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Sanibel Sandalfoot Condos

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MGS Designz & More is dedicated to growing your business and getting you noticed! We specialize in fabulously designed Custom Websites that really take your online presence to the next level. We offer complete WordPress website packages that are both affordable and functional!

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shelling-on-sanibel-island-flMGS Designz is all about showing off our clients not only because we love what we do to make them look and sound good but because we really admire everything they offer! Today we want to introduce you to one of our favorite, brand new clients – Sanibel Sandalfoot Condos 4A1, 4B3 & 2A3!

Sanibel Sandalfoot Condos 4A1, 4B3 & 2A3 is perfect for a weekend couples getaway, family reunion,  weddings,  corporate conference, family vacation or girls paradise escape! You will fall in love with our beautiful recently renovated accommodations that include: Spa showers, floor to ceiling marble, with low allergen , tile floor, high end decor, washer / dryer, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TV, iPhone docking stations, luxurious furnishings and bedding plus all the comforts of home. You can also enjoy Free Wi-Fi, pristine beach, swimming pool, tennis, outdoor grill, shuffleboard and so much more! Click here to view more now!

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Sanibel Island is #1 of the “Top 10 Best Florida Beach Towns” according to USA Today. Frommer’s Travel Guide ranked Sanibel Island a #1 top tourist destination. Sanibel Island is world renowned for its shelling beaches and the “Sanibel Stoop”. Come visit us and find out why our barrier islands are the perfect choices for your next vacation. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, holiday escape, nature trip, paradise wedding, honeymoon or beach retreat, Sanibel Island is definitely where you want to be and Sandalfoot Condos is the place for you to stay!

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Sanibel Sandalfoot Condos 4A1, 4B3 & 2A3 – a sneak peek inside!

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Welcome to Beautiful Sanibel Island!

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E-mail or call to get the latest special offers and availability.

Sandalfoot Beachfront Condominium
Located at:
671 East Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957

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MGS Designz & More is dedicated to growing your business and getting you noticed. We proudly serve happy clients nationwide, however we are based out of Cape Coral, FL. We have been in #SWFL for over ten years now providing awesome services such as marketing consulting, web design, graphic design, social media marketing, blogging, email marketing, SEO, creative writing, translation services and more!

Monica Garcia Saenz
MGS Designz & More…
(954) 326-5366
(239) 282-2869
mgsdesignz@gmail.com
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Press Release – Music of the Spirit Weekend at Happehatchee

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For Immediate Release: 

Contact: Julie Gerhard
Happehatchee Center
8791 Corkscrew Road
Estero, Florida 33928
(239) 992-5455
happehatchee@gmail.com
www.happehatchee.org 

Happehatchee Center presents a weekend with Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke

Music of the Spirit – Friday Dec 2, 2016 through Sunday Dec 4, 2016

 

World renowned musicians Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke will be leading a world music weekend workshop at the Happehatchee Center in the historic Village of Estero.  This is Happehatchee Center’s annual fundraiser.

Friday, December 2, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: The “Music of the Spirit Weekend” begins with live music, dancing, wine, cheese and a birthday cake for founder Ellen Peterson. There will also be an introduction of the musical instruments participants will learn about over the course of the weekend.

Saturday December 3, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kat and Nathan will offer a musical teaching experience with playing techniques, breathing, healing with music and finding one’s musical voice. Participants are invited to bring their own instruments for practice and group participation.  Lunch included.

Sunday December 4, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Concert with Kat and Nathan at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. Workshop participants come free of charge and some will be participating in the performance. The general public is invited.

Event RegistrationFull Weekend Workshop: $150 per person
Friday Night Only: $55
Saturday Only 10 – 5 pm: $95
Sunday Only 1 pm: $15 – $25 

Sunday Concert only: $25 per person or $15 for students and Happehatchee Members. Please present Student ID or Membership Card at door.  Proceeds will go to fund the free Happe Eco-Summer Camp. $15 for Maya and Mixteco language speakers.

Tickets available for purchase online at: http://happehatchee.org/our-events/music-of-the-spirit-workshop/

About Kat Epple

Kat Epple is a Peabody, Edward R Murrow, and Emmy Award-winning composer and flautist who has released 33 music albums, composed film scores for National Geographic, Nova, Valentino Fashions, and has performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, United Nations, and Guggenheim Museums around the world.  She also lectures about the power of music, and indigenous flutes which she has collected in her travels throughout the world. Her website is http://www.katepple.com/

About Nathan Dyke

Nathan’s musical inspiration flows from a connection to traditional aboriginal music from across the globe.  He has been studying and teaching African, Latin, and Middle Eastern percussion for years, along with playing several native flutes, and the Australian Didgeridoo. Nathan has a passion for the energy of music and sound and its effects on the human and planetary vibrational field. Over the years Nathan has performed and recorded with several artists, always learning about new and ancient music.

About the Happehatchee Center

The Happehatchee Center is a sanctuary for peace and healing.  A Park in the Heart of the Village of Estero, its mission is to preserve and honor the vibrant Land, as a way to make sacred connections with one’s self, each other, and Nature.  The Eco-Spiritual Center provides environmental and healing arts education and sustains facilities for celebrations and ceremonies.

The Happehatchee Center is located at 8791 Corkscrew Road, Estero, Florida, 33928. Please call (239) 992-5455, or write: Happehatchee@gmail.com  Website: www.happehatchee.org

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Via Press Agent: Monica Garcia
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Mascara Marketing Workshop!

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Mascara Marketing

How to be visually appealing and effective online 

By Monica Garcia Saenz

marketing-workshopI’m so excited to invite you to this fun and very educational event! Tanya Torres from HerOffice Consulting & Networking Boutique has invited me to share my marketing expertise with a group of powerful and amazing #SWFL women. In this workshop I will be sharing what I’ve learned in my field over the last ten years. It’s a great honor and privilege to share my knowledge and help other business women understand today’s marketing and get the most out of their online presence.

October 18, 2016 from 9 am – 2 pm
Workshop & Networking Event

$25 Includes: Workshop, Networking Breaks and Lunch

Brought to you by: HerOffice Consulting & Networking Boutique
Register at www.HerOffice.org

Location:
Residence Inn at Gulf Coast Town Center
10054 Gulf Center Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Mascara Marketing Workshop will Cover:

Websites Couture –

Your website is your 24 hour virtual salesperson and an online representation of your business, services and products. In this overview we will discuss the Top Ten Website Must Have’s as well as tips on how to grab your viewers’ attention and make them want to pick up the phone and call you. Q & A  

Blush Blogging –

What is blogging and why should you be doing it? How often should you be blogging and why does it matter? Monica answers these blogging questions as well as going over the Top Ten Tips for Successful blogging as well as how to get more readers. Q & A

Matte Email Marketing –

With the ever changing world of cyber communications its often difficult to decipher what is proper email marketing and what isn’t. In this section of our presentation we will review Email Marketing Do’s and Don’ts, How to Create a Powerful eNewsletter and who should be on your email list. Q & A

Stylish Social Media Marketing –

With everyone always on their phone and surfing social media this is an important part of today’s online marketing. We will be covering the Top Social Media Marketing outlets, Best Practices for Business posting and how to make more online connections. Q & A 

Fierceness – How to Tie it all Together –

The goal of online marketing is to create a strong online presence across the board with a branded image, make new connections and get your business noticed. In this section Monica will give a clear explanation of how blogging, email marketing and social media marketing all tie into driving traffic back to your website as well as making and keeping online connections with your clients and potential clients. Using all four of these sections will create a well-oiled machine that will take your marketing to the next level! Q & A

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Monica Garcia Saenz is published author, an experienced translator, a creative graphic designer and a talented marketing consultant. Monica has over ten years of experience in the marketing field and brings her expertise into every job opportunity with MGS Designz & More. She is a very dedicated and motivated business professional who is passionate about helping others. She always strives to give 100% of herself to every project she commits to. Her greatest joy is assisting in the success of others and the satisfaction of her clients.

MGS Designz & More is dedicated to growing your business and getting you noticed. We proudly serve happy clients nationwide, however we are based out of Cape Coral, FL. We have been in #SWFL for over ten years now providing awesome services such as marketing consulting, web design, graphic design, social media marketing, blogging, email marketing, SEO, creative writing, translation services, public relations and more!

Monica Garcia Saenz
MGS Designz & More…
(954) 326-5366
(239) 282-2869
mgsdesignz@gmail.com
mgsdesignz.com 

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Upcoming Events at Happehatchee!

Save the Dates

Save the Date – Come celebrate and enjoy with us!

Happehatchee Programs Estero FLWe are very excited about our upcoming fall and winter programming! Here is a peek of what we are planning. Some of our Happehatchee Advisors have come together to offer four special Labyrinth Walks a year on the equinoxes and solstices in coordination with the World Labyrinth Society. They are also offering a series of Art and Soul Classes.

We have great and exciting events planned for the next year and beyond so please mark your calendars and save the Happe dates below! Please scroll down for event details and descriptions.

Art and Soul Dates:

  • Sunday, September 25th 1-4 pm
  • Sunday, October 30th, 1-4 pm
  • Sunday, November 20th, 1-4 pm

Labyrinth Ceremonies

  • Thursday, September 22th, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, December 20th, 6 pm
  • Saturday, March 19th, 6 pm
  • Wednesday, June 21st, 6 pm
  • Saturday, May 6th, 1 pm *World Labyrinth Day*

Open House

  • Saturday, October 15th 2016 9-4 pm
  • Saturday February 11th 2017 9-4 pm

Members Day in the Park:

  • November 6th, 2016

Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations

  • January 12, 19, 26, 2017 – Thursdays: 7 pm – 9 pm
  • February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 – Thursdays: 7 pm – 9 pm

Open House 2016

Open House
Saturday, October 15 9 am-4 pm

A couple of times a year we open up the Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center to the public with an Open House to introduce new people to all the exciting, fun and wonderful things we offer. Don’t miss our next upcoming Open House Day on Saturday, October 15 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Our yoga teachers, healers, naturalists, drummers, environmental educators,  gardeners and Advisory Committee members will all be offering a taste of what we offer at Happehatchee.  It will be a fun filled day with awesome people, food and music.

Click here to read more about Open House Days.

We are a community! This is a fabulous and Free event open to the public – come join us!

Members Day in the Park 2016

Members’ Day in the Park
Sunday, November 6, 2016

We love and appreciate our Happe member that we created a special day just for them! Our next Members’ Day in the Park is November 6, 2016.

Happehatchee will be open to members and people who wish to join us that day. There will be many fun activities, food and music will be offered. Both sides of the park will be open and folks will be able to cross the bridge, walk both labyrinths and relax in the Bamboo studio.

Click here to read more about Members Day. Your memberships help sustain Happehatchee Center.

Labyrinth Walk 2016

Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, September 22, 6 pm

Come Walk with Us! Celebrate the Autumn Equinox on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Happehatchee Center with a beautiful Labyrinth Walk.

Welcome Fall and Harvest Energies and bring the season into being while enjoying the slowing of the Earth and the cycle of enjoying the fruits of our labor both materially and spiritually. The Evening will close with conversation, herbal tea and refreshments.

Click here to read more about our Labyrinth Walk Days at Happehatchee.

Music of the Spirit Weekend
Music of the Spirit
Friday – Sunday, December 2nd thru 4th

This year in December, we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the founding of Happehatchee Center and our founder, Ellen Peterson’s Birthday. This will be a fundraiser and consciousness raising event with our dear friends Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke. They will be holding a world music workshop, The “Music of the Spirit Weekend”, on December 2 and 3 and will then perform a concert with participants for the weekend on December 4.  Kat and Nathan played music at Ellen’s last birthday parties when she was alive, as well at our birthday celebrations the last few years since Ellen died.  This is already a tradition!  Click here to read more about that event and sign up now.

 Art and Soul at Happehatchee

Art and Soul
Sunday, September 25, 1-4 pm

Happehatchee is inspiring you to develop and enjoy your creative side with our fabulous new Art and Soul Days. Explore different mediums for use in the Art Journaling Phenomenon. An Art Journal can use papers, paint, clippings etc. Samples provided. An Art Journal can allow as much writing or drawing as its creator desires.

Light refreshments will be served, and a centering meditation before we begin.

Click here to read more about Art and Soul Days at Happehatchee!

Power Animal Meditations

Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations
January 12, 19, 26. February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2017. Thursdays: 7 pm – 9 pm

Come join shamanic healer, Denise Exler as she shares Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations starting in January, every Thursday Night at 7:00 pm. At each circle, a different power animal will come forward with sacred life teachings. Power animals are spirit guides that appear in animal form and assist us in life in many ways.

The suggested $15 donation will be donated to the Happehatchee Center.  Denise can be reached at sacredhealingdrum@gmail.com.


This photo of Kat and Nathan was taken on Ellen’s last birthday party December 2010

This photo of Kat and Nathan was taken on Ellen’s last birthday party December 2010

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Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center in Estero

                             
About Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center

Happehatchee Center is a sanctuary for peace and healing. A Park in the Heart of Estero Village. Our mission is to sustain the Happehatchee Eco-spiritual Center as it provides environmental and healing arts education. We preserve and honor Happehatchee’s vibrant land as a way to make sacred connections with our selves, each other, and Nature. The Happehatchee Center is a Founding Member of the Estero Historic Preservation Citizens Committee. Happehatchee Center would greatly appreciate your support in order to continue to provide and offer everything we do as we continue to grow and offer our community even more!

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8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928
(239) 992-5455
happehatchee@gmail.com
www.happehatchee.org

MGS Designz & More is dedicated to growing your business and getting you noticed. We proudly serve happy clients nationwide, however we are based out of Cape Coral, FL. We have been in #SWFL for over ten years now providing awesome services such as marketing consulting, web design, graphic design, social media marketing, blogging, email marketing, SEO, creative writing, translation services, public relations and more!

Monica Garcia Saenz
MGS Designz & More…
(954) 326-5366
(239) 282-2869
mgsdesignz@gmail.com
mgsdesignz.com 

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New Year requires a New Plan!

MGS Designz is all about sharing the positive and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Lee Knapp! We help Lee manager her blog, newsletter and social media every month and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!

Are you really ready for the New Year?As 2012 arrives quickly we can close our eyes and almost here it whispers to us “One, Two, Three… ready or not, here I come!” Just like in the days of our childhood hide and seek play, before we even had a chance to figure out what our next move was going to be, the countdown was over and it was time! Now is the perfect moment to stop and reflect on our accomplishments of the last year and consider where we want to go in the coming year. You have the power to make those decisions. It’s up to you to use it !

OK, let’s get started. First, eliminate all distractions, sounds , whatever. Sit quietly and ask yourself this question : “What do I want to accomplish in 2012?” Having a clear definition of your goal is the first step in reaching it. If you don’t know where you are headed than you don’t know what direction to take. Running a business can be frustrating, stressful, and confusing, at times. Having goals that provide direction and motivation help us stay creative and enjoy what we are doing.

You know, they say “Time flies when you’re having fun” and I don’t know about you but I think it flies whether you’re having fun or not! It’s happening whether we are prepared or not and we certainly aren’t getting any younger!

Success isn’t something we stumble upon. It isn’t something that arrives at our doorstep by chance or accident. We don’t wake up one day and find that we’re successful. We reach success after a period of time in which we have defined, planned, programmed, worked, walked, sweat, struggled, analyzed, reworked, and believed we could actually reach it. It’s not easy but it isn’t impossible either. It takes clarity, determination and persistence but it can be yours!

In real life you get to define the direction of your business and you should. Do you want to grow or downsize? Should you move to a new location or work from home? Do you want to make more money? Do you want to take on a partner or hire a new employee? Do you want to add a new service or reduce your product line? All of these questions you need to ask and answer yourself and then define what your plan is for 2012. You can’t expect to walk into 2012 without goals and a game plan on how you will achieve them.

Part of what I do as a Business Coach is to sit down with you, as a client, and walk you through this process. I can help you understand where you are, where you want to be and what it’s going to take to get there. My years of experience give me the opportunity to see what you can’t see and then help you plan how to get there. We can define what you would like, what you absolutely have to have and that middle ground that is a compromise between the two. We can create a realistic, attainable and sound plan for you to start your New Year knowing where you are going and how you’re going to achieve your success.

Sometimes people forget that they have to spend money in order to make money. Sometimes they forget that it’s much better to hire someone who can help them figure it out from a different perspective. It’s easy to be so close to our business that we don’t see opportunities right under our nose. Gaining another opinion and brainstorming with other professionals just makes good sense. I do the same thing for my business. I have learned that it can cost me more money to try to figure things out by myself instead of bringing in another professional to help share ideas and their expertise.

Knapp Consultants has been offering Business Consulting and EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING for over 23 years! You can contact me, Lee Knapp to hear how I can help you grow your business and further develop the skills of your employees. . (239) 481-8557 or visit www.LeeKnapp.com for more details!

Do I really need a Bookkeeper?

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good stuff! Lately we’ve been showcasing our clients blogs on our blog – just so you can see who are clients are and also see samples of our work.  Today we’re going to share a great blog post from Judith McMahon from Bean Counters of FL! We have been working with Judith for years and have helped her with her logo, business card and website. Please read on and feel free to contact us for more information!

Bookkeeping Tips by Bean Counters of Florida

# 1 Keep an audit trail

An audit trail is nothing more than a record of all your invoices and checks in numeric order. The thing to remember is never skip numbers. Record voided check and invoice numbers in numeric order with all other checks and invoices, only denote each one that is “voided.” This assures there will be no gaps in your numerical sequence and leaves a proper audit trail.

# 2 Due Date Reminders

It’s a good idea to follow a payroll tax due date reminder. Whether you have a payroll service preparing your payroll tax returns or you’re preparing them yourself, you should follow a check-off list of all the required payroll tax reports. A good due date reminder would be customized to your business’ specific payroll liabilities and include the follow information:

  • Due date
  • Type of tax
  • Report number
  • Government agency
  • Time period covered
  • Submit money, a report or both

# 3 Remember to Be Consistent

Consistency is essential to successful business bookkeeping. If you use a paper bookkeeping system, always be sure to head your columns the same way each month throughout the year. This small matter of consistency will save you and your accountant time and aggravation.

# 4 Keep Good Records

Many business owners don’t keep good records. Some don’t understand bookkeeping; others understand it, but may be afraid of what the numbers might tell them. Think of it this way–bookkeeping is the glue that keeps your business together. If your records aren’t in good shape, the business could fall apart. A healthy business is monitored through its records on a regular basis so you can find problems and correct them before it’s too late.

# 5 Deposit Ticket Books

How do you handle your bank deposits? One easy way is to record your daily deposit in a deposit ticket book. Generally, these books come with a white (original) copy and yellow (duplicate) copy in books of 50. For a small business, an order of 200 duplicate deposit tickets could last 2 years unless you make deposits every day. As you write each deposit ticket, it is a good idea to remove the white
copy to give to the bank and leave the duplicate (yellow) in the book. That way nothing gets lost.

Why would I have to hire a bookkeeping service? I can just go out and buy QuickBooks and do it myself.

Yes, you can, and then again you can’t. Why do we say this? Clients come to us after they’ve attempted to do their own books with QuickBooks. They usually fall into two categories: those that have made a complete mess of things and those who find they don’t have the time to get to it what with running their businesses, managing their employees, handling sales and marketing, family and so on. Eventually they find themselves so far behind that they know they’ll never catch up.

Hiring a professional bookkeeping service gives you a professional individual who doesn’t need to be trained, doesn’t want health insurance, workers compensation or vacation pay. Bookkeepers do the work of accountants for an affordable price. Can you go to your CPA? Sure you can. But think about this. They charge their normal fee, pay their bookkeeper a wage or a fee and pocket the difference. Wouldn’t you rather have that money in your pocket?

We bring to your business over 35 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience. We’ve worked with a number of different companies and know what you need and what needs to be done to get your books in order and keep them that way. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out about your bookkeeping, then give us a call. We will be glad to help. Bean Counters of Florida is a full service bookkeeping company that serves small and start up businesses. What do we mean by full service? Well, everything from reconciling your accounts all the way to paying your bills and doing your payroll. We do it all!!

Judith McMahon
239-313-6322 Office
239-288-2546 Fax
Judith@beancountersfl.com
www.BeanCountersFL.com
 

 

Battery Fundamentals from Battery Giant SWFL

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Brittany King with Battery Giant of SWFL! We help Brittany put together her blog and newsletter every month and we very much enjoy working with her. Please read on and feel free to contact us for more information!

Wow – where has the time gone! We have been pretty busy serving our customers here at Battery Giant in Cape Coral, and the holidays are sneaking up on us. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which will kick off the holiday season. And since we’re on the subject of giving thanks, we would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for your patronage and loyalty. Thanks for taking the time to connect with us, read our blog and for making Battery Giant of SWFL you favorite place to go for batteries!

In anticipation of the holidays, we’re going to be getting some cool battery related products in which will make fantastic gifts for the folks on your list. I’ll provide a couple of examples before I go into more battery fundamentals.

For example, for the holidays, we have stocked up on some really sweet LED flashlights that are incredibly powerful and bright. And for those of you who have four-legged friends, we’re also getting some awesome LED collars so you can see – and your friend can be seen – at night. Come on in and check them out – we think you’ll love them. We have lots of awesome stocking stuffers that your family, friends and employees will absolutely love!

Enough of the commercials – lets get back to battery fundamentals. Last week, I spent some time to explain three of the basic types of batteries that customers need. In today’s blog, I’ll cover off four others, which make up the balance of the market for replacement batteries.

As before, I’m going to take advantage of materials provided by our Battery Giant headquarters operation to provide the content I’ll use.

  • Nickel – metal – hydride (NiMH): these types of batteries have a higher energy density compared to Nickel Cadmium. However, they have a reduced cycle life compared to NiCd. The other good news is there is relatively little toxic metal in NiMH batteries, but please bring them to us for responsible recycling anyhow. Popular applications for NiMH include cordless phones, rechargeable batteries, and older generations of cellular phones.
  • Alkaline: Alkaline batteries are one of the most popular consumer batteries. They are available in a number of different sizes – the most popular are AA, AAA, C and D. They have high energy density, long shelf life, superior leakage resistance, and lower internal resistance that allow it to operate at higher discharge rates over a wide range of temperatures. Popular applications include radios, watches, toys and numerous other household applications.
  • Lithium Phosphate:Lithium Phosphate batteries have high energy density by weight and volume, safety (high resistance to thermal runaway), and high current or peak power rating. Typical applications include power tools, solar lighting, and a broad range of medical devices such as oxygen concentrators, defibrillators and EMS equipment.
  • Lithium Polymer: Lithium Polymer batteries provide higher volumetric energy density. Beyond this benefit, the primary advantage for manufacturers of consumer devices such as iPods and cell phones is that Lithium Polymer provides great flexibility in cell size, shape and weight. Lithium Polymer also provides superior stability in over-voltage and high temperature conditions.

Finally, I wanted to let you know we’re preparing our first email newsletter, so for those of you who have given us your email addresses, expect to see our newsletter in your inbox in the near future. Don’t delete it – it will have a valuable coupon for you to use on your next visit to us! If you would like to subscribe now – click here!

Solutions for Your Hiring Problems!

MGS Designz is all about sharing the good business advice and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Maryanne Preston and Hiring Solutions! We help Maryanne put together her blog and newsletter every few months and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!

Persistence –   How to Hire Great People 

It’s no secret that hiring is one of the biggest challenges of managing and growing a productive team. So why do we chronically underestimate the time and energy that we need to dedicate to this crucial task?  Business owners frequently minimize the importance of hiring. It’s a “tertiary task” superficially unrelated to client work, and often triggered under duress: a huge new client project to ramp up for, the opening of a new office, or the exodus of a few great employees. For this reason, hiring often takes on a stressful tone and is executed hastily. Yet no decision can have a bigger impact on the direction of your work and the long-term success of your business.

Hiring exceptional people allows a leader to set strategic direction and then hand over incremental decisions to smart, capable team members.  Letting people in the organization use their judgment turns out to be faster and cheaper – but only if you hire the right people and reward them for having the right attitude.

The trick is uncovering those talented and trustworthy people – and knowing what they look like when you find them. Here are a handful of tips:

1. You cannot clone yourself. One of the first obstacles in expanding your team is re-wiring your brain. Subconsciously or not, you may be fixated on looking for someone with the skills, mannerisms, single-minded passion, and other useful qualities that mimic your own. Instead, look for a cocktail of complementary skills to balance your weaknesses. Seek a foundation of rudiments and a likeable and hard-working personality. There is no one who loves your work more than you.

2. Persistence is golden. There’s a rule of thumb called The Rule of 100. Assume you’ll need to make contact with 100 people in order to find 10 prospects to narrow to a pool of 3 great matches. Sometimes this is an overestimation, but the point is that finding the right person is usually a matter of persistence. Don’t stop looking if you’re having trouble finding the right fit, just keep looking.

3. The best resource is your personal network. Hands down the best source for locating a person that fits you and your company is your circle of contacts. It’s your job to communicate effectively to your network by being clear about what you’re looking for and the context of the hire. It helps to be specific when approaching your network to give them information that’s easy to act on.

4. But… don’t forget to look beyond your network. It is a common strategy (and a common mistake) to stick to your personal network to find quality people. Go beyond your circle of contacts. Make a list of people and companies you respect or admire and reach out to them for assistance. Always ask who you should speak to next to continue to expand your network concentrically outward.

5. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior… but it’s not always obvious. Often a person’s interests are found in the seams of their resume or professional trajectory. Find out about hobbies, art projects or groups they started outside of work. This type of initiative will provide insight into how well a person works independently and if they’re prone to turning ideas action.

6. Use “critical incident interviewing.” This is an interview model that queries specific past events as a basis for discerning a person’s capabilities. It’s all about cascading questions. Start by asking about an incident, then peeling back the layers to evaluate the person’s thought process, judgment, and how he or she deals with a situation.

For example:

  • “Tell me about a time you disagreed with your supervisor on a creative issue.”
  • “Walk me through the problem.”“What did you do about it?”
  • “What led to that decision?”
  • “Why do you think that was effective?”
  • “What was the outcome?”

7. Assign homework. After a series of interviews, it is common practice for companies to assign a phantom project or problem to solve. Some even hand off a client assignment and compensate potential employees for their work. There’s no better way to predict performance than by having the opportunity to evaluate the work directly and get a feel for a prospect’s style and habits.

8. Do great work and make great stuff… so the best people find you. It’s no surprise that the best companies always have the easiest time hiring. That’s because people are clamoring to work for them. Strive to do mind-bendingly great work and the hiring will take care of itself!

Do you know what your Customer needs?

MGS Designz is all about sharing the positive and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Lee Knapp! We help Lee put togehter her blog and newsletter every month and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!

YOU CAN’T PLEASE YOUR CUSTOMERS UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM!

Customer Service is a big part of every business and unfortunately it’s one that often gets forgotten. Every year business owners spend hundreds and thousands of dollars in advertising, marketing, getting the best packaging for their product, securing the perfec t location, etc… – it’s all a part of doing business, right?  So why doesn’t it always work? Well often times they are missing a really big element – Customer Service! In this new blog series we’re going to review several tips, tricks and ideas on how you can become a successful business person by improving your customer service skills! If you missed it, click here to read Part 1.

Part 2 of “THE FOUR CRITICAL STEPS TO CUSTOMER LOYALTY” 

2. KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER!  

If we take a look at the big business successes of the past it’s not that difficult to see that the leader or person in charge of that company or business had a pretty good idea of what the end-user wanted and was then able to fill the need in a manner that made the client happy. Take Steve Jobs for example – he was able to take Apple from a dream idea to a household name with products that everyone doesn’t just want but HAS to have and right now… how? He had a knack for knowing what people wanted. Even when everyone else around him said it was crazy, impossible or a waste of time, he not only made it happen but he created a success out of it.

Now I know we all can’t be Steve Jobs and we certainly don’t have crystal ball or magic powers to see what our potential customers want but there are plenty of fundamental and basic tips to great customer service. There is a lot that you can do as a provider of a product or service to research and learn more about your customers and what they need. Below are just a few tips to help you get started!

IDENTIFY THE STUDENTS/CUSTOMERS NEEDS 

  • Know their timing needs. 
  • Try to anticipate their needs in advance. 
  • Be able to ‘READ” their attitude. 
  • Practice skillful listening with care. 
  • Create two-way dialog.

Knapp Consultants has been offering Customer Service Training for over 23 years! Please contact Lee Knapp to find out how she can help you and your employees increase your sales and improve your customer satisfaction. (239) 481-8557 or visit www.LeeKnapp.com for more details!

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