Friday, June 13, 2008

My Blogs at Half-Staf/We bid you farewell Tim Russert

A sad day indeed. We morn the loss of our beloved Tim Russert. One of the good guys. One of the journalist that you wanted to see because he didn't dig for the dirt and the bad in people, but just the opposite, he'd go out of his way to find the good. He was friendly and warm and the type of PR leader you strived to be.

Like most Americans I felt I knew him personally. I'm not sure how. It's probably because if I was switching through the stations and I saw him on, I'd stop and listen to what he'd have to say. He cared.

When my husband came home today his first words were, did you hear about your friend. I was almost taken back, because he realized the dept of how I felt. I did feel I lost a friend.

My son graduated college this year too. I felt that same pride.

As a publicist, I feel such a professional loss. It was great to have someone like him to look up to.

I just wish his family my best. -- Diana

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Small Firms Stung By Late Payers

The Buffalo News recently ran a story about how the economy and late payments are hurting small businesses. In the article, it states….

“Diana Ennen, owner of Virtual Word Publishing, a publicity firm based in Margate, Fla., said she first started seeing a slowdown in payments about six months ago.

“In the last four months, it’s gotten really bad, and almost at a critical point,” she said.

Ennen’s late payers tend to be people who work as independent contractors for companies which, because of the uncertain economy, suddenly decide to end the relationship. The independent contractor isn’t getting paid anymore, and in turn is having a hard time paying Ennen.

When clients are behind, Ennen said she’s careful about how much new work she’ll do for them.

“I try not to get too far in advance, and I have to see some payment,” she said. “You can’t do a lot of work now and hope the payment will be there.”

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