Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Power of Networking in a Recession

One of the fundamental rules of growing your business is to never stop networking. Expanding your network contacts might prove to be your most powerful weapon in these tough economic times. In a recession when businesses and individuals are tightening their budgets, traditional marketing isn't always the best approach. Emphasis can be placed on the fact that it's not always what you know but who you know that matters.

For small business owners, now might not be the best time to invest substantial sums of marketing dollars on print advertising, written proposals and sales campaigns. While you might not get much traction from these traditional methods, the relationships you have built over time are invaluable. By fully utilizing your network, you can not only survive during the recession, but you can actually thrive. It is a fact that deals are still being made on the golf course, at the country club, the local business boosters' luncheon, after hour cocktails, social and professional networks.

In additional to person-to-person networking, more and more people are also turning to online networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn to stay connected. If you're not sure what groups will best serve your interests, start by joining the groups, or platform, that your friends and associates are joining. To prevent getting carried away, use your time wisely by setting limits on yourself and focusing your interests. As a personal user of LinkedIn, I have been able to stay connected with former bosses, co-workers and industry associations.

Opportunities have a strange way of popping up in unexpected places. By taking advantage of the many networking resources available to you, the greater your chances of landing the right transactions. Without a robust network of contacts, you cannot possibly reach the broad range of opportunities available to you. Figure out what works best for you in terms of in-person networking and virtual networks. Decide on the frequency in which you will dedicate to each medium of choice.

Never stop networking because you never know when you might need help. In these uncertain times, you want to have a wellspring of contacts in the event that you need to draw upon your human capital at a moment's notice.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Featured Member: Charles LeFleur

Charles LeFleur
Platinum Services Event Rentals

1037 Merchant Street
Vacaville, CA 95688
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday By Appointment


Our company was established in 2010 and had been responsible for providing outstanding event rentals and photo booth services ever since. Our specialty is in the area small to medium sized parties and functions. Our regular customers particularly value our new inventory, highly competitive pricing, and our dedication to providing the best in customer service.

The Booth:

Events that sparkle can go by in a whirl. that's why you need our photo booth service, the booth. Your guests will love the fun, interactive attraction at your event, and you will love all the captured memories. When you reserve the booth for your special day you can count on the following features, all standard:

* Free delivery, set up, and friendly on-site attendant.

* Custom footer or header that reflects your special event.

* Two instant, photographer quality Sony® print strips.

* Unlimited access to the booth for the duration of your event.

* DVD slideshow that contains all images captured!

The Standard 3 Hour Package is yours for $795.00

The Standard 4 Hour Package is yours for $895.00

We also offer optional features for your "booth" experience. They include:

* Props to make your photo strips the zaniest!

* "Memory Book" scrapbook service, complete with all the pens, stickers and glue you need.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Featured Member: Gary Gress

Gary Gress
Progressive Construction & Design

2400 Cement Hill Road
Box 2, Ste. D
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: 707-437-1042
Fax: 707-437-8561
Cell: 707-483-1099


Progressive Construction and Design is a newly formed Partnership with Gary Gress Construction and Jake's Construction. Gary has been in the business for more then 35 years and Jake has been specializing in Finish Carpentry for over ten years.

We are a full service construction company with more then 45 years experience at providing our customers an exceptional product. We specialize in Remodels of all types,Kitchen, Bathroom, Additions. New Construction Projects and multi-unit residential. We recently have been expanding into Commercial projects.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Featured Member: Joanne Barnard

Joanne Barnard
Above All Roofing Co.

Barnard Family (Joanne not pictured)

495 Willanette Drive
Vacaville, CA 95688

ABOVE ALL ROOFING CO. is a family owned and operated contractor located in Vacaville, California; serving the surrounding counties and the Bay Area. We are here for all your roofing needs. We specialize in everything from New Roofs, Repairs, Inspections, Maintenance, Seamless Gutters, and Insulation for Residential and Commercial properties.

We have extensive knowledge, with 37 years of experience in many types of roofing systems, including Asphalt Shingles, Wood Shakes, Built-up Roofing, Tile and Slate, just to name a few. Our goal is to provide you with quality workmanship, timely service and fair pricing. Our estimates are always free. We are licensed, bonded and insured and a member of the Better Business Bureau.

Member of BBB since 1996
A+ Honor Roll
5 Year Workmanship Guarantee
We Accept Major Credit Cards
Senior & Military Discounts
License #436690
Bonded | Fully Insured

Friday, September 2, 2011

Featured Member: Colleen Stafford

Colleen Stafford
All Size Flooring Center & Carpet Cleaning

1021 Mason Street
Vacaville, CA 95688
Phone: 707-448-3300
Fax: 707-448-7935

All Size Flooring Center and Carpet Cleaning is a fully licensed, family owned and operated, contracted flooring business. Here at All Size we can handle all of your flooring and carpet cleaning needs. We have a designer showroom full of the latest trends in flooring. We will work with our customers to find the best flooring solutions for the job, taking into consideration things such as traffic patterns and wearabililty and we stand behind our installations and work.

We stock hundreds of carpet remnants, carpet rolls and various styles of vinyl. You can come to our showroom and pick out one of the quality remnants and have a custom area rug made from our in-house binding service. We offer "value flooring" for all budgets.
"Welcome to One of the Largest Remnant Dealers in our Area!"

All Size Flooring Center also specializes in Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning at an affordable price. Our truck mounted machine surpasses any home, rental or chemical cleaning available. We use only the best "green" cleaning products that are not only great for your carpets and upholstery but, safe for your living environment as well!

Our friendly flooring experts are knowledgeable of your flooring needs and are dedicated to making your experience the best one imagineable. We hope you will find what you are looking for here on our website, however, do not hesitate to contact us or visit our showroom if you have any questions.