I am a big fan of inviting interest in your evolving business success story in your community newspaper. First of all, getting seen, heard, and celebrated in your own backyard is thrilling. Second of all, your neighbors and friends are most likely to support you. And, finally, chatting with your hometown media is a great way to get your interviewing skills in shape so when it is time to meet Oprah some day, you are practiced and ready.

Alexis Meisel, founder of Zookhooks Inc., lives in Newcastle. I pitched the story about her fashionable and functional purse hooks to the reporter who writes for Newcastle News and enlisted interest. The better news is that Alexis' story ran in the more widely circulated Issaquah Press, bringing her story to neighbors beyond her own backyard. Here is the story link so you can read all about her and her very useful and fashionable products that make sure your purse never touches the ground. If you can hardly wait to purchase your own collection of Zookhooks for your wardrobe of purses, here is the link to make that easy for you.

If you've been dreaming of earning Oprah's attention for your story or your products, here is breaking news. The Grande Sized Publici-Tea is taking place on October 17 from 12:30 – 5 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community Center. My co-presenter for this extra large session that can accommodate up to 49 guests is Susan Harrow. She literally wrote the book on how to invite Oprah's attention, and she is flying to Seattle for the first time ever to share her knowledge and tips with Grande Sized Publici-Tea™ guests. The link to register for this very special event should be “live” a bit later today, so check your calendar and save October 17 for this very special, empowering session that has the potential to rock your business to an entirely new level of media awareness! We've got plenty of high value bonuses to share to make the $397 tuition more than worth your while, and the opportunity to connect personally with Susan Harrow herself over tea and premium chocolate is just priceless.