Monday, April 28, 2014

Detroit Business to Boost Funding for Lakeview High School 5/3- St. Clair Shores

ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI., —April 24, 2014—On Saturday, May 3rd Lakeview High School will team up with Ray Laethem Chrysler Dodge Jeep to host a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser. Funds raised will go toward the school. The fundraiser will take place during the Athletic Department Fundraiser on the school grounds located at 21100 E. Eleven Mile Road, St. Clair Shores MI.
Between 10:00am and 2:00pm, the Dodge brand will make a $20 donation to LHS on behalf of each person who takes a short test drive. Ray Laethem Chrysler Dodge Jeep will have the new Dodge Dart, Durango, Journey, and Grand Caravan at the event for participants to inspect and drive. Dealership personnel will volunteer their time to assist with the fundraising drives.  Anyone age 18, or over, with a valid driver’s license, may drive and earn a Dodge donation for the school. 
The Dodge brand has been supporting schools in the communities where the company does business for several years. Since 1993, Dodge has helped raise over $5 million for schools across the country with test drive programs like the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Visit Michigan Mom Living (Online Blog Magazine)

 Sister Blog

I know that in a previous post (a while back), I mentioned that this blog has branched out beyond these particular blogging walls.

I created an online blog style magazine called; Michigan Mom Living.  Check out the screenshots below.

I am so blessed and thankful for all of my followers here on Michigan Home Mommy Works and would love for you to also follow me and some great contributors over at our new online blog magazine.

Advertise your Business on Michigan Home Mommy Works

Michigan Mom Advertising Options:
  • Sidebar Advertising
  • Featured Biz Posts
  • Product Reviews
  • Giveaways
and more!

If you would like for me to spread the word about your business, please contact me at From there we can discuss your advertising interests and options.

 Companies and Brands I have worked with:
  • Disney
  • Lego KidsFest
  • Invisalign
  • The Detroit Shrine Circus
  • Movie Pre-Screenings
  • Direct Sales Companies
  • Authors
  • Children's Song Artist
  • Detroit Zoo
and more!

You can also advertise on our sister blog: Michigan Mom Living!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tips for Women Entrepreneurs: Work Smarter not Harder

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Here are some great tips for women entrepreneurs just sent over for me to share with you. 

GLENVIEW, IL — April 17, 2014 – Spurred by innovative ideas, the need for flexible schedules to juggle family life, passion to make the world a better place, and other fuels firing the flame, the number of women taking the leap into entrepreneurship is growing.  In fact, U.S. women-owned businesses reached nearly 30 percent of all businesses nationwide.

Today, women entrepreneurs find better access to resources, mentors, technology, and in some cases, capital.  Even so, research suggests that the glass ceiling still exists. According to a recent SBA study, businesses with women on the management team are the fastest growing groups of entrepreneurial companies, however, few receive venture capital money.

“While resources are often scarce, time is a precious commodity entrepreneurs need to build businesses, understand customers and sell products and/or services,” said Lori Bolas, Director, Communications, SurePayroll Inc. “I talk to women entrepreneurs almost daily and what I hear repeatedly is that while women are great at multi-tasking they get sucked into all the operational tasks that eat away at the critical hours needed to develop strategy, build relationships and move the needle on growth. What we’ve learned from our small business customers is that there are key steps and resources that can make a tremendous difference in scaling your dream.”


How can women entrepreneurs become educated on taking a dream and launching it into a business? 

Here are SurePayroll’s key steps to build your business:
  1. Seek mentors to develop strategy and a balanced approach to building small businesses.
While new ideas drive entrepreneurs to launch businesses, there are many people who have already learned from experience. Find experts across different business functions and seek support. Network with friends and family. Find organizations to help. Resources are available at the U.S. Small Business Administration, or SCORE. Women-specific entrepreneur organizations, like Ladies Who Launch ( or Women 2.0 (, connect women entrepreneurs and hold events, provide training opportunities and access to potential mentors. Remember that it’s important to seek both male and female mentors to navigate the business environment.
  1. Develop a plan to keep track of all financial records and identify an accountant.
Financial records are critical – for annual or quarterly taxes, payroll, potential investors and, in the event of an audit, proper documentation is key.  Find a reputable accountant to help manage the business.  Automate back office, redundant tasks like payroll.  There are affordable, easy online payroll options that will give you peace of mind and save you hours each month.
  1. Determine how to staff your business.
Strategy development includes plans to staff the business. Develop a staffing plan and begin to research and interview potential candidates. Develop an interview process with open-ended questions for candidates to think through solutions to real problems businesses face. Use referrals, conduct due diligence and find true partners to delegate projects.
  1. Harness digital tools to run your business. 
Do you need an office or can staff work remotely?  Do you need full-time and part-time staff?  Online tools, allow entrepreneurs to leverage efficiency and keep down costs. Use social networking tools to market the business like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. Identify tools and leverage messages across multiple platforms to save precious time with efficiency.
  1. Understand Alpha women that everything won’t be perfect. 
And that’s ok. Constantly seeking perfection can slow down business development and someone else may hit the market first. In truth, nothing is perfect and continuous improvement should be part of business processes.
  1. Develop a plan to scale your business.
Budding entrepreneurs often think of the big buy out from a large business, but that is not the norm. Often businesses grow, then plateau. To scale a business, selling solutions to customers are only pieces of a larger puzzle. Delivering the solutions – and meeting growing demand takes strategic planning. Think about growth strategies like influxes of capital, processes, measurements as well as resources to help plan how to invest money – when, where, with whom – to help reach long-term growth.  And constantly seek ways to influx capital into the business to prepare for growth.
  1. Continuously listen and learn from your customers.
Put mechanisms in place to gain feedback from customers. Talk to customers all the time. Don’t lose touch with customers while running the business. Otherwise, someone else will listen to the customer’s changing needs and provide a new solution. Evolve or perish.
  1. Manage entrepreneurial expectations.
    The idea of running a business is often far different than the reality. With small operating budgets, start-ups often begin on a dime with one or a few people running the business – and that may include many unforeseen duties. Keep long-term goals in mind and remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  2. Mentally prepare for unforeseen challenges.
Similar to life, few things go according to plan. Sometimes it’s frustrating. Sometimes it’s enlightening. Being an entrepreneur is exciting, exhausting, difficult and rewarding – sometime even in the same day. In the end, be prepared for constant change and learn to roll with the punches.
  1. Go for it…and enjoy the journey.
About SurePayroll
SurePayroll is the trusted provider of easy online payroll services to small businesses nationwide. Whether a business has 1, 10, or 100 employees, SurePayroll delivers peace of mind by combining innovative, industry-leading technology and personalized support from an award-winning, U.S.-based customer care team. SurePayroll also provides private-label and co-branded services for accountants and banking partners as well as offering efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers' compensation, employee screening and more. SurePayroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex. For more information, please visit Follow us on Twitter — Circle us on Google+ — Connect with us on LinkedIn — Like us on Facebook.

About Paychex
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers' compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 570,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2013. For more information about Paychex and our products, visit

Monday, April 21, 2014

What Social Networks do you Invest your Time In?

How does a small business know which social networks to invest their time in and how do they manage these networks?

Heather Wied, Marketing Director of Pubsoft, recommends:

·         Play to Your Strengths. Maintaining a strong social presence for your business is work, so choose the network that you will enjoy and one that plays to your strengths.

·         Let your target market be your guide. While it’s a little oversimplified, consumer preferences are constantly changing, so you have to know the places where your consumers are spending more time

·         Less Is More. In terms of breadth of platforms, less is more if you’re working with limited resources. If you want your social to be effective, keep in mind it’s a long term game, and you really have to own the space you’re in.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sign up as a Stella & Dot Stylist for 199 Dollars and get 450 Dollars in Free Accessories! Ends 4/30

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Are you in love with your life? Do you want more freedom and flexibility from your job? If you become a Stella & Dot Stylist you can let what you love BE what you DO. Now through the end of April, when you sign up for only $199, you will get an additional $100 ($450 total) in free accessories! You will have the potential of earning extra spending money or a six figure income, it's up to you! Stella & Dot will provide you with everything you need to succeed. All the essential tools and training, plus a back office providing customer service, technology and direct delivery to your customers! Click here to sign up and find out all the details:

Valid: Now through 4/30/14

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Affiliate Marketing and Blog Monetization Made Simple: Google+ Hangout

Are you a personal stylist or image consultant?  If you possess a blog, you can learn new ways to monetize your blog and earn commissions on products you recommend to clients.

If this sounds like something of interest to you, feel free to attend Society Shop's Google + Handout, "Affiliate Marketing and Blog Monetization Made Simple."

When: They'll be hanging out every Wednesday afternoon 1:00 pm (ET), staring in mid-April.
Where: On the Society of Shop Google + Page

During the 30-minute session you will:
  • Learn how Society of Shop’s affiliate marketing tools vastly simplify your affiliate marketing and blog monetization tasks
  • See how easy these tools are to install and use
  • Witness the tools in action on your favorite websites
Interested in attending?  Circle Society of Shop on Google+ to be notified of their next hangout.

Don't forget to tweet them any questions you may want covered during the hangout to @SocietyofShop; include #societyofshopQ in your question.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Check out iBlog Magazine for Professional Women Bloggers

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iBlog Magazine for Professional Women Bloggers

I was recently introduced to an awesome magazine titled: iBlog Magazine for Professional Women Bloggers.

Basic membership is free and then they have an Insider Membership.  Check out what you get when you subscribe and become a member of iBlog Magazine:

Free iBlog Magazine Membership
  • Social Daily Show
  • Top Bloggers Show
  • iBlog Access Show
  • The "Flip Side" Show
Insider iBlog Magazine Membership

Includes everything above PLUS:
  • Social Media Experts Show
  • Brand and Agency Interviews
  • Smart Blogging Social Show
  • iBlog Masterminds
and iBlog Magazine, the only print magazine created for professional bloggers.

Insider Membership is currently $5.99 a month (Billed Annually)

This looks like an amazing resource for all professional women bloggers.  Have you heard of iBlog Magazine?  If you are a member, feel free to share your experience with us.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Have you Considered HSA's for your Family?

INDIANAPOLIS (March 12,  2014) - As consumers across the country navigate tax season and a changing health care landscape this year, the savings and control over health care spending offered by health savings accounts (HSAs)  deserve a closer look.
The Affordable Care Act has changed a few aspects of HSAs; however, their triple-tax advantages remain – money deposited into a HSA is still tax-deductible, interest on these savings still grows tax deferred, and funds withdrawn for qualified medical expenses are still tax-free.  Any money left in the account at the end of the year rolls over to the next year, accumulating over time for use when needed, even for retirement health care costs......continue reading here!

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