Tips For A Small Startup Website

As an aspiring entrepreneur, there are many things in your head. Probably the most important is: how do I get (and keep) clients? At any given time when communication over the internet in the social field strongly improves (consider social media like Facebook, Twitter) business Internet interaction cannot be left behind: a website is important for any business. Interesting is also the following Silicon Valley Girl video with tips (even though she even isn’t Irish):

A very important factor is certain: without a website, you will discover that much of that 73% of the Internet (practically) daily use will not get to you as a client. An internet site is a good investment – which comparatively not has to be costly – and quickly pays for itself. Here are 5 tips for setting/getting a website for entrepreneurs.

Select your domain carefully

A brief, powerful and easy to keep in mind domain name is the brand’s “offline” and “online” image. Google will probably recognize your company name quickly. Search engines are internet sites with the exact search phrases in the domain rather allocating a higher placement.

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Why Change Yourself? Is It Worth It?

Why change? When I hear people talk about a change in their lives, it always strikes me how different people think about themselves.

The two extremes are easy to notice. On the one hand, I meet people close to being perfect but relentlessly striving to further improve themselves. On the other hand, I come across people who think they are perfect, but … you know what I mean ;-).

I think it’s not necessary to change if you genuinely are happy with every aspect of yourself. Read that sentence again.

What I just said is critical, because most people are not happy with who they are or with the way they live their lives. If you are unhappy with a certain aspect of your life, then you have two options, accept it or change it.

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What to Look For when Hiring for your Startup

Are you looking for the perfect job applicant? Someone who understands and respects your Irish-American background? When you bring in talent to join your start-up, there are certain traits that you should keep an eye out to form a stellar team. You’ll want people with the same values you hold to develop a fantastic company culture.

Though no one is the perfect employee, there are certain qualities in each of us that are an asset to a team. Here are 5 traits to look out for and techniques on how to spot them.


Taking initiative is important, especially for a start-up, which is all about initiative. You need someone on your team that is going to put their best foot forward and do so without asking. One of the key things you should look for is someone with drive. Continue reading

Making Spring Sugar Cookies

Here’s something about me you may not know. I’m a business entrepreneur but I also love to bake! And I’m always on the lookout for great recipes to try. The problem with baking – CALORIES! Because we try to eat reasonably healthy, I end up NOT baking as much as I’d like.

Sure I can freeze the goodies for another time. And of course, I can always alter the recipe for healthier low-calorie ingredients. But why? Why not just enjoy splurging on the good stuff every once in a while. Especially when it means creating wonderful family memories of Springtime traditions with my girls!

My daughters REALLY love baking too. It’s the measuring, the pouring, the mixing, the licking of the utensils. They love it all. So there are certain times of the year when I make a command level mommy decision and allow guilt-free baking to take place.

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Family Activities

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! I’m one of those moms that love tradition and creating family memories though, through all my hard work, there’s all too often too little time left! It’s so cool to watch the kids as their faces light up when they see that we’re about to do something fun for an upcoming holiday.

And now that my kids are getting a bit older, I think it’s a good time to start finding some great family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day activities. Age appropriate, of course.

Now I have some traditions from my childhood that I carry forward to my own family, but in the grand scheme of things, there really aren’t that many to choose from. Maybe that’s why I’m so adamant about having those special traditions or activities in place for my own children to enjoy.

So when it comes to finding ideas for new family traditions and fun, I tend to be an internet junkie. I could surf the web for hours looking for free coloring sheets, various printable crafts, decoration ideas, fun holiday recipes, and other great ways to get my children excited and into the spirit of pretty much any holiday.

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A Christmas Tale to End the Season

For our family Christmas party this year (the one involving my Mom and siblings—one family Christmas party of many), we conducted a neighborhood food drive to benefit the Pennsylvania Food Bank.

We were aiming for a repeat of the year the homeless person crashed our party. Not a repeat of the event, of course, but of the mood and the lesson. It didn’t quite work out that way.

Two days before the party we distributed fliers in the neighborhood, telling people what we were doing and inviting them to leave donations in bags on their porches. That project was our first hint that the thing wasn’t going to go as planned.

Boy 12 was pissy the whole time as we walked from door to door spreading Christmas goodwill with our fliers. Because of our Irish ancestry, we decided to explain to our kids a little bit about Christmas being a 2-day feast in some countries.

“Why do we have to do this?” he asked.

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Irish American and the 10 things I learned from a Mom Conference

Many Irish people are trying to speak with an American accent. There have been many times that the Irish poked a bit of fun at folks from across the Atlantic who tried, but miserably failed, to put up a convincingly sounding Irish accent.

This has particularly been true when some Hollywood star was put in some Irish film role and was apparently unable to even get some basic accents right, despite all the classes they went through for building up their acting skills. Today, the tables may have turned slightly, however, as is shown in a new YouTube video that is showing some Irish people who do their utmost to copy a few North American accents. Don’t be surprised, they’re faring just as shockingly and don’t forget to check our resources.

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Irish Speakers in America –Bitesize Irish Gaelic

While most people on our side of the big pond are quite capable of identifying one American accent from the other, would most Irish people not be able to tell a California accent from a Boston one or even a Canadian from a New Yorker. Things get a bit funny the moment the video begins, and we can hear one lady say that she’s really afraid she’s going to offend all Americans, and probably the Canadians as well…

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How To Play Irish Traditional Music

Start playing Irish traditional music now

The easiest way to begin is with a tin whistle. All you need is 6 fingers and a tin whistle. A lot of musicians start out playing tin whistle and some choose to explore other instruments such as flute, fiddle, uilleann pipes, button accordions, concertina, bodhrán, banjo, mandolin, guitar, or bouzouki. The tin whistle is small, portable, and it a good foundation for those who want to start learning Irish music.

We recommend that you begin with a tin whistle in the key of D. This is the ‘D’ above middle C on the piano. You will find other keys available and are divided into high and low whistles. The low whistles are in lower octaves. If you are a complete beginner you will find it easier to start with a high D whistle rather than a Low D whistle.

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Little Ireland of New York City – Woodlawn, the Bronx

Little Ireland in Woodlawn, the Bronx

In the northern portions of the Bronx, located just above Woodlawn cemetery and east of The Bronx’ Van Cortlandt Park, you will find a neighborhood called Little Ireland, New York City’s proud center of Irish culture and its people. This is where I grew up. Could it be more Irish-American anywhere else in the nation?

The neighborhood is actually called Woodlawn Heights but New Yorkers simply say Woodlawn, that’s how it is known. For many years, the neighborhood has been an important New York destination for the Irish exodus.

Woodlawn was originally populated by people of German descent, but today, the neighborhood is predominantly Irish in combination with quite a few Italian-Americans.

Woodlawn is the part of New York City where you will find the most 4-leaf clover insignias on buildings and storefronts across the city. Woodlawn has pretty definitive borders, but you’ll find the local Irish community on either side of McLean Avenue, the city line between Yonkers and New York City.

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PBS – The Irish in America

The PBS documentary ‘The Irish in America: Long Journey Home’ is a lively and great and historically important document that comes with so many characters and top images that it’s not possible to describe or pick out one favorite.

But one of the leading candidates that stands out in this magnificent 6-hour, 3-night impressive exploration of one of the most important facets of American immigration, and that person is Frank McCourt.

Frank (author of the widely acclaimed ‘Angela’s Ashes’, an Irish memoir) was captured on film together with his brother Malachy, warbling some ribald ditty during the Tammany Hall days that New York politics was dominated by the Irish.

‘The Irish in America’ is really a beguiling mixture of personality and history, including educational struggle and the telling detail and the big picture, and it’s so great that the documentary takes a little time to reflect for a moment with Frank McCourt and some others who understand the art of bringing a story to life and the people who lived that life.

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