Imagine the President of the United States is making an appearance in your neighborhood, to give a short speech and present an award of some kind to an innovative leader in your community. Aware that he is coming, you request in advance to meet with him in person, to pitch him on your own small business idea, a plan that will help thousands of people start and run their own internet-based businesses, and teach others to do the same.

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President ObamaImagine it is now the day of his arrival, and you just got word two hours ago that the President has agreed to meet with you. And you will have just 30 seconds to make your pitch.


This is what happened to me yesterday when President Barack Obama was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I happen to be spending a month-long sabbatical to work on the affiliate program for my business. Yes, the President agreed to meet with me, in a room at the Rancho Viejo community center, under the bright lights of media and the close scrutiny of the Secret Service, surrounded by about a hundred of my neighbors in the middle of this nice housing development in the foothills south of Santa Fe.

And you know what? I gave the speech of my life, with heart and feeling, and didn’t go one moment beyond my 30 seconds. President Obama was right there next to me, smiling, upbeat, nodding his head, taking in every word. And when I was done, he said “Mr Bear, that sounds like a terrific plan. Count me in.” And everybody in the room cheered.


Yes, I really am in Santa Fe for the entire month, where Treesh and I are housesitting for friends who have gone off on a month-long trip to Europe. I am indeed devoting a good amount of time this month (when I am not hiking and biking the trails and seeing the sights in and around Santa Fe) to focus on this special project for my Oakley Studio Web Sites business.

But that meeting with President Obama yesterday? That was actually a dream I had last night, and I don’t quite remember all the details of the 30-second “elevator pitch” I gave with him standing there next to me. But I can give you the essence of it.


I operate a “boutique” web site design and hosting firm for a couple dozen clients, providing top-tier hosting on a managed server at an attractive price point. My web and email servers are housed at a secure data facility with huge bandwidth, so traffic is never limited. And I focus on secure ecommerce so I can help my clients get their home-based businesses up and running. Web site hosting starts at just $10 a month.

I am now developing an affiliate program for the hosting side of my business, so that my clients can turn their monthly web site expense into an ongoing residual income stream. This will allow new bloggers, internet marketers, and small business owners to earn back their initial web site startup costs and begin seeing positive cashflow while their business gets under way.

That’s my 30-second elevator pitch. For more details, click through to our Affiliates page.

Oakley Studio Web Sites are built on the WordPress platform, with all the plugins necessary to begin building an email list, setting up autoresponder messages, and selling products and services online. Oakley Studio, LLC is a home-based business serving home-based businesses, and we use all the same tools for our business that we recommend to our clients. If you are new to WordPress, our training is one-on-one, personalized, and Skype-based, so you can get the help you need to quickly learn your way around the WordPress “dashboard” to build and manage a site that will grow as your business grows.

Our startup OS WordPress package includes

  • domain name registration or renewal
  • web site and email setup on our servers, and
  • five hours of one-on-one personalized tutorials with your webmaster to get you up and running fast!

Normally you’d pay $298 for these services… this package is just $224 complete, and saves you $74. Check it out on our Pricing Page.

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7 Comments on Pitching the President

  1. Mandy Moomy says:

    wow – what a lot of great information – thanks Peter

  2. Peter I loved the story you told of your meeting with the president, and how you morphed that into more personal details and then moved into what you are working on in terms of building your business on line.

    You had be captivated.

    And I am curious to boot, on how this works with Zapier. I’m looking to hear more about this.


  3. Aaron Green says:

    That is a Great Point to make what if you only had that 30 seconds to Pitch and capture someones attention. It got me to look around more and see what you have to offer.


  4. I love the visual of Tame Bear and the President sitting down to chat.

    You’ve also done a great job on keeping the 2 brands separate.

    And finally, having a great elevator pitch that gives just enough information to interest the other person and make them want to reconnect to get more is well worth the time to develop.

  5. Tame Bear says:

    Hey I appreciate all your comments. This really was a very vivid dream, in the way that dreams can feel so real. So though I didn’t actually pitch the Pres in real life, I experienced it as really happening.

    Obviously in my dream state I was working to find a way to summarize and tell the “story” about my web hosting business and the new affiliate program I am now working on. I realize that puts me up against competitors like Dreamhost and Blue Host, and also, I think, GDI and NPN. Those are HUGE networks, that I can tell by how many people are promoting them online. I don’t think Oakley Studio will every be BIG like that, but I realized a while ago I don’t need to “go big” in order to be successful.

    (Also thanks everybody for testing out the comment-to-subscribe system here too. I’ll do a post about that soon; the Zapier connectivity stuff is pretty darn cool.)

  6. Karl Blatz says:

    Tame Bear you have a great post/blog here. Keep up the great work.

  7. Shelayne says:

    Peter, I loved the story and how you used this dream to promote your business. I wouldn’t worry about “competing” with those bigger guys. Lots of folks, like myself, would prefer to work with someone they know personally. Someone we feel are not so “big” they don’t have time for us.

    I wish you great success and keep sending out these inspiring posts!

    God bless,


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