Saturday, June 13, 2015

Father's Day - The Perfect Gifts For Making It Special & Fun!

Don't Make Father's Day About Ties, Cologne or Goofy Gifts! Make It Special!!
The Hubsan Mini-Drone! Has Some Suggestions and Super-Deals!!!

1) A Mini- Drone! A Unique & Affordable Father's Day Gift! The Perfect Gift for only $49.50 - To you from Hubsan!
It's all about FUN! Go To -

  • Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity
  • Permits super stable flight. With 4 channels
  • Lightweight airframe with nice durability
  • Camera: 0.3 MP video recording module included (requires a Micro SDHC card)
  • 4-ways flip(left, right, forward, backward)
The Steak Company Father's Day Special!2) Ribs, Steaks, Chops & Burgers!  It's all about the Best Of Outdoor Grilling!  Save on the Special - Only $94.95! From USDA Prime to Wagyu Beef, these mail order steaks are handpicked, hand cut, and 
perfectly aged ensuring you receive the best steaks online - the Ultimate Steak! To you from the Chicago Steak Company! Experience.
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Show Dad you care with tender Filet Mignons and Hearty Boneless Strips. This limited time offer isn't here for long. So make sure to order yours today and experience Exquisite Steaks that Define Excellence.

2 (6oz) Premium Angus Beef Filet Mignons 
2 (12oz) Premium Angus Beef Boneless Strips
1 (5oz) Chicago Steak Seasoning

3) The Portable TRU Infrared Grill for Picnics, Travel & More! Watch Your Dad Smile!
The Char-Broil Father's Day Special!
Only $115.54 - Save $64.45 / 36%!! Brought to you by Char-Broil! Go To -
  • Road worthy and built to travel easy
  • Cast aluminum firebox and lid with dual stainless steel latches and temp gauge
  • High-impact frame with legs and carry handles
  • No flare-up TRU-Infrared cooking system
  • 200 sq. in. stainless steel grilling grate
It's time - You have the time to ORDER NOW & MAKE HIS DAY!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

It's Almost Father's Day - June 21st! 6 Gift Ideas That Will Help Make Dad's Day Special & Some Things To Avoid!

When it comes to #Father's Day most Dads would admit that many times they didn't get something they could use & enjoy! Here are 6 ideas that can Make His Day!

Introduction - According to, "Father’s Day is all about showing Dad how much you love and appreciate him. There’s no 'one size fits all' gift for dads, but fortunately there are tons of wonderful gift ideas that are a perfect fit for dads of all kinds. You just have to know where to look."
6 Ideas for Making Father's Day Special!

Can't Wait - 6 Ideas Now! Great Gifts with LInks for those in a hurry! Order Now & Make His Day!
1) For Your Grilling Master or Amateur Outdoor Cook - Grills & Tools!
2) Feast on Father's Day & Special Bonus Gifts - Steaks, Burgers & More
3) The Ultimate Outdoor Toy For Dads - A Personal Drone That Soars!
4) Sport Shirts That Look & Feel Great - Perfect For The Summer!
5) The Ultimate Work-Out Machine - Great Savings on the TreadClimber!
6) The Stylish Way to Monitor Workouts, Calories & More - For Your Man's Health! 

We wanted to give you some guidance and & the Ideas!

Things You May Want To Avoid!

1) Funny gag gifts and novelty goodies!
2) Tools for making repairs!
3) Neck ties, golfer socks & underwear! 
4) Cologne!
5) Gift certificates!

Thinks you might want to consider - See the Above!

Most Fathers want to enjoy the Summer months - Grilling Out! - Enjoying Great Food! - Looking Good! - Enjoying a Workout! & New Technology! Our ideas will help Dads fill
6 Gift Ideas to Help Make Father's Day Special!
their "Bucket Lists"! 

A Special Thought About Fathers -

"A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence when you get hurt." -  Author Unknown

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend - Things to Remember & To Do!

Memorial Day - Let's never forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice!
Things To Remember for Memorial Day!! 

MEMORIAL DAY - 1st and foremost Memorial Day is a Day of Remembrance! Why? - "Memorial Day started off as a somber day of remembrance; a day when Americans went to cemeteries and placed flags or flowers on the graves of our war dead. It was a day to remember ancestors, family members, and loved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice." The remembrance started in the years following the Civil War and became an official holiday in 1971! 
Many of my direct family members fought and survived fighting in WW I & WWII. Many of my friend fought and survived Vietnam! They have passed along the importance of remembering those who fought for our freedom and gave their lives to keep us free! We encourage you to observe Memorial Day by at least displaying the U.S. flag! For more ideas for observing this day visit

Enjoy Memorial Day Fun!
Things To Do!
HAVE FUN -  In addition to a day of remembrance, Memorial Day weekend has become a time to enjoy life and the transition from Spring to Summer - after a long brutal Winter for many of us! I was rather amazed when I Googled "What to do on Memorial Day weekend?".It appears that:
  • Almost every city has a Series of Events! 
  • Stores provide Incredible Sales! 
  • Families Open Their Patios & Plan to Grill Out!
  • Pools and Backyards Open For Play!
Here are some Time & Cost-Saving Suggestions we've gathered for you!
1) Google the city where you live or visiting - As an example, if you plan to be in or around Boston go to their events website - Celebrations Landing Page.
2) Visit these stores for their SPECIALS for Look'in Good & Having Fun:
          a) Lacoste - For Your Summer Styles! 
          b) Lord & Taylor - For Incredible Savings for the Entire Family! 
          c) Nautica - For the Whole Family to Welcome the warm days in Style! 
          d) Orvis - For great Men's & Women's Sports Wear!   
3) Plan your Outdoor Events!
           a) Chicago Steak Company - Make Your Grilling a Great Experience!
           b) Home & Patio Decor Center - Everything for Your Patio Experience! 
           c) Wicker Paradise - Turn Your Yard into an Adventure of Comfort!
4) Plan Your Outdoor Fun!
            a) Step2 - Their Specialty is Kids Play!
            b) WillyGoat - The Ultimate in Swing Sets, Playhouses, Trampolines & Much More! 
            c) Brookstone - Outdoor/Indoor Speakers, Fun Items & So Much More!  
Let's all Remember those that made the Ultimate Sacrifice for us! While we are enjoying a long weekend keep in mind that those Men & Women made it possible! 
Freedom is not Free -  it is Earned!!
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Marketing - An Employee Benefit Combo That Employees & Employers Love - Affordable with a Trackable ROI!

The Marriage of Wearable Fitness Trackers, Wellness Plans & Employee Benefits - What a Combo!
A Three Piece Combo: Fitness Tracking - WellnessPlans - Employee Benefits
A Unbeatable Combo!

While recently reading Employee Benefit News (EBN), I was attracted by 3 related articles focused on #Wearables, #Wellness Plans & #Employee Benefits! My attraction to the articles was based on my background in Employee Benefits, my interest in Wellness Plans, and my recent experiences with a wearable fitness tracking device called Fitbit! I had honestly not tied the 3 value propositions together!

The two companies I co-founded, &, seldom have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand in terms of content, focus, and promotions - except for the Section "Insurance Related" on! Reading the 3 EBN related articles opened my eyes to the perfect integration that wearable fitness devices bring to Wellness Plans and the overall Benefit Plan Design. Let's take a look at the focus of these articles!

The 3 articles discuss three components:

1)  Fitness Trackers - "...a device or application for monitoring and tracking fitness-related
metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, and in some cases heartbeat
and quality of sleep" (Wikepedia)  In the case of this article they were referring specifically to Fitbit. In pevious blogs we had been discussing & promoting the

effectiveness and affordability of wearables and specifically Fitbit!
Fitbit provides stylish choices for their wearable fitness band!
Fitbit Choices & More!

2)  Wellness Plans - Often talked about but generally difficult to: implement, gain traction with Employees, and to track results. Most employers before expending capital on wellness, want to know that they will see results and an ROI!
3)  Employee Benefits - A broad brushed terminology that includes insurance programs, retirement plans, employer-provided services and voluntary benefits offered by employers to their employees. As hard as employers and employees try there is generally a dynamic tension between the Employers and the Employees regarding what is offered, who pays, and how to track the effectiveness of the specific Plan, Product or Service!
The 3 articles in EBN tie these components together and make a strong case for Employers working with Employees, Individuals and Brokers to examine and take action on integrating wearables into their Wellness Plans as part of their Employee Benefits Plan Designs. 
 The 1st was titled -  "Putting wearable wellness into practice" (Read the Article)!
 The 2nd was titled - "5 reasons wearable wellness is here to stay" (Read the Article)        The 3rd was titled - Wearable devices: Future of wellness or just a fad?" (Read Article)

When your research is complete - Fitbit will be your choice!
My suggestion - (1) Read through the three articles (2) Click on the link to Fitbit for more information about this specific wearable (3) Try-out a wearable for yourself before adding it to your Wellness Plan and your Employee Benefits Plan Strategy (4) If you see the value - Take Action!

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Make Your Summer A Success - For Business & Personal!

What is the Linchpin for #Meeting Your Goals - Fulfilling Your #Wish List?
Your Business & Personal Wish LIst

The basics for Success in Meeting Goals - Fulfilling a Wish Lists - are often boiled down to a few words:
  • When I was in Real Estate Development it was -- Location - Location - Location!
  • In my Insurance/Benefits experience it has been -- Qualified Prospects - Qualified Prospects - Qualified Prospects!
Linchpins for Success Meeting Goals - While the the above are extremely important, I would suggest that the lynchpin is really -- Planning - Planning - Planning! I'll define planning as: Setting Goals, Developing Strategies, Budgeting,
Meeting Your Goals & Expectations!
Outlining Tasks, Scheduling & Executing. 

To "Make Your Summer Successful - Fulfilling your Goals/Wish Lists  for Business & Personal!" I suggest that the internet provides a plethora of opportunities to assist in reaching your goals, implementing strategies, leaving only the Budgeting, Scheduling & Executing to You!

We recently asked several clients to tell us their Business & Personal Goals - Wish Lists" for the  Summer. We,, followed-up by providing them companies/websites that could assist them in reaching their goals efficiently & cost-effectively! The following is a sampling of our suggestions:

For The Client's Business Goals - 
Build an Online Store to Promote Products & Services - Shopify!
  1. Better track Website Activity to improve conversion - Mouseflow!
  2. Affordably Update Computers & other Technology - Refurbees & SnaggStuff!
For The Client's Personal Goals - 
  1. Grill Outside more often with Great Steaks, Chops, Fillets, etc. - Chicago Steak Company!
  2. Make their Back Yard a Better Place to Relax & Play! - Home & Patio & Willygoat!  
  3. Get some affordable new Tech. Gadgets for Fun, Exercise, & More - BOSEFitbit & SnaggStuff!
  4. Take a Great Vacation - GreatValueVacations & for Singles - Best Single Travel!
Follow this Blog to meet your needs or Comment to let us know your recommendations!  The above opportunities all came from

visiting ( The
Meet Your Goals - Have a Great Summer!
website is an "Online Boutique Outlet Shopping Mall" dedicated to assisting Individuals, Families, Businesses Owners & Managers in Efficiently and Cost-Effectively Meeting Their Needs" - START NOW!  

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It's Small Business Week - Small Business Deserves Our Attention!

Cheers To Small Business - It's Small Business Week!

Having been a #small business owner for most of my 46 years in the workforce, I
It's Small Business Week!
have a tremendous respect for the guts, talent, creativity, endurance and optimism that's required for the small business to survive!

What's So Important about the Small Business? 
According to the Small Business Administration (SBA) - There are between 20 to 30 million small businesses in the U.S., depending on who you ask. They employ almost 60 percent of the nation’s workforce. They pay 44 percent of the country’s payrolls.
Quote About Small Business "Like any small business owner, I experienced the pressures of building a company from the ground up - developing a business plan, balancing the books, meeting payroll and building a customer base." Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gov. CA.
Small Businesses make incredible contributions to our economy!
Things to Remember About Small Businesses - Forbes Magazine reminds us: "Local business owners are more likely to give back to your community. Beyond actual dollars being kept within your local community – which is significantly higher when dollars are spent at a local business vs. corporate one – small business owners are also more likely to 'do good' for your community, as well. Small businesses deliver community character and economic advantages to the town they are positioned in, but also strengthen partnerships among neighbors, residents, other small business owners, community leaders and even schools by offering social and economic relationships. Many also support local causes, creating even more good within a community".
Helping Small Business? - Rather than make suggestions about how you can better help small business, we at (specifically our section on "Business Solutions") and (a website that assists in making the Insurance and
Helping small businesses make important decisions!
Benefits Industries more accessible, efficient and cost-effective) - both of which are being re-vamped - we are going to dedicate more time and focus to small businesses! As ourselves a small business, we realize that the small business owners have special needs and that business and personal decisions are often intertwined. We're going to make a committed effort to be of assistance!
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Beyond Business! Let's Celebrate With & For Your Pets! It's National Pet Week - May 3-9, 2015

About National Pet Week - “National Pet Week® (NWP) celebrates the relationship
It's {et Week - Buy Your Pet A Gift!
individuals and families have with their pets “encourages #pet owners to be certain they provide their best friends with all they need for a happy, healthy life every week of the year!” NPW

Quote About Pets - “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” John Grogan, Marley Marley & Me

NPW was created to celebrate the “... 200 million pets that enrich our lives each and every day” NPW. The following are a mix of tips and interesting information for and about your pets:

Interesting Facts (by APPA) --
  • 83.3 million—Number of owned dogs
  • 95.6 million—Number of owned cats
  • $231—Average annual amount spent by dog owners on routine veterinary visits
  • $193—Average annual amount spent by cat owners on routine veterinary visits
Great Pet Care Ideas - Click the Specific Sites Below or Visit the Pet Section on -- Enjoy Ideas & Big Savings!
1) Toys - - You won't see any dog toys like ours in the stores!
2) Supplies - Pet Fancy - They offer a vast and stylish selection of pet supplies!
                      EntirelyPets - Affordable solutions to give your pet a healthy and happy life!
                      Pet Plan  - A stylish selection of pet supplies that you are going to love!
                      Pet Street Mall - A collection of fantastic pet products all at one retail store!
3. Pet Food - Only Natural Pet They provide Natural Pet Products!
                       Pet Food Direct Makes pet parenting easier!
4. Pet Rx - 1-800 PetMeds A licensed pharmacy w/ only dispense U.S. FDA/ EPA approved!
PetCareRx Enhancing the lives of pets and pet parents!

5. Training - TrainPetDog They educate dog lovers across the globe!  
We encourage you to comment with additional Companies that help us provide for our pets!

Don't Have a Pet or Looking For Another Friend? - Go to the ASPCA Website or Visit Your Local Shelter!

Have a Favorite Pet Picture? Post it on our Facebook Page

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Celebrate Pet Week With A Gift For Your Pet!


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