Breaking Even: 2010 In Review

It’s been awhile since I’ve written my ‘this week in business’ series. A few large things that have happened in 2010 just to recap (some new stuff, some not so new stuff): I signed the papers and will be officially incorporated in January. I...

This Week In Business: The I Have The Power Edition

It’s been an interesting two weeks in the life of my company. The highlight (ok low point but viewed in an optimistic way) was when I took down my own website for about 12 hours last week.

Apparently, I am tech savvy (but I guess in this case, more tech un-afraid) enough to do semi-powerful things, like take my site down. Please note clients reading this: I would never do this kind ofexperimental behavioron your sites.

With a few frantic phone calls and text messages to people smarter than me, all eventually became right in the world. But these two weeks, I feel like not only have I had enough power to do some damage but to actually make some real headway in a few directions. Here’s what else has been going on:

I planned and executed my first solo workshop for Downeast Learning.

My friend Matt and I are on month three of our monthly technology workshops, which we’re branding as Downeast Learning. Matt is on vacation so I thought for the first solo workshop, I’d tackle Facebook for Business. This is a topic I’m pretty comfortable with, or so I thought as I started planning the slides.

It’s funny when you have to teach something how much more about it you have to learn. Those times where you have to do something ‘just good enough’ and think ‘I’ll look it up later’. And it was finally time to try all the ideas I’ve wanted to do on my own Facebook business page, or at the very least think about step by step how I would do them.

Eleven people came and I think most everyone was pretty happy about how things went. I know I had a really fun time doing it. Based on feedback we’ve gotten, the next workshop will either be about Business Blogging or Google Analytics. If you want to sign up for email alerts when we have these sort of events, go to

I wrote my second largest proposal.

It’s always interesting to get an RFP from a potential client, especially a larger business or organization. So much potential yet so many ways you can mess it up if you don’t know their bottom line, who is looking at your proposal, or some other detail that could give you a bit of an edge.

Too Cute Tuesday: Grandma LaBianca’s Holiday Cookies

I’m not sure what it was about today but it kicked my butt. It just seemed like one thing after another, and talking with friends, it doesn’t sound like it was just me that was having issues with November 24th.

Enter Too Cute Tuesday, always the perfect antidote to a crummy day. We forwent the cocktail in favor of chocolate mint oolong tea. Because alcohol is a depressant, folks and sometimes, a gal just needs a cup of tea and to whine with a friend.

I told Dorrie to give me a little Donna Reed here. I think baking and drinking tea made us both feel quite proper.

This week continues our TCT Month of Giving. Dorrie requested we help her make Christmas cookies so she could serve them at her store during the annual Midnight Madness Sale in Bar Harbor. (Bonus this week is we can eat our mistakes!)

This recipe comes from Dorrie’s Grandma Dora LaBianca. Not quite a sugar cookie, not quite shortbread, this is a cookie that’s slightly sweet and gets better as it ages. Just like us! Awesome!

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