Thursday, May 26, 2011

Canada:Opportunity For Formulators of Beauty Care Goods

**Pass It On**

Good afternoon,

I have been advised of an excellent opportunity for Canadian companies that produce organic, eco-friendly beauty care products in large packaging (creams and shampoos in packaging larger than 750 ml) and/or “kits of products” (i.e.. a kit containing eye shadow and eye liners) to Wal-Mart Brazil. Wal-Mart has highlighted that these items are intended to target the general public and should not be high-end products as pricing is a decisive factor.

Wal-Mart Brazil is actively engaged in diversifying its portfolio and will be pleased to receive proposals from Canadian companies that match their desired profile through the assistance of the Trade Commissioner Service in São Paulo.

If you believe your product and company fit the profile and you are interested to export your product to WalMart Brazil, please for further information.

Kind regards,

Sent on behalf of:
Josie L. Mousseau

  A/Deputy Director/Directeur Adjoint p.i.
Consultations and Liaison Division/Direction des consultations et liaison
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada/
Affaires étrangères et Commerce international Canada
111 Sussex Drive, R1-311, Ottawa, ON  K1A 0G2
Tel:  (613)943-4556  Cell: (613)355-8342

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May's Indie Artisan Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to:

Keianna!  She won this!

Keianna, look out for your DM on Twitter. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Honeysuckle Rose #NaturalHair Model Call--Don't Miss It

Psst, I know something about this project, but I can't tell you.  Awwww.  I can tell you this, if modeling is your interest and you have natural hair, then you want to be at that location, at that time.   How do you know about this project, Itiel?  The woman pictured on the right is my Soulmatesister (since 18 years old).  I am very proud of her.  She is making the choice to stay in love with her business, and this project is just one of her endeavors.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

How to Stay In Love With Your Business

At the end of last month, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by, via Skype.  It was my very first video interview, so I was pretty excited about how it would  turn out.  Check out the interview (very organic) by clicking on the post's title.

Monday, May 9, 2011

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My desire is to inspire women in business, to aspire to be the best that they can, in all aspects of their lives. Itiel 

Let's get to the nitty-gritty. 

It is evident that I am not a guru, celebrity, nor celebrity-like.  However, my experience gives me the credentials to share and hopefully inspire others.

I remember a time when (almost every month) I thought about going to the bank to get a loan to operate my business. King T. would always remind me of how far we've come: 1 hour away from homelessness to head coming and staying above water.  I have a few notebooks filled with business ideas.  Although that loan would give immediate results, I am at great peace checking off each accomplishment.  As a business woman, I have implemented other divisions for growth. As an Indie biz woman, I know that the most powerful bet to continue to flourish is C-O-L-L-A-B-O-R-A-T-I-O-N.

Most Indie biz want the growth and notoriety of big biz, but many do not make the key move like big biz.  Bertolli®, Ben & Jerry's®, and redbox® is the latest collabo I've seen.  I love it (I love just about every big biz collabo)!  Purchase Bertolli® (a meal for 2)+ Ben & Jerry's® (a pint of dessert for 2)= 3 free redbox® movies.  Now I don't know who the facilitator of this collabo is, but my money is on redbox®.  Brilliant.  My theory: redbox® saw this as the perfect weekend experience for 2.  Smart.  Bertolli® and Ben & Jerry's® understood the vision and saw the $$$$$.  Big biz doesn't get comfortable in the 'people-know-about-us' mentality.  They stay in your face....working smarter not harder , they do it via collabos.

There's no doubt that Indie biz women (hand-crafters and services) can successfully grow their business, by adding collaborations to their plan.  This is the most powerful way to generate attention and potential business from consumers.  I know many think it is the crab-in-the-barrel attitude that keeps women from working together, however, my years of observing Indies has lead me to:
  • the lack of know-how
  • the lack of confidence
  • the lack of vision
Operating a successful business ain't easy, and adding something else to your plan might make you want to run, but you got to put the work in.

My most recent collaboration proposals have been sent out to two women in my network.  One is for creating for a cause, the other is cross-marketing (similar to the redbox® collabo).  I heard from the former, immediately.  She instantly saw the vision and benefits.  Hoping that the other professional woman will also see the vision.  I am always paying attention to women in my network, making notes, building a plan on how we can work together.

If you are a professional woman in business, and you can see how we can work together, send your proposal (objective, procedures, etc.) to itiel (at)smellgoodspa(dot)com.  Don't limit your creativity on how we can work together.

Business Tip:
Stack The Deck- If you have an Affiliate Marketing Program (another great tool for growing business), incorporate that into your collabos (if applicable).

Related Reading:
Why So Many Women Fail!

Related Source:
Her Light Is On

Friday, May 6, 2011

Indie Artisan Giveaway-2011! Raspberry Crochet

Open to the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Mexico

You must leave your first nameemail address (or Twitter account), and comment to qualify for this giveaway. Entries without these details are not counted in giveaway.  Read below for the details.

May's Indie Artisan Giveaway is sponsored by Raspberry Crochet!

Raspberry Crochet-  Not just crochet.  
Hats, scarves and fashion accessories. (I have a beautiful, large, cozy hat.  I am always receiving compliments on it.  The Warrior Princesses have hair cute in their natural hair.  We <3 Raspberry Crochet.)

Win a Soft Velour Scarf: This is scarf is knitted from an extremely soft 100% acrylic velour yarn.  Crafted on large needles, the scarf is very light in texture but will provide cozy warmth when wrapped.   Scarf is approximately 5 feet (60 in) by 7 in.  Retail Value: $35.00

To Enter:
  • Visit Raspberry Crochet to take a look around. 
  • Come back and leave a comment about the creation that would look fab in your cooler-weather-wardrobe (with first name, email address or Twitter account). 
  • Only one comment per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
  • Deadline: Friday, May 20th, 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be selected using

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Father's Day

June 19th is around the corner, and Smell Goods '98™ is slapping on virtual sale stickers, all in the name of Him.

The May issue of Mmmm News will arrive in your inbox with all kinds of special offers (lots of freebies).  A well groomed man deserves to live good, feel good, and smell good.

May's issue of Mmmm News will be delivered on the 4th (tomorrow).  Subscribe today, plus, you'll receive free shipping for doing so.  Sign-up is to the right, under our picture.