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On Saturday The Money School of Delaware held it’s annual C.O.D.E. Conference for National Entrepreneurship Week at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.   This FREE event was held to give guidance to the small business community in the state of Delaware.

The doors opened at 8:00 am, and after completing a registration form you received a reusable shopping bag courtesy of Shoprite.  Attendees then entered the Riverfront Ballroom where over 30 exhibitors including the SBA, SCORE, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo, DEDO, Traci Lynn Jewelry and the YWCA had tables that showcased their products/services as well as items for sale or small giveaways.

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On this cold and rainy morning the hot coffee and danish was a welcomed delight, but for each of the attendees all of various ages and ethnic backgrounds they delighted in a common goal; to obtain information and guidance to make their small business more successful.  Small businesses are the engine that drives the economy in Delaware and if they are successful, we are all successful.

The conference was kicked off by Mary Caracciolli, The Money Confidant, who emphasized that the day wasn’t about networking but about meeting people, building relationships and doing something for someone else.  Opening remarks were made by Lt. Governor Matt Denn, a major supporter of education in the state.  Chase was the #1 sponsor of C.O.D.E. and Daryl Graham spoke about the importance of supporting small businesses.  Ken Anderson, a DEDO rep stated that small businesses have created the most net new jobs in the state of Delaware.  State Treasurer Chip Flowers was also in attendance and video remarks were given by Governor Jack Markell and U.S Senator Chris Coons.

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Judy Travis, Founder of Stockings for Soldiers Delaware spoke of how passion drives your business and presented a slide show.  Last year, over 10 thousand packages containing 47 thousand stockings were made and shipped thanks to the many volunteers who devoted their time.  Volunteers in this effort included students from elementary schools to members of Senior Citizen centers, but donations and volunteers are always needed.  One of the major rewards in volunteering for this program is knowing you are improving the morale of our troops serving overseas.

There were two sets of morning sessions from which to choose that began at 9:30 am: Business Start-up 101, and Run Your Business, Don’t Let It Run You.  The next two sessions started at 11:00 am: The Business of Your Business and Service…Your Secret Weapon To Success!

I sat in briefly in all 4 sessions and found them to be very informative, enlightening and one was quite entertaining.  Ellyn and Robert of SBA and SCORE started their session by having everyone stand and sing along to the song “Good night, I Gotta Feeling”, by The Black Eye Peas, it was a great way to rev up the brain cells.

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A light lunch of pizza, and snacks were provided before the final General Session, “Understanding Social Media”, presented by Eric Holtzclaw, Founder and Chief Strategist of Laddering Works, LLC.  Using a PowerPoint presentation Eric highlighted the various groups of social media users; discussed understanding social media and how it makes an impact on today’s business.

Audience participation with questions followed, several asking how social media impacts their small businesses and why it was important to brand themselves on the Internet.  Social Media whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Google+, is here to stay however, the advice of only using what is comfortable was the underlying message from Eric.

The conference ended with the awarding of Door Prizes ranging from a $100 gift card to autographed copies of Eric’s new book, Laddering: Unlocking the Potential of Consumer Behavior.  Overall, it was a great event for anyone with or who is thinking about starting a small business in the state of Delaware.  Kudos to the staff of The Money School for all their hard work and effort that made this yet another successful event.

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I have a LOVE-HATE relationship with Tar’jay – I love their clothing and shoes and of course their awesome clearance sales but I hate that I can’t resist leaving without making a major purchase.  I drive past Target on Route 202 everyday and have been patiently waiting for their Cap Toe shoes to go on sale.  They were the “must haves” for the holidays with many bloggers Instagraming pictures, but I refused to pay full price.  I wanted a pair in red so last night I finally decided to stop…OMG!!!

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Unfortunately, I was unable to find a pair of red, Cap Toes in my size but I did get these jewel-toned, embellished and zebra print loafers for $7.48 pair!

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I checked the accessories and found a tote in Cognac which is a very neutral color that works well with most outfits.

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I also purchased two pencil skirts and 2 tops but if you are looking for colored skinny jeans they have a large assortment of colors and patterns most  priced below $20.00.

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Don’t forget to bring in your own reusable bag for an additional 5 cents off per bag. Check your local Target for more amazing clearance deals – Happy Shopping!

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Hello Friends and Merry Merry Christmas 2012!

I hope you all had a wonderful day filled with love and happiness – nothing more and nothing less – stay blessed my friends.

Today’s outfit is easy, breezy, stretchy, comfy – perfect for my activity level of the day.  If you follow me on Instagram you saw a few Christmas morning pics with my “boys” and their “toys”.

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No matter their age, my sons will always be little boys on Christmas morning under the tree!

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight – Smooches!

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Hello friends and Happy Thursday!  Yesterday’s snow in our area wasn’t bad so the commute home was stress free with light traffic.  Today, “Friday Eve”, I am really looking forward to the weekend because I have several inside and outside chores that will have my undivided attention.  If you follow me on Instagram (ablake48), this is the skirt that was thrifted from Goodwill on Saturday.  Initially I wanted to pair it with an oversize tan sweater but instead chose black to feature the matching belt.

 Today I am carrying my new Miche’ Lexi-Prima purse with the giraffe print and it is so roomy and jazzy looking.  This weekend I will post more about this great purse line because I’ll be hosting an online party for the holidays so stay tuned.

Sweater – Closet Staple// Skirt – Goodwill// Boots – Rugged Wearhouse// Patterned tights – Ross

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Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!

Hello friends and Happy Thursday, I hope you are having a productive and stress free day.  This is the eve of yet another busy 3-day weekend but I’ll get to sleep in late on Sunday even though I should go to church!  I am wearing a watch that I purchased Saturday at Del State’s Homecoming from a Traci Lynn Consultant and I love it!

#31dayremix on Instagram, trying to wear as many warm weather clothes before the hawk and snowflakes make their appearance.

Skirt – Goodwill// J. Crew tank – Goodwill// Color block flats – CitiTrends//Cardigan – Ross

If you are interested in becoming an Independent Jewelry Consultant for Traci Lynn, or want to order this watch or any other pieces please contact  Tanya @   www.tracilynnjewelry.net/tanyaj 

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Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!


The Delaware Blogger

The Delaware Blogger

I am a widely recognized as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) who has presented on topics that include, Social Media Marketing and Blogging designed for business owners, students, management and the everyday user. Additionally, my expertise has led me to being a an Adjunct Instructor at Delaware Technical Community College teaching others how to get found by maximizing their social currency. As the owner of ABlake Enterprises, Social Media Management & Consulting I work with business owners and organizations on strategies to help them broaden their brand and expand their exposure online. Assisting them in creating and curating content for their targeted audience and working to ensure that they are engaging on the correct platform with consistency and creativity.

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