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Can Non-Profits Make Dollars and Sense?

by Jason Sanders on May 5, 2010

In this week’s Get More Business Show, we’ll be talking about the benefits and trade offs of organizing your business as a non-profit.  When you’re just getting your business started you have lots of options and flexibility.  At The Get More Business Show, we’re committed to helping you understand those options and giving you useful information to assist you in your decision making.

This week we’re going to be having two guest to explore this topic with.  Al Rider will be joining us and sharing his extensive experience.  We’ll ask him what the benefits are to organizing your business as a non-profit.  We’ll also ask what the restrictions are.  If you’ve been thinking about organizing your business as a non-profit, but you still have questions, make sure you tune in and you can ask Al by calling in to our hotline or through the chat room.

Our second guest will be Melanie Parker Hibbard.  She will be giving us lots of ideas about how to market and raise awareness for your non-profit.

So whether you’re considering a non-profit, or your existing business is a non-profit, this show will have lots of valuable information to help your business!  And since it’s Cinco De Mayo, our own Sheila O’Mara will be broadcasting on location at Las Chalupas!

Hopefully you can catch the show live on Wednesday May 5 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern (US).  If you have a question about non-profits, there’s never been a better chance to get a qualified answer.  Feel free to call in with your questions, thoughts and comments! (646) 595-4184.  If you can’t make the live show, you can always listen to the recorded podcast of the show anytime at your convenience.  Just use the BlogTalkRadio player that appears at the top of the sidebars.

Jason Sanders @ValuePagesGroup
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A few weeks ago on the TVPG, Get More Business, Radio show we discussed specification vs. diversification.  Points were made in favor of both and you can listen to the podcast for more information.

I have always been a big believer in diversification.  There are so many possibilities out there – why limit yourself to one?  I will be the first one to admit that it is important to do what you do well before you move on to something else.  No one wants to be a jack of all trades and a master of none.  Having said that though, there is so much to be said for expanding into new horizons.

When I first started my staging business almost two and half years ago, I thought in the back of mind that I would one day expand.  Staging is definitely about getting  homes ready for sale, but there are so many other areas of staging that goes on.  What I mean is … homes are only one aspect of staging.  The longer I am in business, the more often I am hired for services well beyond home staging.  I have helped start up businesses get started, helped develop marketing plans for clients, “staged” our youth by teaching study skills and self esteem classes and most recently have signed on as a communications consultant for a local politician.  None of those things are Home staging, yet they all have been funneled through my “staging” business.

As I find myself getting more and more involved in the other aspects of “staging” people’s lives and businesses, I found that I needed to start a different company entirely.  I wanted to maintain the home staging company as what it was intended to be – a home staging company.  I knew that I wanted to continue the home staging, but there were many other areas I wanted to explore.  I was blessed to have met up with a like minded, driven partner who shared my vision of expansion and we decided to start a new business called Speakers With Spark.

Sheila O'Mara and Susan Rider

Sheila O’Mara and Susan Rider – two Speakers With Spark

Speakers With Spark is a divinely inspired endeavor.  My partner Susan Rider and I believe wholeheartedly that we are called “to be the change we want to see in the world”~ Ghandi.  Speakers With Spark is a Speaker Bureau designed to provide quality training and an inspirational voice for our audiences.  We have been blessed to find additional speakers that all carry a message to share with the world.  Our range of topics is diverse and numerous.  We add to the list everyday based on the needs of our clients.  Th sky is the limit and we are continually searching for ways to make it work for our audiences.

Speakers With Spark is also home to the SPARC program.  SPARC is an acronym for Skills and Practices for Achieving Real Change. We believe that children are our best resource and we owe it to them to train them to be successful people.  SPARC is a program that focuses on health and nutrition as well as self esteem and study skills.  By giving our youth the tools they need to succeed in school, the pay off will be tremendous.  It is truly amazing to watch a child unravel the puzzle they think they are and blossom before your eyes.

The SPARC program not only focuses on study skills and learning styles, it also encompasses leadership skills, conflict management, team building, and many more.  Another topic that makes up the program is Abstinence  Education.  It is so important that our youth understand that they choices.  This training not only lays out their choices, but gives them the tools to exert strength and fortitude when they need it most.

Speakers With Spark is a great example of the benefits of diversification.  I have taken a passion of mine and created a working business model that not only enhances my life, but other peoples’ as well.  I can continue to have a niche market in my Home Staging Company, but have expanded my wings to see what other directions I can fly.

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Bus. comm: r u ok?

by Rich Bradley on April 13, 2010

I got into an interesting discussion with my co-host, Josh Chandler, on a recent radio show. The discussion started with another host, Jason Sanders, asked me a rather innocent question — how important is writing to a business?

As a former writer, newspaper editor and public relations specialist, nearly all of my post-college experience has dealt with the written word. I know how important writing an be for a business, whether it’s a press release, an advertisement or instructions on how to use or assemble a new product.

Josh, however, disagreed. He stated that in today’s world, he believes that formal writing isn’t that important. He backed up his statement that with the advent of Twitter, Facebook and the like, the ability to be present and to communicate quickly, was more important.

It was a classic generation gap. Josh is 23; I’m 48.

For his generation, which grew up in a world that never knew life without the internet and phones that did more than simply make calls, the “formalness” of writing isn’t important. Instead, the ability to say what you want to say in 140 characters or less (the world of Twitter) is the way to communicate. Grammar, spelling and all else be damned — too wordy, too stuffy, too “old.”

And that’s ok — if you only communicate with people under the age of 25 (or so) and in a non-professional setting. I still believe that good writing — like a cover letter, resume, press release, newspaper and magazine articles — have their places. And if you want to communicate with some of the more traditional business that rely on the written word — banks and lawyers come immediately to mind — you better be prepared to play by their rules.

Maybe one day, Josh’s generation will change everything. Maybe lawsuits will be filed and settled in 140 characters or less. Maybe you’ll be able to  e-mail your business plan via video to your banker. Maybe one day you’ll be able to just hit “ok” on a keypad to get a mortgage or buy a car, and not bother with all those messy forms and notaries and lawyers and insurance people.

But until that day arrives — and my belief is that it’s a long, long way away — the written word will still have a purpose.

Even if it’s just to write a blog about how important the written word is.

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The end of Get More Business for me.

by joshchandler on April 10, 2010

Jason Sanders of The Value Pages Group announced on the Wednesday 7th April show that I was leaving. It was a tough decision to make.

The show only started back in February and I think that Jason has developed a quality team of business owners who truly offer a unique and insightful opinion to the discussion. The newest addition Carolyn Tann Starr looks to continue that record.

So, I guess you’ll be wondering what exactly caused me to leave the show.

Well, I am currently a entrepreneur who is working towards many long-term goals. I currently own a freelance project management company which is just employing myself at the moment.

I found over the past few weeks that the demand of the work I’ve got have actually detracted from my preparation time for “Get More Business”. As such, not only was I being unfair to the others on the show I was also not focusing fully on the important, paid work I’d attained.

Myself and Jason had spoken numerous times in the weeks beforehand about me leaving. Like I said, it was a tough choice.

I’ve made a video blog on my Youtube Channel which I’d appreciated if you checked out. It helps summarize this matter fully.

Thanks again to Jason for providing me with this valuable learning experience. The Value Pages Group has got tons of potential, and as such I look forward to catching up with Jason in the near future to find out what’s been going on with it.

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This week’s Get More Business Show will focus on the topic of pricing.  Want to see a blank stare?  Ask a business owner how they price their product or service.  Never has there been a less understood and more crucial business component than pricing.

In this changing market, are your products and/or services priced where they should be?  What should be considered when setting prices?  How can pricing be a proactive tool to help position your business for success?  We’ll get into these questions and more on this week’s Get More Business Show.

Ashley WhittenbergerAshley Whittenberger of Interiority Complex will be joining us to share her expertise in what should be considered when determining price.  Ashley recently conducted a break down session on the topic of pricing for her peers at the Real Estate Staging Association Conference and has a lot of practical information to share.

Avy PunwaseeAvy Punwasee will also be our guest this week.  Avy is coming to us from PricingSolutions.com.  Pricing Solutions is the go to resource for pricing strategy for many large multi-national corporations such as Aramark, IBM, FedEx, Marriott, Pfizer and many more.  We’re fortunate to have the resource for in depth pricing advice on the Get More Business Show.

PricingSolutions.comHopefully you can catch the show live on Wednesday March 31 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern (US).  If you have a question about pricing, there’s never been a better chance to get a qualified answer.  Feel free to call in with your questions, thoughts and comments! (646) 595-4184.  If you can’t make the live show, you can always listen to the recorded podcast of the show anytime at your convenience.  Just use the BlogTalkRadio player that appears at the top of the sidebars.

This is a show that you can’t afford to miss! Literally.

Jason Sanders @ValuePagesGroup
Business Networking Specialist

www.TheValuePagesGroup.com

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