Monday, August 31, 2009

The Week Ahead Aug 31- Sept 4, 2009

Tuesday: August vehicle sales, August institute for supply management index, July construction spending
Wednesday: Second quarter productivity revision, Fed meeting minutes, July factory orders
Thursday: Weekly initial jobless claims. August institute for supply management services index,
Friday: August employment report

Larson note: We saw another week of “good stuff”. Good consumer spending report (up 0.02%) nice car purchasing (thanks cash for clunkers). Ben Bernanke getting the official nod for a second term as fed chief (good/bad? Don’t really know what I think but could do much worse than Bernanke but then could do better but not from Obama)

This week will be reality check I’m afraid. Unemployment is still down and will stay down well past January, experts want to say March but I am not expecting a birthday present like that in March will not happen and I am looking for later link in May of 2010 for any real job growth. Vehicle sales will be up of course but with cash for clunkers gone it is back the real world for car dealers. You can’t artificially prop up sales forever. BE on the lookout for an appliance program of the same kind later in the year (November). I’m thinking it might be a good time for Mrs. Larson to get a new stove then when the government wants to help pay (give back some of MY {tax} money they are stealing) for a new one. Sadly construction will not be where everyone wants it to be for the summer so Obama money will have to sit on the shelf for a bit. Sadly this is the major provision in the original Obama plan, putting money into infrastructure (roads, bridges, transportation) that I whole heartily endorsed.

On the Larson front, if you are in printing you might be happy to note we are working with a prominent sales trainer in the industry to work together to not only get you leads (us) but to train your salespeople (them) how to close them.

The focused industries we are looking to add clients in for the month are Advertising Specialties, Trade Show Booth Builder, Sign Shop, and a Graphic Design Studio, and Printer (small and mid-sized).

We are also looking for sales persons in New England, Texas and Southern California.

Howard’s out of office public schedule for the week:
Marathon Training 6:15am,
Thursday: Marathon Training 6:15am
Friday: :
Saturday: Marathon Training Long Group Run
Sunday: In Wisconsin

Trade show schedule:
> September 22-24 2009: Assembly Show Stevenson Convention Center
> September 29- October 1, 2009: Motivation show McCormick Place
> October 5-7, 2009, Parcel Forum 09 Hyatt Regency O’Hare
> October 21-22 2009, Mid-Pak Minneapolis MN (Registered but not committed to going yet)
> October 22nd, 2009: 2009 Midwest Fall Business Expo Serb Hall Milwaukee, WI
> November 15-18, 2009 Fabtech Int. & AWS Welding Show McCormick Place, Chicago
> December 3-5, 2009 Athletic Business Conference & Expo, Orlando FL (Registered but not committed to going yet)

Time slots still available to meet & talk over coffee.

Howard Larson
Larson & Associates
Target Marketing & Telesales Professionals for new account acquisition
Making good businesses great and great businesses even better

P.S. We make telesales for small business affordable by offering programs down to only 15 hours a week. Maybe you could add telesales into your marketing mix call today and find out.

P.P.S. We are offering 2 free (a $75.00 value) ½ hour consultation periods per week to talk about marketing businesses. Call or email to get your spot to pick my brain for 30 minutes today.

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