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Craftcation 2013

#Craftcation – Sew Good

My wife sends out smartly wrapped packages to friends across the country, hosts family craft days, watches tons of crafting videos while tweeting or Facebooking with crafty friends and I even joined her on a crafting cruise a few years back. So it was no surprise when she decided to volunteer at this year’s Craftcation conference here in nearby Ventura.

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Geeky Mobile Presentation Trick Using QR Codes

Have you ever gone to a presentation or meeting and spent all your time writing down exactly what was being beamed on the projector? Well I came up with a trick to help reduce this kind of redundant notetaking and to distribute the presentation without killing any trees.

The presentation trick uses QR Codes, those funny little scrambled bar code looking things that you’re now seeing all over the place. Smart phones with QR Code scanners can scan these QR Codes and be taken to the associated web address that are embedded in the code.

Hurdles

HTML For Bloggers Course – Lesson 1

HTML knowledge is one of the biggest stumbling blocks for small business owners looking to manage their own blogs. On a blog platform like WordPress.com, a non-techie can configure 80-90% of their site without knowing any HTML. On Posterous blogs, 95% of the blog site can be well configured without HTML.

It’s that 5-10% that can stop a small business owner in their tracks. The intent of this post and the whole course is to help you get over that learning hump so you can manage your blog effectively and go on and do what you do best, run your business.

Small Business Success At The TecnifĂ­cate Seminar

I had the pleasure of presenting at the TecnifĂ­cate seminar at Mission College in Sylmar, California this past Saturday. I presented on how small businesses can leverage social media for success. There were over 100 attendees eager to learn and share the latest in technology information. The event targeted Spanish-speaking small business owners, startups, and people looking to improve their job situations through technology learning.

SBDC Los Angeles Year-End Event

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Los Angeles held its year end event in Santa Monica this past Tuesday. Center directors, business advisors, staff and SBA staffers were all there.

I’m a marketing and social media advisor at the SBDC center as part of the Economic and Development Center in Ventura County (EDC-VC) and this was the center’s first trip to the year end event.

iPhone Promotion Machine

iPhone as a Promotion Machine

I love promoting awesome people, great causes, events, and organizations/businesses that are doing interesting things. My favorite tech tool to help me do this is the Apple iPhone 3Gs. There’s a reason the iPhone 3Gs is such a hot seller, it is a mobile promotion machine. I use it to check email on the road …

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Design a Winning Header Image for Your Blog

There are so many blog templates and so little time. So it’s understandable why many bloggers stick with “out of the box” template designs. But here are the top reasons you should have a well-designed custom header image. A custom header image allows you to: Establish your brand Tell visitors where they are Establish identity …

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