Monday, November 29, 2010

“It’s hard” is a terrible reason not to do something. @danariely

Dan Ariely usuually gives you a viewpoint that is very often different and thought provoking. The article I amplified is I believe in the Dec edition of HBR

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If you practice kicking a soccer ball with your eyes closed, it takes only a few tries to become quite good at predicting where the ball will end up. But when “random noise” is added to the situation—a dog chases the ball, a stiff breeze blows through, a neighbor passes by and kicks the ball—the results become quite unpredictable.

If you had to evaluate the kicker’s performance, would you punish him for not predicting that Fluffy would run off with the ball? Would you switch kickers in an attempt to find someone better able to predict Fluffy’s involvement?

That would be absurd. And yet it’s exactly how we reward and punish managers. Managers attempt to make sense of the environment and predict what will result from their decisions.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Entrepreneurship represents hope in the Middle East

This is a article in the Washington post by Christopher M. Schroeder Internet entrepreneur and angel investor, CEO of In any place in the world troubles begin with economic woes, no gainful employment. From reading this article it seems like the power of entrepreneurship will overcome the troubles and give this part of the world a new hope and more properity.

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The sold-out gathering had the earmarks of a typical Silicon Valley event: more than 2,400 hungry entrepreneurs and investors, most young adults, tethered to their mobile devices - sharing, debating and connecting. There was the requisite hip music. Speakers who had "been there" were mixing with kids new to the game, dashing out ideas on white boards and rallying each other to new ventures.

That's where "typical" ended.

This month's Celebration of Entrepreneurship 2010 was hosted not in San Francisco or New York but in Dubai. The participants weren't familiar U.S. Internet names but a new generation of entrepreneurs representing every Islamic country in the Middle East. The visionaries behind the gathering weren't famous Western tech journalists or futurists but Pakistan-born Arif Naqvi, founder of the Middle East private equity firm Abraaj Capital, and Lebanese Jordanian entrepreneur Fadi Ghandour, who built the region's largest logistics and transportation services company. Absent were debates on politics, religion and historic obstacles. The only question on everyone's mind was "Why not us?"


Millennials believe they can change the world for a better future

This is a new United Nations initiative which is so exciting . The article is a must read.

The Academic Impact, formally launched Nov. 19, encourages schools and universities to endorse 10 principles that deal with human rights, sustainability, conflict resolution and literacy. The 10 principles represent a commitment to education’s role in advancing human rights, world citizenship, and inter-cultural dialogue and understanding.

Why is the Academic Impact initiative so important to the future of the world?

With increasing globalization, finances flow freely across continents as do goods, services and ideas. Unfortunately, so do the major problems facing humanity, such as terrorism, pandemic diseases, economic crises and environmental calamities. They all cross national borders with impunity, never stopping at passport control.

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Their optimism and hope for the future are propelling political causes; their distrust of a corporate world, motivated by greed, promises to change business as we know it; and their commitment to technology and service can transform society for the greater good of all.

By J. Michael Adams
A breath of new hope is blowing across the globe. It is the millennial generation, those young people — 78 million in the United States alone — born between 1985 and 2000 who define themselves by the social commitment and technological savvy that unite them worldwide.

They believe in a better future. They believe the world needs to change. More important, they believe the world can be changed and they want to be part of that transformation. They have the talent, the enthusiasm and the energy. All they need is the education and the opportunity.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Vote for your favorite Small Business Book at @smallbiztrends

You should definitely vote but even more you should check the list out for the best Small Business books to read. If the list is missing any books , this year you can submit the book as well.

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The 3rd Annual Small Business Book Awards are now open for voting through December 15, 2010.  We invite you to head on over and vote on your favorite business books!

The Awards celebrate the best books of 2010 for small business owners, managers, entrepreneurs and the self-employed.This year the Book Awards are bigger and better than ever.  The nomination and voting experience is more engaging and interactive:

  • We’ve built a new and improved voting platform

  • In case we’ve forgotten your favorite book, this year you are able to submit it online.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The ways we describe the world draw on tactile sensations and the emotions associated with them

I always stress the importance of a great and warm handshake. This study found "ubjects who received the résumé on a heavy clipboard ranked the candidate as more qualified than those who read the same résumé on a lighter clipboard. Nocera believes this is because we equate heavy with serious; a heavy object may broadcast competence the way professional attire or a firm handshake does "

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Metaphors of touch infiltrate our language. When something goes easily, we say it was smooth sailing; an uncouth person is coarse. We have a soft spot for someone we love; the opposite is being hard-hearted. In fact, it is difficult to escape these metaphors: try to think of a synonym for rough day, and hard day probably comes to mind first.

Thus, the ways we describe the world draw on tactile sensations and the emotions associated with them. But research by psychology doctoral student Christopher Nocera suggests that the connections go both ways: that the sensations themselves have a powerful effect on how we perceive situations—and on how we respond.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Network Solutions Facebook Fans get $1.95/yr domain and chance to win sweepstakes

Fans join Facebook pages to get some value from the relationship. Some of these value is in the form of conversations and discussions and getting help from the community. I work for Network Solutions and am happy to share some thoughts on our Facebook Community.  We started this as a small business community and to foster dialogue between members and help where necessary. Things are working well and the community is helping a lot and in terms of giving back Network Solutions has a special offer for Facebook Fans $1.95/yr domain name and a $1000 Network Solutions gift certificate Sweepstakes.

Check the offer out at and also give me a little retweet and blog love please.

GrowSmartBiz Conference Agenda | Network Solutions Small Business Blog

Looks like a great line-up. Of course I'm on opposite presentations I want to see! (But in fairness, I want to see them all. :-D)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Ipad in April 2011

An "Apple iPad 2" will hit store shelves as soon as the spring of 2011 – and this rejiggered iPadcould ship with two digital cameras, allowing users access to the same FaceTime technology available on the Apple iPhone 4. That's the gossip being floated this week by Brian Marshall, an analyst with the firm Gleacher and Company, who sources his report in part to hardware manufacturers in Asia.
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By bye Tabla : The national food of New York is Italian and steak.

I always wonder why there are no well known Indian food chains and that among Indian restaurants there seems to be a steady turnover of names, chefs and styles.

I feel a bit sad that Tabla is closing down in New York. I did not get a chance to eat there. Danny Meyer and Floyd Cardoz dd a great job I think bringing Indian food mainstream and making it sexy . In a few years the next best thing Indian will emerge and i am hoping it will be a chain of Fast food restaurants serving idlies with different curries which is healthy .

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As the market for Indian cuisine expands in the US, restaurateurs face a dilemma: To stay traditional or try fusion?

What the bleep is curry?” asks an exasperated Maneet Chauhan. The India-born executive chef of Vermilion, a chic restaurant offering Indian-Latin American fusion cuisine in New York and Chicago, is referring to the frequent requests she still gets for “the recipe for curry”.

That, on a platter, sums up the challenge for Indian restaurants in the US — marketing a cuisine that is still struggling to define itself and find its place in a half-trillion dollar restaurant industry.

On December 30, an era will end for Indian cuisine in the US, as Tabla, a pioneering venture by Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Danny Meyer, and a beloved fixture on the New York dining scene for over a decade, closes its doors. (see box below) But the last quarter of the year is also proving eventful in a positive way — new restaurants are opening, offering choices ranging from the fairly to the barely Indian.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Klout starts updating score everyday

Advantage 1 is that you don't have to ask Klout to manually update the score. Many partners are using Klout and this may help if you want to check someone's Klout score.

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Klout Scores Now Update Daily

We are pleased to announce that Klout Scores are now automatically processed every day. With over 950 application partners integrating Klout and some of the biggest brands doing Klout influencer campaigns, we are building the standard in measuring influence across the social web.

Along with daily score processing, we have improved the Klout scoring algorithm. We will continue evolving our influence scoring algorithm to meet the ever-changing dynamics across social networks like Twitter, Facebook and beyond.

How will this release affect my Klout profile?

You no longer need to manually update your score, we will do that for you automatically each day. On your score analysis page you can see the new daily score data going back to October 21st.


Facebook Messages - where and how teens communicate with friends,

This is from the Pew Internet & American Life Project showing how youngsters use communication tools

Looking forward to reading @susangunelius book 30-Minute Social Media Marketing

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vivek Wadhwa on Indian Entrepreneurship

This is a great take on the future of India's technology strategy

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But college-dropout tech entrepreneurs like Gondal are extremely rare in India. Most make the wise choice to complete their education before joining a startup. So far, the biggest inhibitor of youth entrepreneurship in India has been the social stigma associated with failure and the low social esteem bestowed on startups. In the arranged-marriage system—which is still the norm in India—a young male who joined a company such as Infosys or IBM would command the best marriage proposals, and those who took the startup path risked trading down. No longer.  All of the young entrepreneurs I met said either that they had told their parents that they would find their own partners, or that their parents supported their decision.

It also used to be that nearly all the graduates of India’s prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) would join investment banks or take senior positions in the outsourcing industry. Given the huge salaries these workers commanded, entrepreneurship was out of the question. Yet I met dozens of entrepreneurs who had left these institutions and were now risking it all on entrepreneurship.  Two such are Pavan Thatha and Rakesh Thatha.

The Indian technology industry got its start running call centers and doing low-level IT work for western firms. Then, in the 2000s, it started taking on higher-level IT tasks, offering management consulting services, and performing sophisticated R&D. Now there is another transition happening, one far more significant: a transition to development of innovative technology products.  Instead of providing IT services as the big outsourcing companies do, a new breed of startups is developing high-value products based on intellectual property. The Indian industry group NASSCOM estimates that in 2008, the country’s software product revenues totaled $1.64 billion. It forecasts that this will grow to $11 billion per year by 2015.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rockmelt : Browser riding on Facebook's popularity

A new browser Rockmelt was introduced about a week ago with the promise to help people with the tasks that they spend the most time on. In their own words 'build your world right into your browser" from the Rockmelt Blog

The October 2010 Stats from put the browser usage as :

Internet Explorer 29.7 % Firefox 44.1% Chrome 19.2% Safari 3.9% and Opera 2.2%

I was excited when Google Chrome came out and one thing that is positive for me is that Rockmelt is also based on Chromium, the open source project behind Google’s Chrome browser. I must thank my Friend Wendy Scherer of the Consumer Insights group - Social Studies Group

Just like Google relies on your Google account to make your Chrome browsers in Sync, Rockmelt asks for facebook login (they need to explain why thats is the first step). When you are installing Rockmelt you will need to close Chrome. Here are some observations.

  • Bookmarkbar from chrome should be transferred seemlessly

  • A little difficulty finding the stream for Twitter? Rockmelt does not have a Dm stream yet and i got the answer driectly from Eric Vishria, CEO & Co-founder of RockMelt at That was impressive.

  • I am not sure if there a feature to do a Twitter search

  • Rockmelt only crashed once not sure why ( I was checking twitter).

  • I wish all the Chrome extensions get imported as well

  • You can only et an invite if you request it from Facebook. As soon as you get the invites, it tells you which other Facebook friends have requested an invite ( that is very cool)

  • I can share directly from the browser and I need ability to share both on Twitter and Facebook at once. Right now I have to do it 2 times.

  • I also hope they can detect the feed when I put a URL into the edge ( Their term for a Window.

My daughter Mitali Bellamkonda inspired me to write this post after she wrote a post

on the Kikscore blog. Rockmelt is still in beta and I expect they will be adding more features.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

City Life is hard on the brain - Harvard Medical School

People who walked the city streets scored significantly lower on attention and working-memory tests.

The result is something called directed attention fatigue, a neurological symptom that occurs when our voluntary attention system, the part of the brain that allows us to concentrate in spite of distractions, becomes worn down.

More interesting stuff in the article

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BOSTON, Mass. (November 9, 2010)—For the first time in history, more people live
in cities than in rural areas. According to the
United Nations, that urban head count tallies
up to more than half of the world’s 6.7 billion
people. While city life may offer many benefits—ready access to social and cultural events, more
employment opportunities, and the promise of
higher living standards, as examples—research
does show that city life can have drawbacks. For
one thing, it’s hard on the brain.

Scientists who have begun to look at how the
city affects our brains have uncovered some
surprising findings, including evidence that city
life can impair basic mental processes, such as
memory and attention. A study conducted by
University of Michigan researchers in 2008 found
that simply spending a few minutes on a busy city
street can affect the brain’s ability to focus and to
help us manage self-control.


Small businesses are feeling better about the economy Says Constant Contact Survey

Any optimism is good news. Also take a look at the Network Solutions?University of Maryland's Small Business Success Index at

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Small businesses are feeling better about the economy and are looking to grow in 2011, according to a new survey released this week by online marketing firm Constant Contact.

“One of the biggest changes we’ve seen from the spring to the fall (surveys) is the presence of social media in their minds,” said Groves, adding the Facebook response was up from 50 percent in the spring. “Small business owners have so little time to spend on new things that they hope will build their businesses and social media is one of those things right now.”


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Google Debuts Instant Previews @informationweek

Got to try this put but seems that instant gratification is overtaking us

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Google on Tuesday plans to augment its Google Instant search service with Instant Previews, pop-up windows that provide images of the Web sites listed in search results.

Google users throughout the world can expect to start seeing magnifying glass icons added just to the right of search results links in the next few days as the service is deployed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will open a snapshot of the Web page associated with the link.


Google Debuts Instant Previews @informationweek

Got to try this put but seems that instant gratification is overtaking us

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Google on Tuesday plans to augment its Google Instant search service with Instant Previews, pop-up windows that provide images of the Web sites listed in search results.

Google users throughout the world can expect to start seeing magnifying glass icons added just to the right of search results links in the next few days as the service is deployed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will open a snapshot of the Web page associated with the link.


7 yr old member of the Obama delegation to India

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Dozens of American business leaders mingled with Indian business executives over finger sandwiches at Mumbai's U.S.-India Business Council summit, where President Obama spoke on Saturday night. But the star of the morning was Arya Ika, a 7-year-old Indian American in a sharp business suit and red tie, who hopes to one day become the president of the United States as the "Indian Obama."

Or at least that's what Krishna Ika, Arya's father and an Indian American business leader here for the summit, wants for his son. They live in Southborough, Mass., and Arya, studies at the same private school that John F. Kennedy attended.

Holding court like a rock star, Arya fielded questions in the ocean-front lobby of the Hotel Trident. American business leaders cooed over his smart attire, his circular glasses and his distinction as the youngest delegate at the summit.

"Do you want to be the next president of the United States?" one American asked. "What will you ask Obama?" Many Indian American leaders jumped in speaking about how much hope Obama has given to many Americans who come from immigrant backgrounds.

But Arya shrugged and said he wanted to maybe take a nap, watch some cartoons.

"He will go to Harvard Law, just like Obama, right?" his father urged as Arya shook his head yes. "That's the nice thing about Indian parents, we still have sway over our children. He will remember this summit."


Monday, November 08, 2010

#GrowSmartBiz content consolidation tips

The GrowSmartBiz Conference organized by the Washington Business Journal and Network Solutions was held on Friday Nov 5th in Washington DC. Over 450 small business attended . The agenda included talks, tips and case studies from over 30 well known national speakers from all over the US.

Through this post I want to give you a few guidelines if you are posting content relating to the conference:

a) Tag the post with "GrowSmartBiz"

b) Conference organizer credit Washington Business Journal and Network Solutions

c) Video stream of some of the sessions are at . Videos are embeddable with credit. pleasecredit yayastream Stacty Yamaoka

d) Pictures under creative commons are at ( use with attribution :

e) If you have a presentation on Powerpoint upload it to slideshare and then embed in a blog post.

f) Once your post or media upload is complete please tweet the link with the hashtag #GrowSmartbiz

Thank you and looking forward to your recap posts and I will create a summary and link to all the posts so the content can also be found in one place. Please email me any ebooks or presentations you would like us to upload.

@starbucks never stop Marketing with humor! nice

social sign in @eyeinfo 's office #growsmartbiz

Sunday, November 07, 2010

facebook tablemat campaign

Indian Students ask Obama Questions about Pakistan in Townhall Meeting

The President looked comfortable as he answered the questions. see the video here I think the democratic party is doing a lot to foster India US relations and the Republicans I think will agree. Also note the strategy of impressing the younger demographic who are the future customers of Us goods.
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We want nothing more than a stable, prosperous and peaceful Pakistan," Obama told the students gathered in a courtyard of St. Xavier's College to see him. "But I'm also going to say something that may surprise you. The country that has the biggest stake in Pakistan's success is India."

Encounters with young people have become staples of Obama's travels abroad, a nod to his appeal as a symbol of U.S. progress and tolerance. And in few countries will young people make more of a difference in the short term than here.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Kia Scherr & One Life Alliance - Creating good after personal tragedy in Mumbai blasts

I admire the courage and goodness of this Virgina native who is meeting President Obama in Mumbai today in creating a foundation to hep young people in conflict areas

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MUMBAI - Virginia resident Kia Scherr walked quietly through the jasmine-scented halls of Mumbai's Oberoi Trident high-rise hotel as Indian staff members gently smiled.

On Nov. 26, 2008, her husband, Alan Scherr, 58, and their 13-year-old daughter Naomi were killed when gunmen opened fire in the hotel's oceanfront restaurant. The Scherrs were among six Americans killed in the Mumbai attacks, which left 166 people dead and more than 230 wounded.

Now Kia Scherr has come to India to meet President Obama during his three-day visit to Mumbai and New Delhi. She said she wants to thank him in person for the condolence letter he wrote her after the attacks, which were carried out by 10 gunmen from Pakistan.


Thursday, November 04, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Millennials work hard and excel at multi-tasking but depend on spell check - article

Probably no generation has received as much fanfare as the GI Generation, or Greatest Generation. Born before 1925, they saved the world from Hitler in World War II. With a strong sense of team play, they promoted peer solidarity through unions (whose U.S. membership peaked in 1948) and new government social programs.

They were followed by the ultra-conformist Silent Generation (born 1925 to 1942), who gave us solid, though gray "organization men." The Silents went home to manicured suburbs that seemed to stifle egos but promoted stable, long-term careers and friendly reliability.

The Silents gave rise to the boisterous individualism of Baby Boomers (1943-1960), named for the spike in birth rates that began after World War II. Focused on inner vision, Boomers questioned authority, trusted no one over 30, and crowded into "culture careers," such as teaching and journalism. They're proud of their work ethic and need to infuse careers with mission and meaning.

Generation X (1961-'81) survived rampant divorce, latch-key childhoods, devil-child movies and the sexual minefield of AIDS. Criticized as slackers who thought "Reality Bites," they were hardened by grunge and hip-hop to become workplace "free agents" who embraced risks. They excelled as entrepreneurs.

Which brings us to the Millennials, who were born as abortion and divorce rates ebbed, and grew up with attachment parenting and politicians who defined issues in terms of their effects on children. With "helicopter moms" hovering over them, they were sheltered and risk-averse. (Under Millennials, 14 of the CDC's 15 youth-risk indicators — including sexual activity, drug use and attempted suicide — have declined. Only obesity has increased.)

Called Generation Y and Echo Boomers, the labels didn't quite work for Howe. He coined the term "Millennial" for those who came of age at the time of a rare event, the turning of a millennium.

Millennials are defined, he says, by seven core traits: special, sheltered, confident, team-oriented, conventional, pressured and achieving.

More broadly, Pew notes they are the first "always-connected" generation, far more likely to create a profile on a social-networking site (75 percent) than to get tattooed (40 percent). (Check out Pew's "How Millennial Are You?" quiz at

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Think about pop culture of the 1960s and '70s, says Neil Howe, a historian, demographer and author of six books about Millennials. Children were evil in movies such as "Rosemary's Baby," "The Exorcist" and "The Omen." The frontiers of science focused on contraception. Birth rates plummeted.

Then came the soft-focus dawn of the "era of worthy children." Next thing you know, movies were about "Three Men and a Baby." The percentage of fathers present at the birth of their children climbed from 20 percent in the late 1970s to 85 percent today. Every kid got a trophy. Some planned their resumes, as Howe says, before they got their braces off.

Then the recession laid waste to best-laid plans. More than a third of 18-to-29-year-olds are now unemployed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — up significantly from a decade ago.

Ushered in with the first Baby on Board signs in the early 1980s, Millennials were cocooned, coddled and chauffeured by over-protective parents, correcting for the hyper-individualist, anti-child times they grew up in.

Millennials grew up watching "Barney and Friends" and basking in the electronic group hugs of social networking. They're very team-oriented. It's no surprise, Domke says, to see James "getting his band together" in the quest to win a championship. (Remember, Millennials launched the Spice Girls, whose debut single bounced to the refrain "If you wanna be my lover, you gottta get with my friends.")

Underestimate them at your peril, says Howe, who has advised organizations from Nike and Ford to the U.S. Army and Harvard University. They are the biggest, most tech-savvy and likely to be the most-educated generation in American history.


Monday, November 01, 2010

All that Buzz- All that work. All that glitter. - GrowSmartBiz Conference Nov 5th 2010

I am really excited and also thrilled with anticipation for the GrowSmartBiz conference on Nov 5th. Networking starts on Thu 4th with a Happy Hour at the President's Bar. We will be giving away a few tickets to the movie "The Social Network "and our friends at Reston Limo will be offering a tour of the "Monuments by Moonlight" . Happy hour registration is at


Rohit Bhargava - Our Marketing keynote Speaker @rohitbhargava tweeted this :@firebelly Thanks, looking forward to seeing you at #growsmartbiz too! Sneak preview: I think I'll be talking about donuts & marketing ..

To which Duncan Alney (@firebelly) another speaker responded : well@rohitbhargava since I am duncan (often confused with dunkin) Ill attend with the hopes of great content & Free donuts? #growsmartbiz

 Great speakers and great content and people have started referring to this conference as a one day MBA for Small Business.

 Have you registered yet? Hurry and register at
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Nov. 5, 2010
8:30 a.m.
Renaissance Hotel
999 9th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Four Tracks of Business Smarts
MBA for a Day with these four courses of study:

Track 1: Marketing & Innovation
  • Social
    Media-New Marketing
  • Stories, Content & Search
  • Reinvigorating Small Business
  • Personality & Your
Track 2: Small Business, Government and Nonprofits
  • Securing Financing
    for Small Business Leaders
  • How Small Business Can Benefit from
    Government Stimulus Resources
  • How to Market Your Nonprofit on a
  • How to Tell Your Small Business Story
Track 3: Technology
as a Tool for Your Business

  • How to Attract and Keep Customers
  • Collaboration and
  • Mobility and How to Profitably Sell
  • Six Rules for Tech Success
Track 4: Entrepreneur

  • Starting a Business 101
  • Rules for Entrepreneurs

  • Lead Gen and Sales Strategies for Your Small Business
  • Smart Hiring Practices/Is Your Business Evolving or are You a Dying Breed? Plus, 5 Minutes that Can Change your Business Forever
  • Ten Rules for Business Cards
  • Public Speaking 2.0

Halloween spirit at Network Solutions last week

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