All Sizes of Businesses Can Benefit from Trade Shows

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Trade shows are designed to let businesses meet numerous potential customers face-to-face in a short period of time.

Every size business does well at trade shows. Overall, booth space is inexpensive and small companies can usually afford attractive trade show displays. With creative marketing and trade show exhibits, small businesses can appear as substantial and profitable as larger corporations.

Those who use captivating and sophisticated trade show displays do well at trade shows no matter what their size, while those who show they are small and inexperienced can waste thousands of dollars and possibly do more harm than good.
Trade Show Benefits
The Trade Show Bureau claims that the average total cost of closing a sale in the field is $1,080, while the cost of closing a sale to a qualified trade show prospect is $419.
Generating sales leads is the most common reason exhibitors participate in trade shows. To do this, you need an appealing and compelling trade show booth. Contact The Exhibit Source for your display needs.

Attitude is Everything

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Old Mill Townhomes, which are Townhomes in Lynchburg, VA, is all about anxiety free home living, we thought we would share this article on living anxiety free.

I used to worry, a lot. The more I fretted the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might develop. My health could fail. My finances could be depleted to pay the hospital bills.

A comedian once said, "I tried to drown my worries with gin, but my worries are equipped with flotation devices." While not a drinker, I certainly could identify! My worries could swim, jump and pole vault!

To get some perspective, I visited a well known, Dallas businessman, Fred Smith. Fred mentored such luminaries as motivational whiz Zig Ziglar, business guru Ken Blanchard and leadership expert John Maxwell. Fred listened as I poured out my concerns and then said, "Vicki, you need to learn to wait to worry."

As the words sank in, I asked Fred if he ever spent time fretting. (I was quite certain he wouldn't admit it if he did. He was pretty full of testosterone—even at age 90.) To my surprise, he confessed that in years gone by he had been a top-notch worrier!

"I decided that I would wait to worry!" he explained. "I decided that I'd wait until I actually had a reason to worry—something that was happening, not just something that might happen—before I worried."

"When I'm tempted to get alarmed," he confided, "I tell myself, 'Fred, you've got to wait to worry! Until you know differently, don't worry.' And I don't. Waiting to worry helps me develop the habit of not worrying and that helps me not be tempted to worry."

Fred possessed a quick mind and a gift for gab. As such, he became a captivating public speaker. "I frequently ask audiences what they were worried about this time last year. I get a lot of laughs," he said, "because most people can't remember. Then I ask if they have a current worry—you see nods from everybody. Then I remind them that the average worrier is 92% inefficient—only 8% of what we worry about ever comes true."

Charles Spurgeon said it best. "Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength."
by Vicki Hitzges

Easing the Transition for Alzheimer’s Patients to Assisted Living

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Transitioning from home to a residential care community can be challenging for both caregivers and for Alzheimer’s patients.

Here's how to make the move easier:

Due diligence. Caregivers need to have much comfort in their choice of assisted living communities. Unfortunately, the quality of these settings varies greatly. Your decision should be based on three important factors: Is there a dementia care unit staffed by professionals with specific dementia training? Does the facility have locations close enough to your home and/or work to allow for visitation at a level that is best for your family? Does the facility meet the specific medical, social, therapeutic and emotional needs of your loved one?

Understand the emotions. An individual with dementia may not be able to fully appreciate what is happening or the long-term implications of relocating to a care facility. They may react to your emotional state during the move. Also, the new surroundings can be overwhelming and confusing, but this will subside in a few days or a week. Give them time to acclimate and to get used to the staff.

Provide input. Share your knowledge of the patient with the staff, including the unit nurse, social worker and nutritionist prior to admission. Employees need time to learn about the medical condition, temperament, behavior patterns, likes and dislikes, of your loved one.

Talk about it. The level of disclosure to your loved one about the upcoming move is a decision you need to make based on your knowledge of their ability to understand. Be patient and understanding and allow them a chance to voice their concerns. Offer reassurance of your plans for regular visitation.

Prepare the room. Plan to have the room set up before they move in. Bring familiar objects, but nothing of value that could be misplaced or damaged. Label clothing and personal items.

Be by their side. Accompany your loved one to the Alzheimer's care facility for the actual move, and repeatedly explain that they will be okay and that you are there to help. You may want to stay for the day and have dinner together. When it is time to go, explain that you have to leave for a while, but will return as soon as you can. Assure them that they will be fine.

Check in regularly. Monitor the care of your loved one on a regular basis, and advocate on his behalf with the staff and administration.

Think about yourself. Tap your network of family and friends for emotional comfort. And seek support from others who have been through this situation. Spring Arbor Living hosts many events where you can find support.

Original article – Alzheimer’s Foundation

Gas Mileage is Biggest Consideration for New Car Buyers

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Once upon a time, car-buyers looked for new cars based on the size of the trunk, the appointment of the interior and how comfortable the seats were. Gas mileage, while an influencing factor, was way down the list.

According to a Ford-sponsored study into the car-buying decisions, that has changed.

According to Ford’s study, 32% of consumers questioned said they would consider purchasing or leasing a smaller car as their primary vehicle in order to get better gas mileage and fuel efficiency.

In addition, 58% of all residents questioned in the survey said they were interested in purchasing hybrid cars or electric cars once gasoline reached the $5 per gallon mark.

Ford’s study helps to reiterate the results of a recent national survey by Maritz Research, which concluded that fuel economy has become the number one purchase consideration for buyers of sub-compact and compact cars during 2011.

For mid-size cars, the Maritz study says fuel economy is now the fifth most important consideration for new car-buyers, up from 12th most important in 2001.

Even those who buy SUV's are shopping for fuel efficient cars, placing gas mileage at 5th on their list of buying priorities compared with 16th place ten years ago, while buyers of sports car and high performance cars are listing fuel economy among their top ten considerations for the first time ever.

Sales of Ford’s gas-sipping 2011 Fiesta and 2011 Focus are reportedly up by 34%  through September versus the same period a year ago, further adding credence to Ford’s study. Combine this with proof that car buyers are moving from cars with large engines to smaller four-cylinder-engined cars, and there's no doubting the drive towards fuel efficiency is driving the new and used car market.

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Salty Tidwater Air Destroys Homeowners Heat Eight Year Old Heat Exchanger and Endangers Family

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We want to follow-up on our October 13 blog post that addressed how a professional air conditioning and heating inspection can save your family's life.  In that blog post we talked about the damage that the corrosive salty Hampton Roads air can have on your outside HVAC systems.  Well, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

After reading the blog post, we received a call from a home owner who requested a HVAC safety inspection and heating system tune up.  Although his home is only eight years old (built in 2003), he thought it prudent to put safety first and have the unit inspected.  What you see pictured here is the heat exchanger that we replaced for him. He was shocked at the unit's condition.  We weren't nearly as surprised as we discover rapid deterioration of the low-quality "builder's grade" systems that serve new homes throughout Tidewater Service's service area.  

Without doubt this heat exchanger was seriously degrading the quality of the air that entered the household and threatened the entire family's safety.  Since even low-quality builder's grade HVAC heat exchangers are typically guaranteed for 10-years or more, we were able to procure the replacement part under warranty. 

So the message is clear.  A professional HVAC inspection and tune up will not only improve the safety of your home, give you peace of mind, save you big money on reduced energy costs, but can also literally save you thousands of dollars on expensive repairs. This case is a perfect example.

For all these reasons, call Tidewater Service and schedule your professional air conditioning and heating system inspection today!