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Leadership Roles

Wonder sometimes what it means to be a leader?  And how do you recognize leadership opportunities?  And how to you know which opportunities will help to grow you and your business, or which ones will stretch you too thin and be a distraction?  Tonight’s #sbbuzz chat we will be discussing the different types of leadership opportunities that are available within our business, our community, our industry and our network.  And how to know which opportunities are worth pursuing.

Please join us tonight from 8:00 – 9:00 PM EST to learn more about opportunities to lead the business charge.

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Summary from September 8, 2009: Small Biz, Saving Time

We all need advice on saving what precious little time and energy we have running a small business.  This week our community talked a little about their experiences saving time, shared some advice and techniques to help each other.

Left with questions about time management?  Leave a comment or join us next week September 15, 2009 for the next @sbbuzz chat.

Here’s how it all works:

  • Sbbuzz-ups are every Tuesday, next up is September 15th, 2009 from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Eastern Time. Join us – We’re here to facilitate the conversation between small business owners.
  • Know small businesses that need help? Let them know when this chat happens, help them get started on Twitter and let’s talk!
  • Instructions for participating are at http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions
sbbuzz: Welcome to #sbbuzz, a Tweetchat for next 2 hours of small biz talking about technology. Join us!http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions
sbbuzz: Rules: 1)NO pitching till end 2)Be nice 3)Stay ON TOPIC! 4)Send ?s for group to me w/o hashtag 5)Use #sbbuzz in all messages 6)Have fun!
sbbuzz: To start off we have introductions: 1 message about you and your business and whatever else we need to know. #sbbuzz
designleap: Design Leap provides print & web, one-on-one design for small business owners and start-ups. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Scott Blitstein, owner of eSeMBe, technology go-to guy, blogger, music lover and good egg. #sbbuzz
mriggen: Hi I’m Michelle with BatchBlue Software. We make software for small businesses. #sbbuzz
pmohara: Hi #sbbuzz friends. Pamela here from @batchblue and lady behind the @sbbuzz bee for the evening.
MichaelColemire: Hi, I am Michael with Prestige Designs. We specialize in screen printed apparel. #sbbuzz
Timberry: Hi, Tim here, Palo Alto Software, I’ll be in and out because of timing … #sbbuzz
deneki: Hi everybody. I’m Andrew and I run fly fishing lodges. Happy to be back! #sbbuzz
spkrinteractive: Robert Swanwick from Speaker Interactive and twebevent where its free to mash video with Twitter Chat #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Hi, brad here chiming in from my new iPod touch #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Tonight we are talking time management techniques. Q1: as a small business owner, where do you think you “lose” most of your time? #sbbuzz
jonedm: Hi all, I’m David, we make and sell the KitBook for the K-12 market. #sbbuzz
totalitnow: Hi all, Brian Hindman here from total IT. We provide IT services for small business #sbbuzz #sbbuzz
spkrinteractive: This chat and 62 others are listed on the Twitter Chat Schedule: http://bit.ly/oXBBu #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: I lose time when I don’t schedule my day to a T #sbbuzz
designleap: A1 Responding to email and keeping up with social media status updates #sbbuzz
deneki: Q1: Interruptions of all kinds making me too reactive re: how my time is spent. #sbbuzz
pmohara: #sbbuzz Q1: I think most of my time is lost in e-mail. I wish I spent more time in blogs and Twittter. I know I miss a lot.
jonedm: I agree with @bradfordshimp. Without a schedule, shiny things and interruptions kill productivity. #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: #sbbuzz Q1 hard to say, “losing” time is so subjective. I’d say we spend a lot of time reading blogs though and responding to emails
bradfordshimp: Also, unscheduled meetings #sbbuzz
spkrinteractive: A1: “lose time” when not goal oriented. Spend time on tasks that do not have good return on investment #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz Q1: Definitely email. I know there must be better ways to manage it, but it’s kind of an endless stream. #sbbuzz
spkrinteractive: @bradfordshimp Can’t you say no to an unscheduled meeting if it is not a productive use of time? #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q1: Tough question, perhaps too much time spent to complete tasks of low importance. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q1: … and scheduling. I spend far too much time arranging meetings, briefings, service calls, etc.. #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q1 I’ve been concerned with what Fred Graham called maker time vs. manager time … different jobs & needs. http://bit.ly/FMkZE #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: #sbbuzz its all matter of ROI I think. Nothing is ever lost of there is a long or short term return for the time invested
bradfordshimp: @spkrinteractive sometimes you can. Some meetings have no clear agenda and are time Easters #sbbuzz
merylevans: Q1 I check email too often. It may be because I spent all these years not getting phone calls, so it’s like I want to hear from ppl. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: Q1 – my biggest time-waster is uncertainty. Sometimes, even after planning and some knowledge of the biggest payoff items, I hedge. #sbbuzz
Timberry: When I was managing it was meetings and interruptions all the time … but for writing and software, I need blocks of focused time. #sbbuzz
deneki: Knowing I have an email problem, @tferriss ‘s “don’t check email before 11am rule” has been a huge help. #sbbuzz
pmohara: #sbbuzz I also get stuck in the administrative stuff. Always seems to be some form, or bill, or call that needs my attention.
blueskylocal: #sbbuzz @rongraham1 that’s interesting. Do you mean indecision or uncertainty?
Timberry: Q1: I suspect that most of us rationalize to spend more time on what we like to do than on what we ought to do. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q2 Let’s tackle the big beast first: what do you do to manage your time in e-mail correspondence? #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @pmohara Is time on admin lost time? It needs to be done. Perhaps done more efficiently? #sbbuzz
designleap: Q1 Keeping my email off until I’m done with my priorities has helped me a lot on time management. #sbbuzz
wanart: #sbbuzz administrative tasks – and these days catching/keeping up with social media updates, blogs, industry news
pmohara: @scoblitz That’s true. I guess “lost” is the wrong term. Just seems I frequently spend more time than I budget on the paperwork. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: Thanks to those of you who advocate waiting on e-mail. I often go after that first, and guess where the new tasks come from? LOL #sbbuzz
merylevans: Q2: Doing a review, delete, read and quick answers. Do longer ones later or last. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q2: I filter out 60-70% of it before I even see it. Can’t distract me if I don’t know it’s there. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: I use tags and various accounts to try and stay on top of my email, but it’s hit and miss #sbbuzz
wanart: #sbbuzz Q2 set aside chunk of time to read/respond to emails and training myself not to look at it every 5 minutes
mikesax: @Timberry Check out “Maker’s, Manager’s Schedule” http://is.gd/33em8 #sbbuzz The challenge for small business owners is to have both.
gwickes: Q2 re email. Set up rules that automatically route emails so can get to the important ones first #sbbuzz
spkrinteractive: Has anyone read about @elsua effort to not use email. Here is one of his posts: http://bit.ly/29Y8vq#sbbuzz
jonedm: Q2: I try to get the Inbox down to zero at the end of each day. Often have to be a ruthless deleter. #sbbuzz
deneki: Actually set aside time for email, and clean out the inbox every session. But only after 11am! #sbbuzz
Whistletree: Hello everyone, it’s been awhile! Can’t wait to catch up on #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz I liked a post @chrisbrogan had recently on how time spent answering email pays others; creating something pays yourself. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: Q2 – I’m not trying to evade my own responsibility, but I’d love to see people give me more descriptive subject lines. Helps a lot. #sbbuzz
merylevans: @gwickes I have set up rules to route all messages into the appropriate folders of newsletters, unread emails, other folders. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: My big problem is finding the time To deal with emails that need a thoughtful response #sbbuzz
merylevans: @jonedm Q2 I rarely have more than 10 messages in my inbox between the quick review and the email filtering. #sbbuzz
spkrinteractive: Do people use GTD techniques for their email? #sbbuzz
wanart: #sbbuzz Q2 having a device like an iphone has also helped me manage email – i respond to emails when im waiting in line, on the bus, etc
jonedm: @merylevans Impressive. Looks like I could get value from adding more filters. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @merylevans I’m a freak when it comes to filters… It’s a never-ending struggle to keep them optimized – but I love it! #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q2 I use the “Superstars” feature in Gmail to color code my e-mails as they come in. Helps me manage my responses. #sbbuzz
Whistletree: We have multiple people that respond to emails and would love to hear what types of tools people are using to manage this? #sbbuzz
merylevans: @scoblitz Q2 And when I unsubscribe to something, I also delete the filter. It’s bad enough it’s a long list in Gmail. But it works. #sbbuzz
nrohrbach: I’m here, meetings ran late! I’ll catchup quick as possible! #sbbuzz
merylevans: @pmohara Q2 I have some superstars, but haven’t made them work well. How do you manage them? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: My only problem with filtering is remembering to check my folders #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @spkrinteractive I’ve yet to fully embrace GTD but there are bits and pieces of it in my email processing. #sbbuzz
designleap: Q2 I do a quick glance at the email and see if it needs immediate attention #sbbuzz
gwickes: Q2. When an issue surfaces in email, call or visit with that person. Don’t use email to resolve issues #sbbuzz
nrohrbach: Q2: to manage email correspondence by priority, I use tags and stars via gmail, once I free up enough time, I tackle my High folder #sbbuzz
IACEZ: @BizIncubation I agree. Having a Blackberry has made my Monday mornings so much less stressful! #sbbuzz
mriggen: @wanart Mobile devices definitely help with the quick stuff. As long as it’s not when I’m driving 🙂 #sbbuzz
merylevans: @bradfordshimp My folders appear bolded, so I know to check them when the time is right as each has a purpose during the day. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @gwickes I agree. Email can’t communicate tone #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @Whistletree You may want to check out sproutit, or even @zendesk – allows for easier management by a group of folks. #sbbuzz
wanart: @mriggen true – no texting/emailing while driving! although, walking while texting can be dangerous too! #sbbuzz
merylevans: @iacez @mriggen The BlackBerry made it easier to return from vacation without that awful email overwhelm. I did enough to manage. #sbbuzz
Whistletree: @scoblitz Thanks, great suggestion. I’ll check these out! #sbbuzz
jonedm: @wanart Texting while driving is now illegal in Tennessee. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @bradfordshimp Mine show the number unread. They aren’t hidden but rather keep from drawing my focus away as they come in to inbox. #sbbuzz
pmohara: @merylevans I code based on sender. Customers are blue, staff’s purple, bills are green, etc. I get “in the zone” & reply by group #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @jonedm I can barely text while texting, let alone while driving #sbbuzz
mriggen: @jonedm As well it should be. No saved time is worth risking life and limb of yourself, family, others. #sbbuzz
pmohara: @whistletree we’ve used Fogbugz and Zendesk for shared e-mail management. #sbbuzz
designleap: @pmohara: @merylevans Me too – I code based on sender. Customers are blue, staffs purple, bills are green, etc. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q4 How do you manage your time in social media? Blog writing and commenting, Twitter, Facebook, forums, etc.? #sbbuzz
nrohrbach: @bradfordshimp is u ev get txt frm me dat look lik dis I txt frm truck #sbbuzz
gwickes: Darn. I keep forgetting the #sbbuzz hashtag using ubertwitter on myBB. Haha
Timberry: Q4 I find twitter, chats like this and other twitter things, fascinating, hard to resist, and a big lure away from other things … #sbbuzz
nrohrbach: Q4: social media time management depends on the need. If it’s facebook day there’s a time slot for that, same with forums, blogs #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q4: The first step is to find out just how much time you are really spending. @rescuetime is brilliant for this. #sbbuzz
designleap: Q4 Blog articles are planned at least a week in advanced #sbbuzz
Timberry: Oh, and re email, I should mention email center pro, which is our web app for shared email like sales@ and info@ etc. #sbbuzz
nrohrbach: Q4: twitter’s mostly spontaneous for me, I’ll setup some tweets in hootsuite but mostly shoot from the hip via tweetdeck #sbbuzz
jonedm: @Timberry Q4: Amen. Too many great people. Too much great content to easily ignore. #sbbuzz
wanart: Q4 i catch up on tweets and fb while im working out, etc – have you ever tried to tweet while on elliptical – it takes practice! #sbbuzz
deneki: I try to do most social media stuff off-hours. Having small kids helps with that. 🙂 A little tweeting during the day. #sbbuzz
designleap: Q4 I read all my missed Tweets from TweetDeck when I log on and RT, reply/read, then it depends on what I’m doing throughout the day #sbbuzz
mriggen: @mattgillooly Nothing makes me spill my martini. You should know this by now! #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q4 Twitter is my equivalent to cleaning my room in college. I spend more time there when I am avoiding doing something else. #sbbuzz
designleap: Q4 usually focus on Stumble at the end of the day, after hours, that’s when I find all the fun stuff #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Don’t forget to send me a DM or message w/o the hashtag with time saving topics you want discussed with the group. #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Q4: I do alot of phone consultations so I tweet while speaking with folks or immediately after the session #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Q4: sometimes I tweet at the end of the day all that happen that day or that morning what happened the day before. It varies #sbbuzz
Timberry: @Whistletree re multiple people responding, thats what emailcenterpro was designed for … shared addresses, accountability, etc #sbbuzz
gwickes: Q4 good Q. Social media can really suck up time since it can be fun and take away from other important stuff #sbbuzz
Whistletree: Q4: I jump on Twitter and FB periodically throughout the day just to check out the conversation. I jump in if it’s pertinent… #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: @pmohara I have many client who tweet that way #sbbuzz
Whistletree: @Timberry Thanks, I’ll check out emailcenterpro! Great:) #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: #sbbuzz social media is interspersed through out our daily routine (which can also make it distracting since it isnt structured but convo)
IACEZ: @Timberry I agree. It’s more life-like when it’s real-time interaction. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q5 Any special tricks for scheduling the administrative side of your job? How do you keep the trains running? #sbbuzz
gwickes: Q4. Blog commenting can take time, but well worth it I will record off line in Word to ensure spell & grammer correct #sbbuzz
merylevans: Q5 Invoices at first of the month or end of project, taxes quarterly (paid online), balance accounts when creativity flat. #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: I schedule my administrative days and place rewards at the end so I get them completed LOL. #sbbuzz
chelpixie: Q5 administrative side? I do mine and everyone else’s 😉 #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q5 I have to admit in 20+ years of running a company I never felt like I had a good answer to administrative & scheduling etc. Hard! #sbbuzz
gwickes: Q4. Find an actve blog and comment. Its a great way to learn how to contribute and get some awareness #sbbuzz
nrohrbach: Q5: find a really good partner, give each other a swift kick in the arse when necessary! 🙂 #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q5 I had a PR vendor once who billed me for 10 hours work that included 2 hours of administration. I paid and ended relationship. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: 5 I do all accounting stuff on one day. That way it’s not sucking time here and there. #sbbuzz
designleap: Q5 I push myself to do admin stuff at the end of each month. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q5 – I find that most admin tasks can be scheduled or delegated. The trick is to not wait too long to do either. #sbbuzz
IACEZ: Q5. As much as I can I try to do long projects at night when everyone else is asleep- much more productive that way. #sbbuzz
Timberry: @bradfordshimp I used to do something like that to put it off so I could enjoy the other days, and then put it off more. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: It all comes down to grouping. Its hard to jump from technical stuff to creative to housekeeping and back and forth all day. #sbbuzz
gwickes: Q5 you either like to do admin stuff or not. Many SB don’t My wife hates it, so I fill in. Find help to do it! #sbbuzz
Timberry: One of the more powerful incentives for growing the micro business is to have people who like doing the admin stuff. As employees. #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q5 About every other Friday I dedicate to admin work. Until I get distracted by Twitter. 🙂 #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @Timberry That’s funny. I actually enjoy it when it comes. I get my brain in a different gear for a day. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz Q5 We also have @chelpixie to help us out. Virtual assistants are amazing! #sbbuzz
Timberry: @pmohara that’s funny, and me too. The distraction by twitter, that is. #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Q5: I schedule my administrative days and place rewards at the end so I get them completed LOL. #sbbuzz
IACEZ: Q5. Yes, find help! Most admin stuff can be done by someone else. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q6 How involved are you at the project level of your business? How do you balance time between the doing and the managing? #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Q6: I’m not involved in all my project some are primarily other consultants but I do keep tabs on all projects. #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: q6: I have a consultant in each category that reports back to me with the happens in their field which helps a lot. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q6: I do very little managing – so that part of my biz is still quite manageable 😉 #sbbuzz
merylevans: Q6 One person business… so I do it all. Imaginary friend isn’t too helpful 😉 #sbbuzz
wanart: @bradfordshimp i agree – especially with a creative business – when i’m designing – i don’t even allow myself to answer the phone #sbbuzz
Chris_Hendricks: Q6 How involved are you at the project level of your business? TOTALLY #sbbuzz
jonedm: Q6: Working “on” vs. “in” the business is the same as working on near term vs. long term goals. #sbbuzz
Chris_Hendricks: How do you balance time between the doing and the managing? 1 hr prep work saves 2 hrs in the field #sbbuzz
IACEZ: Q6. I am the project level. 🙂 #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q6 I’m not involved in developing (I tend to break things). I just try to take care of the smart people who are. #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q6 I’ll say one thing for sure, I prefer the project, the actual making of something, or writing, much more than the management. #sbbuzz
nrohrbach: Q6: right now our business is a project, I guess we’ll cross the managing road when the highway construction is done #sbbuzz
Timberry: @merylevans LOL maybe you need to up the incentives for the imaginary friend, bonuses for performance. Imagine work getting done. #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @Timberry Q6 It’s all balance > the project and the managing & the managing CAN be great fun 🙂 #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @nrohrbach I always have multiple projects for internal business in process. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: Q6 – I am not *exactly* the project level, but there are only two of us, so I’d better be part of it or else. LOL #sbbuzz
merylevans: @Timberry Love that! Thanks for the laugh! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q7 When do you fit in the “big picture” stuff? How do you make time for the long term strategery? #sbbuzz
rongraham1: Q7 – for us, the day-to-day and the strategery all run together, like watery spaghetti sauce. #sbbuzz
mattgillooly: @sbbuzz – Q8: by always thinking one question ahead #sbbuzz
marfranclean: @szbuzz– I really feel the big picture but don’t quite see yet #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q7: I’d bet everybody on this chat is thinking strategy most of the time, every quiet moment, whenever you’re alone … hard not to. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q7 I have to keep those items on my radar. Managing them like client projects is key to keeping them moving. #sbbuzz
IACEZ: @mattgillooly @rongraham1 @Timberry @CASUDI Well said on Q7… or was it Q8? #sbbuzz
nrohrbach: Q7: typically at the task creation stage I’ll look at what needs to be done, and evaluate how to tie in the big picture, try as I go #sbbuzz
CASUDI: Q7: I know people who do a good job managing client projects BUT don’t manage their own biz the same way #sbbuzz ?
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q7: I imagine there is always a certain amount of “I’m making this up as I go along” to any project or business. #sbbuzz
pmohara: @Timberry Agreed. Strategy is the fun part. I can see our future clearly. The 1000 tiny steps from here to there are the challenge. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz I get asked about our marketing strategy a lot. I think like many small biz owners, we try things and see what works. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: @pmohara, that’s too right, about the 1000 steps. Am I on step 68 or step 592? And does it even matter? Long as the goal is there. #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Q7: Long term strategy is a daily plan if you don’t make it a daily plan/work in progress you will not grow the business #sbbuzz
CASUDI: I’m making this up as I go along ~ some peoplecall this flexible or able to improvise @scoblitz #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Q7: Smlbiz not working the long term plan is what gets many business owners in trouble and seeking a job #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q9 (skipping Matt) is an OT one from @jonedm What topics should be covered in an undergrad course in entrepreneurship? #sbbuzz
marfranclean: @sbbuzz-Strategy is fun, but results are better. I see things i seek them but growth is tough when staying steady is hard #sbbuzz
rongraham1: Q9 – I taught one of those for several years. The construction of a business plan is a semester project. Forces solid planning. #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q9: Great question. I’ve taught such a course, at University of Oregon, once a year for 11 years now … and I still don’t know. #sbbuzz
CASUDI: #sbbuzz Q9: Bootstrapping ~
Timberry: Q9 I’ve got a public shared answer to that at http://course.bplans.com #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @rongraham1 Q9: Isn’t writing a BizPal first thing taught #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz Q9 is a great question. Not sure it can be taught? May need to come from doing. Although business planning would be key. #sbbuzz
Timberry: @CASUDI Really good point. Bootstrapping is drastically underrepresented in entrepreneurship classes — in general — IMHO #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: #sbbuzz we’re a start-up so our organizational structure is pretty flat, thus we’re all heavily involved at the project level
Timberry: Q9 okay totally biased, but yes, I’ve always based the course around the business plan. #sbbuzz
mattgillooly: @sbbuzz – Q9: It should be more like a karate class than a lecture. It’s one of those things you can’t learn without doing. #sbbuzz
merylevans: Q9 Need more details on the day-to-day. Strategy well-covered, but not business planning, cash flow mgmt. I like bootstrapping sugg. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @Timberry Q9 Also public speaking. Need to be confident in what you’re doing, be able to articulate it. Need to check out your link! #sbbuzz
jonedm: Anyone include internships in entrepreneurship classes for real hands-on? #sbbuzz
IACEZ: Q9. I took an entrepreneurship class and to be honest I couldn’t tell you that it included anything diff than my other biz classes. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q9 – Time and task management, stress building in efficiency from the start. #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q9 Bizplan is good start, but agree any course should include fieldwork. Take something real to market. Even if it’s lemonade. #sbbuzz
mattgillooly: @sbbuzz – Q9: if you can pass an entrepreneurship course w/o talking to potential customers/partners/investors, you’ve been robbed #sbbuzz
nrohrbach: @mriggen you’re right! Public Speaking for sure! You can teach pr, marketing, etc, but you have to learn to communicate effectively! #sbbuzz
Whistletree: Q9: People over-estimate what we can do in 1 year and under-estimate what we can do in 5 years. Keep this in mind when planning… #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q9 … not to mention ethics, karma, authenticity, defining success for yourself in real terms, and having a life. Often ignored. #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @mriggen @Timberry Q9: I agree > good articulation of your message, written and spoken #sbbuzzGood presentation skills v. important.
IACEZ: Q9. I had 1 class where we developed a biz plan and set it into action for a real small biz in our community that was struggling. #sbbuzz
merylevans: @mriggen My MBA program has a public speaking and writing element. Must pass those before graduating. Not courses — but specials. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: @CASUDI, if you are teaching college freshmen, it’s the first and ONLY thing. Though it’s amazing what side lessons come out of it. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz Q9 I would start the course by telling everyone they will fail the course. Then see who shows up for second class 😉 #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @Timberry How would YOU teach bootstrapping > I am really interested #sbbuzz
Timberry: @CASUDI by not teaching that every new business needs outside investment. Talking about financing from early sales, not overspending #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: q9: financial mgnt, marketing, customer service, business development gosh that list is so long it’s crazy but thats a good start. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: @pmohara, even YOU would not assign and grade field work for what most colleges pay an adjunct. Sorry. LOL #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @Timberry then it comes down to teaching how to get those first sale 🙂 #sbbuzz
Timberry: @rongraham1 yes, good point. assigning and grading is by far the biggest downer in teaching. Threatens the joy of it. #sbbuzz
BlakeGroup: Q9: any entrepreneur course should be hands-on internship/co-op. Learn by doing! #sbbuzz
jmpineda: Q7 I joined a CEO group that meets monthly. We discuss the important stuff: strategy, financing, staffing. They keep me honest. #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @Timberry then it comes down to teaching how to get those first sales 🙂 #sbbuzz [correction]
sbbuzz: Wow folks – time flew tonight! Thanks for the awesome conversation and tips. So much time saved in these 2 hours. 🙂 #sbbuzz
Timberry: @CASUDI yes, and the second and third, and how to reinvest and how to survive without overspending. Cash flow is critical. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: And now it is everyone’s favorite Pitch Time. Please tell us a little about your business. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: I might add for Q9 that it’s *extremely* difficult to find start-ups for hands-on work just in time for your class to run. #sbbuzz
jonedm: Q9: Thanks EVERYONE for the GREAT input. #sbbuzz
Timberry: Pitch: http://www.emailcenterpro.com for email management. http://course.bplans.com for entrepreneurship curriculum. 🙂 #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @merylevans @mriggen learning good public speaking skills goes a long way in presenting your products or services #sbbuzz for your business.
mriggen: @sbbuzz I’m Michelle from BatchBlue Software. We build stands for lemonade sellers. #sbbuzz
jmpineda: @MatrixGroup helps associations and non-profits market their orgs, products, ideas and events through Web sites that work. #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: #sbbuzz great discussion, thanks for hosting
greenhance: Hi. I’ve got a book called “Greening Your Small Business” coming out November 3rd from Penguin Press. Looking for promo partners. #sbbuzz
designleap: Working with small business owners one-on-one improving print & online marketing materials #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Always a pleasure to chat with such a great group of peeps! #sbbuzz
rongraham1: @609Media does print and online media development and strategy. Right now I’m providing such assistance to @KellyKarius in Canada. #sbbuzz
pmohara: #sbbuzz Pamela from @BatchBlue – Social CRM for small businesses. And the chatty bee lady.
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Pitch: eSeMBe provides efficiency related services to micro and nano-biz – we help you get things done! http://esembe.com #sbbuzz
IACEZ: Focus on your business, forget about your bookkeeping. Easy-to-use, affordable online bookkeeping app for small biz. http://www.iacez.com #sbbuzz
CASUDI: Building bridges between People ( often Entrepreneurs ) ~ Designing Success (often for or with entrepreneurs)#sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz What a great chat this week! Thanks so much everyone. #sbbuzz
Whistletree: We provide free and toll free conferencing, podcasting and webinar services. http://www.whistletree.com #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: @blueskylocal helps restaurants increase sales by counteracting weather, seasons & time with contextually relevant coupon promotions #sbbuzz
IACEZ: Thanks everyone! It’s been fun! #sbbuzz
designleap: By the way I’m offering Free Custom Twitter Background design at http://tinyurl.com/ptnw3j check out @kitbook last months winner #sbbuzz
greenhance: Pitch: “Greening Your Small Business” available now for pre-orderhttp://tinyurl.com/GreeningYourSmallBusiness at 32% off MSRP. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: @greenhance, not so tiny a tinyURL there. LOL #sbbuzz
Whistletree: Great tweetchat tonight! I always learn so much. Looking forward to next week’s #sbbuzz
jonedm: KitBook: We make learning hands-on science fun and HIGHLY effective for teachers and students. Great for Xmas. http://www.KitBook.com #sbbuzz
Timberry: @greenhance I’d like to get press stuff for possible posting on one of my blogs … maybe you could Dm me … I am following you. #sbbuzz
jonedm: @designleap Working with Yiana is a win-win. Great background and great to work with. #sbbuzz
designleap: I’d love some feedback on my website redesign http://www.designleap.net #sbbuzz
nrohrbach: Q10: from @nrohrbach: how do you manage 2 full time jobs, freelance web work AND #sbbuzz all in one Tuesday? #sbbuzz
marfranclean: @sbbuzz– Commericial janitorial cleaning and building maintenance, residential total floor care, grout cleaning, carpet cleaning, #sbbuzz

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