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Walt Bennett
  • Haymarket, VA
  • United States
  • Wood
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Looking for a web site designer that I won't have to take out a bank loan for!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joanna Bella Oct 24. 21 Replies

I threw together our website over 12 years ago with MS Front Page and that's not supported by much of anything today - not to mention how dated our site looks!  I've gone through a dozen developers…Continue

Light Dome for sale w/accesories in No. VA

Started this discussion. Last reply by Walt Bennett Mar 10, 2017. 4 Replies

Trying one more time!  Have an older model (cast aluminum corner joints & feet) for sale. Used but not abused. Has served us extremely well for eight years. Since I'm now 72, my wife's 62 and we…Continue

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Light Dome for sale w/accesories

Started this discussion. Last reply by mike willenborg Jun 19, 2016. 7 Replies

Have an older model (cast aluminum corner joints & feet) for sale. Used but not abused. Has served us well for about eight years. Since I'm now 72, my wife's 62 and we need to get something…Continue

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Square combo Chip & Mag Stripe Readers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wendy Merkle Dec 13, 2016. 35 Replies

I've about had it with these. When they came out I got one and found it didn't work with my old smart phone. Had to upgrade the OS, and then it worked periodically. At that time it wasn't mandatory…Continue

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Joanna Bella replied to Walt Bennett's discussion Looking for a web site designer that I won't have to take out a bank loan for!
"Just use a website builder. It's basically like an all in one platform. I use hPage Website Builder and I only pay 4.99 a month! Got my domain name, custom email, design, and business features for my website with them. A visually attractive…"
Oct 24
Rick Wallace replied to Walt Bennett's discussion Looking for a web site designer that I won't have to take out a bank loan for!
"Good call. Edited. now ooff to taking all the other pics. "
May 25
Larry Sohn replied to Walt Bennett's discussion Looking for a web site designer that I won't have to take out a bank loan for!
"Rick You may want to use a method to secure your phone number and email address on the site. Yes, you want customers to see it and use it. No, you don't want DATA mining tools to pick it up and load you with spam etc. There are lot's of…"
May 25
Rick Wallace replied to Walt Bennett's discussion Looking for a web site designer that I won't have to take out a bank loan for!
"oh I'm not ready to let the world look at the site yet, still so much to do ). But I really have looked for a "new thread" button and no luck. "
May 25
Larry Berman replied to Walt Bennett's discussion Looking for a web site designer that I won't have to take out a bank loan for!
"It's easy to start a new thread. If you want people to read your domain name correctly internally capitalize the first letter of each word. Domain names aren't case sensitive until after the ".com" Larry…"
May 24
Rick Wallace replied to Walt Bennett's discussion Looking for a web site designer that I won't have to take out a bank loan for!
"I panicked (sort of) and signed up for a Wix plan on Tuesday. Took some photos yesterday, bought a URL, and managed to make and launch a site in under 2 hours. Just a basic shell, esp since I have no clue what I am doing in the real art world…"
May 24
Eric Urquhart replied to Walt Bennett's discussion Looking for a web site designer that I won't have to take out a bank loan for!
"You said that you don't want to leave IPower, but to get what you are asking for, you may have to. This is also an old post so you may have already done something.I use WIX. They have templates but you do not need to use them. You can…"
May 24
Robbie Curnow commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
Dec 6, 2017
Barry Shandler commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"I'm poor and broke no matter what change in tax law."
Dec 6, 2017
Richard L. Sherer commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"In the longer term, i.e. next seasons shows, it will be interesting to see if the generally public increases or decreases their show purchases. When  they get hit farther out it could be bad, as their rates increase. It pays to stay on top of…"
Dec 6, 2017
Richard L. Sherer commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"If you area Sub S your pass thru rate goes down"
Dec 6, 2017
Judy Jones commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"Jane, your example is very helpful. Thanks for posting it."
Dec 6, 2017
Judy Jones commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"Thanks, Sharon, for posting this. It clears things up. This new tax bill is a nightmare and very scary for all of us who will be most affected by it."
Dec 6, 2017
Sharon O commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"Does the 2017 Tax Reform Bill Eliminate Small Business Deductions? FALSE. https://www.snopes.com/tax-bill-small-business-deductions/"
Dec 6, 2017
Rosie Wilhelm commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"Thank you Jane for your comment. I was worried about the business expenses being eliminated however I haven't done any research like the rest of you.  I am grateful so many of you have and I just wanted to say thank you."
Dec 6, 2017
Jane Shaffer commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"My sister, who is an enrolled agent with the IRS, says that this is not true.  In the proposed law there is no change to what you can deduct as a direct business expense if you own your own business.   There are changes to what can be…"
Dec 6, 2017

Profile Information

Your Medium
Wood
Years in the Art Fair Business
8
First show ever
I'd rather not remember - it was that much of a disaster!
What is your website?
http://www.abhats.com
What are the best things about art fairs
The ones that are well managed, well laid out, and helpful for first-time vendors.
Best show ever and why
The first Richmond National Folk Festival - weather was bad one day, set-up and take down were not easy, but sales were stupendous.
Worst show ever and why
2006 Celebrate Fairfax, Fairfax, VA. Terrible layout for artisans/crafters resulted in next to no traffic for any of us (everyone went to the rides, music and commercial vendors), poor judging, over 12 hour days (3 1/2 days long), and county police insisting ALL attendees be out before we could bring in vehicles. Only positive aspect was the county employee volunteers who were friendly and helpful, but couldn't do much else.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Have never left one once setting up.

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Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 12:00pm 40 Comments

I'm certainly not a tax expert, but have been using Turbo to file ours for many years.  All those business deductions going away will put a crimp in our travel and how much we spend on shows - not to mention other expenses too.  If this thing gets passed I can imagine it'll put a real dent in shows themselves as well.…

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Keeping your company name and reputation in a globalized economy . . .

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 10:33am 5 Comments

I haven't put anything up for a while, but this morning's events got me going.  It started with an email from a lady in the UK wanting to know where her Amazon order for two bowler hats was.  At first I thought it was a phishing attempt, but I decided to reply stating that we'd never sold on Amazon, only through our own website and that my wife doesn't make men's hats.  She replied that 'there must be more than one AB Hats' and thanked me for the note.

That got my interest -…

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Don't know for certain, but this could affect Square!

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 3:59pm 19 Comments

This has been out for a few days, but I just found some of the details.  Reason I'm posting this is that we've been using a 'dial-pay' merchant account for years, but NOT on a smart phone.  We've been planning on getting one and moving to Square - which is certainly more cost effective save for the data charges.  Best I can figure we'll save a bit, but it'll be much more convenient. 

My bio includes over fifty years in IT and data communications, so this article kind of waves a red…

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Looks like this season could be a 'lost' one!

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 2:33pm 6 Comments

Sometimes things just happen and your left with no way to commit to shows when they want money six months out.  My wife and I have two different mediums and both of us have a reasonable amount of inventory - not great, but workable.  Day after Christmas, we found water leaking through the ceiling in our kitchen pantry.  This became a completely unbudgeted total bathroom renovation (that means I'm doing most of it!).  Just before Christmas, my wife began experiencing hip pains that have become… Continue

Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 10:21am on October 13, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome, Walt! Such a pleasure to find all of you folks from Virginia joining us.

I'll have to tell you I was plenty confused when I started approving the photos -- hats, okay, then suddenly wood turnings! Does this person have multiple personalities? Then I came to your page here and I'm a little mollified :)
At 3:05pm on May 03, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Walt Bennett a gift
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Hello Walt! Thanks for referring Adrienne to the site!

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