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Should I Build My Own Website?

Posted on September 30, 2019 at 6:50 PM

Should a business owner build her own website?

What to consider before diving into designing a website on your own.

By Nancy Williamson

Starting a new business isn’t for the faint of heart. Just when you decide to go for it and take the first steps, you realize you need a website to market your business and possibly sell your product or service online. Should you hire someone to build a website for you or try to design one yourself? Hiring a profess...

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How do I start a business?

Posted on April 26, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Starting a small business can be overwhelming.  I'm here to help you through the process. 

So how do I help you start your business?  One step at a time.  I am a Certified Business Advisor (CBA), and I ran the Newberry College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for nine years. In that capacity, I helped hundreds of small business owners one on one, and thousands during workshops (workshop to...

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New year tips for your website

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 12:20 AM

Happy New Year 2019!

Thank you for working with me in 2019 to get your business or nonprofit online! I just wanted to touch base with you and give you a few tips and reminders. As most of you know, I no longer work for the Newberry College Small Business Development Center (SBDC). I ran the office for nearly 9 years and while I absolutely loved my job and my clients, I did not love the long drive to Newberry or the change in administration at the SBDC. I had been wanting...

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Happy New Year Tips

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 12:15 AM


Happy New Year!


Thank you for working with me in 2019 to get your business or nonprofit online! I just wanted to touch base with you and give you a few tips and reminders. As most of you know, I no longer work for the Newberry College Small Business Development Center (SBDC). I ran the office for nearly 9 years and while I absolutely loved my job and my clients, I did not love the long drive to Newberry or the change in administration at the SBDC...

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Oh no, my domain is expiring! Or is it?

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Please be on the look out for fraudulent domain companies – they prey on domain owners and they are downright criminal.


WARNING: I have received several emails from the same company trying to scare my clients into renewing their domain through them. The reply email address is: - they are saying your domain is going to expire and you have to renew through them - this is SPAM and it is so frustrating be...

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What do I post on my Facebook Business Page? 10 easy steps

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:45 AM

As a business advisor, I see many small businesses that are start-ups, or many that have been in business and they are just now at the point where they want to tackle social media and the owners just don't know what to do first. When I give them their list of social media accounts to create, I usually see a twinge of fear. Social Media can be very overwhelming! Especially for those of us who grew up without a smart phone attached to our hips, or, OMG, us really old people that didn't have ...

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Help me please - I want my website to rank higher in Google!

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Help me please! I want my website to rank higher in Google!

It’s no secret that Google’s ranking algorithm is a huge secret. Is ranking an enigma? Not really, use relevant content on your website; write for humans and not spider-bots and you will naturally help increase your website’s ranking. Google is now looking at everything you write, not just key words, phrases, and paragraphs – there are over 200 dynamics that are taken into account. The key is still c...

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iPhone Update driving you nuts?

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Is your iPhone iO7 update driving you cRaZy?? Mine sure is!

Here are some tips to help you save battery life and sanity!


Number 1: battery saving tips:  

  • Switch your phone off when you're asleep.
  • Switch off Bluetooth if you're not using it.
  • Switch off WiFi if you're not using a wireless network.
  • Switch off location services and automated Mail checks
  • If you don't need to use data services or call feature...

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Google Can Help YOUR BUSINESS Get Found!

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I attended an awesome ASBDC conference last week. I am not only a small business owner myself, but I do run the Newberry Area SBDC, located at Newberry College. So, when I'm not focusing on my personal business clients, I am helping Newberry County residence with their businesses as well. My personal business philosophy is the same as the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC): Teach, train, empower small businesses; I share wit...

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Managing Your On-Line Reputation

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM


I attended a great class this morning, presented by Eric Spellmann (he has a great selection of brief videos for small businesses - all business owners need to check this page out:

I learned a few new things that I want to share. We discussed what an On-line reputation is - his first suggestion was that everyone Google your name and your business name and check it out. *use quotations for a better search. Look for bad reviews an...

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FREE Ways to Promote Your Website & Increase Organic SEO

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

So you finally have an awesome website to show off your business products or services - Yay! Don't be discouraged if your business doesn't automagically pick up - you still have to do some promoting on your own so the public knows that you are there.

Think of it this way. You are out in the middle of the country (the Internet) and you build a fabulous Margarita Bar (your products or services). The problem is, no one knows you are there! You have to get a huge flashy bill...

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Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) = Best Kept Secret Around!

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

So what is the best kept secret around?  Sometimes I feel like it is the Small Business Development centers (SBDCs) that are scattered across the US. We provide FREE and confidential training to small business owners, and to those folks thinking about starting a business that may need some help planning or obtaining a loan.  My office is located on the Newberry College campus at 1814 College Street, Newberry, SC. 


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Ugly sites rank higher?? Say what?? Content vs. Web Design

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 9:25 AM

This is a 5 minute video that explains MANY of the questions I get from my small business owner clients about web design... please watch it. Eric Spellmann sends these out weekly and is a speaker/trainer for the SBDC at our national conferences. He explains things at the "normal person" level! :-)


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The Social Media Conundrum

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:45 AM

If I build it, will they come?

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

But I have a website ... isn't that enough?" target="_blank">


  • If I build it, they will come? Nope, sorry boo.
  • It isn’t automagic
  • You still have to tell the world you are on the web
  • You are competing globally
  • The Big Competitors have deep pockets, us little guys don't

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Notes on Facebook Marketing Webinar

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM


I encourage everyone to dedicate an hour to this FREE webinar that will help you understand how Facebook can help you market your business and reach your target audience - if you own a small business you have got to watch this and take notes! If you don’t have a hour to commit, I have some notes to share with you.

"Sharing is Caring" by: You can see the link from my Facebook business page: https /

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Nancy's Notes: on HubSpot's WEBSITE 'MUST HAVES'

Posted on December 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM


Ok, you know that these HubSpot guides are free, right? I love reading them, and I think that all small business owners need to print them out and read them frequently.  But the problem is, you just don't have time to sit down and read 53 pages... well, here are my notes from the latest free download from Hubspot...

Website 'Must Haves'

  • Oh NO! 40% of small businesses are still not on-line. A website is an essential ...
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What's a Search Engine and How does that work with my website?

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM

What is a Search Engine? What can I do to help optimize my website for a Search Engine Program: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

A. The History of Search Engines -

1. Created to read every page on the internet to INDEX them by keywords

2. Crawler - Spider-Bots read each word and...

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Facebook LIKE button quick tip

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Facebook LIKES are valuable to Small Business owners: If a visitor comes to your website and hits your Facebook LIKE button, your website link will show up on that individual's Facebook wall- and has the potential to show up on other users’ walls. This increases awareness for your company and can encourage other's to LIKE your business as well. If you don't have a Facebook LIKE button on your website, ask your web designer to add one on to your home page!

Marketing - Internet & On Land REFERRALS

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

My first attempt at a BLOG... I'm hoping that we can all share our marketing tips - please add your thoughts on the subject.  I hope that others will use this as an opportunity to share their tips as well.  I've actually borrowed these REFERRAL tips from a friend.  

Just Give Them Something To Talk About... 

If You're Not Going to Ask for Referrals...You Better Give them Something to Talk About!




Some folks just won't...

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