Social Media Tips for Old People

I recently did a google hangout with Ashlei Williams of PHC News.  She is young and smart and really savvy when it comes to social media.  Relatively speaking, I am old when it comes to e-marketing.  (You, too?)  We chatted it up and shared ideas for embracing new technology.  Here are a few tips... [...]

Time to Update Your Business Plan?

I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit to take a look at the reinvented Facebook Page: Well Sourced by Visa Business. The Page serves as a space where small business owners can access educational resources, read success stories from other business owners, engage with peers, and find tips to help businesses run more efficiently. Every month, the Page will introduce a new theme that will focus on a topic important to a small business owner’s success. For additional tips and advice, and information about Visa’s small business solutions, follow @VisaSmallBiz and visit “So, you two aren’t on the same page,” I offered, in an effort to soothe the raving woman on the other end of the phone line. “The same page?” she shouted, “We aren’t even in the same book!  Last year, we agreed to expand the business.  Now that it is time to make a move, my husband is acting like he’s hearing about this for the first time! He actually said, ‘No need to rush into anything.  More trucks, more bills and more employees?  Sounds like more headaches.’  Can you believe it?  I’m ready to leave him, and this business.” “How about a retreat instead?” I responded.  “Take a day or two to update your business plan.  Work together.  Write it up!  Then, refreshed and reunited, you can move forward.” She settled down a bit.  That sounded better than getting divorced and looking for a new job. How about you? […]

The 5 Most Important Minutes of Your Day

I used to answer the clanging alarm clock by shouting, “NOOOOOO!” as I reached out to SHUT IT OFF.   While that may sound harmless, even humorous, I realized that it probably was not the best way to greet the day. According to my friend, Robin Palmer, I’m absolutely right!  Robin says, “If you crawl out of bed stressed out and overwhelmed, you set yourself in motion to create a stress-filled, overwhelming day for yourself and those around you.” Robin is one of the most positive people I know.  Her energy is off the charts.  (Next to her, I feel like I spend the day eating bon bons on the couch, so that will give you an indication.)  She and I connected at a women’s business event and fell instantly in love.  I’ve helped her with some business planning, and she helps me get out of the “right side” of the bed.  A great business is built on a powerful mission, a burning “why.”  Hers was born as a response to a challenge in her own life… […]

Pin It to Win It

Have you been to Pinterest? If so, odds are you spent a lot of time there, compulsively looking at just-one-more page of beautiful images. If not, ask a few people in your life about Pinterest. You’ll get some animated responses, particularly from women, as they talk about their boards and pins and exactly how they [...]

I’m Looking For a Struggling Family Business…

This may be an opportunity for you.  This is a casting call for family-owned business owners who are in need of a turnaround.  Here’s the scoop… Family members in the business must be 18 years old or older. Your business needs a storefront…not an in-home office. No bars or restaurants.  Interested in service businesses, home service businesses, bakeries, photography, recycling centers, candy stores, auto shops, retail stores, etc. If you want to apply, move FAST.  Contact Beatriz TODAY.  Note that a reality TV show might not be something you’d be interested.  Then again, this may be your big chance to show off what you are capable of creating with help to make it happen.  So, go go go!   Check out the press release and contact info below.  And tell her Ellen Rohr sent you! […]