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LOUD: What's Your Favorite Restaurant and Why?

We are pleased to launch the first edition of LOUD, our collective expression of entrepreneurship from our "Model Entrepreneurs."  Here is what our entrepreneurs had to say about there favorite restaurants...

 

Aron Schoenfeld of doitinperson.com and vlassified.com: Abigaels on Broadway in Manhattan. There are two things that are important to me at a restaurant; service and consistency. At Abigaels, the service is always excellent and friendly and I have never had an issue, no matter what I have requested. For me to have a favorite restaurant, it means I have and will continue to go return. Everything I order is always made to perfection. There is almost no variation between a medium steak - it is always cooked the same. All of the food is consistently good and I know that when I take a client there, I will never have a bad experience.

Casey Walsh of Stand Up Guys Junk Removal: Two Urban Licks, here in Atlanta. They have a 5 star quality restaurant in a warehouse where no one can see it. They have built there reputation on just "being cool". They don't have a big sign out front, they don't do a ton of marketing, but the wait is hours long night after night.

Jennifer Bowers of Olivia's Child: TGIFridays provides great customer service. Its always a pleasure to walk into one, no matter what city you are in. They have a varitey of food that causes fireworks in your mouth :) They're presentation is always excellent as far as the menu and advertisements. And lets not forget prices; very affordable for the whole family.

Ben Leis of Sweat EquiTees: One of my favorite restaurants is Sushi Thai of Boca in Boca Raton, FL.  This little known restaurant in a strip mall is a family owned eatery with just 10 tables, two servers, one cook and one sushi chef.  Even without a website the restaurant is always busy with locals.  The sushi is always fresh, thai food always on point but what you will notice instantly upon entering are the numerous whiteboards covering every square inch of space along the walls.  On these whiteboards are the custom made sushi rolls created by the customers.  It's a clever way to give your customers ownership of your restaurant, a great word-of-mouth marketing strategy with a virtually zero price tag.

September is Entrepreneur Magazine Month in Miami


Miami entrepreneurs have much to be thankful for this month.  Entrepreneur Magazine is hosting two free conferences for Miami business men and women right here in the 305!  Tomorrow attendees will be treated to Business Success Secrets, a complimentary breakfast seminar featuring an "Online Marketing & Social Media Crash Course" presentation with author and entrepreneur, Starr Hall.  

Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami.

We caught up with Starr to ask her a few questions about what to expect at the seminar and about her new book...

SE: How did you catch the entrepreneurial spirit? 

SH: BORN INTO AN ENTREPRENEURIAL FAMILY :) IT IS IN MY BLOOD.


SE: What key takeaways can entrepreneurs expect from your presentation tomorrow? 

SH: AT LEAST 5 NEW THINGS THAT THEY CAN INCORPORATE INTO THEIR BUSINESS GROWTH PLAN TO TAKE THEIR BUSINESS TO HIGHER LEVELS RIGHT AWAY BOTH ONLINE AND OFF. SEMINAR INCLUDES BASIC, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED LEVELS OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE MARKETING.


SE: Besides a healthy appetite what should attendees bring with them to the breakfast?  Laptop, legal pads, rubber chicken? 

SH: HMMM... WHAT COULD WE DO WITH A RUBBER CHICKEN? DEFINITELY LAPTOPS OR IPADS TO TAKE NOTES, BUSINESS CARDS ARE ALWAYS A MUST, RIGHT WHEN YOU WALK OUT YOUR DOOR YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE IN HAND. 


SE: What websites or social media tools (that you will be discussing) should attendees familiarize themselves with before your presentation? 

SH: NO NEED TO WITH ANY- I WILL SHOW ALL OF THE TOP ONES ALONG WITH TOP HOW TO STRATEGIES. :)


SE: You're giving an online marketing and social media crash course but which brands in 2011 have literally been on a social media crash course with the public?  Any 2011 case studies pop out at you on what NOT TO DO online?  Which brands are hitting homeruns? 

SH: I HAVE A TON OF THEM INCLUDED IN MY NEW BOOK THAT IS OUT IN A FEW SHORT WEEKS- THE SOCIAL WAVE- WHY MOST BUSINESSES ARE WIPING OUT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND WHAT THEY CAN DO TO FIX IT. 


SE: Speaking of...what was your biggest challenge when writing your book?  How did you overcome it? 

SH: MANUSCRIPT RE-WRITES/EDITS, I HAD A TOUGH LOVE EDITOR BUT IN THE END...OR THE BEGINNING SHE KICKED MY ASS INTO SHAPE AND MADE ONE HELL OF A BOOK WITH ME. 


SE: What can readers expect from your new book? 

SH: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE WIPING OUT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND OR NOT GETTING RESULTS.  


SE: Price point? 

SH: $21.95 


SE: Online only? 

SH: AVAILABLE VIA KINDLE AND PRINT SOFTCOVER WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD STARTING OCT 1, 2011- YIPPPPEEEE!! 


If you can't make the breakfast seminar tomorrow morning.  Make sure to be in attendance for the 2nd event, Winning Strategies, 8 days later.

Entrepreneur Mix-Tape Volume 1



A recent photo submitted by one of our customers, entrepreneur Casey Walsh of Stand Up Guys junk removal in Georgia inspired us to create the first ever Sweat EquiTees' Entrepreneur Mix-Tape.  Volume 1 for which KC is featured on the cover art, is an upbeat soundtrack for the entrepreneurial lifestyle.  Play it in your office, your bedroom (or combination of the two), on the train or on the plane, wherever you may be let this playlist note the trials and accomplishments of the past and tune the path towards business success.  Special thanks goes out to Melissa and Sarah Barnes for their musical acumen in contribution to this album.  


Your lyrical takeaways...

1. KID CUDI // Pursuit of Happiness
"I'm on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shines ain't always gonna be gold
I'll be fine once I get it, I'll be good"

2. LA ROUX // Bulletproof
"Tick tick tick tick
On the watch
And life's too short
For me to stop
Oh baby
Your time is running out"

3. ALOE BLACC // I Need a Dollar
"if god has plans for me i hope it aint - written in stone
Hey Hey
because i've been working working myself down to the bone
and i swear on grandpas grave I'll be paid when i come home
Hey Hey"

4. VAN HALEN // Jump
"I get up, and nothing gets me down. 
You got it tough. I've seen the toughest around. 
And I know, baby, just how you feel. 
You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real" 

5. THE MONKEES // I'm a Believer
"I thought love was, more or less, a giving thing,
Seems the more I gave, the less I got
What's the use in trying?
All you get is pain.
When I needed sunshine, I got rain.
Then I saw her face,
Now I'm a believer" 

6. NEIL YOUNG // Rockin' in the Free World
"There's a lot of people sayin'
we'd be better off dead
Don't feel like Satan,
but I am to them
So I try to forget it,
any way I can."

7. PHIL COLLINS // In the Air Tonight
"I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
I've been waiting for this moment all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord" 

8. RIHANNA // Run this Town
"Life’s a game but it’s not fair
I break the rules so I don’t care
So I keep doing my own thing
Walking tall against the rain
Victory’s within the mile
Almost there, don’t give up now
Only thing that’s on my mind
Is who gon’ run this town tonight"

9. GREEN DAY // Boulevard of Broken Dreams
"I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's home to me and I walk alone"

10. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN // Born to Run
"Someday girl I don't know when
We're gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go
And we'll walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us
Baby we were born to run"
 
What songs do you want to see on Volume 2?

Tedd Bernard of Almost Famous LLC


TEDD BERNARD

MIAMI, FL

www.almostfamous.com

@almostfamouscom

SE: What problem does AlmostFamous.com solve? 

TB: AlmostFamous.com provides a cost effective platform that improves the discovery process for emerging artists. We give artists a splash page that enables them to upload media, text and their current social media platforms that best depicts their work to share with the world. 


SE: What are three common mistakes do you see independent musicians making when it comes to marketing and what can they do to help themselves

TB: 1- I think the most common mistake is marketing themselves to the wrong people. A lot of artists want that "big break" and they think they will achieve this by signing a major deal or meeting the right person who will give them that opportunity. This couldn't be farther from the truth.  

2- They market themselves in the wrong light. Being almost famous (un-discovered) or even pre almost famous isn't a bad thing. It's actually a good thing, people respect you for it verses pretending that you are famous, or how about the people who get there 15 seconds and think that they are a legend, we love to see them fall. 

3- Being honest, I think goes hand-in-hand with the above. We appreciate artists because they tell us what they go through, and if they are good, or we like them more because what they go through resonates with us, we live life vicariously through them. If they don't have that, they really don't have anything. 

SE: For independent musicians, what are three unique ways to create additional revenue?
TB: I don't think these ways have to be unique, just leveraged. 

I think using social circles to: 

1- sell media 
2- sell products (t shirts anything creative) 
3- do shows (if you have enough fans and can prove it, you can get a gig at a lot of venues).