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  • June 5, 2009

    Van is a graduate

    TKB's key employee is Van Nguyen. She is the shipping and packing supervisor for our company. Van grew up in Vietnam and dropped out of high school to support her family by selling fresh fruits on the streets of downtown Saigon. In her early 30's she emigrated to the USA to make a better life for herself.

    Because Van is distantly related by marriage to my husband, I hired her as soon as she...
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  • June 4, 2009

    What happened to my Blogging!

    In February, 2008, the date of my last post, my company was housed in the same 1500 square foot basement where we had been for the last 8 years. We were packed to the gills! Every day I was straddling inventory while answering phone calls and meanwhile tucking in my buttocks enough to let others squeeze by.

    I knew where I wanted to move and what the building would look like. I knew the...
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  • February 25, 2008

    Look at Beauty by Saria!

    One of our customers was showcased in an online magazine, Bellevere.

    Beauty by Saria was smart to get her products in front of an online magazine and to offer a giveaway to boot. It's this kind of viral marketing which can take your business from here to there!
    Not only is Beauty by Saria smart in her marketing, but she is selling herself on is a little like EBAY or,...
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  • January 15, 2008

    Google Pack: office software for free

    In case you hadn't heard already, Google offers a FREE download of office software. The Star Office Software includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. It's completely free, easy to download and it can save documents in all kinds of different formats which can be read by all kinds of computers.

    Don't fret about a learning curve, the software is a lot like the programs you...
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  • January 11, 2008

    6 Billion Others, an inspiration website for humankind

    This suggested website has nothing to do with my usual topics, but I found it interesting and beautiful, so I wanted to pass it along to you.

    www.6billionothers.comis a project site where people from all over the world are asked to talk about various things. Listen to men and women from every continent answer questions such as "what is the meaning of life?", "what was your happiest day", "what are...
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  • December 28, 2007

    Me, in Carpet

    I saw an article about how some guy hooked carpets which were portraits of big CEO's and then sold them for 1,000's of dollars. My dad is a carpet-hooker and thought he'd try the scaled-down, little CEO version worth . . . what, ten bucks? Here I am, in carpet.
    Kaila Westerman
    TKB Trading, LLC
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  • December 27, 2007

    Korean/Japanese Household Items as Molds

    I'm lucky to live a stone's throw from Oakland's Koreatown, and I always enjoy shopping there -- especially when on the hunt for soap molds. I found two possibilities in my last expedition I wanted to share with you.

    This first one is called a "Kimchi Cutter". Kimchi is spicy, pickled cabbage eaten in Korean cuisine. But for soapmakersthis cutter makes a smart little loaf mold. It measures about...
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