Thursday, December 31, 2009

Alex Mendossian rocks CEO Space

Bare with me, I'm still trying to figure out how to get the video embeded.
Any help Alex?
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Happy Old Year everyone.
(I'm not giving up on 2009 just yet!)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Free CEO Space Telecalls with Leading Biz Experts

This Week:

5 INFORMATION PACKED CEO Space TELESEMINARS brought to you by Michelle Anton

1) Monday 12/7 – Chris Wise, Self made-millionaire

2) Tuesday 12/8 – Dr. Mignon Marquina, weight-loss entrepreneur

3) Wed 12/9 - Paula Fellingham, media mogul

4) Thursday 12/10 - Sherita Herring, grant guru

5) Friday 12/11 - Terri Treas, Hollywood producer

Monday night, December 8 – (512) 225.3007 Access code 924836#

2:00 PM Hawaii, 4:00 PM Pacific, 5:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Eastern

Meet a self-made millionaire who started his first business at 12.

Chris Wise – CEO Space graduate

Chris is a highly acclaimed and sought-after self-made millionaire with a natural knack for developing organizational systems. He has served as a professional consultant to over 100 corporations and individuals looking for proven solutions to increasing net worth. He is a CEO Space grad and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to talk to Chris and to hear some of his secrets to success.

Tuesday morning/noon, December 9 – (512) 225.3007 Access code 924836#

7:00 AM Hawaii. 9:00 AM Pacific, 10:00 AM Mountain, 11:00 PM Central, 12:00 Noon Eastern

This wife, mother, and medical doctor is launching her entrepreneurial dream.

Mignon Marquina M.D. - CEO Space graduate

Dr. Marquina has been trained by leaders in their fields at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in this country. She specializes in bariatric medicine and keeps her finger on the pulse of current therapies for obesity. Her experience at CEO Space has been transformational on many levels and

She brought her entrepreneurial dreams to CEO Space and the resources improved her business immediately. If you want to take your business to the next level don’t miss this important call.

Wednesday night, December 10 – (512) 225.3007 Access code 924836#

2:00 PM Hawaii, 4:00 PM Pacific, 5:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Eastern

Find out why CEO Space is a Dealmakers Dream come true.

Paula Fellingham

Paula has recently caught the attention of media outlets such as CNBC, GOOGLE News and The Hollywood Reporter to name a few. In September 2009 she and her business partners launched The Women's Information Network (The WIN). And it is quickly becoming the premier media and Social Network for women of all ages. The WIN is the first entity of its kind to provide a stage of high-quality content presented by experts incorporating a lively mix of formats, including articles, audio and video shows that address life-changing issues such as health and wellness, career and finance.

Learn why Paula treasures her contacts and resources at CEO Space and how it helped her launch this new media company.

Thursday morning/noon, December 11 – (512) 225.3007 Access code 924836#

7:00 AM Hawaii. 9:00 AM Pacific, 10:00 AM Mountain, 11:00 PM Central, 12:00 Noon Eastern

Would you prefer getting a loan that has to be paid back or a grant that doesn’t need to be repaid?

Sherita Herring - CEO Space Instructor

Sherita is a radio host, business coach and founder of the Kreative Images Foundation. She is a master at grant facilitation and appropriation, nonprofit formation and small business development. Learn about the fascinating world of grants and why smart entrepreneurs’ benefit from them.

Friday night, December 12 - (512) 225.3007 Access code 924836#

2:00 PM Hawaii, 4:00 PM Pacific, 5:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Eastern

Hollywood Producer finds recipe for success at CEO Space!

Terri Treas - CEO Space grad Terri has been a major player in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years. Her skills as a writer and producer for television shows such as, “Nash Bridges,” “Lois and Clark,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Pacific Blue” and “Felicity” have proved extremely profitable for the business community. Terri uses targeted marketing strategies, product development and branding to put her clients products and services foremost in the consumers mind. Terri builds product funnels, designs marketing plans and assists her clients in acquiring new business. Despite so many accomplishments, CEO Space has truly helped Terri’s business during these uncertain times. She will tell you what you can expect when you attend as well as the benefits and privileges of being a lifetime.

For more info after the calls, contact:

Dave Phillipson
CEO Space

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Meet The Queen of QVC


Are you ready to be

Americas next BIG Success Story?
Start leveraging your life experience, contacts and passion at CEO Space NOW!


Join us for one or all of our 1 hr. Teleseminars

SUNDAY, December 6th – (512) 225.3007 Access code 924836#

9:30 AM Hawaii, 11:30 AM Pacific, 12:30 PM Mountain, 1:30 PM Central, 2:30 PM Eastern

Special Guest

Dawn Bain – CEO Space graduate

In October 2009, Dawn Bain’s product generated $16,000 a minute when she was on QVC for 6 minutes. Dawn is a CEO Space success story. She is selling her products and hundreds of other client's products on QVC and television programs worldwide. She has strategic business partnerships in manufacturing, publishing and printing companies located in the United States and Asia.

Rand Brenner - CEO Space faculty member of twenty years

Rand Brenner's extensive career in entertainment licensing includes several high profile studios including Looney Tunes, Disney, Vice President of Licensing and Merchandising for Saban Entertainment ('Power Rangers' a worldwide licensing phenomenon), and Warner Bros. Consumer Products - 'Batman' which grossed over 1 billion dollars in retail sales, and when it comes to intellectual property (IP), there is NO recession. From industry shifting technologies to eco-friendly products to new on-line business models, the changing economy means opportunity, and demand has never been greater for innovative IP.

CEO Space

Our mission is to empower the human spirit to superior performance and intent through mastering Free Enterprise Skills unavailable from conventional education programs. Established in 1990, by Bernard Dohrmann, CEO Space is the largest and richest entrepreneurial club in the world.

Why CEO Space? Why now?

If you are serious when you say you want to take your business to the next level, CEO Space has a 20-year outstanding track record of working with early stage companies as well as huge, successful, multi-million dollar organizations - taking them to the next level.

You'll join the largest and fastest growing business development club on the planet.

You'll learn from, network with, and dine with Fortune 500, 100 and 50 trainers (every faculty member has their own table - you choose with whom you wish to sit).

Why are we doing this?

We are growing and growing and growing. We are committed to our December 2009 program being the largest in the 20-year history of CEO Space. For you? More contacts, resources, and investors.

To accomplish this, we are making it so easy for you, so easy in fact, "yes" is the only logical answer.

Now is the time to take ACTION

Make your investment

Take the tax deduction

(Pay the IRS, or pay yourself!)

Dave Phillipson
CEO Space



What is the Self Employment Option? If you click PLAY in the graph chart below that Ed Haywood, former professional executive recruiter now Utah State Club Director has provided to CEO SPACE, you seethe sober destruction of American employment in 24 months.

As you click "PLAY" and watch the graph change from the amazing prosperity of 2007 and move into 2009, the result is compelling as to why any individual should attend CEO SPACE this December, versus say, focus on the trends this graph represents. While the US Government now projects a peak Unemployment of 10.5% we beg to differ. Our studies indicate an "unknown" upside on unemployment with a likely new record in 2010/2011 of upwards of 14 to 16% unemployment. We see a further spiral effect of deflation, downward asset values, and stagflation, with an unrelenting rise in unemployment.

We are facing this issue by laying down our own plans for 2010 to control cost, expand core fundamentals, and generally practice what we teach. We have asked our famous faculty to review this graph and create a serious design of their lesson focus into SILO RECOVERY. We are presenting less on data to identify the up silo's in the economy, and the need for all small business owners to GPS their market targets in 2010 and 2011 to UPWARD trending silo recovery firms and their employee customer populations, and to avoid marketing to downward compressing silo's, that leave such limited options, for 2010 growth.

Silo marketing will become the buzz word for business in 2010.....

Identified at CEO SPACE and now presented on FOX NEWS, NBC, NPR Radio, and in print as the message is reaching the market place.

This is why a person should make a year end tax decision to join us in LasVegas - going it alone and failing to plan differently - represent economic stagflation. CEO SPACE's presents in its last program of 2009 the leading solution, for the guest enrolling to learn earn and return during 2010 for financial life 'assurance".

These numbers do not lie
The Statistics Below are Sobering ............

Dave Phillipson
CEO Space


This post has nothing to do with the fact that Obama's Small Business Summit did not include any small business.


When the economic sky fell last year and CEOs and workers alike were stuffing cash under their mattresses, it didn't seem like the right moment for big plans, much less a wholesale reshaping of the way entire industries operate. But during the last year, as the shock has subsided, Americans looking at the collapse of corporate culture and finance, the loss of job security, and inscrutable government solutions are coming to the same conclusion as Fisker: We don't have to do things the same way. We can take the economy in hand and drive our own destinies. And a movement that has been slowly building in the business world is finally taking hold: We're seeing the beginnings of the entrepreneurial economy, a system built on nimble, low-overhead, oftentimes small companies with fluid workforces, rather than the massive conglomerates that have upheld the economy for decades.

Oddly enough, the recession seems to be adding momentum: By choice or necessity, more people are pursuing self-employment as an alternative to an iffy corporate existence. The number of small businesses created in 2008 was still at pre-recession levels, according to the latest data from the Small Business Administration, contrary to most economic indicators. The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, which measures new startups, shows a slight uptick during the same time period, and that is expected to continue through 2009. Self-employment rates have been growing at an average of 4.5 percent annually most of this decade, adding roughly 1 million people per year, and they are expected to keep pace or spike when the 2008 and 2009 numbers are released. Across the country, enrollment in entrepreneurship programs at universities is booming.

Factor in new technology like cloud computing, says Michael S. Malone, author of "The Future Arrived Yesterday: The Rise of the Protean Corporation and What It Means for You," and it all adds up to the world's first truly entrepreneurial society. "Suddenly, you don't have to have a large physical plant to start a company," he says. "The cost of entry is getting close to zero — now the little guys can build a business without the overhead. The best strategy is to get small and adaptable, strip things to a solid core and hire from the cloud of talent out there — then blow up like a puffer fish when you encounter a potential market."

George Solomon, co-director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at George Washington University, and other business academics share a similar vision: "In the future," he says, "the net source of new jobs will be predominately created from an entrepreneurial climate, not from revitalizing old industries."

Indeed, the idea of entrepreneurship is so powerful right now and resonates with so many American values that President Obama has repeatedly called on entrepreneurs to lift the U.S. out of the economic crisis. So key is the idea to Obama's recovery mission that he has even reached out to the Middle East by promising an entrepreneurship summit to bridge the business and cultural gap. In September, his Commerce Department launched the Office for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to bolster startup companies.

The rise of the entrepreneur economy isn't just an academic thought experiment or political buzzword — a growing number of companies such as Dell, Cisco and Facebook have used small and agile management techniques to produce breakout success. One of the best examples may be Vizio, whose meteoric rise has helped push old-guard corporations such as Fujitsu, Pioneer and Apex to exit the television business and companies like Philips to license their flat-panel units.

Back in 2002, California businessman William Wang watched as the bursting of the dot-com bubble took its toll on his computer monitor manufacturing company, Princeton Digital. But instead of cashing out, Wang and his partners decided to tack in a different direction — they realized they could use their expertise and many of the same components used in monitors to manufacture low-cost flat-screen TVs, which at the time were big-ticket luxury items.

So Wang sold Princeton and incorporated Vizio. He and his colleagues decided against vertical integration and sinking capital into a high-tech manufacturing plant and research department. Like Fisker, instead of reinventing the wheel, they searched for the cheapest, high-quality electronic components offered by suppliers and contracted with overseas manufacturers. Within five years, Vizio and its sub-$2,000 televisions had captured the top spot as the No. 1 flat-screen manufacturer in the U.S., with $1.9 billion in annual sales. For a major electronics corporation, it has an astonishingly small staff — only 162 people are on the payroll in Vizio's California offices and South Dakota call center, most dealing with marketing, sales and product development.

"Our competitors are trying to offer low price point products, but their businesses haven't seen structural change — they're still the old vertically integrated companies, with the TV unit beholden to sister divisions," says Laynie Newsome, one of Vizio's founders. "They're losing hundreds of millions of dollars supporting their TV businesses."

Without massive investments in production facilities and research, Vizio can shift its business quickly. This year, it dropped plasma televisions to focus on traditional LCD models, as well as LCDs using LED technology, which it decided had reached a quality rivaling plasma at a cheaper price point. But if a new plasma technology turns the tables, Vizio's low-inventory model means it can readjust and have a new product in the marketplace in weeks or months — the same reason it could quickly shift into making smaller 19- to 26-inch TVs when the recession hit.

"It's been fun, being more agile and faster," Newsome says. "We put a lot of thought into our product and ask, 'What does the consumer want that's better than what's out there now?' "

Starting a business in a recession

It's hard for smaller entrepreneurs — ones who might not be outsourcing millions in electronics overseas — to see a silver lining in the recession or imagine how "small" could be to their advantage. But the truth is, starting or reforming a business when the economy is down isn't a liability and can offer some real benefits. Research by Dane Stangler, senior analyst at the Kauffman Foundation, shows that more than half of the largest and fastest-growing companies in the country were formed during economic tough times and that starting in a down economy does not put the companies at a disadvantage. The same amount survived five years later regardless of whether they were formed under the sign of the bear or the bull.

Christopher Gergen, director of the Entrepreneurship Leadership Center at Duke University and co-author of "Life Entrepreneurs," says the down economy has plenty of competitive pluses for new business owners willing to adopt smarter tactics. "There are essentially now gaps in services in cities throughout the country, and traditionally competitive companies are overly leveraged and weakened," he says. "There's really an opportunity for a company that's more nimble and offers something of real value to the community to hustle around the competition."

That strength is bolstered by factors such as the Internet, cheaper office space and increased negotiating room with suppliers. Fisker Automotive, for example, is considering a factory in the United States, something that Fisker says would have been unthinkable before the recession

The maturation of cloud computing is also taking some of the startup burden out of small business. Inventory, customer management, accounting, shipping, corporate communications and even human resources can be outsourced to the digital ether as a cluster of web-based services and applications sweep away the need for large office spaces and a large pool of employees.

The other part of the equation is talent — with national unemployment rates around 10 percent and the rate for the under-25 crowd over 50 percent, hiring employees has become easier and less expensive. Even professionals with no long-term plans to stay in the freelance business are willing to consult while they wait for big business to start hiring again. "There are so many good, creative people on the sidelines right now," Gergen says. "Many of them are willing to freelance or work for commission while they wait for a headhunter to snap them up."

But many of those freelancers won't head back into mainstream corporate employment. That's partly because, besides the perks of being their own boss and controlling their financial future, entrepreneurship has gained status as a legitimate career path. Thirty years ago, the term "entrepreneur" conjured up images of men selling shrimp out of the back of trucks or get-rich-quick schemes preying on seniors. Now tech entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are rock stars, and there's been a cultural shift as the public grasped the economic potential of highly motivated, idea-driven individuals.

For Gen Yers, more than any other group, entrepreneurs have become heroes. Entrepreneurship programs at accredited universities have jumped from just a handful 10 years ago to more than 200 entrepreneurship centers today, and more than 500 higher-ed institutions offer certificates, minors, or majors in entrepreneurial studies. According to one recent poll, 51 percent of teens hope to one day start their own business, and see it as a way to take greater control of their lives.

Of course, the big elephant in the economy of 2010 is still financing. The credit crunch has eased only slightly in the last year, and has been especially stubborn in the small-business sector. According to Scott Shane, a professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University and a writer for The New York Times Web site, the promised $730 million in SBA loans included in the stimulus bill for 2009 and 2010 is only a drop in the bucket and is unlikely to crack open the system. But historically, more than 50 percent of entrepreneurs have launched their businesses without loans, relying instead on the informal "friends, family and fools" formula for startup cash.

"People are assuming the ability to raise capital is more difficult and are approaching the process differently. It's a changing model," Shane says. "They are using more and more of their own money, so it's about redesigning a business.

"When an entrepreneur sees they need half a million to buy all the equipment and hire people to launch a business, they start thinking, 'What if I leased my equipment and paid employees on commission?' The percentage of people reporting that they don't need outside financing to start a business is higher now than before the recession."

Robert Fairlie, who tracks the demographics of entrepreneurs at University of California, Santa Cruz says the numbers bear that idea out. In 2008, more low-overhead, low-revenue businesses were launched than in previous years, and he expects the same when 2009 numbers are released.

Mike Michaud thinks his business wouldn't have gotten off the ground if he had started in a brighter economy.

In 2007, Michaud was fired from his job as a clerk at the Darien, Ill., Circuit City, for "making too much money." So, with two 20-something friends, he decided to take a chance on an idea he'd batted around the break room for more than a year. Funded by a $5,000 loan from a friend's father and part-time jobs, Michaud, Doug Walker and Mike Ellis started work on Channel Awesome, a Web-based TV network that would host all original content.

Then one of their first sites, That Guy With the Glasses, featuring snarky movie reviews and question-and-answer bits starring Walker, went viral on YouTube. So they switched gears and tried to capitalize on the popularity of the character. A little more than a year after launching, they're averaging 16.5 million page views a month and making $150,000 in revenue.

"If I was working a job in commission retail, I don't know if I would have had the time or desire to do this — I know we wouldn't be making decent money already," Michaud says. But the economy also forced them to be smarter about the way they structured their business and approached advertisers. And Michaud thinks their small budget and frugal beginnings have given "That Guy With the Glasses" a competitive advantage in the fast-growing field of web video. "We've been cheap all the way through," he says, "and we'll be coming through as the economy picks up."

They're slowly diversifying their Web site, too, and circling back to the idea of a web-based TV channel. Already, they've launched shows dedicated to video games and bar reviews, and they're prepping sports and sketch comedy shows. In total, they plan to host 300 original content series.

Whatever curveballs the next year, or years, throws at the economy, it's clear that the landscape has changed. Instead of sitting by and watching their futures grow bleaker, companies and workers are harnessing impressive changes in business culture and technology to create a grass-roots economy — a broad swath of many small businesses that can bend with the changing winds.

"The entrepreneurial spirit is there," author Malone says, and it's going to be even stronger when the economy recovers. "There are certain things you can't change, and one of them is the zeitgeist that has developed around entrepreneurship over the last 100 years. America is populated by ambitious mavericks. The news events of today aren't going to change that."

This post attributed to Berny Dohrmann