May 2011 Blog Posts (28)

SBIR Reauthorization Stalls Again

After years of heated debate, it seemed very promising that the new Congress would finally be successful in passing legislation to reauthorize the SBIR program because of the long awaited compromise that was reached between the House and Senate Small Business Committees. The Senate bill would allow majority VC-backed companies to be eligible for up 25 percent of the SBIR funds at NIH, NSF and DoE, and up to 15 percent of the funds at the other Agencies. The House bill is more generous and would… Continue

Added by Dr. Earl R. Smith II on May 30, 2011 at 11:19am — No Comments

The CEO's Handbook - Volume One

Notes for a Thinking Chief Executive. The intent of this series is to provide the insight - set the reader on a path that will result in growth and mastery - open up the potential that has always resided within. The message that I very much want to communicate is ‘Yes, you can overcome. Yes you can grow in mastery, understanding and knowledge. You can become so much more than you are.”…


Added by Dr. Earl R. Smith II on May 28, 2011 at 8:41pm — No Comments

e Federal Circle Announces a New Review Service

May 27, 2011

For Immediate Release

One of the cornerstones of The Federal Circle’s (TFC) suite of advisory services is semi-annual red-teaming of strategic initiatives for it clients. Dr. Earl Smith, TFC’s Managing Partner, today announced that… Continue

Added by Dr. Earl R. Smith II on May 27, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Making More Out Facebook

With 500 million users a business should not sit back ignore Facebook. Are you?


And if you are out there, you might be asking yourself, now what?


I talked a few weeks ago about the collection of the 3 F words “friends” “fans” and “followers” . You did that right? Good!


Now, as you work to further enhance your businesses Facebook base by collecting all those “friends” “fans” and “followers”,  working at making it a positive experience for them…


Added by Howard Larson on May 25, 2011 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Would YOU Want to Know If You're on Ning's SPAM Watch List?

Ning has just recently started to share with its group owners a SPAM Watch list.  Would you want to know if you're on the SPAM Watch List for


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Added by Vincent Wright on May 24, 2011 at 9:26am — No Comments

Why Do I Need a Coach?

Dr. Earl R. Smith II

Managing Partner, The Federal Circle

Many people ask themselves this question only to dismissively conclude that the answer is that they don't need a coach. But highly successful people always seem to have a different take on the… Continue

Added by Dr. Earl R. Smith II on May 21, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Pre Constructed Boolean Search Strings Part 4!!!


Pre Constructed Boolean Search Strings Part 4!!!

So this Part 4 on different pre constructed boolean search strings. Today search strings are designed to find Technical Product Marketing company, college and Organizations/Associations. Keep in mind these strings can be combined with others to form larger more specific search strings. Also keep in mind there are several ways to construct a search string, I am only using one way, there are others. In some cases I will be…


Added by Dean Da Costa on May 20, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

LinkedIn Went Public (yesterday)

 LinkedIn hit the public market yesterday looking to raise $274 million. Seems like they did alright as the stock went from an opening of $45 up to $122.70 to end at $94.25. ) For the record NONE of Uncle Howie’s money was used) for what many people call an online rolodex that is not too bad. This gives LinkedIn a Profit to Earnings ratio of 554. Now compare that to the average ratios of say Apple which is 15. Yet I like where LinkedIn is standing as how they plan to make money. How much the…


Added by Howard Larson on May 20, 2011 at 11:08am — No Comments

Only 12 of's 5,000+ Members Are on Ning's New Spam Watch List!

I'm TRULY happy to share with you two things:

1. Ning has a new SPAM WATCH LIST and

2. Only 12 of My Linking Power Forum's 5,000+ members are on the list!  




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Added by Vincent Wright on May 19, 2011 at 10:44am — No Comments

Introduction to Social Networking Profiles for Women Working at Home

It is very important to be comfortable online when working from home in this day and age. You can meet people that are local to you or anywhere around the world depending on where you network!

Find the… Continue

Added by Sally K Witt on May 17, 2011 at 7:43pm — 1 Comment

Is My Executive Coaching Right For You?

Dr. Earl R. Smith II

Managing Partner, The Federal Circle

My executive business coaching helps my clients develop a competitive advantage within the corporate business world. Most companies that do decide on executive business coaching already have very high… Continue

Added by Dr. Earl R. Smith II on May 17, 2011 at 10:46am — No Comments

What an AMAZING Social Media Story Yvonne Brown Shares on BlogTalkRadio

In Yvonne Brown's discussion with Arnold Howard entitled "Discovering and Utilizing Social Media for Success", she shares an AMAZING success story about a connection she made via Facebook...please take a few moments to listen to the power of social media: …


Added by Vincent Wright on May 14, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

5 Not New Ways To Tap Social Media

Social Media is like the wind. It blows here and there. You really can’t control it. You can’t tell it where to blow. Can’t tell it how softly or how hard. If you have ever flow an airplane or at the lease flown in one, you need to realize that 99% of the time you are not headed to the exact spot you want to be going to. No really, you are always or seemingly off course yet, 99.9% of the time you get to the airport you want to arrive at, safe and on-time, and hopefully your baggage does as…


Added by Howard Larson on May 13, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Marketing In A Backwards World

You have a great service or product. Who cares? You have wonderful customer service. As if I cared. You on time delivery is impeccable. So what?


Sorry Charlie but for today’s marker you need to be bottom up, and I don’t mean a stiff drink although if you’re doing it backwards which is (traditionally correct) you might need one.


In today’s creasy world with all the new and changing marketing channels you need to sit down with your strategy team and first decide…


Added by Howard Larson on May 12, 2011 at 3:54pm — 4 Comments

Can you have a good income working from home in an online business?

Answer these questions about your own situation:  If you can say yes to at least 3 of these questions, then you have the "right stuff" and can be successful in an online business.


1.  Can you be efficient and learn to duplicate successful actions a few times a week? 


It is great to be creative and learn a lot of new things, but there are a handful of basic things that you can do that will bring you success week after week.

2.  Do you…


Added by Sally K Witt on May 12, 2011 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Friends, Followers, Fans

The 3 F words, Friends, Followers, Fans. Do they mean anything or affect your business at all?


Last count my Facebook Fan Page had 232 fans. On LinkedIn I was standing at 613 and on MerchantCircle 1504 Connections, and Twitter at a massive 3106 and all growing. Does it do any good? Does it bring me business? Sales? Qualified leads?


The biggest thing on Social Media is for companies to go around and collect the 3 F’s. Some of them count the ROI on Social Media…


Added by Howard Larson on May 10, 2011 at 3:33pm — 4 Comments

Should you consider divorce insurance

In her post on divorce insurance in the Huffington Post at , Laurie Israel covered the mechanics of a divorce insurance policy offered by a company in North Carolina.  Married people pay for the policy, which in turns pays for the costs of divorce should it happen.  It is one way to help with the hardships of divorce finances...


Added by Chris Chen on May 10, 2011 at 3:24pm — No Comments

OOPS! MOTHERS! Would You Like To Be Featured For Mothers' Week?

Since I MEANT to feature just mothers for Mothers Day on, I'd like to propose "Mothers' Week"

Mothers' Week is not meant to be formal but, it is a chance for you to be featured on the homepage of during the week of May 8, 2011 through May 15, 2011.
Some of the benefits of being featured;

  • 1. Opportunity to introduce your profile to 5,000+ people from around the globe
  • 2. Via your MLPF profile, get new…

Added by Vincent Wright on May 8, 2011 at 9:07pm — No Comments

The CEO involvement in the Succession Process

Dr. Earl R. Smith II

Managing Partner, The Federal Circle

CEO involvement in succession planning is a delicate dance. Too much and the process clogs up – too little and it can go seriously astray.…


Added by Dr. Earl R. Smith II on May 6, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments

The Conflict that Keeps on Giving

Dr. Earl R. Smith II

Managing Partner, The Federal Circle

A confusion of roles can cause much friction in a senior team. It is important to know who is responsible for what and that they will be held accountable. Disorganization is bad enough but when…


Added by Dr. Earl R. Smith II on May 6, 2011 at 3:06pm — No Comments

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