Here are Some Tips on Apartment Hunting

Posted: March 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Searching for a new apartment in Southern Maryland is not easy. Before you begin your apartment search, consider if you want a small apartment community or a larger one? Which apartment floor plan would work best for you? Think about which apartment amenities are important to you in an apartment community.

Here are some suggestions on how to simplify your apartment search.

Consider location

Try pinpointing an area in or around Southern Maryland that you want to live near such as your workplace or your favorite neighborhood, and search within a 1-mile or 5-mile radius of that location for apartment communities. Apartments in Lexington Park offer an easy commute and a wonderful community setting.

Use tools on online listings

Many apartment communities post floor plans and photos online. Looking at images of floor plans and apartment amenities and features may help you decide what communities you want to visit.
What don’t you like about where you live now

When you make a list of what you don’t like about your apartment now, this will help you keep priorities top of mind. Don’t look at apartments that have those same features.  Do you need more space? A larger kitchen? Do you need a community that allows pets? Do you need extra storage space? Or a pool? A well-kept fitness center?
Keep track

Make a spreadsheet that lists each community’s name, rent, amount of space, most important apartment amenities, and any other important facts or notes.

For more information on apartments in Lexington Park, MD contact Abberly Crest Apartment Homes.

How to Find the Right Trade Show

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Finding the right trade show to take your business to is very important. Trade shows can be expensive, when you consider staffing, your trade show booth, promotional items and literature, and you want to make sure you’re going to be getting the best value for money. Going to the right trade shows means you will find the right target audience.

Determining your objectives

The first thing that you need to think about is what you actually want to accomplish at the trade show. Do you want to generate leads? Meet existing customers? Get exposure for your brand? Meet industry experts? Branch out into a new sector? Get contacts in the media?

Once this is decided, you can better research which types of events would most likely to help you achieve your objectives?

Finding an exhibition

Of course you have some knowledge about what events take place throughout the year, but it always pays to be thorough. There are several ways you can find out about exhibitions that are taking place.

  • Trade show search engines and directories – yes there are such things! These are databases of events that are taking place that are searchable by various criteria such as dates, location and industry. Try, .
  • Industry publications – these are really good for finding events in your sector. They’ll probably list all the big industry-wide events. Individual publications may also list events they have organized themselves.
  • Your contacts – Ask around people in the industry that you know. You can find out quite a lot by word of mouth. This can also help when narrowing down your list – if someone mentions that an event was badly organized, you might think twice before signing up.
  • Your competitors – take a sneaky peek at your competitors’ websites. They may have lists of or news items about the exhibitions they’re attending over the next few months. And if you go to the shows your competitors are going to, it not only gives you the chance to compete for the same audience, but also to find out what your competitors are doing in terms of marketing, products and services.
  • Industry associations – check their websites for event listings or give them a call to find out if there are any upcoming events.
  • Local event and convention centers or chambers of commerce – these will often have events listings on their websites, or you can call them up and ask. If you’re not looking to go too far afield, this could be a good option for reaching new local customers.
After you have done your research, you need to collate the results and weigh them against your objectives. Which shows are most likely to help you achieve these? And how good is the ROI likely to be? Those trades shows that require you to travel, consider whether the expense is worth it.

Your customers

Think about where your customers are most likely to be. If you can, talk to them and see if they’re going to any upcoming exhibitions or trade shows. If your existing customers are going, then the chances are that other attendees will be interested in you too.

Once you have narrowed down your list a bit, you could also try contacting the organizers of the exhibitions and asking them for lists of last year’s attendees. This will help you narrow down your list even further. Review your list whilst keeping your objectives in mind, and you should arrive at a shortlist of the events that are most likely to help you achieve them.

Then all you need to do is sign up for each event and contact The Exhibit Source so we can get to work on an incredible trade show booth display that will wow your target audience and make them want to know more about you.

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Bill to Help Small Businesses Raise Capital

Posted: March 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments » Warren Kirshenbaum

Legislation to help startup companies raise capital by reducing some federal regulations won easy passage in the Senate despite warnings from some Democrats that less government oversight would mean more abuse and scams.

President Barack Obama supports the measure, which stands to be one of the few bipartisan bills to pass Congress during this politically contentious election year.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., a leading sponsor of the legislation, said it “might be the most pro-growth measure that this body will consider, perhaps this whole year.”

One amendment to increase investor protections did pass, so the legislation will still require another House vote.

The legislation combines six smaller bills that change Securities and Exchange Commission rules so small businesses can attract investors and go public with less red tape and cost. It eases rules on advertising and permits startups to use the Internet and other social media to solicit a large number of small-scale investors.

The centerpiece of the bill is a measure to reduce costs for companies seeking to go public by phasing in over five years SEC regulations that apply to “emerging growth companies.” That status would be in effect for companies with annual gross revenue of less than $1 billion.

The measure would remove SEC regulations preventing small businesses from using advertisements to solicit investors, raise from 500 to 2,000 the number of shareholders a company or community bank can have before it must register with the SEC, and allow smaller companies to sell up to $50 million in shares, compared with $5 million now, without filing some SEC paperwork.

It also encourages the practice of “crowdfunding,” in which the Internet is used to raise capital from a large number of smaller investors. The measure as it passed the House limits individual contributions to $10,000 or 10 percent of the investor’s annual income.

Obama expressed his support for the original House legislation, but the White House also said it supported Senate Democratic efforts to add adequate safeguards for potential investors in light of any reduced government oversight of investment transactions.

Washington Post

Brownfield Projects Gets Town $500,000 in Grant Money

Posted: March 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments » Warren Kirshenbaum

The town of Stratford, CT has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the state for clean-up of the U.S. Baird Property, where a brewery is planned.

The Governor announced last week that the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded more than $16 million in loans and grants for several brownfields projects throughout the state, including the Stratford project.

The Stratford grant would go toward a hazardous building materials report, remediation and abatement at the site, which is projected to cost a total of $574,000. The grant is pending state bond commission approval.

Two Roads Brewery Co. just purchased the site for $2.85 million.

Two Roads company co-founder Brad Hittle said it is expected that the brewery will create 15 new jobs within a year and 70 jobs overall.

"Our brewery tasting room will retain the manufacturing esthetic, with bridge cranes and booms being kept and old pictures of Stratford’s manufacturing might throughout.  We want to honor this proud history.”

The governor announced that Stratford had received the grant last Friday.

“Cleaning up Connecticut brownfields is an important component of our economic development agenda. These contaminated sites are a blight to their communities and significantly damper development and prosperity for adjacent sites,” Gov. Malloy said. “Investing in these redevelopment efforts is smart policy—we create jobs and thriving communities, expand our tax base, and clean up pollution in Connecticut.”

This round of awards includes $8.7 million in loans and $7.5 million in grants for projects encompassing commercial and industrial remediation and expansion; affordable, disabled, student, and workforce housing; train stations and transit oriented development; and mixed-use developments with hotel, residential and retail space. It is estimated the state funding will leverage over $300 million in additional private and public investment.

Funding will go directly to municipalities, businesses, developers and regional development agencies and can be used for environmental assessment, planning, design, remediation, demolition, construction and acquisition. The state also offers a third party liability protection program for eligible developers of brownfields.

“There is a renewed commitment for brownfield redevelopment in Connecticut, and DECD is leading the way,” DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith said. “In the last six months alone, we’ve gotten more than $33 million in brownfield funding to our cities and towns and other parties that are helping to capitalize on the economic potential of these sites. Cleaning up these sites so they are ready for redevelopment is vital to our efforts to spur economic activity and make our communities more vibrant and accessible.”

The brewery is expected to open by September 2012.

Stratford Star

How to Leave a Lasting Impression with Handwritten Notes

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Finding the time to be thoughtful

Writing is quickly becoming a lost art. Writing by hand is nearly extinct.

Texting shortcuts and scannable online phrases and bullet points have joined voice mails as the primary form of daily communication. Throw in a few hastily typed-up emails and you have a barren communication landscape devoid of style and grace.

Handwritten Notes from Real Estate Agents

When something becomes rare, it immediately increases in both real and perceived value. So, writing, even a short note, by hand makes you and what you have to say more valuable to the recipient. Taking five minutes to hand write a note will pay huge benefits. We can show you how! Read on…

Bring writing back into style: Your style!

Use the rarity of a handwritten note to your business advantage. Create relationships, not just one-time sales. Something as simple as a quick note can result in more referrals and will make you memorable to your past, current and existing clients.

A few sentences and a stamp make a huge impression, but if you’re shy about writing, here are a few sample “quick notes” to get you started…

Jan -

It was a pleasure showing you the houses on 123 West Main and 456 Fern Drive today. I know you are at the beginning of your search and hope you find the house that fits you perfectly.

I’ll see if I can find you a couple more with the features you want in the price range you desire and I’ll call you to set up a time that’s convenient.

Thanks again for an enjoyable afternoon,
John R. Agent

Sue -

Thank you for recommending me to your cousin. She’s delightful! I believe that I can help her find a cabin in the woods nearby. I’m lucky I have a job that helps people make their dreams come true and I’m blessed to have clients like you.

Enjoy the weekend,
Sally R. Agent

Mark -

I’ve contacted a realtor in Denver, Sarah Jones, for you. I’ve enclosed her business card. She is currently looking for a home to meet your needs and will call you when she finds a few worth flying out to see.
I’m sorry to be losing you here in Athens, but congratulate you on your promotion!

Feel free to share my contact information with your friends, or your family in the this area. If you decide to move back at some point in the future, I’d love the opportunity to help you find a place to call home.

Safe journeys,
Robert Agent

Dear Sam -

You mentioned that you liked Thai food the other day and I wanted to share my favorite local haunt — Pad Thai on Regency Lane. Their number is 123-456-7890 and they deliver to your new home’s address!

(The pineapple curry is particularly good — not too hot, not too sweet.)

Hope the unpacking is going well!
George Agent

Pay attention to what your clients say about their interests, concerns and needs. Take a few notes and use that information to generate quick, personal, handwritten communication in a matter of seconds.

Share your best “quick note” ideas for others in the comments section. We welcome all ideas!