Should You Join a Competitor’s FaceBook Fan Page?

Yesterday was another fun FaceBook Friday! If you missed the previous FaceBook Friday about ways to attract people to your Fan Page, you can read it here.) This week’s question was aimed at getting a sense of what small and independent business owners consider when decided whether or not to join a competitor’s FaceBook Page.…

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Colorado Cosmetics: Template Letter You Can Edit And Use

As you know, I have been blogging the past few days in my capacity as the leader of IBN about the Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act. Below is the text of a draft template you can use to send a letter to the Colorado legislature voicing your opposition to the Colorado Safe Personal Care…

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Costly Confusion in Colorado: The Bubble Bill

A few days ago, I told you about the Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act, which purports to seek to protect people in Colorado from substances in cosmetics that “cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.” I do not like cancer and I do not want children, born or unborn, to be subject to unnecessary hazards. But…

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Ivette Lost 100 Pounds In 23 Months

This is Ivette. She is a native Puerto Rican who recently relocated to Charlotte via New York City. Ivette is a newly minted certified Zumba instructor, and she wore me out in tonight’s class. She has lost 20 pounds over the course of the past 23 months. Go Ivette! Sent from my iPhone Posted via…

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You Have to Learn to Play Hurt

Earlier this month, I watched part of a CNN’s Black In America 2. In one segment, Soledad O’Brien interviewed Steve Perry, PhD, principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Ct. Born on his mother’s 16th birthday, into a 3rd generation of poverty, Dr. Perry had all odds against him. Today, he is a brilliant…

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Are You Ready For The March Fitness Challenge?

Next Monday, Kimberly Linton will be my guest on Indie Business Radio. You can see from the photo below, Kimberly means business! I recently stepped up my fitness efforts in order to put a healthy body alongside a healthy business. I plan to start Kimberly’s virtual fitness training program on March 1, and you can…

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Oppose the Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act

In November, I shared my views as leader of IBN on the FDA Globalization Act of 2009. This post was followed by a second trip to Washington, DC to meet with Food & Drug Administration (FDA) officials and staffers in the House Energy & Commerce Committee. I have also shared my views on President Obama’s…

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Indie Business Roll Call: Week of 2/15/2010

Part of the reason I didn’t publish last week’s roll call last week is because I am in the midst of re-working my business week to accommodate a new fitness routine. I am determined to find a rhythm that allows me to be as healthy as my business is. If I had not worked out…

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The Snuggle Factor: Boys Are Different

When my children were babies and toddlers, they were so cuddly. Whenever I wanted a hug, I got one. Whenever I wanted a snuggle, I simply started snuggling. It didn’t matter where we were or what was happening, mommy always got the warm fuzzies. Today, my 8-year old daughter still jumps at the chance to…

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My Interview With Lela Barker of From Morocco, With Love

This week, IBN member Lela Barker, owner of Bella Lucce in Columbia, SC, is launching an exciting new non-profit venture. From Morocco, With Love offers wonderful products imported from the beautiful nation of Morocco. I have seen this venture unfold from the time it formed as a seedling in Lela’s mind, so this week’s launch…

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How to Turn Unused Space Into a Video Set (Part Three)

In yesterday’s video post, I announced the exciting arrival of the dry wall. Today, I am happy to report that we found someone to help us place the dry wall. More about that later. For now, I want to share how we have decided to deal with the window on our set. As I mentioned…

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How to Turn Unused Space Into a Video Set (Part Two)

The dry wall is here! Earlier this week, I introduced my husband business partner’s and my new series to teach you how to turn unused space in your garage, basement or office into a video set. If you missed the introductory video, you can watch it here. This video is a short update on the…

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Me and My Best Girl

The only thing my daughter asked me for this morning was to meet her for lunch at school. When I said I wasn’t sure I could make it, her face dropped. So here I am. When she entered the cafeteria and saw me, I got the most amazing hug in the world. This is why…

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How to Turn Unused Space Into a Video Set (Part One)

My husband business partner and I are turning the unused space in the loft above our detached garage into a studio where I can record and share more videos to empower you to make smart decisions in all aspects of your business. We’re kicking things off with a series of videos to help you turn…

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Are You Making Money and Making a Difference?

Money is neither good nor bad. It’s intangible. It doesn’t think. It doesn’t feel. It does nothing on its own. Making money is something the government does. They design it, they print it, they make it. We don’t make money, we earn it. We either earn it honestly or we earn it dishonestly. There are…

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Sunday Soup!

It’s that time again, time for Sunday Soup! If you get two Soups today, please disregard the other one with my apologies. It’s been one of those weekends! You asked some great questions last week and I am here again to answer more. Ask me about social media, leadership, small business success, mompreneurship, family business…

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"Don't Let Anybody Paint You Into A Corner," Says Dr. Paula Newsome

This afternoon, I attended the Annual Pride Entrepreneur Education Program (PEEP) Luncheon. PEEP is a non-profit organization devoted to eliminating socio-economic disparities in the African American community by promoting education, financial literacy, attainment of technical skills and entrepreneurship. This video, produced by my company and presented during the luncheon, features the inspirational story of Dr.…

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Successful Business Leaders Create More Than Profit

Other than tonsillitis and a hernia as a small child, a fractured shoulder a decade ago and the occasional cold or flu, I have been blessed with good health. As a teen, I was a cheerleader and played tennis almost daily. In college, I walked practically everywhere I went. But law school and practicing law…

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Lots Of Learning Going On At IBN's Private Networking Site

For those of you who don’t know, in addition to teaching and speaking about small business leadership and success, I also lead IBN, a trade organization for manufacturers of health, beauty and lifestyle products. Recently, the business building conversations at IBN’s private networking area have increased considerably. If you haven’t visited for a while, today…

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