2008 7:07 amGreetings from Chennai ( Madras) India#

Shivram Ravi

I am Ravi Shivram, started career in advertising, then changed affection to publishing held key positions Harper & Row Inc, Feffer & Simons Inc, and CBS.
Since the last 14 years I am media related industry, served as product manager for DTS, and later with Dolby Labs, currently working for Digital Media Services offering ad films, Training films and corporate films.

Has passion for Training and are a corporate trainer and visiting faculty, teaching Brand Management and Corporate Image building.
Since Eight years (itch!) writing my first book on Brand management (eight years? yap did not know where it was itching the fist year!! Ran a retail book shop with Wife Mrs Rajitha, lost my last $- my shirt- really did not know I can miss manage so much!! The best escape route is blame on Karma- ( Hey! who said failier is the first step to Success?) Well- Thank the Lord my smile is back, and has lot of energy and too many dreams......

Other interests Poems, Astrology and "people management" !!! Travel.

Life has taught me two great things

One- Be positive

Two- Believe in yourself

Immediate goal to release my first book, and then other titles on Event Management and Retailing.


Ravi Shivram

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Aug 09, 2008 8:15 pmre: Welcome!!#

reginald young
Hello Everyone! I'm from Chicago and have been living here all my life. I also work @ UPS and strongly believe in
being a team player. I want to start screenwriting and
write movie scripts.

I joined Working Capital Comapny In 2005. I have a vested interest in helping small business owners that are looking to grow their companies.

One lesson I learned from being an Entrepreneur.
Expect the unexpected, and always have a Plan B.

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Aug 11, 2008 7:59 pmre: Welcome!!#

Robert Cass
Good Afternoon,

My name is Robert Cass and I have been a serial entrepreneur since 1994. I have been beat up pretty badly and have "lost it all" (marriage, money, health) at least once. I don't regret a day of it. I used to wake up at night knowing that there was more to this life than working a day job. I just felt it in my bones.

I have pursued a path that unveils itself to me little by little, but each step is crystal clear. I can tell from the direction altitude that I am very clearly getting further than I ever would have had I stayed in my day job.

there is something that pushes me to find my limits and that feeling is incredible. To accomplish new things has less to do with money than it does about personal power and perseverance. I am energized by my own existence and progress...to me, that is what it's all about.

Good Luck and God Bless to anyone willing to step out of their comfort zone.


Rob Cass

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Aug 12, 2008 2:04 amre: Welcome!!#

Jason Tommell
Hello everyone - I am originally from and still living in my hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY with my wife, two kids, two dogs, and my cat. My only real time away was during college at the eastern shore of MD and a one year hiatus to Park City, UT (to sort things out before I committed to responsible activities...).

I began working in our family business 10 years ago with my father; at that time, we provided regional land surveying services. After becoming a licensed land surveyor 3 years ago, we grew 260% by adding several additional services. Despite the core company being founded in 1981, I now find myself in a strange hybrid "start up"-ish company. I am constantly looking for opportunities to change the face of very old industries, like land surveying, engineering, etc, and have been trying to maintain a certain respectfully indignant view of the business landscape. We are now positioning ourselves for another large growth period about which I am very, well, excited, nervous, resigned to, etc.

What have I learned? I offer several of many:
1. I was told some years that things take time, and they are not to be rushed. This is unacceptable to me!

2. if I am not in a state of change, then I am very, very uncomfortable.

3. It is important to be good at execution, but better at recovery.

4. there is no problem worth losing sleep over, it will still be there in the moring.

I look forward to getting to know everyone.

Warmest regards,

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Aug 12, 2008 3:42 amre: Welcome!!#

Hannah du Plessis

I am Hannah, and live in New Zealand where it is cold and wet at the moment.

I would not call myself an entrepreneur just yet, although I am learning very fast. I am a lot like Scott, as nothing holds my attention for very long. However, I have now joined a company where the MD is like me .... something needs to be really good to hold his attention, and he has something new and challenging to work on every day.

The first thing I learned is how to use resources to find things we need in record time. Our MD always needs something different every day: Blocks of flats, international finance, land close to the airpoirt, etc.

I am learning a lot as we deal mostly with real estate investments. I learned Investment Rule no 1: Never use your own money to fund any property deal. I have heard about doing property deals without using your own money before, but didn't think it was possible until I saw it happen.

Currently I am also working on our new website. Will let you know when it is finished.

So I guess I'll stay at this job for a while :-)

BTW - I am looking for international finance sources if you know of any, please let me know.


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Aug 12, 2008 4:57 amre: Welcome!!#

Debra Clark
1/ I'm one of those people that sees opporunities and likes to move with them. I saw an opportunity some years ago to have a lifestyle business. It didn't last long as a lifestyle and is now bigger than me. I have 2 children, a toddler and a soon to be teen. I do try for worklife balance but I tend to get carried away on one thing and then swing back the other way. I love diversity and pressure. Life is quite dull without it.

2/ I am currently working towards licencing Admincorp Ltd. Next year I will probably leave the business to the staff. I'm looking to do some creative hobbies next (photography and digital art). I also want to look at international/internet research possibilities. One thing I'm really good at is drilling down in information.

3/ One lesson I've learned is to get rid of the bad quickly. NZ employment law does not allow for a trial period as such where you can call it quits with a new employee if they aren't working out. You need to go through disciplinary processes which can take a lot of time and money. I did this once, now I have a policy that I work with new staff and if it's not for them we assist them to find what does best suit them. Quickly. Its cheaper to pay them to look for a more suitable job for a few weeks than go through a lengthy disciplinary process that may not work anyway.

Debra, Expert Administrator

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Aug 12, 2008 11:45 amre: Welcome!!#

Terry Stewart
Hi All,

I am from the UK, I am a head chef of 18 years experience
and a I also teach food preparation on a part time basis.

I have multiple streams of income. I run 4 websites each
focusing on different subjects, sell other peoples stuff
as an affiliate and create my own info products.

The things I have learnt about being an entrepreneur are
that is vital to network, build relationships and don't procrastinate.

Have a great day everybody


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Aug 12, 2008 5:34 pmre: re: Welcome!!#

Angie Baker
Good morning all,

My name is Angie Baker. I am a wife, mother of eight, grandmother of soon to be eight and a crystal and glass bead jewellery designer. I have an online business called AngBkr Treasures. I have been an entrepreneur for almost 51 years of my 57 years.

Currently I am in the process of helping my business get known by the general public. My jewellery designs are constantly evolving.

One important thing I have learned as an entrepreneur is, if you can dream it, it will happen. Just follow that dream and persist.

The sun is shining in the Grand Ronde, Oregon. I hope it is shining in your hometown, too!

Warmest regards,

Angie Baker. Visit http://angbkrtreasures.shopping.officelive.com

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Aug 12, 2008 10:20 pmre: re: re: Welcome!!#

Timothy Fox
Hi everyone,

My name is Timothy Fox. I live in Southern California, am 27 years old and run two businesses. (one I just started)

My main business is that as CEO of Sogeshirts an online t-shirt company. We are doing well online and are hopeful of getting our shirts into major stores like Target, hot topic etc,

I learn every day from being an entrepreneur. What I learned most is that the education system doesn't really prepare anyone for the real world unless they are in a highly specified major. Entrepreneurship is the way to go and I really enjoy learning while making money.

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Aug 29, 2008 5:23 pmre: re: Welcome!!#

Christel Agnes
Hello everyone

My name is Chris Agnes, living in Montana
but I was born in Germany.
In Germany I had owned our Family Business for many years

What I found out after I moved to the US
having a home based business is so much less stressful.
Since I'm a people person the two businesses, I'm
involved with are just perfect.
One, I'm with for 4years:Click Here For ALL The Details!

The other for 2years: Click Here For ALL The Details!

My personal advise is stay focused, be persistant,
don't jump from one company to another
learn to work in a team and your success will come.

Enjoy what you're doing

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Aug 31, 2008 5:23 amre: Welcome!!#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Hi Folks,

1) My name is Lamar Morgan. Following my graduation from college, I went to work for the Sears South Florida Advertising Group in Miami, FL as a retail copywriter. But, I was told that to get ahead in the advertising world I had to go to either New York City, Chicago or Atlanta. Well, I chose Atlanta as it was closest to family. Unfortunately, I could not get the job I wanted. So, I went to night school at Emory University and took a few courses in cash management. In checking out Emory's Job Placement board, I saw a position was open for telephone sales at a firm called "Bear Stearns." I applied for the position and got it. Over the years, I moved up in the company from Retail to Institutional Equity to Fixed Income Institutional. In 1999, I left the company for personal reasons. In the summer of 2001, I moved to Northern California with the help of a doctor who I credit with saving my life.

Unfortunately, rural Northern California does not offer much in the way of opportunities unless you happen to sell real estate or build it. Right now, even that may not be an accurate statement as the mortgage market has had serious problems - so much so my former employer is gone from Wall Street. Plus, high gas prices are increasing the cost of everything out here.

2) What do you do when life gives you lemons? Answer - You make lemonade. In other words, you do whatever you can to survive. I had no choice but to bring something into my community that did not already exist and convince folks to buy into it. And, I did. That something is "FREE Wi-Fi hot spots" funded by splash page advertising. I had to create a win/win/win situation. For the public, that means having secure access to FREE Wi-Fi to check email, surf the Web and make VOIP phone calls. For the FREE Wi-Fi hot spot owner, that means an increase in customer traffic without having to pay for the Wi-Fi on a VPN (Virtual Private Network). For the small business splash page advertiser that means being able to advertise both at the hot spot and online through a Squidoo network of lens and groups, cost-effectively. At a price of $79 for 3 MONTHS, I believe I have achieved that goal. If you would like to see how this system works, visit Ting's Thai Kitchen.

3) What have I learned? I have learned that there are caring people all over the world. I have also learned that there are uncaring people in my own backyard. However, it is the caring people who make life worthwhile. It is with caring people that the "business magic" happens. There is something truly dynamic when you can apply the giving principle to others first and find yourself rewarded as a result. However, this concept tends only to work with caring people. If you try it with uncaring people, you may find that your time gets wasted or worse. For that reason, I encourage caring people to connect with one another in small groups (what I call a "cluster"). I encourage that small group to come up with a good design to help each other out...and help make the business magic happen. For more on this, visit Clusters: Small Business Group Netweaving.

Lamar Morgan
CDMM - Synergistic Business Marketing
Attract more customers!

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Aug 31, 2008 4:46 pmre: Welcome!!#

Tim Flowers
Hello everyone,

I'm from Greensboro NC, the most beautiful city in the state. I've lived in other places but I keep coming back here! I've managed businesses for others, as well as run my own companies, one of which did a quarter million dollars in sales it's first year.

Currently, I'm an Independent Executive with Zrii. Zrii was founded by legendary entrepreneur Bill Farley, the man behind Fruit of the Loom, Gitano, and Farley Industries. Our product is the only third party product ever endorsed by The Chopra Center. Zrii is a very exciting place to be!

The one thing I've learned from being an entrepreneur is that once you've done it, you can't go back to being an employee. I've had times when I went back to the corporate world after running my own show, and I'm always miserable as an employee! Being in business for yourself, even if you're not hugely sucessful, permanently changes your attitude toward employment.

I'm looking forward to seeing a great dialog on this forum!

Create your future,
Tim Flowers


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Aug 31, 2008 7:57 pmre: Welcome!!#

ralph brown
I hit a rock broke a boat motor, and decided to build better boats. I have two patents issued two pending, one copywrite, and two world records.
Know what: I am still having trouble getting the capital to make this project successful.

Biggest mistake: I started this project planning to develop new technology and bring it to market. It took me three quarters of a million dollars and seveal years to develop the technology.

People and investors don't seem to understand that. They all seem to think I should have used that money to make a profit. I guess, cash flow should have been king. If we had just copied someone elses product and went into business we might have had some positive cash flow by now.

The flip side, is that I would never have left my good job to copy somebody elses product. I don't think any of my original investors would have given me any cash to do that either. So it is the old catch 22.

I spent a lot of time looking for venture capital, none seemed to believe me. I have only been able to get small investors at all.

My solution is to give test rides on my new product. The product sells itself. It will be a lot slower that way, but eventually we should be able to grow the business. We may end up making a movie about the next world record we are talking about going after. That movie might end up on cable TV as a reality show. Most Dangerous Voyage.

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Sep 01, 2008 7:04 amre: re: Welcome!!#

Ravi Singh
Hello ,

My name is Ravi , living in New Delhi,India with my two kids and wife. I am a gradute mechanical engineer and post graduate in business management. I have over 12 years working experience working in areas as production of industrial products to sales & marketing of car accessories.

Three years back , I took plunge in entrprenuership .I have equal interests in areas like pure sales to engineering and also been proved succeful in both.However as employee either they make you techie guy or marketing guy.I chose area which I have special interest and started on my own which is now giving me a lot of job satisfaction and well better dough.

I work in engineering design services. I will be glad explain more about me and my services , and would also like to network here for exchange on knowledge.

Our website is www.finitesoftech.com.

Cheers , Ravi

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Sep 04, 2008 7:22 pmre: Welcome!!#

Heather Reider
My name is Heather Reider, founder of MomsTown.com, author of two books (one with Hyperion, the other with Simon & Schuster). I co-host an online radio show at Hay House Radio. I've had my share of success and failure. I've earned a lot of money writing and talking. I've lost a lot of money betting on the future. I've learned a few things but most of all I've learned that today is my day. Today is your day.

As for the other lessons: My books and website have had great media exposure, including the CBS Early Show and three Dr. Phil appearances (please don't hold that against me!). So, here are a few things about being an entrepreneur.

1. Passion without a plan is a recipe for failure.

2. Media means nothing without monetization.

First, the passion and no plan is a direction I took early in my entrepreneurial career. I believe setting goals is important and having them in writing is doubly important. I could go on and on about the importance of taking your time to write out a plan, but I'm sure many of you understand this point. I was a bit slow on the uptake on this one but I'm becoming more patient and better at planning day-by-day.

Second, great media exposure means nothing if you don't capture your traffic and understand what a great gift it is when your business gets recognized. Look at media and marketing from a monetization point of view and not from an ego driven view and you'll be much happier and wealthier in the long run.

Finally, I just want to add, being an entrepreneur is meaningful. When creative people take action the world is a better place.

Thanks for this forum.

Heather Reider

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Sep 25, 2008 9:03 pmre: Welcome!!#

Will Peters
1. I was born in Liberia. Raised in Hartford, CT. I'm building in Charlotte, NC. My family moved to the U.S. when I was 7 yrs old. We arrived in CT on August 8th, 1984. I was sad in this new drastic change because we left so many family members and friends. I soon embraced the new world with my parents showing us so much to do and meeting new friends.

2. I’m currently a Business Consultant with Anstad. We’re an innovative consulting company specializing in business process improvement, marketing and web development. We work with savvy entrepreneurs like you in helping you cut costs, streamline processes and increase profits.

3. Two lessons I've learned:
One -- Care for your customer. It's all about your customer's experience. Whether it's a good or bad product, the customer remembers the experience. The more you capitalize on the care of your customer, the more you capitalize on your success. It's been proven that a customer will tell more people about a bad experience than a good experience. Be a good experience.

Two -- Another thing I've learned as an entrepreneur is to obsolete yourself before your competition does. A good book that talks about this is Leapfrogging the Competition by Oren Harari. As an entrepreneur, you should be working on your business not working in your business to excel. Keep your eyes and ears open to new advances in your industry and implement. "Today's numbers are a reflection of yesterday's decisions; tomorrow's numbers are a reflection of today's decisions." Make the right decisions today to obsolete yourself.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my experiences. It was actually therapeutic. I look forward to networking with the Ryze Entrepreneurs!

I'm here to help. Stop by anytime.

-Will Peters
Business Consultant

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Nov 06, 2008 3:24 pmre: Welcome!!#

1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile

I've got a sense of humor about things and spend a lot of time laughing.

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on.

I'm working on converting my home to a chemical free environment. I've already done so with food so I'm working on the products in my home. I love knowing that I've gotten back to the way things were before everything became instant.

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur.

Keep moving forward and remember that setbacks are temporary, inevitable and part of learning. Take care and God bless.

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Nov 14, 2008 3:56 pmre: Welcome!!#

Yvonne Wu

Hi there,

I am currently working as a Author Assistant/Virtual Assistant.

I love to be surround by Authors and Creative Individuals. I am looking to connect with like minded individuals. I offer Author support services, web services and internet marketing services.

I've learned that being an entrepreneur takes lots of work and dedication.


The YP Publishing

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Nov 14, 2008 4:26 pmre: Welcome!!#

Robert Johnson
My company is located in Nevada although I spend quite a bit of time with my children in California and Florida.

My passion is working with early stage businesses and helping them become Capital Ready so they can acquire the funding they need to grow.

Since my first career (25 years) was marketing based, I have integrated some of the basic marketing principles to our capital acquisition process.

One of the things that has become clear to me from both my personal experience and working with clients is that while planning is an essential element in success - it is a challenge to "know" how much planning is enough.

In my off time, I enjoy reading, bicycling, golf and traveling to new places with my wife.

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Nov 14, 2008 5:58 pmre: Welcome!!#

ralph brown
Hi, Thanks for the invite.

I am an OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Lover, and I am involved in an Outdoor Adventure / one of the world's most daring voyages.

I love the ocean, and have never lived far from it, except under USMC orders, and college. Even then I spent as much time on Lake Michigan as possible.

I once took a FLATS BOAT 1547 miles across the open Atlantic. A flats boat is a tiny open fishing boat that is designed to operate in extreme shallow water. It has no cabin and no keel. We ended up setting two world records on that voyage.

I am planning to take the same boat all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. The whole voyage will be over 5000 miles. This will set three new world records. We are hoping to make a reality TV show out of the trip. Details can be seen at http://www.CrossTheAtlantic.Com

Now here is the plug: we want to build and sell these boats.

The biggest lession I have learned is: the importance of getting some income immediately regardless of the amount of research and development you need to do unless you have a large backer.

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Nov 14, 2008 6:16 pmre: re: re: Welcome!!#

Walter Paul Bebirian
I am Walter - a photographer - I have been photographing now for over 50 years (since I was 8 years old) and I have been in my own business since 1976 - doing commercial assignments for all different types of clients and have seen my commercial work published all over the world and now all over the Internet -

During the past two years I have concentrated on placing both my creative art images as well as many digital abstract art images that I have created up in galleries where people from all over the world may view them and purchase them as prints in different sizes - there are currently over 23,000 images in the galleries that I am referring to -

I have learned first - that the concept that I had when I was 8 years old when taking my very first picture with a Brownie Camera that no one would probably ever see any of my images - did not have to be true and indeed that concept or idea has greatly changed since that time -

I have learned that many people who I have done work for or who I have met here on RYZE as well as on some of the other networking groups currently on the Internet - do so many things that I never dreamt existed as businesses -and that there is a whole lot to learn from everybody - all over!!!!

and I have learned from a lady who called me just three days ago after receiving my card and then holding onto my business card for 16 years (she received it in 1992 and remembers exactly where in Brooklyn she received it although she now lives in New Jersey) to stay in business a while in order to reap the benefits from your advertising efforts!

thank you!

Walter :-)


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Nov 14, 2008 6:32 pmHello All.........#

Mary Martin
I am new to this network and would like to introduce myself. I am a grandmother with THREE wonderful grandsons. I know that ALL grandparents think their grandchildren are wonderful and I am no exception!

I work from home, with online businesses that are just right for me! I worry about the economy and hope that my business can help those people losing their incomes and insurance benefits.

I have learned through life, how to truly let go and let God. When you give a worry to God, you cannot take it back and worry with it, that just means you don't trust God to handle it. What peace it is to know Him.

God Bless You All,
Mary Martin

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Nov 14, 2008 8:57 pmGreetings Fellow Entrepreneur#

Edwin Ralphael
My name is Edwin Ralphael from Singapore,

let me tell u a brief description about myself!

started my career as a Computer Systems Engineer in 1997 working for someone and i found out that IT was my passion

i quit in 2002 and started my own business since then!

in the begining it wasn't that easy, I had a partner who claims to be a super salesman amd as i was the guy doing all the engineering work we say lets come out and do something together, you sell and i do all the work!

but after a year i found out that he wasn't getting the sales as he mention in the begining as a super sales person! as an engineer i got more sales then him for more than 10 times the amount so i decide to call it quits and i will run the business on my own, my yearly sales was average 60K a year, a small company! that is a comfortable figure. and since then i was all on my own till today i am still a small company and getting between 60 to 100K sales a year.

I attended alot of course teaching me to understand about money and also about myself and how to get things done! and untill today i never stop learning as i believe that one can not stop learning untill when he is in the grave!

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Nov 15, 2008 5:09 pmIntroduction#

Peg Bowles
I am Peg Bowles and I began Initial Impressions in 1999. Initial Impressions is a custom embroidery company here in Boulder Colorado, with a website at www.initial-impressions.net and a blog discussing interesting embroidery ideas and projects that go beyond the website. You can see the blog at www.initial-impressions.net/blog.

Mine is a bit of niche market. I thrive on the more creative and unusual projects that come my way. I am not one of those embroiderers who likes to do 400 of the same item. That said, the website offers a variety of items for every member of the family and every gift giving need. I work very hard to preserve that personal touch to each order.

Initial Impressions is essentially a one person operation, althrough I do get help from my large family on occasion. My daughter Charlotte does me web design and other family members often help with packaging and shipping.

The things I have learned about being an entrepreneur --

1. That I was better at selling things than I ever thought I would be -- it is easy when you really and truly love what you do and believe in your product.

2. That inventory control would be such a challenge.

Peg Bowles
Initial Impressions

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Nov 18, 2008 5:25 pmHello, All#

Karen Herrmann
Hi there. Karen here. I am familiar with some of the intros placed here and am looking forward to getting to know a little more about those that are new to me.

1. I am a certified Christian Life Coach on a journey with women to discover their fullest potential! I am once again residing in the beautiful state of North Carolina (I have quick access to the beach or the mountains). Oh yea, I just changed my Ryze page (after a gentle reminder from Paul) and will do so again in the near future - thanks Paul! :)

2. I am currently working on finding a Virtual Assistant (VA) to help grow my business and would appreciate any and all referrals Ryzers may have.

3. Learned lesson - so many to choose from. The most current choice would have to be that I must be present and accounted for in growing my business. Leads and contacts aren't going to just fall out of the sky (oh, I wish they would), and me, myself and I must constantly work, work, work to get the job done!

Thanks for reading and remember, Make it a Profitable Day!

Karen :)

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Nov 28, 2008 9:28 pmre: Welcome!!#

Eric Parker
Thanks to Gunil for kicking off this thread, and to Scott for emailing out a reminder to contribute.

I founded SAND Services Inc. back in 2002 with the idea of creating a model for software development automation, and using that technology to build products for ourselves and our clients. Since then we've built a few of both, and the approach seems to be working and adaptable across the changes of technology over time.

My latest product idea is being developed as a separate company. I expect to be able to report on that in more detail in the coming months.

Lessons that are foremost in my mind at the start of this venture are:

1. Always have a plan B. Execute on Plan A, but be prepared to switch to plan B, or C. Your job is to get there, and with only one path you are relying on luck.

2. Revenue inflow is *always* challenging. Try to anticipate the ways it will fail to happen and be prepared (see 1). If at all possible try to always have more than one source.

3. Enjoy. Seriously. If you are not going to enjoy building your business and continue to be psyched about the effect it will have on your customers and the world as a whole, then pick something else to do. Time is not infinite.

4. Don't go it alone. Have at least one other person you are working with to realize the vision.

Hope that helps. Best of luck to all.


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Dec 02, 2008 6:15 pmBreaking the Ice - Leonardo Saraceni#

Leonardo Saraceni
Hello Entrepreneurs,

I'm just going to get right on it

  1. I grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and moved to the US to attend a second college. I'm currently finishing my BS in Business (my first in English), and I live in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina.

  2. I've never liked the idea of working to make money to somebody else; even though I'm 22, I opened my first company when I was 19, back in Brazil. Here in the US, I'm running my own Personal Development company through Network Marketing. Our mission is to grow our members' lives financially, emotionally and spiritually.

  3. 2 Lessons I've learned:

    - Leadership = Personal Responsibility

    - You have to take responsibility for everything that happens around you; it is not fate, or coincidence, it is just the Law of Attraction working based on your vibe. Based on that, I stopped blaming the economy, or the webdesigner, or weather, and started focusing on actions.

    - An extra one: Problems will always come up. I learned to get past those as quickly as possible and focus on the solutions. That has helped my business tremendously.

So I believe I broke the ice with this one. Always get fired up talking with entrepreneurs.

To your success,

Leonardo Saraceni
Your Income Potential

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Dec 03, 2008 1:16 amre: Welcome!!#

Erica Cole
1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile

I'm a work-at-home mom who truly enjoys what she does. I'm a wife and mother of 2 beautiful kids. I'm truly blessed. I was in the corporate world before getting laid off and promising never to get a J.O.B again. So I decided to use all of my experience and let it work for me versus work for someone else. I was born and raised in New York City but moved to Pennsylvania in 2004.

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on.

On the business side, my job is to party. I provide sensual products - from massage oils, candles, books, bath and body products to more adventurous items - for women ages 18-88. These items are tested, tasted, touched, and smelled before they are purchased through confidential in-home parties. Think of the Tupperware party - with an extra kick!

The great thing about what I do is that women can shop in the privacy and comfort of their own home - rather than visiting an adult store or using a mail catalog. And prior to purchasing, they can have an awesome time with close friends testing the products and asking a ton of questions. They will also learn tons of tips and tricks to spice up their bedroom life (whether they are single or in a relationship). I truly enjoy my business which leads to……

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur.

If you are going to work your butt off being an entrepreneur (which is A LOT harder than being an employee) make sure it’s something you love to do or something fun to do. All the hard work you put in day in and day out will not be as hard if you are too busy having fun. It makes all your efforts, blood, sweat, and tears worth while!

..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))
((¸¸.•´ ..•´ My Job Is Always -:¦:-
-:¦:- ((¸¸.•´* A Party....

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Dec 05, 2008 4:38 pmre: Welcome!!#

Mark Fuller
My name is Mark. I am a single male who is originally from Western New York State. In 1998, I moved to Northern Virginia for seven years. Presently I reside in Marlyland. I am a big lover of all kinds of music, football and traveling. Unfortunately, I lossed the sense of community that was present in my life in 1998. Someday, I hope to gain that back.

Venture I am involved with:

I am an independent associate of Pre-Paid Legal services.

Two lessons I've learned:

1. You must work hard and work smart in order to be successful in all areas of life.

2. People have stronger challenges and go through more adversity than I do. Stop crying.(I am trying to practice tihs more consistently.

Mark Fuller, ITRMS
Pre-Paid Legal Services

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Dec 10, 2008 3:49 pmre: Welcome!!#

Brian Woods
Hello all! My name is Brian Woods and I currently live in Las Vegas, NV. I joined the USAF in 1998 and was honorably discharged in 2008. As a result I've lived many places.

2/ I am currently an Enviromental, Safety & Health Program Manager for a defense company as well as the owner of HomeTavern Market.com
3/ Two lessons I've learned:

One -- Starting an intenet based business during an economic downturn is quite a challenge.

Two -- Owning one's own business makes going to work for someone else is a bigger challenge.

Looking forward to meeting like-minded individuals.

Have a great day!

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Dec 29, 2008 9:08 pmMy introduction message!#

Brenda Cadman
Hello all! :)

I am brand new to the world of Ryze - I already do a fair bit of face to face networking (BNI, etc), am extremely well versed in the world of Facebook, and slowly but surely improving my Twitter abilities, but wanted to check out some other, more business focused social networking sites.

So here I am! :) On to my intro...

1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile.

Live and work in beautiful Vancouver BC, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics! Have a degree in psychology and an extensive background in office administration. Left my last "real job" in 2004 and have been living and loving the life of an entrepreneur since then.

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on.

Current venture:

I am co-owner of two companies based in Vancouver: Syntric Design, focusing on website development and October 17 Media, which helps businesses ensure their websites are actually FOUND on the web. You know, search engine marketing and optimization, website analytics, email marketing... all that fun stuff. :)

What we want to work on:

We still absolutely love the web design side of things but we're planning to focus most of our attention on Oct 17 in the coming months. So far so good - with the recent economic downturn, many businesses seem to be focusing more of their marketing budgets in the online realm instead of more traditional forms like print advertising. Now to find ways to capitalize on this opportunity!

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur.

Aim high and never be afraid to ask for what you want. Some of the best opportunities we've had as business owners has come as a result of approaching someone and simply asking. The worst they can say is No, right?

Looking forward to making some connections with you fine people! And I welcome suggestions from anyone on how to utilize Ryze in the best way possible - still getting my bearings and trying to figure out my way around. :)



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Dec 31, 2008 11:32 pmre: Welcome!!#

Julia Rock
Hey Everyone!

My name is Julia Rock, and I am new to Ryze and the Entrepreneur network.

1) I'm originally from Brooklyn, NY, but I spent some of my early years living on the lovely island of Barbados.

2) I just recently started my own retail business, LMGS, LLC. We specialize in gifts, novelty items, and home furnishings/decor. I'm also in the process of starting my own social initiative for HIV/AIDS awareness (www.actionisnecessary.com).

3) Even though I've technically just become an entrepreneur, I have learned that this is something that you have to have a passion for and are willing to put your all into. You truly have to love what you're doing.

I look forward to getting to know everyone here on the Entrepreneur network and making great connections!


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Jan 01, 2009 5:36 amre: Welcome!!#

Chuck Bartok

Thank you for this Opportunity:

1/ Write a little bit about yourself, In the Past year we have introduced Two Dynamic Communities of Like Monded Entrpreneuer of all stages of Business devlopment and introduced three Never before seen Personal Training Products. Working in trhe Field of Small Business and Marketing consulting the past 4.5 decades, I feel the ideas that have worked for so many Successful entrepreneurs OFF-Line needed to be shared in the seemingly Wasteland On-Line

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in. Besdes Gardening for Profit and Showing our Horses, I spend 6-10 hours daily consulting with serious Business Builders and produce Three Live Talk Shows Weekly

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur.
When I established My definite Major Purpose in 1960 I found how easy it is to be in total control of all your desire. All it takes is proper Business Plan, well defined Cash Flow projections and Budgets, a Strong Master-mind Alliance of Like-minded individuals and the Explosion of Massive ACTION, immediately. Always Burn the boats on the Shore and Move Forward

Chuck & Shirley Bartok
My Business Card http://chuckbartok.com
Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/cjbart
Use Your Own Personal Trainer 24/7 http://focus40now.com

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Jan 07, 2009 4:22 amre: re: Welcome!!#

nina venturella
Hi my name is Nina Venturella, and I am a business owner of a growing wellness center in Califorina, and also I am franchising my business as well. I can write a book on what not to do in business and the signs to see it coming before it is too late. I too have learned many lessons in a short amount of time. I am driven by my passion and desire to change lives and make a difference , my love for god is first , then family and then business. Most times I forget to keep my priorities straight.
I am always looking for people who are like minded who want to also contribute to making a difference in the world.
God Bless
Nina Venturella

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Jan 12, 2009 9:26 pmRe-Introducing Myself as Ideasmyth.com#

Victoria Rowan
Howdy--I was an early member who has been largely inactive the last seven years but wants to reconnect with the entrepreneurial world!

1) A bit about me: I'm a native New Yorker who believes in the American Dream. I've had a great rollicking ride in the unpredictable developments in the last 20 years of media and love what I do as Creatrix-in-Chief of IDEASMYTH.com. I mostly do my version of life coaching or creativity coaching, helping people maximize their talents and resources to achieve their dreams. I also write, teach writing and do other creativity workshops and retreats. More on my website: www.Ideasmyth.com

2) I just gave you a sneak preview on what I'm up to, what's next for me this year is figuring out to integrate interactivity with my services.

3) Some lessons I've learned:
--Whenever possible: under-promise and over-deliver and you'll never have to do any advertising to get more than enough clients--the word-of-mouth will happen naturally.
--If you're not having fun, don't SHOULD your business into the ground, make it fun or change your business! While fear and duty are effective motivators, they corrode the spirit in the long-term. Any long-term business is a marathon, you can't should yourself past an ambitious finish line and count on having many more in you.

I am happy to discuss free 20-min consults with anyone who would like to get a sampling of Ideasmyth. Also: I have two FREE events coming up tomorrow and next Wed, so DO come and check out what Ideasmyth is up to. AND I have 2 seminars starting soon after that.

Warm regards,
Victoria C. Rowan

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Jan 15, 2009 9:55 amre: Welcome!!#


It's great to be in a group of positive people like you!

1) My hometown is Grand Rapids, Michigan where we experience the pros and cons of very different weather changes, sometimes in a moment's notice! I enjoy learning about people and discovering how I might be able to help them discover their potential. My Ryze profile has something that could increase your success, and is bursting at the frames with anticipation of your exploration and guestbook autograph! :^)

2) It's my desire to learn more about what you do. Your success is my business, and you get all the credit. As a registered gift and incentive consultant, my role is to help you achieve your business and personal goals. We utilize a specialized gift and incentive program that is convenient, memorable, delightful, and affordable. And, you get all the thanks!

3) As a seasoned entrepreneur, I have learned that a major key to success is learning how to listen, learn, and laugh. In other words, show others that you care, be willing to grow from another's perspective, and be friendly in all that you do. Most people will respond with mutual respect and maybe even show some interest in what you have to offer. ;^)

We look forward to helping you celebrate your continued success!


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Jan 16, 2009 5:27 amre: re: Welcome!!#

William Tam

1/ This is William from Hong Kong. I studied in Canada and returned Home in 1981, first started as a computer salesman, couldn't sell a thing, then switch back to Accounting & Finance jobs (11 jobs till 1997, when I started my own business ventures, but unfortunately, none of them work).

2/ I have been mostly investing in other people's projects in the past 10 years, one time as a Private Equity investor, and burned lots of money in the process...I could have retired with these money, but I do not regret and must look forward instead of back.

3/ Many people think they could succeed as an Entrepreneur (including me), but the reality is only very few (and the best of the best... may be 5% of all Entrepreneurs?) will succeed, and the consequence of failure is Fatal (I know, because some of my friends and family members have burned their entire retirement savings in the process of trying to Get Rich as an Entrepreneur, a false Hope and false Confidence in themselves).

HOWEVER, I still think that I still have a Chance to Succeed, as I came across an opportunity recently, which reignited my entrepreneurial spirit : Affiliate Income Business. It requires some learning, but I think I could Make it and achieve Financial Independence through Affiliate Marketing. Any one with access to Internet could start the business in days at Home. It is the perfect business model for small Entrepreneurs like me.

I learned a lot about Online Marketing from Mack Michaels, a self made Internet Millionaire Mentor, who taught me a lot with his Video Training Program inside the Club. I am actually doing internet marketing now with my very little capital using free advertising approaches like article submission, Forums and paid advertising (Adwords etc). I highly recommend Everyone who consider being an Entreprenur take a few minutes at his Video Introduction here :


Hope You all be successful in 2009.

Best regards,

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Jan 16, 2009 8:41 amre: Welcome!!#

Dan Schutte

It's great to be in a group of positive people like you!

1) My hometown is Grand Rapids, Michigan where we experience the pros and cons of very different weather changes, sometimes in a moment's notice! I enjoy learning about people and discovering how I might be able to help them discover their potential. My Ryze profile has something that could increase your success, and is bursting at the frames with anticipation of your exploration and guestbook autograph! :^)

2) It's my desire to learn more about what you do. Your success is my business, and you get all the credit. As a registered gift and incentive consultant, my role is to help you achieve your business and personal goals. We utilize a specialized gift and incentive program that is convenient, memorable, delightful, and affordable. And, you get all the thanks!

3) As a seasoned entrepreneur, I have learned that a major key to success is learning how to listen, learn, and laugh. In other words, show others that you care, be willing to grow from another's perspective, and be friendly in all that you do. Most people will respond with mutual respect and maybe even show some interest in what you have to offer. ;^)

We look forward to helping you celebrate your continued success!

Dan Schutte – Gift & Incentive Consultant
“A special tool that could be a secret to your success!”

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Jan 16, 2009 6:53 pmRe-introduction -#

Inger V. Johannessen

Thanks, Gunil (Guy) for the welcome.

As a ”new-old” member let me introduce myself.

1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile

I grew up in the US and my family took me on vacation to Norway when I was 8 yrs old. Since I’m still in Norway, I like to say that I’m still on vacation :-)

I have a cheerful and positive personality and love challenges. I love people and lending a helping hand is part of my personality.

I have a great appetite for life, and have adopted Winnie the Pooh's motto for life: "Yes, please, I'll have both".

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on.

I am, together with my husband, the founder of Asasmag Ltd. and Lifechanging Elements.

Our primary business is in the health and wellness industry.

Lifechanging Elements is all about inspiration, motivation and education coaching/mentoring.

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur

What you receive in life, and the way people respond to you, is based on your words, your actions and your habits and it all starts with a thought!

Dream BIG, the bigger the better, be persistent and get out of your comfort zone. Never give up and you will get there.

And, I agree with you, Scott, cash-flow is important, without it – no business!

I invite you to visit my blog :-)

To your health, wealth and abundance!



PS: Here's a great video that will show you how
to produce free leads using Google Adwords!

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Jan 22, 2009 5:48 amre: Welcome!!#

Ramoncito Ulep
Hello All! Here's my intro...

1. My passion includes financial trading and music (I'm a bass player ;D). Been in the Forex market since 2001 and got my license in 2006. Setting up my own fund in Wall Street at this time - with focus on quant and technical strategies.

2. My business is in teaching people the right way of investing in currencies, or sometimes in other asset classes.

3. The most important thing I learned from being an entrepreneur is that "Luck is when opportunity and preparedness collide."

Please think of me as your "go-to" guy in the Forex market.

Regards and thanks!

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Jan 25, 2009 2:30 amre: Welcome!!#

Alan Walsh
Hello everyone,

My name is Al Walsh, and I'm the Owner/Founder of Walsh Enterprises, Business Advisors.

I provide a wide variety of business advisory service based upon a successful 30-year background at entrepreneurial firms to global conglomerates. My background encompasses CEO, CFO, COO, Director and other roles. I have a collaboration with numerous other advisors who represent a broad range of talents and knowledge - and a global reach.

This is my third successful entrepreneurship.

I also help other budding entrepreneurs find venture capital.

My business website is: www.awalsh.us.

I have a LinkedIn profile at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/alwalsh1

I write articles on Business, Economics, Career, and more ...including the occasional "Rant". These articles are visible at: http://walshal.wordpress.com

All of these sites are interlinked.

I look forward to networking with you.

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Feb 04, 2009 6:58 pmre: Welcome!!#

Carrie Groff
1. I am a young entrepreneur living in Pennsylvania looking to retire before the age of 30 and live a life of traveling and freedom with my husband.

2. I am currently working with a wonderful network marketing company looking to grow our home business empire and help others get out of the corporate rat race and achieve their goals in life.

3. I have learned that there is no such thing as a "get-rich-quick" plan and that persistance and consistancy are key to growing our business. I also learned that the network marketing industry is not for everyone.

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Feb 11, 2009 4:04 pmre: re: Welcome!!#

Jean Granger
Hi, Everyone,

My name is Jean Granger and I am a Certified Internet Marketing VA. I own my own virtual assistant business. I live in Canada. For those of you who may not know what a VA is, I am a business owner who partners with other businesses or individuals to help them with their workload. I provide services that help business owners promote themselves on the internet or who need a helping hand juggling their business tasks. I work from my own home and have all of the office equipment needed to run a small office out of my home.

The one lesson that I have learned in my journey to own my business is, perserverance, and patience. As most of you can probably relate, business owners need to overcome the fear of failure and just go for it!! All good things come with sweat and hard work!!!

Jean Granger
Certified Internet Marketing VA

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Feb 11, 2009 8:13 pmre: Welcome!!#

Kim Hutchinson
Hi everyone,

This is the first group for entrepreneurs that I've seen, and it's a great idea. We are a slightly different breed.

1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile—I've been in the media industry since I was a teenager, so I kind of grew up in the business. However, I've been a partner in my own creative services company for over 15 years, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on—We're currently delving into more new media and web projects, including developing some convergence concepts.

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur—Heraclitus was right: You can't put your foot in the same river twice! Change is constant, and often, it's a good thing.

Kim Hutchinson

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Feb 15, 2009 5:24 amre: Welcome!!#

Becky Blanton
I'm a professional writer. I ghostwrite business books and autobiographies as well as ebooks, articles and brochures. As a journalist/photojournalist for 22+ years I've been published in a variety of publications - including Tim Russert's book, "Wisdom of Our Fathers, Letters from Sons and Daughters." I'm currently working on my own book now - a book about people who have overcome tremendous odds and how they did it. More than just "success" stories, there is some nuts and bolts practical advice there.

I recently won an all-expense paid trip to the 2009 Global TED conference with Daniel Pink (he used to be Al Gore's speech writer and he's also a best selling author: Johnny Bunko; and A Whole New Mind.)

I have a variety of websites and blogs:


Most are in various stages of update while I get used to blogging about one thing on a regular basis!

I'm also a photographer and free spirit - just now getting into the whole internet marketing thing. Mostly? I just love to write!

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Mar 01, 2009 6:35 pmre: Add your welcome note here/BUT/Try to keep to the format/Welcome!!#

Paula Horlick

1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile.

Hi, my name is Paula and I own The Vintage Scarf where I sell Vintage Scarves and Scarf Accessories! I have added a page called The Many Colors of Cancer to my website.

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on.

The Vintage Scarf most recent involvement is with cancer and showing women how they can still look stylish wearing one of my vintage scarves. I want The Vintage Scarf to get more involved. I have donated scarves to 2 major cancer charities coming up.

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur.

The 1 lesson I have learned is don't just start advertising without researching first. I must say I have wasted some money.

Paula M Horlick
The Vintage Scarf
Vintage Scarves And Scarf Accessories

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Mar 06, 2009 8:52 pmHello#

Curtis Hillyer
My name is Curtis Hillyer. I am an Idependant Associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services. I specialize in Employee Benifits and Small Business Plans.

My wife and I live in Winston-Salem,NC. Being self employed has tought me that in order to be sucessfull I must be responsible for what I do. As they say "if it is to be, it's up to me." I have also learned if I want more I must be more. What I read and who I spend time with is just as important as what I do and what product I offer to my clients.

I look forward to making some friends and learning as much as I can from other people in this group.

Curtis Hillyer
(336) 529-3596

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Mar 09, 2009 5:41 pmre: Welcome!!#

Paul Webb
Hello Everyone,

I'm very excited to be here and look forward to meeting everyone in the group. ok, about me:

1. I was born and raised in the midwest and took on responsibility at an early age. I always had a strong passion to help people, I just had to figure out how.

2. I'm involved in two ventures providing services of health and wellness which in turn will eventually lead into accomplishing my ultimate goal.

3. Two lessons i've learned:

0ne--Give freely without expectation and when you need...it will return.

Two--The greatest teachers in life are those who never stop learning.

Again thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you all.

Paul Webb

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Mar 17, 2009 6:31 amre: Welcome!!#

Jean Liu
Hi Everyone,

1/ I'm a tourist guide in Shanghai of China, and also one of the founding explorers of http://www.ourexplorer.com. Love traveling and meeting new people.

2/ Currently involved in OurExplorer, an online booking portal of professional tourist guides.

3/ Be focused and persistent. It's no easy to be an entrepreneur, both challenging and interesting.

Happy Exploring! :)

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Mar 31, 2009 9:06 amre: Welcome!!#

Elliot Lum
1. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. While I've been lucky to have travelled the world, I have always come back to Oahu. There is no place like home.....especially when it's in paradise.

2. I've just started a new home-based business called in Life Cigarettes, a clean, healthy alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. Please check out my website for more details and see if you would like to add this to your current product line.


3. I've learned that you cannot chase down prospects and force them to look at your opportunity. You need to attract them to you and have them want to buy instead of you trying to sell them.

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May 06, 2009 4:34 amre: Welcome!!#

Tim Warhurst
1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile

Hello all. I live in south-central Tennessee with my wife and daughter. I love outdoor activities, golf, exercising, and spending plenty of time with my family. I also appreciate the opportunity to learn and am hoping to get plenty of that from this group. I also hope I can share quality tips and advice along the way when possible. I love networking and also helping others when I can.

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on.

I work in outside industrial sales specializing in robotics, automation, and other types of equipment. Most recently I decided,, after years of thinking about it, to start my own sales company so, as of the first of March, I have been slowly starting to realize that dream. Long term goal is to act as a Manufacturer’s Rep in multiple industries.

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur.

After working in sales for 3 years I have learned many lessons. Here are a few:

There are two main things a good sales person should always be doing. They are building trust with new customers and continually adding value to existing ones. I see far too many sales people in my travels that come in with a slick pitch and tell the prospect whatever they want to hear to get a sale today. Some sales managers teach this practice. I personally believe in ethics, therefore I only sell products I believe in for companies that back up their word. Anyone can BS, but long term takes motivation, partnerships, and mutual respect.

Listen. Listen. Then listen some more. To show your prospect the respect they deserve (after all, they did agree to meet with you), and to get the proper details to deliver the correct solution, you must listen, take notes, ask good questions, and then review your understanding with the client before taking any action. Selling is easy if you know what solution to sell.

Never badmouth the competition. This is a turn off to most prospects. Remember, if your prospect has chosen another company to offer competitive proposals, or they are already using your competition and you are trying to win the business, an insult to the competition is also an insult to the prospect and their ability to make a good business decision.

No matter what your business is there will be a point where sales are involved. Every business is only as good as the customer base will allow so every step should be taken to build a good one. After all, they are providing you with a living and income. On the other hand, we all need to know when it is time to cut one loose.

One last thing: Never assume no means no. Sometimes you just need to find a new contact. Last month I sold a $318000.00 project to a company where I had previously been told to take a hike. The right contact combined with the right solution is all it takes. Thanks for allowing me to join this group.

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May 08, 2009 1:31 pmMy Re-Introduction#

Tammy DePew Smith
Hello everyone, I haven't been around on Ryze much in a while so I wanted to re-introduce myself. My name is Tammy DePew Smith. I own On Call Virtual Assistant, http://www.oncallvirtualassistant.com. In addition, I am a single, homeschooling mom of 4 children. I also have 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren. I have been focusing my biz marketing in my local area, but decided to gear up my online marketing again too.

I established On Call Virtual Assistant in 1999, and it has been going strong ever since. I also was Moderator of the Ryze Network, Parent's Working from Home & Loving It for many years, so I have online marketing experience. I am currently also working on a resource site for work at home/homeschooling parents that I hope to launch by mid June.

I look forward to participating in this network.


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May 09, 2009 4:24 pmre: Welcome!!#

Pam Crenshaw
Hi Everyone,

I am new to Ryze. I have been an entrepreneur since 8 years old when I began selling Kool-Aid ice cups to children in our housing project. I took the money to purchase supplies for activities for my friends since we didn’t have a lot of resources.

I am currently taking Spanish and growing my business.

I have learned follow up is one of the most important things in business. If you do not have a sysmatic way to follow up with clients and customers, they can fall through the cracks.

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May 12, 2009 6:17 pmre: Welcome!!#

Robert Nocera
Hello everyone!

I am new to this Group and new to Ryze, so here is my introduciton.

1. I started a consulting company with a friend about 9 years ago now. A few years later we started a software company funded through the profits of the consultancy. I have a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters ages 7 and 6. I love technology and music.

2. I am currently still involved with the consulting company(www.neosllc.com) and the software company(www.vgosoftware.com), but most of my time is spent on the software company these days. We are currently broadening our focus a little.

3. One lesson I've learned is that it is all about cash flow. If you can't make it in sales, you better start looking at cutting expenses.

Thanks for listening, I look forward to hearing all your thoughts on the subject on entrepreneurship and others!


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May 13, 2009 10:03 pmre: Welcome!!#

Daniel & Julie Harned
1./Hi I am Julie Harned Owner of DanTrans llc were a small trucking company with 3 trucks and trailers.
It was a head ache going through the paperwork to set up with both Federal and State Gov't but I made it through.

I looked at what people were charging to set it up 1700.00 to get my authority. They were making money it only cost 300.00.

2/ My Husband and I currently is expanding our business, by taking on steady running customers of various products. We added a driver recently and will be adding another by end of summer. If we get some more loads going I will be going for a broker license and expanding in that way as well.

3/ I have learned since being in business to make sure I don't trust anyone and get everything in writing. I tried to take someone at their word once and ended up sueing them when they charged me for items they didn't perform.

I am glad I got a cpa and prepaid legal when I started up they helped both during the lawsuit and since we have be open.

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May 15, 2009 2:30 pmWelcome!!#

r s

My name is Rafaqat Saeed, located in UAE and into trade business.

Our comapny is dealing in different products but fetrtilzers, sunflower oil, cement, rice and sugar are most important products.

I do welcome the people who are in business and would like to share some ideas and experiences.

One thing which I would like to share with ryze members that good networking always helping us in our lives in positive ways.

Rafaqat Saeed

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May 22, 2009 7:56 pmre: Welcome!!#

Dannye Williamsen
My name is Dannye Williamsen. I am currently a coach and an author. My company is called MindSlap!

Before I took on coaching and writing as a business, I was in management in various industries. I started out in construction and land development. I owned a couple of nightclubs years ago. I was the construction project manager for the first rebuild of a cable TV system in the United States. I was the International Technical Analyst for Financial Instruments for ContiCommodity and taught incoming account executives technical analysis. I co-owned a dental laboratory before starting MindSlap!

I have been in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Who's Who of American Women, and Who's Who in America since 2002.

Currently, I am allowing myself to push my business beyond the limits I had set. I am initiating new streams of income.

One thing I have learned from being an entrepreneur is that you must have focus, be teachable, and be willing to align yourself with others if you want to succeed.

All the best,

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May 23, 2009 12:33 amre: Welcome!!#

A.Michelle Blakeley
I hope all is well. I am looking forward to cultivating some really good relationships with other entrepreneurs, sharing valuable information and learning some and fabulous things!

1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile

95% of my work is performed virtually. I love the freedom my business provides to spend quality time with my family. I value and learn from each client because although they are all solopreneurs, they each have their own way of operating their business which lends for great creativity and kills monotony.

2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on.

I will be hosting a virtual speed coaching event in July 2009. It will be explosive! So stay tuned.

3/ Share with others one lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur.

I'll share TWO...
Some mistakes can be corrected, but not the mistake of wasted time. When time goes it has gone forever.” Napolean Hill ---- this is TRUE!

Regardless of what state the economy is in, your business is in one of three gears: PARK, DRIVE or REVERSE. Where are YOU headed?

A.Michelle Blakeley
866.927.5888 x1

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May 28, 2009 7:09 pmre: Welcome!!#

Mary Gravelle
Hi Everyone,

1/ I moved to Silver City, New Mexico in July 2006 from Connecticut. It's been quite a transition and transformation!

2/ I'm currently working on my a Bachelor's of Fine Art, trying to figure out how to successfully rent my paintings to businesses, and wondering how to land graphic design freelance jobs, especially, designing CD covers, disc, and booklets. I just designed the CD cover, booklet, and disc for "Sounds of Silver City!", a CD compilation of 13 local musicians. I entered it into the commarts.com contest upon the urge of the person I did the job for since he was tickled with the outcome.

3/ One lesson I have learned from being an entrepreneur is to trust, have faith, and think & act positively.

Best to you in peace,
Mary Gravelle, Mary's Fine Art

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Jun 07, 2009 11:04 pmre: Welcome!!#

Elmira Johnson
Background information about my life growing up in the country. I was born in a small country town in Virginia.

We pumped or filled buckets of water from a well. We bathed in a big round tub.. We were a family of 6 living on a very small budget. We wore hand me downs and the cheapest thrift store shoes we could find.. As children who rode the school bus, had to walk about a half mile, cross a creek on a very shaky crossover, then walk another half mile to the end of the road.

Finally, at the age of 8, the family relocated and upgraded to inside plumbing and less walking distance to catch the school bus. Went on the graduate from High School with a B average, attended community college in NC, 1976, 17 month home study course as a Computer specialist, 1997 and started a career in computers.

This was my motivation to success The lack of and a determination to succeed. In 2005 joined a network marketing social networking site and began interest in network marketing. Placed ads, made list of everyone I knew, (warm market), needless to say, failed miserably.

I am very persistent and ambitious so much so that I do not give up easily. In my experience I have learned that we all need some sort of training in whatever venture we pursue. Being educated is a very important factor in being a successful marketer. Learning is an ongoing process.

I am presently actively into marketing my homebased business of a GPT venture program. Register for a FREE tour..

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Jun 17, 2009 3:07 pmre: Welcome!!#

Greetings Ryzers!

My name is Ryan and here's a bit about me:

1/ I am an Entrepreneur through and through. I have a business administration diploma (accounting) and I'm nearly complete a management degree (accounting major, social responsibility minor). I'm a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Omicron-Xi's President for 09/10), and the local Kinsmen Club (Secretary three years running). I love hiking & camping, socializing, and technology.

2/ I started my current business in December 2004 - CLUB & PUB INC. We are an "experience marketing" company in that we assist others in marketing their "experience-based" business. This includes restaurants, nightclubs, pubs, promoters, performers, etc. Our primary marketing method is through our websites and social media, but we do have a much larger offering for anyone in the industry (you name it, we can probably do it).

3/ Planning is VERY important. Almost as important as the vision (how else are you going to achieve it?). Next to that, a team.. not necessarily employed by the company, but it takes teamwork to realize a vision (vendors, suppliers, network, etc.).

That's all for now, feel free to stop by and say hi! Anyone interested in working together, def. drop me a line!

Cheers and Best Regards to all!

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Jun 22, 2009 11:05 pmre: re: Welcome!!#

Michael Riley
Hi there-
My name is Michael, and I am excited to be around like minded individuals. After reading many of your posts, I feel that I have found my long lost tribe.
Anyway, I am a West Coast guy, but have been blessed to be able to travel around a bit. Up until a few years ago, I would put a grand adventure ahead of responsibility. I have worked in Alaska, backpacked down in Australia for six months, lived in Montana, taught English in Taiwan for a year, and even drove a semi around the states for awhile.
For the past few years I have been transitioning from teaching to becoming an Entrepreneur. I have tried real estate, mortgages, and even dabbled in commercial real estate for awhile. In the meantime, I have read every book, listened to every CD and attended as many seminars as I could. As one might know, when you travel down this road it gets harder and harder to relate to the rest of society. Those that can't relate to the mind of the Entrepreneur. And, if there are no Entrepreneurs in your family, they think that you are nuts.
Anyway, I look forward to getting to know some of you, and look forward to learning how I can grow my business online with everyone. Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
Create a nice day!


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Jun 23, 2009 7:03 amre: re: re: Welcome!!#

V Kumar
I am V.Kumar from Bangalore, India. I have more than 30 years of experience in senior management positions in multi-product, multi location, multi disciplinary functions. I am the founder - CEO of Vibrant Tech P Ltd which is 10 years old..

My company is engaged in organizing Technical conferences in the field of Information Technology, Telecom and Management apart from conducting Training programs for corporate enterprises. We have good office infrastructure and staff. We can undertake assignements on agency basis if you have a niche product or service and if you are confident that India has a market for the same. We can enter into a revenue share agreement. Pl contact me.

Learnings: (1) One need to know the business well that he intends to start. One cannot be successful if he starts a business depending only on other's knowledge. (2) The success of a start up is essentially on the staff that you recruit initially. One bad employee can kill your company. (3) Also that you need to have enough money to start and run an organization.

I have an office space to share in Bangalore. Anyone interested, pl let me know on vibrantkumar@yahoo.com

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Jul 29, 2009 7:38 amre: Welcome!!#

Fred Soria
1.) I am currently a full time student majoring in computer engineering. I also have an associate's degree in computer and electronic engineering technology. Additionally, I work full time tracking satellites and spacecrafts for NASA. I am also getting married in two weeks. =)

2.) Currently, I am creating a business plan for a company I will start (rentmywindshield.com). Additionally, I am currently working on a robotic airsoft gun kit that I will offer for sale that is capable of tracking and shooting targets. Also, I am working on a prototype of a cold air intake for vehicles. Finally, I am in the design phase of a new stomp pad for snowboards.

3.) I have learned that networking is very valuable in helping you build a team for your business and ideas. Learning how to identify people's talents and building your team is important. There are so many people out there with so much information that I feel nothing is impossible.

Thanks for reading.


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Jul 30, 2009 9:32 amre: Welcome!!#

Bill Prout
Hi Everyone!

My name is William Prout I am a real estate agent who owns an eBay store here in NJ. I mainly sell XMI Platinum neckties that are new with tags and boxes but also am a trading assistant that helps businesses and individuals sell excess inventory. If you go to www.handsewnties.com it will redirect you to the eBay store.

I also have played piano since I was 5 although I have never taken lessons before. I can hear a song and play along with it right away pretty much by figuring out what key it is in and taking it from there. I currently play in an all original band we play out at various locations in NJ and in NY.

I believe that the most important thing in life is to be as good as possible to one another. Listening, learning, and trying to understand different perspectives are what I try to do to the best of my ability. This is how I live my life and what I have learned from being an entrepreneur.

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Aug 03, 2009 6:40 pmre: Welcome!!#

Eric Putkonen

1- I was in marketing & recruiting for a decade when I started a video production business. I have been into photography for years (some of my stuff was in art shows), but I got into video a couple years ago and love it. As a laid off recruiter (last job), my fiance nudged me to start my video business as I have been talking about online video and internet marketing for years.

2- I am primarily working on my online marketing & recruiting video production business - Peek Productions. I am interested in joint ventures and networking. I have been growing my mailing list with a free newsletter and using Twitter (eputkonen). I am working towards becoming recognized as an expert, so I recently published a free ebook called "The New Rules of Online Video for Businesses" on my website.

3- You need an audience. So get on Twitter and Facebook, start a blog, publish a newsletter, etc. Be seen and build your mailing list. It is a huge asset.

Eric Putkonen, Owner & Producer
Peek Productions (www.PeekProductionsVideo.com)
Sharing what makes your company special through online video

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Aug 10, 2009 3:29 pmre: Welcome!!#

Shivram Ravi

A warm welcome from Chennai India.

I am Ravi shivram,have over 35 years of being in marketing and advertising. Worked for Major publishers like Harper& Row Inc, Double day Inc., and CBS Inc. Switched my affection to entertainment industry.

Promoted DTS ( Digital Theater systems) Avid editing, Protools sound stations and ORAD Virtual sets in India for 9 years, then worked for Dolby Labs U.K. for four years.

Currently working as CEO for state of art studio as CEO making Corporate and ad films. www.energyworks.in

Have traveled in south east Asia, UK and Australia.

Since 1995 chased my passion to become a trainer, and today I teach and hold workshops on Brand Management, and giving powder and puff to my first book ( www.brandlifeline.com)

Life is good. and I wake up with this philosophy " Let the day unfold, it brings its own hidden agenda, some good, some bad some ugly!!!"

Welcome again and enjoy members of RYZE.

Ravi shivram
If you care and have time pl. do visit my BLOG
on slogans, catch lines and tag lines.


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Aug 10, 2009 10:59 pm re: Welcome!!#

Sandra Fatovich
Hi, Tracey, I have been to both the UK and Australia. Beautiful countries. We went to a pub in the UK and had a "pint" of beer.

Would you be interested in taking a look at another business to work with your current business? I am looking for some major players as I am rebuilding after the business I had worked for 13 years and built into a $250,000 a year sales team went bankrupt. The owner passed away and the business was sold with the new business making so many changes to an "already good business" that they put us in bankruptcy within two years. What a disaster for those of us that had built such a great business.

Anyway, I felt that "if I could do it once, I could do it again." So, I am looking for motivated business people. If you are the least bit interested in what I do, you can check out my web sites at:
(Tax advantages of an "at home business!")
(Fundraiser Information Site)

You can see that we also have a fund raiser portion to our business. I don't know how it would compare to what you are already doing but it's worth taking a look.

Hoping to hear from you. I would love a reason to come back to Australia! ;0)
Sandra Fatovich

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Aug 11, 2009 2:05 pmre: re: Welcome!!#

Ann Rogers
Hi to all,

I'm married with grown children, a somewhat out-of-work graphic artist. As the economy slid, so did my job. I work from home now as needed. Recently, I developed a web site with a friend to offset the spare time in hopes of earning money. The site lists businesses for sale in the US. It was just launched in February, 2009 so it's still in its infancy, but is steadily growing. So if any of you folks are thinking of buying a small business, stop by the site and browse (www.bizbuylink.com). We're not charging anything yet as we grow our list.

One thing I've learned about all this social networking is that there are an enormous number of individuals out there who are terrific about sharing their knowledge. Thanks to all of you who do just that.

Best wishes and much success!


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Aug 14, 2009 3:43 pmre: Welcome!!#

1/ Write a little bit about yourself, in addition to what's currently available on your profile --I grew up and live in Minnesota(You get used to the cold). I have been a chiropractor, Advanced Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic, for 6 years running my own clinic from the day I graduated. Very rewarding profession, but requires a lot of marketing and networking. People just don't walk into your office like they do for the Medical Doctor. 2/ Write more about what venture you're currently involved in, or what venture you'd like to work on. --I am working on a new fitness website called AmericanFitnessSupply.com. I'm only about a month into it and I am trying to get fitness equipment for the home gym or small fitness centers. As a chiropractor am I very interested in fitness and exercise, so this seemed like a perfect fit. I also own ChiropracticBookstore.com suppling chiropractic books to doctors and students and health books to the general public. 3/ Two lessons I've learned: --Be consistent. Do a couple things everyday to improve your business. I used to try to cram everything into one day and I found if I did 2-3 small things everyday to improve the websites it made a big difference. Have a great day! -Dr. Doug

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Aug 14, 2009 4:28 pmre: Welcome!!#

Tom Loosmore Jr.
I was raised in an Air Force family and spent most of my life wandering around the world with my family. We spent time in Alaska, Texas, Washington D.C. (Pentagon), Colorado and 6 years in Stuttgart Germany. (The beer was great!!!) I was adopted early in life and lucked out, having a Father that was my best friend and older brother all in one package. My mom was a professional, Grand Master bridge champion and a damn good cook. Both have passed on now but I still here them telling me to "get it together"

Currently my wife and I live in New Hampshire and will begin touring the US in 2010 visiting the neighborhoods of our future clients. I have an entrepreneurial background having owned three businesses since my discharge from the Air Force in 1974. (Man, I am getting old:))

We recently founded USA-GIVES, LLC to help support small nonprofits across America who have been hurt by the current turn down in our economy. We do not charge our clients anything to help them with their financial needs and we offer free web site sponsorships to most business owners. Please see out site at www.usa-gives.com. for a more in-depth explanation. If you are a small business owner, entrepreneur, we would love to have you on our site. After all, ITS FREE!!!!

In addition, we are looking for 5,000,000+ "Virtual Volunteers" who would consider helping us spread the word about each of our campaigns. USA-GIVES is legally registered as fund raising consel is 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Although the success of our company depends on the generosity of our website viewers and corporate sponsors we never solicit any company or individual directly and we are 100% transparent in explaining the needs of each client and the funds we derive from each client.

USA-GIVES is a debt free company and we plan on being here to help as many nonprofit organizations as possible until some big IT company or casino buys us out:))))

Please join us and help us spread the word about our project.

Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Loosmore Jr.

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Aug 14, 2009 6:12 pmre: Welcome!!#

Ann Rogers
Hi Guy,

Well you certainly have had an interesting life! And what a terrific day to arrive in the United States. The Fourth of July is what it's all about. Okay here are my answers:

1. I grew up in Brookline, MA, but met my future husband through a relative in New York, which is where I now live.

2. I'm a victim of the current job crisis so decided to follow a life-long dream and start a business. Turns out one of my co-workers shared the same dream. So together we set off on the venture of creating BizBuyLink.com. So far so good, but it's in its infancy so we're really hustling to promote it and make it the best of its type.

3. Two lessons I've learned....
First: It's so important to be tolerant of people and accept them for who they are. Patience with people will always have a positive ripple effect whereas the alternative will set off a string of bad moods.
Second: Fear holds you back. If you fear doing anything, you're life will be unrewarding and dull to say the least. Take the leap, you probably won't regret it. If you don't, you'll always wonder....


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Aug 15, 2009 7:23 pmI'm a Ryze newbie - hello everyone.#

Delmage Taylor
Hello Surajit.
Just found you on Ryze; visited your main website. Looks great. I am interested in things Indian because one of my ventures pulls in many interested entrepreneurs from India.

A proper intro: I am a recent retiree and have dabbled in network marketing for years, however very unsuccessfully. (I'm the most "Successful Failure" on the internet!) But I hope to build on the current (so far) unsuccessful effort and create a lifestyle income from my many interests.

I am learning that "trust" is the most valuable asset one can own here on the net. Without it, it is simply impossible to attract like-minded entrepreneurs and build a successful business. Attraction marketing just doesn't work without the trust element.

Glad to be able to correspond with you.

And that is who I am. And what I am.

Have a great day!
D. V. Taylor

P. S. Your main website link is broken, but I figured out it has the letter "r" missing in the word -art-. Entering this letter in the browser allowed me to get to the site.

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Oct 28, 2009 2:50 amre: Welcome Introduction and Icebreaker for *new or current* members (Do your intro yet?)#

James Washington
Hello Everyone.

1 - I have always had interest in putting things together, problem solving, and working with others. I studied Business Economics in college but while there began my first entrepreneur venture and jumped into the web with a college buddy who to date has been a lifelong friend.

2 - Currently involved in a web venture with a couple partners and we have been working diligently for a considerable amount of time on the product and are finally coming to a point where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Its a good feeling to be able to see the fruits of your labor come to life...

3 - Lesson learned.

You have to be totally committed to your venture because setbacks will happen, things will take longer than planned, ideas will change or at the very least evolve over time, challenges will present themselves, and you have to be able endure and stay the course. Not only that but you have to be able to exude courage, optimism, & enthusiam in times of challenge & adversity to keep the team in good spirits and on track. Focus & determination is KEY.

- James

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Jan 14, 2010 12:20 amre: Welcome Introduction and Icebreaker for *new or current* members (Do your intro yet?)#

Mirdza Hayden
1/ My name is Mirdza and I am originally from Colombia, South America, but have lived for the past 20 years in the U.S (half my life). I am passionate for fitness and health.

2/ I am involved in building my own business from home helping families get fit, healthy and energetic for a lifetime. I also help people who are passionate about health set up their own business network marketing style so they can have some extra income coming in every week/month.

3/ As an entrepeneur, I have learned to ask God for wisdom, not just simply a miracle. I have learned that building a strong successful business takes time and patience. I have learned that to be successful in network marketing it's important to find 6 people who are willing to invest time and money into the business, and that are willing to follow a plan that has been already laid out, and not just follow their own agenda thinking they know better than those before them that are successful.

Healthy Living Ambassador

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Jan 14, 2010 7:59 pmre: re: Welcome Introduction and Icebreaker for *new or current* members (Do your intro yet?)#

Mihkel Adamson
Hello everybody,

My name is Mihkel and I live in Estonia, just near Tallinn, which is the capital of Estonia. I have lived here my whole life and I like it. But my ambitions push me to look far far away and that is one reason why I'm here.

I am running a medical tourism company, which is not a very big business at the moment, but I am planning to reach clients from the UK, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Germany. And I'm working hard to achieve it. Actually this business is a sort of a family business - my father has been a surgeon for over 25 years and he with a couple of colleauges are the team of doctors who are treating our clients. I am responsible for marketing and client relations etc.

I am really interested in networking with other people who see medical tourism as a great business opportunity because really that's what it is as well. Our prices are really cheap compared to other Scandinavian countries. And more and more people are thinking about going abroad for treatment...

What I have learned - do not think that you have something before you really have it :) A contract for an example.

Mihkel Adamson

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Jan 30, 2010 9:24 amre: Welcome Introduction and Icebreaker for *new or current* members (Do your intro yet?)#

Tamara Roe
Hi everyone,

I wanted to re-introduce myself since I'm not as active as I used to be on RYZE for a number of reasons, one of them being I have been very busy networking more in person as well as keeping very busy with my family life. It's all good! I have lived in the same area my entire life, in OC, CA, although when I got married over 20 years ago, my family moved up north to OR and WA - which I absolutely love! Maybe one day I'll join them....

I grew up in a network marketing home, although I didn't see the beneficial business model until recently, maybe the last 5 years or so. Finally after 30 years in the industry, in 1996, my parents became instant leaders and were able to make a full time income with one of the best opportunties of it's time. They were able to work the business for over 10 years, but became disillusioned because although they were able to do well, they weren't able to help all those that desired to do well. Some of these people were very capable! Some of them went on to become top distributors elsewhere. They have been searching for an opportunity that will bless many rather than the select few. I finally "caught on" to everything 10 years into their "success", so I finally joined them. It's been interesting ever since for those of you that know the market these last few years. At least I have received quite a training between my parents experience and what's been going on out there....

Oh, I should say that we don't work the typical MLM's, mostly because we feel that most companies aren't set up for most people to succeed. (except for the select few which those people will do well anywhere). We get involved with companies where people actually have a good chance for success. And that is our mission......to help people with true opportunities. We love joining forces with like-minded individuals....


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Feb 06, 2010 8:51 pmre: re: Welcome!!#

Patrica Strong
Thank you for your entry as it is in accord with my own Entrepenur philosophy."One lesson I've learnt from being an entrepreneur is to aim BIG. When you think about achieving something really really Big that you know you cannot achieve but still think and try to achieve it. Even if you do not achieve it 100%, making 80% to 90% of it will help you feel better, infact GREAT. And the next time, you try to do something even BIGGER than the previous one which will make you go higher and higher than before".........

I also beleive that the Universe also delivers to assist you as you so beleive........ so by all means beleive in all of who you desire to be and work hard at being so. Im a practioner of LOA"Law Of Atrraction" it has be the core power that has raised my successful productions in my own quest to produce the fruits of my labor. I recently selectively entered into a join venture and have thus far set my quest higher than ever before challenging myself to be all that I so desired to beleive and I started to be provided resources from others that have attained such level of repore though their own trial and efforts. I recently obtained a professional status as an Medical Massage Therapist in the year 2007,It was quite an undertaking for me with so many challenges and yet and still I have prevailed such an undertaking.
The Healer part of me has also extended itself in grander areas of who I am. Im a far reaching healer and beleive that healing must accomodate not only the body but also the mind,spirit and the physical status of economics of the person, after all one must be profienct in all areas of themselves to be a total being.

I live in Naples,Florida USA Ive live a comfortable lifestyle as a result of seeking my wellbeing and good fortune... However it has always come to me at a price, Ive never have been able to take the easy way at acquiring my fortunes, Ive always had a hard working efforts and it has done well for me along my path however, there has been trials and tribulations that have add to a very non dull lifestyle,at times it was just enough to keep my head aboue the crunch was all that I could do. It was however, the recent wisdom of allowing someones eles wealth of experience,and knowledge to add on to my own that had assisted my efforts to gain greater leverage in the overall gain of impoved lifestyle. I was most fortuante to meet with MORE INC... which allowed me to joint efforts of going in the same destination to maximize our potentials. Im here to share that with members of the community in hopes that we can all come together to share the wealth as the Earth is incurrently well endowned with such resources.

Please allow me to share such resources with you and seek my network as this is what I desire to do is share the wealth with all who are in desire need. It is what I do best is to add to the healing efforts to others. Ive always been a person who enjoyed sharing the positive that life has to offer. I assist others in reaching their fullest potential of who they are. Find these resources here on my network http://www.ebookdivision.com/50/patriciastrong

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Feb 10, 2010 10:31 pmre: Welcome Introduction and Icebreaker for *new or current* members (Do your intro yet?)#

Raul Lizarraga
My name is Raul Lizarraga (Yuba City), I just was tired of the rat race not getting ahead. I learned that real opportunity for wealth seldom exists when working for someone else. I wasted 30yrs of my life working for someone else. My last 19yrs as a full-time UPS Driver where I learned a lot about home based businesses through the UPS system. I never got involved with any for one reason or another there was always something I did not like and no one was able to show me that they were making real good money and that it was residual. So I started a cabinet business along side working full-time with UPS. I was killing myself, though it was good money. I did that for 12yrs, never had time for myself. Then I was introduced to a company that I could not say no too! I started working part-time after work and on weekends I was tired but I kept telling myself, "If I do nothing, nothing changes." That is what drove me and in a short time I was able to replace my UPS income and fired UPS in 1/23/2007. It was a great feeling! I also was able to accomplish total finanical freedom in 6/27/2007 check out this website for some pics: http://www.beenup2.com/users/debtfdm4u of our event with CEO & President Frank L. Vandersloot in front of our home with over 100 of our business partners, family and friends. We wanted to set the example to everyone that anyone can do this. The Company I work for part-time from my home is Melaleuca, The Wellness Company. They have impressive credentials go to www.melaleucaawards.com.

The most important decision you can make is to team up with a proven industry leader. That is why the AdvancingWithUs team chose to partner with one of the fastest growing, most innovative companies doing business today.

The Company
For over two decades this company has consistently grown its business with a track record that few companies have been able to emulate. This company continues to be awarded and recognized by the The United States Chamber of Commerce, Inc. magazine, USA Today, CNN, and the NASDAQ, among other noteworthy and prestigious institutions.

This financially sound company is run by some of today's most talented business leaders. Members of the management team have served in executive management positions with some of America's most respected corporations, including ADP, Cox Communications, The Heinz Corporation, The Franklin Covey Institute for Leadership Development, and Cincinnati Bell just to name a few.

Experience the Difference
This business is NOT and it is NOT LIKE Amway, Quixtar, NSA, NuSkin, IDN, Big Planet, Excell, ACN, Herbalife, Mary Kay, Avon, Fuller Brush, Noni, PrePaid Legal, FreeLife, Usana, Primerica, Market America, Coral Calcium, Zango, or any MLM.

We are a team of professionals from all walks of life, all looking for residual income instead of hourly or one time commissions. Look forward to working and helping you!
Raul (530) 755-2672

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May 10, 2010 11:10 pmre: re: Welcome!!#

Dominic Barbuto

I've been running an award winning design company 'Visible Ink Design and Marketing' for 25 years. We're now located in Toorak, Victoria, Australia. We work mainly designing for the entertainment industry, having packaged over 60 theatre productions etc.

Dominic Barbuto is an Art Director and a graduate in Film and Television with over 30 years experience in the Entertainment, Advertising, Educational Media and Media related industries. Prior to establishing 'Visbile Ink Design' I freelanced extensively producing graphics, advertising and general merchandising as well as designing the sets for a number of successful theatre productions. In 1980 I co-founded and published the Melbourne based entertainment magazine 'Goodtime' the forerunner to Melbourne’s current swag of street publications


I established Visible Ink Design and Marketing, in 1986, a unique, award winning design studio based in Melbourne, Australia. We specialise in high impact, dynamic design for live music and theatre productions, special events, tours, television, radio, publications, exhibitions and corporate arenas.

“...We have an enviable reputation for design excellence, a pragmatic approach to problem solving and a keen understanding of our clients needs and how to service them”...Dom Barbuto

The studio is highly regarded for its originality and quick response. From initial discussion through concept and design development, the studio prides itself on its close liaison with its clients at every stage of the process. Visible Ink’s creative designs ensure an end product that goes beyond our client’s expectations.


In the past few years our work has been published in the portfolio editions of 'Design Graphics' both here and in the USA, 'The Wizards of Oz' Annual, '2002 Oz Graphics Annual' and in the recently published American publication 'Logo Lounge' by Rockport Publishing of Boston. Our work is also represented in the '2003/2004/2005/2006/2009 Oz Graphics Annuals' and '2003/2004/2005/2006 Design Graphics' portfolio edition publications and the Graphis 2006 International Poster Annual (New York)

One important thing I have learned as an entrepreneur is some people walk in the rain, others get wet!

Web: http://www. visibleink.com.au
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dominic-Barbuto-Visible-Ink-Design-Marketing/86601378548

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May 12, 2010 7:55 pmre: Welcome Introduction and Icebreaker for *new or current* members (Do your intro yet?)#

Amy Stamper
Hello everyone:

I am fairly new to Ryze and the world of Entrepreneurs. However, not to the field I chose to work in. I have over 20 years of experience in personal and executive administrative experience. I reside in NC with my family and 2 year old Pekingese.

I am the owner of Artisan Virtual Office Solutions LLC. I work closely with small businesses and entrepreneurs so they have that much needed time to grow their business or spend quality time with family and friends. I handle administrative tasks and projects virtually.

Owning my own business has shown me that I can do things I never thought possible (building a website, learning HTML, the thrill of hitting that publish button once the website is complete, the first look at my business cards.) It's been a joyous ride so far and I'm going to have fun, laugh hard and smile often while hanging on for the ride.

Take care-

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Oct 16, 2010 12:10 amre: Welcome Introduction and Icebreaker for *new or current* members (Do your intro yet?)#

ziad chatila
Hello guys

I also love photography and have owned the Canon AE-1!! But now I am an entrepreneur launching my company offering conferencing services to businesses.

Other than photography, I love the internet, technology, flying, cooking and other things I am sure to be forgetting.

Looking forward to connecting to other entrepreneurs in Ryze-land.

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Apr 05, 2022 4:35 pmre: re: Welcome Introduction and Icebreaker for *new or current* members (Do your intro yet?)#

Paul Finkelstein





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