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So you’re selling your business—ARE YOU “IN THE BOX?”

Last week I talked about the Selling Criteria or areas that can make your listing a lot more competitive, such as good financials, proper documentation (such as lease and franchise agreements), equipment lists and others. These are areas that brokers look into to determine how viable and competitive your listing is—the probability of success.

During my discussion last week, I purposely omitted two additional elements (c’mon, I don’t want to tell you all in one week!!): Price and Seller… Continue

Added by Fernando Simo on August 21, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Bertie Higgins partners with Son Julian to Make New Biker Movie "Poker Run"

Reposted from

Originally published in the St. Pete Times

Written by: Terri Bryce Reeves

Tarpon Springs' Bertie Higgins of 'Key Largo' fame joins son to make a horror flick…


Added by Sue Copening on July 17, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

10 Great Tools to Keep Twitter from Becoming Fritter

10 Twitter tools to effectively manage your followers, 25 of the Top Social Media Consultants you should be following, Top 5 Twitter Trends and more Social Media links to be added as we find them!

Managing your followers and friends on Twitter is not easy and you don't want to turn "Twitter" into "fritter." This article has some great information.... (from "Its a fact that…

Added by Sue Copening on June 20, 2009 at 3:30pm — 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

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

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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You can use the BizPack tools in ANY business.

BizPack is also a business itself!!

This is truly unique!!

BIZPACK has the following TOOLS:

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... Contact Manager

... Broadcast email Constant Contact but up to 10 times more volume

... GoToWebinar ...train, do webinars…

Added by Sue Copening on June 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Savvy ways to use video to help promote your business.

Here's some stats to get you thinking from The March 2008 report from comScore

(Internet video experts as far as digital world statistics are concerned)….

* US Internet users viewed 11.5 billion videos online during March 2008, which is a 64% gain over 12 months ago.

* 139 Million U.S. Internet users watched an AVERAGE of 83 videos per viewer during the month of March 2008.

* Just over 73% of the total United States Internet surfers viewed video online… Continue

Added by Suzie Vigon on February 8, 2009 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

The Secret To Winning More Sales In Less Time

Most surveys show the average business loses about 19% of its client base each year. In fact, the authors of, “Customer Winback: How To Recapture Lost Customers – and Keep Them Loyal” estimates the average at 20 to 40% per year.

This means that if you have 500 customers and lose 19% or 95 customers you must get 95 new customers each year just to stay even.

Research shows it costs six times more to get a prospect to buy from you than it does to keep an existing customer,… Continue

Added by Joel Weiner on February 9, 2009 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Why You MUST Have A USP To Succeed In Today’s Economy!

What’s that, you ask? Well, a USP is a Unique Selling Proposition. You may have heard it expressed before as a unique buying advantage, unique value proposition or any other number of ways…

But basically, a USP is an attempt to express the uniqueness of your business in a single statement. It can be a promise no one else makes. It can also be a unique benefit that applies only to your product or service. Either way, it serves to differentiate you from your competition.

To… Continue

Added by Joel Weiner on February 15, 2009 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

Fannie/Freddie: Plan offers to help foreclosure victims remain in their homes

The rental option: Plan offers to help foreclosure victims remain in their homes

~~ Originally published February 17, 2009

~~ By Ike Wilson - News-Post Staff

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced programs to help homeowners who have borrowed from the mortgage giants and face foreclosure to remain in their properties as renters on month-to-month leases.

The proposal received some positive reaction from residents.

Considering the significant number… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on February 17, 2009 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Business Profit Cheat Sheet

People Will Pay More if …..

▫ You have demonstrated superior value

▫ You have demonstrated superior quality

▫ You have demonstrated superior ROI

▫ You have a ‘premiere’ brand

Increase Profits By …..

▫ Get new customers

▫ Increase transaction size (up-sell, cross-sell)

▫ Increase frequency of purchase

▫ Extend life of the customer

▫ Reactivate inactive…


Added by Joel Weiner on February 18, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Poll: Public fears about troubled economy growing

WASHINGTON – As the economy continues to struggle, the public is growing increasingly concerned about losing jobs, not having enough money to pay the bills and seeing their retirement accounts shrink, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

Nearly half of those surveyed said they worry about becoming unemployed — almost double the percentage at this time last year.

The poll released Wednesday also found public support dipped slightly in the past month for the… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on February 19, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hold Off Foreclosure: Homeowners’ rallying cry: Produce the note

Homeowners’ rallying cry: Produce the note

by MITCH STACY Associated Press

Kathy Lovelace lost her job and was about to lose her house, too. But then she made a seemingly simple request of the bank: Show me the original mortgage paperwork.

And just like that, the foreclosure proceedings came to a standstill.

Lovelace and other homeowners around the country are managing to stave off foreclosure by employing a strategy that goes to the heart of… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on February 19, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FREE Security Device!! Good idea!

Thanks to Cathy Johnson for emailing this to me. Thought it was a great idea so am posting it here...


Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, etc.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you… Continue

Added by Sue Copening on February 22, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

During These Times of Economic Failure, Franchising Is Still On The Rise

For the past 60 years, each time our economy weakens, franchising continues to increase. Why? Simply put, more people have found out that becoming part of a business system and joining a network has withstood poor economic conditions. When jobs are lost by the millions through out the USA, a percentage of those individuals find that the solution is to get into their own business that results in financial independence.

Now could be the best time ever for business owners to expand… Continue

Added by Ken Hollowell on February 12, 2009 at 5:42am — No Comments

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