Free Business Resources to Grow Your Business!

Free Business Resources to Grow Your Business!

If you are interested in doubling your sales, increasing your bottom line, and being more successfully in business, then attend the following free events with innovative tools to help your business:

Business Resources: Negotiation Secrets for Business Seminar

October 24th  from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. – The City of Hampton Economic Development – 1 Franklin Street, 1st Floor, Hampton, VA

Cost:  Free

Negotiation Skills  will help you negotiate the best deals that can grow your business. Learn techniques to develop your level of confidence so that you can negotiate successfully in any situation.  You will learn how to develop and implement persuasive negotiating techniques that will have your customers buying more products and services.  Learn how to negotiate with suppliers, develop negotiation partnerships and how to gain the most out of any negotiation situation.

Space is limited.  Reserve your seat.  A boxed lunch will be provided for those registered businesses.   Visit and register today.

Business Resources: Winning the Entrepreneurial Race” Business Conference

October 27th from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development – 99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton, VA 23666

Cost:  Free

Attend the FREE, one-of-a-kind business forum, “Winning the Entrepreneurial Race,” at Thomas Nelson Community College on October 27th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Our keynote speaker is Chris Heivly, co-founder of Mapquest.  He will be sharing his knowledge about being a “serial entrepreneur.  You will also learn the following from the leading business experts:

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Space is limited!  Go to  Business Forum for more information and registering for this innovative conference!

Business Resources:  How to Create a Professional Website for Government Contracting

October 30th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., ODU Business Innovation Center, 4111 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508

Cost:  Free

It is another federal budget year and the federal agencies will buy what you have if they know about your company. Are you ready? 

Does your website make it easy for federal procurement agents to get the information to buy from you? Is your website search engine optimized for government buyers to find your products and services? Does your website make it easy for federal clients to order from you? If these points are important to you and your business, we have the workshop that will grow your business!

Our hands-on workshop will show you how to create a professional Government website that will help you grow sales, (Wi-Fi will be provided, so bring laptops). Learn the tools and secrets to quickly build a website that sells your products and services to the government.

Go to to reserve your seat today!

So don’t delay on any of these programs to help your business grow!  Go to the above links and register today!


Want More Traffic and Endless Leads Now? Watch the Free Video Today!

Want More Traffic and Endless Leads Now? Watch the Free Video Today!

If you want to increase traffic to your website, then you are going to love this new free training series from multi-award winning, SEO expert, Matthew Woodward.

Across 4 videos you are going to learn the following:

  • The ranking strategy behind the most competitive niches in SEO so that you can be the leader in your marketplace
  • How to take advantage of the most powerful backlink secret on the planet to drive leads to your website
  • How to apply these all of these traffic-driving techniques to your website

At the end of the video series, you will have the knowledge to increase traffic for any website in any niche.

Watch the first video now:

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This is the strategy that is behind the most competitive niches in the world.

Matthew also shares the proven results of 5 sites in 5 very different niches including 1 in the health niche that gets over 2.3 million
visits from Google per month.

None of that boring ranking graph stuff either, he’ll be logging into Google Analytics together live to show you behind the scenes.

You can take advantage of his free award-winning training today and this, is by far – the best content I have ever seen him produce!

Go to and watch his free training videos today!

Create a Great Business Day!

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Free SEO Webinar to Grow Your Business!

Free SEO Webinar to Grow Your Business!

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Want to learn how SEO can help drive massive traffic and leads to your website?  How much does page-one placement on search engines mean to your bottom line?  Want to double your sales in 30 days?  Then attend this FREE webinar on SEO secrets and grow your business!  Go to

Then attend this FREE webinar on SEO secrets and grow your business! By mastering your SEO, or search engine optimization, skills you will be able to drive massive traffic to your website, get more leads, and double your sales.  Why not invest one hour out of your busy day to learn how search engine optimization can help you grow your business?

Space is limited.  Sign up today!  Go to to reserve your seat today!


Are You Losing Customers with Your Email Address? Three Secrets to Creating Email Addresses That Attract Customers!

Are You Losing Customers with Your Email Address? Three Secrets to Creating Email Addresses That Attract Customers!

email, emails, email address, email addresses, gmailWhen I work with enthusiastic entrepreneurs in my programs, I ask them for their email address to send them additional information. I’d say about 95% of these entrepreneurs give me an email address that ends in or Some of them even have active websites and continue to use these addresses for contact with their customers or potential customers.

You could be losing customers by using,, and similar types of emails. Here are the reasons why:

  • By using these emails, it says to potential customers that they are dealing with someone who is temporary or doesn’t know what they are doing.
  • New customers will not do business with a company that has a Gmail or Yahoo address. Many customers think they are dealing with scammers.
  • These types of email are not branding your business. They are branding Google or Yahoo. I don’t think they need any additional help with their branding.
  • Some government agencies will not do business with companies with these emails. These government agencies feel that the potential companies they are considering working with are not in it for the long-term and could also be untrustworthy.
  • Gmail and Yahoo mail have aggressive spam filters. If you don’t know how to set these filters, you might risk the chance of never receiving customer requests that can lead to new business for your company

Going forward, you need to take action to give your customers and potential customers the most professional image of your company. The following are three steps you can take today to enhance your image and brand, make sure you get emails from potential customers, and increase your bottom line:

  1. Decide on Your Domain Name – The quicker you decide on your domain name, the quicker you can start creating your email addresses. Once you have your domain name, you can start creating emails with your company name, e.g.
  2. Invest in a Hosting Service – A hosting service is the space where you host your website files. It allows your visitors to find you and your information. With any good hosting service, you can work within your Control Panel, or cpanel, to create as many email addresses with your address. Two hosting services I recommend are and They are user friendly, reliable, have an abundance of features, and you can easily create your emails in the cpanel.
  3. Maximize Your Email Experience – Now that you have your domain name and hosting service, maximize your email by setting up your administrative and marketing emails. The basic emails you should have setup are for information requests, for personal connections, for any website related inquiries, and emails for other employees at your company. You should also have emails for your various marketing and sales email campaigns. For example, if you have an email campaign where you are selling shoes, you can have them respond using the email That way you know where your lead came from.

Bonus Tip: Watch your vanity email addresses.  Some vanity do not translate well across the world and can be down right offensive.  They may be cute, but are these worth you losing customers?

Now that you have this information, take the steps to brand your email. Once you do, you will experience more leads and sales for your company. I think you would like that, wouldn’t you?

Is Your Blog Google Mobile Friendly? Five Secrets to Avoiding Google Penalties

Is Your Blog Google Mobile Friendly? Five Secrets to Avoiding Google Penalties

mobile devices, tablets, smartphones, iphone, PC, blogIs your blog or website Google mobile-friendly?  That is the question you will be asking yourself starting April 21st.  That is when Google starts implementing their mobile-friendly update (nicknamed Mobilegeddon) for ranking your blog or website for page placement in their search engine.

I wrote about making your blog mobile-ready back in December.  Why is it important to you to make your blog or website mobile-friendly?  Because Google will boost the ranking of mobile-friendly pages while penalizing non-mobile-friendly websites. This could mean lower page placement in Google, lost blog traffic, lost leads, and lost business.  No one wants that.  The following is an excerpt from a recent Google blog post:

“We’re boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly pages on mobile search results. Now searchers can more easily find high-quality and relevant results where text is readable without tapping or zooming, tap targets are spaced appropriately, and the page avoids unplayable content or horizontal scrolling.

This update:

  • Affects only search rankings on mobile devices
  • Affects search results in all languages globally
  • Applies to individual pages, not entire websites

While the mobile-friendly change is important, we still use a variety of signals to rank search results. The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal — so even if a page with high quality content is not mobile-friendly, it could still rank high if it has great content for the query.”

So how do we take advantage of this Google mobile-friendly update and continue to drive blog traffic to our websites?  The following are three steps you can take today:

  1. Test to see if your blog is mobile-friendly at Mobile Usability report in Webmaster Tools
  2. Test to see if individual pages are mobile-friendly at Mobile-Friendly Test
  3. Use mobile-friendly themes
  4. Use Responsive blog themes
  5. Use a WordPress plugin like WPTouch or Dudamobile

It is important for you to keep your blog on the first pages of Google and other search engines.  Take the action steps mentioned above and you will be ready for Google’s mobile-ready update.


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