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Three simple and affordable advertising ideas for your small business

Three simple and affordable advertising ideas for your small business

When running a small business, marketing your products and services is an important aspect your must consider and plan for. No matter what industry you play in you will no doubt have competition. Even if you provide a better service or product you still need to stand out so consumers know. Marketing can be a big cost but there are also many affordable alternative to advertise your business.

Here are three simple advertising ideas and suggestions to give you high visility.

Vehicle back windows

A rear car window covererd with a sticker of your business is an affordable option to promote your business. Whenever your car is being driven around your business is being seen. For as little as one hundred and fifty dollars this is a small investment. Depending on how many years your sticker last, the breakdown cost of purchasing you rear window sticker works out to be even less.

Don’t overload the sticker with too much details. Keep the sticker bright and colorful. Avoid a cluttered look with too much details. Keep it simple. Don’t put more than three items of information. Your logo with business name, phone and tagline is all you need.

Car magnets

Large car magnets are another cheap alternative. These magnets are strong enough to withstand high speeds. To repeat – keep the design simple. Order many at a time and hand them out to your friends for their cars. You can purchase four magnets for as little as fifty dollars.

An alternative to magnets is use multiple smaller sized ones. A stack of twenty five magnets can be bought for about thirty dollars. Get people to take notice by scattering you car with these. When people take your magnets you know they’re working.

Outdoor banners

Ask your signwriter to print you a large banner. The cost of a small banner can be as little as one hundred dollars. We’ve even seen banners from as low as six dollars.

Use the small banners effectively by parking at the front of a busy event or location. Hang the banner from the side of your car. Your car and banner can’t be missed.

These are three simple advertising ideas to kick start your marketing on a budget.

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Education Partnerships Award Grants Totaling Over $225,000

Education Partnerships Award Grants Totaling Over $225,000

January 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston, TX January 3, 2012 The National Education Alliance has partnered with corporations nationwide. By partnering with these companies the National Education Alliance is able to provide employees with very beneficial educational grants. By working together with these groups, the National Education Alliance seeks to establish programs that meet the diverse needs of adult learners of all levels. The National Education Alliance works with each corporation to create a custom educational benefit program that best fits the needs of their employees. In 2010 and 2011, the National Education Alliance has awarded 243 grants to employees of corporate partners totaling $226,914.
Numerous corporations and businesses have chosen to take part in the opportunity to provide their employees with the benefits negotiated by the National Education Alliance. By partnering with the National Education Alliance, employees are eligible to receive:
Tuition discounts from prominent universities, colleges, and education service providers.
Grants and scholarships sponsored by the National Education Alliance and its affiliates.
Access to innovative educational programs that meet the needs of working adults.
Opportunity to participate in approved workforce development programs.
This initiative is part of a broader effort to support the career ladder of employees and elevate the employees voice and contribution in their industry. Online distance learning classes will give the flexibility employees need to complete programs while working full-time, allowing them to advance their careers while earning full-time wages.
“The National Education Alliance is a growing network providing robust learning experiences through multiple venues that allows the student to benefit from a multi-faceted learning experience. We are honored to collaborate with corporations that put focus on the future of their employees,” says Shara Wright, President of the National Education Alliance.

About The National Education Alliance
The National Education Alliance is an advocacy group for adult learners that is committed to providing individuals with the opportunity to pursue their education in the most affordable fashion. By collaborating with institutions of higher learning, employers, professional associations and sponsors, the Alliance seeks to establish programs and negotiate discounts on college tuition to meet the diverse needs of adult learners.

Contact:
National Education Alliance
Shara Wright, President
800.230.7565 x1400

www.NationalEducationAlliance.com

Tips For First Time Property Investors

Tips For First Time Property Investors

If you are like many people you may have heard that there is the potential to make a lot of money through property investment. It is possible to do this but if you are a first time property investor there are things that you need to know and to keep in mind so that you dont end up taking a loss your first time out. While there are no guarantees and it is possible for experienced investors to get stung from time to time the following tips can help you minimize your risk and find great properties to invest in.

Be Specific
You need to be specific about the kinds of properties you want to invest in. Do you want to purchase residential or commercial properties? It is important to be specific about the kind of properties you are interested in investing in as it can help you narrow your search and refine the kinds of research that you will be doing on each of the properties you are considering. It can also help you find the right kind of realtor to deal with.

Do your research
You want to make sure you are doing your research before you invest in any properties. The kinds of research you will do will vary depending on whether you are purchasing a residential or commercial property. You need to look at property values and how they have changed recently, which types of properties are the most popular and even what comparable property values are like if you plan to make an offer to purchase.

A good realtor will be able to help you with much of this research. They will have an idea of which properties are likely to appreciate most in value and give you information on zoning, comparables and other data that can help you make the right choice and potentially maximize your profits.

Make sure your finances are in order
Although this may seem obvious, it is a mistake that many people make when they are investing in properties for the first time. They may not realize the importance of having their finances in order before they begin looking. If you have purchased a residential property before but have never purchased a commercial property you may not realize the differences in interest rates and down payments that may exist.

By having your finances in line before you begin looking you will be able to refine your budget and will be in a much better position to make an offer on a property when you find one you like.

Health care in Haiti a battered system is dealt another blow

Health care in Haiti a battered system is dealt another blow

When a powerful earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, many of those injured by collapsed buildings lay in the streets pleading for help. Even for those with open fractures and head injuries, there was little else they could do.

Haiti is not prepared to handle disaster.

By every measure, it’s the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and it has a health care system to match.

There have been improvements in overall life expectancy and infant mortality, and vaccination programs have helped largely eradicate some diseases like polio, but the country remains desperate for affordable health services. What few services existed declined in the last two decades because of political instability.

The country spends less than $85 per person on health care every year, and much of what is actually delivered is done by a patchwork of agencies from around the world.

Haiti has a public health crisis, according to Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders, one of several foreign medical aid groups that operate free emergency health services in the country. MSF’s own clinics are often overwhelmed by people who can’t afford to pay for private care. Public hospitals and clinics are plagued by management problems and shortages of medications, says the organization.

“The reality of what we are seeing is severe traumas, head wounds, crushed limbs, severe problems that cannot be dealt with with the level of medical care we currently have available with no infrastructure really to support it,” said Paul McPhun, operations manager for the group’s Canadian section. The country’s health indicators are grim. The average life expectancy is about 52, and Haiti has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the region.

More than 138,000 children under five die of preventable diseases every year, and women routinely die terrible deaths in childbirth because they live too far away from medical help, in rural areas without services or simply can’t afford to pay for services.

UNICEF says that out of every 100,000 live births, 670 women died of pregnancy-related causes in 2006. That’s five times the Latin American average.

Diarrhea, respiratory infections, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are leading causes of death. There is poor sanitation and increasing malnutrition, brought on by growing poverty.

In rural areas, only 14 per cent of residents have adequate sanitation, and most rural Haitians lack even basic health care services.

Curtain Tracks From Cube Care Support Efficient Health Care Services

Curtain Tracks From Cube Care Support Efficient Health Care Services

When you set out to change the decor of a health care facility, you may not know what it entails. You want products that are affordable yet professional, stylish but appropriate, durable and easy to install. At Cube Care, they know the difficulties involved and have the products you need. From cubicle curtains to curtain tracks, Cube Care has the most innovative products in the industry. Their business centers provide first class solutions that directly meet the needs and budget of modern healthcare facilities.

As a provider of elite interior decorating services to healthcare facilities across North America since 1999, Cube Care’s expertise has helped streamline every process from planning through to the installation of their health care decor products. In a culture of asking “what if” they have been driven to reinvent what they have to offer to their clients, while ensuring the highest calibre of services and top quality at low prices.

Cube Care offers health care facilities products such as bed spreads, cart covers, cubicle curtains, disposable cubicle curtains, health care furniture, IV systems, shower curtains and rods, window treatments and cubicle curtain tracks. The cubicle curtains and tracks are a main product from Cube Care due to their high quality and the variety of tracks available to customers.

Consider Cube Care’s Classic curtain track system, one of the most popular products in Cube Care’s catalogue. This leading system is known for its tangle free carriers, which glide effortlessly through the tracks without any moving parts. Therefore, these stylish curtain tracks not only provide your facility with extended lifetime usage, but also a high standard of performance.

For use in mental health facilities, Cube Care offers their Psychiatric Track. This enhanced safety product is manufactured without the use of any hooks or pins for premium levels of safety in the administration of first-class quality mental health care.

Along with the abundance of tracking systems offered by Cube Care, there are also accessories for the tracks available. If you are in search of items such as an Economy Carrier, Wheel Carrier, Deluxe Spool Carrier, Pop-Out Carrier, Splices, End Caps, Pull Outs, and Tie backs for tracks, Cube Care has your bases covered.

Cube Care has gained their reputable image by creating products that turn stale facilities into state-of-the art health centers of top quality patient care. Speak to one of their experts today and see how much your company has to gain by selecting from their first-class product catalogue. Cube Care’s commitment to customer satisfaction ensures that clients receive the highest quality and most stylish product at an affordable price. For more information about Cube Care products, visit cubecare.

Does Your Small Business Really Need A Server The Answer Is No.

Does Your Small Business Really Need A Server The Answer Is No.

As a network computer technician I’ve come to the choice that I don’t think my small business clients that employ between 2-10 people should even bother with installing what we might consider a regular server nowadays. It is overkill, expensive and a major source of problems if something goes wrong. So what do I recommend instead? I would recommend a file server with local and offline backup. What made me come to this decision? A number of real world issues, actually.

Too many computer consultants come from an environment where they were taught and schooled on how to maintain servers. To me this is the old way of doing things. Unless you are hosting your email in-house there isn’t the need for the old server.

Think about this…what services do you really want to provide that are mission critical for your clients? For my clients the most important need is a way to create and access files that are backed up on a regular basis. I have seen too many small businesses shut down for days on end because they put all of their trust in a old server and a tape backup system. Why are these servers and tapes such a problem?

Think about this for a second. If a piece of hardware fails in your server, chance are that you won’t be able to replace that broken or failing part with something you can buy locally. Often times you have to call the server manufacturer and wait patiently for them to ship you a replacement part, all the while your business is at a stand still.

And tapes for backing up data? Unless you have an enormous amount of data, backing up to multiple hard drives is faster. And these hard drives will be able to access that data in other computer while you get your server fixed.

Another solution I recommend is using a service such as Dropbox to backup files. I don’t completely rely on Dropbox, though. I prefer to have a physical backup of the client’s data at the site of their business and then use Dropbox as a way to get a backup off-site. If anything catastrophic were to happen to the small business, such as a fire of a flood, it is easier to get a computer up and running, re-attach it to Dropbox and the data is back and ready to be used.

Gift your Ears Fashion Jewelry – Clip Earrings

Gift your Ears Fashion Jewelry – Clip Earrings

Earrings have been an essential part of the jewelleries. Women have treasured and used earrings as an important part of their embellishments. It’s been a tradition to pass time-honoured jewelleries from one generation to the other. Sometimes people want to wear such earrings but at the same time have a needle phobia and thus can’t get their ears pierced. This makes you sad and you have to compromise and bury your interest as bearing pain seems to be a long fortune spent for wearing earrings. However, you are not needed to kill your likes anymore by the help of clip on earrings.

Plastic surgeons all over the world suggest that now a day, ear lobe surgery is among the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in the world. Every day they are facing so many patients who have the problem of ear lobe surgery and majority of these are caused by wearing heavy pierced earrings. These earrings cause the hole to stretch and sooner or later tear due to the heavy weight. The heavier and lager is the earring, there are more chances of tearing and more damage caused. Fast and stimulus movement such as turning head quickly can double the chance. Hence we conclude that one should opt for clip earring and be saved from these dreadful experiences.

Doctors all over the world suggest that choosing clip earrings which are non-pinching minimises the level of stress on the ear holes. They keep the lobes looking good and feel healthy. These days you are not even needed to compromise and throw away your favourite pair of pierced earring. With the help of convertors available in the market, it has become so very easy to change your much-loved pair of pierced earring into a clip earring. You simply have to buy one and pluck the back. Try it on an inexpensive set first, later move on to your darling pairs.

Posted by Cherry, you can find more articles about earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and CZ jewelry on her blog: fashion jewelry.

Technology Upgrades That Can Save Your Company Money

Technology Upgrades That Can Save Your Company Money

If you want to save your company money, there are a few changes that you can make to the technology that you currently use. This will make your business run more efficiently and also help you cut down your costs. Here are some of the most common ways in which you can save some money:

1.Use a Unified Communications Service

Business communications is something that has evolved a lot in recent times. With the advent of VoIP technology, many businesses are now using internet telephony in their offices. Complete IP-based communications systems are now available, and can be used to set up an office’s entire communications system with features such as voicemail, multiple extensions, faxing, etc. You can also use common software programs to hold virtual meetings through the internet. The costs of using internet telephony are often much less than traditional communications solutions. Many companies also offer plans which allow unlimited calling nationwide and to certain countries around the world. If you do business on a global scale, this can definitely help you cut down on your communications costs.

2.Cloud Computing

Cloud-based computing solutions are now getting more popular than ever with businesses. They allow you to save costs on your IT infrastructure by reducing the amount of servers that you use, which will in turn reduce your equipment and labor costs. You can have a cloud-based solution installed on servers that are on your premises, or you can also deal with a third-party data center. By running many applications on the cloud, you will help cut down on your maintenance costs, as you will no longer need to upgrade the software on each workstation. There are dozens of cloud-based solutions available for small and medium sized businesses, which you should definitely check out.

3.Remote Troubleshooting and Administration Tools

Remote desktop access is a technology that has been around for quite some time now, but with advances in remote control software, it has experienced a large gain in popularity as of late. One of the biggest IT-related expenses in an organization involves troubleshooting and maintaining numerous pieces of equipment. Remote control tools can make this a lot more simple for you. They allow technicians to remotely log in to any workstation or server, then perform troubleshooting and maintenance tasks as required. So if a certain PC is malfunctioning or you need to deploy software upgrades across all of your company’s computers, making use of remote access tools can speed things up tremendously for you.

Another good thing about remote access programs is that they can be used for purposes other than just troubleshooting. Some of their other uses include remotely retrieving files, as well as running programs on a PC from another device that wouldn’t be compatible with them, like using Windows-based software on an Android tablet. With their low cost and numerous uses, these software tools can help save your company some money.

Healthcare Reform Key Issues Unresolved

Healthcare Reform Key Issues Unresolved

The healthcare reform bill has passed in the US Senate. However both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate bills have yet to address important details affecting patient care. Oversight concerning the determination of medical necessity as well as provider network inclusion issues have greatly affected medical reimbursement and patient access to care. Many insurance companies reimburse medical expenses based upon a determination of medical necessity by the carriers claims department. In the absence of external oversight or regulation, the insurance carrier is free to deny care solely based upon their on private internal review.

Another key issue not addressed is how provider networks create financial barriers to care. Many insurance carriers reimburse medical expenses at lower rates or refuse reimbursements for out-of-network providers. Medical practitioners may also be excluded from insurance company networks for a variety of reasons. Practitioners may be required to limit medical procedures for patients and the number of office visits as a precondition for inclusion in the insurance network. Medical practitioners may also be required to accept lower rates of reimbursement for services provided to patients as another precondition to network inclusion. Some medical networks charge medical practitioners a fee for inclusion in networks.

The patients right to choose their own medical practitioner is not federally guaranteed by law. Additionally, there is no guarantee an insurance company will pay for medical services and patients often have no way to determine what will be paid until after a claim is submitted and a response is generated the insurance companys claims department. The federal government seeks to mandate health insurance coverage for all US citizens yet has not stipulated that insurance companies must reimburse patients for medical expenses nor is there language to address oversight of the determination of medical necessity.

The determination of reimbursements is often based on what is termed as usual and customary. Insurance companies have sole discretion over this aspect of reimbursement for general health insurance policies and may choose to exclude many procedures, office visits, and medical tests whether or not teams of doctors agree that such medical services are vital to the patients survival, recovery, or comfort.

The US House of Representatives and the US Senate have not addressed these details which represent core issues affecting healthcare outcomes for patients. Until these unresolved issues are rectified, it is unclear whether or not US citizens with health insurance coverage will have adequate access to medical care.

Backpacking Europe Alone Tips On Meeting Other Travelers

Backpacking Europe Alone Tips On Meeting Other Travelers

If you’ve decided to go backpacking in Europe alone, you’re probably a little nervous or curious about how you are going to meet other travelers. Backpacking in Europe alone can be a liberating and exciting experience but it can also get lonely if you don’t try to put yourself out there a little bit. When planning your backpacking Europe itinerary, make sure you spend a decent amount of time in each city you visit so you have time to take organized tours and hang out in the hostels you stay in so you can get to know other travelers.
Hostels: The Lone Traveler’s Lifeline
The great thing about backpacking Europe alone is that there are many other travelers doing the same thing and it is easy to meet them at the hostels you stay in. Backpacker’s hostels are a great way to meet other people because there are communal rooms, kitchens, and dorms so you are constantly in contact with other travelers. On the other hand, staying in hotels as a lone traveler can make for a lonely trip because you will always be cooped up in your room alone when you are done with the day’s activities. Staying in a hostel is fun because you can cook with your hostel mates and chat with them in the communal area or dorm.
When backpacking Europe alone, you can meet other travelers by taking part in the tours organized at the hostel. Many hostels in Europe organize free walking tours of the city. These tours are a great chance for you to have fun and interact with the hostel staff and guests. You can also sign up for organized tours arranged by travel agencies in order to meet fellow travelers. In addition, hostels often organize social events such as pub crawls and BBQs. Don’t be afraid to join in!
Backpacking in Europe alone may seem intimidating initially but it really isn’t once you get used to starting conversations with fellow hostel guests. Remember that a lot of the people staying at the hostel are probably in the same boat and feeling just as nervous as you are. The only way you are going to start meeting people and having a memorable trip is by chatting up your fellow hostel-goers.
Make no mistake about it. Backpacking in Europe alone can be just as fun as backpacking with your friends. You’ll meet plenty of people on the road as long as you get up the guts to make conversation with the people you meet along the way. Don’t forget to participate in organized activities. Buying a bottle of wine and starting a little party of your own is another great way to get to know your hostel mates. The moral of this story is: be open to meeting new people and they will be open to meeting you!