Are those Phones Calls a Scam?

For years I’ve been telling my clients that those phone calls from the IRS are scams.  The IRS does not call people.  And you should never give out your information over the phone. Well now the scammers have moved to Social Security.  There is an increase in scam calls, claiming they are from the Social Security Administration.  They sound official making claims that due to fraudulent activity your Social Security number is being suspended.  What they are trying to do, is get you to let your guard down, so you will give them some of your personal information. Let me be really clear.  Your Social Security number is NEVER suspended.  This is not something the administration does, and they will never make phone calls to people.  Most of the time communications come from official postal mail. But you may have gotten an email from the administration and that is probably real.  If you have gone to SSA.gov and created a ...

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Opportunity Investing

There are many successful investing strategies.  Warren Buffett likes to buy-and-hold.  For Jimmy Buffett, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.  Some people say diversify (don’t put all your eggs in one basket) to reduce risk.  Others look for opportunities that lead to tremendous growth. Let’s take a closer look at “opportunity investing”.  There are always Investment opportunities.  They come and go, some are good and some are bad.  If you’re old enough to be reading this while drinking your morning Starbucks Green Tea Crème Frappuccino®, then you probably remember the dotcom boom in the late 1990s, or the real estate boom in the mid-2000s.  Presently, there are several investing themes that have people excited, including:  cannabis, genomic revolution, blockchain (bitcoin), eSports, sports betting, and 5G. One opportunity we believe will have a tremendous and long-lasting impact is 5G.  PC Magazine says “5G is an investment for the next decade”.  So, “What is 5G” you may ask?  Let’s take a look. 1G ...

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The Atlanta Small Business Show on Peachtree TV: Episode 11 – [05.11.19]

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Show, we kicked things off with Brandi and Jermail Shelton, the husband and wife team behind Just Add Honey Tea Company. Next up, was an Advice From the Pros segment with startup expert, George Deeb. Then, we caught up with Jess Ekstrom, founder, and CEO of Headbands of Hope. After that, we took a look at another Advice From the Pros segment featuring Leslie Kuban, owner of FranNet Atlanta. We also spoke to the Executive Director of Bright Futures Atlanta, Philip Ross, and 10th-grade student, Jordan Jones. Rounding out the show was this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, where our host, Ted Jenkin, spoke with Clint Crowe, co-founder of Elite Event Rental. ...

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Are Mothers Losing Income Equality When They Have Kids?

Request a FREE no obligation consultation: www.oxygenfinancial.net The pay gap between men and women is still not close to equal, but there are more signs when it comes to motherhood that the gap is widening even more. For example, one study showed that for women, incomes drop 30% after giving birth for the first time and never catch up. That’s according to a working paper by Henrik Kleven, Camille Landais and Jakob Egholt Sogaard published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in January 2018. The study used Danish administrative data from 1980-2013. (source: CNBC) Also called the “motherhood penalty,” women start falling behind men in terms of their rank and their probability of being promoted just after the birth of the first child, the researchers found. About a decade later, women’s earnings plateau around 20% below the level just before becoming a parent. (source: CNBC) So, is this motherhood penalty something that will continue, and just what can be done to ...

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If you build it, will they REALLY come

We all know the iconic line from Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams “If you build it, they will come”.  It was actually “…he will come”, but the business world has taken that line and transformed it to mean that no matter what you build, people will use it or pay for it.  As James Earl Jones said “…they most certainly will come”.  But will they REALLY. This business advice can be disastrous for entrepreneurs, as they cannot just create a product and hope it sells.   It is still very important to engage your customers for feedback.  The more important statement should be “who are we building this for?”. Here are a few things to think about for your next startup. Your idea is not a secret:  The secret formula to Coke is one thing, but ideas are different.  Don’t guard the idea like a national secret.  Circulate it to see if it is valuable and get some validation to ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Chad Conley, Complete Roofing Systems

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, Ted Jenkin sits down with Chad Conley, Executive VP of Complete Roofing Systems. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years and earning a degree in project management, Chad fell into the roofing business through a friend. By his own admission, he never thought he’d go into roofing, but he ended up in a lucrative sales position, and fell in love with the industry. After realizing that the roofing process can be done better and more efficiently, Chad and his business partner decided to start Complete Roofing Systems. Now, as of 2019, Complete Roofing Systems has completed over 8,000 commercial and residential roofs. They have also scaled and expanded their services to Birmingham, AL in addition to Atlanta. Chad credits their success to several things including a refined sales process, a well designed and easy to use website, a comprehensive content marketing strategy, and excellent company culture. To ...

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Invest 2% Of Your Income In You

When we think about investments, we often direct our attention to categories such as stocks, bonds, and real estate.   What we don’t think about often is our most valuable asset, which is our ability to earn an income and how we can grow that income faster.  Almost 20 years ago, I met an extremely successful business owner who gave me a simple lesson: Invest 2% of everything you earn back into your ability to grow your income. So, what does this mean exactly? Investing in you is like diversifying your portfolio investments.  It means that you might take a chance and invest in that side hustle you think could be a business.  It means investing in a training course or advanced education that could further your current career.  It means investing in a personal coach who could improve your business performance.  It could also mean investing in an exercise or nutrition program that could give you more stamina every day ...

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The Atlanta Small Business Show on Peachtree TV: Episode 10

Want your business featured on The Atlanta Small Business Show? Tell us your story! And if you would like to advertise with ASBN, give us a call at 678-332-9706 or email us at sales@myasbn.com On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Show, we started things off with Steven Carse, co-founder, and CEO of King of Pops. We then took a look at this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, where our host, Ted Jenkin, spoke with Garett Lockhart, CEO of the Atlanta Brewing Company. Next up was an Advice From the Pros segment with Jeanne Bliss, customer experience expert. Next, we caught up with Ashley Bell, Regional Director for the SBA, and special guests Labriah Holt and Mike Glover. Rounding out the show was another Advice From the Pros segment, this time, featuring Ryan Wilson, co-founder and CEO of The Gathering Spot. ...

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