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October 2009 Blog Posts (24)

Why Discount? Because, It's Better To Be Safe Than Sorry

Why is that I have to hear over and over again friends getting sick, getting hurt, having heart attacks and having no coverage at all and then not knowing how those bills are going to get paid.

When I have a solution, that I have had for years and every time I would mention it, friends would say oh, I don't need that or oh, that's not insurance or oh, I can't afford anything.

That just drives me crazy. Do you drive around without any car insurance. Do you live in a home… Continue

Added by Bonnie Sprung on October 31, 2009 at 1:31am — No Comments

Easy Home Jobs

Simple online job for posting ads in classified ad sites and earning for every ad posted.

Added by Danesh Danett on October 30, 2009 at 6:13am — No Comments

Tee UP for Greater Business Success!

Tee it UP for Greater Business Success

You’re just 24 hours away from a hole in one.

by: Bill Madonna & Sue Copening

Bill Madonna Golf Academy

Golf has long been a part of business and, those that play "business golf" know it benefits them in their business…


Added by Sue Copening on October 24, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Congress Considers Repealing Anti-Trust Exemption for Insurance Companies


It's about time.

Congress Considers Revoking Health Insurance

Industry’s Exemption from Antitrust Laws

Democrats say the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 has granted the insurance industry a captive market with no curbs on price fixing and other anti-competitive practices.

Last week the Justice Department’s top antitrust regulator, Christine Varney, voiced support for a repeal. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House…

Added by Sue Copening on October 23, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Selling your Business??--Can you sell something with no value??

As I go on listing appointments, I caution sellers that there are two ways in which one can normally value small businesses (notice the word “normally” and “small”). One way values Tangible Assets, such as inventories, receivables, furniture, fixtures and equipment. The other uses a multiple of Owners Benefit (Operating Profit plus owner’s salaries, depreciation, amortization, interest and personal benefits charged to the business). In other words, if your business generates minimal or no… Continue

Added by Fernando Simo on October 21, 2009 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Why Is SEO So Important?

Search Engine Optimization, the most powerful three words on the internet. What are you doing to drive traffic to your site and do you have a site to drive traffic to?

If you are in an MLM, you most likely have websites that your company has created for you. All you need to do is plug in your photo, name and contact information. These sites are what they call replicated websites. These websites are fine for some information and for signing up new reps, members and… Continue

Added by Bonnie Sprung on October 19, 2009 at 11:54pm — No Comments


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Added by Maria Buckley on October 18, 2009 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Wellpoint CEO Makes Almost 10 Million a Year Denying Health Care to Clients

Meet Melanie Shouse.

A few years ago, Melanie was living the American dream when she transformed an old Domino's storefront into an expansion of her home business. But just as the store was opening, Melanie was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and told she had only months to live.

Melanie had insurance, and she went straight to the experts at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis. Working with the world-renowned doctors…

Added by Sue Copening on October 17, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Learn from those who lost it all—Perform a Due Diligence Prior to Closing on a Business Transaction!!

It’s the same old story. A buyer enters into a Purchase Agreement to buy a business, normally with a provision to conduct a due diligence within a 10-15 day period and, (guess what?) fails to do so. As a result, the buyer goes to closing, signs all of the documents required to transfer ownership only to find out later on that what he bought is not what he expected. As a result, the new business owner losses, in most cases, all of their liquid assets. It is a story which I find repeating all the… Continue

Added by Fernando Simo on October 16, 2009 at 10:01pm — No Comments


Most individuals and companies have experienced some kind of transition along the way, some transitions are exciting and fun and other transition is stressful and depressing.

Having moved almost 5 years ago from the UK to Orlando I found the transition quite smooth, exciting but with an added amount of stress also.

The reason for this is, I have moved lock, stock and barrel before, from Scotland to England, England to Australia and back to England and I knew to do quite a… Continue

Added by Helen Vella on October 15, 2009 at 4:51pm — No Comments

New FTC Rules Require Disclosure of Relationship for Reviews and Bloggers


New FTC Rules Require Disclosure of Relationship for Reviews and Bloggers

From: Kayleen Schaeffer @ The New York Times

Get full story:

LAST August, Britt Aboutaleb, a New York-based blogger, wrote a post for, a beauty and fashion Web site, about her… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on October 15, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

How To Move Past Those Negative Words And Into Action!

Everyone goes through the; I should have and of course that is the worst thing you could do, is ‘should on yourself’. It’s already in the past, so leave it there. The present is what’s most important. You want to make goals for the future, and having short term goals are the best. You’ll want to have one big goal that is off to the future, with many short ones to get you to there. With short goals, they are easy to follow, taking each step, by step, by step. Plus, make sure you are having fun… Continue

Added by Bonnie Sprung on October 12, 2009 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Selling your Business??—Why it makes sense to provide Seller Financing in this market.

Let’s face it, many buyers today are hindered by their ability to buy because banks are unwilling to provide business loans to the extent of a few years ago, if any at all. It is, to say the least, difficult to get financing. As a result, sellers have now replaced banks by providing Seller Financing. In this market, if sellers failed to do, they may not be able to sell their business or it may take years in which to do it. Here are some reasons why sellers should provide… Continue

Added by Fernando Simo on October 9, 2009 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Selling your Business??—Focus on your Business, Outsource!!

During one of my listing appointments, I met a seller who wanted to sell his business in order to improve the quality of his life—he wanted to spend more time with his family. According to him, he spent over sixty (60) percent of his time doing things that had nothing to do with the actual operations of the business—the back office stuff.

He complained that the forty (40) percent he spent focusing on his business, although enjoyable, was not enough to provide the kind of bottom line… Continue

Added by Fernando Simo on October 9, 2009 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Selling your Business??— How do you know when to sell your Business??

During the week, I had a discussion with a very talented individual whose job is to help businesses “get well” financially through leadership development. He asked for my opinion regarding valuation and exit strategies. The essence of his question dealt with a topic in the mind of many-a-business: when can I sell my business in order to get the most value?

Now, I know that many of my colleagues may have their own answer to this question. However, I gave him a very simple answer:… Continue

Added by Fernando Simo on October 9, 2009 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Free eBook: Social Network Marketing, 12 Steps for Success

I got this one from a friend last night and read it cover to cover. This should help us all get to the next level in regards to marketing on social networks and social media.

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Added by isabella stewart on October 9, 2009 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Selling your Business??--Cheap isn't always a Bargain!

What is it about most of us who decide that “cheap” is better? We do it when buying clothes, shoes, furniture, car, etc, only to find out, in most instances, that our decision was not a good one. Why?? Because in the very short term, clothes look like hell and soon deteriorate, shoes fall apart and last only a few months, and our furniture rips apart easily, forcing us to go buy the same things within months-- doubling our expense!! We do the same when buying a house. We forgo the best… Continue

Added by Fernando Simo on October 8, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Revisiting the IRAQ WAR - by Dennis Kucinich

Revisiting the IRAQ WAR...the reasons weren't there in 2002 and they're still not.

by: Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Seven years ago this week the House of Representatives debated the Iraq War Resolution which was presented by President Bush. I made the case for NOT going to war. I analyzed the Bush war resolution, paragraph by paragraph, and pointed out "Key… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on October 6, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Crystal Nelson on October 5, 2009 at 6:46pm — No Comments

How the Media Fails us - How they got the ACORN Story Wrong, and WHY.

The American FREE Press Up for Sale? and why the media is failing the American Public

Main stream media all over the country is failing us. For years we've depended on the media to tell us the truth. This used to mean that a story would have at least 3 independent sources, facts would be checked and both sides of an issue would be covered. This would give us a REAL "fair and balanced" view of a story, allowing us to think…

Added by Sue Copening on October 4, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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