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Entrepreneur Garden 42: The End is Near.

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“I don’t want it baby, if it’s that easy.”
I Get Around – 2Pac


Welp. It’s that time of year again.

People are packing up Christmas trees, recycling old wrapping paper and looking forward to the coming year. For some, it’s the time of year that is a relief, a fresh start. For others, it’s a stressful time for making plans/resolutions that will be over drafted from memory banks before Valentine’s Day. There will be corny catch phrases created to serve as motivation for where they want to go, you know, something like: “Chasing my dream in 2014” or something like that. But what a lot of people will forget to do is reflect.

Sometimes, we get so involved in planning the future that we forget to review the previous plans. At some point, those plans were ALSO awesome, remember? “2012 was hell, but I’m gonna gleam in 2013”? What happened to THOSE plans? This year, before you start making all of your plans for the future, I want to encourage you to take a few moments to look at your failures of the past twelve months. Those are the things that you can build on in the coming year – if for no other reason, for the sake of redemption.  

It’s not easy to focus on all of the things that we’ve done wrong, but who said that it was going to be easy? And if it was easy, wouldn’t everyone be doing it? Here’s to all of the mistakes that we’ve made this year (as entrepreneurs and in our day to day lives), and a toast to transforming those flaws into successes.

 

-Joseph ALLEN Woods

Want to know more about ME? Visit www.BrandingGladiator.com
Have any questions on how to build your brand? Feel free to email me: Holla@justcallmeALLEN.com

Find me on twitter and instagram: @justcallmeALLEN

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[Written by Clara Ritger for The Indy Star]CLICK THE ABOVE IMAGE FOR VIDEO FOOTAGE!



Gladiators, a term popularized by ABC’s hit show Scandal, are the people who throw all their effort at a given task, remaining loyal to the end.
Joseph [ALLEN] Woods is a gladiator — for brands.
Woods presented at the youth entrepreneur summit on Wednesday, held in the Indiana Convention Center as a part of the Indiana Black Expo’s 43rd annual Summer Celebration.
His portion of the second day’s session, The Making of a Mogul, focused on how to develop and take ownership of a brand.
Here are his top three tips for improving your brand right now:
1. Have a business card. “It’s a leave-behind. People won’t always remember to look you up on LinkedIn. It’s better to leave a business card with a horrible design than no card at all. That said, make sure you have a good design too.” 2. Build a website. “In the age of mobile, tablets, you have to have a great web presence. It’s how people find your brand.” 3. Create a web personality. “What does your brand look like? Smell like? When it walks in a room, what is it wearing? Develop that personality so that people remember your brand.”
On deck for Thursday at the Indiana Convention Center is the employment opportunity fair from noon to 5 p.m. in the 500 Ballroom. The Indiana Black Expo is going on now through Sunday, July 21.



Contact Star reporter Clara Ritger at (317) 444-6125 and follow her on Twitter at @clararitger.

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YOU KNOW HOW DVDS HAVE BONUS CONTENT/SCENES? THINK OF THIS AS THAT.
That moment when someone asks you a question and you answer it on the spot - and then you think of a better answer as you walk away? Yeah, that happened yesterday as soon as this interview was over! So, I’d like to make a few edits HERE if that’s okay. :)1. YES, I do still feel that business cards are a valuable tool even in 2013. If done correctly, they will give people a sneak preview into your brand’s identity and services AND then get them curious enough to visit your website.2. Your website is one of the most valuable pieces to your brand’s puzzle. It should be brilliantly designed, engaging, and provide all of the pertinent information potential consumers will need to make a decision to use your brand over another company. [Need a website? Try my company: www.TheAIDG.com] Your website should also have links to all of your social media profiles so that your potential clients, friends, fans and supporters can constantly get updates on what your brand is up to. 3. The personality that I describe here is not simply for the web, but for your brand as a whole. I like to get individuals to think of their brands as separate entities - personified - with their own textures and identities. I assist brands in discovering exactly what the brand would look like if it walked into a room: how it would be dressed, it’s favorite color, personality etc. Once this identity is developed, it will make it easier for an individual to always represent the brand (especially on social media).Want to know more about ME? Visit www.BrandingGladiator.comHave any questions on how to build your brand? Feel free to email me: holla@justcallmeALLEN.com
[Written by Clara Ritger for The Indy Star]
CLICK THE ABOVE IMAGE FOR VIDEO FOOTAGE!

Gladiators, a term popularized by ABC’s hit show Scandal, are the people who throw all their effort at a given task, remaining loyal to the end.

Joseph [ALLEN] Woods is a gladiator — for brands.

Woods presented at the youth entrepreneur summit on Wednesday, held in the Indiana Convention Center as a part of the Indiana Black Expo’s 43rd annual Summer Celebration.

His portion of the second day’s session, The Making of a Mogul, focused on how to develop and take ownership of a brand.

Here are his top three tips for improving your brand right now:

1. Have a business card. “It’s a leave-behind. People won’t always remember to look you up on LinkedIn. It’s better to leave a business card with a horrible design than no card at all. That said, make sure you have a good design too.” 
2. Build a website. “In the age of mobile, tablets, you have to have a great web presence. It’s how people find your brand.” 
3. Create a web personality. “What does your brand look like? Smell like? When it walks in a room, what is it wearing? Develop that personality so that people remember your brand.”

On deck for Thursday at the Indiana Convention Center is the employment opportunity fair from noon to 5 p.m. in the 500 Ballroom. The Indiana Black Expo is going on now through Sunday, July 21.

Contact Star reporter Clara Ritger at (317) 444-6125 and follow her on Twitter at @clararitger.

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YOU KNOW HOW DVDS HAVE BONUS CONTENT/SCENES?
THINK OF THIS AS THAT.

That moment when someone asks you a question and you answer it on the spot - and then you think of a better answer as you walk away? Yeah, that happened yesterday as soon as this interview was over! So, I’d like to make a few edits HERE if that’s okay. :)

1. YES, I do still feel that business cards are a valuable tool even in 2013. If done correctly, they will give people a sneak preview into your brand’s identity and services AND then get them curious enough to visit your website.

2. Your website is one of the most valuable pieces to your brand’s puzzle. It should be brilliantly designed, engaging, and provide all of the pertinent information potential consumers will need to make a decision to use your brand over another company. [Need a website? Try my company: www.TheAIDG.com] Your website should also have links to all of your social media profiles so that your potential clients, friends, fans and supporters can constantly get updates on what your brand is up to. 

3. The personality that I describe here is not simply for the web, but for your brand as a whole. I like to get individuals to think of their brands as separate entities - personified - with their own textures and identities. I assist brands in discovering exactly what the brand would look like if it walked into a room: how it would be dressed, it’s favorite color, personality etc. Once this identity is developed, it will make it easier for an individual to always represent the brand (especially on social media).

Want to know more about ME? Visit www.BrandingGladiator.com
Have any questions on how to build your brand? Feel free to email me: holla@justcallmeALLEN.com

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Reminder. #TheGrowUP

Reminder. #TheGrowUP

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CALLING and PURPOSE. Those are the two words that rattle in my head for the 19 hours a day that I am up working on my dream.. Those are the two words that push me when I want to quit. Those are the two words that provide a light when the nights get dark and I can’t see. I know what God has given me. I know what He has called me to do. I know why I am alive. WHAT HAPPENS TO A DREAM DEFERRED?..

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"He chose money over power.. Money is the big mansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart in ten years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries.. I can not respect someone who cannot see the difference." -Francis Underwood [House of Cards]

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NOW BUSINESS BOOTCAMP - FEB. 23 - INDIANAPOLIS - waituntilNOW. COM

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NOW BUSINESS BOOTCAMP - FEB. 23 - INDIANAPOLIS - waituntilNOW. COM

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NOW Business Bootcamp to offer workshops, speakers, and consulting

  
The NOW Business Bootcamp will invade Indianapolis for an intense and informative series of jam-packed sessions covering the intricate world of Business and Branding on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The conference will take place at The Silver Centre, 10710 Pendleton Pike. Full day registration through 
www.waituntilnow.com is available at $65 through the day of the event. Attendees will also enjoy complimentary donuts and coffee in the morning and lunch in the afternoon. 

This dynamic one day conference is designed to provide insight, education, and motivation with numerous speakers, workshops, one-on-one consulting, Q&A panels and presentations. Networking opportunities abound in this high energy marketplace of movers and shakers. The NOW Business Bootcamp is designed for those who:

- Are starting fresh in entrepreneurship.
- Have a business idea and are in need of resources.
- Need to grow or re-brand an existing business.
- Are looking to expand clientele and networking opportunities.
- Want to maximize their brand potential.                   

Attendees will learn from some of the biggest and brightest business minds in the Midwest. They include: 
 Pete the Planner, radio host and financial expert; Jaron Garrett, co-founder Dreamapolis; April Morris, creator of THINgloss® as seen on ABC’s SharkTank; Jenn Kampmeier, president of Kampmeier Enterprises; and many others.

Workshops will offer insight on how to succeed in the emerging world of social media, how to build and sustain your brand, and financing your dream of entrepreneurship.

“I started my first business at the age of 18 and have endured quite the journey to get where I am today. Along the way I have hit potholes, ran into a lot of dead ends and had several flat tires,” said Joseph Allen Woods, co-founder of the conference and founder of The Allen Imagery Design Group. “The NOW Business Bootcamp is designed to help those who want to start or grow their business. This is the perfect opportunity for attendees to avoid some of the same obstacles on their own journeys.”

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A few years ago, after closing a chapter in my life, I went and got a HUGE tattoo reminder - “OPPORTUNITY”. I thank God for every door He’s opening and the twinkle of light, that glimmer in the dark room that reminds me that He is there.. I wouldn’t be here without Him.. and I will take Him where I’m going.. with every OPPORTUNITY.

A few years ago, after closing a chapter in my life, I went and got a HUGE tattoo reminder - “OPPORTUNITY”. I thank God for every door He’s opening and the twinkle of light, that glimmer in the dark room that reminds me that He is there.. I wouldn’t be here without Him.. and I will take Him where I’m going.. with every OPPORTUNITY.