Drug Rehab Center – How to Choose the Right One

The good news about treating drug addiction is that there are many centers out there for you to choose from, attend and get the much needed help or assistance you can get. But it also poses some problems as you may not know the right one to attend. This article is written to help you. You should look out for what is discussed in this article when searching for the right center to attend.

One of the things you must look at is the number of years the center has been in business. A center with lots of years of experience is in the best position to help you. It means that they have helped several human beings like you to overcome their addiction problem. Also, keep in mind the reputation of the center. If it’s not a center that is well known, it is appropriate that you keep searching. Ensure that the center maintains high quality. You can check at the better business bureau for more information.

Another thing you should look at is the available facilities at the center. You must not forget this. Does the center have adequate rooms for patients? Is the center medically equipped? You also need to look at the staff. Are they qualified? Check their qualification. They should be experienced in handling human beings grappling with drug addiction.

Another factor you should keep in mind is the number of human beings they have helped in the past. I often advise people like you to ask politely if they can contact and confirm the testimonies of the people who have attended the center. If the center cannot give you the opportunity despite putting lots of testimonials on their website, it is a sign that the testimonials are not true. So, it is appropriate to keep searching for a center that will allow you verify the claims of past patients.

It is not appropriate to take the words of a friend or an associate when searching for a drug rehab center. Make sure that you carry out adequate research to know if the center is right for you or not. You need help and should therefore avoid fraudulent centers that will not help you overcome your addiction problem.

Business Grants For Women

I started researching business grants for women when I decided to start a small home based business in late 2008. I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to create a steady income so I wanted to know what my options were.

I found that most government grants, as well as those funded by non-profits that are tagged as being for women, are often made available only as part of a need to reach an underserved population (like the disabled, minority serving institutions, etc.). For example, when “women” is used as the search term on grants.gov ( a great place to find a full list of government grants) the grant titles in the search results rarely have to do with women or business. If women are mentioned specifically, it’s usually for a study related to pregnancy.

Further digging revealed that different counties and cities may offer grants to locally owned businesses, without regard to ownership, that have some payback in terms of economic development. These funds become available fairly randomly, and usually carry some expectation about the improvement of “Main Street.”

I learned that the Small Business Administration hasn’t had any start up grant programs for women since the 1980’s.

It soon became apparent that “women business grants”  were usually specially packaged and marketed loans for “for profit” initiatives.

After just a few phone calls, I learned about several local resources for entrepreneurs that could not only help me make my way through all the funding options, but would also help me grow my business, provide me with a mentor, and connect me with other small businesses who might  need my services. Wow, I thought. Maybe all that would get me to a place where I could be self sufficient and wouldn’t need “free money,” much less borrow it. Here are some of the national and local resources I found that offer advice, resources and expertise, all for free:

The Government funded Small Businsess Administration (SBA), is not a funding source for grants, but does a tremendous amount of financial assistance through a variety of loan programs, including loan guarantees with participating lenders and micro loans. We have several locations in the Kansas City area.

The SBA created the Women’s Business Centers specifically for female entrepreneurs. They also are not a funding source, but do provide advice on business planning, financial needs assessment, and information on the different kinds of funding available in the local marketplace. In my town, we have two Centers.

SCORE – The Service Corps of Retired Executives is a national organization with many local offices that matches industry experts with startups. The mentors are matched with an entrepreneur in their area of expertise.

KCsourcelink.com is a local non-profit business resource center. It currently being used as a model for a number of national networking organizations.

The Business Information Center, also affiliated with the SBA, is another resource for people trying to build a business. They provide over 200 sample business plans and information on dispelling myths of funding.

7 Steps To Success In Your Home Based Information Marketing Business

Before we talk about the 7 steps to home business success, you may have wondered if there really is such a thing as a perfect home based business. Many years of experience and a lot of research by me and others has proven that Information Marketing is the only opportunity I know of that meets all of the requirements for a P.E.R.F.E.C.T. home business.

There are Seven Keys the P.E.R.F.E.C.T. home based business must satisfy, one key for each letter in the word PERFECT.

The “P” in PERFECT stands for “Profitable”

The first “E” in PERFECT means “Easy”

The “R” stands for “Real”

The “F” means “Fits With Your Desired Lifestyle”

The second “E” stands for “E-friendly” (can use the internet and e-mail for marketing)

The “C” means”Competitive”

And the “T” stands for “Testable At Low Risk”

The PERFECT Home Based Business will fill all of the requirements outlined in these seven keys and Information Marketing matches every requirement.

Once you’re convinced too that Information Marketing is the PERFECT home based business opportunity for you, and I hope you are, the next step is to take action and get started on your own home based Information Marketing business.

There are Seven PERFECT(TM) Action Steps to Success in your Information Marketing Business, one for each letter in the word PERFECT. Here is an overview of the seven PERFECT action steps:

1. P: Passion

2. E: Economics

3. R: Research

4. F: Find Your Business Model

5. E: Establish Your Product Line

6. C: Complete Your Marketing Machine

7. T: Traffic and Conversion

P: Passion means determining your core desires and identifying your passion(s) and strength(s). This is a required first step that will help motivate you and greatly increase your chances of being successful. You are much more likely to succeed in the long term if your business is centered around something you are passionate about.

E: Economics means finding profitable markets that resonate with your core desires, passions, and strengths that you identified in the first success step called Passion. If you can’t find a market that fits completely, at least find one that you are strongly interested in, or think you could become strongly interested in. But, if a market is not profitable, it doesn’t matter whether or not it matches your passions. Find a profitable market before creating any products.

R: Research means doing additional research on the market(s) you identified in the Economics success step, on the product(s) you think you may want to offer, on your potential competitors, and on your prospects.

The purpose is, in part, to make sure you know exactly what kind of products are being offered to your market, where they are being offered, where your prospects may be searching for solutions, what kind of sales copy and offers are being used, who your competitors are and what they aren’t offering that your prospects need (that you could offer in your product).

F: Find Your Business Model means deciding what business model is the best fit for your personality, skills and interests, the one that most closely matches what you would like to do in the future, and even the one that sounds like it would be the most fun for you to do.

The business model you decide on will include your choice of Marketing Channel (online, e-mail, offline, or a combination), Product Category (determined by the degree of content created by you), and Sales Process (direct linking, opt-in, sales page, or content site, for example).

C: Complete Your Marketing Machine means creating everything needed to attract prospects and convert them to paying customers, including for example, web pages to get prospects to opt in to your e-mail list or to sell or pre-sell a product, a series of autoresponder e-mail messages, order pages, download pages and so on.

Another way of looking at it is, once you have at least your first product created, or your first affiliate product selected, how do you get it marketed? How do you get orders and get paid for them? Your marketing machine accomplishes all of that, and what your marketing machine looks like will depend on which sales process you have selected for your business.

T: Traffic And Conversion means getting traffic and converting that traffic into orders.

If your build your web site, they will come. Right?

WRONG!

In order to get the traffic you need you must give people a reason to visit your opt-in page, sales page, or content web site. There are many free and paid methods to get traffic to your web site. Getting traffic is one thing. Converting that traffic to orders for your product is another. If you have ten million people visit your site, but nobody orders, what good is it?

You need to be able to convert the traffic into orders.