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Business Clarity with Jeff Jochum (OC SmugMug User Group)

Date: Thursday, March 31 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Outdoor Education Center at Irvine Regional Park 2 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A SMUGMUG MEMBER TO ATTEND AND IT’S FREE.

IMPORTANT: don’t pay the parking fee. use the gate code. there are 2 keypads by the gate look for the small silver one and enter #0328 … follow the road till you see the SMALL signs to Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center.

Imagine a place where every step you take in your business is FORWARD. That’s Jeff Jochum’s world, and he’ll show us how we can make that our world, too. Recently, Jeff founded Startup-Strategy (http://start…up-strategy.com/), a company dedicated to helping every photographer business learn to succeed using goal-based strategies. At the next SMUG, Jeff will show us some of the ways we can use these powerful concepts to gain some clarity about how to turbo-charge our businesses. Bottom line: This is a business-centric presentation, so you can leave your cameras at home. And, come prepared to have your tree shaken, because Jeff’s is a pretty straight-shooter and won’t pull any punches if it’ll help you get clear on how to better succeed. As Jeff says, “Clarity is the new black.”

We will also be fortunate that Jeff will lead a FREE 2-hour “Selling” workshop (10am-noon) the next day followed by a PAID Biz Clarity 1 workshop (1-5PM). Info on registering for the PAID workshop: http://workshops.startup-strategy.net/.

About Jeff Jochum (http://www.jeffjochum.com/) For over 20 years, Jeff has enjoyed continued success in the computer technology industry. Today, he is a sought-after Community Builder & Marketing Strategist and has most recently been the Chief Marketing Officer at SmugMug.com. Jeff has been fortunate to hold senior executive positions working with amazing teams at many successful technology startups, including as CMO at deviantART.com (top 100 website in the world); SVP Marketing at Pictage.com (sold to Apax for $29 million in 2006); and VP International at Homestore.com (now Move.com). He also co-founded EBZ International, Inc., creator of ‘eBIZ in a BOX’ – 1999′s best-selling e-commerce website development & hosting product.

A SMUG is a place where you can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share your passion. It’s also how we can tell you what’s happening in our world and discover what’s happening in yours. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to your creative arsenal.

For Japan, With Love

The world watched in horror last week as devastation upon devastation bombarded the nation of Japan – images of a cities completely destroyed by the fiery hand of nature, news reports of imminent nuclear meltdowns, stories of heartbreak, of heroism, of the courage of the Japanese people.

I immediately called my mom to see if she knew the status of extended family members there. I contacted some of my friends to make sure they were out of harms way. Helpless to do anything but pray for people of Japan. How I wish I could hop on a plane, fly over the Pacific and help in any way I can. How I wish I had the means to help more financially. How I wish I could alleviate someone’s pain and suffering.

The gals from Utterly Engaged and Lydia from Ever Ours have made it easy. They started “For Japan With Love” a fundraiser and day of remembrance for the victims and there are two ways you can help:

Fundraising:
For Japan With Love has a direct link on the website to the fundraising page for ShelterBox.
ShelterBox was one of THE first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake.  Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
Please check it out and whatever you can contribute will be so appreciated.

Bloggers Day of Silence:
Anyone that has a blog can help out with this. The aim is just raise awareness and respect and acknowledge the devastation going on in Japan.
The guidelines are simple.
1.  This coming Friday, March 18th, no posts at all on your blog.
2.  Please post a blog post about what you will be doing this Friday whenever possible in hopes to spread the word and whoever else would like to join in.
3. Tweet and Re-Tweet the link to http://www.forjapanwithlove.com
4. Encourage your readers to contribute to donate shelter to Japan.
Whatever anyone can contribute will be appreciated.

Every little bit helps.

This blog will be silent tomorrow, Friday 3/18/11, to remember those that are suffering in Japan.

I Corinthians 4:8 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…”

Psalm 9:9-10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

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