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Phoenix Design Week is Coming October 5-18, 2011

07-13-2011
Phoenix Design Week is Coming October 5-18, 2001 Phoenix Design Week was started in 2009 to help connect the Phoenix design community. Each year we put together a conference and a week of events and exhibitions meant to bring our community together. 20 + events this year. http://www.phxdw.com/

Great Resources for Naming Your Business or Product

07-11-2011
Choosing the right name for your company or product is a very important decision. Here are a few good resources to help you pick the perfect name. Igor's Company naming guide Igor International, one of the world's top naming firms, has put together an excellent guide to company naming. They generously offer it in two formats: soul crushing (122 pages) and moderately irritating (28 pages). Igor's brand naming tools In addition to their excellent company naming guide, Igor also provides a variety of useful company naming tools, including taxonomy charts, theory pieces, studies in effective brand naming, and their brand naming blog. Catchword company naming tools For ...

Charity BBQ this Friday to benefit the Sydney Hudson Foundation

05-24-2011
This Friday my Micheal Regan with The AMT Group is hosting a charity BBQ to benefit the Sydney Hudson Foundation, (a non-profit that helps speical needs children). The BBQ is open to everyone, so if you're near the Scottsdale Airpark this Friday, they'd love to have you stop by.When:Friday, May 27thFrom 11:00 - 1:30Where:In the Scottsale Airpark7848 E. Redfield RdSuite 10Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

Let Your Customers Book Real-Time Appointments Online

05-05-2011
A few days ago my friend Eric Jackson at Verispect TrueVision Promotions turned me on to a cool new website. It's called Tungle and it allows your cusotmers to book appointments with you based on YOUR availability. They visit your Tungle page and see a calendar of your actually availability, then they just click a button to book an appointment. I'm still trying it out so I'll let you know how it works out.

Big Business Networking Event on Monday, May 9th

05-02-2011
NetworkingPhoenix.com is hosting a big business networking event next Monday, May 9th at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. I went to last years event and it was a good networking opportunity. Networking Phoenix MixerAlso, be sure not to miss  Los Tres Amigos Mixer - With Phoenix & Scottsdale Chambers next Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Los Tres Amigos Mixer

How to Set up a Facebook Custom iFrame Landing Page

04-08-2011
This is a great article about creating your own custom designed page for your Facebook fan page.  Click here to read.

Good News For Arizona Businesses

04-05-2011
The Senate voted Tuesday to repeal a health care reform provision that requires businesses in Arizona and across the country to file a 1099 form with the Internal Revenue Service any time they spend more than $600 a year with another business.By a 87-12 vote, the Senate passed legislation repealing the 1099 provision, which was included in health care reform as a way to help pay for that measure. Third-party reporting of income makes businesses less likely to try to hide income from the IRS, according to supporters of the provision.Businesses already are required to file 1099s for payments of more than $600 to unincorporated service providers. The health care reform bill expanded this requir ...

Looking for the right information? Try databasepool.com

04-05-2011
Need a list of Canadian Fastfood and Restaurants, or maybe a list of every direct mail company in the US? Then check out  www.databasepool.com. This is a really interesting concept for a website. They sell lists of anything you can imagine.

A Great New Way To Accept Online Payments

03-27-2011
If you're business processes online payments or even monthly recuring payments, then you should take a look at www.BraintreePaymentSolutions.com. They are a merchant account and payment gateway in one. Their fees are much more competitive than many other payment solutions and they are very easy to work with.

Great Small Business Tool - OpenVBX

03-11-2011
I'm always on the lookout for new and inovative tools to help me with my business. Today I stumbled upon  really interesting website called openvbx.org

Urban Ministries of Durham

02-21-2011
This is an interesting site for Urban Ministries of Durham. It's a advocacy/fundraising awareness campaign that challenges you to make the tough decisions required when you have very little money and can barely eek by week to week. Very well done. Takes a few seconds to load...http://playspent.org/

A Picture is Worth A thousand Words- Great New Productivity Tool

01-18-2011
As I business owner I'm always on the look out for tools and tips to help me get more done in less time. Just the other day I found a great piece of software called Jing. It's a very simple program that lets you really make videos of your computer screen and share them with other people. So next time your about to write a long email explaining how to do something, why not just create a simple video. You can even record your own voice to narrate the video.http://www.techsmith.com/jing/

ASBA Holiday Business Networking Mixer Thursday, Dec. 16

12-07-2010
I've been involved with the Arizona Small Business Association for the last 6 months and have found it to be very positive for my business. Next Thrusday, December 16th, the Arizona Small Business Association (asba) and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a special holiday networking mixer at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).When:Thursday, December 16 from 5:00pm - 7:00pmWhere:Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Scottsdale, ArizonaCost:ASBA and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry = no chargenon-members = $10Register At:http://www.asba.com/events/event_details.asp?id=135099

website videos done right

10-18-2010
Adding video to your website is a fantastic way to really pump-up interest and add some stickiness to your site. But no one wants to watch a long, boring, drawn-out video. Here is is a great example of a web video done right. http://mckinney.com/work/clients/gold-s-gym/spotter-iphone-app

Are all the Good Domain Names Taken?

10-05-2010
If you've ever had to help name a business (or just wanted to set up a brand new website), then you know how difficult it can be to find that perfect domain name. Then you'll appreiciate this great article I found on CNN.com today. Now a day's businesses have to get far more creative in trying to find a .com domain name that fits their busienss. As Brannon Cashion says, "No one is naming a company Apple anymore. Those days are really long gone." And isn't that the truth, but with a little creativity and some old fashioned hard work, you can still find a great domain name.Read the full articlehttp://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/10/05/good.tech.names.taken/index.html?hpt=Mid

3 Simple Ways to Get Paid More by Clients

09-14-2010
Here is a great article I found at WebDesignledger.com. It's about simple ways you can add value for your customers so that you can earn more money. It's well worth reading.3 Simple Ways to Get Paid More by ClientsAs freelancers, we all want to make more money. But freelancing doesn’t scale, so there’s always a ceiling. There’s a limit as to how many clients you can take on, right? So how do you make more money, if you can’t or don’t want to take on more clients? Well, if you’re better than average in what you do and can put in just a little bit of extra effort, you can get paid more by clients.Yep, there are 3 simple ways you can get paid more by clients ...

Phoenix Design Week 2010 is comming September 29th – October 3rd

09-14-2010
This one is for everyone in the local web and graphic design community. Phoenix Design Week 2010 is comming September 29th – October 3rd. Could be a great opportunity to network with others in the industry. Hope to see you there.  http://www.phxdw.com/

10 Reason Entrepreneurs Should Give Their Time To Charity

08-24-2010
Take a look at this fantastic artlice I found by David at onelifenofear.com. It's a great discussoin of the benefits and reasons for us entrepreneurs to volunteer some of our time to worthy causes. It's so easy to get wrapped up in running and growing our business that we can often over look the importance of helping those less fortunate.  Take a look and let me know what you think.http://onelifenofear.com/2010/07/10-reason-entrepreneurs-should-give-their-time-to-charity/

How to sell anything online...

08-13-2010
Check out this great video I found on Bob Parsons' blog. It's about how to effectivelly sell online. It's packed full of great tips and advice.  I've met a lot of busines and website owners over the years who think that just having a website will automatically translate into sales. But the truth is thay you need a strategy to succeed.

Need a little start up money?

08-04-2010
Every business person knows that having enough start up capital can make the difference between success and failure. But for new start up businesses finding investors or funding for an unproven business can be difficult. But there is a new website that may be able to help. It's called www.kickstarter.com and it's based on a sort of ebay style system. Basically, you post your business idea online and state what your funding goals are. For example. Lets say you want to start an organic bakery. You might say that you want to raise $10,000 in the next 60 days and set donation increments of say $25, $50, $100. Then people who think you have a good idea can choose to donate/invest some money. Bu ...

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