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Contemporary Business Solutions
Volume #79

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Spring 2013 Community Bus Tour

Last Fall, I went on the Polk County Housing Trust Fund’s (PCHTF) bus tour through Des Moines’ Urban Core and it completely opened my eyes to the housing challenges of our community. Even though I live in Pleasant Hill (aka, The Upper East Side), what happens in Des Moines’ Urban Core affects all of us that live nearby.

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund organizes three bus tours per year and they’re different every time. April 2013′s bus tour took place during Affordable Housing Week and was sponsored by DART. PCHTF and DART’s mission is to help educate community leaders about the relationship between quality public transit and affordable housing.

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Ribbon Cutting and Open House for Amanda's House, Center for Grief & Loss

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Class of 2013 and Amanda the Panda invite you to join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for Amanda’s House, Center for Grief and Loss on Tuesday, May 7 at 3:00 pm (ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30pm) at 1821 Grand Ave, WDM. Light refreshments will be provided.

Following the ribbon cutting attendees may take a guided tour of Amanda the Panda's newly renovated facilities. Tours will be available until 5:30pm.

Please RSVP via email: or 515-727-2021.

For more information on Project Panda or to donate...

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7 Marketing Musts Within 60 Days of Start-Up

Possibly one of the most critical aspects of launching a successful start-up is marketing. Someone can only find your product or service if they’ve heard of you.

But it can be difficult to know where to begin and where to focus your efforts, particularly when you’re just starting out. Here is a list of marketing musts:

  1. Build the brand
  2. Launch a website
  3. Establish a social media presence
  4. Get in with the press
  5. Network, network, network
  6. Start a marketing customer database
  7. Spend wisely

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Suzanne Hull
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As the "Get It Done Girl", I help small businesses become more efficient by offering a variety of services on an as-needed basis:
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Suzanne is a Des Moines transplant who has realized the Power of being a Free Agent. Well-versed in many and varied skills, she has a passion for helping organizations and people achieve their potential. Suzanne = wife, traveler, multi-linguist, triathlete and cook.


I have worked with Suzanne on several projects and have been more than impressed with her. Suzanne is committed to understanding my business needs, she is extremely empathetic to our needs and she is wonderful at creating solutions that work within the scope of those requirements and resources. She is a consummate professional and she always provides value to the working relationship. Aside from being a great business person, she is also wonderful to work with and an absolute joy to be around. Suzanne can help you on so many levels and her expertise would be a feather in the cap of any business...big or small. I would gladly hire her again and would highly recommend her.

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