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9 Tips for growing a successful business

9 Tips For Growing A Successful Business


To succeed in business you need to be flexible and have good planning and organizational skills. People start a business thinking that they'll start making money right away - only to find that making money in a business is much more difficult than they thought. Take your time and plan out all the necessary steps you need to reach to achieve success:

1. Get Organized
Organization will help you complete tasks and stay on top of things to be done. A good way to do this is to create a to-do list each day - as you complete each item, check it off your list. This will ensure that you're not forgetting anything and you're completing all the tasks that are essential to the survival of your business.

2. Keep Detailed Records
All successful businesses keep detailed records. By keeping detailed records, you'll know where the business stands financially and what potential challenges you could be facing. Just knowing this gives you time to create strategies to overcome the obstacles that can prevent you from being successful and growing your business. IRS also requires that you keep detailed records of every expenditure and income.

3. Analyze Your Competition
To be successful, you can't be afraid to study and learn from your competitors. After all, they may be doing something right that you can implement in your business to make more money.

4. Understand the Risks and Rewards
The key to being successful is taking calculated risks to help your business grow. A good question to ask is "What's the downside?" If you can answer this question, then you know what the worst-case scenario is. This knowledge will allow you to take the kinds of calculated risks that can generate tremendous rewards for your business.

5. Be Creative
Always be looking for ways to improve your business and to make it stand out from the competition. Recognize that you don't know everything and be open to new ideas and new approaches to your business.

6. Stay Focused
The old saying that "Rome was not built in a day"... Just because you open a business doesn't mean that you're going to immediately start making money. It takes time to let people know who you are, so stay focused on achieving your short-term goals and give the rest time to come together on its own.

7. Prepare to Make Sacrifices
The lead-up to starting a business is hard work, but after you open your doors, your work has just begun. In many cases, you have to put in more time than you would if you were working for someone else. In turn, you have to make sacrifices, such as spending less time with family and friends in order to be successful. Never coast…as the owner you always have to stay on top of everything even after delegating.

8. Provide Great Service
There are many successful businesses that forget that providing great customer service is important. If you provide better service for your customers, they'll be more inclined to come to you the next time they need something instead of going to your competition. Provide more value than what you get paid for and have an honest and respectful relationship with your clients.

9. Be Consistent
Consistency is key component to making money in business. You have to consistently keep doing the things necessary to be successful day in and day out. This will create long-term positive habits that will help you make money over the long term. Consistency takes patience and dedication

Starting and running a successful business can be rewarding and challenging. Success requires focus, discipline and lots of perseverance. However, success will not come over night - it requires a long-term focus and that you remain consistent in challenging environments. You have to be flexible to bend with the needs of the business and the storms that come and go.



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Resume for Manya Hughes

Manya Hughes

95 Summer St.

Acton, MA  01720




Professional Summary

International Marketing Executive with extensive experience working with multilevel personnel to strategize and implement unified message to global sales and channels.  Accomplished in website structure and development, social media, content research and creation, extensive vendor management for PR, web design, branding evolutions and internal and external event management.



Managed relationships with analysts and PR agencies


Researched and developed content in support of global sales


Oversaw adherence to brand standards on all collateral, sites and product materials


Strategized and managed sales training events and product demos


Developed ancillary support materials i.e., customer testimonials, case studies, videos


Managed the participation and support for internal and external customer events



Lucent Technologies – Senior Marketing Manager

Worked on the integration of two productlines from separate divisions into the SoftSwitch product.  Compiled research from the engineering and development groups and strategic alliances from senior management to produce unified messaging and branding for global sales force.  Produced all the internal and external messaging including; website development, product sheets, case studies, video and audio products, support for internal training and tradeshow demonstrations.


Digital Equipment Corporation- Marketing Manager     

Developed strategy and directed the implementation of a multi-phased support program for the Prioris Server.  Worked with global marketing and sales groups to produce a cohesive brand and product support initiative that included intra and internet content, newsletters, industry analysts, public relations, sales tools, sales training and tradeshow participation.  Was awarded “Best in Class” by industry analysts for each new product release.


Lotus Development Corporation- Marketing Specialist

Collaborated with internal and external vendors to produce support materials for internal clients.  Working on very tight deadlines, successfully oversaw the production and approval of content, negotiated with external vendors, produced and monitored production schedule, branding and messaging.  Was always on time and on budget.




Professional Skills


Major strengths include highly skilled interpersonal expertise, negotiating contracts with vendors ranging from public relations, program presenters and design services to installation and dismantle contractors.  Working with and supervising staff to accomplish goals for tight deadlines.  Providing creative solutions for resolving conflicts affecting the timely delivery of materials, personnel or collateral materials. 


Planned and Monitored the reporting of a global marketing initiative  excess of $1 million, for a software switching program For Lucent Technologies, to support the international sales force.  This included the research, development and distribution of collateral materials, videos and white papers.  The planning of all related  sales training activities and tradeshows including venue selection, branding, publicity, vendor negotiations, internal and external events, and supervision of support staff to accomplish these activities in a timely and cost efficient manner.


Strategized and Implemented internet marketing plan for The Gold Rush Inc.  Through social media, web content and social media upgrades, produced 30% increase in overall gross business.  Oversaw additional name recognition campaign through online and hard copy coverage of the business with area newspapers and periodicals.


Researched Competitors analyzed and published the results, supervised the development of competitive comparisons with industry analysts to provide accurate information for field sales.


Drove the Cohesiveness of the international marketing groups for Digital Equipment Corporation oversaw the development of area specific white papers, collateral and support materials taking into account local vernacular, customs and traditions so as to produce materials that were free of inadvertent negative connotations.





Velvet Opus Independent Consulting -  Owner, Acton, MA, 2010-present

Lucent Technologies – Sr. Marketing Manager,  Marlboro, MA, 1999-2002

Digital Equipment Corporation –  Marketing Manager, Marlboro, MA, 1996-1999

Lotus Development Corporation – Marketing Specialist, Cambridge, MA, 1994-1996




Bachelor of Fine Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

Fast Fixes for Busy Days from EFX Fitness Revolution

Monday, 02 December 2013




Fast Fixes For Busy Days

If you’re trying to succeed on a fat loss diet plan, one thing that you must be preparing and planning for is those days where you just can’t seem to make time.  The thought of cooking a meal in itself is almost too much too handle as you’re stressed out trying to fit in everything that you need to be doing.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. By taking into account a few fast fixes, you can easily maintain your diet even on the busiest of days.

Let’s look at some quick suggestions to get you going.

Canned Tuna With Frozen Vegetables

The very first meal on the go is simply to open up a can of tuna, add some salsa, and then add in whatever frozen vegetables you happen to have on hand. It’s a good idea to keep some frozen vegetables in the freezer as these can literally be ready in seconds and will make sure you get the nutrition that you need.

Place this all in the microwave for a couple minutes or in the oven if you prefer.

Oatmeal And Protein Powder

Next, if it’s your breakfast meal that you’re in a rush for, go in for some oatmeal and protein powder. Simply prepare the oatmeal according to package directions which should only take 2-3 minutes and then stir in your favorite flavor of protein powder.

Top with some berries and nuts for healthy fats and you’ll be all set to get your day started.


Finally you might also want to consider creating your own soup. This can be done quickly and easily by simply heating up some low sodium chicken broth, adding some frozen shrimp and then tossing in some fresh or frozen vegetables along with some minute brown rice for carbohydrates.

Soup is especially filling and a fantastic way to boost your nutrient intake as well, so you’ll definitely want to make sure that you’re taking this one into consideration.

So there you have some quick and simple meals that you should consider utilizing on your busiest of days. Whatever you do, just don’t turn to fast food or convenience food. With just a slight amount of preparation, you can easily eat well and stick to your diet. 


The Ultimate Time Pressed Workout Solution

So you have the busiest of busy days ahead of you and know that there will be no time to get the gym as you usually do.

So, does this mean you should forgo your workout entirely? Or is it possible to salvage it with a few techniques? Fortunately, if you keep a few things in mind, you can get an effective workout in in just ten minutes or less.

Let’s look at what you should know.

Choose Thee Compound Exercises

First, choose three compound exercises to perform – one lower body movement and two upper body movements, a primary chest movement and a primary back movement. Between these three exercises, you will be able to effectively target every single muscle group in the body, thus cutting back on the total volume of exercises that must be completed within your protocol.

Perform Two Sets With Full Effort

Next, you’ll perform two full sets of this exercise, making sure that you are giving 110% effort. This not only means lifting as much weight as you can, but using the highest rep range possible as well.

These two combined is what will bring you to a very high intensity level that will create the training stimulus even though you are only in the gym (or your living room) for 10 minutes.

Keep Your Rest Short

Finally, the last thing to know is that you’ll want to keep the rest periods short. First, since you clearly don’t want to doddle during the workout or that will increase the length, this helps you get in and out quickly.

Then in addition to that, keeping the rest periods shorter will help you create a good metabolic effect in the body, which will then send your metabolism soaring for hours after the session is completed.

If you want to work on burning up more body fat, this is a great way to get the job done. This single workout could mean the difference of a few hundred calories burned over and beyond what you normally would had you skipped that workout that day.

A very short, but highly intense workout is a great way to kickstart a slow metabolism and allow you to burn fat far faster than ever before.

So don’t skip over that workout. Almost anyone can carve out 10 minutes from their day so use these techniques and get it in. 


"Success is only meaningful and

enjoyable if it feels like your own."

Michelle Obama 


Spicy Bean Salsa 

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup Italian-style salad dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Recipe makes 4 cups

  1. In a medium bowl, combine black-eyed peas, black beans, corn, onion, green bell pepper, jalapeno peppers and tomatoes. Season with Italian-style salad dressing and garlic salt; mix well. Cover, and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors.
  • Calories155 kcal8%
  • Carbohydrates20.4 g7%
  • Cholesterol0 mg0%
  • Fat6.4 g10%
  • Fiber4.4 g18%
  • Protein5 g10%
  • Sodium949 mg38%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


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Mike has a great knowledge of body mechanics, muscle function and is capable of determining the individual abilities of his clients. Kettlebells are a tremendous exercise and I am enjoying the results. Mike's positive attitude is a great asset to his willingness to work with his clients at their own level and to push them to their maximum potential. He instills confidence and encourages you to want to work further and apply yourself more diligently. Mike is alway watching technique and form during kettlebells, which is another asset to Mike being an A+ instructor.

Mike is a great trainer. There are all sorts of challenges with kettlebells.  I find his strong point is his comprehensive knowledge of the musculature anatomy of the body.  He combines that with his expertise in kettlebells and it's a terrific synthesis of a complete body work out.  He is sure to WATCH and INSTRUCT you as you perform correct form. 

I also see Mike as being attentive and willing to be flexible in his program.  He will also be considerate of any discomforts or soreness you may be experiencing.  He is understanding and considerate and he knows JUST what you are capable of.   And he pushes when he should.  That is what will make you appreciate Mike as a kettlebell expert! 

I've been with Michael Bistany only a short time and already am seeing results.  As I have had back issues for years I need to be confident in the leader of my fitness instruction and Michael has won that confidence in me.  He has adapted my exercises to meet my needs and selects workouts to target areas most important for me to strengthen first.  I look forward to an ongoing program.  Thanks, Michael!






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Networking Success Story - Walter Miska - Craft Beer Cellar of Westford

As small business owners we all know the importance of stepping away from the daily requirements of operating our business  to work on sustaining and growing our customer base.  We also know just how impossible this feels at times. Organized networking organizations have been the best manner that I have found to motivate myself to schedule time for this most important activity.  Prior to opening Craft Beer Cellar about a month ago, I was the owner of a very successful embroidery and printing business.  Networking in several business, commerce and charitable organizations was a significant part of the marketing program that allowed us to start, grow and sell our profitable business.  We belonged to these groups for the entire eight years of ownership, and truly believe that our success was due in large part to in person networking and the resulting word of mouth marketing. The cost effectiveness of this marketing approach is without question the best deal in advertising. 


That said, joining a networking organization in itself is not enough. It does take some effort on the part of the business representative to attend group events and when possible, give back to others in the group.  It is just as important to select the right networking group for your organization, a group that you are comfortable in, and one with the right leaders and members to be of mutual benefit.


One month into my new venture, and I am confident that joining the Friends of Kevin is one decision that will be essential to the success of Craft Beer Cellar.  I am excited to be a member of this group, and look forward to making new friends.  



Walter Miska, Head Beer Geek


Craft Beer Cellar of Westford

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