Monday, February 1, 2010

The Week Ahead February 2-5, 2010

Monday: December personal spending,
Tuesday: January vehicle sales
Wednesday: January ISM services index
Thursday: Weekly initial jobless claims
Friday: January employment report, December consumer credit

Wasn’t last week’s numbers nice? The fastest in more than 6 years at a 5.7% increase in gross domestic product as factories finally started getting orders to fill up depleted inventories. Keep in mind that the economy is still healing. We are not out of the woods nor will we be anytime soon. Unlike past rebounds where business was the lead in the recovery, i.e. in 1981 1st quarter inventory building accounted for over 74% of growth but then the economy contracted and there was a drop in inventory and the economy fall into a 2nd more server recessing in 1981 into 1982 with unemployment hitting 10.8% . So are we looking at a double dip recession this time? Economist say the possibility is low. US consumer’s confidence shows an improvement even with the employment rate going up. And companies expanded this moth a the fastest pace in more than 4 years as orders increased and consumer spending rose at a 2% pace. Your guess is as good as mine.

Larson Notes & Satire: If I were you I would be working really hard on market share. Orders will not be a robust as past orders from the same customers. To keep even you will need more customers. Keep an eye out to Washington as they debate adding more funds to stimulate grown. If I were the government I would not be helping banks with funding to give out LOANS to small businesses but rather give out GRANTS to small businesses to create new jobs.

Side note if you are made at all the big banks and their huge bonuses move your accounts to your community bank, which is secure. Point is that the big banks that got bailed out and everyone seems to be mad at did in fact GROW at over 9% last year. If you’re angry at their huge bonuses the only place to really make a statement is to move YOUR account.

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

We are still looking for sales persons in all areas except

the Great Plains States.
If interested give us a call at 847-991-0488.

Howard’s out of office public schedule for the week:
Monday: Tuesday: Running Training 6:15am,
Wednesday: Thursday: Running Training 6:15am
Friday: Saturday: Marathon Training 6:15am

Trade show schedule:
> February 9-11, 2010 Medical Design & Manufacturing West, Anaheim Convention center Anaheim CA (Registered but not committed to going yet)

> March 14-16 2010 Internal Home and Housewares Show, McCormick Place, Chicago
> May 12-13, 2010 OrthoTec Conference Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College Winona Lake (Warsaw), IN (Registered but not committed to going yet)
> June 8-10, 2010 EastPack 2010 Jacob K Javits Convention Center New York NY 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. An American Company, marketing American Companies! Call or email to get an appointment to pick my brain (a $125.00 value) for 30 minutes.

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