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What is your top New Year’s resolution for your business?

Review, revise, and improve my marketing plan for 2011.  I plan to leverage my nomination as 2011 Small Business Leader for the Downtown Council of the Chamber. I am especially interested in expanding and developing electronic media avenues to enhance my website, such as a blog posts linking to my website and greater use of social media.

—Peter Gentry, managing broker, Florida Commercial Real Estate Services

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The one that has me excited is to make sure I’m using technology to its fullest capacity to generate more business and better manage existing contacts. I’m signing up for some continuing education classes in January and looking forward to Advantage Business’ lunch and learn on the subject on the 25th. Closely behind that, if not equal to, is to make certain my productive hours are spent pursuing the most-profitable types of clients. This time last year, I didn’t have a “rear view mirror” and now I do.

—Rebecca Walden, president, First Coast Signs Inc.

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My goal for the new year is to make Pet World a great working experience for the staff as well as being the premier shopping—puppy therapy—experience for customers. How can we impact the community with our volunteer work with animals, and make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

—Lynn Lamoureux, owner, Pet World

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My New Year’s resolution for my business is better time management. I need to ensure that I’m networking at least once a week, participating in on-line social networking, reading business-related books – one hour a day, following up weekly with other networkers I have met,organizing my office daily, keeping up with my accounting and writing at least one blog post a week. How to fit all of this in while exercising regularly, maintaining my household, regularly attending church, actually doing my job of staging or decorating, and having time for family and friends will be the real challenge

—Mary Habres, owner, Encore Home Staging and Redesign

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Different goals for different lines of my business: For Thompson Writing & Editing, my goal is to seek more of the larger, high-paying projects I’d initially envisioned. For OldMaidCatLady.com, I want to build it into THE place people think of first online when they need cat supplies or any cat-theme products. For both of them, I want to get more organized and concentrate on documenting processes.

—Lynn Maria Thompson, president, Thompson Writing & Editing Inc.

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I have two: 1) Figure out the dadgum social media sites and how they REALLY work, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc., and 2) Increase billings and net client base by 10%.

—Keith Johnson, principal, Keith E. Johnson CPA PA

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To have people understand what Foxglove really is all about and why we will help any family instead of just the homeless; why we will work with any displaced worker and not just the chronic unemployed; and to get more opportunities to come to groups, organizations, and associations and talk about Foxglove.

—Lucille Ferry, CEO, The Foxglove Foundation Inc.


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