Kiss My Glass of USA: A Veteran-Owned Business With A Smart Start

1925025_276760475817597_1118171973_nHere’s a BIG shout-out and special congratulations to Chuck Davis, CEO of Kiss My Glass of USA http://kissmyglassofusa.com/ for successfully graduating from Project Opportunity – a 10-week, rigorous course prepared for US Military Veterans who are launching new businesses. Here is a PRESS RELEASE featuring the program and it’s graduates.

In addition to successfully launching his new company, Chuck Davis distinguished himself amongst his peers in the Project Opportunity course by standing up 2 new social media business platforms, authoring a summary of details he’d learned about using social media, and explaining how to apply it in his business after taking on an assignment I’d given that was detailed in a blog post I’d written entitled: “Project Opportunity US Military Veterans and Social Media”.

For going the extra mile, I had the privilege of presenting Mr. Davis with the book “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months” by Melinda Emerson… a friend and feature writer for the New York Times. In 2013, Forbes rated Melinda Emerson as the #1 Most Influential Woman in social media for small businesses.

1148967_276760529150925_157320317_nCongratulations Mr. Davis and Kiss My Glass of USA. We’re going to get the word out about you and your US Military Veteran-Owned company!

Win,

Chris Bell 3rd

CB3 Featured Success Story

Howard County Economic Development Authority

Most of the entrepreneurs and small business owners we know work extraordinarily hard to transform their business vision into a reality but too few are provided with an opportunity to be recognized.

CB3 is both humbled and proud to be featured in this recent Howard County Economic Development Success story:  http://www.hceda.org/grow-a-business/success-stories/chris-bell-3rd.aspx.

We are grateful to our family, friends, the Howard County Maryland business community, and our global clientele and their customers for their continued confidence, trust, and support.

Thank you!!!!

 

 

“Show Him the Money: a $25,000 Social Media Success Story”

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter… are all FREE social media tools. In this article I was interviewed by Tonya Taylor  the feature writer for social media at the local Baltimore Examiner.com. During this interview I briefly shared a few tips as to how I used social media tools to launch my business, and continue to leverage them to address my clients requirements. Of course, for competitive reasons I didn’t share everything.

To access the article entitled: “Show Him the Money: a $25,000 Social Media Success Story” you can click here: http://bit.ly/cIPLAe

Win,

Chris III

ChrisBell3rd A Winner in $25,000 Entrepreneur’s Challenge!

In celebration of her first book, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months: A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works (Adams Media, March 2010), Melinda Emerson is annoucning contest winners featuring a prize of weekly small-business coaching sessions. “The contest brought so many worthy applicants that I found it impossible to choose one winner,” describes Emerson.  “I narrowed it to two winners who agreed to share the one-on-one coaching.” Entrepreneurs Jennifer Furr, owner of PictureThatSound in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Chris Bell, owner of ChrisBell3rd & Company in Columbia, Maryland, will work with Emerson weekly and blog about their experiences.

In 2009, Jennifer Furr decided to leave her steady job in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue a dream – bringing a product to market that she couldn’t find in the retail world.

Furr founded PictureThatSound to fill an unmet need in the US memory-keeping market.  The company’s first product pairs a photo matte with a recordable device for sound.  Furr describes being pregnant with her second child and wanting to capture the ultrasound image with the heartbeat sound in her scrapbook album. “There are so many sounds that we take for granted, that we think we’ll always remember. Sometimes I close my eyes and picture a sound in my head, like my toddler’s giggle, my grandmother singing, or even my husband snoring. We provide a product that allows you to capture a photo and an audio snapshot of that memory, all in one.” Visit www.PictureThatSound.com. In June 2009, Chris Bell decided to use his creative business development and technology sales expertise to launch his consultancy, ChrisBell3rd & Company, LLC to exceed sales revenue objectives on behalf of executives, investors, and owners of small to mid-sized IT software and life sciences software companies. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be coached by Smallbizlady, and I am thrilled to have been chosen.  I know she will help me grow my business,” said Bell.

ChrisBell3rd & Company, LLC exercises proven best practices with the latest in Sales 2.0 technology to deliver customized business development and sales approaches that uniquely fit their client’s product-type, corporate culture, and revenue goals. His mantra is simple: “Nobody cares what you know, until they know that you care – all is business is personal.”   Visit http://chrisbell3rd.com

Emerson says, “These two emerging entrepreneurs are exactly the type of dedicated small-business owners that I love to coach.  I was so touched by each of their stories of starting a business.”Jennifer and Chris will receive coaching twice a month for one year and an autographed copy of Melinda Emerson’s book Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months, her life planning journal, and her Audio CD: 10 Things You Must Never Forget in Business. Emerson will also coach both entrepreneurs every other week throughout the year. The winners will be required to blog twice per month about their entrepreneurial journey.

Melinda Emerson “Smallbizlady” is a seasoned entrepreneur, professional speaker, and small business coach. Her areas of expertise include small business start-up, business development and social media marketing. Melinda is a well-known expert in achieving bottom line results and has helped many entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses.  Melinda hosts #Smallbizchat, a weekly talk show on Twitter for emerging business owners. Melinda publishes a blog about running a profitable small business www.succeedasyourownboss.com.  Her first book Become Your Own Boss in 12 months; A Month-by-Month Guide to Start a Business That Works” was released March 2010 from Adams Media.  For more information, please visit www.becomeyourownbossbook.com

National Sales Network (NSN) Event – Guest Speakers: Mark Hill & Chris Bell III

Come join members of the National Sales Network (NSN) to secure great-career changing tips from guest speakers and Mark A. Hill, and Chris Bell, III accomplished technology sales professionals as they share unique insights about the technology sales arena and how you can make a personally and professionally rewarding transition into the technology sales arena.

New Sales Outsourcing Business ChrisBell3rd & Company Launches Overcoming Daunting Challenges

Columbia, Maryland (PRWEB) October 6, 2009 — Christopher Bell III had no idea he would launch a successful small business a year ago. At that time, personal and professional tragedy hit him hard. However, starting a new venture is exactly what Bell has done with the founding of his new company, ChrisBell3rd & Company – which specializes in providing world-class outsourced sales services of IT software and life sciences software on a retainer-plus-commission basis.

According to Bell, his clients are small software companies with big sales revenue objectives who may lack in-house sales resources or the expertise necessary to aggressively prospect, compete, negotiate, and win competitive scenarios within commercial organizations and U.S. federal civilian agencies based in the local Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia metropolitan area, or the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

Bell, who has more than 18 years experience as a nationally recognized leading sales revenue producer of IT and life science software, said he utilizes a variety of means to assist and find clients – including the latest marketing tools available.

“Evidence of a paradigm shift in the active use of technology by the sales profession – as in other professions – is everywhere. ChrisBell3rd landed its first client, TeraTech, Inc. in Rockville, Md. via an ad on Craig’s List,” Bell said. “Within 30 days of signing our consulting agreement, we had signed a major deal for TeraTech with a global entertainment communications company. That sales lead was generated by word-of-mouth via Twitter! What’s compelling is that one year ago, I had never even heard of Twitter.”

Despite early success, the company’s founding required unusual resolve to launch, he said.  In late 2008, he was diagnosed with cancer, had surgery and recovered after two months on disability. Forty-five days later, on Christmas Eve, a family member was found deceased of natural causes. The challenges continued just 50 days later, after he was terminated by his employer as part of the economic downturn. The decision, he said, became clear: “become a victim or a victor.” He chose the latter and a vision of opportunity was the result.

“Clearly, the velocity of technological change that is taking place today is exponential and it’s certainly not business as usual for employers with staffs of technology sales professionals,” Bell said. “While small IT software and life science software companies may be able to develop and market superior solutions to that of their larger competitors, a small company’s survival and future success in our marketplace will require different approaches and an enhanced evolving professional skill set to that of traditional sales personnel.”

ChrisBell3rd & Company is on the leading edge to help its clients reduce overhead and increase software sales revenue production. It does this by leveraging outsourced high-touch expertise to personally manage complex strategic sales processes while concurrently using virtual communications and social media tools to more cost effectively prospect, qualify, and dialogue with prospective customers in a manner that is more congruent with prospective customer’s evolving communications preferences and capabilities, said Bell.

“Today and in the future, ChrisBell3rd is well-poised to replicate its early success with other like-minded investors, business owners, and sales executives as we look forward to collaboratively adding software sales revenue to their bottom-line,” Bell said.

For more information, contact:

Christopher Bell, III
443-539-8252