Archive for May, 2007


Credit Card MachineI frequently use a check card to make purchases. It seems that no matter where I use it, I am steered to use it as a debit card – which costs me money. In order to use it as a check card I am forced to follow some ridiculous series of steps like “hit cancel, press enter, pick credit, and verify what you want.” This process is, of course, different in every retail store. The common thread is that none of them make it easy for me by just having an option clearly marked CREDIT. Please…Someone…Fix This!




Mourning Subtraction – WMUB Funding Cut

Dayton is blessed with 2 public radio gems, WYSO 91.3, and WMUB 88.5.  These stations pretty much cover the extent of my regular FM radio listening.   WMUB features great programming from NPR, just like most public radio stations, but also has great local shows like Free Advice,  The Help Desk, and WMUB Forum.  Most notably, WMUB has the one and only Mama Jazz, who spins classic and contemporary jazz music for your listening pleasure every night of the week.  Unfortunately, at least in the short term, Miami University is cutting back on the funding it provides the station.  I hope that this will not mark the end of the station, but simply a shift in strategy for the future.  While I am not sure what the future will hold for the station, I am sure that I hope it will continue to deliver the great programming that I enjoy so much.   I encourage you to give the station a listen, and get involved as this situation unfolds so that this treasure is kept on the airwaves.

Public radio WMUB losing nearly $100K in funding

Even MORE New on Squidoo – Calender 2.0

In addition to the recently added links to the Dayton Marketing Community Squidoo Page, there is an updated version of the Google Calendar.  This new module replaces the 2 old Calendar modules by displaying the actual calendar right there on the page.  I hope this makes life a little easier for those of you utilizing the site to find opportunities to connect with other marketing professionals in Dayton, Ohio.

Dayton Marketing Community on Squidoo

New on My Squidoo…More Links

I received an email from the good folks at Squidoo yesterday stating that additional enhancements are on the way.  I am anxious to see what these changes are all about.  In the meantime, I have a few enhancements of my own to tell you about.   I have added 2 new links to the Dayton Marketing Community site. 

“The i-Zone was established in the summer of 2000 with a vision of helping entrepreneurs get guidance and assistance through a variety of resources. Over the years, it has evolved to a forum for entrepreneurs and young businesses to learn from one another, share ideas and experiences and connect with mentors and other great resources that can help take their businesses to the next level.”

“The I-70/75 Development Association is a membership organization made up of a broad consortium of community and business representatives from throughout the regions served by I-70 and I-75.”

Both groups  offer regularly programming and include a diverse range of businesses and individuals from across the Miami Valley.  I will do my best to include their events, and those of other marketing and business related organizations in and around Dayton on the Dayton Marketing Community Calendar, so that it is easy to find out what’s happening around town.   Please visit the Dayton Marketing Community site, and feel free to share it with others.

Dayton Marketing Community on Squidoo

Voice Hits 30K on the 1st of May

Today, passed the 30k mark in hits.  I am amazed, thrilled, delighted, and thankful to all who have visited the site.  While there are thousands of sites that draw that kind of traffic several times over every day, I am thrilled that my modest offering of posts has been able to steadily evolve and grow over the last 18 months.  Since starting voice, I have exchanged email messages with authors like Seth Godin and Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, and even got to hang out with author and blogger John Moore.  I have chronicled the experience of being downsized out of a job, searching for and finding a new job in a pinch, and ultimately landing my current position here at Hafenbrack Marketing.   Right here in Dayton, I have even had strangers introduce themselves to me on the street a time or two – having recognized me from reading the site.  In a nutshell – it has been a great ride so far.  I look forward to continuously improving the look, feel, and content of the site as we approach the 40k mark.  Thanks to all who have visited so far.  It means a lot to know that I am not the only one reading this stuff.  (I probably only account for 15k of the 30)  Please keep coming back, sharing your voice with me, and bringing others into the conversation.  Thanks!