Subject: Announcement ~Shark Tank Rules~Awards~ NNBA Newsletter

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Presidents Corner                           July 1, 2015

Conference News
Just 3 months away and we will be celebrating NNBA’s 30th Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference which is scheduled at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino , October 2-4, 2015. NNBA members save $100 on registration! Make sure you make your room reservations to receive NNBA’s group discount rate. Several of you have asked about exhibiting to promote your business. Space is limited because we don’t have our exhibitors out in a hall; your table will be in view of the attendees during the entire event. So make sure to reserve your space as soon as possible. All this information is out on NNBA’s website under the 2015 Conference Tab. Here are more of this year’s compelling topics: Speaking for Fun & Profit, How to Be An Expert Witness, Self-Publishing a Best Seller. In addition to real-world content, this conference provides great networking, marketing and mentoring opportunities. So make sure to register for the conference and be part of the milestone event!
NNBA Shark Tank Competition!
NNBA is hosting a Shark Tank Competition! This is sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s conference and is scheduled Saturday afternoon. The Rules and Guidelines for our Nurse Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs to enter this event are now posted on the website here. NNBA’s Shark Tank does not require a business plan, financial statements or any supporting documents. It is literally “pure pitch”, with nothing but the value of your idea and presenting skills to support it. Who are the Sharks…well, you will find out soon! Prizes will be awarded so you don’t want to miss this fun event. The deadline to submit your entry is September 1, 2015.
Nurse Inventor - Steve Schmutzer
NNBA member Steve Schmutzer is the creator of IVEA, from Firefly Medical.  He sent me a video they created and I just had to pass it along to you. The video demonstrates great marketing and the appeal of the product.  Steve is interested in nurses and nurse managers seeing the benefits of this product and sharing it with those that make the financial decisions for your facility. I don’t know a nurse that couldn’t benefit from the efficiency of the IVEA. When you view this video you will see that many of us ‘have been there’ and wished this product was around to help us and our patients! Invented by a nurse for nurses. Check out the instructional video here.
Member & Speaker Spotlight
We are Continuing to spotlight our members & speakers for our October Conference! Our speakers are all driven to provide massive value for the Nurses interested in Entrepreneurship. Learn more about each speaker in spotlight below. This newsletter you’ll learn more about Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN. Renee will be speaking Sunday, October 4th and will be presenting Communication Essentials for Today's Business Owner.

Celebrating our country’s 4th of July has me thinking about independence; nurse independence! I am going to be in Pittsburgh on July 15th for the “From Burnout to Bliss”™ Essential Business Skills for Today’s Successful Nurse Seminar. Together with Dr. Renee Thompson we will be showing nurses how to monetize their experience, communicate so people listen and how nurses can advance their careers. Earn 3.5 Contact hours and join us at Robert Morris University on the Moon Township Campus - click here. Renee and I would love to meet you!
Unconventionally yours,

Articles of Interest
Top 10 Reasons Your Brand Needs To Be On Facebook

Forbes Magazine
What Business Plan Type Is Best for Me?

U.S. Small Business Administration
8 Ways to Be More Confident and Live the Life of Your Dreams
Are you still waiting to be convinced of the value of Facebook for business? Is it really necessary?

Below are the top 10 reasons your brand needs to be on Facebook. Read through this list and then decide for yourself!

1. Facebook is still the most popular social networking site for marketers.
According to the Salesforce 2015 State of Marketing report, Facebook is still the #1 social channel for marketers in 2015. With 80% of marketers currently using the platform, not being active on Facebook is akin to giving your competitors a golden ticket.
Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” I say a plan by any other name is still a plan; but many different things get labeled "business plans." 

You'll see that label on:
• Strategic plans
• Annual plans
• Operational plans
• Feasibility plans
• Business plans for startups seeking investment money

And of course I use the term “lean business plan,” which is what I say all business owners need. No wonder it's confusing! Here are a few tips to help you sort it out.
For the vast majority of my life I didn’t believe I could do most of the things I wanted to do.
I knew I wanted to be in a relationship, but I feared that if I got into one I’d do something to mess it up.
I wanted to perform on Broadway, but even moving to New York City didn’t give me the courage to audition.
I wanted to be a writer, but I thought it was far too difficult to get published and therefore didn’t even try until my late twenties.
Maybe you’ve never been as unsure of yourself as I used to be, but you can likely relate to that feeling of wanting to do something but feeling terrified to start.
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NNBA Members Spotlight
Renee Thompson
DNP, RN, CMSRN, CEO and President of RTConnections, LLC

Dr. Renee Thompson is a true champion for nurses. After more than 25 years as a nurse, nurse educator and nurse executive, Renee has become one of our country’s leading authorities on nurse bullying, clinical and professional competence, and nursing culture.

Dr. Renee Thompson is the CEO and President of RTConnections, LLC and has been repeatedly published, interviewed, and awarded for her work to educate, connect and inspire current and future nurses. Renee is the published author of several books and speaks nationwide to healthcare organizations and academic institutions motivating her audience at keynote addresses, professional conferences, workshops, and seminars. Her presentations and seminars focus on improving clinical and professional competence, eliminating nurse-to-nurse bullying, effective communication and leadership, building a positive and healthy workplace, and nurturing a culture of respect.

To stay connected with nurses, Renee continues to practice as a bedside nurse. To learn more about Renee visit her website,
Lighten Up...
Living Your Best Life
You Don't Want to Miss This!!!
October 2 - 4, 2015 
Las Vegas, NV

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we're having a party
to celebrate NNBA's 30th Annual Entrepreneurship Conference!

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