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Making Your Voice Heard as a Small Business Owner Politics has been on everyone’s mind lately due to the recent midterm elections. In California, where I live, there was much debate (as always) about whether certain propositions on the ballot would actually help citizens—or were simply smokescreens for big businesses to profit. And two of the candidates, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, touted their former experience as corporate CEOs as a good reason to vote for them as politicians, though neither one won. We all know the role that big business plays in politics and the influence large corporations have on government via lobbyists and donations. But did you ever consider that your small business could have the same kind of influence? Of course, one small company cannot hope to wield the influence of a massive global corporation. Making your voice heard can start as small as working to get a zoning variance so you can run a business from home. Recently on my blog SmallBizDaily, politician and marketing professor Amy H.

Arctique en danger ! - Greenpeace France There are seven billion of us on our planet. Each and every one of us is affected by the health of the Arctic: by reflecting the sun’s rays off its ice, the Arctic shapes our weather patterns and the food we grow and eat. But the Arctic is the frontline of our warming climate - heating up twice as fast as anywhere else. By stopping the new oil rush in the Arctic we are creating the conditions for a radical change in how we power our lives, accelerating the clean energy revolution that will fuel the future for our children. We know we’re going up against the most powerful countries and companies in the world. But together we have something stronger than any country’s military or any company’s budget. 30 years ago we launched a similar campaign to protect the Antarctic. Now the Arctic is calling.

Opt In - Nerd2Offer Hey you, It’s Nerd #2. Today I’m showing up with gift in my hand (as usual)and an opportunity you may or may not have been waiting for... that you probably shouldn’t take advantage of unless you’re the perfect candidate. In my journey to fuel my writing with uniquely familiar elements that lead to higher conversion for myself and my clients, I’ve come across a cutie named Pilar Alessandra. She’s a screenwriting instructor / script consultant who has helped hundreds of writers finish their screenplays, win major writing competitions, and make script sales to studios such as Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. and Sony. It's her business to turn writing into money. People Spend Big Cash & Big Time In Pursuit Of Entertainment... Today, I’m letting you in on how I adapted one of her awesome story telling formulas for writing movie scripts and converted it so it directly ties to cultivating an engaging story that you can use for any salesletter or a video script. This wasn’t easy. Great question. P.S.

Euro-zone deal on firewall awaits Germany FranNet Offers “Entrepreneur’s Checklist” to Reveal Aptitude for Small Business Ownership Louisville, Kentucky (PRESS RELEASE – January 11, 2011) - As the economy continues to struggle toward recovery, the opportunity presented by franchise ownership continues to grow in appeal for many with an entrepreneurial spirit, according to the franchise experts at FranNet. “Small business ownership isn’t for everyone,” said Jania Bailey, President and COO at FranNet. “But, for the right type of person, in the right circumstances, owning a business can bring financial and personal rewards far exceeding those offered by more traditional job paths.” For individuals interested in exploring the idea of small business ownership, Bailey offers this short “Entrepreneur’s Checklist” to help evaluate their readiness and aptitude for taking on this challenge. Understand your own motives. Make a list of the positive things you expect to gain from small business ownership, and then make a list of the disadvantages of being in business for yourself. About FranNet

Τζίμης Πανούσης:Καμία δουλειά δεν είναι ντροπή εκτός του μπάτσου&του Βουλευτή Συνέντευξη Ο Τζίμης Πανούσης δεν δίνει συχνά συνεντεύξεις. Μίλησε αποκλειστικά στην Παράσταση έχει καιρό να ανεβάσει, να τα πει, αλλά σαν βαλβίδα αποσυμπίεσης χρησιμοποιεί την καθημερινή του εκπομπή «Δούρειος Ήχος» στο Ράδιο 9. Είναι ειρωνικός, περιπαικτικός, αυτοσαρκαστικός. Είναι καυστικός με την οικογένεια Παπανδρέου, «είμαστε η μόνη χώρα με παππού, γιό, εγγονό πρωθυπουργούς» σημειώνει, ενώ χαρακτηρίζει τον Σαμαρά… «χειρότερο από τον Γιωργάκη». Για τον Παπαδήμο στάζει … μέλι («ούφο» τον αποκαλεί) και για την θέση του υπουργού Οικονομικών έχει την απόλυτη πρόταση : «ο Εφραίμ θα ήταν ο καλύτερος»… Eπειδή φαίνεται στο βλέμμα του ότι έχει πολλά να πει, ξεκινάμε χωρίς ερώτηση και στην πορεία βλέπουμε… [σκιτσογραφία: Έφη Ξένου] «Ξεκινώντας, θα ήθελα να πούμε κάτι για το διαδίκτυο επειδή αυτό θα μας φιλοξενήσει. Καμιά δουλειά δεν είναι ντροπή. Εκτός από του μπάτσου κι από του βουλευτή… Υπάρχει και πολύ πειρατεία μέσω διαδικτύου Όχι, είμαι υπέρ της πειρατείας γιατί διαδίδει τη μουσική.

Back to the Basics...How Do You Define Success? - SUCCESS magazine In my previous columns, we've discussed getting "back to basics." If you have been following along, you have upgraded your thoughts, cleared your clutter, gotten organized, and decided what you want and why. In this last column in the Back to Basics series, I want to challenge you to get clear about what success looks like for your life. Write down your answer to this question: How do you define success? Society, in general, tends to equate success with material wealth and possessions. And while those things can be an outward sign of your own career or business success - or that of your family - it reflects only a small piece of the bigger picture that is your life. A successful life should encompass far more than your work or finances, although they are a part of the big picture. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Rather than allowing others to define success for you, take time today to create your own definition. Get great articles like this planted in your inbox every week.

CAUTERISE AND PRINT: GERMANY’S NEWEST PLAN A While Greece burnt, and the Parliament of the Hellenic Republic was insincerely accepting impossible conditions for implementing yet another unworkable fiscal adjustment plan, the buzz in Frankfurt’s financial district was an exciting, fresh German Plan A.[1] For the first time in two years, since the euro Crisis began, Germany’s captains of finance could be seen to have re-discovered a spring in their step. The new optimism stems from a new Plan which is predicated upon a long delayed recognition and two strategic choices: Germany’s belated epiphany is that, without a major redesign of the euro architecture, a number (>1) of eurozone member states are irretrievably insolvent. The detail not yet ‘worked out’ concerns the identity of the countries to be shown the door. The consensus opinion in Frankfurt was that Greece and Portugal are certainties. But let’s take matters one at a time: The epiphany: It is the insolvency, stupid! Cauterisation and the Weimar trauma Will it work? Epilogue

Naive or professional? The naive farmer farms as his parents, grandparents and great grandparents did. She plants, hopes and harvests. Anything that goes well or poorly is the work of the gods. The professional farmer measures. I didn''t use the word amateur, because money isn't the point. Mostly, the professional asks questions... [By the way, it's possible to be naive and happy. I spent the last week working with Western Seed and Juhudi Kilimo, two vibrant companies that are helping small-plot farmers in Kenya (and beyond) dramatically increase their yields, their income and their well-being. Before you can sell a service, a product or an insight to the naive, you need to sell them on being professional.