RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS
An online tutorial by Barbara Florio Graham, customized to your specific needs
SOURCES: (a searchable deep-indexed database of Canadian experts, media spokespersons, and news and information) You can add your company to this database. While you're at the site, check the extensive list of articles on media relations, crisis communication, speechwriting, publicity, etc., many of which have been contributed by Barbara F. Graham.
CREATING YOUR OWN WEBSITE
Web Express allows you to create a website without learning HTML. This program is inexpensive, easy to learn, and was used to create this site. Look under software on the site. They also sell additional graphics and fonts.
Easy Hosting both hosts websites and provides the software to create them.
http://www.drupal.org is a free software package that allows you to easily organize, manage and publish your content, with an endless variety of customization.
the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, which approves
registrars that can sell the .ca domain name.
http://domain.morochove.com is a reseller for a major domain registrar and offers dot-com domain registration for as low as $12.95 (U.S.)/year. This fee includes domain parking, domain forwarding, e-mail forwarding for up to 100 e-mail accounts and several other services.
GENERAL TECHNICAL ADVICE & INFORMATION:
NEW: Suggested by Rachel, in Mrs. Ward's class in Delaware: Internet Resources on Citing: The Trademark of a Good Writer, from Marcaria.com, a leading international brand protection company that specializes in global trademark and domain name registration.
www.paulchinonline.com Check Paul's portfolio for articles on many technical subjects, along with his links to helpful resources.
www.smartypants.com - Helping people get the best from computers and the Internet.
MY RECOMMENDATION FOR E-MAIL AND WEBHOSTING:
Storm's service is primarily in the Ottawa area,
but they do host some sites for businesses across Canada. There are
no local numbers in other cities, but there is
a toll free number: 1-866-257-8676. Go to: www.storm.ca.
THE BEST WEB DIRECTORIES:
www.zepti.org (a comprehensive web directory)
www.TheCelebrityCafe.com (find book and movie reviews, authors, celebrities)
www.business-inc.net (directory of business websites)
www.OyMap.com (a comprehensive worldwide directory)
www.onelook.com/ (more than 900 online dictionaries with a search engine)
www.viewzi.com (a new search engine that allows you to search topics and view the results from many different viewpoints)
http://catalog.loc.gov/ (Library of Congress searchable online catalog)
You can find what sites link to any other site by searching the following search engines:
Alta Vista: http://www.altavista.com Enter the website URL into their search form as follows: link:http://www.thesite.com. The form will return the names of the sites where links to the site were found.
Ask Jeeves: http://web.ask.com Enter links to thesite.com into their search form.
Google: http://www.google.com Enter link:thesite.com into their standard search box.
MSN Search: http://search.msn.com Enter link:thesite.com into their search box.
Yahoo: http://search.yahoo.com Enter link:http://www.thesite.com into their search box.
TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS MORE EFFICIENT:
CLIPMATE, the popular clipboard extender, holds
hundreds of clips, across reboots, with powerful editing,
re-formatting, combining, change case, drag and drop, etc. It
has many Internet features - save and revisit web pages, launch URLs,
even view HTML tags as actual HTML, and even includes a spell
checker! Order from: http://www.thornsoft.com/index.htm?referrer=SimonTeakettleInk
(Please note that this is not an advertisement, but an honest endorsement of a product that has been making my life easier for many years.)
http://www.alphasmart.com/Retail/ The Alphasmart is a simple, light-weight and reliable word-processor, ideal for taking outdoors, to a venue where you need to take notes, or when you're traveling. No Internet, no e-mail, no CD or other add-ons. Long battery life, good memory capacity in several different files, easy to download to any computer program (including into e-mail, any document, a database, or spreadsheet).
Calendars: http://www.calendar-365.com contains various types of calendars, including moon calendars, holidays, the world clock and sunrise/sunset times.
Another good site for free calendars is http://print-a-calendar.com
Several kinds of calendars, including one you can customize
with a photo, at
TIPS & A SHORTHAND METHOD FOR WRITERS
Capture all the details and every quote by taking notes with a type of shorthand that's easy to decipher later. This 9-page handout contains a shorthand method based on Speedwriting, adapted by Barbara Florio Graham over many years as a professional journalist. Tips on how and when to use a tape recorder are also included. $10. postpaid.
http://www.legaldocs.com/ a variety of legal documents, most free to download
Work Less, Do More (read book review HERE)
Ghostwriting of business books: http://thepublishedexecutive.com/
http://www.thewordforge.com/ a full-service communications company
http://www.forcopywritersonly.com/ information for those writing advertising copy
http://www.office.xerox.com/small-business/resources/ templates and designs for stationery and business cards using Word
For information about business permits and licenses in Canada: www.ottawa.ca/bizpal
Naming your business: http://www.namedatlast.com
OBTAINING PUBLICITY FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Five Fast Steps to Low-Cost Publicity
www.thepublicityhound.com Joan Stewart publishes a terrific free newsletter and offers many free booklets and resources on her website. Some of the key resources for book publishers that follow have been gleaned from her tips. All of her paid materials are well worth the cost.
Free All-in-One Media Directory with TV and weekly newspaper databases, 5,000 links to print and electronic media on the Internet, 1,600 e-mail addresses for radio and TV stations, and 200 links to Internet/computer related magazines: http://www.gebbieinc.com
Raleigh Pinskey, author of 101 Ways to Promote Yourself: www.promoteyourself.com
Publishize: How to Quickly and Affordably Self-Publish a Book That Promotes Your Expertise, by Susan Daffron, a hands-on guidebook for entrepreneurs who want to add a new revenue stream to their business. Read the table of contents and some sample pages at: www.logicalexpressions.com.
How to Get Booked on NPR (local and
national shows on National Public Radio:
www.SpeakerMatch.com - a paid service matching speakers with event bookers
If you produce a gift product, consider purchasing The Gift List for Holidays, which includes national and regional magazines, the top 250 newspapers, major wire and news services, and national television. $349. from http://www.giftlistmedia.com
How Women Make Money, by Julie V. Watson (Dundurn, 2004) www.gotocreativeconnections.com
Unclutter Your Life, Transforming Your Physical,
Mental and Emotional Space,
by Katherine Gibson, (Beyond Words Publishing, Inc., 2004) www.clutterbook.com
Work Less, Do More: the 14-Day Productivity Makeover, by Jan Yager, Ph.D. (Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.)
www.balancedspaces.com (organizing tips)
Are You Ready to be Your Own Boss? www.plainandsimplebooks.com
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