Sunday, August 30, 2009

Labor Day

United States or Soviet?Image by Jo Peattie via Flickr

September seems to be a transitional month. Summer has ended, school is back in session, and fall and the holidays are just around the corner. Most think of Labor Day as the last Hoorah of Summer and is probably the most remembered holiday of September. According to The U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. With the given economic times, those who have work, are truly thankful. And given the economic times, it presents a lot of opportunities for those with an entrepreneur spirit. For it is the small business owner we have to thank for usually pulling us out of these economic challenges. So when you need a product or service, try and do business with the small business owner vs. the big box store.

One notable holiday this month and certainly worthy of sending a greeting card is Grandparents Day on September 13. I read a wonderful quote by Jim Rohn the other day which I think is very appropriate for this day, '"Never let anyone you care about walk out to an empty mailbox!" If your grandparents are no longer around, honor someone else's on this special day or stop by a Senior Living Home and spend some time.

And lastly in for our list of holidays are the quirky ones from Wellcat. They always bring a few chuckles. However, there are a few listed below on the traditional Earth Calendar that seem a little humorous to me, like it's National Cholesterol Education Month, but they don't list that September the 5th is International Bacon Day. Oh and here's a good one, it's National Bed Check Month. Seems like this one would have been started by a summer camp counselor or a DI. Just makes you wonder.

From the Earth Calendar


Patriot Day


Grandparents Day


Mayflower Day


Stepfamily Day


Citizenship Day


National Stepfamily Day


Talk Like a Pirate Day


American Business Women's Day


National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Month Observances

Home and Sports Eye Safety Month - Prevent Blindness America
Latino Heritage Month - KQED
Baby Safety Month - Juvenile Products Manufacturers Assoc.
Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month - Lone Star Publications of Humor
Cholesterol Education Month - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Classical Music Month - Classical Music Coalition
Cold and Flu Campaign - American Lung Assoc.
Library Card Sign-Up Month - American Library Assoc.
National Bed Check Month - The Better Sleep Council
National Chicken Month - National Broiler Council
National Honey Month - National Honey Board
National Literacy Month - Literacy Volunteers of America
National Piano Month - National Piano Foundation
National Rice Month - USA Rice Council
Organic Harvest Month - Committee for Sustainable Agriculture
Pediculosis Prevention Month - National Pediculosis Assoc.
Sickle Cell Awareness Month - Sickle Cell Disease Assoc.
National Sewing Month - Home Sewing Association

First Full Week

Sobriety Checkpoint Week - M.A.D.D

Third Week

Balance Awareness Week - Vestibular Disorders Assoc.
National Farm Animals Awareness Week - The Humane Society of the US
National Adult Day Care Center Week - National Institute on Adult Day Care
Reye's Syndrome Awareness Week - National Reye's Syndrome Assoc.
National Singles Week - Singles Press Assoc.

Fourth Week

Banned Books Week - American Library Assoc.
Constitution Week - National Constitution Center
National Food Services Workers Week - Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island

Last Week

National Dog Week - Dog World magazine

Last Two Weeks

Hispanic Heritage Month - Education World

Sept 9 Wonderful Weirdos Day -- All of us are blessed with one or two wonderful weirdos in our lives. These are the folks who remind us to think outside the box, to be a little more true to ourselves. Today's the day to thank them. So give them a hug, and say "I love you, you weirdo!"
Sept 11 Remember Freedom Day -- A reminder to all that freedom never comes cheaply. Study it, preserve it, and pass it on.
Sept 17 Time's Up Day --So you think you have years to make up with your sister? Months to reach out to Mom? Forget it! You're not even guaranteed a tomorrow. Do it today.
Sept 22 Dear Diary Day -- Put it on paper. You’ll feel better. No need to be a professional writer.
Sept 28 Fish Tank Floorshow Night -- All year the fish and other denizens of the tank have to stay under the spotlight and keep us entertained. Well, turnabout is fair play. Gather family and friends ‘round the aquarium and dance and sing. Try La Mer, Sea Of Love, or even Swan Lake.

Post a comment of any holidays that we fail to list.

Hope you have a Super September!

In gratitude,
Painted Lady Enterprises
"Helping You and Your Business Look Good"


Thursday, August 6, 2009

42 Rules for Effective Connections

I am thrilled to officially announce that the collaborative book, 42 Rules for Effective Connections, is ready for purchase. Co-authored by CEO and Founder of The Joy of Connecting, Bonnie Ross Parker and Cindy Elsberry of Bumble Bee Virtual Assistant Services with contributions from The Joy of Connecting community. I know you will feel the same pride I feel when you see it for yourself. I am one of the contributing authors. My chapter is titled ‘Keeping in Touch.’

Here is a little about the book:

Tired of the same ‘ole networking chatter? Do you think anyone is really listening to what you have to say? Wish you were somewhere else? If you have to network to grow your business and find yourself spending money going to events, meeting as many people as possible and returning to the office with a handful of business cards without the results you want, you can benefit from the strategies presented in 42 Rules for Effective Connections.

For anyone who wants to improve communication, get better results in any networking environment and alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes from building a business where you have to go out to meet potential customers - 42 Rules for Effective Connections is a must-read. The contributors provide a broad range of strategies that make the difference between networking that is ‘hit and miss’ versus networking that hits the bull’s eye. If you are serious about growing your business and simply are missing the mark on how to make your behavior stand out or if you are achieving success already and want to step up your game, this book will open the door to new possibilities.

There are literally thousands of networking organizations available for anyone wanting to participate. This book is not about which meeting to attend; this book is about how to get better results when you get there! In this book you will learn:

• How to position yourself in a crowded marketplace
• How to start conversations
• What to say to make yourself memorable
• How to insure that others will want to do business with us
• What can we do to improve our performance

Click Here to order your copy today. They retail for $19.95. They are also available as an E-book for $11.95. I would also be happy to personalize and sign your copy for you.

Happy Effective Connecting,
Painted Lady Enterprises
"Helping You and Your Business Look Good"


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Monday, August 3, 2009

And the Winner is.....

In July I made the offer to give away Chocolate Brownies. In order to be eligible to win you had to send a free greeting card. I am pleased to announce that Lanell of Atlanta will be receiving decadent Chocolate Brownies in her mailbox very soon. Lanell is a make up artist and says she will be using the greeting card system for business to send personalized thank yous to her clients and hostesses and personally, she can use them to send greetings to family and friends.

There are over 14,000 greeting cards to choose from. There were over 500 new ones added just last month. Cards for every conceivable occasion. And also gifts for everyone on your gift list. A record was set in June with over 40,000 gifts sent. Chocolate Brownies is just one of many gifts that can be sent with your greeting card. No going to the store or to the post office. Just a few mouse clicks and your greeting cards and gifts are on their way.

Is your mouth watering just thinking about Chocolate Brownies? Well I've decided to make this offer again for the month of August. In order for you to be entered in the drawing for your very own Chocolate Brownies go to and register for a Free Greeting Card Gift account. You will receive a link to the website to send two free greeting cards. These are real cards, not E-Cards. You select your cards, personalize your cards, even add digital photos, click send, and we will print and mail your cards anywhere in the world where postal mail can be delivered. I'm sure there is someone you need to send a card to, i.e. Thank You, Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Congratulations, Just Because, Thinking of you, etc.

Try it today and see how quick and easy it is to send a card and a whole lot cheaper than going to the store. Maybe you'll be my next lucky winner.

Good Luck,
Painted Lady Enterprises
"Helping You and Your Business Look Good"



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