Invite to Houston US Green Building "friend-raising" event on Dec 9th (RSVP by Dec 2nd)
I recently accepted a request from the US Green Building Council in Houston to act as a table captain for its upcoming Partners in Green Luncheon on December 9th. The event is designed to help the chapter engage people in the mission of green building. I think it’s important and I wanted to invite you to sit at my table as my guest. I won’t be able to make it, but the Executive Director will seat a… Continue
Added by Tania-René Valdespino on November 30, 2009 at 8:42pm —
Here's a GiveFirst idea. Do a talk show online with your networking friends.
Click here to hear an example of a series of 3 episodes with me and my networking friend Dave Guerra.
I have time to do an InHouston Member talk show once a week too. Anyone open to coming on and talking about InHouston, how it helped you, and your recommendations for other members?
Added by Eric Standlee on November 29, 2009 at 7:30pm —
Everybody loves referrals. They’re easier to close than non-referrals, make quicker buying decisions and tend to be more loyal—in short, they can often become your most profitable customers. Trouble is, referrals are also elusive. Even a likable person with plenty of integrity and knowledge won’t see an influx of referrals if her or she doesn’t implement the appropriate strategy.
“It’s worth taking the time to understand why most referral efforts don’t work,” reports Michael Beck in… Continue
Added by Todd Gregory on November 25, 2009 at 8:30pm —
This link came from my freind Chris Vance. http://www.linkedin.com/in/topherthoughts
IKEA opened a new store and got very creative with use of the photo-tagging feature on facebook. They were giving away IKEA stuff so the word spread like wildfire and got the attention of a lot of people in the community. Pretty neat.
Added by Jim Allen on November 25, 2009 at 2:30pm —
Let’s begin with a short quiz. One question. No pressure.
What is the best type of advertising?
When asked this question, many people answer “the kind that works!“ While no one can disagree with that, I submit that the BEST type of advertising is the one that is most overlooked.
I’m talking about word-of-mouth advertising. While targeted email, banner ads, billboard ads, and even television ads all have their place, nothing compares to the power of word-of-mouth… Continue
Added by Todd Gregory on November 25, 2009 at 2:00pm —
My Dear Houston (The REAL)
I am going to share a few lines of brilliant wisdom that was recently sent to me, by a close, personal friend and counselor. Although they are considered "Motivational..." I found them to be "Validation"...for many of their words and meanings validate thoughts I have come to know as "my truth"
. As you read them, try to do the same. Take your time. Think about each one, and how their meaning either impacts, or… Continue
Added by Randall W. Montalbano on November 25, 2009 at 10:14am —
It's a new year and time for your annual check up!
A 2005 study at University of Iowa determined that there were over 11.5 billion publicly accessible web pages on the internet. Businesses who are serious about generating leads and attracting customers online can't afford to take an "If we build it, they will come" approach to their websites. To do business online in today's market you need to make it easy for your audience to find you and you need to ensure you're prepared to stand… Continue
Added by Todd Gregory on November 25, 2009 at 7:30am —
Hiring a professional to design and build your website can be a significant investment --especially if you're a small business owner on a budget. And, in a highly competitive market saturated with fledgling designers keen to attract new business, at first glance it may be difficult to separate the novices from the more experienced professionals. But, since the end product must have a professional look and feel, it should be scaleable/expandable and it must
function effectively, a great… Continue
Added by Todd Gregory on November 24, 2009 at 11:00pm —
It is here…the winding down of yet another year. Thank goodness we made it this far. This year has been one of the most challenging of times, ever. For many, the challenges are just beginning, and will continue.
For our country, for our planet, we are experiencing a transition that is impacting every resident. Some say, “It is the beginning of bigger, better things, for everyone.” Some say it is “…the beginning of the end.” I say let’s not read the eulogy, just yet. There are quite a… Continue
Added by Randall W. Montalbano on November 24, 2009 at 10:00pm —
As we approach the holidays, I find that lots of people begin to look at the past year in retrospect. Afterall, the end of the year is the one time most of us set goals for ourselves via New Year’s Resolutions. I mean who has not made some of the following ones:
* Lose weight
* Get out of debt and save more
* Spend more time with family
* Enjoy life more
The only thing is that, too often, the only time we look at these are at the end of the year. Once life… Continue
Added by Christopher Manning on November 24, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Cleaning for a Reason
If you know any woman currently undergoing Chemo, please pass the word
to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE
housecleaning - 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.
All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming
the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid
service in her zip code area arrange for the service.… Continue
Added by Nancy Harrison on November 24, 2009 at 9:37am —
Follow me at adbiz if you dare!
Added by Todd Gregory on November 24, 2009 at 8:30am —
Added by Marilyn Davenport on November 23, 2009 at 9:05pm —
Houston’s commercial landlords are scrutinizing leases like no time in the last 25 years.
Ever since the bottom fell out of the Houston economy in the 1980’s, landlords have been in a lease driven environment. The majority of office landlords held onto their properties as companies grew and demands for space steadily increased through the 90’s. In the 2000’s, landlords were able to turn a blind eye to company financials as interest rates went to… Continue
Added by Robert S. "Bob" Lowery on November 23, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Trust is not given overnight. At these times, it is difficult to easily trust someone because of the rampant atrocities in the society. You would never know that you can be under the claws of these predators that are planning to strip you off of your properties and other precious belongings.
There are numerous reports these days about people crying for help because their loved ones were taken away by someone who they thought are their friends. The sad part of being a victim of fraud… Continue
Added by Jolene A. Sidwell on November 23, 2009 at 8:16pm —
Let me know if you need any commercial photos, logos, websites, business cards etc.
Here's my new commercial site:
Added by Marilyn Davenport on November 23, 2009 at 8:00pm —
ATTENTION LOAN OFFICERS & REALTORS
CLOSE EVERY LOAN EVERY TIME!
REGARDLESS OF YOUR BORROWER'S BAD CREDIT!!!!!!
STOP TURNING DOWN YOUR BAD-CREDIT BORROWERS.
WE WANT THEM!
Other Loan Officers are closing loans for these people. You can too.
Simple. Effective. Legal......Guaranteed.
Have a bad-credit borrower that you turned down?
We can turn that borrower's credit reports around and… Continue
Added by Dennis Ford Jr on November 22, 2009 at 4:50pm —
Morgan Stanley has given the keys back to Barclays Capital and JV partner Goff Capital, headed by John Goff.
Quick note: Goff’s, Crescent Real Estate Equities, was purchased by Morgan Stanley in 2007. So in a way, the portfolio of properties has come full circle.
The $6.5 billion purchase price for Crescent Real Estate Equities was at the height of the commercial real estate market and during oil’s ascent. In two years time, oil doubled from the 30’s up to the 70’s. But,… Continue
Added by Robert S. "Bob" Lowery on November 21, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Once upon a time women knew very little of the works of courtship. The gentlemen were only very aware of how women flowed with glorious beauty which left them enticed for the longest moment. Emotions for each one are dealt delicately with bribes of a thousand of lovely flowers, colors that favor the cunning eyes of his lover. Some are rather ravished, blooming with intensity as each day passes when one is away from the other. However, a young love elicits a shared love solemn and furious that… Continue
Added by Jolene A. Sidwell on November 18, 2009 at 10:39pm —
The world of business has become increasingly dependent on layoffs as a response to a downturn in business. There are layoff announcements virtually every day by companies, along with statements about the expected benefits of a reduced headcount.
Does a layoff really result in the savings to an organization that we think it does?
There are hidden costs that are often not considered (or are ignored) when making the decision to institute a reduction in force. These costs are… Continue
Added by Gregg Stocker on November 18, 2009 at 8:14pm —