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Increase Your Small Business Internet Presence

I’ve been telling people there are five important things that Google looks for with regards to where they put company’s in their organic or native search results area. One of the five things is that your company needs to be bigger on the Internet than just your Website.  At that point people go.. huh??? So … Continue reading

SpikeTV and SCORE Offer New Resource for Food Entrepreneurs

SpikeTV –  which just launched its Sunday night series “Bar Rescue” — and SCORE the non-profit small business mentoring association, have customized a toolkit called “Serve Up Success” available free of charge at http://www.score.org/restaurants/spike-tv-serve-up-success   in order to help aspiring entrepreneurs and struggling businesses find success despite this challenging economic climate. The toolkit is particularly timely as … Continue reading

Free Workshop – How to Make Google Love your Website

Come join us Friday, July 29th, 8 a.m. for a FREE one hour workshop on how to make Google love your Website. Ever wonder…. What it takes to get your Website to show up on the first page of Google? How much does it costs? How long does it take to get there? What’s the … Continue reading

Hippo Eats Dwarf – Amazing Story

Ok, so how many of you actually believed this story? Come on! It’s on the Internet so it has to be true. Right? This story first appeared in 1999 and has since been widely spread across the Internet. If you want to read more about this fabulous farce check it out on snopes.com For those … Continue reading

A Relatively Inexpensive Way to Drive Traffic to Your Website and Get Leads

I tell people all the time that one of the things that Google really likes is a busy Website site. The more traffic your Website gets, the better it will do in the search result areas. A relatively inexpensive way to get traffic to your Website is to just pay for it. YOU DO NOT … Continue reading

Small Business PR Workshop

If you’re a small business, entrepreneur or getting ready to launch your business and you’re in Chicago, I invite you to join me for my PR Workshop at the SCORE Chicago office, which is part of the Small Business Administration. Register TODAY! In this workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to know about public relations … Continue reading

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week – “Start It Up”

What: The Idea Village’s  Third Annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week When: March 19-25 Heeding President Obama’s call to ‘Startup America,’ the nation’s greatest entrepreneurial minds will gather in New Orleans for the 3rd annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), March 19-25, 2011. The event, unveiled today, will serve as a manifestation of a movement that … Continue reading

Part 1 – How to Make Google Love Your Website Video

Just a short video with some information about what it takes to make Google love your Website. I had my friend Scott Skibell from http://www.SkillCasting.com make this for me. Chris Nastav 913-908-5642 KC Web Specialists, LLC. Experts in how business gets done on the Internet. http://www.kcwebspecialists.com

Article Published In KC Small Business Magazine

Yeah, I’m now published. LOL!. Ok, so it’s just a local business magazine. At least it’s a start. Check out my recent article in in the January online issue of KC Small Business. Chris Nastav 913-908-5642 KC Web Specialists, LLC. Experts in how business gets done on the Internet. http://www.kcwebspecialists.com

Save time with the Cloud

What’s the one thing we’re all given for free, but once it’s spent, we can never get it back? It’s time, of course.  I can’t believe it – almost twelve months have passed since my last post.  It’s not been entirely a result of procrastination mind you:  In that twelve months I’ve moved interstate, changed … Continue reading

Press Release Headlines to Learn From

It’s the holiday season and the one chance I get to catch up on industry news, bloggers I follow and other social media – not that I’m active on a regular basis, I just read the important stuff first. The question is how do I decide what the important stuff is?  Just like any reporter, … Continue reading

The Most P.C. Holiday Greeting Ever

You know, I’m just going to lay it out there. I don’t care what the politically correct way it is to wish people holiday greetings. I’m just going to state it out loud right here, right now…….. Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, … Continue reading

New Site Offers All-in-1 Online Marketing, Long-term Branding

These days everyone is on the coupon-Groupon kick.  “Daily Deals” are about as prevalent as websites on the web.  Where there is a site or news site, there are daily bargains to be had, and in a tough economy that means great things for consumers. While companies, especially small businesses, may be getting BIG time … Continue reading

Media’s Feelings About PR Effect Small Biz DIYers

Over the years, I’ve heard over and over the conversation about how journalists hate PR professionals, and essentially anyone calling to pitch their story. It’s enough to leave a novice PR pro shaking in their boots to call media. I, personally, have never had a problem because I worked in the media.  I know what … Continue reading

Two Debate Social Media Relevance

During this week’s Webby Debate, Wine Library TV’s Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) and TechCrunch columnist Paul Carr (@paulcarr) went toe to toe on the value of social media. Carr, who famously quit Twitter and Facebook in August, criticized networks like Twitter for cluttering the Web with inane chatter and giving users false hope in becoming a … Continue reading

Google Has Changed Again! Why?????

Well folks, looks like Google has decided to tinker around with their search results screen. Again!!!   Apparently they are not making enough money (all employees got a 10% raise and $1,000 bonus). What they felt they needed to do was make the sponsored link or Pay Per Click areas even more prominently displayed.   Before … Continue reading

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Do you have a question for our experts?  Email us at smallbizexperts@live.com and we’ll answer your most burning small business questions.    

Press Release Mistakes Destroy Opportunities

In Journalism school I was taught that, like a resume, even one misspelling could cause an editor to trash your press release.  Good writing makes a huge impact on your ability to achieve PR.  Mistakes make you look unprofessional and too busy to care.  Take heed and avoid these mistakes: Top 25 grammar and language … Continue reading

Survey Shows SMBs Spending More on Social Media

By John Paul Titlow of ReadWriteWeb.com/ November 1, 2010 5:00 PM The majority of small and medium-sized businesses will either increase their digital marketing budgets or keep them the same in 2011, according to a new survey released by Zoomerang in partnership with GrowBizMedia. The survey results came from a sample of over 750 SMBs, … Continue reading

You Know You’re Busy When…The Economy is Picking Up

Well, you can fill in the blank here, but I think it’s clearly evident that, for us, at Cascade we’ve just been super busy! Hence the incredulous amount of time between blog posts. I call it pathetic but one of my Specialists says “you can’t hold all the balls in the air all of the … Continue reading

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