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Marblehead Web entrepreneur launches resource site to aid small businesses

Internet entrepreneur Jim Peake is all about information that people can use, and typically that means something more substantial than opinions.That’s why he founded My Success Gateway from his 105 Elm St. home in Marblehead, where he provides small business owners with a variety of free commerce-related news and product ratings.The ratings include detailed feedback on events such as self-help or motivational seminars, many of which have hefty admission fees. He compares them to book reviews found on Amazon.com, which presumably help customers decide whether they want to make a purchase. Only in this case, instead of a book review, it’s a person’s notes on a seminar attended or business software purchased, along with an explanation of how they came to such conclusions.”Saying you went to a seminar and that it was great, or it was awful, well, that doesn’t tell anybody anything. It doesn’t help,” Peake said. “We want people to interview and tell us why they feel a certain way.”According to Peake, 48, confirming the person’s identity and posting it alongside the seminar or product description is key on his website. “If you don’t do that, you get scam.com or ripoff.com. It allows somebody to do a hit-and-run on something, whether it’s a seminar or a book or another product. With my site, the end-user gets some value.”Peake explained that he and his Philadelphia-based business partner, Bill Samson, primarily provide information about tools to success, including magazines, seminars, speakers and books.”When people use certain tools, they can report back to us, and we’ll get out the word on MySuccessGateway.com. Was it worth the price, or was it a waste of time and money? There are lots of people out there offering seminars, especially business seminars. Some are good, some aren’t, but there’s nowhere to find out about them, so we put that information on our website,” he said, adding that his service is akin to Consumer Reports for small businesses.A Texas Christian University dropout, Peake cited internationally known motivational speaker T. Harv Eker as an example of someone successful who charges a fee for lectures. Eker has been telling people how he went of zero dollars to millionaire it little over two years, and teaching them to attempt the same.The son of poor European immigrants, Eker is founder and president of Peak Potentials Training, among the fastest growing personal development companies in North America. His best-selling books, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” and “SpeedWealth” have evolved into highly-acclaimed courses.Money was scarce throughout Eker’s childhood. He worked different jobs, started businesses, but all failed despite hard work. Eventually he opened a chain of retail fitness stores and sold it to a Fortune 500 company, becoming a millionaire as a result. Two years later, he was broke due to poor investments and unchecked spending. The situation led him toward developing a theory that each person has a mental and emotional relationship to money, an “inner-money thermostat” that is set for a specific amount of financial success. Eker decided to teach people how to change this money blueprint and, ultimately, create success, keep it and grow it, and become a multi-millionaire.Since then, more than 250,000 people have participated in his seminars. Testimonials have been posted on many Internet sites, so it’s easy to find out more about Eker and decide whether one of his seminars is valuable. But what about those speakers with less name recognition, or worse, the potential fly-by-nights waiting to take advantage of eager acolytes? Where do consumers learn about the quality of these seminars?”Lots of people paid money to see Eke and they are reporting back,” said Peake, noting that Eker teaches “how to find life direction, to reach potential, and to fully see and be yourself. So now we’re asking people to report back on all the small business seminars they attend, whether they’re on sales and marketing, ins

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