Richmond Seminar: Small Business Survival and Growth

The Commonwealth of Virginia and U.S. Small Business Administration hosts “Small Business Survival and Growth in Virginia.” A facilitated discussion for small businesses and business resource providers on Federal and State small business assistance programs. The event is co-sponsored by SBA National Ombudsman Office and Virginia Department of Business Assistance and Virginia Department of Minority […]

Announcing Gems by James

PR News/AIM Custom Media/Richmond, VA – Nov. 2009: James Inge today unveiled “Gems by James” (, a comprehensive online display of custom cut gemstones and original oil paintings. The website, designed and developed by AIM Custom Media (, is a reflection of the skill and passion of gemstone cutter and artist James Inge. Dedicated to […]

SCORE Volunteer: The Foundation

As many of you know, I’m a volunteer for the local Richmond SCORE Chapter and a national blogger for SCORE. Today, I rec’d the info below from the SCORE Foundation. Consider getting involved as a SCORE client (great business resources and advice for entrepreneurs and small biz owners) and/or become a volunteer. It is very […]

Useful Small Business Tools

As the Internet continues to evolve, so does the availability of useful tools for managing your business online as well as the amount of time you spend in front of your computer. Speaking of time, the following is a brief list of tools offered by Google that my company is now using frequently. Slowing but […]

Social Networking Presentation: VCN and St. Michaels JAM

VCN and St Michael’s JAM is proud to present the “Pathway to Success” Boot Camp. This 4 day event is a comprehensive playbook designed to give you step by step instructions and coaching that will move you from transition to dream job, as well as life management tips along the way. Every topic of transition […]

Social Networking – Small Business Marketing Plan

What resources are required for online marketing plans that include social networking? Here’s a brief overview of what you might want to consider: I. Website Considerations For years now, we have promoted the use of blog technology over “static websites” for small business owners. Almost any website design can be developed using blog technology, which […]

Business Tools, Tips and Resources

Every week I visit dozens if not hundreds of websites depending on my current projects. Here’s a few of the better sites I visited this week that offer advice and business tools to help you succeed: Here are two articles I enjoyed reading this week published by Great No-Cost Software: Free is a lovely […]

Business Advice: Success Tips From SCORE and More

As a SCORE blogger, I often read the articles published by fellow bloggers. Julie Brander over at SCORE’s Women’s Success blog posted these success tips, which I enjoyed reading so I’m passing them along with one of my own: 6 Tips for Success Passion: If you don’t love what you do then you need to […]

Overrated Business Opportunities

A fellow business colleague at Richmond SCORE pointed out an interesting article he found on Yahoo’s “Small Business Answers.” Kelly Spors and Kevin Salwen talk about the 7 Most Overrated Businesses. Here’s excerpts of the story with the link to the full article text: The 7 Most Overrated Businesses By Kelly K. Spors and Kevin […]

Virginia Wins: Top States For Business 2009 CNBC

According to an annual study, Virginia squeaked past Texas to win the top state for business. The study measured the states on the criteria states use to sell themselves, weighting those criteria based on how frequently they are cited in state economic development marketing materials. And, this year the states’ sales pitches have changed […]