Subject: Entrepreneurship ~ #1 Reason for Business Success ~ Shark Tank Wisdom

President's Corner
February 15, 2018
Dear Nurses,

I want to thank every nurse who entered proposals for our Nurse Entrepreneur & Career Alternatives annual educational conference. This year we had over forty-five entries! Nurse entrepreneurship is growing, and is increasingly popular due to many factors influencing the nursing profession. This is the conference to discover, explore and expand upon hundreds of ideas  using your nursing knowledge and life experience in business!

LeAnn Thieman, author of the New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for Nurses Soul series, is now collecting stories for her third edition of SelfCare for HealthCare™. Send your story written the best you can with all the details, and LeAnn will take it from there! Be sure to put your full name, and contact information on your submission. If your story is selected, a fee of $200 will be paid. Email your story to; write "My Story" in the subject line. Deadline March 15, 2018! Good luck nurses and we are looking forward to LeAnn’s keynote address at our conference October 12-14th in Las Vegas!

An important reminder! NNBA Members Web Page: NNBA members can have their own web page to promote themselves and their business. Business owners that have a website will benefit from backlinks to your site, increasing your SEO. For nurses that don’t have a website, a web presence is a must in today’s digital age. Check out the directory here for examples: This benefit alone is worth more than double the cost of membership. Just fill out the Web Presence Application form, and within 5 business days, your webpage will be up!

The article below titled Starting a Business for This 1 Reason Will Lead to Success, highlights, what I believe, is one of the top reasons nurses make great business owners; nurses are great problem solvers. Facebook tops over 2 billion active users, a billion of which are active daily. I’m one of a billion, are you? Nurse business owners can learn Step-by-Step, This How You Create a Facebook Ad That Sells. In the next NNBA Newsletter, we will be announcing NNBA’s 2018 Shark Tank Competition. The last article below, What the Sharks Have Learned After a Decade in the Tank is so informative, and the very best details are towards the end. These are the Sharks’ No. 1 lessons learned, their best deals, and other fun facts from nearly a decade in the tank.

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Unconventionally yours,

Nurse Business Insider Tip                    by Michelle Podlesni, RN

Lifestyle > Work Style Strategy: The aim of the Lifestyle Leads Work Style Follows Plan is to experience inner peace. Inner peace happens when your work is aligned with the values you hold most dear, and seeing those values reflected in your daily activities. In addition to inner peace; your creativity and energy levels increase.

For too many years to count, my life was incongruent, and my road was “bumpy”. I had artificially divided my world into the professional me, and the personal me. I let my job determine how I organized my life, and I felt increasingly dissatisfied. Maslow’s Hierarchy came to my rescue, but being unconventional, I turned it on its head. 
More details are in my book, however, I’m giving you the essence of this strategy here. Values, Purpose, Goals, Habits, and Daily Tasks. This is a values driven strategy that will give you, and your business a roadmap for productivity, as well as peace of mind for your journey to come.

© Michelle Podlesni, 2011-2018, Unconventional Nurse
Articles of Interest
Starting a Business for This 1 Reason Will Lead to Success

Step-by-Step, This How You Create a Facebook Ad That Sells

Entrepreneur Magazine
What the Sharks Have Learned After a Decade in the Tank
Success Magazine
Sure, you want to be an empire maker. But first you need an idea. A really good one. Some might say brilliant.

Startup ideas can come from just about anywhere--truly. Let's look at the most common sources:

  • A theme or problem from your daily life
  • An emerging trend
  • A gap in a specific market
  • A drive to help others in an inventive way
  • A special skill or expertise that you possess
Which is best? We've asked scores of successful entrepreneurs and noted experts this very same question.
Advertising on Facebook is a must for any marketer. First of all, it’s a goldmine when it comes to users. As of June 2017, the channel boasts more than 2 billion monthly active users and an impressive 1 billion+ daily users. That’s an extremely powerful channel to tap into, but in order to reach those masses, businesses have to advertise.

Following Facebook’s latest algorithm update, it’s harder than ever for businesses to reach users organically. Even before the latest update, brand’s organic reach sat at an unimpressive 2 percent on average.

Luckily, Facebook ad’s reach is greater than ever. Time and again it proves to be the most popular social media advertising channel, with 93 percent of social media advertisers using Facebook ads.
The Sharks are cold, cunning and curt.

They tell it like it is. They aren’t afraid to let an entrepreneur know when his or her idea is bad - or even terrible. They’re in it for the money and the money alone.

Or at least that’s what they make viewers think.

Last year - the ninth season of the Emmy-winning business reality show - the Sharks witnessed the single most emotional moment in Shark Tank history. “In all the nine years I’ve been on the show, I was never so moved,” investor Barbara Corcoran says. “It took my breath away.”
Corcoran, a real-estate mogul and the Shark most likely to be bleeped for R-rated language...
About the NNBA
The National Nurses in Business Association, the vanguard of the nurse entrepreneurship movement, provides education, support, empowerment and opportunities for nurses in business since 1985. Thousands of nurses over the past 30 years have benefited from membership in the NNBA and launched successful businesses. The NNBA is the #1 Nurse Business Owner Network and serves as The Voice of Nurse Entrepreneurship. Learn about joining the NNBA by clicking here.
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