Insider Secrets at Social Media Conference Nov. 1-2


TAMPA, FL—Experts predict that businesses that fail to market to and engage their clients via social media — what global social media strategist Charlyn Shelton calls “the world’s largest trade show” — won’t survive the next five years.

Yet businesses owners are confused about how best to harness the power of social media: platforms change, recommended strategies seem to shift daily, and the number of messages vying for attention continues to grow.

The Social Media Visionaries Conference 2014 comes to Tampa on Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2, with a powerhouse program designed to teach uncommon social media strategies, clear the confusion, and help businesses build reliable revenues using a variety of social media platforms.

CharlynSheltonHSThe program features Shelton and five other social media visionaries, all experts in maximizing results on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. This “Power of Six” team comprises entrepreneurs, business owners who understand the requirements of a demanding marketplace. They have learned through trial and error the social media techniques that work. At the SMV Conference, they reveal what they’ve learned, why it works, and how other businesses can duplicate their successes.

Registration is $97 for Saturday only, or $297 for the two-day program. Saturday’s program teaches the techniques, while Sunday’s provides more intense strategic training. A Saturday-only option including VIP seating and access to the presenters is available for $146. The two-day enhanced package is $346. Lunch is included with all options.

Topics include: 7 Steps to Facebook Marketing that Pay Off; How to Find Money on LinkedIn; The 5 Buckets of Success; Marketing on Google+; Finding Clients on Twitter without posting a single Tweet; and Strategies to Boost Your SEO, Generate Leads, and Drive More Traffic to Your Website.

The days’ programs begin with sign-in at 8:00 a.m. Presentations are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., followed by an hour’s networking session.

Register online at . Contact Shelton for additional information at 321-446-5334.

Office Warming Party Benefits Local Food Bank

PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA—Small business owners are invited to celebrate the opening of Birgit Wilhelm’s independent insurance office with an office warming party and food drive to benefit hungry children in Pinellas County Schools.

The office warming is scheduled for Friday, October 3, from 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m., in Ms. Wilhelm’s office in the Smart Sixty-Six Office Community, 12360 – 66th St., North, in Pinellas Park.

Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the office warming, and while the refreshments are complimentary, Ms. Wilhelm encourages attendees to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items to benefit the food pantry at the Indian Rocks First Baptist Church. The food pantry not only collects donations for the upcoming holiday season, but also collects food for the weekend Pack-a-Sack lunch program that nourishes hungry students.

More than 60 tenants, including artists, professional services, and mobile workers in the Smart Sixty-Six Office Community are invited to showcase their products and service during this office warming.

Additional information is available on Ms. Wilhelm’s Event page on Facebook: or by calling 727-366-6240. RSVPs are requested by September 30.


End-of-Life Coach Eases Anxieties

LogoPINELLAS COUNTY, FL — Birth and death are the two experiences all humans will share, but while a birth is often a welcome and joyful event, death is often regarded with fear, anxiety, sadness, and loss.

End-of-life coach Marieke van Donkersgoed of Cypress Healing offers families a way to move past those negative feelings about death and dying to a compassionate, caring, and dignified sense of completion.

She is available to discuss end-of-life coaching with medical professionals, home health agencies, senior residences, and other groups interested in an inspiring, complimentary presentation.

Marieke van Donkersgoed, Grief and End-of-Life Coach

“Just six decades ago, families were loving, multi-generational units that saw us through all of life’s stages,” reminds van Donkersgoed. “Caring for an elder through illness and even death was something families embraced and understood as part of life.”

Van Donkersgoed’s approach helps families enfold their loved ones with warmth and dignity, turning their sense of loss into a sense of awe at the lives they’ve been privileged to share.

During her own mother’s final illness, and the realization of how inadequate were the end-of-life resources for her own journey of caring, van Donkersgoed realized that there is a profound chasm between the type of end-of-life services that are offered by a traditional medical focus, and the type of services that families still needed to reach true acceptance.

To schedule a presentation at your location, call (813) 336-1598.

Start-up is “haute Halloween home on the web”

DarkShadowcatST. PETERSBURG, FL — The Dark Shadowbox Company isn’t your typical “cottage” start-up, but it’s already attracted the attention of home decor mega-store Grandin Road.

“I’ve been a Halloween-o-phile since I was a small child,” says Dark Shadowbox Company founder LeAnn Brian McCann. “Wherever I’ve lived, people — complete strangers — came to my door during Halloween season to see how I’d decorated. One year in Tampa, more than 500 people traipsed through to be freaked out. I loved it!”

FB Prolfie pic Book CoverLast year, McCann translated her knack for knockout Halloween decorating into an e-book, “Halloween for Big Kids: A Haunt It Yourself Guide,” available on,, iTunes, and

The charge of seeing her work out there sparked McCann’s imagination even more.

cgiShe envisioned wall art with a Halloween theme, wall art that moved and “oohed” as fog roiled through the spookiest of cemeteries.




She gathered spiders and webs, scorpions, masques, velvet boots, and lenticular portraits (the things that go from genteel to ghoulish as the viewer moves past them), and she used her collections to fill shadowboxes that can complement home décor all year long.

After creating her works of art, McCann built a website, printed a brochure, and contacted Halloween retailers across the country. One of them was Ohio-based Grandin Road, which asked for a prototype of her computer-generated work, and McCann is now faced with securing the capital to produce her shadowboxes in quantity.

“My husband Bob is an integral part of The Dark Shadowbox Company,” says McCann. “We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help us reach our next goal, moving past our prototype and buying supplies to make more wall art boxes.”

McCann’s Dark Shadowboxes are featured throughout October at the Community Café’s “Nightmare on Central Avenue,” at 2444 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.

To see photos of The Dark Shadowbox Company’s products, visit

Contact McCann at 727-289-4904.