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Gratitude- Check out These Fantastic Businesses & Individuals!

Written By: Carol Roth | Comments Off on Gratitude- Check out These Fantastic Businesses & Individuals!

Often we cannot accomplish ours goals and objectives alone.  I set out to make a difference in writing The Entrepreneur Equation, and received a ton of fantastic help along the way.  Help that launched The Entrepreneur Equation to becoming a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today+ bestseller.  Help that donated thousands of copies of the book to SCORE. 

I have far too many people to acknowledge them all, but I wanted to thank the following individuals who donated fantastic incentives as part of the book launch.

  • Donna Saul ;
  • Les McKeown;
  • Michael Port ;
  • Lou Bortone;
  • Growthink University ;
  • Janet Goldstein ;
  • Liz Strauss;
  • Elizabeth Marshall;
  • Dave Taylor;
  • Alexis Neely;
  • BIGG Success;
  • Cafe Joy ;
  • Barry Moltz ;
  • Natalie Sisson;
  • Rich Gallagher ;
  • LIsa Petrilli;
  • Connie Dieken;
  • Phil Gerbyshak; and
  • Jim Everett

    I also wanted to give a “shout-out” to the following handful individuals and businesses that were generous to buy extra books early and in many cases share them with others. They’ve got some great products and services, so please check them out and show them your support!

    1. The Shoestring Entrepreneur!

    How I love to encourage new entrepreneurs! There's a free Entrepreneur's Checklist on my website for you to use in assessing your entrepreneurial aptitude.

    I call myself the Shoestring Entrepreneur because I started my own business in 1979 with a Selectric typewriter and a short list of happy clients. 32 years later, I'm still standing, and my life's work is dedicated to YOUR SUCCESS!

    I can show you many ways to strengthen your online presence without spending a cent! Have a look!
    Thanks to: Sheila Van Houten, DD, PhD of New Light Consulting Corporation.

    2. Independence is a Virtue

    Duff & Phelps is the premier independent investment banking and valuation firm in the world. We provide fairness and solvency opinions, board advisory valuations and M&A advisory services, as well as real estate appraisals, dispute litigation and other consulting advice through 26 offices located throughout the world. Contact Jeff Gordon, Managing Director and loyal employee since 1946, for more information.
    Thanks to: Jeff Gordon of Duff & Phelps.

    3. Got Change, Need Help?

    We help you decide the right course of action based on your specific situation and unique needs - from strategic planning to executing successful business change.

    We’re willing to talk about what it really takes to drive organizational changes, to talk with you about real, long-term solutions. Are you?

    We also offer "Borrow Faith's Brain" sessions for short bursts of strategic planning, troubleshooting, and other business issues, as well as our unique Lionhearted Coaching program.
    Thanks to: Faith Fuqua-Purvis of Synergetic Solutions LLC.

    4. Tired of Your Toothache?

    In a time when businesses are either prospering or declining, why accept the latter? Why not drill down and get help with that nagging tooth ache called low production, bad attitudes on your team and less take home pay? The Richardson Group coaches have taken the pain out of dental businesses and made it fun. If you are a dental professional, call today to see how an executive coach can be your partner to help you fulfill your dreams, both professionally and personally: 888-495-6323
    Thanks to: Sandra Richardson of The Richardson Group.

    5. Positive Attitude Solutions

    Our main goal with PAS Consulting is just that, create Positive Attitude Solutions! We want to promote unity, enforce teamwork and improve morale in the workplace. People are more productive when they are happy and working together. By implementing the principles of Teamwork, Communication, Optimism, Appreciation, Gratitude, Enthusiasm, Listening, Encouragement, Humility, etc., companies WILL become more productive!

    A happy workplace is a more productive and profitable workplace!
    Thanks to: Al Smith of PAS Consulting.

    6. 2BU Professional Studios

    2BU Professional Studios is your professional studio. We help small to medium businesses communicate better. We are a retail Video Studio, Recording Studio and Animation Studio. We help our clients produce high quality web commercials, video blogs, webinars, podcasts and audio books for a fraction of the cost of the big studios. 2BU Professional Studios' clients use social media to improve their connection with their customers, increase understanding and improve their SEO through multimedia.
    Thanks to: Rich Wolfson of 2BU Professional Studios.

    7. Business Financing Backup Plan

    Business owners must have a backup plan when their loan request has been denied. Knowing why you were denied is important, so you can fix the problem before reapplying. Knowing how to use this plan will make a huge difference.
    * Know your industry changes
    * Know your business inside out
    * Use the right financing source for your business
    * Define what your business really needs verses what you want
    * Leverage what you have
    * Know your limits
    * Make necessary changes
    * Use support system
    Thanks to: Karlene Sinclair-Robinson of

    8. Infocasting 24/7.™

    ten4information, LLC provides custom information interpretation and direction at the right frequency. Led by its founder and Chief Info Wrangler, Zachary Gatch, ten4information hopes to connect with its clients, partners and friends by providing value-added content. Using its core competencies, the client is ten4info's centerpiece, surrounded by the triangle offense of thinking, focusing and providing results. ten4information is a member of the Association of Independent Professionals.
    Thanks to: Zachary Gatch of ten4information, LLC.

    9. Success Meets Significance!

    Creating Legacy Partners works with successful, sensational, savvy women at mid-career -- wise women ready to create something even bigger, make a lasting contribution and significant impact on the planet through social enterprise or wonderful legacy projects that are beneficial for generations to come! Their signature program, the 7 Steps to Creating Your Legacy™, is *the* comprehensive blueprint and support you want to design and realize your legacy now!
    Thanks to: Elizabeth Crouch of Creating Legacy Network.

    10. These Mistakes Cost You Money$

    Over the last 13 years, I have seen start-ups to fortune 100 companies make seven distinct revenue generation mistakes.
    Large companies know what to do but often fail to execute.
    Small companies struggle and rarely get to be mid-sized companies.
    These mistakes result in weak sales, loss of customers and missed revenue opportunities.
    If you are making them, it is costing you money every day.
    Find the missing money in your business.
    Submit your application for the Money Finder online.
    Thanks to: Robert Triggs of LERN Inc.

    Again,  many thanks to everyone that contributed to the overwhelming success of the Entrepreneur Equation!

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    Carol Roth is a national media personality, ‘recovering’ investment banker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is a judge on the Mark Burnett (Shark Tank, The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice) produced technology competition series, America's Greatest Makers, airing on TBS and Host of Microsoft's Office Small Business Academy show. Previously, Carol was the host and co-producer of The Noon Show, a current events talk show on WGN Radio, one of the top stations in the country, and a contributor to CNBC, as well as a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, Fox Business and other stations. Carol's multimedia commentary covers business and the economy, current events, politics and pop culture topics. Carol has helped her clients complete more than $2 billion in capital raising and M&A transactions. She is a Top 100 Small Business Influencer (2011-2015) and has her own action figure. Twitter: @CarolJSRoth