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Get your Career Advice PLUS from Karen Battoe on WDBO

PROFILE: Karen Battoe, host of the new WDBO radio show “Career Advice Plus.”

We talked with Karen Battoe recently to congratulate her on her new radio show and ask her to fill us in on what’s been going on with her lately.

Click for Live show Sat @ 1pm

“Well, May was a great month for me. I…

Added by Sue Copening on May 31, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Creating a Social Marketing Explosion - Principle #1 - Create Raving Fans

Nobody cares about you! Now that’s a bold statement, but it’s true most people only care about themselves and how they can solve their own problems.

Funny, just yesterday I was on one of my social sites where I am an admin and one of the questions posted by another admin was; “what can we the leadership do to help more people?” The response people came back with was “I only care about what you can do for me.” What a classic case and point.

Stop selling! and Start… Continue

Added by Bo Cable on May 29, 2009 at 12:27pm — No Comments

What every vendor should do to make sure any event is sucessful....

Ok, we have all been there. We go to an event with high hopes, set our vendor table up, get everything in place so that our display is outstanding, and wait for the influx of people to come to the event....and we wait....and we wait....and then we talk to other vendors....and wait some more.

Hey, the event can promote hardcore,do everything right.... but that does not always guarantee people attending any event. Those who have produced events, know I speak the truth here. Networking with… Continue

Added by Suzie Vigon on May 27, 2009 at 8:06pm — No Comments

TEN Ways Twitter will Change Your Business!


Micro-blogging platform Twitter has 32 million users, which is an increase from about 2 million a year ago, according to research mentioned in The Wall Street Journal. Some Internet measurement services show that figure increasing 50% to 100% month-over-month. While it is not clear that Twitter will become as large as social networks, MySpace and…


Added by Sue Copening on May 27, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Health Care - Don't fall for the lies...

The health insurance industry thinks you are stupid. They think we are ALL stupid. They are embarking on a multi million dollar campaign to capitalize on that stupidity... hoping we are too distracted by American Idol and Dancing with the Stars to pay attention to the millions of dollars they steal from us every year.

I don't have to tell you about the problems with our health care system. I know you know what is REALLY going on.

You know the statistics already.… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on May 21, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Murder Mystery Dinner Fun Fun Fun

Enjoy and evening of pure comedy, audience participation, and great food. Looking for a something new to do where you can meet new friends? Join us for a fun night on May 30th at the Grand Hotel Clearwater.

Added by Maria Buckley on May 18, 2009 at 8:52am — No Comments

How to make the most out of attending a networking event here, there or anywhere!

Dread attending networking events and not sure how to make the most of your time at an event? Here is some advice from a fellow networker on "to do's" and "not to do's," that will hopefully make you more comfy and make your time at an event oh so productive. So here we go, in no specific order......

1. Practice a one minute summary of what it is you do and what a good lead for you is. Try and be as specific as possible and do your best to make it interesting and if possible,… Continue

Added by Suzie Vigon on May 17, 2009 at 9:59pm — No Comments

Looking for Stage Lighting Equipments Rental

I'm looking for a service which rents stage lighting equipments.
Nothing fancy. Very basic ones I'm looking for.
If anyone knows a good place, please let me know. Thank you.

Added by Teri Mitchell on May 12, 2009 at 12:42pm — 2 Comments

Swine Flu Update from the STATE of FLORIDA

Just a little update from the State of Florida on the Swine Flu.
I've ATTACHED it... click here:

Added by Sue Copening on May 8, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments


With hurricane season beginning June 1 we have to make sure we are prepared in case we are hit by a hurricane, tornado or severe thunderstorm.

Below a useful checklist with tips for fellow insiders and their friends:

With your family, discuss your hurricane preparation plan.

- If you choose to shelter at home, find "safe areas" in your home, preferably a room with NO windows.

- If you choose to shelter somewhere else, decide on evacuation routes and a… Continue

Added by LUC PEETERS on May 1, 2009 at 6:51pm — No Comments

First -time homebuyers Tax Credit

First-time homebuyers must close by Nov. 30 – contract not enough

WASHINGTON – April 24, 2009 – If first-time homebuyers wait until November

to sign a sales contract, it’s probably too late to get the $8,000 tax

credit. To qualify, buyers must close before Dec. 1 – a signed contract is

not enough. New construction should be started by mid-summer to qualify.

According to the National Association of Realtors, a “home is considered as

‘purchased’ when all… Continue

Added by Joselyne Muszynski on April 30, 2009 at 11:45am — No Comments

eMail Predicted to Produce 16.4 BILLION in Sales this Year!

One Man's Spam is Anothers Filet Mignon

84% of consumers enjoy receiving information and/or offers via email from companies with whom they register and, according to, 70% of new business comes from referral. 67% of internet users do research ONLINE before spending money... even though more than 50% of them will then do business with a local, brick & mortar location.… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on April 28, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Buy Local Orlando


According to an economic analysis, for every $100

spent at a locally-owned business, $45 goes back into

the community and local tax base, and for every $100

spent at a non-local chain store, only $13 comes back

to the local area.


The Buy Local Orlando program is par t of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s

Strengthen Orlando initiative. The Buy Local Orlando program is a group of

independent… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on April 23, 2009 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

13 Breathtaking Effects of Cutting Back on Meat

13 Breathtaking Effects of Cutting Back on Meat

By Kathy Freston, AlterNet

Posted on April 22, 2009, Printed on April 22, 2009

My first post on the effect of eating meat on the environment provoked quite a bit of discussion, so in honor of Earth Day, I thought I should follow up with more information about how our natural resources (e.g., air, water, and soil) are… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on April 22, 2009 at 9:12am — No Comments

Local Business Leaders Tee Up for Children with Disabilities

The Conductive Education Center of Orlando, CECO, invites you to participate in the 8th Annual CECO Golf Classic at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park on Monday, May 4, 2009. Please join local business partners, DePrince, Race & Zollo, Inc., DiPASQUA Enterprises (Subway Restaurants), Bayer HealthCare, RVR Consulting Group and Brasfield & Gorrie as they support children with special needs at the CECO Golf Classic. Golfers will enjoy gourmet food and drinks, and the opportunity to… Continue

Added by Jen Gase on March 30, 2009 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Our own BERTIE HIGGINS featured on VH1



Featuring our own BERTIE HIGGINS (the crowd goes wild).

Bertie's NEW CD was just released... more info here..


Added by Sue Copening on March 26, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Why not hire a professional translator and do it yourself?

If you are one of the many who think that because you are bilingual are able to translate, please tell me about it.

: )

Added by Lisa Siegel on March 23, 2009 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Increase your CASH FLOW & KEEP MORE of your Money - do it NOW!

Increase your CASH FLOW & KEEP MORE of your Money - do it NOW! Did you know that just having a part time or home based business adds (on average) about $10,000 in new tax deductions to your tax return? This is out of money you already spend... and it could potentially translate into over 6 figures!

Have you thought what that can mean to YOU?

If you are in a 25% tax bracket putting $10,000 in new deductions on your…

Added by Sue Copening on March 8, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

3 Reasons Why People Won't Buy Your Product or Service

3 Reasons Why People Won't Buy Your Product or


1. They don't want it .....

Don't waste your time with these people. Spend your time with people who want or

need your product/service. I recommend reading the book "High Probability

Selling" by Jacques Werth. Available through most book stores or online, ISBN


2. They don't have the money .....

Either a) they really don't have the money & aren't a prospect, or b) they… Continue

Added by Joel Weiner on March 5, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Have a Fannie/Freddie mortgage? You might be able to ReFi !!

Make the most of rare refi opportunity

Details of the Obama administration's foreclosure-avoidance programs are surfacing, and syndicated columnist Kenneth R. Harney advises that if Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac owns or guarantees your mortgage — and you've got an on-time payment record and an interest rate above prevailing levels — it's time to get ready to refinance.

By Kenneth R. Harney, Syndicated Columnist

Found here:… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on February 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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