Birmingham roundtable for entrepreneurs

Birmingham roundtable for entrepreneurs

The Townsend Hotel, located at 100 Townsend in Birmingham, will be hosting an Investepreneur Roundtable with two local successful business owners who created their start-up companies and succeeded in making them thriving second-stage companies.

The event lasts from 4 to 6 p.m. and will include valuable business lessons and tips for any start-up owner or entrepreneurs who could use some proven advice in making their companies more successful.

The event costs $85 per person if tickets are bought before Sept. 27 or $95 a ticket on the day of the event. Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce members will get $20 off the price of the ticket. For more information, visit, or call (248) 644-1700.

Becoming an Associate Travel Agent

Becoming an Associate Travel Agent is (probably) the Smartest Thing I’ve EVER Done: Part II

My husband and I were married in April 2005. We had purchased a house before the wedding, and we wanted to save as much as we could on our Honeymoon. In truth, we set a budget of $2,000 for our trip. However, while I was looking up different packages, I just couldn’t find anything less than $3000 including airfare, food and activities. We really wanted to go somewhere in the Caribbean, but it seemed as though it would be impossible.

That is, until I found a company that promised me the title of Associate Travel Agent. For just $225, I would have all of the benefits of a travel agent – including incredibly discounted rates – as well as earn a 10% commission on all of the travel that I booked. I also had to pay an additional $19.95 per month to maintain a website through this company, which was only a site that had a bunch of different links to other sites, such as Travelocity and Orbitz.

Still, I purchased my membership for $225, and I booked our Honeymoon at Sandals Grande St. Lucian for $1,400 TOTAL. I saved $5,600 on the hotel stay alone – and we had all of the benefits that other Sandals guests had. Since I had enough frequent flyer miles, we only had to purchase one plane ticket. So, add the $225 cost for the membership card, $19.95 for the website, $1400 for the resort and $300 for the plane ticket, I still came in under budget for the Honeymoon of our dreams.

Since I did so well with our Honeymoon, I was motivated to book travel for other people. I booked around $10,000 worth of travel in just 6 months, yet all I received was a $45 commission check from this company. I couldn’t believe it. So, I headed down to the local Department of Labor and registered my own travel business, Popular Resorts Transcontinental – Known as PRT Travel because the name is so long. I soon obtained a CLIA number for my company, and was well on my way to becoming a success.

I have booked 7 cruises in the past week alone. That means that I earned a $1,372 commission rather than the $137.20 that the other company would have paid me. I keep 100% of my commissions. I am no longer registered with the other company, because I don’t have to be. Besides, I did a search on the Better Business Bureau with the company’s name, and I learned that it has 40 complaints within the past 36 months. Because of these unanswered complaints, the company has an unsatisfactory record with the BBB. Plus, I have read many different accusations of this company (among others) being a scam from hundreds of people. I didn’t think that this was the case for me, as I saved a lot of money on my Honeymoon. But, after getting a check for just $45 after selling $10,000 worth of travel, I started to think otherwise.

Then, I started to think about the hundreds of other people that are in the same boat that I was in: spending $225 as a registration fee, $19.95 per month for a website that I could have created for free on Geocities or something, and a $50 renewal fee every year. That adds up to $515 for the first year and $290 every year thereafter. That’s a lot of expense for a very little return.

So, I decided to open my company up to more people that want to save money on travel and earn money booking it for other people. I don’t charge you for some bogus website that you could create yourself– If you want one, go ahead and create one. You will get 100% of the commissions that you earn through the different programs that you can register yourself for. I won’t leave you to work hard on your own, then take 90% of what you earn. It’s completely unfair, in my humble opinion. You will receive 80% commission off of all of your bookings, which will be paid via check within 15 (fifteen) days of the check clearing into the PRT account. The company will keep 20% commission for administrative fees and taxes. There isn’t any travel company out there that offers this.

You will be registered as a Specialist with Popular Resorts Transcontinental on every single booking engine where the company is registered. If there is a company that you want to register with that PRT isn’t yet registered with, all you have to do is send an email to with your request, and it will be taken care of within a week. This is how a travel company should be run.

So, what do you have to do? Well, that depends on how much money you would like to make. I am simply providing you with the means to book travel and earn income. How much you earn is on your shoulders: Book as much or as little as you like. Plus, you can always use the membership card that you will receive in order to get your own discounted travel.

It’s simple, really. All you have to do is fill out the Registration Form, make your payment ($75), and mail your form, receipt and passport photo in. If you want more than one specialty, it is an additional $30 for each, and you will receive separate cards for all of them. You’ll receive your welcome kit within 2 weeks. The card is good until December 31, 2007, which is when the CLIA registration must be renewed. I am so tired of these other companies taking advantage or me and people like me, and it was time that I did something about it.

Be the Boss of Your Life

Be the Boss of Your Life

I like the entrepreneurial life. You set hours and tasks for the day. I control my product and distribution. It’s fun selling your creation. I can’t believe people are buying my work. It’s great and it rewires thinking patterns. During the majority of my life, I worked to make someone else rich.

It would be interesting to find out how much my employer makes from Omar Hasan’s services. I’m paying their kids tuition, mortgage, retirement fund and their summer home in Barbados (lol). I don’t get angry. It’s a choice.I have freewill. In America, everyone has the opportunity to be the bossof their talents.

Since becoming an author of “The Disappearance Of Hate”, I’ve had to develop marketing tactics. I didn’t take marketingin college. I didn’t know it’s importance. I’m an artist. This isn’t relevant. As I got older, I realize its significance. Talent is great, but marketingis essential.

The public needs to discover your talent via flyers, word of mouth, social networking, podcastingand other platforms. Once you do this opportunities appear. People want to help spread the word and offer encouragement to your goals. What’s crazy is strangers can offer more support than family and friends.

Yesterday, when I was in the West Village, a middle aged white woman named Susan said”I’m proud of you”. Only thing I did was give her a flyer and gave insight on my book. I never met this woman before. I felt so good. Why can’t people I’ve known for more than 10 minutes show me this kind of love? This isn’t directed to those family and friends that are encouraging and supportive.

I guess become I’m a threat.I’m moving to a new level. What will he become? What will he do? He might actually succeed. I can’t let this happen. These thoughts are probably entering their minds. Maybe, I’m overreacting and overthinking. I can’t let people’s actions or inaction stop me.

You have to be a boss of your own life. Your not living for anyone else but yourself and God. Make your own money and grow an empire. What’s wrong with making yourself wealthy?Read motivational blogs and books,escape dead end friends and people. Risk everything to live the life you deserve.

BTW pick up the 50 Laws by 50 Cent and Robert Greene

My current status: Still working a job to support my talents. But this in only temporary. I look forward to remarkable change in 2010.