Cancer Sucks Update #2

Some of you may have already heard when I snuck this ugly news into the middle of my Thanksgiving post, but it’s time to make it “Facebook Official”, as well as add each update to this new blog. …Unfortunately, I have been diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer.

I underwent a fairly massive surgery a month ago, just a few days after learning the cancer cooties were everywhere throughout my belly, and I have been recovering at home since. Sadly, they couldn’t get it all and Chemo is coming next.

I’ve had many of my amazing friends, family, and network ask how they can help, and as hard as it is for me to accept, my Team put together a fundraising page to help with meals, mounting medical bills, and the expense that comes with taking so much time off work.

www.RockyFightsCancer.com

Please feel free to take a look, share if so inclined, and please keep my family in mind and send plenty of positive vibes our way. As a single mom, I worry most for my amazing daughter. This isn’t a curable Cancer. But I’ll work my ass off to put it in remission and keep it there if it means seeing her graduate.

And if your business is in need of work, please call on VantagePoint Marketing! They are pumped and ready to work, and I’m still working with them from my home office.

Thank you all for your care and concern. And for those who have given and helped us out so much already, you’re incredible people and I couldn’t have made it this far without you. ❤️❤️❤️

Life is precious. I wish you all the very best as we ring in the New Year! 😘

Cancer Sucks Update #1



We can all agree, CANCER SUCKS.

It’s getting harder to find anyone whose life hasn’t been affected by cancer. In this particular instance, cancer has hit hard on the home of a single mom, business owner, and co-founder of Flags for Fort Snelling.

The week before Thanksgiving, Rocky Borchardt (age 37), was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer. Taking the next five days to get personal and professional affairs in order, Rocky was able to ensure smooth running operations before heading in for her sudden and massive surgery. Her whole “oven” was removed, along with a few other moving parts the cancer cooties had already taken hold of. Unfortunately, the doctors weren’t able to get it all, and some super chemotherapy is scheduled to begin just as we ring in the 2019 New Year.

Rocky is a single mother of an incredible daughter, Emma (age 14), and also provides a home and support for her youngest brother, Conor (age 18). They both are excelling at Blaine High School, and are keeping busy while Rocky focuses on her fight. She is so thankful to be surrounded by a truly amazing support system to help take care of her family and home. Still, medical bills are mounting, along with the financial struggle that comes with having to take such large amounts of time away from work.

If you are able to donate to Rocky’s fight, every dollar will help ease the need while she focuses every ounce of energy into beating this aggressive disease. And she WILL beat it!

If you’d rather help by whipping up a delicious meal for the family, please check out the Meal Train below and sign-up at your convenience. These meals are dropped in a cooler at her front door, make a huge difference and give them great big smiles every time they dive in.

Every DOLLAR, every MEAL, and every POSITIVE NOTE makes a difference to Rocky and her family! Also, Rocky personally asks for any positive messages, vibes, and energy to keep being sent her way: She counts on that energy to keep her going every day.

The Calinn Green Network

Unsung Community Hero: Calinn Green

Unsung Community Heroes

Chapter 1: Calinn Green

Unsung Community Heroes: Doing what’s right in the interests of a community without promise of personal gain or recognition, and often at great personal expense.


It isn’t always easy to give the unsung heroes of this world the recognition they deserve for the work they do for our communities. Rarely asking for help or assistance, they’ll give the last of themselves before ever going back on their word. They understand more than most the meaning of a promise and the investment it takes to really make a difference. They don’t invest themselves lightly. Their time is valuable and to have their attention dedicated to a goal is as close to a guarantee for success as you can get. These heroes keep our communities and networks growing, improving, and moving forward and we all benefit from their efforts whether we know it or not.

This small recognition is for a local Minnesota hero. A veteran. A mom. An entrepreneur. A volunteer. A magic maker.

We (VantagePoint Marketing, LLC.) met Calinn through the amazing Veteran business network, Trust Vets. She was a new member just getting her feet wet within the network, looking to grow her My Legacy Photography business. We were lucky enough to work with her on her website in exchange for her amazing photography skills, and are still pretty sure we got the better part of that deal. Since that first headshot session in Anoka, MN, we’ve watched how many different ways Calinn chooses to dedicate herself to the community and the network around her.

For instance, her incredible dedication to the non-profit organization Flags for Fort Snelling: a non-profit organization that takes on the responsibility of organizing the funds and volunteers necessary to place nearly 200,000 flags in the name of over 200,000 heroes laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for Memorial Day. At that point, the young organization had been in operation for only two years, placing a flag on just a small fraction of the headstones, limited by funding and organizational help.
But change was on the horizon when a Leadership Team was formed in August 2017A team dedicated to making 2018 the first time in 35 years every headstone of the cemetery would receive an American flag.

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VantagePoint Marketing Google My Business Theme

Google My Business Websites


FREE GOOGLE MY BUSINESS WEBSITE BUILDER

Should you build a free Google My Business Website?


Google My Business Websites are on the rise, and the question is- Should you build one? Google officially launched its Website Builder within Google My Business to help small businesses easily create websites, especially for those who don’t yet own their own website.

According to a Google My Business Help thread on Tuesday, June 13, 2017:

One of the most common actions people take when exploring a Google listing is to go to the website, but we know that getting a website can still be a challenge for a lot of small business owners around the world: too complex, too expensive, too time consuming. Millions of small businesses (60% of small businesses globally) don’t yet have a website. It is a free tool that allows small business owners to create a simple, striking website in just a few minutes. It’s easy, and you can create and edit your new website from your computer or your phone!

First, let’s look back at how free website builders have been discussed as being counterintuitive to your online marketing goals. We’ve discussed the many reasons before why you should never use a free website builder.

  • Rented, Not Owned
  • Limited Pages, Limited Data
  • Poor Analytics
  • Poor First Impressions
  • Design Quality
  • Mobile Friendly
  • Responsive Programming
  • No Branding
  • Advertisements
  • No Support

And so on. So what’s different here?
What makes a Google My Business website so special?

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VantagePoint Marketing Makes Anoka Home.

Seeing It from Anoka’s VantagePoint.

Now that our team has been in our Anoka office for over two years; we thought it was time to tell everyone the reasons why we decided to move to here in the first place. The atmosphere. The history. Anoka IS “The Halloween Capital of the World”. The AMAZING community. Plus, Anoka is just FUN!

Anoka’s atmosphere is perfect for website designers like us! The energy of the city and the people are what keeps us motivated and energized. Anoka is a citwebsite designer minneapolis, mny full of energy, and boy does it sure give us plenty of it! The artistic side of Anoka is what keeps inspired. Inspiration can be one of the most difficult challenges we face as designers, but Anoka hasn’t disappointed us. Some parts give ideas for rustic designs and other parts help us with modern designs.

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