Wedding Industry Magazine Launched

inspire smart successNew Magazine Positions Itself as the Go-To Business Resource for the Discerning Wedding Industry Entrepreneur

The first issue of the business-minded publication features: Smart Marketing, Smart Networking, Smart Business, Smart Social Media and Smart Inspiration. Each issue will showcase a true entrepreneur with an inspiring and compelling story as the cover feature.

“In addition to mentoring and attending the events, business owners now have access to ISS Magazine, a go-to guide for business trends, tools and techniques. This magazine is all about providing real businesses with actionable ideas from real experts,” Francombe says.

“Along with valuable insights from such renowned wedding industry entrepreneurs as Preston Bailey, Diann Valentine, Sonny Ganguly of Wedding Wire and Dana LaRue from the popular blog BrokeAssBride.com, I want to give wedding professionals throughout the country an opportunity to share their stories and in doing so, inspire their business peers.”

The first issue will feature Kathy Romero of Kathy Romero Weddings & Events discussing the faith and dedication it took for her to start her own business after so many years of doing events in the corporate world.

ISS has also re-launched its website and blog to give wedding industry professionals with all the business tools and information they need in one easily accessible place. The new site will allow visitors to stay up-to-date on everything ISS has to offer – they can register for upcoming ISS Experience Events, connect with Stacie to schedule a mentoring or marketing consultation and subscribe to the new ISS Magazine.

Stacie will also be using the new Smart Blog to interact with wedding business owners, updating the blog daily with new content, providing useful information and inspiring stories. ISS uses a three-tiered approach through the ISS Magazine, ISS Experience and ISS Mentoring, and the new website brings all three together to become the one-stop to a better and more enriching business.

“The new and improved website will give entrepreneurs with an educational and dare I say, fun resource for connecting with information to help their businesses,” says Francombe. “The website will be user-friendly, making it easy to subscribe to ISS Magazine, and find tickets for ISSE events.” ISS events travel the country providing inspiring and educational seminars and networking opportunities for business owners.

Andy Ebon
The Wedding Marketing Authority
The Wedding Marketing Blog

Small Town Girl With Big Aspirations: Laurie Chapman

Small Town Girl
Laurie Chapman

I use the term “girl”, advisedly. Laurie Chapman is already a successful business woman, living in the booming metropolis of Elba, Alabama – Population 4185 (2000 Census). There were more than 4000 people within a 2-block radius of where I grew up in New York City.

Spending my post-college life in San Francisco and Las Vegas has afforded me no shortage of organizations, people, and proximity to information, inspiration, and education. Though Laurie grew up in a larger city, Tallahassee, she now resides in a tiny town, whose closes big-city-neighbor is Birmingham, a 3-hour drive away.

Laurie is a small business owner, employing 13 people. Her company Wiregrass Weddings focuses on the need for wedding stationery, party invitations, or gifts. Her two websites: WiregreassWeddings.com and ProgramsAndBulletins.com show up on the first page of Google results when searching for wedding programs.

Laurie attended the Inspire Smart Success Experience – Mexico, this past week in Cancun. What struck me was the time and expense she invested in reaching out to learn and rub shoulders with peers. She can’t just drive 20 minutes, spend $50, and enjoying an association event. I felt downright spoiled at all the industry opportunities at my doorstep. She enjoyed the social events, but that wasn’t why she was there. Laurie Chapman was there to better her business, today, and in the future.

I met Laura from Elba, Alabama… Population of 4185. Her company that shows up on the first page of Google search results. AND, she wants to better herself. What are YOU doing to better yourself and your business? 

~ Andy Ebon

The question I ask myself: What kind of opportunities pass by many of us, because we’re ‘too tired’ to drive 20 minutes? 

My answer: When opportunities are more rare, perhaps we value them, more.

Getting to know Laurie Chapman is one of my BIG TAKEAWAYS from the conference.

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Andy Ebon
The Wedding Marketing Authority
The Wedding Marketing Blog

Inspire Smart Success Program hits Orlando, July 18-19th

iss orlandoAfter a highly successful program in Atlanta, Stacie Francombe brings Inspire Smart Success to Orlando, Florida, July 18 & 19th.

Now, Stacie continues her new direction with Inspire Smart Success, Orlando.

Stacie will give you incredible new ideas. Insightful new directions. Jaw-dropping new business. ISSE’s amazing speakers and sessions for wedding business owners will give you  hands-on advice on how to book more business and grow your brand…all  while immersing you in a luxurious, full day inspirational EXPERIENCE.

Kicking off the event will be a fun Welcome Cocktail Party July 18th, followed by the ISS Experience on July 19th.  Join us for a day filled with valuable information and learn how to Get Published and Get on TV from Stacie, and an expert panel of Celebrity Event Designers, along with Television Producer Magazine Publishers and Editors. And of course, we also have plenty of time to mingle, network, eat and  socialize during the event.

What you will learn:

  • Tips and Tricks to GET FEATURED ON TV and IN PRINT
  • How your business can change overnight by GETTING PUBLISHED
  • Do’s and Don’t with BRANDING your business
  • Why and How to use SOCIAL MEDIA to BOOK MORE BUSINESS

Both days will take place at the gorgeous and trendy Waldorf Astoria- Bonnet Creek and space is limited. Register early and save on the ticket price!

This is an all-star guest lineup and an event, not to be missed! Get the event details, speaker lineup, agenda, and pricing.

Andy Ebon

The Wedding Marketing Authority

Get Married Founder, Stacie Francombe, reemerges with Inspirational Panel Presentation

The reinvention of Stacie Francombe has begun, with the her new venture: Inspire Smart Success.

During her time at Get Married, Stacie developed and served as Executive Producer for Get Married with David Tutera & Get Married with Colin Cowie, both on Lifetime, then as host in its final season on WeTV & Wedding Central.

She was the visionary behind the publication Get Married – The Shopping & Trend guide for the Savvy Bride, serving as Editor-in-Chief, filling a gap in the bridal market, and growing the title into a nationally distributed quarterly magazine.

Now, Stacie takes a new direction with Inspire Smart Success.

We’ll give you incredible new ideas. Insightful new directions. Jaw-dropping new business. ISSE’s amazing speakers and sessions for wedding business owners will give you  hands-on advice on how to book more business and grow your brand…all  while immersing you in a luxurious, full day inspirational EXPERIENCE.

Kicking off the event will be a fun Welcome Cocktail Party May 23rd, followed by the ISS Experience on May 24th.  Join us for a day filled with valuable information and learn how to Get Published and Get on TV from myself, an expert panel of Celebrity Event Designers such as Diann ValentineTony Conway, and Tiffany Nieves-Cook along with Television Producer Magazine Publishers and Editors. And of course, we also have plenty of time to mingle, network, eat and  socialize during the event.

Both days will take place at the gorgeous and trendy W Hotel Atlanta Midtown and space is limited. Register early and save on the ticket price!  When booking your room at the W use code ISSE for special rate of $159/night.

This is an all-star guest lineup and an event, not to be missed! Get the event details, speaker lineup, agenda, and pricing.

Andy Ebon
The Wedding Marketing Authority