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Contest: Inc. 500|5000 – Deadline Extended


Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 Award: Private Companies Take Center Stage
Has your company grown since 2005?  If so, it may be one of the fastest-growing companies in America. Apply now to receive national recognition for your company and for the SCORE business community.

Inc. is continuing to accept applications for the 2009 Inc. 500|5000 list from their Inc. partner networks through May 22nd Apply today!

 One of the most prestigious honors in American business, the Inc. 500|5000 award ranks the 5,000 fastest-growing companies based on revenue growth over a three-year period, from 2005 to 2008.  If you make the list, Inc. will share your company’s story and success with the world.  The award will also recognize the top companies in many metro areas, regions, and industries, as well as the top minority- and woman-owned companies.

Click here to apply.  Questions?  Call Inc. at 1/800-248-0308.

Jacalyn Barnes, SCORE
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Work/Life Balance: Keeping Your Personal & Professional Networks Separate

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Recently I have realized that I get more Facebook requests than LinkedIn requests. A lot of the Facebook friend requests that I have been getting are from colleagues and business contacts. It’s the type of requests that I used to get through LinkedIn all the time.

Initially I struggled with how to handle the Facebooks requests and whether I should connect to all these business contacts through Facebook. For a long time my Facebook friend requests continued to grow and grow while I debated how to use these two separate systems. I did not want to lose the networking ability you get by connecting to people through these systems, but I did want to have a place to connect with friends and family, which was separated from my work.

Finally I have come up with a solution that has worked really well for me and has let me enjoy Facebook while still allowing me to continue to connect with a powerful business network. When a business person asks to be my friend on Facebook, I simply ignore their request on Facebook, but send them a request through LinkedIn. I usually add a message that says:


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