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WHAT THE $%^&!?!” I screamed, as I slammed down the phone receiver. “I HATE THIS!! I CAN’T KEEP DOING THIS CRAP ANYMORE!” Can you say “meltdown”? Yeah, I had one last month. Triggered by technology. The frustrations. The convolutions. The glitches. All of it pulling me away from making money … and all of it […]

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“There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’.” “It takes a village.” Or my favorite, “You don’t sharpen a knife against a sponge.” All of which is meant to say, if you want a successful business, don’t go it alone. I learned this the hard way.  For years I thought having a more senior business partner would be […]

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As you look back on the past year, and think about planning for the future, you’ll ask yourself a question reminiscent of New York City’s former Mayor Ed Koch, “How’m I doin’?” So how are you doing? Did you have a good year and meet your targets? Is your business healthy, with a strong foundation? […]

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As Seen In Enterprising Women Magazine You’re a busy entrepreneur. Every day, you whirl around like the Looney Tunes® Tasmanian devil, putting out fires, calming clients, and encouraging employees. There’s barely enough time to handle strategic planning, much less the kind of planning that involves answering that hard-to-face question: “what will happen to my business when […]

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Stuck. That’s how I felt last week. The kind of paralysis that comes from trying to do too much all in the same moment, not knowing where to turn, not thinking clearly, not getting traction. The phrase “… being too much in the world” kept dancing in my head. Ever felt that way in your […]

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“What are you grateful for?” I ask that question in my pre-Thanksgiving issue of All Systems Go! I said: I’m grateful to all of YOU who read All Systems Go! and reach out to share your thoughts and ideas. Grateful to family and friends for all their support (especially my husband, Joe) in helping me ROCK my […]

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What is content marketing? The dry definition of content marketing is “the creation and sharing of content in order to engage current and potential consumer bases.” More importantly, content marketing recognizes that in this confusing world, people need information.  Information they can trust. And people like to do business with those they know, like, and […]

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When I bought my favorite Lee® jeans years ago, they fit like a glove. Just what I needed. As I put on weight, they generously stretched with me. When I lost weight, though, they stayed stretched in the knees and the butt. Not flattering. Holes developed around the seams. The cuffs became tattered. They turned […]

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Expert resources can be at your fingertips, if you know where to go. Conferences like the New York Times Small Business Summit are a great way to glean the expertise and tips from those who know. I had the pleasure of speaking to this wonderful group of experts on the following topics: 1.  Melinda Emerson: […]

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Marisa sat at the dimly-lit bar, a chilled glass of Chardonnay in front of her. She drank deeply. It had been a rough day. She needed a break. Her business partner, Alejandro, had made a mess of things again. Failed to meet his promised sales targets. “Was too busy” to send out responses to RFPs. […]

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