Thursday, July 31, 2008

Google Tri State Business Network Group

We are number 1 on google right now. The more we visit this blog and BLOG, the higher we will rise in NETWORKING, CINCINNATI. That is what the common goal should be for all of us.

Thanks for everything,

Clayton R. Hicks

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Larry Shideler will be presenting on "Networking" the this Tuesday @ 8:30 am at the Hyde Park Meeting and 12 pm at O'Charley's.

Larry Shideler
Will be presenting on "Networking"
the this Tuesday @ 8:30 am at the Hyde Park Meeting
and 12 pm at O'Charley's.

Larry Shideler
Customer Loyalty Manager
513-405-4773 Cell
Inspection Plus, LTD.
5381 Autumnwood Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
513-793-3552 Office Phone


The word "leadership" is key in business. There are leaders and there are followers in business. How are your leadership skills?

Are you leading in your industy? Are doing everything it takes to provide excellence, integrity, and great service, everyday?

Sometimes the leaders are not the ones leading the race, right? The leaders out there are the ones that get up everytime they fall, not the ones who crosses the finish line first.

I, personally, have fallen many, many times. But, here is the thing, I keep getting up and fighting and pushing. Life is hard enough without quitting and getting even further behind. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

If you feel like it hard to keep getting up, try coming to a networking meeting. We are all in a marathon and can feel your pain everytime you fall. We have been there, done that.

The meeting schedule is on the right hand side of this blog. You do not have to RSVP, just show up. We preach about relationships. Sometimes the relationships is what keeps you getting up and running again and again.


Clayton R. Hicks

Monday, July 28, 2008

212 Degrees

212 degrees. That number is a very imprtant one. I realize that most people are going to look at this in a different manner once this has been explained.

Tri-State Business Network is very important to all of us. Tri-State Business Networking group needs to put the heat on its members. What I mean by this, is this:

Come to the meetings, build relationships, build up a referral business, and focus on what you give, not on what you get, and Success will be YOURS!

At 212 degrees water boils, at 211 it does not. How are you running your business? Are you running it at 211 or 212 degrees?

Can you imagine that a 1 degree makes a huge difference in your cash flow and non cash flow. How many of you out there at a degree below the rest?

If you are at 211 degrees, you are falling behind. I realize that you may say, "I am doing my best to find more business, but it is not coming my way, yet."

Keep GIVING, keep PUSHING, keep all of this going right HERE right NOW, push YOUR energy level to the next level. But, you must increase the heat by 1 degree, RIGHT NOW!


Clayton R. Hicks

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Winners and Losers Part 2

The difference between a winner and a loser is really just a matter of how you look at circumstances in life and then deal with them. All of us find ourselves on the losing end at some time or another; it's how we cope with failure that determines whether or not we are a winner.

Winners make things happen
Losers watch things happen

Winners know that if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well
Losers look for the least amount of effort

Winners are always involved in the answer
Losers are always part of the problem

Winners know there is still much to learn
Losers think they know it all

Winners never give up
Losers quit as soon as things get difficult

The following are examples of some of the most successful people in history and their failures:

SIR EDMUND HILLARY wanted to climb Mount Everest and after three failed attempts finally succeeded. People said, "You've conquered the mountain," and Hillary said, "No, I've conquered myself."

HENRY FORD'S first two automobile companies failed. That did not stop him from incorporating Ford Motor Company and being the first to apply assembly line manufacturing to the production of affordable automobiles in the world.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN failed as a storekeeper, as a farmer and at his first attempt to obtain political office. He failed in his first attempt to go to Congress, then again when he sought the appointment to the United States Land Office. He was defeated twice when ran for the United States Senate and failed to receive the nomination for the vice-presidency in 1856.

BILL GATES (a Harvard dropout) first company was a failure. Gates used $3,400 of his own money to start a company called Traf-O-Data, a device to process the paper tapes generated by traffic counting boxes. Eventually, the State of Washington offered free traffic processing services, causing the company to lose money.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, a German composer of classical music, is widely regarded as one of history's supreme composers. Before the start of his career, Beethoven's music teacher once said of him, "As a composer, he is hopeless". And during his career, he lost his hearing, yet managed to produce great music.

Just like the list of greats who stumbled along the way, the message is to keep trying, never giving up and persevering with your dreams. They key is to recognize your shortcomings, improve upon them and develop a winning attitude rather than that of a loser.

Thanks Clay, I had to highlight the part about Abraham....

All the best to everyone, their family, and their success.


Thursday, July 24, 2008


Abraham Lincoln had this to say about commitment:

COMMITMENT is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words.It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year.

Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism."

I hope that all of you have some level of commitment to your business, because this blog is designed for you to enjoy the internet marketing that we could all use.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

You're Welcome!

Thanks for the congrats and your positive remarks of myself. I know I couldn't have done any of this without the help and support of my members and board.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The difference between Winners and Losers!

The difference between a winner and a loser is really just a matter of how you look at circumstances in life and then deal with them. All of us find ourselves on the losing end at some time or another; it's how we cope with failure that determines whether or not we are a winner.

Winners make commitments
Losers make promises

Winner go around or through a problem
Losers never get past it

Winners inspire others
Losers bring down the team

Winners always have a plan
Losers always have an excuse

Winners are proud of their accomplishments
Losers have nothing to brag about

The following are examples of some of the most successful people in history and their failures:

BABE RUTH struck out 1,330 times on his way to 714 home runs and baseball immortality.

In 1954, ELVIS PRESLEY was fired from the Grand Ole Opry after only one performance and was told by the manager. "You ain't going nowhere, son. Better get your job back driving a truck."

When ALBERT EINSTEIN was a boy, his parents thought he was mentally retarded. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit saying, "Einstein, you will never amount to anything!"

Before achieving sports notoriety, MICHAEL JORDAN was just an ordinary person; so ordinary that he was cut from his high school basketball team because of his "lack of skill".

When THOMAS EDISON was a boy, his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. When he set out on his own, he tried more than 9,000 experiments before he created the first practical incandescent light bulb

What is even more interesting about Tom Edison is he was asked why did you fail at the light bulb 9 thousand times? He said "I didn't fail 9,000 times, but found 9 thousand ways it didn't work!"

All of us will find ways to cope with the negative attitudes towards success. Ask yourself, "If it was easy everyone would be doing it" Wouldn't they?

I wish you all the best of luck to you, your family, and your success!!!!

Viral Marketing

The Tristate Business Network is a great example of viral marketing.

Wikipedia's definition of Viral marketing and viral advertising refers to marketing techniques that use pre-existing social networks to produce increases in brand awareness or to achieve other marketing objectives. Our word-of-mouth presentations and referrals are examples of how networking and viral marketing go hand in hand.

TBN is part of this marketing phenomenon that facilitates and encourages people to pass along a marketing message voluntarily. Catch the enthusiasm! Attending a TBN meeting can help your business get your marketing message out! You may gain new business, and will definately gain new friends in the process.

Inspection Plus, LTD.

Home, Building and Commercial InspectionsNational Inspection Firm (we can take care of your inspection needs in all 50 states)

John Cordell is the owner of Inspection Plus, Ltd in Cincinnati. Inspection Plus, Ltd inspects residential homes and commercial properties in and around the Cincinnati area.

John started Inspection Plus, Ltd in 1991. Since then, Inspection Plus, Ltd has performed over 29,000 home inspections and hundreds of commercial property inspections. Because the building industry is constantly changing, the inspectors at Inspection Plus are required to take a minimum of 30 credit hours each year through The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). We strive to be sensitive to the needs of the buyer, seller and realtors we work with on each inspection because we know this is important to everyone involved. Now we can print reports on site and including pictures.

Everyone at Inspection Plus, Ltd would like to thank you for your business. We want to be your all-inclusive inspection service. As always, we are able to also set up your termite, radon, septic, mold and pool and spa inspections so that everything can be done in a timely manner.

Larry Shideler, Customer Loyalty Manager
513-405-4773 Cell
Inspection Plus, LTD.
5381 Autumnwood Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
513-793-3552 Office Phone

Congratulations to Clay!

I'm so happy that God gave Clay the vision for establishing the Tri-State Business Network. I'm amazed at the unity of the organization and look forward to ALL of our continued success. Let's strive to make 2008 one of the best years we ALL have ever had in business and edify and uplift one that nothing will be impossible to us. God bless and I will see everyone on the road and at lunch!


We realize there are many networking groups in the Greater Cincinnati area to choose from. One being ours. We have heard that we are just another social networking group, WE ARE, to a point. We do allow 5 minte commercials to members and 1 presenter for the last week of the month for general information. This month is NETWORKING BY LARRY SHIDELER!

We email to well over 2,500 people twice per week. Yesterday, when I sent the usual email out, we had an unusual 20% open rate within 12 hours. That is pretty impressive for a group that has only been around since April 8.

Now, I realize that not everyone understands how to blog on here, it took me a couple of tries before I got the hang of it. Just follow what it says to do is all I can really tell you, it isn't that difficult. Blogging is the new way of marketing yourself on the internet!

Rules for blogging:

1. Become a TBN Member, once I have your application with check in hand, I will send you and email to confirm you want to become an author.

2. Follow the steps it gives you to create an account

3. Start blogging, I would not suggest more than twice per week.

I did send out invitations yesterday to those that are already paid members of the group.

Happy Blogging and see you at the meetings

Clayton R. Hicks

Monday, July 21, 2008

Shout Out to Steve Rosh!

Hey, Steve!

I just wanted to publically thank Steve Rosh for giving me a lead last week. As you know, my business is helping people and by making a referral to me, he has shown how much he cares.

Many people these days are looking for safe, alternative answers to their health challenges. I encourage the rest of you to show how much you care as well!

Yours in Health!

Leah McCullough
Fibro H-pe Support Group Facilitator

Blogging is great!

This blog site is great! Thanks Clay. If your not blogging your missing out on some a great way to advertise your business!
Kathy Ryan
Transworld Systems

Schedule for the Meetings

8:30 - 10:00 am
Java Joint
152 Barnwood DriveEdgewood, KY 41017

8:30 - 10:00 am
Panera Bread
3806 Paxton RoadCincinnati, OH 45209

12:00 - 1:30 pm
O'Charley's (Mason)
5262 Fields Ertel RoadCincinnati, OH 45249

Real Estate Investment Focus Group
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Panera Bread
5095 Deerfield BoulevardMason, OH 45140

8:30 - 10:00 am
Panera Bread
7150 Houston RoadFlorence, KY 41042

12:00 - 1:30 pm
Karlo's Bistro Italia
4911 Houston RoadFlorence, KY 41042

12:00 - 1:30 pm
Buffalo's Southwest Café
535 Eads ParkwayGreendale/Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

8:30 - 10:00 am
Cornerstone Cafe & Bakehouse
6096 West Chester RoadWest Chester, OH 45069

4th FRIDAY Every Month
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Champions Grill & Bar (Western Hills)
July 25th
5075 Crookshank RoadCincinnati, OH 45238

Tri-State Business Network Group

The board members of Tri-State Business Network Group, have worker diligently to try to make this group a "parachute" for Greater Cincinnati small business owners, entrepreneurs, sales reps, and marketing professionals.

We believe it is working. We see the groups extending time at the locations we visit. I, personally, have never been to a meeting where the meeting lasts 1 hour and the folks stay for an extra hour building relationships.

We wanted to bring something special to the group, this blogspot.

This blogspot is for YOU, the members. Not only is this going to be great for YOU in the Greated Cincinnati, but this will give a bit of national presence on the net. YOU, can comment on here. YOU, can post an ad about your business for everyone to see anytime.

The only thing that I ask is make sure that you have your contact information and put this blogspot on your personalized emails to make sure everyone knows where to go to talk to you or buy something you have.

If you are a MEMBER, you can post as many times as you would like, if you are not a member, I will be checking this daily. So become a member today, to take advantage of our offerings.