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NNEP Members – In the Know

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yesware.com logoHave you ever wanted to KNOW if your customer received your email?  Ever wanted to know if they actually opened it?

If you use gmail or google mail, there is a solution for your curious mind! If you are not sure if your emails are getting read, check out Yesware, which lets you know when your emails have been read and even if they get forwarded by the person that received your email.

The basic version of this app is free.  There are advanced versions as well, which start at $5/month (as of 9/2013).

Check out this interesting little app at yesware.com.

September 30, 2013 |

It’s that Simple

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Set the date

We work with NNEP members all day long, day after day.  Our purpose – to help members of NNEP to be more profitable, to move their businesses forward, to overcome what ever is standing in the way of their success. We are often asked a question that looks boils down to this, “How do I get there from here?”

You have the vision of what you want, yet…

We hear again and again that you are WAITING – for that perfect time, perfect moment of clarity to take the leap of faith to really go for it with your business. So many business owners hold a belief that there is some secret that you do not yet know, and that with that knowledge, success would be guaranteed. With this elusive bit of something you have not yet discovered or experienced, success is inevitable.

Well, I am here to tell you differently. The real deal is that taking that leap to success is  much more mundane, even ordinary.  All you have to do is set a goal and tie a date to it and write it down on your calendar.

The moment you proactively make that leap from your mind to your calendar – THAT is your moment of commitment. Getting started is that simple!

Set goals that will get you where you want to go.

  • X number of  customers by end of month
  • X number of new orders by the 31st
  • Call X number of past customers to check in each week
  • Launch basic website by 15th
  • Create X number of new designs by the 5th
  • Buy new machine by Dec. 31, 2013.

Whatever you want to accomplish, break it down into bite-size pieces and get them on your calendar. And then GO for it! Actively spend time each day doing whatever you need to in order to make that goal by that date. Skip that hour on facebook, that 2 hours of tv time if necessary. Your success is the DIRECT result of your decisions, your efforts, your choices of what you do with your time.

There are plenty of people that will tell you you cannot do it, stick to what you know, why bother and all sorts of other negative statements. Here’s the good news – it is YOUR life, and you get to decide what you want to do with it!

I’ll start the ball rolling:

  • I will have the new Embroidery Mart-COLUMBUS website created and registration open by October 25, 2013.

What are you going to do?  Add your goal and date below in the comments, and get it on your calendar as well! Let’s DO THIS!

September 24, 2013 |

Thriving with Stress Training for NNEP Members

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Thriving With Stress training by Dr. Frank Wood intro video

Click image to see short video on this training for NNEP members

We are quite pleased to team up with Dr. Frank Wood to offer NNEP members a 4 week training class on Thriving With Stress.

The first class begins THIS week, 9/24/13 at 1 PM Eastern time, and will continue for 3 more weeks on Tuesdays at 1 PM. We just emailed NNEP members the details on how to enroll in this training.

This is a great opportunity to build skills for working WITH stress successfully, instead of letting it overwhelm you, particularly as we enter the crazy busy holiday season.

Designed specifically for business owners and managers, Thriving with Stress offers a practical training that results in improving your ability run your company more effectively.

This training is for NNEP members and is being offered at an incredible rate. Dr. Wood commands $1200 for this training typically when working with individuals. Group training runs $350/person. NNEP members get this training for only $150!

Dr. Wood is only accepting 10 people in this training course. Please register immediately to secure your position. If you have questions or did not see the registration invitation, contact NNEP right away at 800-866-7396.

September 23, 2013 |

NNEP Lesson #472

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Stop Thief!Well, what can I say – apparently I/we here at NNEP have to learn some lessons the hard way. The lesson I learned the hard way recently is that if you are traveling with your computer or iPad, there are steps you should take before you even leave to protect yourself, should anything happen to your computer while you are traveling.

  1. Write down the serial numbers of all of your computers, smart tablets, devices and cell phones – have this information some where OTHER than on the devices themselves!  It is one of the first things the police will ask you for should your device be stolen! Without the serial number, they really have no way of identifying YOUR device if it is found.
  2. If you are leaving your device somewhere and you will not be present, invest in the cables to attach it to something. There are all kinds of these cables available – click this link to amazon.com to see some of the zillions of options.
  3. Consider investing in a motion sensor alarm for your device.  If someone moves it, even bumps it, it will go off unless the right code is entered.
  4. Consider installing the LoJack software. According the police in Nashville, this has been one of the most effective tools they’ve seen for recovering stolen computers.  Click this link to view LoJack options on amazon.com.

We apologize to the attendees at Embroidery Mart that experienced a longer-than-usual waiting time at Registration.  As many of you heard, we had computers stolen at the Embroidery Mart trade show, making for longer lines at Registration than anticipated. Thank you for your patience!

Lesson learned, the hard way, but most definitely learned!

September 17, 2013 |

Towel Hub Joins NNEP Preferred Vendor Program

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TowelHub logoTowelHub joins the NNEP as our newest Preferred Vendor, supporting NNEP members with special pricing. We are pleased to welcome Faisal Bhatti and the entire TowelHub organization to the NNEP!

TowelHub® is purely a terry towel wholesale company selling towels at wholesale prices online. The more you buy, the less it costs. Their prices are way less than any of the discount stores around. The towels are sold by the dozen. They have different qualities of towels i.e. Economy, Premium, Premium Plus, Terry/Velour & 11×18 Fingertip towels. They also have Bleach Shield® towels which are very popular with the beauty salons and nail salons. Their Premium Plus, Bleach Shield® & Terry/Velour towels are ideal for embroidery as they are nice and soft. The Premium towels that they carry are mid grade towels and can be used for inexpensive needs. Their working hours are 9 am to 6 pm. Their shipping is fast. They ship the same day for all orders placed before 3 pm E.S.T. For Golf towel orders which require a grommet & a hook, depending on the size of the order, it can take from 1 day up to 2 days additional time to ship

NNEP Members – check your email for how to get your special NNEP member’s only pricing!  We just sent you an email with the new information for Section 2 for your Embroidery Manual by email.

September 10, 2013 |

Thriving with Stress training for NNEP members

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We are very excited to announce a webinar for NNEP members on 9/10/13 at 10:30 AM EST – Thriving with Stress, presented by Dr. Frank Wood.

We just emailed NNEP members an invitation to this special event.  I have wrestled this very smart man into doing some stress management training for NNEP members.  He is offering a webinar on TUESDAY, 9/10 at 10:30 AM EST for 24 NNEP members (I am claiming the 25th spot, just be be clear – this guy is really, really good!).

Here is a bit more info about the training, from Dr. Frank Wood, the above mentioned very smart guy:

Please accept this invitation for those in the National Network of Embroidery Professionals to Thriving with Stress: An Overview. 

As we discussed, Thriving with Stress is being called a game changer with stress. Howard Thompson, VP of Purchasing with Macy’s told me, “I recently had the opportunity to see Dr. Wood turn 60 minutes into a mini personal empowerment session to help a group of business owners and executives begin to turn the tables on stress.”

I invite you and the members of NNEP to join this webinar overview on stress in which I will share a couple of things:

 

1)  The impact or cost of stress – amazingly stress is reported to cost US businesses more than $300 Billion annually … more in the webinar on the impact/cost issue.

2) The framework on stress – this will offer a perspective on how stress works.

3) An example that will teach, through experience, how stress feels and how it can get in the way of effective performance.

4) Some biology on stress where I will share a little on the fight or flight response (human wiring) and a little on a part of the brain that becomes overactive during times of stress.

5) Finally, I will open the webinar for questions.

A bit about the Thriving with Stress program – it is a 4 week program that more fully unpacks stress and teaches practical tools that empowers those who learn and apply the tools to more effectively respond rather than react in times of stress.

Details

- The overview webinar is scheduled for September 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM

- The webinar will be held on webex (free to use it, just sign up using the sent to NNEP members by email)

- I will be asking for some feedback and so  would appreciate it if those who attend would use computers that have microphones … if not, there is an ability to communicate via a chat feature (so all are welcome)

- I will start promptly at 10:30 and conclude at 11:30 AM, EST. 

- I will be taping the webinar and will forward a taped copy to you for delivery to other NNEP members who were not able to participate in the webinar on 9/10/13, since it is limited to 25 people in the live session. 

 

For those interested, I will offer a discounted Thriving with Stress program (the 4 week program) to NNEP members. And if there is interest, I am open to offering periodic webinars for your members.

 

With respect,

Frank
September 6, 2013 |

Risks & Rewards

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Risk vs. reward

Check out this article in the September 2013 issue of Printwear Magazine by NNEP President Jennifer Cox about taking risks and the rewards that they may lead to.  Read about some business owners (and NNEP members) that took risks and tried something new, and how it worked out for them.

What risks have you taken?

What risks do you want to take, but have not yet done so?

What would make you willing to try it?

 

 

August 27, 2013 |

NNEP’s 2014 Embroidery Mart Schedule

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Save these dates!

 

Grab your calendar and mark these dates for the NNEP Embroidery Mart trade shows in 2014!

Embroidery Mart – COLUMBUS

March 21-22, 2014
Columbus Convention Center – NEW location!
Columbus, OH
 

Embroidery Mart – NASHVILLE

August 15-16, 2014
Music City Center – NEW facility!
Nashville, TN

To receive info about ATTENDING these events - click the green button below:

Let me know when I can register button

 To get information about EXHIBITING at these trade shows - click the blue button below to immediately receive the current exhibitor contracts and booth availability information:

Exhibitor Info for NNEP events

PS - IF you have another 15 seconds, please click on the red and blue VOTE button below – I’ve been nominated for a national award and hope to bring greater awareness of our industry with this nomination!!! MUCH appreciated – voting ends Sept. 9, 2013.

August 23, 2013 |

Jennifer Cox of NNEP nominated for Small Business Influencer Award

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Jennifer Cox, president and co-founder of NNEP, nominated for the “Small Business Influencer” Award!

This program is produced by Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology. The Small Business Influencer 2013 Awards honor companies, organizations, vendors, apps and people who have made a significant impact on the North American small business market.

If you have a moment, and feel that she/NNEP is “click-worthy,” please vote for today! We would really appreciate it.

We would LOVE to get our industry on the national radar, and an award like this would be one way to help with that!

Click here to vote:
http://influencers.smallbiztrends.com/small-business-leaders-2013/cox-jennifer-1/

If you really like Jennifer/NNEP, VOTE DAILY from every computer/online device you own until Sept. 9, 2013!

Thanks so much for your click.
Have a great day,

NNEP

 

August 8, 2013 |

Jetline Joins NNEP Preferred Vendor Program

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TowelHub logoTowelHub joins the NNEP as our newest Preferred Vendor, supporting NNEP members with special pricing. We are pleased to welcome Faisal Bhatti and the entire TowelHub organization to the NNEP!

 

NNEP Members – check your email for how to get your special NNEP member’s only pricing!  We just sent you an email with the new information for Section 2 for your Embroidery Manual by email.

July 22, 2013 |