Many professionals and entrepreneurs recognize the value of networking but struggle to find the time or right venue to do it. Will Holmes, founder of Will Holmes Consulting, (http://www.willholmesconsulting.com/) has found the right formula with his Baltimore Professional Meetup Group. With over 500 listed members in the Meetup group, Will has galvanized a group of Baltimore’s top professional and business leaders who meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at the Teavolve restaurant in downtown Baltimore. I had an opportunity to talk briefly with Will to learn more about his business, how the networking group started and the value that attendees receive. Check out the 5 minute video here and to learn more, visit http://www.meetup.com/BaltimoreProfessionals/

 
 
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A business card is an integral part of any good marketing plan. For its size and cost, it's probably the most powerful part. Of course, you can't expect your business card to tell the whole story about your company. What you should expect it to do is present a professional image people will remember. A business card can make or break a client's first impression of your company. In fact, this little card makes as much of an impression as your personal appearance-the suit you wear or the briefcase you carry.



Choose a card style that's appropriate for your business, industry and personal style. If you're a funeral director, for example, you don't want to be caught handing out day-glow cards with cartoon figures on them. If you're a mechanic whose specialty is converting old Beetles into dune buggies, a formal, black-on-white engraved card will probably be dropped into the nearest circular file. When crafting a design, start with the style that best supports the business image you wish to project. To help you get started, here are five different card styles for you to consider:



Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/71900#ixzz2XNr9vRxr

 
 
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Meet our SKILLS Mover and Shaker for SKILLS Radio (1/17/2013)

SKILLS Radio - The #1 Show Helping Professionals Learn and Grow features: 

Andrea Freeman

Listen to the full show here: http://bit.ly/W7QMhl

Learn about her new book:  No Barriers No Limits – Create Your Own Future while reaching your potential   - http://www.authorandreafreeman.com/#.UPh5MnsKnTQ.facebook

Meet Andrea

 Andrea Freeman was born in Baltimore, Maryland into a family of 5 children. She is the oldest of the 5 kids, and was raised in Aberdeen, Maryland for all of her childhood years. She graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1990. She took general classes at Harford Community College and later completed courses toward a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management with the University of Phoenix. In 2006, Andrea obtained her Producer License. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys reading and writing.

     Andrea has had the privilege of traveling throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, New York, Philadelphia, and other areas to speak with businesses and individuals about banking, insurance, being an entrepreneur, and the benefits of having a business.

     Andrea has also taken advantage of many opportunities to speak with teenage mothers, single mothers, and women in crisis. She has been able to relate, connect, and share her personal testimony of facing some of the same challenges; and how she has been able to overcome them, while balancing everyday life, motherhood, work, and business. Andrea has been considered a great role model, a people's person, and an inspiration to many.

     Andrea has 4 daughters. Shalise 26, Shanise 25, Alexus 19, and Ayana 16.

     Andrea has worked at leading, building businesses, and serving others for over 20 years. She has successfully built a jewelry business called "Classy Accessories", which she started in 2008. Classy Accessories (www.classyaccessories.net) sells great quality, costume jewelry, handbags, and cosmetics at very affordable prices.

     Andrea has also worked to establish a non-profit organization called Changing Lives And Sincerely Supporting You (C.L.A.S.S.Y.), Inc. The mission of the organization is: To effectively increase the academic achievements, self-esteem, and life opportunities of women, through educating, inspiring, encouraging, and supporting them. The vision is: To equip and empower women throughout the world with information that would help them to re-establish their values and totally transform their lives. C.L.A.S.S.Y. provides free monthly seminars, volunteers at nursing homes, supports recovering addicts, homeless shelters, the needy, sick and shut ins, and grants college scholarships to students.

     Andrea is also an author who uses her writing as a tool for Christian ministry to help others deepen their love and relationship with God, and to equip them to better serve Him in all that they do. She has a passion for showing the love of Christ to those in need and believes that all believers should help by being a reflection of the character of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (www.authorandreafreeman.com)


 
 
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Everyday we are inundated with hundreds advertising messages for every product imaginable.  At SKILLS our slogan is Information + Information = Transformation. As I run across television, radio and online advertising I started wondering, is it possible to draw inspiration from company slogans? Below is a list of what I consider to be the top 10 inspirational Brand Slogans today. Which one resonates the most with you? Which slogan would you add to the list?



10.  Never Stop Improving – Lowes

 9.  Impossible is nothing – Adidas

8. Challenge Everything – Electronic Arts

7.  Think Big – Imax

6. Aim High – Air Force

5. Never Follow - Audi

4. Born to Perform - Jaguar

3. Think Different – Apple

2.  Be All You Can Be – Army (1980 to 2001)

1. Just Do It! – Nike