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Small Business Daily Launches Blog with News, Information and Real Advice

Chicago, IL (August 2008) Surfing the web to find the best information and advice for owning and running a small business can be a daunting task. Many sites and bloggers claim to be “the end all” of information, but none are as comprehensive as the small business experts that have come together to start Small Business Daily (, the place for small business news, information and advice.

In late July, five small business experts came together to offer an all-inclusive blog for small business owners, entrepreneurs and those who aspire to own a business and be successful. Experts range in expertise but together Small Business Daily provides individuals a unique resource for owning and running a successful business.

The blog was started when Jennifer Fortney, President of Cascade Communications, a boutique public relations firm specializing in small businesses, realized that her networking had led her to several individuals also committed to helping people become successful entrepreneurs and small businesses grow by using the same tactics and strategies they all once offered to the corporate world.

“I believe that things happen for a reason,” said Fortney. “I realized immediately the special opportunity that was before us but wasn’t exactly sure how to translate it.” After a few months, Fortney’s realization became Small Business Daily, a daily blog for small businesses. “It’s the perfect way for us to contribute and offer our expertise to those looking for it, and it’s just the beginning of what we hope Small Business Daily will become.”

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Their goal is to make Small Business Daily into a one-stop-shop for small businesses and give entrepreneurs resources as well as helpful advice for creating success, tackling problems like;

• Conquering the fear of becoming an entrepreneur
• Affordable websites – building your business on the Internet
• How to run your business efficiently – long-term planning
• Following your life’s dream – being successful and happy
• Finding marketing professionals that are affordable and care about your business
• Important small business news links
• Links to valuable resources
• And much more

The Experts at Small Business Daily

Jennifer Fortney, President Cascade Communications
Jennifer Fortney is owner of Cascade Communications a boutique public relations firm specializing in small business and not-for-profits. Jennifer spent several years working for an impressive list of Fortune 500 companies, including Jim Bean Brands, Motorola, Maytag, Milk – Got Milk?, and Kraft, radio and sports marketing. With over 13 years in marketing, Jennifer opened her business in 2001 with the goal to show small businesses how they can achieve the same kind of quality PR as the big boys do, but more affordably and efficiently. As a journalist, she enjoys the ability to tell the truly great stories of small businesses across the country, and creating the awareness they need to blossom into highly successful businesses. She has achieved hundreds of media placements in newspapers, TV, radio, blogs and websites across the country for a variety of clients big and small. Jennifer is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.,

Michael Shapiro, President Dynamic Management Solutions, Inc.
Michael Shapiro is a Management Consultant and Business Coach with over 25 years of business experience. His practice focuses on helping entrepreneurs and their companies build, manage and grow their businesses. He provides leadership development advice, consults on organizational structure and offers rookie-manager training. Michael also founded and leads The Entrepreneurs Group – a facilitated, peer-support group for individuals in a business, professional services practice, or organizational leadership role. Michael earned a Bachelors degree in Small Business Management and a Masters degree in Technological Consulting and Management from DePaul University’s School for New Learning where he also teaches a course called Entrepreneurship – From Start-Up to Success. He also participates in and gained leadership training in organizational dynamics and group relations programs sponsored by Northwestern University, the Institute of Management Transformation, the A.K. Rice Institute, and Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations.


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Kirsten Bay Francissen, President JK Bay Consultancy
Kirsten Bay Francissen has 14 years experience in strategic process and organizational turn around projects. Her primary focus has been in identifying, developing and leading margin improvement and business development projects for technology, consumer goods and financial services companies. Kirsten joined the May Company Executive Training Program after graduating from the University of Oregon. She went on to work in several management roles for Fortune 100 companies such as VF Corporation and Merrill Lynch. Her expertise is in new product branding, marketability studies and valuations, financial forecasting and reporting, and operations. Kirsten has worked extensively in the global marketplace and is proficient in German. Her core strengths are working with senior management to develop and implement an organization’s desired outcome, while balancing the needs and expectations of employees and investors. Website under construction.

Chris Nastav, Owner KC Web Specialists, LLC.
Chris Nastav is the owner of KC Web Specialists, experts in how small business gets done on the Internet. His company helps small business owners with all their Web site needs. Chris has established his expertise over the last 14 years as a Web development and small business applications instructor for Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. He has been nominated twice for the Lieberman Teaching Excellence award, recognizing outstanding teaching skills combined with real world experience. KC Web Specialists focuses in helping small businesses who want inexpensive but professional Web sites services that are affordable, SEO and effective messaging, and web page content development, amongst other things.

Margaret Moczkowski, Personal Coach, Momentum Coaching
As a certified coach, Margaret helps entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in the world and are confused or overwhelmed about a business building process that’s right for them. She is passionate about helping people create thriving businesses doing what they were meant to do, showing them that they can achieve their biggest dreams. Margaret works with individuals who have a solid business idea and want to make it a reality, or small business owners who’ve been in business for a couple of years and want to take it to a whole new level. Her “soul-opreneurs” approach aligns the creation process with the individual’s vision, values, business knowledge, work habits and energy, helping clients build successful businesses. Her “soul-ution” combines heart-centeredness with being grounded, practical and effective. Margaret has a degree in psychology and is in the process of being accredited by the International Coach Federation.

Small Business Daily was created by a group of small business experts who decided to come together in an effort to provide their expertise and information to people looking to learn more on making their business a success. These experts are on the cutting edge of business trends, news and information relative to small businesses. As entrepreneurs themselves, they know what it’s like to start and run a business successfully. The blog is designed to be a one-stop-shop of knowledge and information to help you be successful in your business, understand how current trends might affect how individuals grow and maintain success.



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