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I need your help - October 15, 2003

This notice is ONLY sent to people who signed up at our website at www.mbd2.com

Magical Balloon-dude Dale's
Update Notice
October 15, 2003
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www.mbd2.com Update Notice
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1) I need your help
2) mbd2.com Balloon Jam 3
3) Door Prize
4) Poster Attendees
5) Lorraine E. Schultz - Financial Consultant
6) mbd2.com forum upgrade
7) Group Video Discount
8) Update Achieve Notices
9) Sponsoring Advertising Information
10) Link to US for Support
11) Closing

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I need your help
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I have used up all my resource to make this balloon jam a success and I'm asking for your help. I have worked very hard to make this website educational, fun, and entertaining, along with informative information. I need you to help me spread the word about this balloon jam to other entertainer and agents.

I realize not everyone on this list is an entertainer, but you do have a computer, you do have friends, you may know of other forums, clubs, organizations that deal with entertainers. If you can please post a notice about this event and the activities that are going to happen. Feel free to contact agents that deal with entertainment and pass this information on or have them contact me directly (708) 760-6558.

I am the only one person who maintains this entire site. I only have so many hours in the day. This is why I need everyone who has ever learned, enjoyed, or just looks at the pictures to help me spread the word.

Entertainers, please contact agents and let them know about this event. This is a good way for you to introduce yourself to the agency. I would like to thank those entertainers who have sent out emails, and who have made announcements in entertainment clubs, I appreciate your efforts.

If you live to faraway, can you send your posters, or PR material. Here is a reason for you to improve your PR material. See Poster Attendees.

Thank you for taking timeout to read this, and with your help this can be a very successful balloon jam. If we're lucky, this will be the hot topic on the internet. :

Thanks for your support
Dale Obrochta - Magical Balloon-dude

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mbd2.com Balloon Jam 3
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The list of attendees for the mbd2.com balloon jam has grown to just under 50 participants.

The Agenda for the jam is

1:00-3:00 Meet an Agent - One of my ideas was for Entertainment Agents and entertainers to have an opportunity to meet and greet each other. Therefore, on November 6, 2003, from the hours of 1:00-3:00 you can come and meet Entertainment Agency's that deal with local, statewide, and national events. These agents hire clowns, magicians, stilt walkers, fire-eaters, variety acts, and balloon entertainers for private, corporate, and public events.

  • Cupkake's Family Fun Time Entertainment
  • Onesti Entertainment (providing sound system for discussion)
  • Advance Event Group
  • In House Productions
  • Meeting House
  • Bass/Schuler

Still waiting on replies from other agents.

3:00-4:45 Paneled Discussion about the Entertainment Industry - I'm still putting the panel together for the discussion about the Entertainment Industry.
I have a couple more people to contact, but here is the panel so far

  • Roger Seigel - He wrote the book on pencil balloons, now known as 260Q
  • Paul Bachman - Paul is highly recognized in the juggling community and Chicago as an historian on Juggling.
  • Bob Rumba - Voice work, print ads, TV, and more... Local entertainer who knows the in/outs of agents and the back scenes of the entertainment industry.

5:00-10:00 Balloon Jam 3 - Open Jam
Mark Small encore instructions on a Lion and Rose.

To keep up with the jam, go to or post questions or support at http://www.mbd2.com/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=5

Location:
November 6, 2003 at
Lindy's Chili/Gertie's Ice Cream,
6150 East Avenue, Hodgkins, IL
Telephone(708) 482-8647

Located behind Sams Club right next to the Quarry Lowes Cineplex. This is a free event, which runs from 1:00-10:00 p.m.


For a details describing this event please click here
http://www.mbd2.com/balloonjam3.htm

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Door Prize
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A big Thank You, has to go to Dean Gilbert, the Impossible Man for offering a CD of "Magic 101" as a door prize.

The CD contains a book in PDF format, complete with photographs of key moves.

Gilbert's book is for anyone who would like to begin learning magic, or add it to his or her skills without fancy equipment. You will learn to work with coins and cards in your bare hands. For those of you who are not ready for sleight-of-hand, one section will teach you how to make a trick deck from any deck of cards in about 5 minutes! Best of all, this book will teach you how to entertain and amaze people with your new skills, which is the point of magic. There is even a bibliography to take you farther in your studies.

Copies of this book are also available for sale through the mbd2 store, and a sample trick from the Gilbert's book is posted on his website: www.impossibleman.net.

May Balloon Jam 3 be a great success!

Dean Gilbert
Impossible Man

If you would like to ask Dean about his book, post a message at
http://www.mbd2.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=31&PN=1

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Poster Attendees
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Some people cannot make the balloon jam, but I am asking entertainers if they would donate their promotional material, mainly their entertainment poster or flyers?

The following people have donated their material, which will be displayed on the walls of the jam.

More information about Poster Attendees http://www.mbd2.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=144&PN=1

These people are providing posters for mbd2.com Balloon Jam 3

  • Dale Obrochta
  • Bobby Hunt - Circus Boy
  • Rick Mohr
  • Maxine Baird
  • Frank Birdsall
  • John Measner
  • Dave Evans - Still at printers, hope to have by then.

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A.G. Edwards & Son, Inc
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Lorraine E. Schultz from A.G. Edwards & Son, Inc will be providing articles on a regular basis for the mbd2.com update notice. I have asked Lorraine to focus on financial programs that can help entertainers/self-employed business people.

Lorraine Schultz will be attending the mbd2.com balloon jam and will be glad to help you with your financial needs. Like always, your input is required… If you have any financial topics or question that would like addressed, please email Lorraine. She will be happy to supply you with information about the topic, or create a column explaining some of the options.

Thanks Lorraine and A.G. Edwards for your support.
Lorraine E. Schultz

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Sponsored Advertising
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2st Sponsor - Small Business Owners May Benefit From An Owner-Only 401(k)
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Please contact Lorraine E. Schultz, AAMS
with any questions or comments you may have!

Financial Consultant
A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.
7420 College Drive, Palos Heights, IL 60463
lorraine.Schultz@agedwards.com
www.agedwards.com/fc/lorraine.schultz


In the past, small-business owners have not had many choices for retirement plans and 401(k)s seemed too complicated and expensive. That is no longer the case. You may now be eligible for an owner-only 401(k) -- a relatively new option for small-business owners who would like to set up a retirement plan.
Any type of small business entity, including partnerships and sole-proprietorships, can participate in an owner-only 401(k) plan, as long as there are no other eligible employees except spouses. If you are an independent consultant, real estate agent or accountant, this may be a good retirement plan option for you.

The greatest advantage of an owner-only 401(k) is the contribution limit. With this type of plan, you are able to personally contribute up to $12,000 per year to your nest egg. In addition, you are also able to make contributions as an employer to your plan, up to 25 percent of your total eligible salary. One thing to keep in mind is that your personal contributions and your employer contributions cannot exceed $40,000 in any given year.

Another benefit of owner-only 401(k)s is that they are eligible for the catch-up provision - a provision that allows investors approaching retirement to make extra contributions. This means that in 2003, individuals over the age of 50, can contribute an additional $2,000 per year, for a total of $14,000. Also, catch-up contributions are not included in the $40,000 limit, enabling you to contribute as much as $42,000 if you are eligible.

Let's take a look at an example of how an owner-only 401(k) compares with other popular retirement plans for small-business owners. Let's say you own an incorporated business and you earn $100,000 in salary this year. With a SEP-IRA plan, you would be able to contribute up to $25,000 toward your retirement savings. If you had a SIMPLE-IRA plan, you would only be able to contribute up to $11,000 annually. However, with an owner-only 401(k), you would be able to contribute up to $37,000 per year (25 percent of the $100,000 salary is $25,000 plus your personal contribution of $12,000) to your retirement fund, increasing the compounding power of your nest egg.

As you can see, you can certainly stand to benefit from the higher contribution amounts. While these plans may be a bit more costly than a SEP-IRA or a SIMPLE-IRA because there are more tax reporting requirements and they require an annual administrative fee, the ability to make higher contributions may make it more cost-effective.

Another benefit of an owner-only 401(k) is that all contributions are tax deductible and can accumulate tax deferred until withdrawn. Keep in mind, withdrawals prior to age 59 ½ may result in a 10 percent penalty and is also subject to regular income taxes. In addition, contribution amounts are completely discretionary so you have the option each year to change or discontinue the contributions.

If you already have a regular 401(k) plan from a previous employer but are now self-employed, you are able to consolidate your assets into an owner-only 401(k) or you can roll over the assets into an IRA. In addition, if you are employed at a company that offers a 401(k) but you also own your own business, you may contribute to both plans, but certain limitations do apply.

There are many benefits to an owner-only 401(k) but the most important thing about any retirement plan is to begin saving as soon as possible. Your financial consultant can help you decide what the best retirement plan option is for you and your small business.

This article was provided by A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., Member SIPC.

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mbd2.com Forum upgrade
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If you have been on the mbd2.com forum in the past 24 hours, you may have notices some changes. Some of the new improvements are

  • Spell Check - This separate program needs to be downloaded into your web browser.
  • New login security - Whenever you have a forum you are a target for hackers. These new improvements should keep us safe.
  • Quick login - A quicker way to login.
  • Online-Offline Status - I have improved the online/offline status with an icon showing in green for online, red for offline. Note… you must login to see your status as login. Otherwise, you status will be registered as guest.
  • Personal Message Email - PM program has been enhanced to include a status bar indicated how much room is left in your PM mailbox.
  • Polls - Still working on - Polls will have colored bars defining the percentage of votes.
  • Mouse over Topic - Place your mouse on a topic and a description will popup. The mouse over effect should work in everyone's browser. I hope that everyone has upgraded there web browser in the last 1.5 years?

Lastly, if you see any errors please notify me. I have been working on the forum and there may be an upgrade bug (hard coding change) that may have missed my inspection. Email me dale@mbd2.com subject - forum bug.

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Group Video Discount
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Balloon Utopia's Seriously Crazy Hats Video by Sandi Masori

If 1-5 people purchase the video they will be billed $27.50, if 6-10 order $25.00, 11-15 $23, and 16 or more the tape will sell for $22.00 each. Your order will not process until everyone's order is in. This means, if you purchase your video today, 18 days from now and another 10 people have purchase the video you will get the reduce price of $25.00. If more people purchase -- your price will be reduced.

This order will go until Oct 24, 2003

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I will keep everyone informed on price reductions as people order the video. Please check back to this forum
http://www.mbd2.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=152&PN=1
and I will post how many people have ordered.


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Update Achieve Notices
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Boy, have things changed. When I first started sending out update notices, it was just a couple of line saying "hey, new pictures at...", but this site has grown bigger, and bigger, and with cooler stuff. As a result, the two-line email has now gone to the ezine format. I have now started archive these messages and will have a link off the update notice form and at the end of the email.

To see past mbd2.com Update Notices http://www.mbd2.com/update/updatearchives.htm

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Sponsoring Advertising Information
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If you are interested in paid advertising, or exchanging newsletter ads to a larger group of people, then consider the mbd2.com Update Notice. We reach over 1,600+ individuals and the list is still growing. Interested parties, please email me at mailto:dale@mbd2.com?Subject=Advertising about rates. We are happy to swaps with quality, audience-appropriate newsletters and merchants.
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Link to us for Support
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Please Link to Us, as we are a FREE service and need your support to bring you more new and exciting features. Thanks

Check it out at:
http://www.mbd2.com/linkinfo.htm

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Closing
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Thanks for your support and always your help. Together we can make this a better site. If you can do one of the following, it will help the website:

-Proof reading the web site - check the site for errors.
-Buy products - this helps me purchase new programs, enhance the web site, and pay the bills.
-Tell a friend about the site.
-Create a link for your site to this site

Organizing your email
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These email notices will always have a subject that starts with Balloon as the first word. If you set your email filters to look for the word Balloon and than have it move this email to a special folder, you will not have to look through all the junk email for this notice.

Change of email
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Send me both your old email address and your new address with your name. Sometimes it is easier to look for the last name than email address. Send emails to dale@mbd2.com subject address change.

Removal
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If you decide that you no longer want to receive mbd2.com Update Notices, please click on the link at the bottom of this email.

Balloon Twister,Magical Balloon-dude Dale
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Magical Balloon-dude Dale is a Master Balloonist; this balloon entertainer is not your normal dog-making, heart-giving, sword-handing, balloon animal-making entertainer. This corporate entertainer creates latex art that will have people talking. Magical Balloon-dude Dale mixes art with comedy to create a fun filled atmosphere that adults will be crazy over.

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