In celebration of our move to Omaha, we are no longer selling individual Twisplays but will subsequently only take bulk orders for 50 units or more.
If you are frustrated with low investment or fixed income returns, I know of an investment strategy that may be interesting and financially liberating for you.
A covered call strategy does not guarantee absolute returns on your investment, especially in a down market, but it may still be what you want or need. It can give you a hefty monthly income, while being one of the most prudent stock investment strategies around.
For instance, with a covered call strategy, a $500,000 investment in the best time-tested dividend-paying stocks can return on average over 1% per month or $5,000/month without leverage - or over $10,000 month with standard 50% margin.
Would that help you survive on your nest egg?
If you are interested and would like to learn more, please call Joshua Persky at 917 650 8700.
Are you looking to expand your business...or looking for capital...or you want to learn from an expert, then come and join us on March 16, 2011, 9am - 5pm, at NYU:
<<< "2011 Entrepreneurship & Finance Summit @ NYU" ...seats are limited >>>
For more info: www.events4professionals.com
Contact: Kathryn Morrisey (917) 226-8267 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and see you there!
Marita Rosado, MBA
MRP Business Solutions Inc.
(formerly Rosado Accounting Svcs)
My friend George Sikat III is starting up a magazine celebrating Alaska!
907Magazine is as grass roots as you could get. Created by locals, made for virtual visitors.
So many want to visit Alaska but few make it here. 907Magazine will publish local stories that will make you feel part of the Alaska scene. This site will be an informative tool for people with interests about Alaska's "Last Frontier" lifestyle & business.
Scanbiz cards is a great iPhone app for conveniently entering business cards and any contact info. (i.e. store signs) into your iPhone address book.
Enjoy a 2-weeks free upgrade to the premium features:
a. Install the Lite (free) app from iTunes:
b. Get a free 2 weeks upgrade by clicking this URL on your iPhone:
ScanBizCards scans business cards to your iPhone and Outlook contacts - but goes much beyond, offering 15 premium features not included in any other business card scanner - the only scanning app relevant to the iPad, cloud-enabled and enabling access to your cards from any browser
The following article was written by Cornelia Carmen Ortega of RetailSalesTraining.Org.
Retail Sales Increase 1.2% Pushing Hope for the Holiday Season - Plus 5 Easy Tips to Increase Your Sales
The Commerce Department noted that October '10 sales for the retail industry jumped 1.2 percent from the previous month, the largest gain since March. The rise was driven by a 5 % spike in auto sales, which analysts said was particularly encouraging since it showed consumers were ready to tackle big-ticket purchases. Furthermore, September's sales gain was revised upward from a 0.6 percent increase to 0.7 percent.
Still, people remained choosy about where they spent their dollars. Home furnishings stores and electronics retailers each suffered a 0.7 percent drop in sales. Department store sales also declined 0.7 percent, while health-care stores dipped 0.1 percent.
Instead, consumers returned to restaurants and bars, sending sales up 0. 3 percent. On-line retailers, who have held up a lot better than their bricks-and-mortar counterparts, registered a 0.8 percent jump. People also bought more clothing, a 0.7 percent boost.
Excluding autos, retail sales rose a good 0.4 percent, despite the mixed performance across sectors. Retailers are hoping the momentum will fuel the all-important winter holiday.
As outlined by a survey by the National Retail Federation, a business trade group, nearly 11 percent of consumers have finished the vast majority of their holiday shopping, up from just a lot more than 9 percent a year ago. The group predicted shopper's average spending would inch as much as $688.87 this season, a 1 percent increase over last year.
The NRF's annual holiday survey found that more shoppers are expected to get gifts for family and friends - and even themselves. The number of consumers who said they planned to indulge themselves rose eight percentage points to 57 percent this season.
The forecasts, coupled with the newest October data, paint an image of consumers treading carefully on their way to the mall. Economists say that expenses are unlikely to rebound with no corresponding improvement in the employment market.
The unemployment rate remains stuck at nearly 10 percent, data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed hope. Mass layoffs have declined in proportions and frequency. And private-sector employment rose 0. 3 % during the third quarter, in comparison with this past year, the first increase since 2008.
How could you increase add-on sales through the Holidays?
Here are some approaches to increase the units per transaction, and boost the average transaction as a result.
If you like this, you should purchase that - Creating feature areas within your store which may have several major things you want to push for holiday flanked by complimentary products helps sell not just that particular item. Use signage and have the employees talk with customers to help them know how the products interact.
Stuff the Stockings - I continue to push stocking stuffers for holiday as customers will always be searching for those unique, fun little things that round out their holiday gift giving having to break the bank. Create a whole stocking stuffer display making it interactive, like a stocking stuffer smorgasbord to get customers to purchase a number of additional items.
Sample products - Whenever they check it out, they may buy it. Make sure you've products readily available for testing everywhere and use signage, or have the workers interact to get customers to try different products. The chance for a sale rises significantly when you can place the product inside the customer's hand.
A warm drink may be the approach to get them to stay - offering a warm beverage like coffee or apple cider gets customers to linger longer. It gives them time to scope out more of your store as they walk around enjoying their beverage. And meaning they might find more gifts than that they planned on, resulting in increased sales.
Wrap the Cash Wrap - You've made a number of different ways with your store to get your clients to purchase more, and the cash wrap will be the final opportunity. Make sure you've got impulse items at your cash wrap that customers can grab and go. Products under $20 usually perform best. Bonus points for products that can be sampled in addition to 8-10 ones available.
So you? What are your favourite sales techniques to increase Holiday sales?
About the Author: Cornelia Carmen Ortega writes for www.retailsalestraining.org, her blog which is centered on recommendations to help retailers coach sales employees - and to keep our economy healthy.
Rosado Accounting Services will host the First Annual B2B "Show Me the Money" Breakfast Conference on November 3rd at the Roosevelt Hotel on 45th Street and Madison Avenue, NYC. The conference connects guests with decision makers behind diverse funding sources.
Rosado Accounting Services is one of New York's most innovative and networked financial strategy firms which provides its unique services to mid-cap ($500K to $10M) companies in a broad spectrum of industries.
The goal of the "Show Me the Money" Breakfast Conference is to pair guests with decision makers behind diverse funding sources. In addition, business owners will learn how thriving companies make their phones and cash registers ring and will walk away with the insider's knowledge on how to get a business loan from a bank.
The Conference offers sponsors a unique opportunity to gain the attention and business of up to 300 business owners in mid-cap companies with annual revenues of $500,000.00 to $10 million.
More than 450 guests, including upscale business owners, angel investors, venture capitalists, private lenders, bankers, New York City government agencies and many others will attend the Breakfast Conference.
I found a link to the prestigious M&A journal which noted my business valuations iPhone application SellThisPig in its August edition, page 6: http://bit.ly/cC8f4e
My iPhone application for Business Valuations came out today. It is called SellThisPig.
Use one, two or three of the most widely accepted valuation methodologies (Earnings Multiple, Revenue Multiple and Discount Cash Flow) to calculate high, low and average values for your business.
Please download it and give it a five star rating! It currently costs $1.99.
I gave a business valuation webinar the other day for ExecSense.com.
The webinar is led by Joshua Persky, an expert at helping corporate/M&A lawyers understand the most up-to-date valuation methodologies and the subsequent legal issues, and focuses on:
• Everything you need to know in 60 minutes about interpreting and analyzing valuation methodologies.
• Step-by-step explanation of the main valuation methods (discounted cash flow, market value, earnings multiple valuation and assets), including a discussion of the pros and cons of each method in different circumstances.
• Comprehensive analysis focusing on how to interpret and analyze different valuation methodologies in the context of valuing a target company, intangible assets, an early-stage business and a distressed company.
Please let me know if you would like me to give a business valuations presentation to you, your company or your organization.
I've jumped on the iPhone applications bandwagon and am promoting an app that lets you conveniently scan business cards with your iPhone - ScanBizCards. We're getting lots of downloads a day for the free version and are moving up the ranks in the iTunes Store. We are looking for further publicity and advertising partners.
Unlike competing iPhone business card scanning applications:
ScanBizCards is better than a dedicated scanner:
If you have an iPhone and collect lots of business cards, ScanBizCards is a great utility.
Contact: Patrick Questembert
917 250 4177
917 650 8700
If you know anyone who needs a business valuation for any purpose: transaction, tax, investment, regulatory, financial reporting, divorce or corporate litigation, I will pay you $500 if your lead leads to valuations work for me and my best-of-breed valuation partners.
If your primary contact has a secondary contact who needs the valuation work, I will pay you $300 and your contact $200.
Please call me for all your valuation needs!
tel: 917 650 8700
My partners for complex corporate litigation support are regularly chosen as experts for litigation matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery and other jurisdictions because of their experience and ingenuity. Their well-supported written reports and experience in testimony add tremendous value to complex cases. Some of their opinions have shaped case law.
My partners' areas of expertise include determination of fair value and fair market value, economic damages, intellectual property damages, and contractual issues such as material adverse effect clauses. Over the years, their valuation and damages opinions have been accepted by courts across the country.
I am now offering valuation services by connecting potential clients with best practices valuations firms and experts in various niches of the valuation field, from ABS pricing to tax-related valuations and from transaction-related opinions to complex corporate litigation valuation support. Please contact me for your all your valuation needs.
I am also offering job-hunting advice. I was interviewed by Mekahlo of NBC LA News Raw and offered viewers some of the advice I have been writing about for the past few months.
Attending the ABS East Conference in Miami was a wonderful experience. I learned much and made many new contacts.
Everyone was amazed by how far the markets had recovered in the past six months and seemed to agree that the worst was over - yet there was still plenty of concern about the shocks to come as banks may eventually have to write down loan reserves as loan losses.
Valuation and pricing seemed to be on everyone's mind and was the focus of more than several sessions and vendors. There were lively discussions about mark-to-market pricing versus modeling and analytics - and a consensus that the best practice is to use multiple valuation methods while providing transparency concerning methodology, data and assumptions.
Highlights of my visit included spending time on John Devaney's yacht, a wonderful dinner at the Fontainebleau's Scarpetta restaurant hosted by The Seaport Group (while Pres. Obama was dining in the hotel at a fund-raiser) and occasional glimpses of beautiful Miami bay and beach.