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Pocono Whitewater


Pocono Whitewater


There’s something fun here at Pocono Whitewater for every level of adventurer! Choose your own pace with mild to wild dam release whitewater and family style whitewater rafting trips, over 30 miles of scenic, easy downhill rail trail biking excursions and over 750 acres of world class paintball at Skirmish. Grab some friends and come for a half day, full day or make it a mini vacation.  Call 1.800.WHITEWATER (1-800-944-8392) or visit PoconoWhitewater.com



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How to Get Organized

I admit it, I have a ton of yellow post-its stuck to my desk.  A nice little patch-work quilt of paper squares laying willy-nilly everywhere; even under my mouse and on my laptop.  Even worse, I sometimes find them under files that I also have populating my desk. I’m reluctant to file the files because then I’ll forget what I need to do if they’re not within eyesight.  

Nodding your head in agreement yet?  I thought so.

To-Do lists should be an invaluable part of any business person’s day-to-day. They don’t just help you get things done, they help keep you motivated and on track.  But what to do when your to-do list explodes all over your desk? You need to organize not just the things you need to remember to do, but also your thoughts.

I find myself procrastinating because I don’t have a good system in place to list all those important things that require my undivided attention.  When I find this happening, I force myself to sit down and focus on prioritizing my tasks.

Most of us can’t put together a list of tasks in order of their priority. We tend to think of what we need to do randomly. That doesn’t mean you should just throw them on your list in whatever order. If you do it will quickly become disorienting and you will have to re-read and scan your entire list constantly to figure out what to do next.  Order your list top-to-bottom based on priority so you always know what task to take on next. This is where apps can come in handy.

Let’s face it we are a mobile society and depend on our smart phones for almost everything.  Apps can be a great way to manage your to-do lists and sometimes they’re able to do more and do it better. A good app makes it quicker and easier for you to add tasks, and they’ll give you all the reminders and categories you need, so do your research and see which one works best for you.

Give yourself specific, concrete goals to aim for. It’ll make you more determined to get them done plus you’ll get a warm fuzzy feeling when you cross a task off your list.

I know you have a lot of things to do but that doesn’t mean that you should put everything you want to get done on your list right away.  Be realistic and just put on the list what you think you can get done in one day without killing yourself. Your to-do list should motivate you to accomplish tasks not beat you up because you couldn’t get something done.

At the end of the day take some time to review what you have been able to accomplish and cross off from your list.  Don’t be afraid to congratulate yourself on a job well done. Now if I can just find that file…..

Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance?

The CCEDC Can Help!


Starting a new business certainly has its challenges.  You come up with an idea you do the research even find a great location.  Now how are you going to bankroll it?

Remember that usually the first dollars into your business are yours.  Perhaps you dipped into savings or cashed in your 401k or maxed out your credit cards.  You may even have worked your regular job and moonlighted at your business to get it off the ground but now you’re ready for the next step; actually going out on your own.

At the startup stage, angel investors are hard to find and asking for help to find grants, or ‘free money,’ is a common request that my office handles all the time. While there may be some small grants, these are not common. 

New businesses have a hard time getting funding from a bank because they don’t have the financial history of actually being in business.  There is really nothing concrete to show a lender that your business is successful much less be able to pay back a loan. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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