“Passion To Profit” Networking Event at Applecross CC! Tuesday, Feb 28 2012 

Building a business and growing your brand name can be difficult in the most prosperous of times, and even more of a daunting task in a down economy. Advertising and marketing budgets get squeezed, and getting your message out feels like an impossible challenge. However, with some simple, proven strategies, you can establish and take your business to new heights, transforming your Passion to Profits in far less time, and on a far smaller budget than you would imagine.

Are you a business professional looking to start a new business, or perhaps you want to expand upon your current business with some new networking strategies? Maybe you’re looking for some new ideas to express your concepts in a down economy? Join me for my next “Business Connect Event” at the Applecross Country Club in Downingtown on Wednesday, February 29th, from 6:00P-9:30P. I’ll share the strategies and tactics I used to take the concepts I was passionate about, transforming them into a fantastic new career, in spite of a down economy.

Learn how I wrote my book (with no writing experience), and within two years time – using powerful networking strategies – evolved my Brand Name into a Personal Finance Column, 35+ Consumer Reporting Segments with ABC, NBC, Fox News, The Live Well Network and others, a Motivational Speaker series, and now, my own Radio Talk Show on Philadelphia’s 1180AM WFYL, to a listening area of 3,500,000 each week – soon to be syndicated nationwide. Are any of these career steps of interest to you? Please join me at this lecture to learn more.

Have you always thought about writing a book about a your unique hobby, talent or pursuit, but you weren’t sure where to start? To publish or not to publish? Perhaps you would like to transform your thoughts and expertise into a regular Column for a newspaper or magazine? I’ll tell you the steps I took – and how it evolved into the opportunity to write for one of the finest publications around – The Daily Local News.

Perhaps you’re interested in getting your business some massive exposure by way of television. If you’re watching news clips and talk shows and think “My business and ideas are more interesting than THAT!”, learn how I managed – with no broadcasting experience – to get more than thirty segments on local and nationwide media outlets, translating into excellent brand name recognition and business growth.

Folks, the bottom line here is, if I can do it, so can you. If you have a passion or expertise that you want to transform into a new (or build your current) business, and you have only a shoestring budget to work with, please join me at Applecross Country Club in Downingtown on Wednesday, February 29th from 6:00P-9:30P for a fantastic dinner and informative lecture on how I made it happen. Tips, techniques, recommended websites and more (with just a touch of humor around the edges!), and of course, plenty of time for questions from the crowd. $25 per person for dinner. To register for the Event, or for more information, contact Mary McCorry at 484-692-1010 x5, or via email at Mary@applecrosscc.com. See you there!

Kristen Hagopian is a Radio Talk Show Host, Columnist, Consumer Reporter, Motivational Speaker and Author of “Brilliant Frugal Living”. Her Radio Talk Show airs Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11AM on Philadelphia’s 1180AM WFYL. You can find her online at http://www.BrilliantFrugalLiving.com.

The Brilliant Frugal Living Show – today at 11A (Eastern) on News/Talk 1180AM WFYL! Tuesday, Feb 21 2012 

Birthday Bashes, Anniversary Parties, Weddings – we love a beautiful Event, but the costs can get insane! Today we talk strategy for gorgeous gigs that won’t break the bank, with Event Planner Stacey Herreid-Halstead, Owner of Create The Moment joining us for fantastic money-saving tips on food, venues, photography, music and much more. If you have a fabulous Event coming up, you won’t want to miss it! Tune in at 11A (Eastern), or livestream it at the link!

A Fabulously Frugal Valentine’s Day! Tuesday, Feb 14 2012 

www.BrilliantFrugalLiving.com Like a gift from romance gods, another magnificent Valentine’s Day is upon us. A day dedicated to chocolate, romance, flowery cards, jewelry, and anything that can get stuffed into a heart-shaped box. Now I know other frugalistas who scoff from start to finish on February 14th, treating it with utter disdain for the overpriced Hallmark holiday that it is. On the other side of the spectrum, you find me, going “What are you, crazy? A day designed around wearing red, eating chocolate and fabulous romance? Sign me up!”.

The good news here is that all of the great earmarks of a fantastic Valentine’s Day – the romance, the flowers, the jewelry – can all be had for a fraction of the price of retail. Read on for tips on creating a full-blown Valentine’s Day for easily 75% off…and to this frugalista, that’s romantic!

The Jewelry – Mark Twain once wrote: “It is far better to have secondhand diamonds than none at all, and who should know the difference?”. Not only was the guy an amazing writer, but these sentiments prove him to be a genius at gift giving as well. Is gorgeous jewelry on your wish list this Valentine’s Day? By all means, indulge it! Simply steer clear of the regular jewelry stores, and head to the upscale Consignment stores near you, where glorious cases of lovely jewelry – diamonds, rubies, pearls, you name it – can be found at phenomenal prices. My favorite aspect of jewelry shopping in local thrift stores is that much of it is vintage antique – absolutely gorgeous. Channel your inner Liz Taylor this Valentine’s Day, ladies, and steer the lucky Significant Others in your life towards some fabulously affordable bling.

The Flowers – whatever you do, don’t go near the absurd prices for flowers online. I’m looking at websites that will happily deliver two dozen roses anywhere for you, so long as you fork over $140 for it, not including tip — you’ve got to be kidding me! Do yourselves a favor and head to one of the best kept secrets in the floral world – your local Produce Junction. Renowned for their high-quality fruits and veggies at phenomenal prices, your local Produce Junction also carries gorgeous long-stem roses for $10/dozen or less! The only catch: bring cash, Produce Junction doesn’t take credit cards.

The Romance – whoever said romance has to cost big bucks never went shopping with me. Looking for stores that can deliver romance for less? Hit your local secondhand book store and peruse the shelves for an older copy of Shakespeare, Lord Byron, maybe some Keats. If you really want to get daring, try writing some marvelous poetry of your own into a card you create yourself. And Hallmark, Schmallmark – sure, a card you buy at the store will be appreciated, with a definite “Oh, how nice!” for good measure. But a card you make yourself will get cried over, shown off at work, framed, and quite likely, insured. The choice is yours.

Above all else, whether you’re with friends, family, or Significant Others this Valentine’s Day, embrace it for the marvelous holiday it is – one revolving around love, laughter, working the fabulous red dress in the back of your closet, and – yeah baby! – heart-shaped boxes of chocolate for 50% off come February 15th! Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!