Top Honors….

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785-271-0351 COLDWELL BANKER GRIFFITH & BLAIR, INC.

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Real estate agent Toni Shenk shows off the master bedroom to possible home-buyer Deb Lewis, of Burlington, Iowa. Shenk has been in the real estate business for 27 years and has seen segregation change slowly in Topeka’s neighborhoods.

Published Sunday, March 19, 2006 – It’s your business

REAL ESTATE

Toni Shenk, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair has been named to the Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite. Only the top 3 percent of the more than 126,000 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker System qualified for the award.

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Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair has been named to the prestigious Coldwell Banker Chairman’s Circle, one of only 127 Coldwell Banker companies throughout the world to receive the distinguished award. Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair has received this honor for 18 consecutive years. The company was also named as the No. 1 company in closed adjusted gross commission income in Kansas for the Coldwell Banker system in 2005 among independently owned and operated Coldwell Banker companies.

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Early lessons

Shenk is a Topeka native who grew up in a two-bedroom home at 1415 S.E. Washington. During Shenk’s sixth-grade year, her family moved to a house at S.W. 11th and Plass. As homeowners, her parents taught her the value of home ownership. Deeply religious, her family believed all people were created equal.

She attended kindergarten at Monroe School, the site of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

“One of the uproars over Brown v. Board of Education was kids were forced to go to substandard schools,” she said. “But I went to very good schools.”

She attended first through fifth grade at Washington School under principal Merrill Ross, who maintained high standards and attracted top teachers,,,,,,

Read Rest of Story Here: http://www.cjonline.com/stories/051604/bus_diversity.shtml

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TONI SHENK, CRS, GRI

Fw: Why is Tavis Smiling and Why Are We Watching?

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By Leutisha Stills

“Every year, radio/tv commentator Tavis Smiley holds a forum that brings together “the best and the brightest” African-Americans from academia, political, economic and health care, to hold panel discussions on what’s wrong with Black America, and how we Black Americans should go about fixing it.

This is a good gesture, if we truly believe it will bear positive fruit in the lives of African-Americans, to the point of where we will actually be motivated to take action to improve and take back the communities that serve to develop and nurture us. I cling to that hope, for in many instances, the hope of a better future is all we, as African-Americans, have left to sustain us……..”

http://www.izania.com/forums/articles.php?action=viewarticle&artid=66

References/Sources
  • Leutisha Stills is a member of the faculty administration at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia

Fw: New statewide child mentoring program

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Looking to help youth in the community?





Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and former Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder pitched a new Web site Monday that is expected to clarify the challenge faced by a new statewide child mentoring program.

Both asked during a Statehouse news conference for leaders of community, school, business and faith-based organizations working with children to register on the site — www.ksmentors.ks.gov — so Kansas Mentors could document support programs that are in place and identify areas of need in Kansas.

“We have too many children in Kansas who really need a caring adult role model and who need some encouraging words and someone involved in their lives who is promoting success,” Sebelius said.

Snyder, who retired last year as K-State’s football coach, is leading the program for the governor. Sixty-two of the state’s 105 counties have registered programs with the state, but increased publicity about the site should allow others to make their presence known.

“The ultimate goal is to provide an opportunity for quality, caring mentoring for every youngster in Kansas,” Snyder said. “It’s going to take a little time for it to come to fruition.”

The Senate included in a budget bill $250,000 that Sebelius requested for the program, but House members pulled funding from its version of the bill.

Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, said some House members were uncomfortable with a lack of details about the mentoring initiative.

“As stewards of the state’s money, we’re supposed to know how the money is to be spent,” she said.

Anthony S. Bush/The Capital-Journal

Former Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder, chairman of Kansas Mentors, introduces the organization’s new Web site with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday in her office at the Statehouse. The two hope the site, www.ksmentors.ks.gov, helps foster a statewide partnership.Governor, ex-coach tout online coalition

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Sebelius said she was optimistic legislators eventually would understand the potential of a statewide mentoring partnership. However, she said, there is an alternative to state funding.

“If, at the end of the day, they decide not to fund it, I’m happy to go out and find private funders who will do just that,” Sebelius said. “I feel very strongly that this is an important way to help children.”

Tim Carpenter can be

reached at 296-3005 or

tim.carpenter@cjonline.com.

Mini-Sites Highly Targeted Sales Generators

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Mini-Sites – Highly Targeted Sales Generators

If you’re looking for a highly effective method of increasing your

Internet sales, then mini-sites may be your answer. Mini-sites are one

of the most effective marketing tools online. Not only are they

effective, but they’re also very inexpensive and easy to create.

The concept is simple. Create a one or two page website that

completely focuses on one specific topic. Everything within that page

should have one purpose — getting the visitor to take action.

This page should be neatly designed in standard HTML with no Flash or

fancy plug-ins and very few graphics. There should be no banners or

outside links of any kind and nothing that will distract your visitor’s

attention.

The sole purpose of a mini-site is to attract highly targeted traffic. The

more targeted the better. For example, if you have a website that sells

a number of products, a good mini-site would focus on one specific

product instead of all of the products. You could create a mini-site for

each product you offer.

Designing Your Mini-Site

Each mini-site you create should be optimized for that one specific

product. Concentrate on just a few keyword phrases, as this will help

you to tighten your targeting. Remember … the tighter the targeting

the better.

Killer Internet Marketing Strategies is a product of Web-Source.net

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Covenant with Black America

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Hello Black Business Owners,

Many have watched the C-Span airing of Tavis Smiley’s “Covenant with Black America” program.

We are looking to take action on the eight covenant regarding “ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT BUILDING and LEVERAGING WEALTH IN BLACK AMERICA”.

We invite anyone receiving this email to join the efforts of agencies such as IBSA, the Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce (KBCC), and the National Black Business Trade Association (NBBTA).

This is our time to lead by example and come together as Black business owners and entrepreneurs. There is no excuse or reason big enough not to, as others have been doing so for some time.

Whatever business you are in … whatever your aims and aspirations … a collective of organizations will assist you in reaching your goals by creating wealth through entrepreneurship.

Help us to fulfill this covenant. Every person of African descent who is in business or thinking about starting a business venture need to join cohesive groups that are preparing to make a difference in our community and economic well-being.

For those not in business but who want to help recycle Black dollars, we encourage you to join us as well.

Get started today. You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Lee Green
NBBTA – the number one Black business organization in terms of popularity on the Internet!
Join Here>>> http://nbbta.org/randomize.html?97

Lazone Grays
IBSA
http://www.kansassmallbizpromotions.com/ibsabiz.htm

Frank Clay
KBCC
http://www.kansasblackchamber.org/

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Current unemployment data by race & ethnicity – Kansas

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To address Black unemployment we first need to know the numbers and understand any historical or ongoing patterns.
We need to then understand why they are the way they are, and propose meaningful ways to begin addressing them.


Current unemployment data by race & ethnicity

Overall unemployment rates for adults: white(4.3) hispanic(6.0) asian(3.6) Black(9.3)

Overall unemployment rates for youth: white(13.4) hispanic(17.3) asian(no data) Black(24.4)
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Table A-2. Employment status of the civilian population by race, sex, and age

  HOUSEHOLD DATA                                                                                              HOUSEHOLD DATA      Table A-2.  Employment status of the civilian population by race, sex, and age    (Numbers in thousands)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not seasonally adjusted             Seasonally adjusted (1)                                                                                                                                                  Employment status, race, sex, and age                                                                                                                                       Dec.    Nov.    Dec.    Dec.    Aug.    Sept.   Oct.    Nov.    Dec.                                                         2004    2005    2005    2004    2005    2005    2005    2005    2005                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WHITE                                                                                                    Civilian labor force............................ 121,257 122,880 122,752 121,507 122,638 122,843 122,810 122,813 122,994         Unemployment rate...........................     4.4     4.0     4.0     4.6     4.2     4.5     4.4     4.2     4.3     Not in labor force..............................  62,226  62,307  62,575  61,976  62,031  62,008  62,218  62,374  62,333                                                                                                                                              Men, 20 years and over                                                                                           Civilian labor force............................  63,110  63,896  63,925  63,206  63,879  63,849  63,901  63,827  64,028         Unemployment rate...........................     4.2     3.5     3.9     4.1     3.7     4.0     3.8     3.6     3.8                                                                                                                                             Women, 20 years and over                                                                                          Civilian labor force............................  52,459  53,238  53,175  52,356  52,756  52,971  52,998  53,037  53,067         Unemployment rate...........................     3.5     3.7     3.4     3.9     3.7     4.0     4.0     3.9     3.8                                                                                                                                            Both sexes, 16 to 19 years                                                                                         Civilian labor force............................   5,688   5,746   5,651   5,945   6,004   6,023   5,912   5,949   5,899         Unemployment rate...........................    14.1    13.8    11.8    15.7    13.8    13.3    14.2    13.9    13.4        ====================================================================================================================                                                                                                                                           BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN                                                                                          Civilian labor force............................  16,773  17,197  17,001  16,744  17,130  17,068  17,150  17,118  16,979         Unemployment rate...........................    10.4    10.5     8.9    10.8     9.7     9.5     9.1    10.6     9.3     Not in labor force..............................   9,500   9,509   9,743   9,529   9,442   9,549   9,513   9,587   9,766                                                                                                                                              Men, 20 years and over                                                                                           Civilian labor force............................   7,507   7,634   7,560   7,490   7,727   7,672   7,659   7,556   7,553         Unemployment rate...........................    10.8     9.5     8.8    10.6     8.6     8.7     8.5     9.4     8.6                                                                                                                                             Women, 20 years and over                                                                                          Civilian labor force............................   8,532   8,735   8,667   8,491   8,604   8,664   8,726   8,714   8,633         Unemployment rate...........................     8.5     8.9     8.1     9.0     8.2     8.1     7.5     9.0     8.5                                                                                                                                            Both sexes, 16 to 19 years                                                                                         Civilian labor force............................     734     827     774     763     799     733     765     848     792         Unemployment rate...........................    27.4    36.6    19.3    32.6    35.9    33.1    32.4    38.4    24.4                                                                                                                                                      ASIAN                                                                                                  Civilian noninstutional population................   9,658  10,044  10,036   (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)           Unemployment rate...........................     4.1     3.6     3.8   (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)       Not in labor force..............................   3,264   3,403   3,384   (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)        1 The population figures are not adjusted for seasonal variation; therefore, identical numbers appear in the unadjusted   and seasonally adjusted columns.     2 Data not available.     NOTE:  Estimates for the above race groups will not sum to totals shown in table A-1 because data are not presented for   all races.  Beginning in January 2005, data reflect revised population controls used in the household survey.  Seasonally   adjusted data have been revised to reflect updated seasonal adjustment factors. 



Table A-3. Employment status of the Hispanic or Latino population by sex and age

  HOUSEHOLD DATA                                                                                              HOUSEHOLD DATA      Table A-3.  Employment status of the Hispanic or Latino population by sex and age    (Numbers in thousands)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not seasonally adjusted             Seasonally adjusted (1)                                                                                                                                                     Employment status, sex, and age                                                                                                                                          Dec.    Nov.    Dec.    Dec.    Aug.    Sept.   Oct.    Nov.    Dec.                                                         2004    2005    2005    2004    2005    2005    2005    2005    2005                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HISPANIC OR LATINO ETHNICITY                                                                                        Civilian labor force............................  19,514  20,274  20,316  19,489  19,925  19,944  20,047  20,214  20,292         Unemployment rate...........................     6.6     6.0     6.1     6.5     5.8     6.5     5.9     6.1     6.0     Not in labor force..............................   9,094   9,278   9,329   9,119   9,340   9,417   9,409   9,338   9,353                                                                                                                                              Men, 20 years and over                                                                                           Civilian labor force............................  11,175  11,626  11,664   (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)             Unemployment rate...........................     5.7     4.8     5.1   (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)                                                                                                                                               Women, 20 years and over                                                                                          Civilian labor force............................   7,312   7,585   7,590   (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)               Unemployment rate...........................     6.6     6.4     6.0   (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)                                                                                                                                              Both sexes, 16 to 19 years                                                                                         Civilian labor force............................   1,028   1,063   1,061   (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)            Unemployment rate...........................    15.6    16.9    17.3   (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)     (2)        1 The population figures are not adjusted for seasonal variation; therefore, identical numbers appear in the unadjusted   and seasonally adjusted columns.     2 Data not available.     NOTE:  Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.  Beginning in January 2005, data   reflect revised population controls used in the household survey.  Seasonally adjusted data have been revised to reflect   updated seasonal adjustment factors
 
Last Modified Date: January 06, 2006 
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The Art of Networking

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There is an Art to Networking to make your business profitable. Some business owners build their businesses only through networking. They plan their networking activities by looking for opportunities. First, establish personal and business goals.

1. To establish your goals know your customers. Are they low value customers or high value?

-Low Value Customers are those people that don’t buy from you often, or have trouble paying for your type of product or service. These people can’t really help you build your business on a regular consistent basis.
-High Value Customers are those people who have the income to purchase your product and or service. They are constant in their purchasing power. These people can help you get to where you want to go in business. High impact (value) customers can also help you through good solid referrals.

2. You need to establish a detailed marketing plan and a detailed Networking Plan.

3. Build relationships with your customers.

4. Go where your High value customers go. Go where they shop, go for their leisure activities, know where to find your High value customers.

5. Seek new opportunities daily and weekly.
-Strategize your networking activities to allow for more opportunities.
-Create a networking schedule.

6. Volunteer where you can gain some exposure and be of benefit to the organization.

7. Give out 10 business cards per day. Give each client or person you meet at least 3 business cards per contact.

8. Leave business cards where ever you go.

One of the main purpose of a networking organization is to gain customers from other members. A networking group is a very effective way to market a business when there is a high competition for the same customers. Networking groups are great for CPA’s, Printers, Massage therapist, and MLM’s/Network Marketers.
It’s amazing how many business owners still don’t know about leads groups. Networking is effective for service businesses, new or unusual businesses, home-based businesses especially, and those businesses that lack funds to engage in serious marketing programs.

 
 

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