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Guest Post by Kelly Lucia Many small business owners and entrepreneurs use market research to learn more about their target audience. They use this same research to find out how their products or services relate to their customers, and they educate themselves on the best ways to increase sales within... Read more →


By Laura Smith, Chief Firecracker, Pink Spark Systems So you're sitting there reading this email...why not have a self-love fest RIGHT NOW? It's fairly simply and it feels oh-so good. Here are the 3 easy steps: 1. Plan to spend the next 60 seconds REALLY loving you. 2. Start with... Read more →


Getting Your Creative Juices Flowing!

By Laura Smith, Chief Firecracker, Pink Spark Systems Do you have a creative task to do today? If you’re like the average (even though I TOTALLY get that you’re ANYTHING but average) entrepreneur or business woman, I bet you do. Also, if you’re like the average person, you sit in... Read more →


By Amanda J. Ponzar @LivingUnited Let’s talk about women -- with a capital "W". Because there's a lot we need to say, and do, to make changes around the world. And it's more than just leaning in. Women represent: 11% of heads of state less than 5% of Fortune 500... Read more →


By Laura Smith, Chief Firecracker, Pink Spark Systems Have you ever been stopped in your tracks by fear? Maybe you're totally excited about the speaking gig you just landed...but writing or practicing your speech feels like a MAJOR pain. Maybe you've got a potential client to talk to...but picking up... Read more →


by Yvonne DiVita "Create something unique. Something that can't be copied," he said. The audience leaned forward, eyes and ears intent on his words. He paced across the stage, first to the right, then to the left. He jabbed the air with his finger, as if pointing out the seriousness... Read more →


By Amanda Ponzar @LivingUnited First, a disclaimer. I am not Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber. I don't have millions of Twitter followers. Just 747 (sounds like a jet plane...). However, that still places me in the top 10% of Twitter users according to Peter Kafka (@pkafka). Major brands like @Starbucks,... Read more →


By Laura Smith, Chief Firecracker, Pink Spark Systems So...here it is. Another day of work. How did you wake up? Alive, energized and full of excitement? OR ho-hum, sluggish and mildly deflated? How do you bring the magic back? Sister, I've so been there. I remember one particular day when... Read more →