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We seek to make our clients the go-to expert within their industry. We bring the people behind the business brand to the forefront in a way that showcases their strengths, builds them a following, and helps them generate revenue through their passion.

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  • Do you own your business or does it own you?

    If your answer is the latter you need the Mark'd 21 Day Business Challenge Ebook + Community.

    The challenge will help you:

    - Monetize your personal brand.
    - Regain ownership of your time and money.
    - Attract only ideal clients.

    Bonus Perk: Along with the challenge, get access to the private Facebook community for networking opportunities and additional resources.

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It’s easier to spot a fake these days

It’s becoming easier to spot a fake these days. Between counterfeit bill pens, how-to articles on proving the authenticity...

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It’s becoming easier to spot a fake these days. Between counterfeit bill pens, how-to articles on proving the authenticity of Louis Vuitton handbags, and laser inscriptions on diamonds, we’ve got a world of resources...

Boost your profits in your business doing this …

Hello Mark’d Entrepreneurs! We have something special we’re involved in and can’t wait to share these valuable resources with...

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Hello Mark’d Entrepreneurs! We have something special we’re involved in and can’t wait to share these valuable resources with you. Whether you are a veteran woman entrepreneur or you are just starting out, it can...

What to gift your favorite entrepreneur? We’ve got you covered.

My typical holiday wish list: office supplies, Apple products, moleskin notepads, and Starbucks gift cards. While these things make...

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My typical holiday wish list: office supplies, Apple products, moleskin notepads, and Starbucks gift cards. While these things make me incredibly happy, there’s gotta be more exciting things out there. Looking for gifts for...

Five ways to overcome self-sabotaging tendencies

I still remember my very first client phone inquiry. More so, the terrifying feeling I had in the pit...

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I still remember my very first client phone inquiry. More so, the terrifying feeling I had in the pit of my stomach when the phone first rang.  I screened the call (of course) and...

Reducing risk and stress through service diversification

You’ve sent hundreds of emails, networked your butt off, and cold called like it’s your business … but the...

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You’ve sent hundreds of emails, networked your butt off, and cold called like it’s your business … but the phone isn’t ringing. Sound familiar?  I think every small business owner, especially service providers, have...

Personal Branding for Small Business Owners – Featured in the Huffington Post

Should you be developing a personal brand for your small business? That is the question on the table. My...

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Should you be developing a personal brand for your small business? That is the question on the table. My opinion: It is not so much about developing as it is uncovering. A personal brand...

Three things you can learn from youth entrepreneurs

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship National Youth Business Plan Competition....

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Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship National Youth Business Plan Competition. Two local Charleston students, competing and winning at the regional and state level through YESCarolina,...

Entrepreneurial insight: The parable of the mexican fisherman

I love a good parable. I recently stumbled across this one and had to share. My initial thoughts about...

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I love a good parable. I recently stumbled across this one and had to share. My initial thoughts about it led me down a windy path of self-reflection. A reflection about means to an...

21 Day Challenge – Day 21: Trust

Can you believe we’re here? The last day! We had three goals to accomplish in 21 days of posts:...

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Can you believe we’re here? The last day! We had three goals to accomplish in 21 days of posts: To show you how to monetize your personal brand To help you regain ownership of...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Please join us in the fight and support breast cancer awareness. Grab your FB cover photo here by right...

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Please join us in the fight and support breast cancer awareness. Grab your FB cover photo here by right clicking the image below and saving it to your computer:

21 Day Challenge – Day 20: Embrace failure

Time to get serious. I challenge you to embrace failure. The one thing that sticks out distinctly from my...

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Time to get serious. I challenge you to embrace failure. The one thing that sticks out distinctly from my entrepreneurial studies at the University of Iowa is hearing my professors (and esteemed entrepreneurs themselves)...

21 Day Challenge – Day 19: Become a student of your business

Yesterday we talked about not reinventing the wheel and creating a machine out of your business.  Now that you were...

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Yesterday we talked about not reinventing the wheel and creating a machine out of your business.  Now that you were able to streamline some processes and tasks within your business, it’s time to take this...

21 Day Challenge – Day 18: Create a machine

The past 17 days have focused on all the things you can do to save time, generate more revenue,...

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The past 17 days have focused on all the things you can do to save time, generate more revenue, and attract ideal clients. The undertones of these previous challenges and the key to bringing...

21 Day Challenge – Day 17: Under promise & over deliver

Now that you know where to find and how to attract your ideal clients, it’s time to keep them...

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21 Day Challenge – Day 17: Under promise & over deliver
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Now that you know where to find and how to attract your ideal clients, it’s time to keep them coming back. When you feel like your business is running you and you’re constantly out...

21 Day Challenge – Day 16: Attract your ideal clients

If you haven’t caught on yet, these challenges are working you towards attracting your ideal clients. Besides adhering to...

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If you haven’t caught on yet, these challenges are working you towards attracting your ideal clients. Besides adhering to all of the previous posts, there’s still a few more things to do before you...

21 Day Challenge – Day 15: Determine your worth

One thing that can really make you feel like you’ve lost control of your business is when other people...

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21 Day Challenge – Day 15: Determine your worth
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One thing that can really make you feel like you’ve lost control of your business is when other people define your worth. Do any of these scenarios seem all-too familiar? Clients who take up...

21 Day Challenge – Day 14: Have something to say

Getting personal will help attract your audience, but having something to say will keep their attention. I challenge you...

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Getting personal will help attract your audience, but having something to say will keep their attention. I challenge you to find your voice. What do you have to say? Beyond your story, what do...

21 Day Challenge – Day 13: Get personal with your audience

Over the past couple weeks, we’ve talked about revamping your website, posting content, reworking your bio and pulling all...

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Over the past couple weeks, we’ve talked about revamping your website, posting content, reworking your bio and pulling all those elements together for a cohesive personal brand. There’s one thing you need to keep...

21 Day Challenge – Day 12: Image-inize your brand

We’ve talked a lot about content the past two days, specifically how to maximize and monitor what you’re putting out...

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We’ve talked a lot about content the past two days, specifically how to maximize and monitor what you’re putting out there. But we haven’t touched on the one thing that really brings life to your...

21 Day Challenge – Day 11: Monitor your online presence

Yesterday we talked about content and how to maximize it. Once it’s maximized, you’re still not done. In fact,...

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Yesterday we talked about content and how to maximize it. Once it’s maximized, you’re still not done. In fact, that’s only half the battle. The other half is monitoring your online presence and making...

21 Day Challenge – Day 10: Maximize your efforts

Weekly Recap:  Day 5: Identifying and capitalizing on your strengths. Day 6: Make it easy for your audience to connect with...

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Weekly Recap:  Day 5: Identifying and capitalizing on your strengths. Day 6: Make it easy for your audience to connect with you.  Day 7: Make an effort to collect your praise regularly.  Day 8: Build your email list...

21 Day Challenge – Day 9: Empower your audience

Yesterday we talked about the power of collecting email addresses. Once you have them, it’s up to you to...

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21 Day Challenge – Day 9: Empower your audience
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Yesterday we talked about the power of collecting email addresses. Once you have them, it’s up to you to set up a powerful email campaign. That’s a whole 21 day challenge in and of...

21 Day Challenge – Day 8: Enhance your reach

Having likes on your fan page, followers on Twitter, and connections on LinkedIn is certainly important. But one of...

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Having likes on your fan page, followers on Twitter, and connections on LinkedIn is certainly important. But one of the most valuable and direct pieces of information you can have on someone is an...

21 Day Challenge – Day 7: Collect Praise

Testimonials and reviews are a must for your business. Did you know that 7 in 10 people who read reviews...

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Testimonials and reviews are a must for your business. Did you know that 7 in 10 people who read reviews will share them with friends, family, and colleagues which amplifies their impact (via Deloitte &...

21 Day Challenge – Day 6: Make it easy to connect

In a world that is so fast-paced, overflowing with information, and throwing bright shiny objects at us at every...

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In a world that is so fast-paced, overflowing with information, and throwing bright shiny objects at us at every second of every day, it’s getting incredibly more difficult to stand out or to capture...

21 Day Challenge – Day 5: Capitalize on your strengths

The next challenge focuses on gathering internal and external information about the things that ultimately make you successful –...

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The next challenge focuses on gathering internal and external information about the things that ultimately make you successful – your strengths. I challenge you to capitalize on your strengths.  It’s my personal belief that...

21 Day Challenge – Day 4: Start the day right

Always waking up feeling like you don’t even know where to start?  Always going to bed cycling through the...

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Always waking up feeling like you don’t even know where to start?  Always going to bed cycling through the countless things on your list (which doesn’t physically exist)?  Stop the insanity and take control...

21 Day Challenge: Day 3 – Pay Yourself First

Part of regaining control is realizing and actually feeling like you deserve to reap the rewards. Have you become...

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Part of regaining control is realizing and actually feeling like you deserve to reap the rewards. Have you become a martyr in your own business? Have you taken sweat equity to an extreme? I...

21 Day Challenge – Day 2: Exploiting your name

Your story offers a sense of transparency about your identity. But there are several other ways we reflect our...

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Your story offers a sense of transparency about your identity. But there are several other ways we reflect our identity onto others – through our body language, facial expressions, choice of words, tone, clothing,...

21 Day Challenge: Day One – Storytelling

I challenge you to enhance your storytelling skills.  Storytelling is a ritualistic part of our culture. It’s the most...

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I challenge you to enhance your storytelling skills.  Storytelling is a ritualistic part of our culture. It’s the most effective way for us to find common ground among one another and to expand our...

Peace before the sanity

It’s just about Labor Day Weekend and I’ve got the itch to recharge my batteries before hitting the ground...

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It’s just about Labor Day Weekend and I’ve got the itch to recharge my batteries before hitting the ground running on Tuesday. I think taking tomorrow off and calling this a four day weekend...

Tooting your own horn for the sake of your bottom line

ABC. Always be closing. You’ve heard it over and over. But there should be an addendum. ABC then AFP...

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ABC. Always be closing. You’ve heard it over and over. But there should be an addendum. ABC then AFP – Ask for praise.  How active are you in asking for testimonials? If you are...

Three reasons to sing your competitors’ praises

I believe the way a business owner chooses to live among their competitors says a lot about their service,...

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I believe the way a business owner chooses to live among their competitors says a lot about their service, their credibility, and their overall personal brand. I think a lot of small business owners...

Personal Brand Interview: Advice from a private service entrepreneur

When I see a 30,000 square foot private estate with half million-dollar cars parked out front, I used to...

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When I see a 30,000 square foot private estate with half million-dollar cars parked out front, I used to think of the celebrities who lived there. Now I think of Peter Colt Van Ryder,...

Goal in life: Make it count
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Words to uplift you:

Do you own your business or does it own you?

It’s been over a week since my last blog but I have an excuse – a good one, I...

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It’s been over a week since my last blog but I have an excuse – a good one, I promise.  As a small business owner, I know one of my lowest moments in business...

The best of Stephen Covey

We’re sad to hear about the death of Stephen Covey this Monday, author of one of our favorite books, “The...

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We’re sad to hear about the death of Stephen Covey this Monday, author of one of our favorite books, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  In his honor, we’ve shared our favorite quotes and...

Four summer reads for entrepreneurs

These books have been on my shelf for years and are the kind you don’t mind picking up again...

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These books have been on my shelf for years and are the kind you don’t mind picking up again for another read every so often. Whether you’re trying to enhance your personal brand, connect...

Five ways your website may be hurting your personal brand

There’s a science to marketing. Literally. According to this ScienceDaily article, it takes users less than two-tenths of a...

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There’s a science to marketing. Literally. According to this ScienceDaily article, it takes users less than two-tenths of a second to form a first impression of your website. These first impressions directly influence a...

Featuring favorite business tools: OneReceipt

I’m always looking for ways to streamline my business and let’s be real … life in general. I’ve discovered...

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I’m always looking for ways to streamline my business and let’s be real … life in general. I’ve discovered that if I can utilize the one thing that’s always on me – my iPhone...

Fulfilling your passion

Doing what you are passionate about is simple; but if it were easy, we would all be doing it....

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Doing what you are passionate about is simple; but if it were easy, we would all be doing it. Be one of the few.

Four reasons to set precedence with your clients

Those who know me know I like to set precedence, to the point that it’s a fault on occasion....

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Those who know me know I like to set precedence, to the point that it’s a fault on occasion. But as an entrepreneur, having the foresight to set precedence has saved me several times...

55 Opportunities

What do you see when you look in the mirror? You see your reflection up to 55 times a...

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What do you see when you look in the mirror? You see your reflection up to 55 times a day. You have a choice as to what you do with these 55 opportunities. You...

The good and the bad of low barriers to entry

Operating in an industry with a high barrier to entry certainly has its benefits. There’s less competition, you can...

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Operating in an industry with a high barrier to entry certainly has its benefits. There’s less competition, you can charge premium prices, and your credibility is clearly defined by degrees, licenses, awards, milestones, etc....

Separating the insanity from perseverance

Since when did Einstein’s definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and again and expecting different results) get...

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Since when did Einstein’s definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and again and expecting different results) get taken to an extreme? Perhaps it’s the constant pressure to “get there first”; to move...

A reminder about strengths.

Just a friendly reminder: It’s not about discovering your strengths, it’s about uncovering them and having the courage to...

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Just a friendly reminder: It’s not about discovering your strengths, it’s about uncovering them and having the courage to put yourself out there.

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