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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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Good Monday Morning Friends, I hope you had a nice weekend and if you are a Raven’s fan – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

We didn’t have a Super Bowl party but my son invited two of his buddies over to watch the game and they had a great time.  I made chicken wings, pizza and slow cooked barbecue meatballs which they ate well before half time!  We were all very excited to watch the Ravens win especially after the 30 minute blackout, which caused a lot of anxiety for the fans, even Twitter shut down for a short time.  Blue Ivy’s mom was on fiyah and I enjoyed her performance with Destiny Child but not all of this year’s commercials performed well. Once again, Dorito’s knocked it out of the park with the Goat and “Daddy Princesses; I also liked the Tide “stain”, eTrade baby and Budweiser commercials but missed the one with the Clydesdale horses. The “Go Daddy” ad was disgusting and Dodge Ram was disappointing because of the lack of diversity in their “God Made Farmers” commercial and if I hear that Gangum Style song used again I’ma scream!

I am not a football aficionado so I cannot comment on the actual game, only that I love Ray Rice because I grew up with his mother and aunt in New Rochelle, NY.   Back in the day I dated and almost married his great uncle, Kevin, but that was way before he was born and a story for another time…it’s just a distant memory now….

The game ended late and I didn’t prepare my clothes for the week so once again I hit the back of the closet and pulled out this pantsuit.

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OOTD 2 4 13 037The remnants of last night’s snowfall as well as a bit of wind greeted us this morning

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Booties  – Ross (last season)

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Linking up with Monday Madness, YOLOMonday and Life of Meg – Hop over and meet a few new bloggers

Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

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Have a great weekend – Smooches!

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For months leading up to the election I had received emails requesting monetary donations, I have donated small amounts on several occasions.  I’ve been asked to post to Facebook and Tweet OFA information; I have also complied.  I’ve received emails containing songs and videos asking to pass them on to my contacts which I have also done.  I had signed up and received emails requesting to donate my time volunteering at a phone bank or knocking on doors – which I had never done…at least not until yesterday.

 I like many other supporters like to talk the talk but are hesitant when it comes to walking the walk.  That all changed yesterday when I volunteered to Phone Bank for The President at the Democratic Headquarters in New Castle.  I will admit that it wasn’t an email, tweet or post that convinced me; it was having a conversation and later meeting a wonderful lady, an Obama volunteer who offered her extra yard sign.  When she called, I once again said I didn’t have a whole lot of time to volunteer because I lived in Delaware and worked in Pennsylvania and on weekends I had to blah…blah…blah…excuse…excuse…excuse.  However, before I ended the conversation I was asked her if she knew where I could purchase an Obama 2012 Yard Sign.  She told me that she had an extra and since she lived close I decided to stop by and purchase, but she gave it to me – FREE of charge.

 That one simple act of kindness made me change my mind so yesterday I volunteered a few hours and made 123 calls to registered voters in Pennsylvania.

 I along with 4 others sat in a room armed with a cell phone provided by the Committee, a Voter Contact Script, and List Sheets with the names and numbers of registered voters.  I called and spoke to supporters or left messages thanking them for their previous support.  To those that answered the phone, I asked if they had any questions, if they needed a ride to the poll and the approximate time that they would be voting.

 Although we were given a written script to read and requested to keep our conversations short and polite there was the possibility of reaching someone who wanted to challenge.  Fortunately I witnessed such a conversation when a fellow volunteer reached an uninformed and undecided voter.  With each negative and incorrect statement she countered with the correct information in a polite, non-combative way.  The conversation lasted about 10 minutes most of which I overheard and was mesmerized by his misinformation about the President and his opponent.  However, her ability to counter with the correct information as well as providing him with the website to read was awesome.  She was pretty much drained after that conversation but was rewarded when the next several callers she reached were overly enthusiastic, “Fired Up and Ready to Go”

 The Democratic Headquarters housed volunteers for all the State’s democrats running for office or reelection.  They provided us with free pizza, water, soft drinks, cookies, crackers and candy but I was filled with was a sense of accomplishment as well as meeting some great people with the same goal – to get President Barack Hussein Obama reelected – 4 more 4 44!!

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday.  This morning I had an hour long conversation with a cousin that I met only once, 12 years ago at my father’s funeral.  We talked and laughed as if we had spoken just last week.  Our conversation was enjoyable and we both learned a little more about each other and our families.  These days it seems as though personal letter writing or conversing on a LAN line has been replaced with texting, instant messaging, tweeting or facebooking.  We need to connect on a more personal level with family and friends especially as time marches on and our lives shorten.  Today I vow to call her more often as well as having live conversations with other family members and friends.

Dress – Burlington Coat Factory// Sweater – Ross// Shoes – The Shoe Department

Statement necklace – Flea Market Vendor for $1.00// Ring – Target// Earrings – jewelry box

Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!

Linking up today with the Transatlantic Blonde from What I Wore Wednesday – hop on over and meet a new blogger

I am not one to clean my makeup brushes on a regular, but when I do I like using elf Brush Shampoo. On average I spend 35-45 minutes getting ready for work (takes longer the older you get), and it only took a few extra minutes to clean the brushes. I let them air dry flat on a paper towel and they were ready to be put away before bedtime. I remember sending a Twitter message to Sam Fine and his recommendation was to air dry brushes flat as opposed to on an angle.

I purchased the elf Brush Shampoo at Target and this desk organizer from Goodwill, it’s perfect to hold my brushes .

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