HR Knowledge CEO to appear on MYOB Radio Show Sunday

Jeff Garr, CEO of HR Knowledge will be appearing on the “Mind your Own Business” Radio Show this week. The show provides advice, information and connections for entrepreneurs, service providers and established companies. Tune into MYOB this Sunday between 9-11 AM to hear his segment.

Local Stations:

WBNW 1120 AM – Needham, MA
WPLM 1390 AM – Plymouth, MA
WESO 970 AM – Southbridge, MA

or stream online @ MYOBTheRadioShow.com

ElizaJ Offers Discount to Non-Profits

In recognition of tighter budgets, ElizaJ the providers of upscale, self-contained restrooms for special events and serving thousands of clients along the East Coast, offers a 10 percent discount to 501(c)(3) certified non-profit organizations.

“Whether it’s a black tie event or a themed party, non-profit organizations put a lot into their fundraising efforts and containing costs is key,” explained ElizaJ founder, Eliza Kendall.

ElizaJ, headquartered in Harwich, Mass., is one of the largest providers of fine self-contained restrooms for catered outdoor events. In addition to offering a discount to non-profits, the company supports charities that give back the most to those in need, donating at least five percent of their annual profits to charities such as the Seva Foundation, Heifer International, Best Buddies, United Way, Disabled Veterans and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

ElizaJ is a proud member of the International Special Events Society (ISES); the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA); the New England Franchise Association (NEFA); the International Franchise Association (IFA) and the Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI).

ElizaJ – Ahead with Class
ElizaJ company is one of the largest providers of practical, elegant restrooms for outdoor events on the East Coast. Founded by Eliza Kendall, a former event planner, ElizaJ is focused entirely on high quality products and first-rate customer service.
Caterers, event planners, rental companies and families know that ElizaJ comes through for them each and every time. Over the years the ElizaJ® name (formerly Leave it to Liza®) has become synonymous with high quality and dedicated service.

Key advantages of using deliverable restrooms include low cost, portability, water conservation and sanitation facilities where sewer and water are not conveniently available. ElizaJ provides quotes within 24-hours of request and courteous, prompt delivery of impeccable restrooms.

ElizaJ is currently offering franchises. ElizaJ’s franchise program is an ideal business opportunity for someone who is seeking additional income; looking to be their own boss; set their own hours and join the ranks of proud entrepreneurs.

ElizaJ is headquartered in Harwich, MA. For more information, contact 800-437-1139; email info@elizaJ.com or visit their website at www.elizaj.com.

AOL Business includes PR Works – How to Deal with Stupid New Business

AOL SMALL BUSINESS

How to Deal with Stupid New Business Ideas

By GEOFF WILLIAMS

February 5, 2010

Someone comes to you with an idea for a new business and asks for your opinion, as an entrepreneur. No doubt about it. The idea looks dead on arrival.

But think carefully before you speak. If you tell the truth, you crush someone’s entrepreneurial spirit. If you say nothing or feign a thumbs up mentality, you could regret it later when the poor guy or gal goes down in financial ruin.

So what should you say?

Obviously, there’s no right or wrong answer, but everyone we spoke to seems to agree about that speaking carefully part. So here are some thoughts to consider before you open your mouth.

Be honest. “You’re not being a very good mentor or advisor if you don’t tell someone what you really think,” says Anthony Citrano, a photographer and entrepreneur who has started four companies.

Donna Flagg, president of the Krysalis Group LLC and author of Surviving Dreaded Conversations, concurs with Citrano. “I can’t think of a good reason why someone would withhold what they think or how they feel, especially when it could be beneficial to another person. That said, I do not think it’s necessary to tell someone that he or she has a ‘stupid’ idea. Being mean is not the same thing as being honest.”

Instead, lead the discussion to why the idea is unworkable. Play Devil’s Advocate, or think of yourself a business therapist, there not to tell your patient what to do, but to guide him or her to the right answer. “Entrepreneurs by their very nature don’t take no for an answer,” says Citrano. “They can’t be told something’s not workable. They have to come to that conclusion on their own.”

If you think it’s a stupid idea, but this person wants to pay you to make the business work, ethically, should you accept the money? It’s your call. “If you’re a consultant and give away free advice, you’re giving away the only thing you have to sell,” reasons Linda D. Henman, Ph.D., president of Henman Performance Group, based in St. Louis. She considers it unethical to tell entrepreneurs their business isn’t workable before agreeing to be a paid consultant. “Unless I have taken the time to understand your business, how could I possibly give you advice? The other thing to consider is liability. If I give you advice, and you haven’t even hired me yet, I incur all the legal liability associated with my advice with none of the benefits.”

But you can always back out of the project without giving advice, if you really think this business is a losing proposition. That’s the route Steve Dubin, who owns PR Workzone in Kingston, Massachusetts, takes. He says, “I get approached by many entrepreneurs who think they’ve got the next pet rock. More often, they have Lawn Darts — something either dangerous, stupid or of little interest to sane people.”

He says that “for the obvious miscue, we wave the white flag. For the odd shaped peg, we give it a shot.” And because of that, he sleeps well at night.

Before you dismiss an idea, remember that no matter how unworkable the idea, it may work. Now, this doesn’t discount all of the above — if you truly think an idea for a startup is idiotic, you have to hold true to those beliefs. But it can’t hurt to have an open mind about the idea either.

Eva Rosenberg, who writes a syndicated tax column for Dow Jones’ Marketwatch.com and holds tax workshops, was humbled a couple times on this score — and is now very careful about labeling any business idea stupid.

Back in college, a buddy in Rosenberg’s marketing class was so impressed with her marketing ideas that, just before the semester ended, he offered her a position in his new company. He was going to invest in a fleet of airport vans, pick up travelers at their front door and take them directly to their terminal. It would cost about $20 per person.

Figuring people could get a bus for $3, she didn’t see the appeal, politely begged off, and next thing she knew, her classmate had created a thriving company that he later sold for a hefty sum.

She also remembers going on a job interview back in the day. The interviewer described what the cable TV company did, as Rosenberg listened respectfully, all the while thinking this business would never fly — not when people had seven, maybe eight, free TV channels at their disposal. Who was going to ever pay to watch TV?

“I thanked the kind man and backed out of there carefully, since clearly, I was dealing with a lunatic,” says Rosenberg, before adding ruefully: “You already know what happened to the cable industry.”

Geoff Williams is a frequent contributor to Aol Small Business. He is also the co-author of the new book Living Well with Bad Credit

Would You Make a Good Entrepreneur? TMI Executive Resources Advises Potential Entrepreneurs

In a market where job security no longer exists, many executives have begun to consider the entrepreneurial option. TMI Executive Resources (http://www.TMIer.com), an outplacement and career consulting firm catering to thousands of clients around the globe, offers insight on what makes a good entrepreneur.

TMI Executive Resources outlines the specific characteristics of a good entrepreneur:

· A good entrepreneur must have the knowledge as well as the skills to “run their own show”.

· S/he must have the desire to become an entrepreneur, fully realizing the significant commitment of time and energy.

· It helps if s/he has previous experience leading or participating in ventures which have been sold, gone public, have been restructured or have simply grown too large.

· S/he must have a solid understanding of the financial risk and have assessed the financial resources needed.

· S/he has the ability to “see the big picture” and is capable of “getting things done”.

· S/he should have a tolerance for entrepreneurial risk.

· S/he must be able to organize, evaluate and leverage a broad network of resources.

“Many executives with successful track records in larger corporations realize that job security derived from the size and stability of the company no longer really exists. But, even more important than the drive to become an entrepreneur, is the importance of having specific characteristics of an entrepreneur,” explained Tom McNeil, the company’s president.

TMI Executive Resources is a successful entrepreneurial venture itself. The company helps folks through the entrepreneurial decision; reduces the personal, professional, and financial risk; and increases the likelihood of substantial entrepreneurial reward.

About TMI

TMI Executive Resources is a worldwide organization that provides professional career consulting and career management services as well as entrepreneurship consulting to executives. Founded in 1986, TMI has provided services to over 4,000 clients around the world and has grown to six locations on the East Coast. TMI headquarters is located at 20 William Street, Suite 100 in Wellesley, MA. The company has offices in Boston and Springfield, MA; Hartford, New Haven and Stamford, CT and Washington DC. For more information, contact 877-864-3932 or visit their website at TMIer.com.

TMI Executive Resources Announces New Service Offering for Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Opportunities

TMI Executive Resources (http://www.TMIer.com), a firm providing outplacement and career consulting services to thousands of clients around the globe, has recently announced a new service offering that caters to executives who would like to consider, or already are considering the entrepreneurial option.

Entrepreneurs, business owners and executives who have participated in or led ventures which have been sold, gone public, restructured or simply grown too large may also be seeking new entrepreneurial opportunities. TMI Executive Resources helps these folks through the entrepreneurial decision; reduces the personal, professional, and financial risk; and increases the likelihood of substantial entrepreneurial reward.

TMI provides:

· Professional advice and guidance.

· Personal and professional assessment of a potential entrepreneur’s skills, financial resources and risk tolerance.

· Identification of entrepreneurial opportunities.

· Business planning

· Ongoing consultation and guidance, review and recommendations

“Many executives with successful track records in larger corporations realize that job security derived from the size and stability of the company no longer really exists. They have developed the skills and desire to “run their own show” and now see the entrepreneurial option in a much more favorable light,” explained Tom McNeil, the company’s president.

He continued, “As a successful entrepreneurial venture itself, TMI helps entrepreneurs identify the best opportunities and then build upon them.”

About TMI

TMI Executive Resources is a worldwide organization that provides professional career consulting and career management services as well as entrepreneurship consulting to executives. Founded in 1986, TMI has provided services to over 4,000 clients around the world and has grown to six locations on the east coast. TMI headquarters is located at 20 William Street, Suite 100 in Wellesley, MA. The company has offices in Boston and Springfield, MA; Hartford, New Haven and Stamford, CT and Washington DC. For more information, contact 877-864-3932 or visit their website at TMIer.com.