Is Ultimate Cycler Your Key to the Money Machine?

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ECommerce Ready; is Your Business Ready for the Internet?

According to eMarketer, eCommerce sales were over $1 trillion in 2012 for the first time in history. Sales grew over 21% this past year and are expected to grow another 18% in 2013. More businesses are selling their products and services online than ever before. Even with the rapid growth of internet businesses, is every business fit to sell online? And if so, when is the right time to transition from selling solely through traditional physical locations to taking a business online?

In 2001, I became very interested in the world of eCommerce. I took college courses specializing in eCommerce, started an online business, and joined DECA – a marketing based organization that has clubs and chapters in high schools along with regional, state-wide, and national competitions. My partner and I won the regional competition and placed in the state-wide competition for the state of Michigan. I later used what I learned from my experience in the industry to launch a successful sports memorabilia website.

The world of eCommerce has changed and grown a lot in the past decade. Technology has made it easier to start or expand a business using the internet, but that doesn’t guarantee success. In a short interview with eCommerce specialist and investor Luis Souto, I asked him how to know if a business is ready to go the eCommerce route and start selling on the internet. Souto has spent the last 10+ years as an entrepreneur and developer in the eCommerce field, and is currently operating ecommerce-investments.com. Based on his recommendations, below are the three keys to knowing if your business is ready to expand to the internet.

How to know if your business is ready to expand to internet

– You Feel Ready

Sometimes a strong gut feeling is enough. If you feel ready to expand your business, then do it. Just make sure that you are preparing yourself to do so and this is not an impulse decision that you will quickly regret.

– Committed

Souto stated; “It is very important that the entrepreneur really wants to expand the business online, is willing to work hard, and is truly committed to the business.” Although there are experts who can help with online ventures, the owner of the business will still be responsible for maintaining and growing the business, and must stay committed and focused.

– Consult with an eCommerce Specialist/Consultant

Taking an already existing business online with no eCommerce experience can be a bad idea without the right help. Make sure to consult with professionals who have experience and have had success owning and operation an online business.

Summary

As a business owner, you have to know when it is time to take your business online. There is plenty of support, experts, and consultants to help you along the way, but only you can decide if you and your business is ready.

Sources

eMarketer

eCommerce-Investments.com

 

Going Above and Beyond; Staten Island Based Agency Making an Impact

Small business marketing has changed drastically over the past decade due to improvements in technology and changes in the way consumers digest marketing messages. Many small businesses are struggling to keep up with these changes while focusing on the core aspects of their everyday operations. Often, these businesses reach out to a specialized group or agency to assist them in their efforts to help grow their business without having to hire additional staff or mastering new techniques. Through this need in the marketplace, Beyond Limits Group, Inc. has created a name for itself while making an impact in the local business community.

Beyond Limits Group, Inc is an innovative digital marketing and advertising agency based out of Staten Island in New York City. The company, founded in May of 2012, is the first full service digital marketing and advertising agency in Staten Island. Their physical location is 1880 Hylan Blvd., New York, NY 10305, but their online home is moving to a new and better location.

Beyond Limits Group is launching a new website to better serve their growing base of small business clients. www.blgnyc.com is the new online home of the agency and is scheduled to launch by April 12th.

In an effort to support local entrepreneurs and small businesses, the group is hosting an Online & Digital Marketing Event on October 2nd at The Hilton Garden on South Avenue in New York. The event focuses on how to grow your business through utilizing new marketing techniques and effectively using the latest trends of online and digital marketing. Speakers include representatives from the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, Constant Contact, BLG, and others. Other activities include a fundraiser to benefit a small business affected by Hurricane Sandy, giveaways, networking opportunities, dinner, and more. Limited tickets are available, RSVP through Eventbrite here.

Whether you are launching a new and exciting business, or looking to increase the reach of your current one, online marketing and advertising is vital to your businesses success. Beyond Limits Group has the staff and experience to assist your company with all of your marketing needs and can expand your client base and assist you in building and effectively communicating your brand.

List Building? A Frenzy is Developing with List Frenzy

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For businesses, having strong leads and a large subscriber base will determine if they will fail or succeed.  What are you doing to take your business to the next level?

List Frenzy is launching Friday, April 5th at 11 EDT.  This course is your guide to marketing success through building a real list of subscribers that will translate into actual dollars and cents.  You will learn step by step how to build a responsive list, how to profit from subscribers the moment they sign up, what not to do, and how to build a “relationship” with your subscribers.

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Not ‘If’ but ‘When’: Interview with BANGS Shoes’ Hannah Davis

Read the full article here: Not ‘If’ but ‘When’: Interview with BANGS Shoes’ Hannah Davis 

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There is something extremely exciting and encouraging about the development and explosion of young entrepreneurs making a difference and impacting the world through their businesses. Hannah Davis, founder of BANGS shoes is a strong example of a passionate young entrepreneur who is making a difference while doing something she loves.

 

Hannah’s journey to turn BANGS from an idea into a reality is one that would have left a weaker person far behind. Her passion and perseverance would not allow her to fail or even to consider giving up. Even through what seemed to be an endless battle of finding a manufacturer and gaining the resources to produce her product, Hannah knew that it was not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when,’ as she explains in the following interview.

General Business Information
Company: BANGS Shoes
Founder: Hannah Davis
Date Founded: June 2010
City/State: Charleston, SC
Current Employees: 1 person on BANGS payroll
Website: http://www.bangsshoes.com/

Read the full article here: Not ‘If’ but ‘When’: Interview with BANGS Shoes’ Hannah Davis 

The Barefoot Spirit is a Strong One; Interview with Michael Houlihan

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Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are two of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of talking with, and they just so happen to be incredibly successful and world renowned entrepreneurs. Michael and Bonnie founded and grew the Barefoot Wine brand, which is now the #1 wine brand in the US and one of the best selling and most recognizable wine brands in the world. Did the dynamic duo start their highly successful wine brand because they had millions to invest and an abundance of knowledge and experience in the industry? Not exactly.

Michael and Bonnie started the brand in their laundry room in 1985 with practically no money and no experience. Their journey is an entrepreneurial success story that reminds us that the American dream is still alive and well.

I was invited into their beautiful California home via Skype not long after I had the privilege to hear Michael give a keynote address at the 2013 USASBE National Conference in San Francisco. Although I was not able to meet Michael at the conference, I took his business card off of the dinner table and tossed it into my briefcase. It wouldn’t hurt just to reach out to him right? Much to my surprise, this successful entrepreneur immediately responded and after one email he was asking what time would work for me to meet!

There is a lot that young entrepreneurs can learn from this founding couple and their struggles and success. The following is an interview I conducted with Michael Houlihan about his entrepreneurial journey, his upcoming book, tips and advice for young entrepreneurs, and more.

Michael Luchies: Did you have any entrepreneurial endeavors before Barefoot Cellars?

Michael Houlihan: Yes

Bonnie had a company called “In Care Of” [c/o] where she paid bills for people who had the money, but not the time. She also had an office management consulting practice where she did everything for small businesses from office organization and collections, to oversight of outsourced vendors.

I had several businesses including the first men and women’s hair cutting shop [Great Lengths], a stainless steel storage tank rental business, and a small business consulting company focused on relations with government entities.

ML: Wow! I guess it is safe to say that Barefoot Cellars was not your first rodeo. What failures have you faced as an entrepreneur and how did you recover and learn from these failures?

MH: When we started Barefoot Cellars, we thought that if we had gold medal winning wine at an unbelievable price, it would sell itself so we expanded out of California into Washington and Hawaii, but we soon found out that we had to physically be in every store to keep the product in stock. We thought the distributor and the retailer would take care of it.

On the contrary, they were not familiar with the brand and it didn’t have a selling history in their store, so they let it run out and get replaced with a competitor’s product. It cost us more than what we were making to make periodic trips to Washington and Hawaii just to get the reorders and to basically do what we thought was the distributors’ and the retailers’ job. We pulled out of Washington and Hawaii for 2 years and didn’t go back until we could afford to hire a representative of each one of those territories. We learned that we needed to have representatives in every market to maintain constant vigilance over our products at retail so that they stayed in the stores long enough to establish a track record of sales.

ML: You were able to create an incredibly successful business with your wife. What advice would you have for someone considering going into business with a family member or loved one?

MH: Respect the other party for their skill set. Do not try to micromanage them. Realize that their opinions, which may be contrary to yours, are in your own and your companies’ best interest. Have a separate place where you conduct business, even if it’s a laundry room, garage, or small in home office. It’s best to work in separate spaces. Don’t talk business in the bedroom. Plan several non-business related vacations every year in advance and buy the tickets in January.

ML: Thank you for that, really good advice. If there is one thing you could change about your entrepreneurial journey, what would it be?

MH: We should have gotten started much sooner, like when we were in school. Just conducting business is such an education. The sooner that you get the hard knocks over with, the better. Unfortunately, they weren’t teaching entrepreneurship when we were in school.

ML: Your book is titled “The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand.” Explain how heart and hustle are important for an entrepreneur:

MH: Heart is several things. First and foremost, it’s the belief that you have in your success. That belief is the foundation of the tenacity that is required to keep on going, even though you take some hits. Heart is also the way you treat people. By putting yourself in the other guys shoes whether they are employees, creditors, vendors, or customers, your empathy with their needs and concerns is transmitted through your products and service. Lastly, Heart is the causes you hold dear as an individual and how you use your business to forward those causes through public statements, corporate behavior, and the support for non profits.

Hustle is all about how fast you move to take advantage of opportunities, dodge adversity, and solve challenges. When you are an entrepreneur, you have to look for, and surround yourself with other team members who have hustle. They are determined, directed, and light on their feet. You and your companies’ ability to make quick changes and adjustments is the key to survival in the first few years.

Read the full article here

Cashing in on Night Life; Interview with Duncan Abdelnour of Branded Lights

Original article by Michael Luchies published here on Yahoo! Voices

Using one of your passions to start a business is nothing new, but using creativity and recognizing an opportunity through your passion can turn into a recipe for success. If you are passionate about food – buying the rights to build several franchise locations may seem like a safe bet and a way to make a solid living. Although this is a great option for many, it doesn’t necessarily allow an entrepreneur to expand upon their creativity and use their passion to create a dominant advantage over what is currently offered in the marketplace.

Young entrepreneur Duncan Abdelnour is no stranger to the night life and enjoys a good time. As a young entrepreneur, he has a mindset where he is always looking for the next big thing. As he explains in the interview, a night at an electronic music concert turned into the idea for his now growing business.

Duncan was a recent competitor in the Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference (SEEC) Elevator Pitch Competition at the University of Tampa. The event is a regional conference of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO), which hosts the National Elevator Pitch Competition each fall.

Duncan may not have won the competition, but it is clear that he is headed on the right track as a young entrepreneur. The following is an interview with him about his past as an entrepreneur, his business Branded Lights, and what is next for him and the business.

 

General Business Information
Name:
 Branded Lights
Founders: Duncan Abdelnour, Aaron Musicaro, Matthew Castriotta
Founded: October 2012
Funding to Date: $1000 – Personal Seed Money, Bootstrapped everything else
Description of business: A Leading Night Life Promotional Products Supplier, importer of items from LED Foam Sticks, to giant LED Inflatables with a Company’s, DJ’s, Night Club‘s, Sponsor’s logo.
Website: BrandedLights.com

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Michael Luchies: What was your first experience in entrepreneurship?

Duncan Abdelnour: Founded Paint and Air Sports, when I was 14. Started by buying and selling paintball guns online, obtained wholesale and distributor accounts and started a online store.

ML: How did you get the idea for Branded Lights?

DA: I was at an electronic music concert, and noticed everyone fighting over these really cool LED Foam Light sticks, and wondered why no one was branding them with the venues, sponsors, or DJ’s logos.

ML: What struggles with the business have you had to overcome?

DA: Working with overseas suppliers, and their various mishaps such as faulty products, not getting orders shipped on time, and of course Chinese New Year, which is putting all of our production on hold for the next 3 weeks.

ML: How do you balance being an entrepreneur and a student at the same time?

DA: I schedule my classes so that I have plenty of time during the day to make calls, do emails, deal with clients etc. I started learning how to do this in high school when I would sneak off to the library to hop on the computer and do research all day on whatever venture I had at the time.

ML: What has been your best experience as an entrepreneur?

DA: Anytime you see your efforts effecting and benefiting thousands of people in a better way. When I was 18, I put on a sold out concert with the artist Sammy Adams, 850 screaming kids, and I was able to DJ for him on stage. After the show there were girls lining up to take pictures with me, which was pretty cool. Aside from the experience, we made about $16,000 that night, which was nice to.

ML: How many failures did you experience before Branded Lights? Did you ever want to give up on being an entrepreneur?

DA: One time I lost $30,000 on a concert deal gone wrong, and I definitely learned the hard way that the most important part of business is the people you do business with. There have been a few times I’ve definitely wanted to give up and just be a regular kid, but then I think about spending the rest of my life working in a cubicle and immediately change my mind.

ML: What advice do you have for young aspiring or current entrepreneurs?

DA: Find an Idea that can actually make money. I see it all the time – people pitching great ideas but they have no idea how to actually monetize them. You need to have a crystal clear picture of who your customers will be, how much are they going to pay you for your product or service, and how much its going to cost you to produce it.

Also, don’t spend all your time looking for funding. Get creative and build a business with your own capital, the only thing worse then loosing your own money, is loosing someone else’s.

ML: What is next for Branded Lights?

DA: We will be spending the majority of our Spring and Summer on the road vending at music festivals across the country such as Ultra in Miami, Electric Daisy Carnival, and a few others. We are also expanding our product line every week, offering more and more products to reach a broader customer base.

It is clear that Duncan and his partners are succeeding because of a great idea coupled with their passion for the industry that they are involved in. Thanks to Branded Lights and Duncan for the interview and good luck in the future.

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