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How to Do Business With Local Governments Workshop and Mini Trade Fair

Small business owners are invited to join SCORE and the HCC NW Center for Entrepreneurship as we host our second annual How to Do Business With.. Workshop and Mini-Trade Fair.  Come connect with key representatives of the City of Houston, the Port of Houston Authority, HCC Procurement, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) and the Houston Independent School District (HISD).  All are all expanding and they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on products and services….. and they want to do business with local small business owners.

 

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REMINDER Watch Live Podcast Awards Slate Announcement This Sunday

REMINDER Watch Live Podcast Awards Slate Announcement This Sunday

I wanted to send you quick reminder to join us this Sunday night at 6 pm Pacific 9 pm Eastern for our live broadcast announcing the slate of finalists for the 10th annual Peoples Choice Podcast Awards. Just go to www.podcastawards.com to see the live google hang out.

We had over 65,000 nominations and almost 6,000 podcasts nominated this year! That is more podcasts nominated than ever before.

If you nominated your favorite podcasts, or if you are one of the nearly 6,000 podcasts that were nominated, on behalf of myself, everyone at NMX and all of the podcasters I want to thank you for all of your support of the Podcast Awards over these last 10 years.

Please be sure to join us this Sunday Night March 1st as we announce the finalists in all 22 categories on www.podcastawards.com

Sincerely,

David Jackson
Founder
SchoolofPodcasting.com
Director of Podcasting
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Celebrate the 2015 Markie Award Finalists!

Celebrate the 2015 Markie Award Finalists!

Celebrate the 2015 Markie Award Finalists!

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 03:23 PM PST

It’s that time again! Finalists for the Markie Awards have been announced! Winners will be revealed at the Markie Awards ceremony at during Modern Marketing Experience, April 1, 2015 in Las Vegas. The Markies honor strategic, collaborative, and tactical marketing and sales innovation. Check out the 2015 Markie Award Finalists:

Best Audience CreationCetera Financial Group | Dell Inc. | Sage | Thomson Reuters – Tax & Accounting

Best Cross-Channel Marketing ProgramCetera Financial Group | Chicago Bears Football Club | Rautaruukki | Twitter

Best Data Activation: Ingram Micro | IHS | Rautaruukki | Viajanet

Best Digital Marketing Ecosystem: comScore, Inc. | Dell Inc. | FIS | Rockwell Automation

Best Integrated Ad CampaignCole-Parmer | CSC | Klick Health | LifeSize

Best International CampaignADP | F-Secure | Lectra | Rockwell Automation

Best IT-Marketing CollaborationAer Lingus | Dell Inc. | Realestate.com.au | Western Union Business Services

Best Lead Nurturing Program: ACTIVE Network | DocuSign, Inc. | LinkedIn | Polycom

Best Social CampaignAmadeus | LifeSize | Metia | Micro Focus

Brand Experience of the YearKlick Health | Mack Trucks | Thomson Reuters | Twitter

Content is KingGood Technology | Optum | Telstra | Thermo Fisher Scientific

Customer Centricity: Audible.com | Lojas Colombo | Western Digital

CMO’s Marketing Team of the YearCetera Financial Group | LifeSize | Penton | SHIFT Communications

Extraordinary EmailAirWatch by VMware | B&Q | Telstra | Twitter

Going MobileDell Inc. | Rautaruukki

Metrics That Matter: FIS | IHS | Nuance Communications, Inc. | Optum

Modern Marketing Leader of the Year: Tim Dubroy, Western Union Business Services | Megan Lueders, LifeSize | Neil Rongstad, Rockwell Automation | Rhonda Wunderlin, Penton

Most Creative Marketing Campaign: Alaska Communications | Atmel Corporation | Eaton | Zumba

Revenue Growth: Chicago Bears Football Club | Cole-Parmer | FIS | Ingram Micro

Rookie of the Year: BT Business | ClubCorpUSA | comScore, Inc. | Wiley

Thank you for your submissions. Congratulations to the finalists! Follow the Modern Marketing Experience discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #MME15.

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Cardone Zone How to Get Out of the Middle Class Live at 1PM EST

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Sales Coaching Training

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New Oracle Modern Sales Speakers. OneRepublic Entertains

Exciting Speaker Highlights for the Modern Sales Experience Conference

Modern Sales Opening Session

Nelson Kunkel, Director, Deloitte Digital
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Scott Creighton, VP Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle
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Oracle
Data Intelligence Workshop Susan Etlinger, Altimeter Group
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Altimeter Group
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Tim Handorf, Co-Founder and President, G2 Crowd
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In addition to the full schedule of analyst and visionary content, the Modern Sales Conference will dive deep intoCPQ topics based on distinct roles. Discover which track is best for you, or mix-and-match as you go:

  • Business Users: Join us for two full days of CPQ-specific content featuring customer discussions and best practices on many of today’s most demanding sales process challenges.
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SBA Seeking Nominations for Annual Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards

SBA Seeking Nominations for Annual Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for its annual Tibbetts and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Hall of Fame Awards.

For details on how to submit nominations, visit http://www.sbir.gov/news/2015-tibbetts-and-sbir-hall-fame-award-nominations.  The deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT, April 10, 2015.  Please note that for the first time, there is an option for nominations to be made by video presentation.

The Tibbetts Awards are presented to those small businesses, support organizations and/or individuals who are judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR program. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and is presented to a company or individual that has leveraged the SBIR/STTR investment in a way that has generated a measurable return in value to small business innovation and the national economy.

The SBA administers the SBIR and the STTR programs for small businesses seeking to advance their technological inventions in the commercial marketplace. The SBIR program is a highly competitive three-phase award program that encourages small businesses to explore their technological potential and helps them profit from their inventions.

There are two types of Tibbetts awards. One prize goes to businesses that have participated in the SBIR or STTR award programs. Another award goes to organizations and/or individuals who have not received SBIR/STTR funding, but who have contributed significantly in implementing the programs or in supporting program participants.

 

The SBIR Hall of Fame, started in 2011, recognizes previous SBIR awardees with a long period of extraordinary success in research, innovation, and commercialization within the SBIR program. Past SBIR Hall of Fame winners include IRobot, Qualcomm, and Symantec.

 

All Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame award winners will be selected by the SBA based on the recommendations of a panel of judges. The winners will be invited to an awards program held in June during the annual SBIR National Conference at the National Harbor.

 

 

SBA Announces Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show

SBA Announces Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show

Expands My Brother’s Keeper with national college tour throughout 2015

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration kicks off the Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show this week in Atlanta, Georgia.  The road show, which is a national tour of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), will engage students and raise awareness about the possibilities of entrepreneurship, expose them to the available programs and resources and educate them on how to move from business idea to start-up.

 

“Millennials are born to be entrepreneurs.  They grew up with the Internet.  They’re the largest generation in our country, the most diverse and the most educated.  More than half of millennials say they are interested in starting their own business,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “SBA’s Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show is going to visit college campuses across America to show them how.  Our expert counselors can help students on the path to entrepreneurship so they can harness their talents to support themselves and our economy.”

 

SBA’s Millennial Road Show is a part of SBA’s “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative”, a Presidential priority to ensure that all young people have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success.   SBA’s initiative will focus on outreach and education to help America’s millennials improve their entrepreneurial skills and pave the way to encourage the next wave of entrepreneurs.   It is a call-to-action as part of the President’s new economic opportunity agenda for millennials to establish new strategies that support this generation.

 

The Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show will include SBA Millennial Trep Day events in several cities throughout the country.  The first SBA Millennial Trep Day will take place at Atlanta University Center (AUC) on Feb. 27, from 11 am to 3 pm.  Each event will feature a day of intensive entrepreneurship immersion, interactive breakout sessions, speakers, resource panels and networking opportunities with business mentors. All events are free and open to the public.

 

Five cities have been confirmed for SBA Millennial Trep Day:

Atlanta, Ga.

Los Angeles, Calif.

Miami, Fla.

St. Louis, Mo.

D.C. Metro

Additional information on upcoming SBA Millennial Trep Day events for each city will be announced.  To learn more about SBA’s Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show, please visit www.sba.gov.

Protect Your Business from Spring Weather Threats

Protect Your Business from Spring Weather Threats

Get business continuity tips at a free webinar hosted by SBA & Agility

 

WASHINGTON – This winter has been particularly harsh for businesses in the northeast and parts of the southern U.S., as record snowfalls and frigid temperatures forced many companies to close their doors for several days.

 

Many parts of the country are bracing for possible spring floods that may follow when the snow melts.  Meanwhile, April through June is the peak time for tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The Southeast, Midwest, the Gulf States and the South Central region are particularly vulnerable to these dangerous windstorms.

 

Now is a good time to make a plan to protect your clients, customers and your business for the threats caused by spring storms and floods. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar on best practices for mitigating spring weather risks.  These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners.

 

The SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

 

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

 

 

WHAT:                 “Preparing for Severe Spring Weather” – A presentation from Agility CEO Bob Boyd, followed by a question and answer session.

 

WHEN:          Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 2 –3 p.m. EDT

 

HOW:                   Space is limited. Register at http://agil.me/springprepsba

 

 

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