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Entries from March 2010

Pilgrim Talks: Eric Mandell, Bob Fair (3/24/10)

March 30th, 2010 · Comments

Eric Mandell

Eric Mandell is the Chief of the California Department to General Services’ Office of Small and Disabled Veterans Services and Communications and Outreach for the Procurement Division.  He also serves as the Department’s Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Advocate. In these capacities, Eric and his staff work to make certain that small and DVBE businesses get access to their share of state awarded contracts.

Eric has over 30 years in the fields of marketing, communications, advertising, and the media.  He has created award winning marketing efforts and campaigns for California’s Breast Cancer Awareness, Enterprise Zones, Military Base Reuse, and Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank programs, as well as Sacramento WORKS for Sacramento County.

Eric is a graduate of UC Davis.  He has worked in on air and in management positions in radio and television and also owns his own small business, ECM Communications.

Eric is discusses the Stimulus Funds Workshop #2 Webinar that will be held on April 28 from 9am to 12 noon. The Webinar host, Wayne Gross, will walk Orange County companies through the step-by-step process for suppliers to register with the State of California's eProcurement system. He will also show companies how to be certified as a Small Business, and he will show them how to use the eProcurement system to market a companies products and services to the State. To reserve your Webinar seat go to:


Bob Fair

Co-founders Jim Collins & Bob Fair discuss the role of the www.DVBEblog.com. Both Jim and Bob are certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises with the state of California.

The DVBEblog’s altruistic goals are to provide a mentoring environment with a communication forum/blog that provides an opportunity for many others in the business community to actively participate and or become sponsors in assisting DVBEs in succeeding. We are in the process of becoming a 501c(3) non-profit.

Jim and Bob met through the chat function of an online DVBE webinar sponsored by the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, one of several state agencies who truly wish to work with DVBEs.

As an example of those in the business community, whom they met online at the webinar, Mark Wilson, expressed interest in helping the two of them establish the blog, even though he is not a veteran. They met Mark at the PIER Webinar and have been in communication with him many times in the past weeks. Mark is seeking qualified DVBEs whom he can work with on a regular basis.

DVBE Founders –

(1) Jim Collins of JC Write www.jcwrite.com

(2) Bob Fair of FairMed www.fairmed.com

DVBE Advisors –

(1) Mark Wilson

The DVBE Blog is:

· A resource for disabled vets wanting to get started in business and eventually get their DVBE certification so they can work with the state

· An information source for contacts in the State

· An information source for DVBE contracting news (legislative, upcoming contracts we may here about, contracting success stories…)

· A social hub where DVBEs can discuss their problems, concerns, and successes

· A source for training and other help (Once they get the grants they are looking for.)

Tags: DefaultTag · business · sales · responsibility

Pilgrim Talks: Doug Reitmeyer, Kevin Peithman (3/17/10)

March 18th, 2010 · Comments


Doug Reitmeyer, President

Federal Construction Consultant and Creator of BidTrakker

Over the last 35 years, Doug has completed more than 1,000 Federal Contracts worth over 1 Billion dollars, and he's making his expertise available to contractors and construction companies. He has a 90 day program to help people get registered for, find, win, complete, and get paid for their share of the Billions of dollars in Federal Construction Contracts. See more.

To learn more about Reitmeyer & Associates, go to reitmeyer.com

allied modular

Kevin Peithman, CEO

Allied Modular Building Systems

"Innovation Is Just One Step Ahead."--Feruzi Mwero

Allied Modular intends to help lead innovation in the modular building construction industry. Part of our leadership strategy is to (1) find, or develop, connections between the needs of our customers and the solutions we can offer, and (2) extensively research the questions of our audience and to answer as many of them as we can.

From Kevin's blog:

I recently spent some time with one of our customers who were making a change to one of their facilities. I asked him how the people were handling the change. His response was like many I’ve heard in the past. He said, “I don’t understand why people don’t want to change. I can’t figure out if they are lazy or just scared of what will happen.”

My response was very simple. . .Read More

To learn more about Allied Modular Building Systems, go to alliedmodular.com

Tags: DefaultTag · business · management · sales · innovation · accountability · responsibility

Pilgrim Talks: Andrea Waltz & Richard Fenton and David Swartz 3/10/10

March 11th, 2010 · Comments

Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton

Go for No

Everyone loves the sound of the word YES... it’s so positive, so empowering. And then there’s “NO!” For most people, NO is just the opposite: negative… draining… the antithesis of yes. But what if that could change?

What if you could achieve every quota… hit every income goal… and reach every personal dream… simply by changing the way you think, feel, and respond to hearing the word NO?

Well, you can.

When you hear the word, NO...

  • What does that "NO" mean to you?
  • How do you respond to it 'internally' in your mind (what you think)?
  • And how do you respond to it 'externally' in your behaviors and actions (what you do)?

Here's a simple fact: The relationship you have with the word NO… what you think and feel when you hear it, and what you do afterward as a result - whether you seek opportunities to hear NO again, or whether you run from them - is THE single most important factor in determining the level of success you will achieve in your life. Check out our Go for No! Breakthrough Package!

MEDL Mobile

David Swartz, visionary leader, CEO

MEDL Mobile

MEDL Mobile is a mobile application studio, built around a core team of seasoned marketers, serial entrepreneurs, veteran strategists and big idea lovers.

We see mobile application development as the single most exciting opportunity on the table today. We work with a diverse array of brands, companies, organizations and individuals to turn great ideas into powerful apps. What makes MEDL stand out is our ability to stand out. In a sea of hundreds of thousands of apps, ours break through.

If you've got an idea worthy of becoming a Shiny MEDL Object, click here.

If you've got an app on the store worthy of becoming a Shiny MEDL Object, click here.

To learn more about MEDL Mobile, go to medlmobile.com

If you'd like to hire MEDL to bring your app concept to life, click here.

Tags: DefaultTag · business · management · sales · innovation · accountability · responsibility · iPhone · iPhone Apps

Pilgrim Talks: Sam Silverstein and Mark Franzen 3/3/10

March 9th, 2010 · Comments

Sam Silverstein

2008-2009 President, The National Speakers Association

Sam is a good friend. He has recently written and published No More Excuses. In our conversation he discusses the four things successful people are accountable for:

We are accountable to do the right things consistently We are accountable to manage our space We are accountable to manage the process We are accountable to establish the right expectations We are accountable to contribute to our relationships

Sam says: "Accountability is not a consequence. Accountability is your competitive advantage!™" NoMoreExcuses.me

No More ExcusesBuy the book from Amazon.

For information on Sam's keynote, No More Excuses® and complimentary articles visit Sam's web site: http://www.SamSilverstein.com Sam Silverstein Enterprises, Inc. 121 Bellington Ln, St. Louis, MO 63141 Phone 314.878.9252 • Fax 314.878.1970 • Toll Free 1-888-MOTIVATE

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Mark Franzen, CFO

MicroMedia Filtration

Mark is the CFO of Micro Media Filtration, designers and installers of The Micro Media Filtration Process. They are revolutionizing the process of wastewater treatment. In this interview Mark discusses the benefits the company's process brings to cities, counties, and wastewater treatment districts:

The process require minimal energy and backup power needs. There is no reject flow. Modular design allows maximum flexibility for all applications. Low operating and maintenance costs. Small footprint allows installation at existing sites.

For more information download their brochure or contact them:

Mark Franzen 21076 Bake Parkway, Suite 106 Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 293-2430 mfranzen@mmfwater.com

To learn more about M2 Renewables, go to m2renewables.com

Tags: DefaultTag · business · management · sales · innovation · accountability · responsibility

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