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Lisa Sanford
Interests: scrapbooking, photography, teaching scrapbooking, MOPs,geaneaology, culture,
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Revised 8(a) Business Development Program Regulations Fact Sheet 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program Overview SBA’s 8(a) BD program is a nine-year business development program, which provides specialized business training, counseling, marketing and technical assistance to small businesses certified for participation in the program. The revisions to the 8(a) BD regulations are the first comprehensive overhaul of the program in more than ten years. The changes are: Both technical and substantive in nature; Made to ensure that the program benefits flow to the intended recipients; and To help to reduce potential fraud, waste and abuse. Changes to 8(a) BD Regulations Will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at LJS Blog
Accounting joke...but it is tax time! I hope you are well on your way to pulling your information together and procuring the services of an expert. Here's a service for you to check out... Expert Tax and Consulting Service unveils it's website (www.experttaxandconsultingservice.com). Please take the opportunity to review the website there is useful information such as the Client Tax Organizer, Federal Forms and Publications, Financial tools and much more. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at LJS Blog
I bought my daughter a t-shirt with this saying on it about 4-5 years ago. I'm hearing it now, more than ever. Just yesterday I was at a Chamber of Commerce session at the new FDA White Oak, Maryland campus (Building 31) hearing about how "Green" the building is (even though I could not recycle my plastic juice bottle, I hope someone fixed that today). I thought I'd see which GSA Federal Supply Schedule was the vehicle for "Green Opportunities" and I found THREE. Here's the link CLICK HERE It's definitely an area worthy of research and investment. Let me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at LJS Blog
Coaching can be a very powerful, especially in this economy. Start off 2011 right by defining your goals and mapping out your strategy now, so you can hit the ground running for the new year. I am participating in coaching for two areas of my life and business and the changes I have made have been remarkable for me...you too can have the work/life balance you so desperately deserve, just invest in yourself and give it a try. Lisa Sanford POWER 2 WIN COACHING is about to start a 4-week virtual life coaching program on November 17, 7:00pm (EST). Life... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at LJS Blog
By MATTHEW G. LAMOREAUX and ALISTAIR M. NEVIUS SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 The House on Thursday passed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (HR 5297) by a vote of 237–187, and sent it to the President, who is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill, which passed the Senate last week, expands loan programs through the Small Business Administration (SBA), strengthens small business preference programs for federal government projects, provides incentives for exporters, offers a variety of small business tax breaks and includes some revenue raisers. The part I'm most interested in... Small Business Federal Contracting Federal agencies... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at LJS Blog
That's what the Center for an Urban Future said in their latest study. Well, not exactly, but Eriksen Translations is featured in a fascinating report by the venerable think tank that was released this week. Titled "Breaking Into the Corporate Supply Chain" the report suggests that large corporations are not taking advantage of what small businesses have to offer. Working with companies like Eriksen, who have experience serving companies of every size, but are small enough to offer agility and innovation that large corporations can't match, is good for business. But you knew that! We are honored to be included... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at LJS Blog
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Kicks Off Disparity Study Mason Tillman Associates Chosen to Evaluate Commission, Women, Minority Business Practices FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Jim Neustadt John C. White 301.206.8100 jneusta@wsscwater.com jwhite@wsscwater.com LAUREL, MD - May 26, 2010: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) General Manger Jerry N. Johnson today announced that Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd. (Mason Tillman), of Oakland, CA, has been selected to conduct a new fact-finding Disparity Study. The Study will evaluate WSSC’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) practices, evaluate the business market in this region and determine if a statistical disparity exists in awarding by WSSC of contracts... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at LJS Blog
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On behalf of her volunteer work, serving the WPEO (local DC chapter) of the National WBENC organization, Lisa Sanford accepted the President's Award at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City on March 4, 2010. "I was honored to have received this recognition not only for my work at WBENC, but for my 24 years of advocacy for small, woman and minority owned businesses." Lisa Sanford Theresa Harrison, Supplier Diversity Lead at Ernst & Young, Lisa Sanford, Business Developer for WBENC certified firms, SPG & Associates and Rosemary Weppler, Program Analyst at Ernst & Young. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2010 at LJS Blog
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Mar 15, 2010
QuickBooks Introduction January 14, 2010 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST Are you all prepared for your 2009 Business Taxes? Start 2010 better prepared to handle your finances and future taxes. Absoulute Organizing Solutions (a certified woman-owned business) has teamed up with T BREWING Consulting and it's Technology Training Division TechTrainWithTBREWING.com. You're invited to attend this hands-on, informative 3-hour introductory session where you will learn how to set up QuickBooks to manage your business finances and save yourself time. How You Will Benefit: - Manage your business finances from one location - Track customers, vendors, invoices and bills -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2010 at LJS Blog
Executive Advantage, LLC is offering a complementary one-hour strategy session. You will focus on a challenge related to business or your professional development; the choice is yours. However, at the end of the session, you will have generated at least one well-developed goal, with action steps, for overcoming that obstacle. Please contact June Mickens if you would like to take advantage of this offer (or if you'd like to share it with someone else), and she will schedule a time to meet. June Melvin Mickens, JD President & CEO Executive Advantage, LLC 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700 Bethesda, MD... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at LJS Blog
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All of us have creativity, but not all of us apply it to our work or businesses. My love for what I do (work that brings home the bacon) was truly ignited in 1996 when I took a creative writing class and applied some of the priniciples to my technical writing projects. I'm still applying "creative" spins to everything I do and that's a key reason why I love what I do, and it doesn't feel like work. Check out this FREE REPORT image source Lisa Sanford LJS Consulting, LLC Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at LJS Blog
I found this wonderful list of upcoming events from Aronson & Company's website: GSA is sponsoring the following training and events online or in the DC area: November 17, 2009: GSA Schedules Training Webinar - The Office of Small Business Utilization conducts monthly training on the process of obtaining a GSA schedules contract. This a very well-done webinar for anyone who wants to know the basics about GSA schedules. My advice, don't embarass yourself with stupid questions at the end, but PAY attention to the slides and the facilitator. November 24, 2009: GSA Schedules Contract Training - How to Obtain... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2009 at LJS Blog
There is so much activity in the Washington, DC area that it's hard to keep up sometimes. I've created a network of colleagues who keep me connected to what's going on in the world around me (meaning in my own back yard). A big Thank You to my neighbor and friend, Rose Woodruff of Executive Decision Coaching for keeping me in the loop on an important small business topic. The SBA has raised the cap on some SBA loans. Watch the whole video to see which loan programs are affected. Doug Peters whose business where this announcement took place is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2009 at LJS Blog
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For the past three years, I have been meditating on one word for the year, to deepen my understanding of that word. My word for 2009 is CHANGE, not because of Obama, but for the fact that starting my own full-time business is a huge change in my life. With change comes opportunities, not only for me and my business, but for every business owner. This current state of the U.S. economy is forcing every consumer and every business to adapt to the changing market. As we watch and adapt to the changes in the administration of our government, we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2009 at LJS Blog
So far the only webb based researched I've used is www.ancestry.com...I'm blessed with lots of family so I start there and supplement with ancestry.com findings
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2009 on Personality Profiles at Ethnic Scrapbooking
beautiful designs...glad to see another Marylander creating.
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your scrapbooking will take a turn and rise to another level!!!! Can't wait to see your future work.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2009 on January Work in Progress Kit at Callaloo Soup
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Melody, I've been following your career in scrapbooking since, day one, however I didn't know about your hardship (or period of growth) over the past year. I want to thank you for sharing, sharing the value of being open to others that aren't from your "neck of the woods", sharing your honesty about being a pampered wife, not knowing your real inner strength. I too have had the pleasure of befriending Judy and she gave me confirmation that sharing my faith will continue to be the crux of why I do what I do. I created a mini-album that was inspired by the 7 principles of kwanzaa, but I wanted to adapt it so that it woulf fit a broader audience so the alternative was to use the Beatitudes as a life guiding principle and when I shared this with a fellow instructor she told me to be careful of attaching faith to my class. I ignored her and Judy sat in on my class and her responses and contributions gave me the confirmation that what I was doing was right on the mark.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2006 on The Nature of Blessings at Melody Ross Creative Life
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Ranjini, The history you provided about tea, is right up my alley in what I convey with Ethnic Scrapbooking. As soon as I get my paypal account straight, I'll be a new customer. I love supporting those with whom I have a kindred spirit. Linked you to my blog too, hope it brings you much traffic. Lisa
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