September 4th Meeting

Quick Announcements: We are no longer meeting at Mile Square Park!!! Starting September 18th, we will meet at Claim Jumper in Fountain Valley. There is no meeting on September 11th, since we will be having a beach party social on Sunday the 14th.

Today our first table topper was Kathy De Peri from Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park and Mortuary. Harbor Lawn is located just south of the 405 freeway at Harbor and Gisler. As a licensed funeral director, Kathy is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Harbor Lawn provides excellent service and is a beautiful facility. Check our their website here.

Our second table topper was Jesus Arizaga of Arizaga Landscape. Jesus brought along an album of some recent work, and also stressed that he DOES NOT work on multiple jobs at the same time, as some contractors are prone to do. Give him a call at 562-858-7416.

Our first Presenter was Pat Monahan of First Team Real Estate. Pat has 18 years of real estate experience and specializes in the Huntington and Long Beach areas. She covered all the hot topics of real estate: short sales, REOs, auctions, FHA loan programs, and more. Though there is lots of talk out there about a slumping home market, it really depends on the area. Some areas have actually become seller’s markets, particularly where there are lots of short sales and there are multiple bidders on properties. Pat also utilizes many of the members in our group, notably Bruce Beinlich (General Contractor), Termite Terry Singleton, and Colin Richards (Handyman). She also brought some very useful information on appealing your tax assessment with the county.

Our second Presenter was Kathy Ahluwalia of Beach Trends Promotional Products. Kathy brought a cornucopia of promotional items to help our businesses and increase mindshare. She shared a story about meeting a random customer at Starbucks, noticing a badly made promotional shirt, and approaching him about her promotional services. The account turned out to be huge, so you always need to look out for where you can meet potential clients. Kathy brought so many goodies, from bags, clocks, bookmarks, chocolate wine bottles… you’ll just have to check out her website to see everything! For those that wonder “Why should I give things away?”, Kathy reminds us that we need to keep the customers we already have before trying to spend money getting new customers. It’s these little things that keep our names, phone numbers, and websites in mind when the need arises.