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LinkingRaleighnc.com’s OpenLink Holiday Networking event, DEC. 2nd

DON’T MISS OUT…REGISTER TODAY!

LinkingRaleighNC.com will be holding it’s second annual Holiday Networking and Charity Event at the downtown Raleigh Sheraton on 12/2/2010. Come to network with local professionals and business owners. Refresh your connections and make new ones while supporting a charitible cause.
Last year the event was attended by over 225 local professionals and business owners. We collected over 425 pound of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. This year we have partnered with them again. We are expecting to have more people attend this year as well as collect even more donations for the Food Bank. We are asking attendees to bring at least one non-perishable food item to contribute to the Food Bank which will then be distributed through out the 35 counties that they serve.
Sponsors include:
GoldLink Sponsors
Jason’s Deli
Toni Drapkin – Edward Jones Logo
Storr Office Environments
Raleigh Downtowner Magazine
AdzZoo
3 GoldLink Sponsor Tables Left!
SilverLink Sponsors
Triangle Healthy Vending
TekSystems
2 Silver Sponsor spots Left!
Media Sponsors
Connect Marketing and Design (Graphics) One Vision Photography (Photography)
We are still accepting sponsors. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a sponsor for this event please contact Christina Blandi-James for more information.

Event Coordination by: Christina Blandi-James with CBJ Promotional Avenues

CBJ Promotional Avenues Services listing


I would like to present just a sampling of my services that CBJ Promotional Avenues can provide to a possible client. Upon entering into the field of Event Management and Marketing, I have studied and lived the practices I now have a complete and utterly large passion to help others in the pursuit of gaining exposure in the marketplace. Whether it be for Event Planning or Business promotion, I take it upon myself to deliver the quality results a company needs to have in order to achieve their desired goal, to STAND OUT and GET NOTICED!
To arrange a consultation with CBJ Promotional Avenues, contact me directly either the phone number listed or via email: cbjpromotionalave@nc.rr.com
You can also find CBJ Promotional Avenues on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin!


“Get Your Business Noticed “…..


For any business just getting started, money is tight, time is tight and you have to do everything yourself, you are a solo entrepreneur. The many hats you have to wear are quite the juggling act. You are literally burning the candle at both ends and your running on reserves. But, we knew that was going to happen when we put the “Open” for business sign on the front door, or so to say. We have all kinds of dreams of our businesses flourishing and immediate success and customers knocking on our door first. “Didn’t they know I was opening my business for (such and such a product or service), so why are they not calling?”
Not only does a business have to compete in the market place for the attention of the consumer, but we are jockeying our position against our competitors. So how do we do this? How do we get noticed in a crowded market place and offer the best possible solution for the consumer or business? Good question. So let’s explore just some of the marketing plan to get your business noticed effectively and efficiently.
The “Get Your Business Noticed” is essential when it comes to positioning your brand and getting the message across, that we are the best provider for whatever product or service your business is offering. We are all vying for a position in the market place to stand out, make a difference, or get noticed and to offer our customers, clients, or potential customers the value that our business products or service can offer.
Here are just some of the ways to get your business noticed:
1) The obvious, NETWORKING. Go out to these networking events ( so many to choose from) with the clarity in mind, that you are out there to build relationships and grow your network, but you must always shine as a person first! Let them get to know you.
2) If you don’t have the resources to pay for a website initially, BLOG! And promote the blog! Look for other blogs to attach your link to and vice versa. Getting noticed in the market place and being seen as an expert in your field by BLOGGING! It’s the quickest and easiest way to get noticed.
3) Another obvious, SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING. It is not too difficult to see that this so called fad is here to stay. So, get on Facebook, of course Linkedin.com (professional social media and search ability for companies and individuals), and any other social media site that will give you the ability to promote your brand and message. Make sure to schedule it into your day, because it can be time consuming.
MY TAKE: These two are my preferred methods of social media branding. There are others that are just as effective. Take the time, figure it out, and be consistent. There is nothing worse than not showing up on a regular basis and having something of value to share. It is almost like not showing up for work at a regular full time paying job and the boss doesn’t see you sitting in your chair. You won’t be there for very long!
4) Another effective and “BAM” in your face kind of marketing would be to have an EVENT. Come up with some ideas to promote your business brand with a workshop, seminar, conference, presentation or social time for potential clients or customers to come and “visit” your company, offer them lunch or snacks, and involve them in the process of “Getting to Know” your company. Your company has value to offer. Target your audience, invite them and let them know your value.
MY TAKE: Sometimes, events, can be cumbersome to plan and money draining, but if done effectively and resourcefully, it can become a regular part of your marketing plan to invite your targeted audience to a “Open House” or any other event focus you have in mind. Of course, make sure to include SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING to “GET THE WORD OUT” about the event. And of course, CBJ Promotional Avenues, can help you plan all the details that you don’t have the time to do to be as resourceful as can be!
5) Another effective and sometimes resourceful way to get noticed is with PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS. You know, give a ways that have your business information on it and your logo. It is concise and to the point, when you hand some one an item with your information on it. It makes it easy to remember a business, when they walk away with a UNIQUE item. Every business should have some sort of an item to give to another whenever you are networking, attending or exhibiting at a trade show, conference, sales calls or whatever the place where you are talking with another about your business.
Strategically plan your marketing efforts to maximize and exhaust all the possible avenues to “GET YOUR BUSINESS NOTICED!” There are so many other ways to get noticed, for one is advertising (which can be expensive), but sharing this information and getting you to think “outside” the box for getting noticed, are essential to any business and it’s branding efforts.
For more information on any of these avenues, on how to “GET YOUR BUSINESS NOTICED”, contact CBJ Promotional Avenues to help “get the word out”! Call me!!

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LinkingRaleighnc.com Presents OPENLink, May 20th @ Indigo Hotel


May 20th
6-9 pm
The Indigo Hotel
151 Tatum Dr
Durham, NC 27703
Price: $0 – Members / $5.50 – Non Members
Website to register:  http://openlink3.eventsbot.com/
This is an open networking event FREE to all Linking Raleigh, NC members.
Come to connect with group members and start new professional relationships that will speed up business in the Triangle.
Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. Contact Events@LinkingRaleighNC.com for more information.
Job Seekers that decide to attend should leave their resumes at home. This is not that kind of networking event.
MLM, pyramid schemes and other network marketing activities are not welcomed at this networking event.

Internet Marketing….My take on the Piece of the Puzzel


How does one go about capitalizing on today’s society and how it is all driven? Internet marketing is one of the hottest trends out there today. Social media, affiliate marketing, branding online, websites, blogging, photo sharing, twitter, which one do you use? Pick one. There are so many ways to market online it is almost obscene. I have been watching several people in some of my social media sites I am on and even the novice is flocking to them and calling themselves marketing mavens. Now, I am not belittling anyone at all. I was at a beginning point also and needed to learn the latest and greatest ways to communicate. But, I also have a education and studied long and difficult hours worth of case studies on the effects of marketing, branding, research and so forth. Some may say it is all about common sense, but I also feel it is part studying the marketing trends and not just in it for a quick fix.
If you happen to stumble upon a niche market and find yourself succeeding where others have not, then you hit the big one! Congrats! Otherwise, it takes many hours of non stop, persistent and challenging trials and errors to succeed at anything. It may take several years to accomplish the success you so desire. I, myself, have been at this, for myself, for about 3 years. Have I had successes? Yes. Have I always hit the jack pot? No. Have I given up on my passion? No. If there is one thing about marketing, I have grown to love, is the ever changing scope of how things are done and the patterns keep changing. That is why I love it so much. It is not a stagnant field. There are so many ways to promote, get the word out about something you are doing, advertise, post, upload video, post a picture, etc. it is amazing! Experts are flocking to the internet media waves and posting their white papers online. Researchers and their long time love of difficult hours, are finding their successes by posting their findings online as well. All of this to get noticed. I don’t think there is one person who has not been online doing something. Whether it is to surf the web, search for something to do, find an event, read the newspaper, post a picture for everyone to see, keep a track of their stock portfolio, or gossip and post your opinions. We are all on the online at some point in a day.
Where am I taking all this? What am I trying to say? It’s easy people, no one can deny they are not on the web. Just about everyone is marketing and communicating about something. It is putting the US Postal system on their tail ends. Their comments, opinions, marketing an event, whatever it may be, we are here. Is this a trend? NO. The online presence of today’s society is here to stay. It adds enrichment to our lives. Are we on overload with it? Sometimes, Yes. Don’t abuse the system people or it won’t work. Give us the information, your opinion whether solicited or not, and help me feel good about what is going on in the world.
That is my take on Internet marketing. I may be just a little bit more of a novice, but I am here to stay and I will impart my knowledge for you all to see and hopefully learn from. It is my participation in the world!

Just When you think you can Breathe…

Along comes another wave! This is how a business feels when it’s doing good things! Not only have I been busy since I “word of mouth advertising” announced that I can help businesses coordinate their events, but it has been an awesome adrenaline rush! These feelings bring back so many memories of my working for my Dad growing up in the restaurant business…I guess what they say is true, “you really never get it out of your blood” And I haven’t. I had tried for years, to not have anything to do with coordinating and planning anything to do with food, vendors, events, even attending events, (BORING!) But, to no avail, here I am, back again and this time in full throttle mode!
During my time that I was taking my many years long break from being a foodie, I still had some of my hand in it, much to my delight! Being PTA President, Publicity Chair and Cultural Arts Chair for the kids schools, kept me going and my love affair alive! I never really fully understood why my Dad was away so much for “The Restaurant” as my mother so fondly put it, but now I do. It is a true love affair with the rush of all the excitement of planning, coordinating all the vendors, creating a look and the feel of the atmosphere (whether it be for relaxing or giving in nature), the endless visions do not stop.
It is Sunday, the day of rest, and what was my mind thinking at 7 am in the morning, fundraising ideas for a new client I am helping to create ideas and helping to plan with a group….http://www.meetup.com/S4M-Community-Supporters/ Help me, Help them!
I know my visions and dreams will not stop, at least my dreams of opening a restaurant have dissipated for now, and I know my love affair with the look and feel of an event will live on! It’s exciting to me! It truly does not feel like work to me…that is what is driving me to always be better. I know my Dad taught me this indirectly, but I do hope to pass the passion and drive onto my kids and I hope they take on the world, like I want to!!!
Live your life, live your dream, it’s what makes us who we are!

Valentine’s Day Makeovers!


Be the first to find out all the latest in beauty inspired by spring’s hottest runway trend. You’ll get all the latest application tips and tricks for a fashion-forward, fresh look. Plus, you’ll get lots of great one-on-one attention from my beauty adviser. And while you’re hanging out with me and the girls, you also can feel great that you’re doing something good – you’re partying with a purpose.
You’re supporting a Company that does good. And that’s always in fashion. Can’t wait to see you!
Mary Kay is a green inspired company that started with a positive circle of influence, to do good works and give back to the community.
It’s partying with a purpose, and it couldn’t be prettier.
So relax. Enjoy the quality pretty time you deserve today! You want to look good for your MAN!
Special of the evening:I will pick a “Mystery Hostess” for a demonstration and the winner gets to choice a Hostess Gift of either Free Product, A Discount or actual Gift.
RSVP no later than Feb. 8
We will meet in the restaurant in the back Library room.
*guests are highly suggested to order a meals.

The Raleigh Event and Wedding Professionals Group goes on a roadtrip to Durham!

The group is open to individuals who can offer their services to event professionals offering special events, corporate and bridal occasion. If you know anyone who might be a good fit for the group and could also impart their expertise, bring them!
Join the group and RSVP on meetup.com visit us at next weeks meeting!
http://www.meetup.com/Eventpro/calendar/12093807/

Jan. 21st
6-8 pm
Greystone Inn

In leiu of giving out a door prize for bringing a friend, We will be collecting for Meetup.com’s Haiti Releif Fund. $5 is suggested or more if you can. Thanks in advance!
Brief History of Greystone Inn:
Greystone is rich in Durham history. Built for James Edward Stagg and Mary Washington Lyon Stagg — both descendants of the philanthropic Duke family– Greystone is the last standing private residence in Durham Built by Duke Descendants. The Staggs began building their home in 1906. The dressed limestone and pressed yellow brick you see at Greystone Inn, Duke Memorial United Methodist Church and the East Campus of Duke University all come from the Greystone Rock Quarry of Vance County that was owned by Mr. Stagg. Thus, his naming the home “Greystone”. Greystone was completed in 1910, in time for its first historic event: a holiday tea honoring the coronation of Duke University President, William P. Few…..
more information: http://www.greystonei…

Southern Wake Women in Marketing, Martin Brossman helps our Women “Get” Social Media!

Share. Inspire. Connect. Empower.
This is how women network!
Join the group and
RSVP: http://www.meetup.com…

Jan. 18th
9 am
Cafe Carolina, Cameron Village
In leiu of giving out a door prize for bringing a friend, We will be collecting for Meetup.com’s Haiti Releif Fund. $5 is suggested or more if you can. Thanks in advance!
Topic:
Social Media as a necessity for building your brand & business!
Speaker:
MARTIN BROSSMAN, POWER NETWORKER!
Linkedin as a Reputation Builder and Career Tool
by Martin Brossman

Linkedin is a professional network of over 55 million people worldwide—and a powerful tool for solving business tasks. Clients, prospects, managers or employees go to Linkedin to see what type of person you are. Are you sending the best message? Learn the key things you need to know about using Linkedin to get the maximum payoff for both business and career. Martin Brossman has been teaching and coaching people in gaining results with Linkedin since 2006. Martin will also include how other tools like Plaxo and Twitter relate to Linkedin. You will come away with valuable information you can use today.
Martin Brossman is the author of Brossman’s Social Media for Business Resource Guide, plus an upcoming book with co-author Greg Hyer, Linking Into Sales. Martin, a success coach, speaker and trainer, has been enthusiastically networking in the Triangle since 1982 ( www.coachingsupport.com ). He has originated in-person and on-line networking groups which have facilitated meaningful business connections among members. Martin’s computer science background keeps him ahead of the latest technical trends in blogging, podcasting and on-line networking. His own podcast show can be heard at www.InquireOnLine.info . He offers consulting on how to generate profitable alliances by maximizing face-to-face and on-line presence and managing “the conversation of you” on the Web ( www.ProNetworkingOnLine.com ) .
And if you have a Poken (Martin sure would love for you to have one!), make sure you bring it!
If not, go to to get one: http://pokenraleigh.w… biggrin
http://pokenraleigh.w…
Membership fee: $25/yr will be required to attend the meetings: for supplies, contributions, speaker fees & meeting space, if required.
Attendee fee: $2 a meeting

Welcome 2010! New experiences….

I can’t believe how fast 2009 rushed in and went out! A new decade, wow! I was just hanging out on the first day of 2010, watching the Bowl games, as I noted this all to my husband, remembering our New Year’s Eve party of Y2K! Amazing how fast time flies, things change, kids grow up and become teenagers and how much I still have to accomplish!
So let’s see, as some of you who personally know me, I am from Pittsburgh, PA. Proud of that, can you tell?!!! It’s really funny that I live in another city and in the past few days of 2009, I have met 4 Pittsburghers! And we all have something in common, as well as, interests that are the same as mine. It is really a small world everyone!
I truly believe in the power of attraction…if you open yourself up to new experiences and places, it is amazing the people you will meet and what they will add to your life! I Thank God every day for that because if it weren’t for some of those opened experiences, I would not be where I am today with my business and all the friends that have added value and meaning to my life.
So, some food for thought to help us grow:
That learning which thou gettest by thy own observation and experience, is far beyond that which thou gettest by precept; as the knowledge of a traveler exceeds that which is got by reading.
Thomas à Kempis