Team-Building Secrets for Successful
Business Startups
By:  J. C. Lee
Contributing Journalist

New York, NY Sept 25, 2006 -
When people start
businesses they often hire staff when
needed, where needed, with no strategic
plan in place. Sometimes they are lucky and
it works. But more often than not it wastes
money and hobbles the startup.

Take preventive steps to be sure you hire the
right people at the right time, strategically:

Write your own job description first.  You
probably believe that you can do it all  like  
develop and package your product, market it,
sell it and keep it updated. - you can't do all
those things.

Write a job description in which you
realistically lay out your "deliverables,"
meaning what you can do every week, every
month, every quarter and every year.

This job description keeps you accountable
and serves as a yardstick for measuring your
progress. It also helps you identify areas
where you need assistance, and areas
where you don't belong.

Then write job descriptions for the other
people you will hire.

Don't think that a list of titles ("head of sales"
and "office manager") will cover these bases.
Write down the specific tasks that each team
member will handle for you ("preparation of
payroll"), you will leave bases uncovered.

Plan to start small. Don't hire too early and
squander your limited resources.  Remem-
ber you can start out with consultants or
advisors for marketing, technology and other
responsibilities. You can hire part-timers,
temps and others per-hour employees too,
until your company income lets you expand.
Hire to meet the big milestones you'll achieve
this year, next year and beyond.

Do you need a marketer to produce a
marketing plan for you by next January, for
example, and then a technology person to
set up a fully functioning Internet retailing
operation by next March? Whatever your
goals are, write them down. If you do, you are
more likely to succeed than if you just try to
keep them in mind.

You need to build a staff of people who cover
all the important functions and perform as a

Don't do it like many first-time entrepreneurs
and hire haphazardly. Making the right hiring
decisions, at the right times, can be the
foundation of your success.
Clive Davis and
Whitney Houston at the
ELLA World Music
Awards in Las Vegas
Whitney Houston Will Record Next
Album Under Guidance of
Clive Davis
New York, NY Sept 25, 2006 -
Whitney Houston
record her next album
under the guidance of
record company guru
Clive Davis.

Houston will release her
7th album on her long term
Arista, following
Davis' return as head of
the label.
Davis discovered Whitney Houston and acted as
Executive Producer for her debut self-titled album
in 1985. That album generated the hits
'Saving All
My Love For You'
, 'How Will I Know' and 'The
Greatest Love Of All'

Clive Davis was recently honored at the World
Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Houston flew in to
perform in his honor.

Davis and Houston hold the record for seven
consecutive number ones on the Billboard Hot 100
chart. Her catalogue has sold more than 125
million albums to date.  The new album will be
their first work together in five years.

Clive Davis, who has managed her career from the
start, accompanied her to the Ella Awards. He said
the CD would be consistent with her established
style.  "Whitney is Whitney and there's nobody like
her", Davis said. "It'll be Whitney, not somebody
reaching for a current trend, that's for sure."
The  Donald  Explains
Firing  Carolyn
& Hiring  IVANKA
NY, NY Sept 25, 2006 -
"As you may know, my
former apprentice    
Carolyn Kepcher is no
longer with the Trump
Donald Trump
revealed and further explains his
decisons making.

"The fact is, I like
Carolyn very much
but she loved her fame and she loved
her celebrity on
"The Apprentice" and
it was affecting her work."

"She wasn't doing her job like she
used to or was capable of doing. So I
felt that after 11 years together it was
time for a rest. I told
Carolyn in the
nicest way possible,
Go out and enjoy
your family. Get a new job

"And I think she agreed that it was a
good decision. We had a good run,
but now it's over."

"As far as
"The Apprentice" is
Ivanka replaces Carolyn
next season
. Ivanka did a fantastic job
last year and she continues to amaze
me with her talents. The show
continues to be a monster hit and, as
usual, I'm having a lot of fun.

Donald J. Trump is Chairman of
Trump University. He shares his
insights on success in many
University courses, including the
self-instructional course,
The Iridium Jazz Club & Scott Barbarino
Present The Classic Nightclub Hour
Featuring Jazz Singer Valentine Ryder

Singing & Swinging With Barry Levitt Thursday’s,
Oct 19 & 26

New York City Sept 19, 2006- Valentine Ryder has sung
Off-Broadway and in many of New York’s finest
Cabarets, Nightclubs and Concert Halls, including
repeat performances at the 92nd Street Y’s Lyric &
Lyricists Series, and most recently at the Jean
Rimsky Theater at the Landmark in Pt. Washington,

He is currently making his film acting debut in
“Whirlwind” a feature length independent Movie for
Third Day Productions & Jupiter Box Productions!   
For several years he was the manager & occasional
singing star of the posh nightclub /cabaret, “Mr. Sam’
s”, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Val is currently General Manager and Assistant to
the Producer for HER SONG, "A Salute to Women
Songwriters" a Barry Levitt Production running at
Birdland Jazz Club in NYC.  In addition to his singing
career, Mr. Ryder is a noted voice teacher and
coach.  He also has produced various charity events
including the legendary “Miracle on 35th Street” to
benefit the Manhattan Center for Living.  Maurice
Levine former Artistic Director of the famed Lyrics &
Lyricists Series at the 92nd Street Y wrote in the
Series Program, “Ryder is arguably the best male
swing singer in town (NYC).”

Recently, Mr. Ryder released his new CD, Love Who
You Love.. and it won the  Backstage Bistro Award
for Outstanding Recording! He has also won the
Bistro Award for Outstanding Male Vocalist. Cabaret
Critic, John Hoglund, writing in Backstage
Newspaper, says Val’s new “CD is about at good as
a jazz stylist can get!”  The NY POST writes “(Ryder’
s) a first class Jazz stylist!”   The Daily News writes,
“This guy’s voice is as good as gold!”
By:  Bob Bugler

Chicago Sept 25, 2006 -
When you
decide to sell your home, staging the
property can have a huge impact on
how quickly your home sells, as well
as the amount of the offer.

I have found from experience that the
activity level during the first two
weeks a home is on the market
tends to predict how long it will take
to sell. Potential buyers eagerly jump
on new homes on the market,
especially when they are in “show

Here are some “staging” tips you
might find helpful:

- Keep your home in “show shape.”
Make sure that beds are made,
dishes are done, everything is
picked up, and the kitchen and
bathrooms sparkle.

- Decorate with fresh flowers. Many
home sellers use potted flowering
plants that last much longer than cut
flowers. Place them inside and out.
They really add cheer!

- Turn on lights; replace all burned-
out bulbs. Open blinds and
draperies. Let the natural light in.

- Confine pets and keep them out of
sight when possible. They can be
distracting, and some people have

- Create a relaxed atmosphere with
soft background music.
Mack Avenue Records Inks Deal
With  Saxophonist Tia Fuller
Mack Avenue
Records Vice
President of A&R
Al Pryor (left)
looks on as
saxophonist Tia
Fuller inks a deal
as the label's first
Al Pryor (left) looks on as
saxophonist Tia Fuller
female instrumentalist.  Her debut CD,
entitled "Healing Space," is due in early
2007.  Fuller has previously been featured
on trumpeter Sean

Jones' first two releases as well as his
forthcoming release, “Roots” (all on Mack
Avenue).  Fuller is also a member of R&B
Beyoncé Knowles' band, and will
be on tour with Knowles through next year.
“First Tuesdays”   in NYC
FREE Professional Development Seminars for
Musicians  (Sept 2006 thru May 2007)

New York, NY August 29, 2006 - Chamber Music
America (CMA)announces its  “First Tuesdays, ”
2006-07 annual series of professional development
seminars for jazz and classical musicians in
collaboration with Midtown Arts Common and The
Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s.

Free of charge, the eight seminars will be held from
3:00 to 5:00 PM at Saint Peter’s Church (619
Lexington Avenue at 54th Street) on the first Tuesday
of the month, September through May.

Seminar topics include advice on getting airplay for
recordings (presented by radio host Gary Walker);
The ins and outs of copyright protection (presented
by entertainment-industry attorney Robert Clarida);
Introduction to web-based marketing techniques
(by jazz industry expert Jim Eigo).

Other sessions will focus on the availability of
residency and commissioning grants for musicians,
including how to best use the resources of CMA to
seek such support.

On May 1, a “Grant Fair” will give musicians the
opportunity to ask specific questions of
representatives from local and national grantmaking
organizations. The complete First Tuesdays

October 3, 2006  - “Getting Radio Airplay for Your
Gary Walker, music director, WBGO / November
14, 2006 - “Fiscal Agent vs. Non-profit:
Organizational Options for Your Ensemble,
Collective, or Coalition”
Arwen Lowbridge, Fractured
Atlas. / December 5, 2006 - “Promote Yourself: Web-
based Marketing”
Jim Eigo, jazz industry expert. /
February 6, 2007 - “International Collaborations”
Adam Bernstein, deputy director of programs at Mid
Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Joel Sachs, director of
Continuum / March 6, 2007 - “Residency
Susan Dadian, CMA program director,
with past Residency Partnership Program grantees /
April 3, 2007 - “Protect Yourself: Copyright
Robert Clarida, entertainment attorney
CMA board-member / May 1, 2007 - “Grant Fair
for Musicians” Representatives from New York-
based grant making organizations
Seating is limited. To guarantee a seat, please
make a reservation with William Pace: (212) 242
2022, ext 14 – or  email inquiries to

Chamber Music America, the national service
organization for the ensemble music profession,
was founded in 1977 to promote artistic excellence
and economic stability of the field, and to ensure that
chamber music, in its broadest sense, is a vital part
of American life.
The Legendary Blue Note Celebrates
25th Anniversary With  Etta James
/ Taj Mahal Chick Corea /
Tyner / Pharoah Sanders / Andre
Previn / Toots Thielemans /  Jane
Monheit / Dr. John /
Jimmy Heath
Bill Cosby  and more

New York, NY  September 25, 2006 - Throughout
the fall and winter of 2006, the
Blue Note
Jazz Club will celebrate its 25th Anniversary
with the friends and artists who have helped
maintain the venue’s status as the world’s
finest jazz club and restaurant.  

For the last 25 years,  the
Blue Note name
has been synonymous with top-notch jazz,
an inviting atmosphere, and fantastic food.  
Boasting clubs in Milan, Italy; Tokyo,
Nagoya, and Osaka in Japan; and in
Manhattan’s historic
Greenwich Village,
Blue Note has played host to the music’s
greatest names and continues to carry the
torch for jazz into the 21st century......
On October 3rd Saxophonist
DON BYRON Stirs Up Memories And
Emotions With the release of  
"Do the Boomerang:The Music of
Junior Walker"
By:  Gatsby Melodi'   

New York, NY Oct 3, 2006   -      On     Do the
Boomerang: The Music of Junior Walker
his sixth Blue Note Records release,   DON
BYRON, who was born in 1958,  stirs up
celebrating-memories of growing up
effervescently in the 60's with the
Motown-sound songs like
Shotgun, and Do
the Boomerang.

Opening track 'Cleo's Mood' is a brilliant
sexy opener.  It's just as freaky as ever and
could never  disappoint  anyone who was
down-in-the-basements with that hump in
your back slow-dancing with that special
guy or gal.  You know who you are!

The marvelous twist to
Cleo's Mood that
makes it more than a wonderful successful
memory for the listener -- Don Byron slices
a little Jon Lucien tingings using vocalist
Dean Bowman with calypso colorings.  
You'll hear a distinct difference  towards the
end of the cut that signifies DON BYRON
isn't out to copy Jr Walker and instead

The Bronx native steps out as a tenor
saxophonist of the first order, on 10 of the
12 tracks.  

"Junior Walker was one of the few
instrumentalists that really had hits on the
Black-Side radio during the 60's period as I
remember growing up in", Byron adds.

Byron developed a deeper appreciation for
Jr Walker's music investigating African
American Gospel music.  "I realized that
what Junior Walker was playing was out of
the same kind of vocal energy that comes
from Gospel."

"Through studying
Donnie McClurkin, Kirk
Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Twinkie
Clark, I got to a place where those notes
actually meant something to me in a
different kind of theoretical way."

"The album also includes Byron's treatment
James Brown's There It Is.  He says   
James Brown was the guy who was
definitey doing it the hardest in that moment
when everybody else was looking at it."
Ayana Lowe’s Jazz Combo
Remembering Billie and Bessie
in the West Village
Saturday, October 7th

New York, NY Oct 1, 2006 - A magical evening of
music featuring the rare and the not so rare gems
from the Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith’s
songbooks, featuring Ayana Lowe - vocals, Patrizia
Scascitelli – piano, Dave Croce – bass, Sean
Thomas - drums.  55 BAR - 55 Christopher St
(btwn 6& 7th ave- take 1/9 train to Christopher) W.
Village! 212 929-9883.  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  (2 sets 6&
7:45)  No Cover  2 drink min.  212 929-9883.
Film Studios, Comcast to Start
Horror Channel on Halloween

New York Oct 3, 2006 - Call it fright on
Lions Gate Entertainment, Sony
Pictures Television and Comcast Corp plan to
launch a video channel on Halloween devoted
entirely to horror programs.

The new channel, called Fearnet is to be
available on cable as video on demand. It also
is to be available on the Internet and through
wireless systems. The channel's target
audience is men and boys from 14 to 29 years

Sony and Lions Gate are the two top players in
the genre, with combined libraries adding up
to about 50% of the horror titles in the market,
according to industry sources.

Partnering with Comcast gives them access to
the world's largest cable operator, which
serves about 23 million subscribers.

The three companies each hold a one-third
equity stake in the venture, according to a
source familiar with the deal.

Horror films are one of the most profitable
segments of the film market. Many of the
movies are made at relatively low cost, and
often sell well on DVD.
FREE Noontime Jazz Clinics at Long
Island University’s Brooklyn Campus

New York, Oct 3, 2006 - At its free jazz clinics
in October, Long Island University’s
Brooklyn Campus will feature musicians
with extraordinary links to jazz history in
addition to being outstanding in their own

Ravi Coltrane (Tues-Oct 3), son of the
legendary saxophonist, and Matt Balitsaris
(Tues Oct 24), guitarist, composer and
founder of Palmetto Records.

The separate appearances are part of the
Jazz Clinic and Concert Series, sponsored
by the Campus music department to
provide students with exposure to top
talents, who perform and discuss their
music, often playing with and giving
feedback to the students.

The clinics are FREE and open to the
general public. They take place on various
Tuesdays, from 4 - 6 p.m., in room 106 of
the Humanities Building on Long Island
University’s Brooklyn Campus.  For more
information call (718) 488-1668.
Oprah Goes 24/7 On Satellite Radio
Launches Her Own Channel

New York Oct 3, 2006 - In February,
Winfrey signed a three-year, $55
million deal with XM Satellite Radio
Holdings Inc. to launch her new radio
channel.  The show called
Oprah and
, launched Monday 9/25
morning on XM Satellite Radio, and
will broadcast 24 hours day, with
highlights of the shows replayed every

Guests set for the first few weeks of
programming include actresses
Annette Bening, rocker Jon Bon Jovi,

New York
Times columnist Tom
Friedman and
real estate mogul
Donald Trump.

Winfrey will co-host a show with King,
dubbed "The
Oprah and Gayle Show,"
on which they discuss the latest news
and gossip.  Other shows will focus
on finance, style, relationships and

  wisdom.  Winfrey and
Steadman Graham were the
station's first guests, appearing on
Gayle King Show.   Graham
mentioned a special pastrami and
cheese sand- wich
Winfrey makes
him: "She can cook", he said.
Terrence Howard To Play Charley Pride
Actor Re-Teams With
'Hustle & Flow' Director
For Country Singer Biopic
By:  Jonathan Greene
When Selling - Is there too much clutter in
your home?
By:  Joshua Weinger

Atlanta, GA  Oct 3, 2006 -
 It can be a shock to
see all the stuff most of us have accumulated
through the years.

One of the best ways to clear out clutter is to
have a garage sale. Here are some tips to
making your garage sale effective:

* Advertise your sale in a local newspaper.
Make sure to include your address and what
days and times the sale will take place.
* Place directional signs at nearby key
* Place smaller items on tables.
* Be prepared in case of inclement weather.
* Put price tags on everything, but be flexible
and ready to negotiate.
* Be prepared for early arrivals. Decide
whether you want to allow early birds or if you
will begin only at the specified time.
* Start with an adequate amount of change
and small bills on hand. Decide whether you
will accept checks.
* Have plenty of help--it's more fun that way!

Try to look at your home through a
prospective buyer's eyes. Lack of clutter will
help your home show better, and it will ease
your move to a new place. And even if you are
staying put, getting rid of clutter will allow you
to enjoy your home more comfortably.
Los Angeles, CA Oct 4,
2006 -
 "Hustle &
Flow" director Craig
Brewer says he and
Terrence Howard
are working on a
movie biography of
country singer
Charley Pride.
Howard got an Oscar nomination for his work in
Brewer's "Hustle & Flow," portraying a pimp who
longs to be a rap artist.

Howard will portray Pride in the new movie,
Brewer told The Commercial Appeal of

Pride, who was born poor in Sledge, Miss.,
played baseball for the Memphis Red Socks of
the Negro American League before beginning
his career as a country singer in Nashville in the

Many of Pride's No. 1 hits, including "Kiss An
Angel Good Morning," are considered country
music classics.

Brewer said he has been discussing the movie
project with Pride for several months.
Howard, a
guitar player and country music fan, came up
with the idea, Brewer said.

"Everybody's been speculating as to what my
and Terrence's next project would be, and I'm
ecstatic that this came out of
passion," Brewer said. "Charley Pride is a
character, man."

Are Our Congressional
Pages on Capitol Hill
By:  Howard Stein
Contributing Journalist

WASHINGTON Oct 3, 2006 -
Congressional pages have been in
the background on Capitol Hill for
177 years, and the program gives
high school students a chance to
work closely with lawmakers.  

Pages work long days scurrying
around delivering messages,
answering phones and running
errands for lawmakers. They also
have to squeeze in their school work
in classes at the Library of Congress.

Instant messages, released by ABC
News Monday and attributed to
former Rep. Mark Foley, suggest he
tried to arrange a meeting with a
teenage page in Washington.

Foley, a Florida Republican, resigned
Friday after his alleged e-mail and
instant-message contacts with
pages were reported by the media.
Both federal and state law
enforcement officers have said they
have launched investigations into
Foley's actions

Foley Monday announced that he had
entered an alcoholism treatment

CNN has said they cannot verify
whether the instant message
comments reported by ABC actually
came from the congressman.

According to ABC News, Foley, using
the instant messenger user name
"Maf54," repeatedly tried to meet the

In one alleged instant message
exchange, Foley tried to arrange a
dinner with the page:

Maf54: I miss you lots since san
Teen: ya I cant wait til dc
Maf54: :)
Teen: did you pick a night for dinner
Maf54: not yet...but likely Friday
Teen: ok...ill plan for Friday then
Maf54: that will be fun

The earlier instant messages
released by ABC News involved the
same Maf54 username.

In another exchange released by ABC
News, the page apparently was
uncomfortable with Foley's alleged

Maf54: I want to see you
Teen: Like I said not til feb...then we
will go to dinner
Maf54: and then what happens
Teen: we eat...we drink...who
knows...hang out...late into the night
Maf54: and
Teen: I dunno
Maf54: dunno what
Teen: hmmm I have the feeling that
you are fishing not sure
what I would be comfortable
with...we'll see

Foley, a six-term congressman, was
co-chairman of the Missing and
Exploited Children's Caucus and a
prominent backer of legislation to
crack down on online predators and
criminalize child pornography on the

Hastert called the instant messages
earlier released by ABC News "vile
and repulsive."
in the spotlight following allegations
that a Florida congressman sent lurid
messages to a 16-year-old boy.

Former page Samuel Burke, now 20,
said being part of the program was a
life-changing experience for him.

He said that pages typically spend
almost all of their time around
lawmakers when Congress is in