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How to Become Who You Want To Be

By joyce | Jan 31, 2018 | 1 Comment

Our attachment to who we once were is often the thing that keeps us from who we want to become.   Sometimes we have to let go of who we used to be in order to become who we want to be.   I used to be a shy introvert who hated networking.   I … Read more

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Share Your Creativity – March 2018 issue

By joyce | Aug 8, 2017 | 3 Comments

You’re creative or you wouldn’t be in this industry. You share your creativity with your customers. Now, I am hoping that you will share it with your peers. I would like to create a new feature in our magazine beginning with the March 2018 issue which will be in our subscriber’s email boxes on March … Read more

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Maple Ridge Farms

By joyce | Aug 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Dreaming was the impetus for the creation of many of your businesses as well as for many of our suppliers.  Of course, the dream is never enough.  It takes lots of hard work to create and grow a business — sometimes beyond our greatest expectations. One such dreamer is Tom Riordan, President of Maple … Read more

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The Passion Oil Man

By joyce | Jul 16, 2017 | 2 Comments
Bibs Passion Oil

Meet Dave de Costa, also known as Bibs, The Passion Oil Man Dave, better known as Bibs because of the bib overalls that he always wears, is one of us senior citizens who think retirement is the time for new adventures. Through the years, he has owned and operated a welding shop, built greenhouses and … Read more

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Ideas to Promote Your Business in March

By joyce | Mar 2, 2017 | 2 Comments

March  is full of opportunities to use content to promote your company and its products. Content marketing is the act of creating, publishing, and distributing content  with the express goal of acquiring, engaging, and retaining customers. Here are four  content marketing ideas for March 2017, to inspire you. 1. Tell a Story About Your Business Using content … Read more

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The Face in the Mirror or What Did You Learn Today?

By joyce | Feb 27, 2017 | 2 Comments
Look at yourself if you want success

Remember that girl called Goldilocks? And how she broke into the house of the Three Bears? And how she ate their porridge, sat in their chairs, and slept on their beds? All while the three bears felt that their little home in the forest was safe and secure while they went into the woods for a … Read more

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Not Your Traditional Gift Basket

By joyce | Feb 25, 2017 | 4 Comments

With all the competition in the gift basket industry, customers are looking for value and something different when making  a purchase more than ever before.  Sending a gift is still an accepted way to express feelings–regardless the occasion.  But that gift has to be more than just an ordinary gift.  That gift has to be … Read more

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Two Kinds of Business Owners

By joyce | Feb 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
Choices - What's Yours?

There are two kinds of business owners. Which are you? There are two kinds of business owners in this world. Those who make excuses. And those who don’t. The ones who make excuses don’t begin that way. No one is ‘born with the talent of  making excuses. But as they grow up and become adults, … Read more

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Marketing Tip for You to Use

By joyce | Feb 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

The simplest, least expensive and most personalized insert you can add to customer packages is a handwritten thank-you card. A simple card, can be a really thoughtful gesture, that can help build loyalty. This can be particularly effective when first starting out, as it’s a competitive advantage that most larger scale companies can no longer compete with. … Read more

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Buy a Franchise or Start Your Own Business?

By joyce | Feb 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Why an Indie Business? I heard on public radio a few days ago that defaults on SBA guaranteed loans to franchisees rose more than 50% last year.  One in 10 franchises closed their doors. Many businesses that are not franchises will fail as well. I mention franchises because they supposedly have an edge over independently owned businesses. … Read more

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