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2013 Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta ~ Spring Empowerment Summit: A SUCCESS!

2013-05-26

Though it rained heavily on May 4, 2013, the amazing women ventured out in the downpour to attend the 3rd Annual Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta ~ Spring Empowerment Summit — so they could get uplifted and inspired. From the feedback we’ve received, the ladies were not disappointed. The speakers were phenomenal and the forever fashionable Renée Knorr, Editor-in-Chief of My Beauti Network, did a blockbuster job hosting and producing the fashion show. Lisa Nicole Cloud’s ~ Lisa Nicole Collection was phenomenal! View the video below for the highlights. Thanks again to everyone who came out to help People You Need to Know Magazine make this summit a huge success. We look forward to seeing everyone again on April 12, 2014. Please save the date. Dr. Nedra Dodds ~ Opulence Aesthetic Medicine – Title Sponsor As a former model with vast international exposure, Founder and Medical Director of Opulence Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Dodds, has a true understanding of putting forth t [...]…

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Get READY for the Atlanta Black Family Expo ~ June 29-30, 2013

2013-05-26

The inaugural Atlanta Black Family Expo will be held June 29th-30th at the Georgia World Congress Center. This historical expo brings the African-American family and individuals together to experience seminars, entertainment and business opportunities. With the help of three television stations and three radio stations promoting this event, there will be 15,000 plus African-Americans celebrating the enduring strengths and traditional values of the African-American Family. Get Your Tickets! Lamont Stanley CEO & Founder KLS Direct Marketing, Inc. and Atlanta’s Black Family Expo, LLC _________________________ Lamont Stanley is the CEO of KLS Direct Marketing, Inc. – a national company based in Atlanta, Georgia and founder of Atlanta’s Black Family Expo LLC. Founded by Stanley in November 1999, KLS Direct Marketing, Inc. sends out advertisements aimed at African-Americans. One million African-Americans in major markets, including New York, California, Chicago and Atlanta, have [...]…

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Power Networking Event for WOMEN Business Owners at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

2012-08-12

On September 5, 2012, People You Need to Know Magazine, Atlanta’s official magazine uplifting women business owners, will host their End of Summer POWER Networking event for women business owners in metro Atlanta. This empowering networking event will be held at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead from 6-9 pm. Women business owners are invited to come out to inspire each other and make NEW business connections. This is a free event. Click here to RSVP. [...]…

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Dr. Benita Stephens Graces Inaugural Cover of PYNTK Magazine

2012-07-21

Dr. Benita Stephens, owner of Ciao Bella Center for Medical Weight Loss, will grace the inaugural cover of PYNTK Magazine ~ Businesswomen in the City … a NEW online media-rich publication, which will promote the beauty of metro Atlanta as well as the businesswomen who love it and contribute to its economic GROWTH. [...]…

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Dr. Benita Stephens Can Help You Lose Weight and Get Fit

2012-07-21

Benita Stephens, MD is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist with extensive training in Bariatric Medicine. As a high school athlete, she quickly realized the value of maintaining a proper weight and diet, and later went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Georgia. She then obtained a Doctor of Medicine degree from Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her residency training at Atlanta Medical Center. After being in private practice for a few years, she quickly realized the devastating effects of being overweight and the detrimental health outcomes associated with obesity. Dr. Stephens is committed to helping your journey take shape through a unique physician-endorsed and supervised weight loss program that is custom tailored to YOU in every way! Ciao Bella Center for Medical Weight Loss is located approximately 20 minutes from the Atlanta Airport in Newnan, Georgia. The initial consultation consist [...]…

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Highlights 2012 Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta - People You Need to Know Magazine

2012-05-17

People You Need to Know Magazine is dedicated to shining the spotlight on women business owners and recognizing their brilliance in metro Atlanta. Make plans to attend the 3rd Annual Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast on October 5, 2012 at the magnificent Georgian Terrace in downtown Atlanta. Purchase tickets at http://www.BusinessSuperstars.eventbrite.com. Come and connect with other powerful businesswomen, get uplifted and be inspired! [...]…

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Author Veronica Brooks Has Written New Book: Ninety Days to Start Gaining Wealth

2012-04-21

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but has lived in Jacksonville, Florida, for over 18 years, Veronica Brooks calls Florida her home station. Mrs. Veronica Brooks received an appointment in the Department of Defense in 2000. She completed an Associate of Arts degree in Political Science from Florida State College, Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and Dual Master’s degrees in Business Administration Management and Human Resource Management. Presently, she is serving as the Supervisory Contracting Officer at Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan. Her previous assignments include: Fleet Industrial Supply Command (FISC) Naval Regional Contracting Center in Manama, Bahrain, that consisted of contracts essential to meet Central Command (CENTCOM) requirements throughout the Middle East, Southwest Asia, East Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Department of Defense (DoD) activities in the United States; Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC) and Int [...]…

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Nicole Steele: From Broken to Brilliant - Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta

2012-04-21

Have you ever known better and actually wanted to do better, but didn’t have the stamina, focus or courage to make it better? Nicole Steele, author, speaker and Executive Director of  Diamond In The Rough, strongly believes that one of the biggest things that hold WOMEN back from fulfilling their God-given purpose and destiny, is having feelings of inadequacy. They also struggle with unworthiness, fear and regret that often come from having been broken at one point or another. At the 2012 Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta Summit, Steele shared a vivid account of her personal struggles in dealing with brokenness as well as insights and tips to help others go From Broken to Brilliant. Her presentation included: Suggestions on how to transform personal pain into purpose Identifying the six primary types of brokenness Ten (10) practical tips on living the life of brilliance that was created just for you If you missed the event or are interested in the full presentation, add the [...]…

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Dr. Nancy J. Williams Inspires Others to Reach Highest Potential

2012-03-24

Dr. Nancy, holistic doctor and CEO/Visionary of First Fruit Natural Healing Home, had a fear of heights, so she tackled that fear head-on by jumping out of a plane. “Initially it’s one of the most fearful and terrifying feelings you can have, hanging off the wing of a plane and then your instructor instructs you to let go,” she explains. “But once your parachute opens and you are gliding, you feel a peace and internal stillness come over you.” That wasn’t the first time Dr. Nancy faced down her fears and took a leap of faith. She worked for nearly 20 years as an air traffic controller, becoming the first African American female to be certified at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Although she was earning six figures, she walked away from her corporate job to follow her path of divine purpose. “I was going through a time with a lot of stress, sickness, and depression,” she says. “I started learning about the holistic approach to wellness and applying t [...]…

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2012 Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta | Helping Women Succeed in America

2012-03-17

When businesswoman gather together, amazing things happen. Just present them with a challenge and almost immediately, they will begin to work together to bring about a positive solution. Let us do what we can to support women business owners. Think about how you can contribute to their success in the work you already do. Can you make them more visible in the marketplace? Can you steer your network in their direction to support them financially? Do what you can, so women can support their families as well as their communities. Join us on April 14th at our 2nd Annual Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta event. This spring empowerment summit will leave the women with information they can USE to leap to the next level in their business. In addition, the new connections will be priceless and the inspiration will be immeasurable! We look forward to seeing you there. Buy your tickets today. http://www.SupportWomen.eventbrite.com [...]…

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April 14th ~ 2nd Annual Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta | Helping Women Succeed in America

2012-03-08

Ladies, It’s YOUR Time to Soar! Are you ready for a change? It’s almost time for the 2nd Annual Helping Women Succeed in Atlanta Spring Empowerment Summit! This women’s empowerment event will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Top Atlanta businesswomen will provide valuable information that will help you increase your PERSONAL POWER, so you can ultimately have the BEST year ever! This event is presented by People You Need to Know Magazine, Atlanta’s #1 magazine showcasing women business owners. Due to the success of last year’s program, we highly recommend that you buy your tickets early to ensure your chance to experience this life-changing event. You’re cordially invited to come out to hear and meet some of Atlanta’s most successful businesswomen. These inspiring women speakers regularly share their expert advice and information on radio, TV, in magazines, with celebrities, dignitaries and leading corporations. You’ll be able to obtain valuable information that ma [...]…

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Women Business Owners ~ 2011 Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast in Atlanta

2011-11-01

Women business owners are the key to the economic success of our country. On October 7th 2011, People You Need to Know Magazine hosted their 2nd Annual Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast. This awards breakfast is dedicated to shining the spotlight on ALL women business owners, celebrating their brilliance and recognizing their humanitarian contributions to society. Managing Director, president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and global head of Corporate Engagement has stated that “Ninety percent of all revenues that women gain in their enterprises are reinvested into society, into educating their children, into healthcare programs … it’s a very interesting moment in this issue of investing in women and in women’s empowerment globally.” At People You Need to Know Magazine, we feel honored to be in a position to help women get more exposure in the marketplace, thereby making a positive impact on their business success. We’d like to thank all of the attendees w [...]…

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People You Need to Know Magazine Business Superstar Awards

2011-10-30

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2011 People You Need to Know Magazine ~ 2nd Annual Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast

2011-10-20

People You Need to Know Magazine hosted their 2nd Annual Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast in Atlanta on October 7th. Their mission is to recognize unsung women business owners and give them recognition that will help them generate more business as they become more visible in the marketplace. People You Need to Know Magazine has been dedicated to showcasing and promoting small business owners for nearly 20 years via events, radio, web, and print advertising. Join the MOVEMENT to help them recognize women business owners. Visit http://www.SparkPlugPeople.com and subscribe to their newsletter. [...]…

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Briefcases & Stilettos Newspaper Features Business Owners in Atlanta

2011-09-11

People You Need to Know Magazine’s ~ Briefcases & Stilettos Newspaper is once again providing great exposure via 25,000 printed copies for business owners in metro Atlanta, giving them an opportunity to rise above the crowd and get widespread recognition for their products and services. We’re sorry, your browser doesn’t support IFrames. You can still visit this item., however.Enlarge this document in a new windowBriefcases & Stilettos [...]…

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Lisa Nicole Cloud to Speak at Business Superstars Awards Breakfast

2011-09-10

On October 7, 2011, get ready to be uplifted and inspired! People You Need to Know Magazine is pleased to announce that Past Business Superstar Award Honoree, Millionaire-Maker, Lisa Nicole Cloud, CEO of Elite Marketing Strategies, will be a featured speaker at the 2011 Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast. Her presentation is entitled, The POWER of Dreams! Lisa Nicole Cloud has been able to help people reach their financial goals and dreams, including five people who became self-made millionaires. She has also helped dozens to earn five-figure monthly incomes. Lisa’s secret: It’s all about the attitude. The path hasn’t been an easy one for Lisa. Eight years ago, she hit a low point in her life both financially and personally. After majoring in psychology/pre-med at Emory University and completing the prestigious Leadership Development Program at Johns Hopkins University, she was on the same insecure road as many Americans today, worrying she would be downsized fro [...]…

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October 7, 2011: Dr. Nancy J. Williams to Host 2nd Annual Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast

2011-08-21

On October 7, 2011, Dr. Nancy J. Williams will host Atlanta’s 2nd Annual Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast, presented by People You Need to Know Magazine — Atlanta’s #1 magazine showcasing women business owners. You’re invited to attend this exciting and entertaining networking event, which will honor all women who are in business and who are dedicated to community service. Dr. Nancy J. Williams is a world-renowned dynamic motivational speaker, educator, and author. She has presented keynote speeches, workshops and seminars around the world. Dr. Nancy enjoys traveling, sharing her story; from sickness to well-being, from depression to joy, from stress to peace, from lack to prosperity, and now inspires and empowers others to reach their highest potential through her speaking and teaching via live tele-conferences, television and radio. Prior to becoming a full-time professional business owner, speaker and educator, Dr. Nancy held one of the most presti [...]…

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Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast in Atlanta ~ Celebrating the Brilliance of Women in Business

2011-08-18

Let’s Celebrate the Brilliance of Women in Business on October 7, 2011! [...]…

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Community Fun Fest 2011 - Hillside International Chapel August 6-7

2011-08-05

The 40th Anniversary Committee of the Hillside International Chapel and Truth Center (Hillside), Inc. is sponsoring a Community Fun Fest on Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th, 2011 starting at 11 am each day. This community festival will attract Family and Friends from Hillside, neighboring churches, religious and civic organizations, and those living in the Southwest Atlanta area. The Community Fun Fest will feature entertainment, special presentations, kids play area, and a marketplace where vendors can set up. We are inviting you to participate in this event as a vendor, sponsor or presenter. Hillside has partnered with SWEEAC (Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center), a local charitable organization that provides emergency assistance to residents in Southwest Atlanta to expand the impact of the event. We are excited that SWEEAC will sponsor a clothing drive in conjunction with Hillside’s Community Fun Fest activities on both days. Along with being [...]…

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2011 Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast - October 7, 2011

2011-07-26

People You Need to Know Magazine will host their 2nd Annual Business Superstars’ Awards Breakfast at the Atlanta Marriott Downtown on Spring Street. Come and help us celebrate the Brilliance of Women in Business! http://www.WomenSuperstars.eventbrite.com [...]…

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Seafood Tasting & Business Mixer on July 19, 2011

2011-07-15

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People You Need to Know Magazine - Publication for Women Business Owners

2011-07-02

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Spark Plug ~ Motivational Speaker

2011-07-01

-Publisher of People You Need to Know Magazine- Spark Plug’s upbeat attitude, positive outlook on life, charismatic personality, and boundless energy have all contributed to his success in every sales arena. In 1984, while working for one of the nation’s leading sporting goods organizations, John Smith, the president, was so impressed with his sales ability, energy and enthusiasm that he bestowed upon him the nickname, “Spark Plug.”  It was a perfect match for his personality because another definition for spark plug is “a person who inspires or energizes”– and the rest is Spark Plug history. Spark Plug has sold everything from pots and pans from the trunk of his car to advertising space in business directories, magazines and newspapers. His many sales experiences and his opportunity to travel world-wide have both given him an opportunity to embrace, appreciate and connect with people from all walks of life. ACDelco, one of the world’s largest manufacturer [...]…

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People You Need to Know Magazine | Spark Plug Radio| Personal Branding

2011-06-28

Spark Plug: Welcome to People You Need to Know on Spark Plug Radio. I’m your host, Spark Plug, publisher of Metro Atlanta’s premier businesswomen’s spotlight magazine. At People You Need to Know Magazine, we’re proud to promote women in business and give them world-class recognition along the way. Tune in every week as we introduce you to some of the most knowledgeable, helpful and creative businesswomen in America. Our show today is brought to you by our new official corporate sponsor, Staples, “That was easy.” In this segment, we’re going to be talking about personal brand leadership, what is it, and why it should be important to you. My guest today is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and a graduate of Northwestern University. Currently, she is president of Atlanta-based Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group. They are a global consulting and leadership training company designed to empower and inspire individuals and enterprises to be great l [...]…

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People You Need to Know Magazine: Change is the Key to GROWTH

2011-06-27

Very few people actually love the element of change. It breaks up the monotony of life, causing us to slow down and pay close attention to what is going on in our surroundings. Life’s shifts will often bring unease and unrest to the lives of many. In business, change is definitely a fact of life. Today’s climate may have an employee working in the office today, but that same employee may be terminated tomorrow. Long gone are the days when corporations expected to keep an employee for years on end. That time has passed. Most people know that even if they are employed, they must work as the CEO of their own life because there are no guarantees and they must be prepared for whatever comes their way. When faced with change, our first response is usually resistance. We do this by fight or flight. Just tell your team members that something new is coming down the pipeline, and you’ll probably hear 10 reasons why the change should not take place. On the other hand, in extreme [...]…

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People You Need to Know Magazine Searching for Graphic Designers

2011-06-22

In our efforts to continue to provide our clients with top-notch service and a high-quality product in print, we’re working on taking our magazine to the next level. People You Need to Know Magazine, a publication showcasing women business owners, is currently in search of talented, proactive, creative graphic designers with flair and attention to detail. In our upcoming 2012 magazine, (Leading Ladies Edition) we are looking for someone who is already familiar with corporate layout and design that will capture the readers’ attention and motivate them to buy from our advertisers. Above all else, being easy to work with is paramount. Please submit at least 5 (five) samples in hi-res .pdf format to atlanta.mecca@gmail.com. Thank you, Jacqueline VP of Ideas People You Need to Know Magazine [...]…

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People You Need to Know Magazine Publisher Supports Women in Business

2011-06-21

Not many men are willing to say that WOMEN are smarter than men, but People You Need to Know Magazine (PYNTK) publisher, Anthony “Spark Plug” Thomas, isn’t one of them. His business magazine shines the spotlight on the education, talent, beauty and brilliance of women. “After working with women in professional settings for more than 25 years, I’ve found women are smarter than men,” he says without apology. “They are better leaders, better team players, more creative, better listeners, more willing to work for the greater good, and more likely to share their wealth, time, knowledge, information, and ideas. In addition, women are using their female advantage to create millions of jobs.” For anyone who contests Spark Plug’s point of view, good luck. Statistics convincingly back him up. According to Forbes.com, women are America’s new job-creating power force. There are 9.1 million women-owned businesses which employ 27.1 million people and contribute an astounding 3.6 [...]…

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Why The World Will Always Need Music ~ Tracey Roper

2011-06-21

We human beings are emotional creatures. We are moved by creativity, and we have the inherent drive to be creative ourselves. We are instinctually drawn to rhythm. The measures and the melodies we prefer might differ, but our fascination with them is universal. Before we ever draw our first breath of air, we are soothed by the rhythmic sound of our mother’s heartbeat while inside the womb. Practically every person we may come across will have their favorite music that inspires them, but we would be hard pressed to find someone with the capacity to hear and feel it, who does not enjoy any form of music at all. How bland and dull life would be without music. It is a phenomenon that is able to powerfully stir our emotions. It impacts us on numerous levels; emotionally, socially, spiritually and physiologically. It is quite amazing how something that cannot be seen or physically grasped can have such a profound impact on our senses. Like the wind that rustles the leaves on [...]…

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Nancy Lewis Hosts Transforming Women Entrepreneurs Event in Atlanta

2011-06-10

When women gather together to talk about business, you’d better believe there will be excitement in the air and you will leave with some valuable information that can be applied immediately. Once again, this held true on June 3, 2011. The Commerce Club, Atlanta’s elegant and stylish meeting place for people who are making things happen in the metro area was the site for the quarterly Transforming Women Entrepreneurs (TWE) symposium presented by Progressive Techniques, Inc. Nancy Lewis, (pictured above) the Founder of TWE and the President of Progressive Techniques, Inc., was the host of this much-anticipated and inspiring quarterly event, especially designed to help women entrepreneurs succeed. Nancy is one of the newest members of the People You Need to Know Magazine Network of first-class women-owned businesses in metro Atlanta. Her company, Progressive Techniques Inc., is a leader in “Developing a Better You” and her A-list clients such as Delta Airlines, AT&T, [...]…

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Briefcases & Stilettos Newspaper - An Introduction

2011-04-07

At People You Need to Know, we truly believe old fashioned plain paper print media will disappear when paper cease to exist. Large newspapers may be on the decline, but people still have an interest in positive local news that can help them become healthier, wealthier and wiser. The beauty of the online edition is that it’s optimized to go to the websites within the newspaper, giving advertisers even more exposure. Our introduction of the Briefcases & Stilettos Newspaper is already getting plenty of buzz around metro Atlanta in the print edition. Now … you can view it online. When you do business with any of our advertisers, please let them know that you found them here. Stay tuned for our next edition. Celebrating WOMEN in business and recognizing the MEN who support them, ~Jacqueline Thomas, VP of Ideas People You Need to Know Magazine We’re sorry, your browser doesn’t support IFrames. You can still visit this item., however.Enlarge this document in a new [...]…

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All Eyes On Egypt

2011-02-08

Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images As we enter the month of February, a month dedicated to the remembrance of our pilgrimage from being enslaved in the land of the FREE … a pilgrimage that still has open wounds … wounds that have been hard to heal … we cannot afford to turn our heads or close our eyes to what is happening in Egypt. The piercing words which Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail are still warm and will never grow cold. He reminded us that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” We cannot turn away from the horror we’ve witnessed in Egypt. Blood-soaked clothing of people on the streets, screams of those who are injured and in excruciating pain, those wrapped in sheets in the morgues, or the thousands upon thousands camped out, calling fo [...]…

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Women’s Business Superstar Awards

2010-08-20 :: Spark Plug & Jacqueline Benjamin-Thomas

Pre-registration Only. Come out and meet many of metro Atlanta’s Leading WOMEN in business such as … Bonnie Ross Parker, Founder/CEO of The Joy of Connecting Lisa Nicole Cloud, CEO of Elite Marketing Strategies Stormy Wellington, Platinum President / Ardyss International Rebecca McClain, CEO of RM Enterprises Lori Manns, CEO of Quality Media Consultant Group LaWanda Brokenborough, Founder/CEO of Aerobics Delivered Dr. Shai Hall, President of The Dental Spa Dr. Karen Mills, President of Advantage Dental Dr. Danielle Greene, President of Fabulous Smiles of Atlanta & Creator of Kissable Toothpaste Margarita Ayes, President/CEO of the Hispanic Marketing Group Dahlys Hamilton , Founder/CEO of Metro Atlanta Business Network Janelle Hamilton, Managing Partner - Metro Atlanta Business Network And many MORE People You Need to Know!!! [...]…

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Dear Subscribers and Visitors - We Have Moved

2010-07-01

Loyal subscribers, we appreciate your readership. We have moved to a NEW home. http://SparkPlugPeople.com Please update your Feeds. http://www.sparkplugpeople.com/feed/rss/ We look forward to meeting you there. Take a moment to look around our OFFICIAL site and see what you’ve been missing. - Jacqueline [...]…

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Dr. Danielle Greene - Person of the Week

2010-06-29

Born in Queens, New York, Dr. Danielle Greene is a pioneer in the dental industry. A leading African-American woman in the field, Dr. Greene’s perseverance led her to achieve her goals, including owning an expanding, client-focused practice and developing a line of oral care products. Dr. Greene graduated with honors from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She was then selected to be Fullbright Scholar, a prestigious that allowed her to continue her studies at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Following her studies abroad, she successfully completed the prestigious graduate studies program at the University of Maryland Dental School with honors and went on to establish her practice in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Greene’s commitment to her clients’ oral health, educating the public and building self-esteem and general well-being resulted in her latest professional creation, “Kissable”, a designer line of oral care products. Initially available onl [...]…

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Turning Two - My Blogoversary | Atlanta Blog

2010-03-10

On March 11, 2008, I started blogging for People You Need to Know. I didn’t have any major goals in mind, I simply wanted to give Atlanta business owners and professionals more visibility online. I have succeeded. What I’m most grateful for is the fact that Podbean.com made it easy. Thanks Podbean. Not too long ago, I started another blog to further expand what I began here. Yes … I’m still committed to giving Atlanta business owners and professionals great exposure via my blog. It’s just something I love to do. So please feel free to visit me at my new site. A few people have asked me if I’ll shut this particular blog down, the answer is no. I like the comfort that I find here. It’s where it all began. Thank you for visiting and reading what I have to post. Your presence has been greatly appreciated. I look forward to another year of promoting business owners and professionals in metro Atlanta. - Jacqueline [...]…

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Get Body Beautiful - Andrea Riggs

2010-01-23

Meet Andrea Riggs Body Beautiful Expo - Cobb Galleria January 30, 2010 FREE PARKING Andrea Riggs Can Get Your Audience’s Body Beautiful! (404) 983-1733 (phone) andrea@getbodybeautiful.com Bio: Andrea Riggs- Andrea aka “Ms. Body Beautiful”, is a dynamic personality, national lifestyle and wellness expert, fitness guru, celebrity trainer, magazine columnist, TV personality, radio host, product spokesperson, entrepreneur, nutrition product developer, wife and mother. Andrea and her husband, Michael Riggs, American Family Insurance Corporate Executive, recently moved to their dream home in Atlanta Georgia. She is a mother to a 6 year old girl, Amani and 4 year old boy, Malcolm. Body Beautiful, a minority and women owned company founded in 1998, helps women of color achieve better health through lifestyle, nutrition and fitness. Body Beautiful focuses on health and wellness campaigns for corporate and community groups, the production of high energy fitness content for TV and distrib [...]…

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SparkPlugPeople.com - Our New Home!

2010-01-15

Finally, we are ready for visitors at SparkPlugPeople.com! It has been quite a journey, but as always, we were determined to move forward. There’s nothing more rewarding than to complete a project and then be ready and willing to take on more challenging ones. This site was our first blog. We had no idea that it would bloom and grow into such a beautiful flower. With that being said, we’d like to thank all of you who stopped by to say hello or read our posts, especially our friends from Entrecard!!!  We’d also like to thank Podbean.com for introducing us to blogging. And for helping us get comfy in our new place, we’re giving a special thanks to Mama Asid at RecycledFrockery.com. As we continue to move forward, we will take your kindness and thoughtfulness with us.   [...]…

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We’re Moving!

2010-01-04

Yes, we’re moving! We’re so excited because in just a few days, we’ll launch our new blog at SparkPlugPeople.com. From time to time, we’ll still post here for sentimental reasons; nevertheless, we must journey onward. We’ll also be launching our brand new publication in June called, Spark Plug People, showcasing business people who inspire, so stay tuned. Thank you all for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. We really appreciate those of you who have subscribed to this blog.  It is our hope that you will follow us to our next destination because we have an exciting layout, and we’re looking forward to providing great information, just for YOU. If you haven’t seen our showcase of 2010 Business Professionals of the Year … take a peek. No matter what happens … always move forward, People You Need to Know, Inc. [...]…

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Happy New Year!

2010-01-01

As many of us have already discovered, happiness is really a condition of the heart. Whatever your dreams may be, I hope you can keep your heart in the mix, for it is then that your joy will spring forth and be as refreshing as water on dry desert sand. It is then that your thirst will be quenched, you’ll find the inner peace you’re searching for and your days will flourish. So . . . as you break open this new package, this new marker of time that is given to us, I hope you follow your heart and find joy along the path. Most of all, may you never lose the desire to share your joy with someone else.  As the seconds, minutes and days continue to zoom by, please remember, you hold the key to your own happiness. Believe it. Best wishes from People You Need to Know!! [...]…

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2009 Year-End Tax Tips

2009-12-28

As the holidays are quickly upon us, I’m sure the last thing you are thinking about are your taxes. But taking a moment to assess your tax situation NOW could pay off big in 2010. Here are some year-end tax tips that could drastically change your tax situation. Tips for Business Owners: Get Current. One of the most important tax tips I can give is to make sure your accounting is up-to-date. It is important that you have a complete understanding of your financial situation. Scheduling a year-end planning session with your accountant is a good idea and a good start. Procrastinate. I know this may sound crazy, but hear me out. If (and only if) your cash flow can sustain it, then wait until January to bill those end of the year clients. Any cash you receive in December must be included on your 2009 tax return as income, but if you wait just a few more days you can defer payment of taxes on that income for another year. Shop ‘til you drop. Purchase items that your business will need [...]…

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Medical Community Gets Paid To Go Digital

2009-11-29

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Investing Mistakes: What To Avoid - Kevin Turner

2009-11-29 :: Spark Plug & Jacqueline Benjamin-Thomas

When it comes to investing your hard earned money, how knowledgeable are you? As president of Peak Level Advisors, Kevin Turner, “Your Personal Wealth Navigator” uses the problem solving skills he learned in engineering to provide financial planning solutions for individuals and business owners across metro Atlanta. Tune in as he shares valuable information that can help you keep more of your money so you can have a wealthier and happier retirement. All Securities through Money Concepts Capital Corp., Member FINRA/SIPC…World Headquarters: 11440 North Jog Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418, Phone: 561-472-2000 [...]…

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Dr. Larona Gore - Chiropractor

2009-11-26

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Attorney Katherine L. Wright

2009-11-14

Katherine L. Wright began her legal career as the prosecuting attorney for the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement program in Pensacola, Florida. Attorney Wright is familiar with and well-versed in a variety of family law related matters, including, the establishment of paternity and/or child support, child support modification, divorce, child custody and/or visitation, and guardianships. Attorney Wright also handles estate planning, which includes wills and trusts, and probate. She can be reached at 404-624-7447. Education: Florida State University, Finance and Real Estate, B.S., Florida State University College of Law, J.D. Bar Admissions: The Florida Bar, State of Georgia Bar Professional Memberships: American Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta [...]…

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New Faces Of PYNTK

2009-11-01

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Attorney Jermane Wright Joins The Network

2009-10-24

Attorney Jermane Wright concentrates his practice in the areas of wills and probate, personal injury, bankruptcy, as well as personal and business income tax matters. He is a Florida licensed Certified Public Accountant, and prior to attending law school, he practiced in public accounting. Born in Pensacola, Florida, Attorney Wright received his education as follows: Florida State University, Accounting, B.S., 1996 Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2005 University of Florida, LL.M. in Taxation, 2006 We’re proud to welcome Attorney Jermane Wright to the Network. Look for his company in the next issue of People You Need to Know. Atlanta Office 752 Moreland Ave. S.E., Suite 7 Atlanta, GA 30316 (Phone) 404-624-7447 Pensacola Office 301 North Barcelona Street Pensacola, FL 32501 (Phone) 850-380-2426 [...]…

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Dr. Larona Gore To Grace PYNTK Cover

2009-10-15

Dr. Larona Gore was born in Brooklyn, New York, but spent the majority of her childhood in North Carolina. She is a 1992 graduate of Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where she received her BS degree in Business Administration. She is also a graduate of Life University Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia, where she received her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in 2008. Dr. Gore is the owner and Chiropractic physician at the New Life Chiropractic & Wellness Center, LLC of Marietta. Currently, Dr. Gore is a member and associate minister at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. She is also the President and CEO of Larona Johnson Gore Ministries, a non-profit organization, and has produced various gospel music projects. Dr. Gore has traveled throughout the country ministering the word of God in word and song. She produced and was featured in a 30 minute television show, the “Larona Gore Gospel Special” that a [...]…

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Pristine Technology Solutions, Inc. Joins Network

2009-10-15

Lenny Swinson is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of Executive IT Project Management experience in corporate America. He now brings that knowledge and outstanding customer service ethics to the Healthcare IT Industry. His company, Pristine Technology Solutions, Inc. is comprised of a group of Independent Consultants, that provide education on the HITECH Act, Electronic Medical Record implementations, and qualified and certified Electronic Medical Record affordable solutions. Pristine Technology Solutions, Inc. offers a host of Health Care IT Services tailored to fit the needs of organizations. Their spectrum of IT Healthcare services range from day-to-day management to strategic long-term planning of IT infrastructures. They provide Pre-Implementation support, Training, and Post Installation support. Through their consultative processes and approach, they tailor their services to fit your unique needs. Pristine will work with your practice to select an EMR solution that will give yo [...]…

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Getting Other People To Say Your Name

2009-10-14

Who is going to know that your business exists unless YOU tell them about it, render the type of service and quality to get others talking about it or pay someone else to get the word out for you? And the quickest way to do that is to invest - yes, invest - in advertising. But where should you advertise and how much of it should you do? How much should you spend? How often should you advertise? What form should it take? Lots of questions. Let’s look at some of the answers. And please note: Every advertising plan is unique, so these answers are just possibilities - suggestions - and should not be construed as YOUR plan. You will need to investigate the possibilities for your product and your target market and come up with your own plan before you begin. Where you advertise depends on your type of business and the area you want to cover. You might choose local magazines and newspapers, or publications that are distributed free at local supermarkets and other retail and private outlets [...]…

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Smart Small Business Marketing Strategies

2009-10-13 :: Spark Plug & Jacqueline Benjamin-Thomas

Looking for some small business marketing strategies that can help you succeed? Tune in to this wonderful and inspiring interview with Ms. Melanie Robinson. Marketing Cafe owner, Melanie Robinson, is a guiding light for small business owners, no matter their challenges, no matter their budget. With an MBA and a passion for entrepreneurship, this Atlanta Marketing guru, along with her team of professionals at Marketing Cafe bring over 40 years of experience from major corporations, ad agencies and marketing firms. Her team will put their years of corporate experience to work for your small business and help you move to the next level. Ms. Robinson believes real marketing success requires that a company understand your company at its core; who you are, your core values, your company’s personality and your short and long-term goals and expectations. Her company does this through a unique set of activities that translate into a four-step approach: 1. Educate: arm entrepreneurs with valu [...]…

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eBay Craze: Taxable or Not? - Bernadette Johnson-Hairl

2009-10-12

If you are anything like me, you love eBay! At one point in my life, I was hooked on eBay. In fact, I was on a first name basis with the UPS carrier. I’ve bought brand new shoes, leather coats and even textbooks on eBay! My ten year old daughter even makes her way to the site every now and then to “check-out” the deals. But I’m not just an online shopper; I’ve also had some luck in unloading an item or two. It beats having a garage sale and hoping someone will show up. We all have something better to do with our Saturdays. eBay and other online auction sites are still today’s hottest trends. And if you’re like me and many other Americans, you may have caught the online auction bug. Whether you are posting unwanted items from your attic or basement or have intentions of becoming a virtual entrepreneur, you should be aware of the tax rules that apply to your sales proceeds. So I’m sure you are asking, what’s the deal? Is it taxable or not? Well, the old bab [...]…

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Social Media Vs Traditional Marketing

2009-10-04

Recently, I came across a blog article about how social media marketing can recession-proof your business. Interesting, I thought. All I have to do is join the social media bandwagon and my business will be sure to grow despite the economical issues surrounding all other businesses on the planet. Well, I just had to read further. As I read the blog article, I found that the content didn’t really tell me what I thought it would. It merely gave two steps to take to get involved in the social media landscape. First, monitor what is being said about you and second, begin networking - online. What the article failed to mention, however, is that social media alone is not the final word in marketing these days. It’s not the ONLY way to market either. Social media should be used as a companion method of marketing alongside your traditional marketing mediums such as newspaper ads, print mailers, phone book, flyers, joining the Chamber of Commerce, participating in face-to-face netw [...]…

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People You Need to Know On Twitter

2009-09-21

If you had told me a few months ago that I would be stuck on Twitter, I would have told you that you were definitely reading me wrong. But over the past few weeks, I’ve really been enjoying this micro-blogging service and its benefits. Yes, I’m a Twitter Fan. So who’s responsible for my new micro-blogging adventure? The credit goes to @AYellowHouse. I was very hesitant about joining, but Dori convinced me to jump in and give it a try. So…a couple of months later, I gathered up the courage to take the plunge and I’ve become a better person because of it. The people who have helped me grow are too numerous to mention and I’m very thankful for each and every one of them. One of my favorite benefits is the fact that you can talk in real-time to anyone in the world. From authors, CEOs, activists, musicians, graphic designers, you name the profession, there’s someone you can talk to 24 hours a day and seek advice. Another great benefit it offers is that it actually [...]…

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Businesses Reach Out to Woman Beaten at Cracker Barrel

2009-09-17

On September 9, 2009, Morrow police were called to the Cracker Barrel Restaurant on Southlake Plaza Drive at 7:30 p.m. It was reported that a woman had been savagely beaten by a man, 6′2″, 215 pounds. Her seven-year-old daughter had chosen the Cracker Barrel Restaurant as a place for them to go and have a nice meal, but as most of us now know, they never even had a chance to sit down. Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing!” Anthony ‘Spark Plug’ Thomas, a local motivational speaker, and publisher of People You Need to Know, decided to do something and launch what he calls a day of Joy & Pampering for the mother and daughter. After hearing about this in the media, he believed that the metro Atlanta business community would want to do something collectively to reach out to Ms. Hill and her young daughter, who was also traumatized. So, he contacted several local businesses and most were eager to [...]…

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Etiquette Is More Than Just Table Manners

2009-09-13

Sherry Thomas is a leading Etiquette and Life Skills Expert. She credits her attention to manners to her Southern upbringing and to her wonderful mother who placed her into Etiquette classes at an early age. Coupled with her Psychology training at Clemson University, she brings real life situations to real people. She has worked with many people that you see on television each week in the areas of Etiquette, Public Speaking, Image Consulting, Media /Press Coaching and Life Skills. She often incorporates video into her training, affording a client the opportunity to view ‘befores’ and ‘afters’. Video, she says, is the only way for us to see ourselves as the world does. Sherry believes that proper Etiquette in all areas of our lives is an integral part of how we’re perceived, thus affecting our advancement in the workplace and our overall well being. She has coined the phrase Public Persona Optimization, meaning that if you practice certain techniques long enough in order to m [...]…

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Aurelia Flores - Founder Of Powerful Latinas.com

2009-09-02 :: Spark Plug & Jacqueline Benjamin-Thomas

Aurelia Flores founded PowerfulLatinas.com in 2007 as a company that would gather together Latina women to learn from and share with one another. In particular, she was interested in successful Latina women who have overcome obstacles to provide inspiration to others and remind them that anything is possible. PowerfulLatinas.com launched its first project, an interview series, to compile a storehouse of wisdom from Latinas who have reached successful peaks in their lives. The project is an exciting one and geared to provide inspiration, personal growth and motivation for Latinas and others nationwide. The goal is to motivate and inspire women – young, old, and everything in between– to learn from others’ life lessons. Her own life story being one of inspiration, Aurelia understands what it means to overcome obstacles. After becoming pregnant at 15, she graduated from high school a year early and went immediately to college where she received her B.A. in Sociology. She received h [...]…

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Ingrid Priscilla Wiggberg Joins The Network

2009-08-27

Born in Staten Island, New York, Ingrid Priscilla Wiggberg moved to Georgia in 1991. The combination of the witty and wise New Yorker teachings of her parents and the sweet, Southern hospitality of her childhood gave her the best of both worlds, and shaped her into who she is today. Ingrid began her college career at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She completed her degree in Communications at Oglethorpe University. A new business owner, and founder of The Party Makers, Ingrid Priscilla Wiggberg is quickly making a good name for herself and her company in the metro Atlanta area. Her future goal is to have event planning businesses in many other cities along the East Coast, including New York. Her late mother who passed away about five years ago is her main inspiration for deciding to pursue the event planning business. Ingrid’s mother is sorely missed by her family and friends and she is most remembered for her talent as a great hostess and fabulous entertainer. Exci [...]…

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Highlights ~ Festival Peachtree Latino

2009-08-25

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Festival Peachtree Latino - 2009

2009-08-20

The mission of Festival Peachtree Latino is to serve as an integrating path between Hispanic audiences and businesses, fostering development, strengthening commercial relationships, and culturally responding to the modern and traditional activities of their community. The first thing that is evident when arriving at Festival Peachtree Latino is its sheer size! Although a majority of visitors are Hispanic, people of all cultures attend Underground Atlanta to watch or participate in the festivities. This demonstrates that the Festival is an excellent resource to reach out to new customers. It is a great opportunity to showcase your products or services to all who attend, while enjoying a cultural experience of music, food and other exciting activities that the Festival has to offer. Two stages featuring international performances, a parade, exhibition booths and an arts & crafts showcase are held in the Underground Atlanta area. In only 5 years, Festival Peachtree Latino has become [...]…

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The Value Of Face-To-Face Marketing

2009-08-16

Even though we are literally wrapped up in the age of emails, blogs, video conferencing, streaming videos, podcasts, Twitter, Facebook, etc., there are still throngs of people who prefer basic face-to-face marketing or networking instead of online social networks. For instance, your initial business contact with Spark Plug, publisher of People You Need to Know, would probably never be through an online social network, but on the phone or face-to-face. He prefers the old school way of communicating. He says it helps him get to the heart of the matter more quickly when it comes to doing business. On the other hand, I’m ashamed to admit that I’m addicted to Twitter. Though I enjoy events, meeting face-to-face to do business is a last resort because I believe I can do everything I need to do online. So, considering the various habits and social preferences of people, there is still a large audience looking to meet primarily at Expos, conventions and other events. The sp [...]…

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Celebrity Trainer Gets You Fit In 90 Days!

2009-08-15

I am often asked how to lose weight quickly and easily. Of course no one wants to listen to a lecture on the importance of healthy eating coupled with a solid exercise routine. That would preclude the quick and easy part. So in a world where two thirds of all adults are overweight or obese, and some [...]…

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Leveraging The Power Of Facebook - Lisa Sawyer

2009-08-12

When Facebook first came online back in 2004, I viewed it, as I know many other people did, as a personal communication site for the college age demographic. I remember my daughter telling me about being “face-booked” by a childhood friend who had moved away, or a former classmate who had gone to college in [...]…

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