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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen View Post
    I didn't know people used that as an excuse. People actually make the argument that they should allowed to speed because something else is worse? o.O
    The argument is that "it's only affecting me so I shouldn't get into trouble if I do it - even if technically it's breaking the law". Odds are we're all guilty of having this mentality from time to time.
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    Hey Amanda,

    Just off the top of my head, existing security companies might be a good source of warm referrals . I could see your service complimenting a security contractors very well. Try reaching out via LinkedIn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
    If you worked for me and during a break or at lunch decided it would be a good idea to break out your little baggie, you'd be out the door before you made it back to your station. The same applies to alcohol during the work day. I've seen too many expensive/painful accidents caused by complacency brought on by self medicating.
    Pretty much every employer or adult out in the world of business is going to feel the same way Owen. Doesn't matter what the local laws say.
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    @Amanda12345
    Have you ever used flyers? If no, then start sharing them through the newspaper or you can make use of billboards and roll up banner stands for better advertising.

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    Maybe contact security companies. They might have a use as they have to deal with companies, events etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amanda12345 View Post
    I just opened a narcotic detection service company using trained canines.

    I am the ONLY company in my city who offers these services currently.

    I would like to get my business into schools, businesses, events, etc. For this I have been doing a lot of "cold calling" (which I am really not a fan of)

    I am also trying to target residential/ families who may be worried that their child or loved one is using drugs.

    I have thought about radio advertising but am not sure if that is effective or if there is anything else I should look into to reach residential and commercial customers.

    Any advise is greatly appreciated!!
    I think it helps most small business owners to focus on a short list of inexpensive and simple things that will create the biggest impact, and help build a system of marketing over time.

    Here are the top 10 most effective marketing strategies for small business:

    Brand identity (branding)
    Foundational website
    SEO/local search
    Build expertise (content and keywords)
    Build a list
    Create lead magnets
    Use social media
    Complement with paid advertising
    Build links
    Partnerships and referrals

    I also think LinkedIn would be a good use of your time. You can search by location, industry and title to target the exact people you are looking for in school, business and government administration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen View Post
    If you work on heavy machinery, do not touch weed or alcohol. The same laws should apply to weed as they do alcohol. However, if a dog is going through the parking lot and catching alcohol, they're not going to get in anywhere near the amount of trouble if it were for weed regardless of the fact that no one has ever overdosed on weed but thousands die from alcohol.
    From a libertarian perspective pot use is a person decisuion. From a societal perspective, I think it should be discouraged.

    I was around at the beginning of the “hippie” drug use revolution. While many can smoke a little with out consequences I have seen too many have their life path altered by drug use. Pot may not be technically addictive but it can create a dependency. It clearly effects brain function. It slows reactions and blurs focus. Long term use can diminish motivation and rational thought.
    Owen, you are too young to have seen the long term effects of pot use. As the years go on pay attention to the users and you will see.

    You are too bright and motivated to blur your mind with drugs. Do yourself a favor and don’t fall for the “harmless” BS. Don’t try to rationalize by comparing to alcohol use. One bad habit doesn’t offset another.

    Just a word of advice to a bright young man.

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