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Hello Plussers, and Happy 2016!!
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful winter holiday season and a very Happy New Year celebration <3

I have been on a bit of nice long vacation, but I am finally getting back into the swing of things. With the new year comes some new changes, and in that spirit I have some news.

I have decided to not to continue the TGIF Business Networking Hangouts in 2016

I have a few reasons for this change:

The first one is all on me - as you may have noticed, I have not been very active on Google+ of late. In truth, I have not been very active in my own business socials much over the last couple of months. I've just got burnt out on it to be honest. Lots and lots and lots of networking and not enough returns, and that is also on me - I have lost a lot of the passion I had when I started out on this solopreneur venture.

When I had that passion, all that networking came easy and the returns followed. As I lost the passion, I became burnt out on all the networking, and slacked off, and naturally so did the returns.

The second reason is that with all the changes that have been made to Google+, I just don't believe I receive the same benefit to doing the TGIF Hangouts as before. Google+ has removed all of our profile info - there is no more "About" page. Instead, just a page that first shows our collections, then our posts.

I get the thinking behind this, that our collections will be the indicators of our interests and activities. But frankly, one of the things I liked best about Google+ was the profile page that gave us a real platform as business people to tell folks a bit about what we do. Also gone are the hover cards, and those were the other thing I liked most about Google+.

Google+ has been a great spot where I could present myself, even before I had a web site, and it didn't matter that I didn't have a web site, because all that info about me and my services was available on the about page.

Hosting the TGIF Business Networking Hangouts worked hand in hand with that, hopefully getting people interested enough to go look at my about page and learn more about the business services I have to offer.

Now Google+ kinda feels to me like just another social network. Still pretty superior, with lots of awesome and useful tools, but the particular features that made it my most preferred social network are gone.

I'm not dropping off the face of the earth though - chat with me on Blab!
Moving forward, I will be spending more time on Twitter and Blab. If you are still interested in participating in live streamed video chats, you can follow me on Blab at https://blab.im/1Meilani and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/1Meilani.

It is very easy to join in on a Blab, so please do come check it out. I haven't settled on a regular day and time for the Blabs yet, though I am leaning towards 3rd Fridays monthly at noon.

In the meantime, I'm still hosting private workshops by Hangout for members of Meilani's Blooming Business Club, in a private community for club members here on Google+. You can find out more about and join the club on my web site at http://meilanimacdonald.com/membership-account/membership-levels/

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So long, and thanks for all the fish!
It's been a wonderful experience and I've been very lucky and blessed to have hosted TGIF for the past few years. Many thanks to all you awesome Plussers who were featured guests and participants in the peanut gallery!

Hope to see you over on Twitter and Blab :)

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Thanks +Sarah Denholm, I'm actually feeling great about 2016! Got some new things in the works that will do just that I think :) May 2016 bring you much happiness and success!
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Love it, +Google+ Developers, or whoever makes these things! Best #GoogleDoodle ever!
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Help Beethoven arrange his masterpieces in today’s #GoogleDoodle
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Hi Plussers!  

Unfortunately, my guest had to cancel at the last minute due to taking care of family, and family always comes first! We hope her son recovers quickly and send lots of love and healing vibes their way.

In the meantime, today we discuss our goals from the past year, the changes we experienced and what we learned from them, and how those may have changed our goals for the future.   

Many thanks to +John Jurkiewicz for joining me and sharing his experiences and insights. 

Happy Holidays everyone, have an awesome winter holiday and a very Happy New Year!  Next TGIF will be on Jan 15th, and we'll see if we can get Linda back then. Cheers!



This week on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout we’re talking with +Linda Garcia,  Senior Associate at World Financial Group (WFG) to discuss financial planning for small business owners and solopreneurs.

What We’ll Be Discussing  
I met Linda at a local networking mixer and we got to talking about topics having to do with financial planning, and the general lack of knowledge most people have about financial planning. We discussed how new business owners and especially solopreneurs are so caught up in just getting their business off the ground, covering expenses, finding clients, and making their business work that they often either don’t plan for their retirement funding or they put it on a back burner. 

Here in the Coachella Valley, we see a lot of snowbirds who have a home somewhere beautiful up north and then come to a 2nd or vacation home here in the desert in winter. A lot of us look at that with envy.. “oooh I wish I could afford that, how did they do it?” If we start teaching our kids about and get them into the habit of financial planning at an early age, by the time they reach retirement they will be  financially secure, and be able to enjoy life as a retired person, and not have to work until they drop.

Even if we never had anyone teach this to us, and our finances are a mess, we can break that cycle and make sure our kids do better. I thought that was a very empowering outlook, and invited Linda to come talk about this stuff on TGIF

About the Special Guest
+Linda Garcia  is a Senior Associate at WFG, World Financial Group, Inc.  WFG is an affiliate based financial services marketing company whose affiliates offer a broad array of financial products and services. You can see Linda’s WFG page at http://lindagarcia1.wfgopportunity.com


About the Host
+Meilani MacDonald  is a brand identity and outreach strategy consultant who serves solopreneurs, small business, and non-profits, training them in how to create effective social outreach strategies and how to use social sites and tools. She also provides graphic design and social media services.  Meilani’s Blooming Business Club hosts monthly workshops, resources, and "Consultant is IN" hangout sessions, providing club members with affordable, face-to-face consulting services. Learn more about the club and check out Meilani’s graphic design portfolio at http://MeilaniMacDonald.com

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Please share this event with your friends and colleagues who would also find this topic interesting and useful. Use the Invite More button just below this text box to invite your friends and colleagues. 

TGIF is a business networking Hangout, not just an interview show, so if you want to come in and share your own experiences, ask questions, or just come in early to do some networking before the show airs, please do :)

Would You Like To Join Us Inside The Hangout?
Select YES or MAYBE if you want to get a reminder from your G+ Event Calendar.  If you'd like to join us INSIDE the HOA, leave a comment in this event listing with your request for an invite!  I'll add you to my TGIF notify and invite circle, and you'll receive invitations to join us inside the hangout! Then check your notifications bell for the invite starting about 9:45am pst!

Camera Shy? First Timer? No Problem! TGIF is Newbie Friendly! :)

 
Joining Us? Introduce Yourself!
Leave a self introduction in the comments, and be sure to include a link to your web site! Do some networking :)

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Well that's it for now, mark your calendars for Friday, Dec. 18 at 10am pst, and we'll see you then!!

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This Friday on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout we'll be discussing...what else...but the new Google Plus!

Tour and Discuss the New Google+
Love it? Still getting used to it? What features do you like best? What do you miss? What do you have on the wish list? We'll use screenshare to take a tour of the new look and features, and have an open discussion about it all. Chime in!
 
Hi Plussers!  This week on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout we’re taking a tour of and discussing the new Google Plus.

What We’ll Be Discussing  
Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am… one day you logged in to Google+ and it was all different! We will be taking a tour of the new Google+, using screenshare to look at different features, and discussing what we love, what we’re not so fond of, what’s taking time to get used to, what we think might be coming soon, and what’s on the wish list.

About the Special Guest
This is an open episode! Anyone wanting to explore or learn more or share what they’ve discovered about the new Google+ is welcome to join in! If you’d like to be invited into the panel, just leave a request in the comments on this event page. :)

About the Host
+Meilani MacDonald is a brand identity and outreach strategy consultant who serves solopreneurs, small business, and non-profits, training them in how to create effective social outreach strategies and how to use social sites and tools. She also provides graphic design and social media services.  Meilani’s Blooming Business Club hosts monthly workshops, resources, and "Consultant is IN" hangout sessions, providing club members with affordable, face-to-face consulting services. Join the club at http://bit.ly/MBBClub

Meilani’s website: http://MeilaniMacDonald.com
Meilani's Graphic Design Portfolio - http://bit.ly/MeilaniDesign
TGIF archives on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL64B848AC1BD11D7B
Meilani’s Blab channel: https://blab.im/1Meilani

Join In and Add Your Voice to the Discussion!
Participate in the live discussion by joining us inside the Hangout. If you are camera shy, participate by posting your questions and comments here in the event listing. Do leave a self introduction in the comments, and be sure to include a link to your web site! Do some networking - TGIF is a newbie friendly networking Hangout, NOT just an interview show! 

Please share this event with your friends and colleagues who would also find this topic interesting and useful. Use the Invite More button just below this text box to invite your friends and colleagues. 

What time will this broadcast be in YOUR time zone?
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Well that's it for now, mark your calendars for Friday, Dec 4, 2015 at 10am pst, and we'll see you then!!

Would you like to be notified of upcoming episodes of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout?
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+Eli Fennell is the man. Thanks for this excellent info update on Google business listings, Eli!
 
Updated: The Three Branding Opportunities in the Local Knowledge Panel

Google is always testing new ways of organizing and presenting Search results, including Local Knowledge Panel results. Business owners must be aware of these changes, and of the benefits of claiming and optimizing their Google My Business listings.

In the following article, I discuss the three opportunities for business branding in the Local Knowledge Panel, including:

Your Business Logo
Your Map & Search Photos
Your Business Description

I've also updated the article to reflect the removal of Recent Posts on Google+ from Local Knowledge Panel results.  Actively Posting to your Google+ Page might still be valuable in other ways, but is no longer of benefit for Local Knowledge Panel results.

#LocalSEO   #LocalSearch   #Branding  
Your local business is a brand. Maybe you already know that, or maybe you've been thinking of brands as a mighty entity like Apple or Coca Cola. However, whether you're a Small Business of one, a Medium Sized Business of hundreds, or a Mega Corporation with thousands of employees, your company is defined by its brand.In the Internet Era one of the most important places to define your brand is online, and in that online world, one of the most if n...
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+Eli Fennell ahhh... okay, point taken. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! :) 
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Hi all, hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! May your bellies be full, your homes warm, your hearts content, and your laps filled with animals 😊 
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Hey There Plussers!  So sorry about the TGIF being cut short this morning. Google+ is going through some changes and the Hangouts are glitchy. +Linda Garcia has graciously rescheduled her guest turn for Friday, Dec. 18th, 10am pst.  

And aaaaagh, wouldn't you know it, she was soooo good! And she is not experienced with this, she's just a natural presenter. 

In the meantime, I have a #Blab scheduled for 2:00 pm pst today, and the topic is... The New Google Plus!

So come on by and join the live chat on Blab and let's talk about the new Google+!  Here's the link:
https://blab.im/meilani-macdonald-the-new-google-plus-love-it-or-not
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Hi +Lisa Voncino that is an answer that I will get back to when I'm not enjoying the holiday so much, lol. It's more than a one liner. In any case, I'm sure that the answer will change as this is still new, and is still being perfected and tweaked based on user feedback. Sure, it will be a bit to get used to and even a bit buggy at first but things usually improve from there. This will be the topic of discussion on the Dec. 4 TGIF hangout. 🙂
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Great post and nice reminder to be compassionate and be mindful of our own actions. 
 
An Instrument of Your Peace..... Bonus Blog
I have a favor to ask.  Would you share this posting? You see, while I normally put the "P" in positive I am growing weary of peoples attempts at humor at the expense of other people. I didn't know poverty, addiction, emotional illness and hopelessness were...
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Hi There Plussers! Brrrr it's feeling a little chilly out there, but ya know what? I knew it was going to be cold and, prepared with this knowledge, I wore some nice warm clothes. Now I'm comfortable.

So simple a thing, isn't it? So why do so many of us not do the same thing when it comes to our retirement? We know that time will come. We have longer to prepare for it so that we can live comfortably when we retire. Yet so many of us don't start thinking about it until late in the game. That's kinda like going out to get that nice warm fluffy sweater after it's already snowed and we spent all our money all ready on hot chocolate.

Join me on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout tomorrow, Dec. 18th at 10am pst, with special guest +Linda Garcia, wealth advisor with WFG (World Financial Group). She'll discuss with us how to make sure we are financially secure by preparing for our retirement early on.

Don't get left out in the cold. Join us for this great discussion tomorrow at 10am pst!
 
Hi Plussers!  This week on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout we’re talking with +Linda Garcia,  Senior Associate at World Financial Group (WFG) to discuss financial planning for small business owners and solopreneurs.

What We’ll Be Discussing  
I met Linda at a local networking mixer and we got to talking about topics having to do with financial planning, and the general lack of knowledge most people have about financial planning. We discussed how new business owners and especially solopreneurs are so caught up in just getting their business off the ground, covering expenses, finding clients, and making their business work that they often either don’t plan for their retirement funding or they put it on a back burner. 

Here in the Coachella Valley, we see a lot of snowbirds who have a home somewhere beautiful up north and then come to a 2nd or vacation home here in the desert in winter. A lot of us look at that with envy.. “oooh I wish I could afford that, how did they do it?” If we start teaching our kids about and get them into the habit of financial planning at an early age, by the time they reach retirement they will be  financially secure, and be able to enjoy life as a retired person, and not have to work until they drop.

Even if we never had anyone teach this to us, and our finances are a mess, we can break that cycle and make sure our kids do better. I thought that was a very empowering outlook, and invited Linda to come talk about this stuff on TGIF

About the Special Guest
+Linda Garcia  is a Senior Associate at WFG, World Financial Group, Inc.  WFG is an affiliate based financial services marketing company whose affiliates offer a broad array of financial products and services. You can see Linda’s WFG page at http://lindagarcia1.wfgopportunity.com


About the Host
+Meilani MacDonald  is a brand identity and outreach strategy consultant who serves solopreneurs, small business, and non-profits, training them in how to create effective social outreach strategies and how to use social sites and tools. She also provides graphic design and social media services.  Meilani’s Blooming Business Club hosts monthly workshops, resources, and "Consultant is IN" hangout sessions, providing club members with affordable, face-to-face consulting services. Learn more about the club and check out Meilani’s graphic design portfolio at http://MeilaniMacDonald.com

Add Your Voice to the Discussion!
Participate in the live discussion by joining us inside the Hangout! If you are camera shy, participate by posting your questions and comments here in the event listing. You can leave them before the show even!  

Please share this event with your friends and colleagues who would also find this topic interesting and useful. Use the Invite More button just below this text box to invite your friends and colleagues. 

TGIF is a business networking Hangout, not just an interview show, so if you want to come in and share your own experiences, ask questions, or just come in early to do some networking before the show airs, please do :)

Would You Like To Join Us Inside The Hangout?
Select YES or MAYBE if you want to get a reminder from your G+ Event Calendar.  If you'd like to join us INSIDE the HOA, leave a comment in this event listing with your request for an invite!  I'll add you to my TGIF notify and invite circle, and you'll receive invitations to join us inside the hangout! Then check your notifications bell for the invite starting about 9:45am pst!

Camera Shy? First Timer? No Problem! TGIF is Newbie Friendly! :)

 
Joining Us? Introduce Yourself!
Leave a self introduction in the comments, and be sure to include a link to your web site! Do some networking :)

What time will this broadcast be in YOUR time zone?
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Well that's it for now, mark your calendars for Friday, Dec. 18 at 10am pst, and we'll see you then!!

Would you like to be notified of upcoming episodes of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout?
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Hey Plussers!  Tomorrow Morning on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout a tour and discussion of the new Google Plus!

Please join me. Also, if anyone would like to volunteer to share their screen and be a tour guide, please do!

A large, heavy object fell off the wall and onto my foot today and my toes are purple, swollen and hurting, and I suspect will be that way for at least a few days. Whining very well may slip out if I do too much talking, lol. So for tomorrow's episode I welcome anyone who wants to get some presentation practice in!
 
Hi Plussers!  This week on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout we’re taking a tour of and discussing the new Google Plus.

What We’ll Be Discussing  
Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am… one day you logged in to Google+ and it was all different! We will be taking a tour of the new Google+, using screenshare to look at different features, and discussing what we love, what we’re not so fond of, what’s taking time to get used to, what we think might be coming soon, and what’s on the wish list.

About the Special Guest
This is an open episode! Anyone wanting to explore or learn more or share what they’ve discovered about the new Google+ is welcome to join in! If you’d like to be invited into the panel, just leave a request in the comments on this event page. :)

About the Host
@106203314085966263136 is a brand identity and outreach strategy consultant who serves solopreneurs, small business, and non-profits, training them in how to create effective social outreach strategies and how to use social sites and tools. She also provides graphic design and social media services.  Meilani’s Blooming Business Club hosts monthly workshops, resources, and "Consultant is IN" hangout sessions, providing club members with affordable, face-to-face consulting services. Join the club at http://bit.ly/MBBClub

Meilani’s website: http://MeilaniMacDonald.com
Meilani's Graphic Design Portfolio - http://bit.ly/MeilaniDesign
TGIF archives on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL64B848AC1BD11D7B
Meilani’s Blab channel: https://blab.im/1Meilani

Join In and Add Your Voice to the Discussion!
Participate in the live discussion by joining us inside the Hangout. If you are camera shy, participate by posting your questions and comments here in the event listing. Do leave a self introduction in the comments, and be sure to include a link to your web site! Do some networking - TGIF is a newbie friendly networking Hangout, NOT just an interview show! 

Please share this event with your friends and colleagues who would also find this topic interesting and useful. Use the Invite More button just below this text box to invite your friends and colleagues. 

What time will this broadcast be in YOUR time zone?
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Well that's it for now, mark your calendars for Friday, Dec 4, 2015 at 10am pst, and we'll see you then!!

Would you like to be notified of upcoming episodes of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout?
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Hi Plussers!  This week on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout we’re taking a tour of and discussing the new Google Plus.

What We’ll Be Discussing  
Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am… one day you logged in to Google+ and it was all different! We will be taking a tour of the new Google+, using screenshare to look at different features, and discussing what we love, what we’re not so fond of, what’s taking time to get used to, what we think might be coming soon, and what’s on the wish list.

About the Special Guest
This is an open episode! Anyone wanting to explore or learn more or share what they’ve discovered about the new Google+ is welcome to join in! If you’d like to be invited into the panel, just leave a request in the comments on this event page. :)

About the Host
+Meilani MacDonald is a brand identity and outreach strategy consultant who serves solopreneurs, small business, and non-profits, training them in how to create effective social outreach strategies and how to use social sites and tools. She also provides graphic design and social media services.  Meilani’s Blooming Business Club hosts monthly workshops, resources, and "Consultant is IN" hangout sessions, providing club members with affordable, face-to-face consulting services. Join the club at http://bit.ly/MBBClub

Meilani’s website: http://MeilaniMacDonald.com
Meilani's Graphic Design Portfolio - http://bit.ly/MeilaniDesign
TGIF archives on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL64B848AC1BD11D7B
Meilani’s Blab channel: https://blab.im/1Meilani

Join In and Add Your Voice to the Discussion!
Participate in the live discussion by joining us inside the Hangout. If you are camera shy, participate by posting your questions and comments here in the event listing. Do leave a self introduction in the comments, and be sure to include a link to your web site! Do some networking - TGIF is a newbie friendly networking Hangout, NOT just an interview show! 

Please share this event with your friends and colleagues who would also find this topic interesting and useful. Use the Invite More button just below this text box to invite your friends and colleagues. 

What time will this broadcast be in YOUR time zone?
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Well that's it for now, mark your calendars for Friday, Dec 4, 2015 at 10am pst, and we'll see you then!!

Would you like to be notified of upcoming episodes of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout?
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+Andrew Hatchett you're very talented to be able to keep up with all of that!
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Cranberries yes, turkey no, as we celebrate a compassionate ThanksLiving today 🙂 Wishing for you all a full belly, a warm home,a content heart and a joyful spirit. I am grateful for so many things and people and animals, today and every day.
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it today!
 
Cranberry Fields (Bogs) Forever | Earth | Satellite
Cranberry bogs in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
"If you put cranberries on your Thanksgiving turkey today, there’s a chance they came from these bogs in Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Cranberries are a Native American wetland fruit that are grown on low-lying vines, floating in beds of water layered with sand, peat, gravel, and clay. Coincidentally, the town of Plymouth is also the site of the colony founded by the Pilgrims in 1620 and was the home to the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621."
41.914292034°, -70.792760538°

Credit: Daily Overview
Release Date: November 26, 2015 

"The Daily Overview project was inspired, and derives its name, from an idea known as the Overview Effect. This term refers to the sensation astronauts have when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole. They have the chance to appreciate our home in its entirety, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once. That's the cognitive shift that we hope to inspire." 

+STEM on Google+ Community 
+Teaching STEM 
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#Earth #Space #Satellite #Cranberry #Bogs #Thanksgiving #HappyThanksgiving #Plymouth #Massachusetts #USA #UnitedStates #OverviewEffect #Humanity #Art #Science #OrbitalPerspective #Photography #STEM #Education
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Business brand identity and social media consultant and graphic designer serving public agency, non-profit, education outreach, small business owners and entrepreneurs.  I help small business owners create a custom, DIY marketing or outreach strategy & action plan that works for their business and their budget. For those that don't have time to do it all themselves, I provide the social outreach services on a contract basis, saving the client the cost of taking on a new employee, providing them with business building benefits they can afford.


For Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Brand Identity Consultant
Your business brand identity is your reputation, it is what people are saying, thinking, and feeling about your business. Creating and cultivating your brand identity doesn't just happen - it takes thoughtful, strategic, goals oriented planning. Know what you want your business identity to be, and then cultivate that brand identity through your company mission, actions and marketing plans.

Outreach Strategy Consultant

Are you on G+, or FB, Pinterest or other SM site?    Why? 
If your answer is "because they said I should be," or "I don't know," then you may be just wasting your time. You run your own business, your time is too valuable to waste. 

What goals did you set for your social media efforts?  
First and foremost, you need to identify your GOALS. Once you have your goals defined, then you can create your strategy plan for reaching them. Social media outreach takes time, just like any other business task. Your time is too valuable to waste. *Make sure you are spending your social media time on purpose, with purpose!*

Graphic Designer - When the time comes to design materials that support your brand identity and promote your biz, I will infuse your branding elements into the design, so that every piece supports the positive identity and messages you are so carefully cultivating.



I am a builder of collaborative partnerships, power networker, social media outreacher, and identity brander who enjoys helping public agencies and non-profits introduce their programs to the communities they serve. 

I served for 6 years as Public Outreach Associate at my local water district, where I researched successful water awareness and education campaigns and created business, community and education partnerships to bring effective programs and resources to the schools and community served.  I planned and conducted water conservation awareness and education programs and these efforts paid off, resulting in savings of over 5.5 million gallons of water per year in my community. These were very successful programs!


TGIF Business Networking Hangouts

The TGIF Business Networking Hangout is a casual, fun business networking mixer with an educational component that just happens to be broadcast live on YouTube and Google+.  We are newcomer and first time Hangout-er friendly :)  Everyone who joins us in the Hangout gets to introduce and promote themselves and their business!  

This Hangout on Air (HOA) is for small business owners and entrepreneurs, and features special guests who have lots of practical advice and information to share that is valuable to a small business audience!   

The TGIF Business Networking Hangout happens every 1st & 3rd Friday at 9am pst / noon est (gmt-8). Past episodes are archived on my YouTube channel and my web site in the Community Gardens section. 

These episodes are publicly hosted! This means anyone who joins in may link or embed the videos into their own sites. So if you are a featured guest or a participant who gave yourself a great little commercial, you can use these videos in your marketing and promotion efforts! For a small fee, your excellent 30 second commercial can be clipped and delivered to you! What a great and affordable way to get some video clips added to your outreach toolbox! 



TGIF topics have included: 

Identity Branding - of course!  This is a slideshow presentation on an introduction to identity branding.  What is it? What are some of the tools used to cultivate, support and promote a brand identity?

Pinterest for Business - how to set up a Pinterest page and Pinning to promote your business!  Pinterest is a great driver of traffic to your site. Check out this vid for an introduction and overview of Pinterest, a step-by-step demonstration of how to set up a Pinterest account, and examples of how to use Pinterest to promote your business. Did you know you can set up a storefront on Pinterest now?  Pinterest is a powerful addition to your business outreach toolbox!

Online Press Releases - these aren't your daddy's press releases, these are interactive, content and link-packed gems!

Blogging For Business - how blogging benefits your business, and how your blog can become an income producing business.

Preparing To Be In Front Of The Camera - you are creating some marketing videos, or going to host or be a guest on a live show.  What should you know about being the person in front of the camera? Everything from makeup to stage setup in this one, woot!

Social Media Psychology - what makes people respond to your posts?

Home Office Organization and Time Management - Piles, files, and finding enough time in the day!

And many more...I've been doing TGIF since before there were Hangouts on Air!

How to Join the TGIF Business Networking Hangout

If you would like to receive an invitation to join the TGIF Business Networking Hangout, you MUST send me a message requesting to be in my invite circle!  I will add you to my circle and you will be invited to join in the TGUF hangouts.  You will need to be logged in to Google+ and you will find the invites posted in my stream.  


Public Speaking
I am an active and award-winning Toastmaster (club President, woohoo!) and enjoy giving presentations and workshops on a variety of topics valuable to small business owners and solopreneurs.

I've given presentations to small business audiences hosted by the Coachella Valley Women's Business Center (CVWBC), American Business Women's Association (ABWA), Southern California Black Chambers of Commerce (PSBCC), Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors (PSRAR), Windermere Real Estate, SCORE, and  Interior Design Society Palm Springs (IDSPS).  

To book me for a presentation or workshop on Identity Branding, Google+ for Business, Creating Your Social Media Strategy, or Hangouts for Business (and more!) please contact me by email.  On location workshops available for your Coachella Valley business group. However, all presentations and workshops can be held via Google+ Hangout, so local borders are no limitation!!  Woohoo!!


The Personal Stuff

Gaia worshipping, veggie eating goddess and all around fantasy and scifi fangirl.  Also like to do arts and craftsy things.

I love:  science fiction and fantasy books, science fiction and fantasy movies, science fiction and fantasy tv shows, science fiction and fantasy stories, science fiction and fantasy conventions.  :D 

My posts are generally a mix of business with some personal stuff sprinkled in for fun! 

Circles you might add me to:

Small Business Networking
Hangouts, Hangouts on Air
B2B Services
Graphic Design
Professional Resources
Professional Services
Outreach Consultants
Women of Google+
SciFi fans
Creatives
Spirit / Pantheism / Cruelty Free


Bragging rights
Testimonials: Strategy Consulting - "It was hands down the most valuable exercise anyone's ever had me do. It helped me more clearly define my niche, my market audience, and what I want to offer them. I can now articulate exactly what I have to offer to prospective clients." ~ Judy Garvey, Blank Canvas Homes . . . . . . . . . About TGIF - "I watched the video yesterday with +Holly Homer…Amazing! I learned SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much! That was awesome! I will watch some others this week. Thank you for having those! I rereviewed my notes this morning and was again amazed at the info!" ~ Sandra Hebert, Minor League Baseball
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