TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Professional Video Creation Tips for Small Business

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Professional Video Creation Tips for Small Business

Hey there Business Bloomers!  This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout features special guest +Gene Shaw, owner of Heirloom Productions Video Services, discussing Video Creation for Small Business. . . About the Topic: Video Creation Tips for Small Business and Solopreneurs Gene discusses the importance of strategy planning when it comes to creating videos for your business. This excerpt from Gene’s web site summarizes it nicely: “With current technology, the fact is anybody can make a video. But having a video that is not well thought out, well produced, and aimed at identifiable and specific business goals can be worse than having no video at all. Heirloom Productions partners with each of our clients to help them identify their specific goals and create a media production to meet those goals while working with the available budget.”   Gene also tells us a little about his business, which has two sides to it: 1. capturing and preserving family histories by creating video memory archives and video diaries, and 2. creating well thought out, professional promotional videos for small businesses   Do You Like This Topic? Add Your Voice to the Discussion! Click here to go to the event listing over on Google+, where you can post your questions and comments!  . About Special Guest Gene Shaw Gene Shaw  is a fellow Coachella Valley local who started his video services business in 2005. I met Gene at a networking event where he was presenting, and I was impressed by two things that made me want him to be a guest on TGIF: 1 – he gave a great presentation about creating professional videos, filled with actual useful tips and info, and 2...
TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Collaborations and Team Building w/Jim Ault and Jessica Dewell

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Collaborations and Team Building w/Jim Ault and Jessica Dewell

Hey there Business Bloomers!  This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout features two very special guests, +Jim Ault and +Jessica Dewell, discussing Collaboration and Team Building. . . About the Topic: Collaboration and Team Building There are lots of great benefits to collaboration! Each team member brings valuable skills, resources and experience to the project, benefitting the project and the team members who learn from each other as well. The result is a nice library of resources and skill sets that the project members can call on to make their project great! Jim and Jessica share with us their stories about collaborative projects they are working on and how they’ve helped to build a great team for their project.   Do You Like This Topic? Add Your Voice to the Discussion! Click here to go to the event listing over on Google+, where you can post your questions and comments!  . About Special Guests Jim Ault and Jessica Dewell Jim Ault is a master collaborator who reminds me a little bit of the Pied Piper. He has become a valuable team member on many interesting projects with people he’s connected with on Google+. Jim’s business is helping Hangout Hosts to use their rich library of HOA video footage to create great marketing promos for their business. Jessica Dewell has partnered with an awesome team of mighty women to bring us the Women In Business Today weekly Hangout. It’s a great Hangout and it is where I first got exposed and then connected to some very awesome ladies here on the Plus, which just goes to show you that Hangouts on Air really do...
TGIF Business Networking Hangout: Business Women’s Empowerment Groups – Can They Become a Crutch?

TGIF Business Networking Hangout: Business Women’s Empowerment Groups – Can They Become a Crutch?

Hey there Business Bloomers!  This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout features a great panel of special guests discussing the topic Business Women’s Empowerment Groups – Can They Become A Crutch? . . About the Topic: Business Women’s Empowerment Groups – Can They Become A Crutch? My experiences in looking for a good empowered business women’s group gave birth to this subject. I joined a few business women’s empowerment groups, thinking“awesome, there will be some great tips, advice, and links to tools and info I can use to help me as a businesswoman!”  To me, empowered and empowering business women meant business women sharing information, tools and practical resources that would help other women to improve their business practices. Instead, I was disappointed to find that all too many of the posts in these empowerment groups were rah-rah memes, such as “Give yourself permission to fly and you will find your wings.” Huh? Where were the resources and posts with real substance? Where were the WP lessons and spreadsheet how-to posts?  . About the Guest Panel This episode features a great panel discussion, where we heard from: +Dr. Simone Ravicz, brain psychologist turned business coach who helps her clients change their neural pathways and thinking habits, identifying negative thinking habits and replacing them with positive thoughts.  +Lisa Voncino is a social media consultant with a business development and marketing background who helps her clients create and maintain online visibility using a variety of social media platforms.  +Kittie Walker is a business consultant, strategist and trainer who helps small businesses take advantage of the digital world.  +Meloney Hall is a business consultant and trainer who helps businesses...
TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Turning Your Art Into Your Business w/Michelle Hedgecock

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Turning Your Art Into Your Business w/Michelle Hedgecock

Hey there Business Bloomers!  This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout features special guest and extraordinary artist Michelle Hedgecock, discussing the topic Turning Your Art into Your Business. . . About the Topic: Turning Your Art Into Your Business Some of the things we’ll be discussing are: What are some of the ways that Michelle is monetizing her artistic passions? What avenues is Michelle using to promote her art? How is Michelle using Social Media to build interest in and promote her art and her workshops?  Watch this TGIF and learn about promoting and monetizing your art. . About the Guest, Michelle Hedgecock               Michelle is an “artist, nature groupie, and creativity junkie.” Coachella Valley locals also fondly know her as The Nature Muse. She has studied anthropology and botany, and has been involved in local desert environmental education programs. Nature is her inspiration and guide as she leads people in creativity workshops, which range from guided photo hikes and moonlit poetry pow-wows to her current endeavors as a SoulCollage® Facilitator. What is SoulCollage®? We’ll let Michelle answer that during the show!   About the Host, Meilani MacDonald Meilani MacDonald is a brand identity and outreach strategy consultant who created the TGIF Business Networking Hangout as a way to do business networking beyond the local borders of Palm Springs, CA and the greater Coachella Valley. When Hangouts on Air became available, TGIF also became a great forum for providing information valuable to small business owners and solopreneurs via live streaming video. Meilani also runs Meilani’s Blooming Business Club, a forum through which she brings monthly workshops, lessons, videos, stock photos and more to club members, at a price that’s right for...
TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Take a Tour of Facebook Groups and Google Communities

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Take a Tour of Facebook Groups and Google Communities

Hey there Business Bloomers!  This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout takes you on a tour of Facebook Groups and Google Communities. We’ll take a look at them from the perspective of members, and then we’ll take a look at them from behind the scenes, as admins and owners see them. . About the Topic: A Tour of Facebook Groups and Google Communities Some of the things we’ll be discussing are: What are some of the nifty features inside the Community/Group? What do you use your Group or Community for as a member? Why might you create a Group or Community as an owner? Watch this TGIF and learn about Facebook Groups and Google+ Communities, and hear about the benefits of joining or owning one.   About the Host, Meilani MacDonald Meilani MacDonald is a brand identity and outreach strategy consultant who created the TGIF Business Networking Hangout as a way to do business networking beyond the local borders of Palm Springs, CA and the greater Coachella Valley. When Hangouts on Air became available, TGIF also became a great forum for providing information valuable to small business owners and solopreneurs via live streaming video. Meilani also runs Meilani’s Blooming Business Club, a forum through which she brings monthly workshops, lessons, videos, stock photos and more to club members, at a price that’s right for savvy solopreneurs and small business owners on a budget! Meilani specializes in teaching club members how to market their business online and build brand identity using social media on purpose, with purpose. Club members also learn how to use Google’s powerful and free suite of tools to do business more efficiently and effectively, from in-house collaboration and organization using Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets, and Forms, to public outreach and...
TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners and Solopreneurs

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners and Solopreneurs

Hey there Business Bloomers!  This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout is all about retirement planning for small business owners and solopreneurs.  . About the Topic: Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners and Solopreneurs When it comes to retirement planning, full time employees often have retirement planning built in to their job benefits.  But small business owners and solopreneurs don’t have the convenience of a built in retirement plan. However they do have some considerations that regular employees don’t need to worry about. For example, what happens to the business when an owner is ready to retire?   About the Guest, Ray Russo . Joining me will be special guest +Ray Russo, Owner of Virtuoso Capital Management. I met Ray at a Coachella Valley local business networking group that we both belong to, the Desert Networking Professionals (DNP). Ray had seen previous episodes of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout, and asked “what do I have to do to be on your TGIF show?”  When I told him he had to create a Google+ account, fill out his profile, promote the episode, and leave comments under the event listing, he said “done.”  So now Ray is my guest, and we get to learn about retirement planning for small business owners and solopreneurs, woohoo!   Join us! Watch the broadcast live on Friday, May 2nd at 4pm pst, or if you’d like to participate by joining us INSIDE the Hangout, or by submitting questions, then go to the TGIF Google+ Event listing, where you can add your voice to the mix by leaving comments and questions, or using the built in Q&A app...