The Power of Community: Tapping Into Your Hometown Resources

May 31, 2017
Hosted by Janet Kunst

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Did you know that there are marketing resources in just waiting to be used in your own back yard? And in many cases, all it takes is a little bit of your time and energy to tap into them. Today we will be exploring ways that you can effectively market your business within your community. Our guest today is Lisa Sakai, President-Elect for the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the boards of several Chambers and other Foundations in Orange County, CA, and has seen how her involvement has helped her business grow. Join us as we look at common misconceptions small businesses have about becoming part of Chambers of Commerce and other local organizations, and how to tap into “lifestyle networking”.

Marketing That Won’t Break the Bank

Marketing That Won’t Break the Bank

Wednesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Marketing doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. With a little planning and some creative strategies, small businesses can achieve big results with their online and offline marketing efforts.

On Marketing That Won’t Break The Bank, you’ll learn specific, actionable strategies that you can immediately implement to make a noticeable difference in how you market to customers and attract customers to your small business. We’ll show you how to hone in on your ideal customer, build your email list, create content to develop your action plan, and leverage offline networking to build your community. We’ll also explore how to leverage social media and online advertising opportunities.

Marketing That Won’t Break The Bank will break everything down into easy-to-understand terms that will leave you confident in how you can best reach your customers and clients. Tune in live every Wednesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

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Janet Kunst

Janet Kunst

Janet has over 25 years of marketing experience in industries ranging from hi-tech medical device to restaurants and retail establishments and everything in between. She has experienced first-hand the move from traditional marketing to online marketing, and knows the struggles that entails. Her passion is for the small business owner who has the expertise in their field, but when it comes to marketing and especially online marketing, are lost. When Janet started her own business 7 years ago, she was in their shoes. She had no budget for marketing and little understanding of the new concept of internet marketing. Through significant training, and a little trial by error, Janet has helped small business owners put their marketing plans in place to grow their businesses. Today, she is the owner of 411 Marketing Solutions, and works with small businesses from a variety of industries to connect with their customers online through internet and social media marketing.

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Jim Froling is president of (949) Local Internet Marketing which he founded in 2009. In the 25 years prior to this, Jim held senior positions in sales and marketing management in the computer and consumer electronics industry. In this capacity Jim sold to, and marketed through, • Major international distributors; • “Big Box” retailers; • “Electronic Retailers”; • and major “E-Tailers”.
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Mickey Gubman

Mickey Gubman Certified FocalPoint Business Coach
Business Coach Mickey Gubman retired from the Tennant Company as a managing director after 30 outstanding years working with businesses around the world to establish processes and systems which drive faster growth and greater profits. Mickey now applies these same skills, knowledge and experience, combined with the methodologies developed by Brian Tracy, acclaimed management expert, to help small to mid-size businesses do the same.
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Jan Miller

I have been an artist since I can remember. I was drawing with graphite pencil and colored pencils and did lots for shows when I was younger. I worked in retail management since I was 21 and 10 years later I went back to a tech school to get my degree in Visual Communications or better known as Graphic Design. Graduated with High honors in 98.
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Greg Raths

Born in 1953, the young boy with an adventurous spirit grew up to become Colonel Greg Raths, USMC, and fly jet fighters in combat. Greg received his Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in 1975, and entered the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant the same year. He fulfilled his lifelong dream to become a fighter pilot. He participated in Operation Desert Storm, flying 45 combat missions in the F/A-18 Hornet. He then commanded a Marine Corps Fighter Squadron and later a Marine Aircraft Group. In 2003 he served as Chief of Staff, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, and in 2004 he took on the role as the Marine Aircraft Wing Commander before retiring from active duty in Nov. 2004. Greg retired to live a more peaceful life with his wife Luci, his son Michael (Major USMC) and twin daughters, Kristen & Kathy. He was a commercial airline pilot for a short time before becoming an author and writing the bestseller, 9 Lives of a Fighter Pilot, One Pilot’s Personal Story as an American Patriot. View Guest page

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Lisa Sakai

Lisa has been a financial advisor since 2011 and has built her practice primarily through community networking and word of mouth.
She is a Southern California native however she attended Kenyon College in Gambier, OH where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. She is active in her community of Mission Viejo and South Orange County. She is currently the President Elect of the Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she has been on the boards of other Chambers of Commerce and Foundations throughout Orange County.
Lisa is passionate about supporting the needs of professional women and building a strong women community. To that end, she created OC Professional Women, a networking organization geared specifically towards building relationships, community outreach and support for women.
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