Featured Increase Your Sales with Trade Show Displays

If you are a business owner, especially if you are in the start up phase, you must have an effective strategy on how to gain many new customers. camelback2The competition in the market may be so tight as new and existing products are all around and it can be very challenging and scary for starters like you. That is the purpose of launching trade show exhibits that delivers a powerful marketing impact whether you are introducing a new product or re-branding your company. With the help of trade show displays, a trade show exhibit space becomes functional, eye catching and is able to deliver your marketing message.

camelbackFor a successful trade show to be possible, exhibit booths should be exceptionally pleasing to the eyes to draw the attention of the attendees passing through and should also be designed for portability and utility. Trade shows are proven effective to make a difference in the number of your sales and can build relationships with new and existing customers. With the help of trade show displays, you can make your trade show stand out from the crowd. With some research, you are sure to find the approriate tools you can use and examine your show expenditures. You can choose from colorful, life size displays and finish off your exhibit booth with extras like banners, truss, trade show furniture and logo floor mats. Logo mats are cost effective marketing and sales product. It can be printed with a logo or marketing message while some use logo floor mats to give directions and information to people standing in lines.

Featured Exchanging Business Cards

Did you know that there is a proper etiquette when giving away or accepting business cards? The basic rule when presenting or receiving business cards is to do it with both hands. When you receive someone’s business card, take time to look over it and if possible, make some comments or ask for more information. Proper etiquette is called for as this will determine if your new acquaintance would decide whether or not to do business with you. There are some guidelines to help you in exchanging business cards in other countries so you’ll know what you should and shouldn’t do:

UK and North America

There is very little ceremony when it comes to exchanging business cards in these parts of the world. Exchanging business cards here is an informal occasion. You can stow any card proffered to you upon receiving it.


Gold colored lettering is considered auspicious in this country, so natives prefer business cards printed in gold ink. Also have one side of your business card translated into Chinese, and try to find out the local dialect of the people you’ll be meeting with e.g. Cantonese or Mandarin. To impress your new acquaintance, include your name and title and if your company is the largest or oldest, add it to the information. Always give your card first before asking someone else’s.



Exchanging business cards in Japan is quite ceremonial. Business cards in this country are big, so invest in quality cards. Treat both the giving and receiving of business cards with the same degree of respect as you would show the person him or herself. Include your name and title as status is important for the Japanese. Present your card with great ceremony, holding it so the recipient can read it before bowing and saying your name.



Most people in India speak English so there is no need to translate your business card. Aside from putting in your name and title, include any university degree or honors you received as they place a great emphasis on academic achievement. Also use your right hand in proffering and receiving a business card.

Middle East

The rule of the thumb here is to present your business card with your right hand, never with your left.

Featured Economic Tutors

The Chinese offer an interesting study when we talk about business. For one thing, China as a nation has made a name in the realm of arts and cultures- surpassing in this respect many other nations of the world. For another, the Chinese are one of the most numerous alien residents in the world. They are practically everywhere. The Chinese, over the centuries, have ascended in the realm of business and finance. Indeed, the Chinese acquired an important position in the trade and commerce of some countries and have become pillars of economic structure. These lead us to ask why. The following views, from the book The Chinese in Manila, have been given as possible reasons:

1. The Chinese retailers work harder and stay on their n their jobs longer

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2. The Chinese retailers observe only the New Year’s Day and one holiday a year (The Double Tenth)

3. The Chinese retailers are more patient, more enduring, more self-sacrificing.

4. The Chinese retailers are more adopt in pleasing customers.

5. The Chinese retailers are more frugal, less luxury-loving, and more hardy.

6. The Chinese retailers are willing to receive less profit per sale.

7. The Chinese retailers have more business experience.

8. The Chinese retailers have a lower standard of living.

9. The Chinese retailers are more entrenched behind an air-tight system of financing and credit, cooperative purchasing, an interlocking ownership. 10. inese retailers have more business experience.

8. The Chinese retailers have a lower standard of living.

9. The Chinese retailers are more entrenched behind an air-tight system of financing and credit, cooperative purchasing, an interlocking ownership.

10. The Chinese retailers receive more preferential treatment from big importers, who are usually Chinese themselves, thereby enabling them to obtain merchandise at very much lower prices.

Featured Investing Wisely

Thinking of investing your hard-earned money for profit? A wise investor understands the importance of risk and rates of return of his investments. Here’s a rundown of investment vehicles where you may put your money into and hopefully help you to decide which investment vehicles to use to achieve different financial goals.

Real Estatekey

Real estate is an ideal investment vehicle because it usually appreciates in value and can provide you with a steady cash flow. This may also be used as a leverage for loans. When buying a real estate, check for any defects and see if you can get good returns. Properties with delinquent accounts and those about to be foreclosed are usually sold 10 to 60 percent below their market value.

Bank and Trust Funds.piggy

Investing in bank and trust funds provide a moderate risk investment. They give the best balance between risk and reward for long-term investing. Common trust funds pool resources from various investors and then invest the money in mutual funds or stocks for higher earnings.

Life Insurance.tree

This investment typically provide very low return of investment and little or no inflation protection. However, this provides financial security to the plan owner and his family. Many invest in whole life life plans because the premiums are generally lower, but there are also term plans which is paid in shorter time frames, and endowment plans to choose from.


You may also invest your money in stocks. Stocks are shares in a company. When you invest in a company’s stock or buy its shares, you become a part owner of the company. Stocks fluctuate in value on a daily basis. When you buy a stock, you aren’t guaranteed anything.

Featured Forex Trading Education

forex tradingMany people are curious about getting into forex trading. It could be because of the financial increase that forex marketing brings. Anyone can have the opportunity to become rich. The possibilities are certainly endless. The forex market provides benefits that are countless. The list goes on.

If you are interested with the idea, it is best to get forex education especially in trading. This is like learning a new thing and can serve as an investment. However, you should be armed with the proper knowledge of getting into forex trading as this may be risky. This would assure that you are on the right track and you are on the way to increase your finances.

forexBeing literate about forex trading allows you to understand its nature. By learning this, you will know how to earn money by trading currencies. You will even learn from some professional traders. Education about forex trading also allows you to know that the environment is ever changing especially the exchange rate. You will then be familiar about the changes and you can then make appropriate actions. You will also be aware of the risk control and management as this is the crucial part when getting inot forex trading. Education is indeed the start of a great endeavor.

Featured Starting Up – Dilemna

Almost everybody came to a point of starting his or her own business. At first it could be a small restaurant, or maybe becoming a car dealer or venture into real state. Some even thought of venturing into farming or animal husbandry. Although we may have had some ideas for business, it could also be hard to start one. Most of the time, the business we started may also fail because of the lack of direction of what to do next.

There may be a lot of errors in what we were doing because it seems like we are just not able to be in a certain business for a given period of time. Before venturing into one, it is best to research on the type of business that you want to start with. Sometimes, it may seem like other establishments overwhelm you because they are already big and a lot of customers are already coming or transacting with them. It may be discouraging at first but with some hard work, you too may establish the kind of business that you have been wanting for. Although capital maybe the first problem, the other problem is courage. When starting, you tend to look at the competition. You start to think of where you are going to sell your business and also who you are going to sell to, then where you are going to put your establishment. A lot of times when we look at a certain location, we also look at businesses of the same category or look at the competition. Sometimes we become overwhelmed and then try to look for a different location with less competition. I’m not sure if this is a hindrance or if it is a good strategy but somehow it is becoming more of a hindrance. We tend to back out when we feel that we may not be successful in our endeavor. I wonder if all people feel this way when starting their own business. I guess you’ll never know until you try.


Ukulele Musician’s Friend


I purchased my ukulele, acoustic guitars and electric guitars from Musician’s Friend and always got a good deal, great advice from them.  My brother was in the market for a guitar.  As a drummer, he does not know anything about guitars.My brother got a ukulele musicians friend to play on stage, and it has served him well.  He went to them again, as they were extremely helpful, and patient.  They didn’t try to sell my brother a $5000.00 Martin.  They told him they needed a nice sounding acoustic guitar to write with, and play on stage.  They pointed my brother a Yamaha, and Breedlove.  I played a few guitars, and kept coming back to the Breedlove.
My brother was (and always has been), very patient while it took forever to make up his mind.  He chosed the Breedlove.  Awesome service, great price, for a piece of equipment he will use for 20 years.  No pressure, no bs, just great advice, and a guitar that is serving him very well!  Another guitarist used it in studio to record some tracks with, as he liked the brightness of it, over his own, for the song.  Always fair, and professional.  Love Musician’s Friend!

Cordoba 20TM-CE Tenor Cutaway Electric Ukulele


Launchpad Pro

Launchpad Pro

Launchpad Pro combined with LPC-Live 2 is going to seriously compete with Push at these price points. LPC-Live 2 is essentially a Push emulator for Launchpad. Been using it for a couple of years now, well worth the $22 and honestly has enabled me to hold off on a Push. These new features (RGB, scale display (which LPC-Live 2 already has) are going to really add to the appeal). The Push still has much more functionality, but that is a mighty fine price point. launchpad pro also probably is much easier to transport to & from gigs than the Push is. I am really liking the midi out functionality, but the push is still way more integrated. This is a sweet Launchpad.

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Pocket Trumpet

Pocket Trumpet Black Jupiter

My experience has been with the “Allora MXPT-5801-BK Black Nickel Series” that I bought from Guitar Center.

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The assembly is very good, and the lacquering is pretty good as well. The valves are smooth enough.

Alignment on the valves is also very good. The included mouthpiece fit the horn and it wasn’t bad.

Mine slots so wide, you can drive a truck through it. Since my Buescher horns are designed that way too, it doesn’t bother me. You might think otherwise.

For a 300 bucks, it’s a very good deal. A friend warned me to not expect a whole lot from low notes since the bell is pretty small. I haven’t messed with it in a while. What I really want to do is try it in my next community band rehearsal.

Roy Campbell uses a pocket trumpet..and I’ve seen pictures of Jeremy Pelt with one. Also Frank London of the Klezmaniacs. Of course, the most famous of all pocket trumpet users was the late great Don Cherry. Pocket trumpets are notoriously hard to play in tune.

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When choosing a bassoon, play several and see which one you prefer. If can have a go at playing a bassoon, play it and compare it to other bassoon models and brands. What suits a bassewbie, might not suit you. It is up to personal choice but there is no point in paying money out for a bassoon which you don’t like if it is cheaper, might as well save up.

I am another Schreiber person. Some Adlers are OK. One day I would like to play a Mossman but the reach is too big.


5 Piece Drum Setup

I am a fan of ddrum and I heard that they sound really good. That’s just what I think. Now here’s what matters. Deal or sound? That’s really important. Try finding drums that have a great deal, but a great sound. I’ll tell you that generally, the lower the price, the lower the quality. But you can get high quality with the ddrum 5 piece drum setup. It’s my number one choice if you are looking for low priced high quality drum setup, because you can change the heads and tune that up and it will sound pretty good for a 100% basswood shells. Very nice hardware as well. Ddrum is a pretty good brand, not my favorite but great value!

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Ukulele For Beginners


I think the Ukulele is a good choice for a musical beginner. But, you need to realize the instrument’s capabilities to avoid disappointment. Although it is entirely possible to play melodies and classical style music on the Ukulele, those techniques are more advanced. As a beginner, you will be producing harmony chords with your strumming, and you will have to hum or sing any melody you want to go with them. The Uke will teach you basic music theory, chords, rhythms, tempo, etc. How far you go with it is entirely up to you. As far as the choice of ukulele is concerned, there are many happy Lanikai owners that started on that LU21. It should do a beginner nicely until he or she want a nicer one, if that time ever in fact comes. There are lots of info about that Lanikai online.

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2015 Les Paul Gibson Studio Electric Guitar

Is it just me or are these Gibson guitars becoming more and more a work of art rather than a workhorse instrument? For that kind of money why the hell would I want to risk any damage to it? I’d be best off protecting it by encasing it for display.  I tried testing one at musiansfriends and it’s hard to stop playing it. I really love it.  I chose an amp I never heard of before Line 6 Spider IV 120w . It’s a modeling amp. What that basically means is artists have put their presets into the amp so when you play their songs it will sound the same. I should of just bought a marshall half stack tube amp. But what do you do. Anyway back to the guitar. It’s a keeper. I will play it all the time, and will probably keep it for years after I buy one. I will play just about everything on it. It sound awesome playing metal, all the way down to G&R, or James Taylor. No complaints I’m sure you’ll love yours too.

Gibson is by far my favorite guitar company. It’s my favorite guitar to play because so many specs are literally PERFECT and it feels exactly like a guitar is supposed to feel.

2015 Les Paul Gibson Studio Electric Guitar

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Presonus MP20

I picked up a used Presonus MP20 for stupid cheap a couple of months ago and I really like it. I am aware of all the mods but I don’t think I’m going to touch this one. It sounds really good to my ears. Has a good thick sound with a nice sheen to it. I’ve tried this thing on acoustic guitar and vocals and boy am I impressed with it for the money. Anyone have any recommendations on other good uses? How do the Instrument inputs sound? Also want to say how often I’ve seen negative things about this unit and wonder why??? Maybe mine has mods that I’m not aware of but it sounds dang good!

For the Presonus MP20 should easily meet all needs. I do know people that still love their Presonus MP20. I have owned the MP-20 for about two months now, together with a Grace Design-101, a pair of racked Ward-Beck 470Ds, a Focusrite Penta, and a few other “minor players” (such as an Art tube MP, etc.). I love all four for different reasons, but can tell you that the MP-20 is a great unit and more versatile than all the others I have. For example, it is a perfect “stereo stand alone unit” and I plan to do a “live” recording using only two room mics through the MP-20 direct into a DAT.

Presonus MP20


HID Xenon Headlights

HID Xenon HeadlightsXenon lighting was, hands down, the best modification I ever made to my car. I changed from a reflector style housing to a projector. Some of the kits are really cheap and are more trouble than they’re worth. The difference between the xenon xtralights hid in my car and the non xenon lights in my wife’s vehicle is significant. They seem to work really well in the snow also, meaning that you do not get that effect where high beams are worse than low beams when they reflect off of the snow if that makes any sense. They are also great on flat roads.

I am really glad that I made this modification to my car. The factory hid lighting puts out about 4300k which is a white light, on the replacements I got 8000k and puts out a bluish color which is completely awesome.

HID Xenon Headlights



Custom Cut Seats and Cushions

Seat Cushion

I have used Foam Factory, Inc. to have some existing cushions replaced. They are a real store with a huge selection of fabrics and foams and such. They are also very good with web-based ordering as I ordered mine online.

They always appear to be very busy but their service was great and on time.

For those of you looking to replace chair or bench cushions or just looking to create a new room colour scheme with clever fabrics, Google Foam By Mail and you will find sofa cushion from here. They created some of the most beautiful outdoor cushions for me. And we later ordered a window seat cushion for indoors too. They shipped right here to us! Has anyone else had such a positive experience with them? They are amazing, aren’t they! We’ve needed something like this for a long time here. It’s affordable and high-end!

Seat Cushion