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Recession Rescue Tips from Another Guest Blogger

By joyce | May 13, 2009 | 1 Comment

Today’s guest blogger is Michele Pariza Wacek  of  Recession has become a common word in today’s vocabulary but Michele recently attended a workshop and shares some tips she learned: In the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” after Earth is blown up, Arthur (the main character) is presented with a small computer (not … Read more

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A Fedex Surprise

By joyce | May 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

I received an email this morning from  No, it wasn’t how I could save money shipping my packages via fedex and it wasn’t about how their shipping services could benefit me.  I don’t even know how they acquired my email address since I don’t have a Fedex account.  Instead, it was an email selling … Read more

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Ten Money Saving Business Tips!

By joyce | May 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re starting a new business or trying to grow an existing one, you are well aware that money doesn’t grow on trees.  Ben Franklin’s adage “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned” makes more today than ever. Here are some money saving tips.  Most of them won’t create an “ah ha moment” when you … Read more

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Promotions That Backfire!

By joyce | May 9, 2009 | 0 Comments

As part of the advertising promotion for their new “grilled chicken meals”, Kentucky Fried Chicken offered a coupon on the internet for a “Free 2-piece meal.”  This offer came out last week and was set up to expire on May 19th.  The company ended the promotion on Thursday, May 7th, 2 days after the offer … Read more

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Procrastinators take note!

By joyce | May 9, 2009 | 0 Comments

Now is not the time to procrastinate.  Netither rain nor snow will stop mail delivery but neither will it stop the post office from raising  the price of stamps on Monday May 11th.  This takes the first-class-stamp from 42 cents up to 44 cents.  But one thing you may not have considered is that this … Read more

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Are you targeting your advertising to the right person?

By joyce | May 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

“…enjoying retirement.  Playing golf.  Joining a quilting club.  Having lunch with new friends.”  This was part of an ad that I just heard on my radio, targeted to senior citizens who were looking for a retirement community.  I’m in that age bracket, age 67 to be exact BUT this ad didn’t entice me.  Instead it … Read more

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Ready for a website?

By joyce | May 7, 2009 | 0 Comments

There are a number of different ways, and levels of expense,  to create a website.  You can have someone build and maintain it for you.  This is usually the most expensive but the least time consuming way.  The drawback is that you have no control.  And without some knowledge of what you need and what … Read more

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The Gift Basket Company wheel just keeps rolling along

By joyce | May 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

“Not Reinventing the Wheel — Just Making It Better As Gift Companies and Vendors Work Together To Create a Powerful Industry in a Changing World” has been the motto of Gift Retailers Network since it was created several years ago as a free benefit for our Gift Basket Directory website. A lot of thought was given … Read more

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The Secret to Creating Product Descriptions that Sell

By joyce | May 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

Why do some websites and catalogs have product descriptions that we love to read because they are so interesting while others sound like all the other products out there on the web? The secret is drama. Tell a story with your product descriptions that makes the reader want to know more.  They want to read … Read more

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The Secrets of Success that I Learned from A Very Special Lady

By joyce | May 4, 2009 | 1 Comment

Way back in 1961 or 62, before most of you were born, I met a very special lady who taught me two secrets of success that I still remember today. My husband and I had been married for about a year. Ron had just got out of the navy and we had returned to his … Read more

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