TGIF Business Networking Hangouts

TGIF Business Networking Hangouts are no longer broadcasting live, but you can still enjoy these replays!

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – The Perfect Close Telesummit with Abbie Joseph-Harrington

The Perfect Close Summit is a free teleseminar event for which Abbie interviewed 21 special guest experts who shared tips and advice for how to close the sale. The umbrella topic for each of these interviews was tips and advice for closing the sale every time. In this TGIF Business Networking Hangout episode, Abbie and I discussed some of those great sales closing tips along with a panel of a sampling of the guest experts that Abbie interviewed.

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TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Storytelling, Hangouts On Air, and Interactive TV w/ Travis Taylor

This episode of TGIF features special guest Travis Taylor, owner of Digividmedia.com, joining us to discuss Storytelling, Hangouts on Air, and the Future of Interactive Television. We had an interesting discussion speculating on how much Hangouts on Air might influence the future of Interactive TV, and how important Storytelling is in any kind of show.

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TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Taking Your Product from Idea to Market #2 with Annie Cholakian

In this TGIF we discusses Annie’s business Silver Moon Bay, why she decided to create designer patient gowns, and how she is marketing them. Topics included:

• How Annie took her designer patient gowns from idea to market.
• Going from Wholesale to Retail sales
• Annie’s experiences with paid advertising campaigns
• Expenses – how much investment it took to have her product brought to market

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TGIF Business Networking Hangout: Taking Your Product from Idea to Market w/Linda Fritz

Hey there Business Bloomers!  This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout features special guest Linda Fritz, owner of Sun Sugar Farms and inventor of CRESBI® Crates, discussing how to get your product from idea to market.     About the Topic: Taking Your Product from Idea to Market We will be discussing Linda’s various businesses, in particular the CRESBI® Crates company, how she came up with the idea to create the crate, and how she is marketing her products. Some of the items we’ll discuss include: • How Linda took her CRESBI® Crates from idea to market. What was the process? What connections did she have to make? How long did it take?  • Competitions entered, that provided bragging rights, press release content, and marketing materials, including the Dream Big America competition, My Cool Inventions Radio Network‘s competition, and the National Urban League Small Business Administration Pitch Competition (NUL-SBA). • Linda’s excellent use of promotional videos on her web site, https://www.cresbicrate.com, how they were produced (some professionally, and some not) and the impact they’ve had.  • Expenses – how much investment it took to have her product brought to market, and how she keeps expenses down (for example hiring high school and college kids to do some of the work). • And more, including questions from the audience!   Linda kindly sent me a CRESBI® Crate to check out before this episode, and I must say I do love it. I now use it when shopping for my fresh organic produce, as I like that I can stack the veggies in them and the leafy greens don’t get bruised or ripped the way they sometimes do from packing and unpacking them inside reusable grocery bags.... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – How to Assess Your Business’s Finance-Ability w/Stephanie Sims

Hey there Business Bloomers!  This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout features special guest Stephanie Sims, small business finance consultant, discussing how to assess your business’s finance-ability.     About the Topic: How to Assess Your Business’s Finance-Ability Stephanie is a former investment banker turned entrepreneur, who has created a way for business owners to measure the value of their business, which she calls its Finance-Ability. Stephanie shares with us how Finance-Ability works and what factors are considered when measuring your business’s Finance-Ability, including: • Identifying and understanding the Abilities you already have that create value within your company, • Expanding your Abilities to add value in areas you might not have anticipated, and • Describing your value (Abilities) to those who will compensate you for it in a way that they will understand, and tells us who some of those people are (for example loan agents and investors).   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 Stephanie Sims +Stephanie Sims writes in her Google+ profile that she is a “Recovering investment banker, champion of business owners, lover of the written word, wife of a Frenchman, mom of three.” Stephanie created the Finance-Ability system of assessing the value of your business, and consults with small business owners on how to present that value to potential funding sources for their business. You can take the Finance-Ability quiz for your business at her web site, http://finance-ability.com/.   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... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Using Podcasts to Turn Your Passion Into Your Business w/ June Stoyer

Hey there Business Bloomers!  This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout features special guest June Stoyer, owner and host of The Organic View Radio Show, discussing using podcasts and turning your passion into your business.   . About the Topic: Using Podcasts to Turn Your Passion Into Your Business June discussed a few different topics with us – there’s a lot of info packed into this one, peeps! Not only do we hear how June got started in the biz of podcasting, how she uses social media to promote her shows, and what technologies she uses to conduct her interviews, we learn a lot about the plight of our pollinators and the threats they face from pesticides, and the resulting frightening impacts to our food supply when our pollinators are gone.    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 June Stoyer +June Stoyer is an environmentalist, educator and activist in the organic movement. She is a Master Composter certified through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and participates in the Master Gardener program at Cornell’s Cooperative Extension. In 2006 June even went to China, invited by Titan International, to introduce some of the modern composting techniques used in her home state of NY, and to help educate the government officials about organic standards. June’s podcasts focus on health, energy and the environment and all have a focus on organics and sustainability. She attracts high profile guests and has high follower counts on her various Twitter profiles for the shows (ranging from 35k to over... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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Meilani’s Blooming Business Club workshop schedule

Meilani's Blooming Business Club - Hangout workshops schedule, woohoo!

Join Meilani's Blooming Business Club and enjoy workshops held via Hangout, follow-up homework assignments to help you put what you learn into practice, and ongoing support in Meilani's Blooming Business Community on Google+!
2015’s Blooming Business Workshops will focus on Audience Building. Monthly workshops are held the first Wed. Here is the 2015 schedule:

Jan. 7, 2015 - Audience Building using Google Circles part 1 - Intro to Circles

Feb. 4, 2015 - Audience Building using Google Circles part 2 - Shared Circles and CircleCount

March 4, 2015 - Mining Events & Using Hashtags to Build Targeted Circles

April 1, 2015 - Introduction to Twitter: How to Say It in 140 Characters

May 6, 2015 - Twitter Part 2 - 3 "R"s: Research, Retweet, Reply

June 3, 2015 - Introduction to Hootsuite - Social Posting Made Easy

July 1, 2015 - Hootsuite Part 2 - Engagement Made Easy: Finding and Following Key Conversations

August 5, 2015 - Introduction to Pinterest

Sept. 2, 2015 - Pinterest Part 2 - Rich Pins, Map Boards, Community Boards, and more

Oct. 7, 2015 - Brilliant Blog Marketing - Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Blog w/2 case studies

Nov. 4, 2015 - Annual Review, Progress Report, and Plan Updates: What Goals Did You Set This Year? What Progress Are You Making On Your Plans? What Do You Want or Need to Change?

Dec. 2, 2015 - Blooming Business Open Brainstorm Blitz - bring your challenges to the table and get great solutions!!