Betty In The News

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Business community ‘impressed’ by Detroit

By Daniel Howes, The Detroit News | 11:55 a.m. EDT September 19, 2014
Sixty-four small business owners graduated Thursday from the Goldman Sachs-backed 10,000 Small Businesses program, which aims to grow companies and create jobs in Detroit and neighboring localities by teaching practical business skills. MORE


 

Eco-Friendly Beauty Routine to Celebrate Earth Day

By Carla Snuggs | April 17, 2014
Are you ready for earth day? The Betty Brigade was featured with Eco-Friendly beauty tips for Earth Day! MORE


 

How to Avoid 10 Common Decluttering Mistakes

By John Egan | April 8, 2014
Most paperwork needs to be kept for six years, and that typically applies only to things like insurance policies and legal documents, according to Sharon McRill, owner of The Betty Brigade concierge service in Ann Arbor, MI. MORE


 

10 Secrets To Planning A Summer Wedding

sheFINDS | WEDDING | March 31, 2014
The Betty Brigade was featured in a SHEFinds article about how to plan for a summer wedding! MORE


 

10 Ways You’re Organizing All Wrong

By Natasha Burton
Even with an entire Pinspiration board dedicated to organized spaces, those closets, entryways and office areas could still use some serious de-cluttering. Luckily, the key to an orderly home may be as simple as knowing what NOT to do. MORE


 

Sharon McRill, Southeast Michigan Startup – Founders

SE MI Startup | January 10, 2014
Sharon was featured in the Founders Edition of Southeast Michigan Startup. . . MORE


 

Betty Brigade Hires 5, Preps to Expand Across State

Concentrate | January 8, 2014
ANN ARBOR - Sharon McRill, Owner & President of the Betty Brigade was recently interviewed by Concentrate Media. MORE


 

Home Staging: Tips on how to get a better price for your home

By Colleen Kane, Special to CNBC | Posted December 2013
Staging your home for sale? Check this out first. MORE


 

Dog harnesses: 5 Tips to Keep Your Furry Friend Safe in the Car

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The Betty Brigade was featured in an article regarding pet safety tips for winter! MORE


 

How To Create Epic Community Events

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The Betty Brigade and President Betty, Sharon McRill, were featured in an article called “How to Create Epic Community Events” on epromos.com. MORE


 

Plan a Halloween Party for Next to Nothing!

By Bonnie J. Dewkett, CPO® | Published: October 22, 2013
Sharon McRill, president of The Betty Brigade, a concierge and event
planning company in Ann Arbor, has some tips for putting together a 
spell-binding Halloween party on the cheap! – Make a big pot of something they can help themselves to, like chili
 or Sloppy Joes. MORE


 

How to Throw a Last-Minute Halloween Party on the Cheap!

By Sharon McRill | Feminine Soul Magazine October 2013
Page 59: Ruh roh… The gang is headed to your place for some post trick-or-treating refreshment! But no need to run screaming from the back door. You can do this! MORE


 

Clothes To Go: How To Pack For Summer Vacation

WWJ News CBS Detroit | June 24, 2012

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - Many Metro Detroiters are preparing for some summer vacation days, but do you know what to pack? MORE

Judy DiForte, spokeswoman for Ann Arbor based organizing service “Betty Brigade,” said remember to pack light. “Check your destination’s extended weather forecast. . . MORE


 

Three Ways to Keep Your Customers Coming Back

Entrepreneur.com | BY DANIEL BORTZ | December 29, 2011

One of the most common mistakes small-business owners make is to focus so much time on attracting new customers that they skimp on the effort it takes to create loyal customers. That’s a mistake, of course, because it’s more expensive to get new customers than to retain them. To develop and nurture a relationship with your customers, you have to communicate regularly and, above all, provide consistently over-the-top service.

Here’s a look at how three small businesses are keeping the customers they worked so hard to attract: . . .MORE


 

Best Ice Breakers

Entreprenettegazette.com | BY SARAH SHAW | December 13, 2011

Ok so who doesn’t get a bit nervous walking into a room when you don’t know very many people, or even worse, not a soul? I know I do! Networking events can get a bad wrap just thinking about them right? I love meeting new people, but do admit that I find it a lot easier (and less nerve wracking) at a dinner party when a seasoned host is a master at mixing and mingling the right guests. And of course…MORE

Check out all the tips for some great ways to get conversations started at these events. Find Sharon’s ice breaking tips for networking were featured at #29!


 

How To Set A Holiday Table

WWJ News CBS Detroit | November 24, 2011

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - Many of us can get confused when it comes to properly setting a holiday table. Luckily, Sharon McRill, owner and president of The Betty Brigade, is sharing some simple tips for setting a semi-formal table.

The fork goes to the left of the plate. The knife, then the spoon…MORE


 

GO ECO-FRUGAL: Being Thrifty is a Powerful “Green” Practice

Crazy Wisdom Journal | BY SARAH RIGG | September – December 2011

“De-Cluttering seems like an obviously eco-frugal project but some people start out doing it all wrong and spend more than they need to” said Judy Diforte, marketing manager for The Betty Brigade.

The Betty Brigade was established about 8 years ago by Ann Arbor Resident Sharon McRill. Currently, the company offers services like organizing, moving and running personal errands in Ann Arbor and in Birmingham.

Diforte said that while too many people spend too much on organizing. . . MORE on Page 32!


 

Car Cleaning Tips from the Pros: Go beyond the basic suds for a vehicle that will shine like it’s brand-new, inside and out

Women’s Day Magazine | BY ARIANNE COHEN | June 1, 2011
You know the essentials when it comes to washing your automobile. Now, a few tips and products that make cleaning and organizing your car easier.
• Always wash your car in the shade. Washing it in the sun will leave soap spots.
• Lose the hose. Yes, it’s fun to spray your hose Rambo-style. It also uses a lot more water than a bucket rinse does, says Leslie Reichert, author of The Joy of Green Cleaning. A bucket will do just as good a job on everything except your undercarriage…MORE


 

Can’t focus? Take a break

Crain’s Detroit | BY MAUREEN McDONALD | November 18, 2010

Sharon McRill, owner of Ann Arbor-based Betty Brigade, recently returned from four days of lounging on the lanai, reading novels and sharing home-cooked meals with her husband at her mother’s place outside Orlando.

She hadn’t chosen to be there. Her employees ordered her to go.

“My staff told me I needed to be less stressed. They insisted I unplug for one full weekend a month — don’t answer the phone…MORE


 

Surviving Long-Term Unemployment

Forbes Magazine | BY CAMILLE NOE PAGAN | April 19, 2010

When Sharon McRill was laid off from her cushy corporate job at a national bookseller, she thought she’d never recover. “I spent the first three days curled up on the couch, mourning what I thought was the best opportunity of my life,” recalls the Michigan resident.
Indeed, outside of death and divorce, losing a job can be one of the most difficult things a person will deal with…MORE


 

Betty Brigade Whips Homes into Shape

Skirt.com | BY PATRICIA MONTEMURRI | October 30, 2009

DETROIT — Sharon McRill is a sophisticated, college-educated woman with a background in corporate marketing who cleans up other people’s cluttered lives, dirty cars and doggie droppings.

Her copper-colored pickup truck announces the arrival of the Betty Brigade. McRill, of Ann Arbor, Mich., is the No. 1 Betty.

The Betty Brigade is a concierge service, an all-purpose personal assistant-for-hire, a party planner for weddings and…MORE


 

The business of being Betty: Helping families pack up lifetime of seniors’ memories

The Deseret News | BY PATRICIA MONTEMURRI | October 30, 2009

DETROIT — Sharon McRill is a sophisticated, college-educated woman with a background in corporate marketing who cleans up other people’s cluttered lives, dirty cars and doggie droppings.

Her copper-colored pickup truck announces the arrival of the Betty Brigade. McRill, of Ann Arbor, Mich., is the No. 1 Betty.

The Betty Brigade is a concierge service, an all-purpose personal assistant-for-hire, a party planner for weddings and mitzvahs, a professional organizer to help…MORE


 

Serendipitous Investors

Michigan Innovators | BY BUD GIBSON | August 14, 2008

A number of the entrepreneurs interviewed for our series on financing innovation have mentioned the value of networking to find equity investors in early stage start-ups. In this segment, Sharon McRill, President of The Betty Brigade, recounts in detail how a simple conversation with a new client led to several potential investors…MORE

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