Austin Local Business Forum

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Is There a Trend Towards Catastrophic Health Insurance Plans for Small and Medium Business?
Asked by Bhavana, Tomball, TX on Aug 10, 2017 • Tagged in Insurance
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I read a report that there is trend for small and medium businesses switching to High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) since healthcare is eating into the bottomlines... (more)

    James Ascher from Bay Bridge Administrators, LLC
    Austin, TX • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Saturday, August 19, 2017

    As an AR person at a third party administrator, yes, I see this type of coverage increasing with Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) plans, but mainly with small and... (more)

I Am Looking to Work With a Moving Company That Does Cross Country.
Asked by Shawn, Denver, CO on Aug 18, 2017 • Tagged in Moving and Storage

We have clients that are selling their home and moving to the east coast.

    Joey Melgoza from A & J MOVING & CONTRACTING
    Austin, TX • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, August 18, 2017

    we can define try help out.. goes by weight and mileage.

    Call or email details

    5125505912

    [email address]

    Thx. Joey Melgoza

    Success Mgr.

How Do I Unite Private Capital With Wholesale Real Estate Deals?
Asked by Sandy, The Woodlands, TX on Aug 18, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

I wish to unite private capital with wholesale real estate deals in need of funding, both residential and commercial. What is the best method of reaching out to both... (more)

    Paul Alvarado from Polaris Capital Funding
    Austin, TX • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, August 18, 2017

    Thanks for your question Sandy. I too am from The Woodlands and have a place in Austin. To answer your question I would first need to ask is wholesale real estate... (more)

What's the Best Way to Market an Insurance Business on a Small Budget?
Asked by Keith, Mesa, AZ on Aug 17, 2017 • Tagged in Offline

I'm new to the Small Business Insurance industry and I'm looking for tips on marketing on a small budget. How do I not sound like a small voice yelling into a... (more)

    Greg Flores from Greg Flores Farmers Insurance Agency
    Austin, TX • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Friday, August 18, 2017

    I see some good suggestions here already. What works well for me is my natural market. These are friends, family, acquaintances, neighbors, school organizations,... (more)

How Can I Get More Insurance Customers for My Collision Repair Shop?
Asked by Marlon, Redwood City, CA on Aug 16, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

I like to know how can I get more insurance costumer for my collision repair shop, because is to difficult if you are not DRP.

    Paul Alvarado from Polaris Capital Funding
    Austin, TX • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, August 18, 2017

    My advice is more aggressive. You could use a gorilla tactic. You could run a marketing campaign to honour your competitors specials. You should also emphasis you... (more)

What Accounting Software Does Your Business Use?
Asked by Larry, Tulsa, OK on Aug 17, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion
    Victoria Bogdanovich, CPA from Victoria Bogdanovich, CPA
    Austin, TX • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Any available software that my client use (Windows or Mac), desktop or online, ERP or Excel template.

I Am a General Contractor, How Do I Target Real Estate Offices in My Area?
Asked by Mack, Lynn, MA on Aug 15, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

Ok. My next Marketing Campaign is going to be concentrated specifically on Real Estate Offices. I need try doing my own marketing campaign at least once. So, do I... (more)

    Paul Eugene Miller from PK Renovations
    Austin, TX • 0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Definitely think outside the box. Stopping by their office has proven ineffective. The best way I've found to reach realtors is through network groups. Find out what... (more)

What Marketing Do You Recommend for a Computer Repair Business?
Asked by John, Gilbert, AZ on Aug 16, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

I have gone through more marketing companies then I can count. What type marketing do you use/ practice and get the best result from?

    David Reimherr from Magnificent Marketing
    Austin, TX • 3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    I definitely would suggest thinking strongly about a content marketing approach. You could give helpful pointers on information on at home fixes for small computer... (more)

From Experience, What Are Your Tips on Rebranding And/or Raising Rates for Designers?
Asked by Tamara, Austin, TX on Aug 16, 2017 • Tagged in General Discussion

We've been in business for 25+ years and are raising rates that will bring us to a new level of clientele. We're also going to change our logo to reflect who we've... (more)

    Chris Hess from Hess Design Solutions
    2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Only rebrand if you see an obvious problem. Your brand doesn't communicate who you are, it's too complicated, it's not attracting the talent or clientele you want,... (more)

Photographers, How Can I Market to a Specific Audience?
Asked by Ashley, Orlando, FL on Aug 15, 2017 • Tagged in Research

want to shoot more Maternity and engagement photo sessions. How do I go about doing this?

    Don Rogers from Don Rogers
    Austin, TX • 1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Let me start by saying, I have 36 years experience as a pro. Was the first digital photogapher doing portraits/weddings in my area by a year or two. I have... (more)