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Quick Camera Tip

I have a wonderful Canon EOS Rebel T1i.  I’ve had it over a year and love it.  But up until now, I never knew it had a Live View Remote Capture feature.  Simply put, this means that I can set my camera up on a tripod to photograph jewelry, connect it to my computer with […]

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Ducks in a Row

If you are starting a business, here is a handy link to the Small Business Administration site that will tell you know what governmental permits, licenses and registrations you need before opening shop.   Enter your zip code and business type and a page will be returned with what you need to do, along with links […]

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Patents & Trademarks & Copyrights Oh My!

I snuck out of the studio today to attend a seminar at my local SBDC, given by Gerry Bodner – a fellow former engineer and a patent attorney of many years standing. It was an eye-opening presentation, answering many questions I had about protecting intellectual property.  Briefly, there are three types of rights offered to […]

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It Finally Happened

Does anyone remember this post, where I had a computer problem and strongly recommended everyone have a back-up system in place?  Well, I’m REALLY glad I took my own advice!  I do regular back-ups of my hard drive and every so often do a back up to a second external drive.  Last week, I did […]

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Small Business Saturday!

I think they’re onto something! I see ads on TV and hear them on the radio. American Express is doing its bit to jump start the economy by promoting Small Business Saturday on November 27th. They are putting their money behind this effort. If you have an American Express card, you can register it with Small Business Saturday. If […]

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Out of the Box

Sorry for the late post – but I was at a supermarket today, selling my jewelry.  What, you say?  Yep, I was selling jewelry at a supermarket.  But not just any supermarket – my local Whole Foods Market invited me to exhibit at their Farmer/Artisan Market.  In today’s economy, it pays to think outside the […]

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Things I Learned

Well, tried to do a spur of the moment fundraiser to support VetDogs, a wonderful non-profit organization that provides service dogs to our disabled veterans, at no cost.  I detailed the fundraiser in a blog post and also posted on facebook.  A few wonderful people donated and one will be the lucky winner of a […]

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A Marvel

My apologies for not posting last Friday.  My only excuse is that I was having too much fun on vacation!  We went to Las Vegas, where there is always something to do – even for non-gamblers like us.  Shows and wonderful meals at night, then up early to go on tours, like the one above […]

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Surf Away!

You know you spend hours surfing the web – now you can surf and not feel guilty about it!  Just visit the sites below and surf to your heart’s content, while doing your business some good. The New York Times has a section devoted to small businesses.  Accounting, legal, marketing, technology, retailing, strategy, social media […]

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Women Unite!

For all the women business owners – it’s time to get out there!  As a self-employed entrepreneur who works alone, I don’t have the opportunity to bat ideas around, as I would if I were in an office environment.  Siena is a wonderful companion, but she can’t give me business advice or tell me what […]

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