Micro Business Incubator, Café Style

I have had an idea for creating an Internet café for a few years now (since 93). Do to my past work in the Syracuse Business Incubator, while at Syracuse University… I brought the idea back to my hometown, but refined it to be a Coffee/Internet Café, that could also sell local products in… The concept also include having Computers & Biz equipment onsite, computer classes on advertising, marketing and the Internet, packaging/mail service along with good coffee and sandwiches…

I did try this in my home town and got support locally- as Vice Pres to the Town Chamber of Commerce, I helping to start the towns Business Development Committee, and helped start a Small Biz Center, a Non for profit with the intent on the Incubator idea, but was pushed out do to politics… They since have done nothing in 6 years with the idea except the Press bought an old auction barn and has been “Renting it” to the Non for profit, while updating the building & creating a town phone directory with local business sponsored advertising…

SO am now fixing to sell my family farm and do this idea of a “Micro Business Incubator, Café Style” in Virginia… Have already spoken to the local Chamber of Commerce, they feel really positive about the venture…

Small towns would highly benefit from small “Mico-Business Incubators” to help small local businesses with the need for understanding the need and sharing in computers and the Internet in a world economy… With the use of a Internet Master guru in the shop, classes can be taught, services rendered, and hosting abilities can be provided, along with a shop for interaction of small business in the area… Costs would be minimal with Internet café of 10-15 computers, Tech staff computers, a couple for internal controls and servers, with T-1 connection. The small town could also benefit from local Wi-Fi relays through the downtown locations…

The combining of beverages and breakfast/lunch menu would be beneficial working capital to the cover employee wages and the expenses of the location… Total cost estimate for all equipment for Café would be about minimal compared to the amount of small business and employees it would generate. Facility would be able to handle an estimated 40-120 local new business or existing ones wanting to bring their business onto the Internet. Could also be easily enlarged, pending on location to include Locally made items or artwork from the area and a packaging service…

The benefits of such a computer micro business incubator is the small business saving on the need of buying a computer for communications and internet presents, no need for learning curve on programs or virus and updates to system, protected server system for file use, SHTTP, FTP, E-mail server, and classes to help new to the computer users keep up with technology…

A BLOG IS NOT A WEBSITE…

Is a Blog a website, a friend of mine asked me, as he is what I call “Tech-Challenged” and had heard this term often on the news… So I tried to explain to him- they are similar things that are found online in the Internet, but like Fruit- an apple is different then an orange but are both classified as “Fruit”…

Basic history of the Word “Blog” started with Jorn Barger in 1997 as “Weblog”, then the short form “Blog” started gaining Popularity by Peter Merholz through his joking about how they keep a “Blog” in the sidebar of Peterme.com in 1999… Then “To Blog”, meaning, “edit one’s Weblog” or “Post to one’s Weblog” I really started out as an online diary or journal… It is not a “website, it started out as part of a website…

I have been noticing allot of people advertising that they will create a website for your business, when they really are designing a “Blog” in Blogger or WordPress… But for a business, unless you’re a writer, will probably not work well, unless you really spend allot of time promoting it… First, your Blog isn’t found in normal Google searches in a local search for your service or product… But in a Google Blog search, it will come up with all the others in your “Interest” field, but more so in topic form and latest blog entry… So if you’re a gardener say in Ithaca NY, and you blog about growing Veggies and selling them, someone looking in Google search for a local Veggie grower might not find your blog…

It’s all a part of advertising and marketing online. Get a website and spend some time on it, try to answer any possible question about your business or service with photos and good design. Then add a blog and write about your service/s or product/s, then add the use of Social networking engage and inform your clients and possible clients of what you offer…

Blogs are really an online Journal, a Diary or “Content Manager” that can have text, info and photos in it, but it’s Not a Website… It can be considered a webpage, but that is like saying anything online can be considered a “WebPage, including chat, video and such as examples… Think of a Blog as a way to “Self Publish” your text articles, like newspapers of e-zine’s liken to a magazine of your interests, thought, services or product information… They offer a way to communicate to and from the business and viewer. One can highlight your work in another article, or link to a website, (Free advertising- liken to “Word of Mouth” advertising)… But a BLOG IS NOT A “WEBSITE”… The word “Website” is more like saying Fruit- but apples and oranges are very different, and where does Banana, Kiwi fall or a Tomato?

Picture a Racecar, the engine and body of it offers speed and power to go fast, but without tires, it’s not going to go anywhere… Social Media, Web 2.0 and Blogs are your tires, and the website is your engine and body. It is how you truly steer it and maintain it that makes it go fast…

For Business, I recommend thinking of your Website as a race car, it can give information about your services, but USE Blogs to engage and Inform your clients and those interested in your subject or service, and Social Networking for making the web more social and informative to your possible client. But when you add all of them together, it falls truly under “Advertising”… And the Web offers a very cost effective way to make advertising for your possible clients now, adding Bogs, newsletter, e-mail and mobile communications…

And like a garden, it is the way you take care of it, that produces beautiful flowers and veggies, or otherwise it turns to weeds without work…

Smart, Expert or Genius? Nope, just above average and good at what I do, in my view…

I like to think a lot and learn allot, with lots of interests, my friends often view me as very smart, but kind eccentric with my views on life or things I do they aren’t interested in… In business some call me very Creative, Expert or professional… I like to think of myself as a Visual Problem Solver, through my Artistic abilities, thinking, view points and problem solving… But what I don’t tell my friends about is some of what I went through at Syracuse University…

While at Syracuse University picking up a 2nd major of Art Ed to my first of Illustration in the Visual Performing art’s college, I was asked if I was dyslexic do to my writing and horrible spelling in Art Ed lesson Plans… I had also learned that my thyroid was not working, and was in the process of finding the correct dosage…

So I went and got tested through one of the better learning disorder professionals in the area. I would end up spending lots of time in an interview with him, explaining my life, views and problems or challenges I might have and my health… Because of my thyroid problem and being brought up to the correct level, he explained the Thyroid controls the glands also in the mind and through out the body, and this too would have an impact on the tests… Then informed me I should be tested through this increased Thyroid dosage till I came to the correct levels, said I should be tree times to give a full accounting of this, then come to a result…

He gave standard IQ test & WAIS-III test, that really took some time to go through the different subtests & a 3rd test that helped to define and aim what kind of problems I might have, but First time through, I scored a 126 on the standard IQ test, then a 142, the third time a 176 on the standard IQ test & took the WAIS-III test… He also found I was Ambidextrous, both in side to side strength and use of my hands but also in thinking, Left Brain & Right Brain…

The tester explained later, I did have dyslexia of several different forms of it, but showed I have “Forms of very high Intelligences or Genius,” and I was often able to cover for my inabilities to write and spell well with these other “Higher Abilities”… He suggested I read Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, where he defines other forms of “Intelligence or Genius Characteristics”…

Howard Garnder, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education @ Harvard Graduate School of Education & adjunct professor of neurology @ Boston University School of Medicine. http://tinyurl.com/88b38

Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences where he defines 8 forms of intelligence:
Bodily-kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Verbal-linguistic, Logical-mathematical, Naturalistic, Intrapersonal, Visual-spatial, Musical…

This helped explain to the Professors I just had a problem with writing and spelling, and I needed to start to use computers to help with my dyslexic spelling and bad wording in typing papers… The same time period, I was just starting learning Macintosh Computers, and was able to buy one for college and for use in Freelance Graphic Design work- started using MS Word to type my papers… It also explains why I found I excelled in Ceramic’s- throwing clay on the wheel so easy to do and teach, being able to pull off the wheel very large amounts of clay or “throwing off the Hump” and was able to pull both left and right directions and my doing Pen & Ink stipple or Cross-Hatch shading techniques with both hands…

I did graduate from Syracuse University, with a dual major from the Education and Visual & Performing Colleges in Art Ed & Illustration, with 192 credits, with about a semester of Master’s credits in Ceramics, Presentation and Art Ed… I don’t like highlighting the tests, nor do I show my Degree’s- both collect dust on shelves and in files… Would rather be respected for what I do, morals, kindness, helping others, my abilities in art and marketing, understanding computers, websites, the internet, Visual Problem Solving and the interests I have in life…

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