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If Clients and Revenue Are Scarce, Free Classes May Help

Two marketing professionals are separately offering free classes and advice to small-business owners to help  attract and retain clients and increase revenue.

From Miami, Merlyn Sanchez, a certified marketing coach and owner of SMART Business Owners, will host advice sessions every Friday afternoon for business professionals seeking tips on how to market themselves more effectively.

Called “Ask the Marketing Coach,” the service is a 20-minute phone consultation that gives participants the opportunity to garner information on marketing strategies and tactics. Users can schedule a block of time between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

Sanchez has worked as a marketing consultant and business coach for the past six years. She decided to offer the free service to business owners who may be struggling in the current economy.

“This is a way for them to access marketing information that can help them increase profits,” she says.

All participants of Sanchez’s call-in session will receive the free report “Eight Strategies SMART Business Owners Use to Attract More Clients.”

If small-business owners are searching for additional help in making their businesses successful, a 52-week class is also offered.

From Gloucester City, N.J., Kellie D’Andrea, owner of a small-business marketing and management company, is offering a free once-a-week virtual marketing class that will teach participants such techniques at marketing, branding, selling and leadership to help their companies flourish.

The classes are based on marketing strategies developed by D’Andrea, who created the BLAST Marketing System. The classes are held at 6 p.m. Monday EST.

“Marketing Mondays” introduces a new marketing concept to the group each week and includes practical advice that can immediately be implemented. All participants also receive class notes and materials and an audio recording of the class.

D’Andrea says the lessons will teach entrepreneurs “how they can continue to grow their business on a shoestring budget and create a positioning strategy for long-term results.”

For more information about SMART Business Owners or “Ask the Marketing Coach,” call 305-851-5753 or visit

“Marketing Mondays” is offered by Kellie D'Andrea & Associates. To register for the free classes, visit

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