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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Prince George’s County – 2014 Holiday Sober Ride – Make The Call And Stay Safe



Subject: Prince George’s County – 2014 Holiday Sober Ride – Make The Call And Stay Safe

Once again the  Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is providing free rides up to $30 to residents of Prince George’s County that find themselves intoxicated at a bar, restaurant, or holiday party. Sober Ride will be running from December 12, 2014 to January 1, 2015. The service is available from 10 pm – 6 am every night. Simply pick up the phone and call 800-200-8294. If you feel a friend or loved one is intoxicated and shouldn’t drive, please call this number and save lives. The participating cab company delivering the rides within Prince George’s County is Silver Cab Company.




WRAP Sober Ride Available for Drivers During Holiday Season

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The Gerber and Warrillow Knockout Punch for Prince George’s County Non-Profits and Small Businesses

“Work On Your Business; Not In Your Business” –Michael Gerber
The Most Successful Small Business In The World: The Ten Principles by Michael Gerber

“Build A Business To Sell By Focusing On 1 Product” -John Warrillow
Built To Sell by John Warrillow

Prince George’s County – Two Authors That Will Help Build Stronger Non-Profit and Small Business Sectors In Prince George’s County



Subject: Prince George’s County – Two Authors That Will Help Build Stronger Non-Profit and Small Business Sectors In Prince George’s County

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not an entrepreneur, non-profit founder, or small business owner. I have been told I think like all three. Because I think like all three, resources that can help strengthen, support, and streamline a small businesses growth and success resonate with me. 

I listened to the e-Myth in 2005 but it wasn’t until I listened to The Most Successful Business In The World: The Ten Principles that I actually got what Michael Gerber was trying to convey. This subsequent book wasn’t faddish or bandwagonish. In Gerber’s words, I heard the culmination of years of experience and refinement. He was speaking to the mindset and the strategies and techniques of a true entrepreneur.  He was cautioning readers/listeners about what the endeavor was going to require and that real entrepreneurship isn’t about trading your status as an employee for a new status as the boss (a.k.a trading time for money). Real entrepreneurship is about building systems and processes that are repeatable in which other people (your employees) can use to sell your product or service. It’s not about you delivering the product or service. It’s about others delivering it and generating revenue for the company or non-profit. Gerber sums it all up with “Work on your business; Not in your business.” This is the hope I have for all Prince George’s County non-profits and small business owners.



E-Myth and Business Development expert Michael Gerber

I just finished listening to John Warrillow’s Built To Sell. This book educated me on why it’s important for startups and small business owners to consistently work on a plan to sell the business. This concept also applies to non-profits because a majority of the donors are millennials that have started and sold companies. They understand this concept and would be more receptive to donating to non-profits that operated their organizations with this business model. If you follow tech companies and the Silicon Valley venture capital model, you are familiar with the concept of growing a startup and planning for a 3-5 year exit strategy. 



John Warrillow, author of Built To Sell

In this fictitious story, Warrillow shows step-by-step the importance of planning a 3-5 year exit strategy. He shows the importance of focusing on one product that a company can deliver with expertise instead of multiple products that will be delivered with average results. Since it takes money to keep a business running, Warrillow shows the benefits of charging up front before the product is delivered. Using this cashflow model allows a business to stay in the black, avoid chasing customers for net 30, 60, or 90 invoice payments, and minimize mental anguish when it comes to paying expenses and payroll on time. There are many more lessons about preparing a business to be sold in this book. I think teaching Prince George’s County non-profits, small business owners, and startups to constantly be in exit strategy mode and thinking in these terms when making business decisions will allow each sector to build lasting capacity.



Built To Sell By John Warrillow Audiobook

These books are available at your neighborhood Prince George’s County library system via digital download to your smart phone or other device. Simply sign up for a library card at your neighborhood library and then download the apps that serve the library system. Some of the digital download apps are OneClick eAudio, Hoopla, and Overdrive. I found Michael Gerber’s book on Hoopla and John Warrillow’s book on OneClick eAudio. You also get access to the state of Maryland’s library consortium which includes the extensive resources of the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore.

If you find a book that you think needs to be available to residents via the digital library, please go to the “suggest a purchase” page of the website and send the library the pertinent information.

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The Gerber and Warrillow Knockout Punch for Prince George’s County Non-Profits and Small Businesses

“Work on Your Business; Not In Your Business” –Michael Gerber
 The Most Successful Small Business In The World: The Ten Principles by Michael Gerber 
 
“Build A Business To Sell By Focusing On 1 Product” -John Warrillow
Built To Sell by John Warrillow

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Prince Georges County – Read Or Listen To Michael Gerber’s Book Before Starting A Business



Subject: Prince George’s County – Read Or Listen To Michael Gerber’s Book Before Starting A Business


I used my Prince George’s County library card to download an audiobook to my smart phone. The name of the book was “The Most Successful Business In The World: Ten Principles” by Michael Gerber of “The E-Myth” fame. Gerber has been writing books about entrepreneurship since the 1980’s. I was exposed to his info in 2005. 



The Most Successful Small Business in the World

I thought this book was going to be warmed over E-Myth information but I was wrong. I was pleasantly wrong. I was captivated by the audiobook and how Gerber used an example person with an average job and average skill level; essentially an everyday person. He showed the thought pattern of the “everyday person” and why they decide to start their own business. The key words are “own business.” Most people start their own business because they don’t want anyone telling them what to do, they think they will make more money as the owner, and they think they will have more free time. Nothing could be further from the truth as Gerber points out. 

When most people go into business they are simply swapping titles. They are going from employee to owner. This includes non-profits. They are still exchanging time for money which is a key concept. “They are working in the business instead of working on the business.” In order to generate revenue, they must do the work themselves or be on-site all the time to direct others to do the work. Not only must they do the work but they are responsible for additional duties like advertising and marketing to bring in customers, purchasing liability insurance, handling the bookkeeping and accounting, making payroll each pay period, hiring trustworthy and customer service oriented employees, etc. Most people don’t think about the additional duties one must take on as a small business “Owner.” Becoming a small business owner seemed fun, interesting, and gave the individual pride when it was brand new but now it is becoming a tedious headache and more than 40 hours a week are required to run the business at a minimal level.



Michael Gerber: The Four Mind-Sets of an Entrepreneur: Innovators Forum Guest

This is where Gerber comes in. He describes all the challenges to the new small business owner I just discussed. The reason he points these challenges out is to get the person with easily transferrable skillsets (i.e. mechanic, beautician, carpenter, techie, doctor) to ask themselves the question: why do I want to start a business? The answer can’t be the typical responses listed above. These are the wrong reasons to start a small business. 



Micheal Gerber E-Myth Business is a System Part 1

Michael Gerber begins to walk the listener or reader down the path of why to start a business, the mentality one must have, and goals for the future of your business. If one ponders, plans, and starts a business for the right reasons, the chances of overcoming the barriers of the “small business owner blues” increase. I appreciate the fact that he dispels myths about owning a small business. He states small business owners must come to grips with the fact that every facet of running the business is not going to be glamorous and fun. Although it’s not going to be glamorous and fun, you have to push through it to achieve the bigger future goal.



Micheal Gerber E-Myth Business is a System Part 2

I think Michael Gerber’s “The Most Successful Business In The World: Ten Principles” is a MUST Read or LISTEN. You can easily listen to it on the way to work and returning home. You will be so engrossed that it will take your mind off the rush hour traffic. 

This book is a primer for those that are considering offering their own product or service to the public. This also applies to non-profits, given that 80% of Prince George’s County non-profits generate revenues of $25K or LESS. Starting a small business or non-profit and growing it is a marathon not a sprint. I want Prince George’s County small business owners and non-profits to be prepared for winning the marathon. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Prince Georges County – County Executive Rushern Baker Speaks About China 2014 Trade Mission



Subject: Prince George’s County – County Executive Rushern Baker Speaks About China 2014 Trade Mission

I am posting this video because it is the only video I could find that has County Executive Baker speaking about the success he and the Prince George’s County EDC had on the 2014 China Trade Mission. I heard EDC President and CEO Gwen McCall speak about how well the advertising and marketing worked in Shanghai and Prince George’s County’s new sister jurisdiction Changping, China. 

If you don’t tell people who you are, what you can do for them, and the resources you have available, they will never know. Prince George’s County told its story well in China. They now know we border Washington, DC and are in close proximity to Baltimore. They know we have access to an international airport BWI-Marshall and the world class Port of Baltimore. This sets the County up for foreign investment, development, and hopefully jobs. Check out County Executive Rushern Baker’s Facebook page for pictures of the trip on the days of Aug 29, Sept 8, and Sept 9. The delegation may not have been authorized by China to take video.




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Prince Georges County – Why You Should Become A Prince George’s County Based Certified Business



Subject: Prince George’s County – Why You Should Become A Prince George’s County Based Certified Business

This is a quick blog post to alert Prince George’s County current and future small business owners about why it’s important to be a Certified-Prince George’s County-Based Business. Please don’t take the benefit you earned lightly and let it slip away. It allows money to be recycled within our county. I would like to thank Business Resource TV (BRTV) for the video.




Prince George's County EDC Thirsty for Business Thursdays

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