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Small Business Development Center – Abilene, TX #china #business

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Why are we FREE?

We are part of Texas Tech University and are affiliated with the Northwest Texas SBDC Region. We receive our financial support from TTU, the United States Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and other sources.

Consulting services are always offered free of charge and our consultants are prepared to provide small business help for many aspects of your business from advertising to exporting to financing.

Seminars and specialized services are offered at low-cost to attendees and clients and are a great resource for networking with other business owners while brushing up on skills like marketing, copywriting, and human resources.

Upcoming Events

Where do I get a tax number?

There is more than one kind of tax number so the first thing is to identify what you need one for. You will need a Federal EIN (employer I.D. number) if you will have employees, a business partner other than your spouse, and possibly also to open a business bank account. You can obtain an EIN number at irs.gov. You will need a Texas Sales Use Tax Permit if you are required to collect sales tax on your products and/or services. That application is completed through the Texas Comptroller s website at window.state.tx.us/taxpermit .

Am I required to collect sales tax?

What legal structure am I required to use?

You’re free to choose from any legal structure you like. The most popular in Texas are sole proprietorships, general partnerships, and limited liability companies (LLCs).

Research

Whether you’re trying to grow your existing business or start a new business, there are many sources of information available to help you make the best decisions possible. The time and expense required to use these databases is cost-prohibitive to all but the largest of firms. So what’s a small business to do? The SBDC has access to some of the most sophisticated research databases available and best of all, the research is provided to SBDC clients FREE OF CHARGE!

**REMINDER**Texas Tech Small Business Development Center Abilene will be hosting OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Workshop presented by Kathleen Franklin, Safety Health Consultant Inspector IV, OSHCON Program.

The OSHCON Workshop is a great opportunity to help Texan employers understand and comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. Our presenter will also be covering the new submission requirements that go into effect 2017 and go over how to fill out the OSHA 300 log.

Seating is Limited. Please call and reserve your spot today. 325-670-0300. See More See Less

August 30, 2016, 6:00pm – August 30, 2016, 8:00pm

Texas Tech Small Business Development Center Abilene will be hosting OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Workshop presented by Kathleen Franklin, Safety & Health Consultant Inspector IV, OSHCON Program.The OSHCON Workshop is a great opportunity to help Texan employers understand and comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. Our presenter will also be covering the new submission requirements that go into effect 2017 and go over how to fill out the OSHA 300 log.Seating is Limited. Please call and reserve your spot today. 325-670-0300.

America’s SBDC at TX Tech University

For those of you who missed out on the great seminar by Jon Schallert in Abilene this is just some of his realistic approach to business. The SBDC proudly sponsored Jon and his Destination Business and we hope to share some of his insight with you from time to time.

The Profound Marketing Limits of Facebook
By Jon Schallert

Let me ask you a question: Would you feel confident if you hired a carpenter to build a new addition to your home, but when he showed up, he only came equipped with a hammer and no other tools?

Nope, you wouldn’t feel confident. You’d probably be worried! That’s because you’d expect a carpenter to have a full set of tools, just so he’s ready for any building challenge that might present itself.

Here’s why I’m asking this question: When I conduct Destination business workshops and I ask the business owners in attendance what they’re using to pull in customers, there are always owners who proudly proclaim that they ONLY use Facebook to attract customers to their businesses. Some of them will even go so far as to say: “I never use radio, newspaper, cable television, or any print ads. I only use Facebook.”

I’m always baffled by this. Why is it that business owners feel confident relying only on one single tool, Facebook, to attract customers to their business?

Well, my theory is that up until about two years ago, Facebook was the newest social media tool around and it cost a business nothing to use it, and it worked incredibly well. But then, Facebook decided to start generating a lot of revenue for their company, so they changed their algorithm, and their rules for posting, and all of a sudden, businesses were finding that when they posted a sale or a special offer on Facebook, it reached very few people who had Liked their page.

For most owners, it was right then that they realized all the people who had Liked their page were not really their people at all; they were Facebook’s people. Honestly, it was a brilliant business move by Facebook, but also one that made me go from thinking of Mark Zuckerberg as a genius, to more like a sleazy used car salesmen who suddenly lets you know that he’s added that rust-protection treatment to your purchase without you knowing about it.

Seriously, when Facebook changed those rules, and you’d worked so hard to attract those customers to your business Facebook page, didn’t you feel like you’d just been taken for a ride?

Now understand that I’m not saying that Facebook’s a bad tool. On the contrary, it’s a great marketing tool, used correctly, especially when you understand its limits. It’s just like the hammer of the carpenter; it has its place and purpose, and it’s all dependent on what type of customer you want to target.

But let me be clear: Facebook is NOT the best marketing tool if you want to:
1. Target consumers who have a lot of money, and you want to reach them with a brand image that conveys the emotion of your business, or
2. If you want to target consumers who live in homes that have at least a value of $800,000 or more, that also have over 50% of their mortgages paid off, or
3. If you want to identify and solicit top companies, and you want to reach both the CEO and all of the company’s executive team, or
4. If you want to sell to a company but you don’t know the key decision-makers, and you’d really like to understand the entire hierarchy of that company before wasting your time talking to people who don’t matter, or
5. If you’d like to attract all the new homeowners who have moved into your city in the last 3 months who live within 15 miles of your business.
I’m stopping at 5, but I could go on. I think you’re getting the idea.

The harsh reality for independent business owners today is:
1. There are no fool-proof, perfect marketing tools, including Facebook.
2. It’s important that owners not fall into the trap of relying on only a handful of marketing tactics and dismissing other tactics simply because they didn’t work as well in the past.
3. It’s important to recognize that the most successful marketers use a combination of publicity, advertising, other marketing tactics integrated into a plan, each tool dovetailing with the others, what Mark Stevens called a “swarming offense”, all designed to lure customers in your doors (if you want to read more of Mark’s wisdom, just click here)
Do yourself and your business a favor: Be prepared like a successful carpenter, and fill your marketing tool box with an array of tools that you can turn to when you need them.

Update on 2016 Destination BootCamps

Here’s an update on our remaining Destination BootCamp classes of 2016:
• Our next BootCamp on September 13-15 has 4 seats remaining in it.
• Our newly added BootCamp on October 11-13 has 9 seats remaining in it.
• Our last Destination BootCamp of 2016 on October 25-27 is sold out.
We have also added an Advanced Graduate-Only Destination BootCamp that is only open to those who have taken my Destination BootCamp class previously between 2002 and 2016. (Theoretically, you could attend the September 13-15 class, and just hang out in Colorado for 11 days, and turn around and take the Advanced Graduate-Only class, but maybe that’s asking a lot of you.) Learn more here about the Advanced Graduate-Only BootCamp class.

For those of you who missed out on the great seminar by Jon in Abilene this is just some of his realistic approach to business. The SBDC proudly sponsored Jon and his Destination Business and we hope to share some of his insight with you from time to time.you should take some time to read what other previously skeptical business owners (just like you), said AFTER they took the class. Read that by clicking here. See More See Less

Jon Schallert – www.JonSchallert.com – Founder of the Destination BootCamp – www.DestinationBootCamp.com – Started Destination University to help small business owners around the globe receive the help they need to succeed – www.DestinationUniversity.com





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North San Diego SBDC – Small Business Development Center #small #business #grant

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Welcome to North San Diego SBDC

Did you know…The SBDC is a leading provider of consulting services and workshops for small businesses in North San Diego County? We have the knowledge, resources and skills to help you build and maintain a successful business.

We know that starting and running a business can be exhausting! With that in mind, we offer professional, progress-based, one-on-one consulting, as well as comprehensive workshops, designed to give you the information you need to “hit the ground running!”

Already in Business?

Get assistance to manage a successful business. Set up an appointment today with a Business Adviser to accelerate your growth! Get started and give us a call at: (760) 795-8740 today!

First Time Starting a Business?

In order to be eligible to meet one-on-one with a Business Adviser, the Small Business Start-Up Series is required for all first time, Start-Up business owners. We offer workshops and resources that provide step-by-step information to help start your business the right way!

Register for a Workshop

Our focused workshops help develop you as a successful manager and entrepreneur while also training you for the success of your small business.

CONSULTING AREAS

  • Accounting / Quickbooks
  • Business Plan Development
  • Business Structure/Formation
  • Buy/Sell Business
  • Comprehensive Business Strategic Assessment and Analysis
  • Contracting with Government Agencies
  • Financial Analysis/Cash Flow Management
  • E-Business
  • General Business
  • Government Contracting
  • Human Resources
  • Market Analysis/Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations
  • Sales and Business Development

MISSION STATEMENT

The SBDC is dedicated to increasing the economic vitality of the community by helping small businesses and entrepreneurs build a foundation for SUCCESS! Our Center staff and Business Advisors are here to assist in answering your business questions along with providing many resources that can help you grow your business profitably or start a new business.

OUR BEGINNINGS

The North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosted by MiraCosta College and is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and MiraCosta College. Our service area covers all of San Diego County north of Interstate 8. LEARN MORE

Resource Partners

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Welcome to the LSBDC – Louisiana Small Business Development Center #harvard #business

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The Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is an accredited member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and participating universities. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
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How to Create a Business Development Strategy #small #business #cards

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How to Create a Business Development Strategy

The Business Development Strategy is used to underpin your main Business Plan and essentially it sets out a standard approach for developing new opportunities, either from within existing accounts or by proactively targeting brand new potential accounts and then working to close them.

This document highlights the key issues you should consider prior to compiling your own plan and will hopefully guide you logically through a proven framework.

The key word is Strategy. because you are creating a workable and achievable set of objectives in order to exceed your annual target.

Your Starting Point :

The key words are Who? What? Where? When? Which? Why? How?

Who are you going to target?

What do you want to sell them?

Where are they located?

When will you approach them?

Which are the appropriate target personnel?

Why would they want to meet with you?

How will you reach them?

If you have conducted regular account reviews with your key accounts during the previous twelve months, you should be aware of any new opportunities that will surface during the next twelve months. You will also, when assessing what percentage of your annual target usually comes from existing accounts, need to review data over the last two or three years. (It is likely that you can apply Pareto i.e. 80% of your business will probably come from existing accounts and in fact 80% of your total revenue will come from just 20% of your customers/clients)

You will be left with a balance (i.e. 20% of my business next year will come from new opportunities) therefore you can then begin to allocate your selling time accordingly.

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Online Home based business opportunity in Personal Development Industry – Work at home #custom #business #cards

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An Exciting and Unique Online Home Based Business Opportunity in Personal Leadership Development Industry

This is a BOOMING $65+ billion Industry!

A Genuine Online Home Based Business Opportunity that has proven results

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MAKE UP TO $8,000 PER SALE

Loving Life Now will show you how this online home business opportunity can become a very profitable business, if you:

  • Dedicate 15-20 hours per week
  • Have the desire to take control of your life
  • Want to be your own boss instead of working for someone else
  • Are not just looking for a get rich quick scheme, but a proven business model with a support network.
  • Are passionate. motivated and self driven
  • Want financial freedom and a fantastic income to Love your Life Now

ITS A FULLY SUPPORTED AND WORKING HOME BASED BUSINESS THAT WONT INVOLVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

  • NO personal explaining
  • NO hassling your friends and family
  • NO shipping of products
  • NO stocking of products
  • NO need to hire staff

We’ll supply you with the simple yet complete business model, all of your training, and we will help you establish your goals. You will however need to supply the desire, motivation and willingness to learn, and have a real passion for wanting a huge change – personally and financially in your life!

Its so easy, contact me today. All you need is a computer, Internet, a phone and a few hours to spare each day.

I compared a traditional business model to our home based business model and didnt waste any time have a look why

1. Traditional Business Model

Starting or buying into a business usually costs a large sum of money. There are most often stock, equipment, staff, marketing, rent. just to name a few expenses and these costs are constant week after week – month after month. Actually making money is usually a long time coming not to mention the 60 to 70 hours a week you need to invest of your time. NO THANKS. On average the statistics show that a business will not turn a profit for at least 2 years and the fact is most dont even make it that long, leaving behind huge debts, broken hearts and a ton of stress and strain.

So in all in all the business = No time off, No financial rewards = No thanks !

2. Our Business Model

This home based business is so affordable any one can do it. Our business model is so simple and effective that it can literally produce financial results immediately and you wont have to work 70 hours a week. If you have the desire and have made the decision to change your life, you can do it! All it will take is 15-20 hours per week. Welcome your new flexible working life, financial freedom and start LOVING LIFE !

There are hundreds of different businesses you can consider when looking for the right business for YOU. There are so many reasons why people decide to start their own business. Some are looking for financial freedom, others are looking at working less hours and making more money and some think that working for themselves will give them the fantastic life they have been waiting for.

In most cases, new business owners quickly realise that their dream of running their own cafe or buying into a franchise is not going to give them the foot loose and fancy free life they were expecting. It is hard work and requires a lot of time, money and effort. And most times people end up working 14 hour days for a minimal wage. Who wants to really live their life working??

The great news is, all businesses don’t require long hours and hard work to get the results you want and deserve.

If this sounds like the type of business you would like to own, please use the contact form on the left of the site, and we will call you back within 48 hours.





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Business Development jobs in the UK #small #business #administration #loans

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Business Development jobs

Hays Sales consultants have in-depth knowledge of the business development jobs market, and will help you find your desired job. Whether it be a Business Development Manager. Business Development Executive or a more specialist development opportunity.

Our strong relationship with sought after employers across many industries include, FMCG, Manufacturing, IT, Media and Professional Services lead to Hays Sales being a fist choice for clients looking for business developers like yourself to join their teams.

Contact your nearest Hays Sales office to discuss the latest Business Development roles and how we can help you take the next step in your Business Development career.

We re currently recruiting for organisations across the UK including in London, Guildford, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and many more so you can be sure you’ll find a job near you.

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Build on your skills with our flexible online training courses.

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WSBDC – Washington Small Business Development Center #best #online #businesses

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“[Our advisor] is just a wizard with numbers,” “He helped us understand how knowing your numbers can help you plan and grow your business.”

Cory Seidel, Bliss Kiss

“[Our SBDC advisor] has been amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better person to help us.”
Mike Irma Philp, Auto Art Collision Repair LLC

“I have pointed many people to the SBDC for advice.” “I want to say from my heart how grateful I am for the opportunities we have had in this country, to own our own business and to care for the infirm. We are very blessed.”

Bizu Getachew, owner, Grace Adult Homes

Washington Small Business Development Center





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North San Diego SBDC – Small Business Development Center #entrepreneurship #ideas

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Welcome to North San Diego SBDC

Did you know…The SBDC is a leading provider of consulting services and workshops for small businesses in North San Diego County? We have the knowledge, resources and skills to help you build and maintain a successful business.

We know that starting and running a business can be exhausting! With that in mind, we offer professional, progress-based, one-on-one consulting, as well as comprehensive workshops, designed to give you the information you need to “hit the ground running!”

Already in Business?

Get assistance to manage a successful business. Set up an appointment today with a Business Adviser to accelerate your growth! Get started and give us a call at: (760) 795-8740 today!

First Time Starting a Business?

In order to be eligible to meet one-on-one with a Business Adviser, the Small Business Start-Up Series is required for all first time, Start-Up business owners. We offer workshops and resources that provide step-by-step information to help start your business the right way!

Register for a Workshop

Our focused workshops help develop you as a successful manager and entrepreneur while also training you for the success of your small business.

CONSULTING AREAS

  • Accounting / Quickbooks
  • Business Plan Development
  • Business Structure/Formation
  • Buy/Sell Business
  • Comprehensive Business Strategic Assessment and Analysis
  • Contracting with Government Agencies
  • Financial Analysis/Cash Flow Management
  • E-Business
  • General Business
  • Government Contracting
  • Human Resources
  • Market Analysis/Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations
  • Sales and Business Development

MISSION STATEMENT

The SBDC is dedicated to increasing the economic vitality of the community by helping small businesses and entrepreneurs build a foundation for SUCCESS! Our Center staff and Business Advisors are here to assist in answering your business questions along with providing many resources that can help you grow your business profitably or start a new business.

OUR BEGINNINGS

The North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosted by MiraCosta College and is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and MiraCosta College. Our service area covers all of San Diego County north of Interstate 8. LEARN MORE

Resource Partners

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Maryland Small Business Development Center #start #up #business #loan

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Get Results Today

Maryland SBDC regions:
Corridor (Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s)
Eastern (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester)
Northern (Carroll, Cecil, Harford)
Southern (Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s)
Western (Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Washington)

The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network provides small business owners with access to trusted business advisors who have experience in starting and growing businesses. They offer expertise and keen insight essential to helping them manage their concerns today, and design solid long-range plans to secure their visions of tomorrow.

The Maryland SBDC is an accredited member of a national network. In addition to our support of small business development, the SBDC is also accredited to provide intellectual property and technology commercialization assistance to businesses in the Hi Tech industry.

Upcoming Events
View our calendar and register for training and events.

Success Stories
We help small businesses achieve their goals to begin and expand their business.

Our Partners
Our partners help provide resources that keep Maryland’s economy strong.

Special Programs
The SBDC retail and technology programs help you excel.

The Maryland SBDC Program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any of the cosponsor’s or participants’ opinions, products, or services. All of SBA’s programs and services are extended to the public on a non discriminatory basis.





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Website Development Proposal Template – Download Free Sample #business #sign

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Website Development Proposal Template

Prepared for [CLIENT.Company]

By [COMPANY.FirstName] [COMPANY.LastName]

Project Develoment Phases

[COMPANY.Company] provides full range of internet marketing services to various businesses in [COMPANY.Company] for over 10 years. Our experience helps to define the best online strategy to serve your marketing and sales needs.

We always split projects in phases and would like to offer the same approach for your company as well. We d like to offer the following phases and activities for your project:

  1. Phase 1 Create a basic website, establish a presence of your business in social media
  2. Phase 2 Define a content development strategy, create valuable content and start sending newsletters
  3. Phase 3 Enhance your sales channels with eCommerce; build customer area
  4. Phase 4 Use online and offline advertising and multimedia; improve your search engines visibility

Please take a look at our proposal and don t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Phase 1: Website and Social Media

First priority is to establish a basic web presence through the creation of a website and social media accounts. The website will consist of a home page, plus up to 4 additional pages (one for each of 3 service areas, and a contact page if required). The website template will be flexible for future expansion, and will be the first step in establishing consistent brand styles.

Also included in construction of the website is a Content Management System. This will allow the Client to update page content using a simple word processing-style interface, without requiring knowledge of advanced web code.

Hosting, Email, and Domain Name

Phase 1 is quoted in this estimate.

Phase 2: Content and Newsletter

After the website is up and running, there is an opportunity to build and engage an audience by expanding website content to include frequently updated editorial content. This could include:

The website will require setup of a hosting account, which provides the servers where the website will live in addition to email accounts. A domain name may also need to be purchased if that has not been done yet. Setup of the hosting account and installation of the website by the Designer is included in the estimate. However, initial and ongoing subscription fees for hosting services will be billed by the hosting vendor directly to the Client.

• News and opinion articles

• Book summaries and reviews

For the sake of economy and flexibility in posting different types of article, it is recommended a blog system be used for free content.

A template for a regular email newsletter can be set up in a bulk emailing service such as Constant Contact or MailChimp. Past newsletters may be archived on the website.

Phase 3: Online Sales and Client Area

To generate revenue, an ecommerce system can be installed on the website to sell documents and products. The ecommerce system should be able to handle one-time sales using a shopping cart system, plus the capability for subscription-based access to a restricted area of the site.

Clients could also be granted free access to premium products as an added value. The ecommerce system will also be able to handle discounts and coupon codes.

A client communication and document repository can be created. A separate area will be created for each client, with access restricted to authorized individuals only.

Phase 3 is currently speculative and can be estimated when project scope is better defined.

Phase 4: Multimedia, Advertising and SEO

Content offerings can be expanded with video and audio content. Designer does not offer multimedia production services, but can refer the Client to production resources, as well as set up services for hosting and promoting the content. Multimedia may be offered free, or sold by subscription or pay-per-view.

Options for online and traditional media advertising and marketing can be explored.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Though the website will be built for maximum compatibility with search engines such as Google and Bing, there is an opportunity for advanced Search Engine Optimization to fine-tune content and site structure for better search exposure. Designer does not offer SEO services, but can refer the Client to SEO resources and will work with these sources to effect any required website changes.

Phase 4 is currently speculative and can be estimated when project scope is better defined.

Web Design and Development Estimate

This document is an estimate only and does not represent a binding agreement between the Client and Designer. A contract will be provided upon acceptance of this estimate.

Final text and custom photography will be supplied by the Client. The Designer does not provide copywriting, editing or photography services.

Deliverables requested for a same-day turnaround will be subject to a 100% rush fee.

This estimate covers design and construction of the website through the launch phase. It does not include ongoing maintenance of the website, which is a service the Designer does not provide. The Designer may assist the client in finding a resource for ongoing website maintenance.

Additional Cost Allowances

Additional services or alterations outside the scope of the contract will be quoted as needed at a base rate of $75/hour, with a 1/2 hour minimum. The Designer may also provide estimates for the following additional services if they are required for completion of the project:

• Recurring fees for website hosting and email services.

• Purchase of specific fonts.

• Purchase of specific photography.

• Purchase of specific software.

• Purchase of specific third party services.





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