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“Doing The Right Thing” + On The First Contact Will Help A Company Prosper

cmslogoAt Prosper, we know that the first contact  with our students or customers  is the most important things in customer service. We want that contact to be successful   having our Representative being prepared and knowing  the programs and helping the students feel the value  of  their education

“…Customer service statisticians have found that solving an issue during the first contact (as opposed to over the course of two, three, or more contacts) saves time, money, and increases customer satisfaction in the long run…”(First Contact Resolution-Service Untitled )

I love working for a company that uses systems that make it easier for our frontline to resolve issues.

Devin Willis

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We Love “Joe the plumber’s” dream !

It’s an  American dream!

My family is made of entrepreneurs and that is why we are teaching our friends and family these concepts by example and through sitting them down and showing them. I was excited to read Carl J. Schramm‘s Commentary: Why we need Joe the plumber’s dream

I think ” Joe the plumber represents dream of many Americans”

Carl J. Schramm pointed to a “.. survey, which was conducted late last month, 70 percent of respondents said the success and health of the U.S. economy depends on the success of entrepreneurs. More than 60 percent said they had the most faith and confidence in the American people and the small business owner to guide the U.S. economy..”

I think we all can agree that no matter who is President , we need lawmakers that will help entrepreneurs succeed!

Devin Willis

Resources-

Commentary: Why we need Joe the plumber’s dreamCarl J. Schramm‘s-CNN

The Entrepreneurial MindJeff Cornwall

Entrepreneurial + Spirit does Challenge The Downturn

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Online”neighborhood watch” via CrimeReports.com

Check out CrimeReports.com! They make it simple and easy for you to search  crime reports by location close to real-time. It was fun and helpful for those of us wanting to keep our kids safe  at home or going off to college

Have a good night!

Devin Willis

Other Interesting Resources:

Papillion crime data now available online By: Midlands News Service 10/05/2008

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Where The Candidates Stand On The Issues?? Lets Research It!


Weather you are on the right or left. This is one of the most important election in our lifetime and as the political campaign is nearing its end. We need to  research  and make the right decision for ourself’s and our family , based on sound principles .

“The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.”(You can watch all the debates here)

I also found a new place to research and wanted to share it. it is called Political Streams

They correctly state on their site:

“As you realize, there is more than a fair share of sites and blogs out there that can give you all the information you are interested in. Trouble is, browsing through them all can be too time consuming to be enjoyable. Enter a website like Political Streams. This particular site can be found at socialstreams.livelabs.com/politics/, and it basically gives you real-time information as regards political news which surface on the net” (Resource: The Museum of Modern BetasPolitical StreamsSocialstreams.Livelabs.com

Humbly posted,

Devin Willis

More Resources for the 2008 Elections Research:

OpenSecrets.org-nonpartisan guide to review to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy.Lots of good resources.

RealClearPolitics-They state- to be an independent political site that  publishes commentary, news, and links to important resources.

FactCheck – University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, evaluates the accuracy of campaign claims.  They claim ‘We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, ‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics” Also visit FactCheckEd for students.

Elections Research Guide –packed with independent political  guides and resources –Barbara RehkopWashington University Libraries

Personal Democracy Forum-They “..are going to experiment with various ways of nurturing and expanding this conversation, ranging from blogging to investigative journalism, interviews, profiles and guest columns. The focus is going to be on new tools, processes, uses and trends–not on scoring partisan political points. We value your input and ideas…” I would recoumend this Fourm!

Final Debate Fact-Check: On Joe the Plumber and Other Inaccuracies–CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS, Oct. 16, 2008 – 2:50 p.m.

A scorecard checking the attacks on the candidatesPolitifact Truth-O-Meter-St. Petersburg Times

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A small sample of BusinessWeek’s “101 Best Web Freebies”

I love the fact that “….BusinessWeek.com scoured the Internet for the most useful free products and services available online..”makes many people’s life easier!, 

Douglas MacMillan wrote the following:

BusinessWeek.com set out to find the most useful products and services available for free on the Web. Some things like e-mail, search engines, social networks, and mainstream news sites—no doubt cherished online freebies—were eliminated from consideration because they’re widely known to be free and we wanted to surprise readers with what they may not know is there for the taking—at no charge…

Below is a small example of this outstanding resource!

Personal Finance

Mint: Personal accounting software (www.mint.com)  Register anonymously for online accounting software Mint, and keep multiple credit and bank accounts organized in one place, with alerts for upcoming bills and low balances. Mint also analyzes your spending patterns and suggests ways to save   (Also check out Mint’s Blog)

AnnualCreditReport.com (www.annualcreditreport.com) The Fair & Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 gave all consumers the right to access their credit reports once every 12 months. The Act also created AnnualCreditReport.com to simplify the process of applying to credit reporting agencies.

Real Estate

Zillow.com (www.zillow.com)Real estate agents are no longer the first stop for information on local markets. Zillow.com uses public records of recent home sales to create “Zestimates”—estimated values of more than 70 million homes in the country.
Trulia (www.trulia.com)-Trulia aggregates for-sale listings across the country into one searchable database. The site also has local real estate guides, which bring trends and statistics on schools, crime, household income, and home sales into one place.

Online Books and Comic Books

Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org/wiki/main_page) When the copyright expires on a popular book, it frequently goes into Project Gutenberg—an online collection of more than 20,000 free e-books. Recent additions include works by Charles Dickens and Joseph Conrad.

LibriVox (www.librivox.org)-LibriVox solicits volunteers to record readings of books in the public domain, then offers the recordings for free on their site. It currently has over 1,000 titles available for download as MP3 files.

Marvel Digital Comics (www.marvel.com/digitalcomics) -Marvel (MVL) saw its core audience of youngsters moving online, so it brought comic books online. It makes available its entire collection of thousands of Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, and more comics for $10 per month. But it also offers 250 free comics at a time.

Google Sketchup (www.sketchup.com) -One of the lesser-known products in Google’s stable of free online tools is Sketchup, a 3D modeling program. It’s powerful enough to be used by professionals in architecture, film, and gaming—but it’s simple enough for you to use while planning your next home renovation.

Drawspace (www.drawspace.com)-Drawspace has step-by-step instructions for learning how to draw everything from cartoon animals to something more realistic.

I hope you find them helpful,

Devin Willis

Resources

101 Best Web Freebies (www.BusinessWeek.com) By Douglas MacMillan

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Safe Search Engines for Kids +A Few Other Resources I want to share;0)

As father , I am always looking for selected  child-appropriate areas. I found a few safe places for my five kids to search the internet  and wanted to share them:

Kindernet–  Kindernet is the place for you. Kindernet insures that the safest and most useful results are found for you and your children. For example, typing in Britney Spears brings up news about her fan page and mild websites which are useful and appropriate for children.

I can assure you they will not stumble upon pages which reveal the true side of Miss Spears. Besides the smart searching filters. Kindernet also allows for faster searching by making the keyword entry process easy. If you want to search for two words, just type in “and” between your two key terms. If you wish to exclude a word, just add a minus sign in front of it.

GoGooligans – This is basically Google for kids. It has safety filters which prevent vulgar material from leaking out from the unsanitary cables and pipes known as the internet. GoGooligans also offers many search options, allowing kids to search through specific websites such as PBS, Britannica, Merriam Webster, About, etc. Also, once the search term is entered, users can then choose more specific results for their keywords, such as, Geography, History, Facts, Definition, and much more.

Ask Kids– The younger sibling of the infamous Ask.com. The people at Ask know a few things about internet search, and now they have passed on their wisdom to Ask Kids. This search engine is a easy to navigate and offers features which make searching less of an ordeal. Enter your keyword and you are presented with numerous different facts along with your search result. This allows the children to not get lost in the all the links, and it helps them to get their information quickly.

For  a few more click here

Happy searching!

Devin Willis

Resources

Top 5 Search Engines for Kids By Sasha R. Lahijanian–Alternative Search Engines

Top 5 Internet dangers for kids: A resource guide By Jessica Dolcourt -By Jessica Dolcourt – CNET Download.com (3/30/2007)

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What Do We Search For? – “Most Popular Keywords “

I have always wondered as I searched for things like “My Discoveries on the Road to Prosper and Learn” what would be provided.

Then I came across an acticle by Danny Sullivan “What People Search For – Most Popular Keywords” . Let me share some of what he wrote:

Millions of searches are conducted each day on popular search engines by people all around the world. What are they looking for? A number of major search engines provide a way to glimpse into the web’s query stream to discover th

e most popular search keywords or topics.

These are:

AOL Hot Searches: Top current queries, or see those in the last hour, last day and within particular categories.

Ask IQ: See top searches at Ask.

Dogpile SearchSpy: Choose to see either a filtered or non-filtered sample of top, real-time search terms from this popular meta search service. Sister site MetaCrawler offers a similar MetaCrawler MetaSpy service

.Google Trends: Allows you to tap into Google’s database of searches, to determine what’s popular. View the volume of queries over time, by city, regions, languages and so on. Compare multiple terms, as well. See our review: Google Trends: Peer Into Google’s Database Of Searches.

Google Zeitgeist: What people are searching for at Google and its associated specialty services in a variety of categories. There are versions for various countries, as well.

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Devin Willis

Resources

“What People Search For – Most Popular Keywords”Danny SullivanSearch Engine Watch

How to Find the Most Popular Searches on the Web -What are the most popular searches on the Webh1 = document.getElementById(“title”).getElementsByTagName(“h1”)[0];h1.innerHTML = widont(h1.innerHTML); ?By Wendy Boswell, —About.com

Google Trendsyou can compare the world’s interest in your favorite topics– Google

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