November 2017 Marketing Infographic

Are you ready for holiday marketing?  If not, it’s time to get into gear.

Tomorrow I’ll be at SCORE Omaha teaching

Ready, Set, GO!!  Social Media Marketing for the Holidays

How to get the most out of your holiday marketing.

9:30a SCORE Omaha Office

You have to show up to go up.

Here’s an infographic to get started with your holiday marketing.

For a downloadable copy click on the infographic, cheers

I May Have Crumbs, but…..

I May Have Crumbs, but…..

As I look out over the floor I realize there are crumbs and other types of things that just “shouldn’t be there.”  Then comes the ultimate question to yourself “should I offer to sweep their floor?”  Why don’t they clean their floors better?  It’s easy for us to take our vision for granted and miss something more important along the way.

I have had the pleasure of working with some of the smartest, most compassionate members of society in Nebraska and Iowa.  One of those smart and compassionate people started Vision Support Group.  This is not like any other group.  This group’s members consist of people who’ve had a traumatic event in their life adversely affecting their vision.  This brings us to crumbs on the floor.

As I spend time with visually impaired people (I didn’t know they were visually impaired because there are no noticeable injuries, injuries with residual effects) I realize they don’t see what I see.  In fact they may be missing vision from certain parts of their field of vision.  When I realized the crumbs on the floor are there because visually impaired people don’t see them, I realized I need to stop judging and learn as much as I can about their visual impairment so I can assist them.

If you see me sitting with someone in a restaurant and hear me reading the menu to them, it’s probably because they are visually impaired and cannot read the menu themselves.  Crumbs on the floor aren’t so bad anymore.



Getting Started with Email Marketing Starts in Just a Few Minutes

Today I am showing you how to get started with email marketing that will help you grow your business.  Click on the Grow Your Business logo below to register.

This is about making your life easier.  I’ll show you a simple way to get started with email marketing.  If you don’t already have Constant Contact you can take advantage of the special of $5/month for the first 3 Months, or if you’re not ready to get started you can get a FREE 60Day Practice Account.  Just click on Sign Up in the upper right corner.

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Microsoft + LinkedIn: Beginning our Journey Together

Microsoft and LinkedIn Team Up

Below is the start of an article I found about the Microsoft/LinkedIn purchase. This could prove to be interesting.


Today is an exciting day, one I’ve been looking forward to since June. It marks the close of the agreement for Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn and the beginning of our journey to bring together the world’s leading professional cloud and the world’s leading professional network.

As our two companies’ leadership teams have spent time together these last few months, I’ve gained a deeper understanding of and appreciation for LinkedIn’s relentless focus on its members.

Today I am even more enthusiastic about the common mission and sense of purpose we share, the similarities in our cultures, and the added value we can create for LinkedIn members, to help professionals transform how they work, realize new career opportunities and connect in new ways.

Click here to read the rest of the story……

The Supermen in Our Lives

Every once in a while we run into someone who we feel is a superman.  It is that one person who looks and feels like he is:

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. The infant of Krypton is now the Man of Steel: Superman!

One such person is behind the blinds in this REAP (Rural Enterprise Assistance Project) office, Mr. Juan Sandoval.

Juan Sandoval in the Schuyler REAP office

Juan is the REAP Latino Business Center Director.  He received the 2016 Outstanding Service Award from the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force.

I have personally worked with Juan and he rightfully won this award.  Juan always puts his clients first and is constantly and consistently doing for others.  I’ve watched as the people who he’s helped come to my presentations.  They are always happy to see him and grateful to be working with him.  The official write up is below.

Are You 50+ and Not Happy with Your Job?

Are you 50+ and not happy with your job, or are looking to become self sufficient, or have a second income?  There are a lot of 50+ people in the same boat as you and they’re ready to make a change.  Maybe it’s not that you are unhappy with your job, but maybe you’ve lost your job, or are having a hard time finding work and you aren’t sure what the future holds for you.  In the meantime you’ve thought about starting your own business. How would you like to hold the future in your own hands by working for yourself?  Many 50+ people are doing just that and becoming very successful and we’ll show YOU how.

With a little bit of information and the help from free resources, it is possible to start your own business.  You’re not the only one thinking about it.  You’ll meet some of them during this presentation because lots of people are stepping out and starting their own business.  It may not be as hard as you think, especially when given the tools and access to the knowledge you need to get started.

This Wednesday, December 14th at 1:00pm Mike Bitter of GROW Nebraska will be presenting AARP Foundation’s FREE Work for Yourself@50+℠ at Omaha’s Do Space on the SW corner of 72nd and Dodge.  Don’t delay your future.  Register today at 1-888-339-5617.

Work for Yourself@50+ is a new initiative launched by AARP Foundation, with support from The Hartford. The program helps low- and moderate-income older adults explore opportunities to work for themselves and take the right steps toward successful self-employment.

For generations, creating and owning a business has been a path to financial success and economic mobility. In low- and moderate-income families, self-employment and business ownership can help build economic security.

If you think you’re too old to start your own business, think again! About 26 percent of all recent startups were formed by people between the ages of 55 and 65. That’s up from 15 percent in 1996.

Register at 1-888-339-5617

 Work for Yourself@50+ looks at self-employment paths in contracting, freelancing, microbusiness and social enterprise, and helps people identify their own marketable traits, talents and skills. It also offers useful financial advice — regardless of participants’ specific financial situation.

The decision to start your own business can be both exciting and daunting. Work for Yourself@50+ breaks the choices down and gives you the information you need to succeed.

Mike has been working with business entrepreneurs for over 8 years and knows what it takes to get started and be successful.  He will be offering his tips and tricks along with an outstanding program offered by the AARP Foundation with support from The Hartford.  We will have special guest Roy Norden from Performance Group Inc., a 50+ entrepreneur.  Roy will offer information because he’s been there/done that.

Don’t miss this compelling, insightful program for anyone who’s looking for a change in their life, a jump start, or just to have a second income.  Best part is it’s free, but you have to Register at 1-888-339-5617.