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Contemporary Business Solutions

Volume #52

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Startup Weekend Des Moines Debrief

Earlier this month I had the amazing opportunity to participate in Startup Weekend Des Moines. I’ve been told by several people that I should check it out – the stars aligned this year and I was able to go.

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skill sets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.”

Each participant attends Startup Weekend with different goals:

  • Work collaboratively with a team

  • Develop an idea that turns into a viable business

  • Network with the brightest minds of Des Moines

Read what I learned and how our group finished after the final pitches

New European-style vinegar, oil, liqueur, spirits and wine shop opening soon in DM

I just have to share this new business that's coming to town because it started in Germany (I lived there for 2 years after college) in 1994, has 250 stores all over the world AND it's opening in the Shops at Roosevelt at the end of March. Vom Fass, “from the cask” is going to be my new go-to store for anything that comes from a cask. What a great idea!

Read the entire Des Moines Register article to see why I'm so excited

6 Must-Have Social Plugins for Your WordPress Blog

These plugins are easy to install and will add a real boost to your WordPress blog. If you're going to take the time to write and maintain a blog, you'd best be getting everything out of that content that you can:

Digg Digg – incorporates all of your social sharing buttons into a customizable bar that sits on the top or side of each blog post for easy sharing.

All in One SEO Pack – resides in your WordPress dashboard at the bottom of each post and lets you enter your own custom title, description and keywords.

Facebook Social Plugins – since Facebook makes regular changes, your best bet is to use their social plugins.

Photo Dropper – free plugin that aggregates creative commons images and makes them available to you from directly within your WP dashboard.

Hello Bar – adds a little bar to the top of your website where you can add content

InboundWriter – social writing application that analyzes sample copy against websites you've chosen, and recommends relevant keywords for you to focus on.


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Suzanne Hull

Get It Done Girl”

Contemporary Business Solutions

Business Solutions

As the "Get It Done Girl", I help small businesses become more efficient by offering a variety of services on an as-needed basis:
  • Social Media Coaching and Community Management
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Event Planning and Conference Management
  • General Business Support
  • Basic Website Development
  • German/Spanish Translation & German Tutoring
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I have office hours on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Smokey Row from 9-11am. I set aside this time to answer people's questions regarding social media, their websites, general marketing, starting their own business and anything else they want to talk about. FOR FREE!


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About Stein's Way Suzanne is a Des Moines transplant who has realized the Power of being a Free Agent. Well-versed in many and varied skills, she has a passion for helping organizations and people achieve their potential. Suzanne = wife, traveler, multi-linguist, triathlete and cook.


My lucky day was when I met Suzanne Hull at a local coffee shop for one of her no-charge Office Hours sessions. I told her my social media failures and frustrations as well as what my vision was for how this could be a part of my marketing. Suzanne put together a step-by-step action plan on paper for my business. Since that day several months ago, going at a pace I could manage, Suzanne has coached me in how to use Twitter, Facebook, my Blog, LinkedIn and an E-newsletter to further my business. I have seen measureable, positive results in new customers finding my business and with how my business is positioned in my target market. I feel confident I can use the tools Suzanne has shown me to keep my Social Media presence positive and growing.

Patrick Van Nice,
Patrick Van Nice Interiors

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