Monday, November 30, 2009

Social Media University December Schedule - South Florida

I am very excited that we've finally kicked off our Social Media Marketing Education and Certification program with the support of Millenia Atlantic University. This program was designed to keep you up to date with the latest in marketing and web 2.0 techniques and skills.

With the Social Media University program you will learn how to effectively use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Blogs and other Social Media Marketing tools to increase your sales and profits while increasing your company's visibility and web site rankings.

Start a new career as a Social Media Marketing Specialist or consultant. Apply for our Certified Social Media Marketing Specialist program and increase your earnings potential. CSMMS begins January, 2010 but you can start taking courses that count towards Certification right away.

'Social Media University December Schedule - South Florida.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

If You Don't Want to Grow Your Business Don't Read This Blog!

I am looking to help those who want to help themselves! If you don't want to grow your business then please unsubscribe from the DCC email list. This will give me more time to dedicate to helping those who really want to grow their business!

We have awesome members at the DCC! They are making a difference in their businesses and that of other DCC members. They are committed to making the Doral Chamber of Commerce the best chamber in Florida. And they will succeed! If you want to grow with me, I promise to be there to help you succeed! If you are not dedicated to growing your business or increasing your sales, please unsubscribe.

I continue to program a great number events designed to help you network, learn and build new relationships with potential clients. But there's alot of you still not showing up. What's up with that?

The DCC members that consistently show up are those you are prospering in their business! When you show up at events it gives other DCC members an opportunity to introduce you to people they know at the event and it also has the "top of the consiousness" effect. Which means that people will remember you when it comes time to refer others to you.

Do you know that we have free consulting at the DCC? Filiberto Medina, Mario Somarriba and several other DCC member, including myself, got together and created the PBCG, Power Business Consulting Group. This group is designed to give you free consulting and referal to other PBCG participants and DCC members in order to help you with what ever business issues you may have. It includes helping you with your start up business or existing business. And its all FREE !!!

Besides the PBCG I will dedicate time to you to discuss your business. If you want to meet with me send me an email requesting an appointment. I make myself available to all members. Another difference the DCC offers.

Now, if you really want to get ahead of the competition and explode your business growth then you've got to get up to date with Social Media and create a Social Media strategy. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs and other Social Media can really help your business grow by helping you create relationships on the internet. The challenge is knowing how it all really works. That's where our Social Media and Web Site Strategies seminars come in.

The DCC is offering Social Media University and individual training modules related to internet marketing. These are low cost and offered at convenient times and locations in Doral and other areas. If you really want to grow your business, enroll in Social Media University at .

I have several areas where I need your help. At the same time that you help the DCC you can help your self. The DCC is over 200 members strong! By getting involved in one of many DCC groups you get to meet other active members in a more relaxed and friendly setting. These are some of the opportunities available for you. I am looking for leaders. Email me and let me know if you want to get involved in one or more of these groups:

Banking and Finance
Marketing and Public Relations
Business Blitz
After Hours Networker
PowerBusiness Women's Group
Welcome Wagon (Ambassador)
Membership Development
Doral Hotel Association
Doral Auto Dealers Association
PowerBusiness Consulting Group
Business Mornings PowerNetworker
Educational Committee
Executive Committee
Mastermind Council

So let's continue to grow together and build the best chamber in Florida while helping your business and others grow and prosper! Write your comments on the DCC blog or write me at . I look forward to continue working with you for wealth, prosperity and an enriched life!


Manny Sarmiento
President - Doral Chamber of Commerce - Twitter - Facebook

P.S. We are forming DCC Mastermind Councils. If you are interested in organizing a DCC Mastermind Council Group please email me. The DCC Mastermind Councils are based on Napoleon Hill's book "Think and Grow Rich". It is powerful tool for personal growth.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lies & Deception from Doral & Airport West Chamber : DAWCC Not a Non-profit / Corporation Dissolved

Lies & Deception from Doral & Airport West Chamber : DAWCC Not a Non-profit / Corporation Dissolved

Doral & Airport West Chamber Lying to Potential members. DAWCC not a Non-profit and Corporation has been Administrative Dissolved as a Corporation. Continuously using the real Doral Chamber of Commerce name to confuse business owners into joining.

"Doral & Airport West not a real entity"


PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 17, 2009 – Felipe Madrigal of the Doral & Airport West Chamber of Commerce continues to lie to potential members, using deceptive practices to promote a non-valid chamber in Doral. The DAWCC is not a Non-profit. The corporation and has been dissolved since September of 2008. (State of Florida Sunbiz:

The real chambers in Doral are the Doral Chamber of Commerce and the Doral Business Council. The DAWCC continuously uses the real Doral Chamber of Commerce name to confuse business owners into joining.

The new web site is now confusingly and illegally titled "Doral Chamber Commerce" . This is an attempt to cause confusion since the real and legal Doral Chamber of Commerce entity and web site is . The DAWCC is also causing confusion to business owners by using as their new email instead of their previous email

"Our attorneys have sent Felipe Madrigal a Cease letter, asking that he stop using the Doral Chamber of Commerce name but he continues to use fraudulent and deceptive tactics in an attempt to promote a non-valid entity. Business owners should use caution in selecting a valid chamber to join, An active chamber of commerce is a worthwhile business tool for persons looking to grow their business." ... says Manny Sarmiento, President and Founder ot the Doral Chamber of Commerce.

The real Doral Chamber is the Doral Chamber of Commerce, located at 8181 N.W. 36th Street, Suite 20-E, Doral, FL 33166. The Doral Chamber of Commerce is a valid non-profit corporation, registered with the IRS and the State of Florida with two real physical locations in Doral, Florida, the address above and a new Atrium Training Center at 3900 N.W. 79th Avenue, Suite 108, Doral, FL 33166.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Ashton Kutcher becomes the first to collect 1 million followers on Twitter and Oprah Winfrey sends out her first tweet

"As Ashton Kutcher becomes the first to collect 1 million followers on Twitter and Oprah Winfrey sends out her first tweet, tech observers are debating: Does Friday mark a new peak for the microblogging service? Or the beginning of its demise?

Ashton Kutcher told Larry King Friday that the battle was about proving one person can have a voice.

Some bloggers and Twitter users have expressed concern that the once-cultish site is being overwhelmed by celebrities and media hype, while others are excited by Twitter's ever-growing reach.

"It's a big milestone. This brings Twitter mainstream," said Andrew Cherwenka, a Huffington Post contributor and Web developer at, referring to Kutcher and Winfrey's Twitter breakthroughs.

"A lot of people are saying this is going to be the death of Twitter, and I don't understand that at all," Cherwenka added. "It's just another stage in Twitter's acceleration."

"The challenge for Twitter -- besides, of course, getting a business model in place to handle the infrastructure required to sustain this kind of growth -- is going to be maintaining the fact that it's the community at large, not the celebrity users, that's at the core of this service," said Caroline McCarthy, who writes a CNET News blog about social media.

"The power of Twitter is about the millions of people using it and how easily it is to filter and aggregate their thoughts and conversations," McCarthy told CNN. "It can't be all about Ashton and Oprah."

In the much-publicized duel, Kutcher's Twitter account crossed the 1 million mark on Twitter about 2:13 a.m. ET Friday, narrowly beating CNN's breaking-news feed, which had 998,239 followers at the time. CNN passed the mark at 2:42 a.m. ET.

On Friday, Kutcher went on "Larry King Live" to talk about the battle and why he felt the duel was so important.

"We now live in an age in media that a single voice can have as much power and relevance on the Web, that is, as an entire media network," he said. "And I think that to me was shocking."
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Early Friday Winfrey sent her first tweet from the Chicago, Illinois, set of her TV show. The all-caps message was sent at 10:10 a.m. ET and said, "HI TWITTERS. THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY."

Winfrey drew more than 73,000 Twitter followers before she sent out her first tweet. By Friday afternoon her Twitter following had climbed above 100,000.

"Twitter has experienced watershed events over the last two years since we founded the company, and momentum continues to build," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said Friday in an e-mail to CNN. "Certainly having Oprah and Ashton embrace Twitter so enthusiastically will be another big moment for us."

But Kutcher also acknowledged on "Larry King Live" Friday that while he was able to get so many followers because he is well-known, he was trying to show that anyone can have a voice and let their story be told.

"I think it's really important that Twitter is not about celebrities. It's not a platform for celebrities," he said. "In all these interviews and things, it's been celebrity -- you know, people know have been on TV. It's really about everyday people having a voice. And I don't want it to be dwarfed by celebrity."

Sean 'Diddy' Combs, who joined Twitter and threw his support behind Kutcher, told Larry King that he views Twitter as an important medium for him to share who he "really" is, and give fans a direct line of communication to him.

"It's a chance for people to know the real me," he said. "Due to my own fault there's such a persona of the Hamptons and the bling-bling and the "Forbes" list and who I'm dating. There's more substance to me than that. Over time I've just wanted to make sure that that has gotten out."

Kutcher told Larry King that initially, Twitter was a tool to feed his ego until he realized that he could use the service to make a difference.

"At the end of the day, we all have ego, we all have some level of ego," he said. "But if we can use our ego to actually create good charitable things in the world in some way, and use our ego -- originally, I defined Twitter as an ego stream when I first saw it. But then what I realized is if we can transform that into something that's positive that can actually effectively change the world, that can be a really valuable tool."

Kutcher had challenged CNN to the Twitter race, saying he would donate 10,000 mosquito bed nets to charity for World Malaria Day in late April if he beat CNN, and 1,000 if he lost. CNN agreed to do the same.

The battle between @aplusk, Kutcher's Twitter handle, and CNN's feed gained much attention on Twitter, with fans pulling for both sides.
Web junkies watched Kutcher on a live video stream as he celebrated with champagne, surrounded by his wife, Demi Moore, and friends.

"We are over a million. CNN is still trying to get there. And that is just how it goes," Kutcher told the camera as his friends screamed. "There are a million people that need to be thanked for this." See Kutcher celebrate his milestone »

No single Twitter account had previously reached 1 million followers, according to two Web sites that track popularity on Twitter, a site on which users post 140-character messages that are distributed to groups of followers.

"Kudos to Ashton and all those in the @aplusk camp. Now more than ever, the consumer is in the driver's seat and we couldn't be more gratified than to be part of this historic social media milestone," said CNN spokeswoman Jennifer Martin.

CNN maintains more than 40 official Twitter accounts, with a total of more than 1.5 million followers. Kutcher was racing the network's breaking-news feed, @cnnbrk. That account provides only brief updates about breaking news, therefore CNN doesn't send a lot of alerts -- just those for major events the network believes its audience will want to know.

"We'd like to thank every one of our followers for helping CNN reach the 1 million mark, and we are delighted to raise our donation to 10,000 bed nets for World Malaria Day in recognition of them," Martin said.

Not to be outdone, Winfrey said in a tweet Friday morning that she would donate 20,000 mosquito bed nets to charity. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, another popular Twitter user, also agreed Friday to make a donation of mosquito bed nets, which help prevent the biting insects from spreading malaria in tropical countries.

"Ashton's 'Twitter race' is an amazing example of how we can leverage new technology to battle an ancient disease," said Scott Case, CEO of Malaria No More, the charity expected to benefit most from the mosquito bed net donations. "Not only is Ashton helping Malaria No More raise awareness ... he's also galvanizing his Twitter army to help end malaria deaths."

The online feud between CNN and Kutcher also drew attention to the popularity of Twitter, which has seen breakneck growth over the past year. Twitter saw 131 percent growth in March alone, with 9.3 million unique U.S. visitors that month, according to comScore. The group attributes the increase to media attention on the site.

Cherwenka, the Huffington Post blogger, believes Kutcher may be one of the first people to leverage the power of online social networking for widespread social good.

"It's a turning point in media. He's one person who uses a free media platform to reach a large audience. And that really hasn't been done before," Cherwenka said. "He didn't spend a penny on this. And that's kind of the point of any kind of social activity on the Web."

But will all this celebrity-driven hype turn off longtime Twitter users? Time will tell, observers say.

"I know some Twitter early adopters and loyalists are feeling a bit ambivalent about this influx of mainstream attention, and are likening it to when their favorite indie band gets big overnight," said CNET's McCarthy. "They're excited to see this service really take off, but at the same time are concerned that it's turning into a sort of novelty fad."

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Trying to Make Sense of a $400,000 Compensation for Frank Nero of the Beacon Council Miami.

Trying to make sense of a $400,000 Compensation for Frank Nero of the Beacon Council Miami.

The Miami Herald has written a very controvertial article which opens for argument whether Frank Nero of the Beacon Council should be given more money than his current $400,000 a year compensation package.

Frankly, that much money paid to Fran Nero, in a position where he serves the interest of membership paying companies does not make sense to me. Of course this is a conrovertial subject. In light of the fact that so many businesses are suffering financially, how can you justify paying Frank Nero so Much? You can't! So what can you do about this?

1. If your membership is up for renewal. Don't do it!
2. Call Frank Nero and complain - oops, I forgot! He'll never speak to you! He's too important
3. Just keep shelling out the bucks so Frank can live his extravagant lifestyle.

Membership at the Beacon Council - Alot!...
Membership at the Dora Chamber of Commerce - starts at $297.00...
Benefits of joining the DCC? PRICELESS!!

Thank you for listening! Manny-

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Social Media Marketing Strategy - Developing a Massive Social Campaign

Social Media Marketing Strategy - Developing a Massive Social CampaignBy []Jonathan R. Behrens
It can be important to develop a workable social media marketing strategy. Decide which social bookmarking sites you want to target, set up a pay per click campaign, create a stir on MySpace, but make sure that you have the whole process coordinated to help achieve maximum results.
The first step in a social media marketing strategy is to identify your audience, and identify WITH your audience. It is not enough to know who you are trying to reach anymore, because the Internet has made communication a two-way street. Be sure to establish avenues of communication for your clients and customers, and take steps to keep those lanes of information sharing open and active.
Set realistic social media marketing strategy goals. Getting a million visitors to a brand new website requires some heavy brainstorming, as you'll need to decide where to attract those visitors from, and how to best get their attention. Keep your goals realistic, and set new ones when old goals have been met. Once you have goals, establish marketing procedures that are designed to make them happen.
For the most traffic, social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, and LinkedIn may be good starters sites, but don't forget the appeal of article distribution either. EzineArticles publishes hundreds of articles every day under just about any category you can think of. At the bottom of each article is what is called a "Resource Box," where links to a product or website can be clicked for easy access. This these article sites are heavily syndicated, their potential reach can be counted in the hundreds of millions.
Another facet of a working media marketing strategy is the use of bookmarking and sharing sites. Digg, StumbleUpon, and Technorati are three popular bookmarking sites where people from all over the world are sharing favorite things they have found online with others. But there are other places that can be even more effective, such as Twitter, which is a booking and social interaction site.
The best social media marketing strategy will include a number of social tools and methods. Bookmarking alone is not enough, and it ties in very well with social networking sites like MySpace. Pay per click campaigns can get your product in front of more people faster, and could be crucial to the branding process.
To develop a sound social marketing strategy, it is probably a good idea to discuss what you want to achieve with an Internet marketing consultant. These professionals have their finger on the pulse of social marketing, and will be able to help you make the best choices to get the most profitable results. Thee is a lot to learn and consider, and the best results will almost always come from using a complete Internet marketing package supplied through a trusted contractor.
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Posting Your Twitter Updates on Your Blog

If you look on the right side of this blog you will see my Twitter updates, These are placed here automatically using a badge from Twitter that you can find at

Adding this widget will make your blog more interesting and keeps your blog automatically updated. This does not take the place of your regular posting but it does keep your blog more dynamic and interesting.

Good luck and keep marketing!

Manny Sarmiento - President
Doral Chamber of Commerce
8181 NW 36th Street, Suite 20-E
Doral, FL 33166
(305) 477-7600 / (305) 546-3301

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Notes from Blog & Social Networking Seminar Feb. 17

Viral Marketing Tools

(1) Search Engine Optimization

(2) Pay per click PPC
Google Adwords
Niche, Region, Budget

(3) Banner Advertising

(4) Email Marketing

(5) Joint Ventures
Mostly for Information Product Sales

(6) Blogging

(7) Affiliate Marketing

(8) Article marketing

(9) Traffic exchanges

(10) Giveaways - ebooks, special reports

(11) Offline venues
Business Cards, Print Advertising, Letterheads, Flyers, etc

(12) Social Media (Online Relationships - Build Offline Business Relationships)

(13) Press Releases

(14) Blogs
Shows you as an expert
Post Weekly or Daily
Create or Participate in a Blog Network

Blog Should Include Video and/or Pictures
Professionals – Use Personal and Business Blogs

Follow the Doral Chamber of Commerce

Monday, February 9, 2009

How to Have Business Success in ‘09 - Stop Whining, Start Innovating!

How to Have Business Success in ‘09
Stop Whining, Start Innovating!

Yes, we are in a recession! So what? Have you seen “The Secret?” The Law of Attraction is real! The more you complain about the economy, the worst it will be for you and the rest of the world. Personally, I am tired of hearing people complain about how bad the economy is.

Speaking in economic terms, the reality is that it’s going to be worse in 2009. Speaking in “reality” terms, if you stop whining, stop reading doomsday economic news and watching CNN you will have much more time to create a better life for yourself, your business and your family in 2009.

So how do you make things better for yourself, your business, your family and the world? Take a new path – innovate! Create a new life! Examine the routines that you currently follow and change them. You are a creature of habit. You take the same route to your office everyday. You do the same thing in the morning and at night when you get home. At the office you go to lunch with the same people, at the same time. The best way to innovate is to examine your old habits and create new ones.

If you keep doing the same things you will continue getting the same results. The personal habits, or as I like to call them, your addictions, are linked to your social habits and to your business habits. To start new and innovate you must clear out the old.

Ever heard of the “vacuum law of prosperity?” It says that if you create a vacuum in your life the Universe will fill it for you with newer and better things. You can create a vacuum by giving away your old clothes, by breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend that you’ve been hanging onto for God knows what reason, or even by getting rid of real estate that you’ve been trying to save.

I hear too many people struggling with real estate that they purchased and now they can’t keep up with. Maybe it’s time to let go! Maybe it’s time to create that financial vacuum so that you can allow more prosperity to come your way! Go ahead! Clean out your life! Make room for a fresh relationship! Make room for new financial prosperity! Make room for God to come into your heart!

Live 2009 like there is no tomorrow! Make your life in ’09 a new life, a better life, a prosperous life!

God Bless You!
Manny Sarmiento – President
Doral Chamber of Commerce

P.S. For ’09 and beyond – Start a blog and learn about social networking for business! It’s not just for teenagers anymore!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Doral Chamber of Commerce Presents: Blogs, Viral & Social Networking, eMail Marketing for Internet Marketing Success Seminar Feb. 17th

Blogs, Viral & Social Networking, eMail Marketing for Internet Marketing Success Seminar
Plus "The Power of Email Marketing - and More!"
Web Site Practical Design Basics & Internet Marketing Tips
February 17th, 2009 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m

PRLog (Press Release) – Jan 30, 2009 – Blogs, Viral & Social Networking, eMail Marketing for Internet Marketing Success Plus "The Power of Email Marketing - and More!" Web Site Practical Design Basics & Internet Marketing Tips

Heard of Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn? Know what a blog is and how to use one for business? Know how to use Youtube or other video sites for marketing? It's time to get on the Web 3.0 bandwagon and ahead of your competition. There's alot of misinformation on how to use social networking sites and viral marketing. You are about to discover the truth about viral internet marketing. Social networking sites are booming but how do you use them to drive traffic to your website or to increase your sales? In this seminar you're going to learn about Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, Youtube and other social networking and bookmarking sites and their practical uses.

Whether you have an existing web site or you are developing a new one, this workshop will educate you on the basics of practical web site design and marketing. You will learn basic strategies for your web site, including: -How to create basic web sites, -When and why to use a splash page or home page, -Lifetime value of a customer -How to create a web site on any budget, -When to use a web designer versus doing it yourself, -Determining your web site’s purpose, -The least you need to know about web design, -How to structure your web site design, -Developing a navigation system for your site, -How to optimize your web site for search engines ...and much more!

This is a very practical workshop designed to get you on the right track with your web site marketing and sales. DON'T MISS IT! I'll also share new email marketing tools and resources from Constant Contact along with email marketing and survey best practices. You don't want to miss it. Pre-register now. Space is limited for this workshop!

Please RSVP to:
Hyatt Place of Doral 3655 NW 82nd Ave Doral, FL 33166


Admission: $25.00 Fee / $19.00 for Doral Chamber of Commerce & Meetup Members Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, Youtube, Craigslist, Backpage, Meetup - Learn the secrets to using social networking & bookmarking.
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The New Doral Chamber of Commerce is committed to assisting area businesses to create new revenue sources, helping the city meet the needs of it's residents and business partners, and assisting individuals to meet their personal needs and desires. Come by our new offices and say hello. Tell us how we can help you and take a look at our training and education facility. Become a Chamber member today!

Monday, January 26, 2009

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Build Relationships to Build Your Business

The best way to increae your business is to increase relationships. Your business success is directly proportional to the number of relationships you build with other business owners and employees.

I believe in six degrees of seperation. This is the theory that you are seperated from someone you know by six people. I say that you are seperated from a sale by six people. So how do you begin. You meet as many people as you can. Get together with people you meet at networking events and have a cup of coffee at Starbucks. You intent should be to get to know them, not to sell them anything.

You cannot sell anything to anyone. People buy from you. And they buy from you because they like you and because you have established a relationship with them.

The "one-on-one" or "one-to-one" meeting is a powerful tool for building business realtionships and creating a marketing opportunity. Set up at least two one-on-one meetings per week. Enjoy your coffee and build that lasting referral relationship.

Manny Sarmiento - President
Doral Chamber of Commerce