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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at http://bondyblogs.com  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

 
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The BondyWeb.Com is moving to a new domain, website and platform on 01 January, 2014.  The new website won't be any better for you, the reader.  But it will be better for me, the author, writer and maintainer of my personal website. 

This website, BondyWeb.Com, will remain active, readable and full of old great content but you'll not see any updates.
All updates, new posts and new stories can be seen on the BondyBlogs.Com website where my traditional rock hounding, gold panning and outrageous adventures will be chronicled.

So head on over to the website too see what's new:  http://bondyblogs.com/

Thanks,


Tim Bondy


Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 14:29

Advertise Your Business on the BondyWeb Website

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(Last Updated: 20 January 2012)

Want people in Idaho to see your business? I have a good opportunity for you. Advertise your business on the BondyWeb and see if you get any business from it. The cost is rather high at $40.00 but you get a banner prominently displayed on every page of my website.

This is how it works
1. We agree to the $40 fee for the 1st month.
2. I create a small banner like you see on the front of this website. Or you can create it and send it to me.
3. The banner will be linked to:
- A “business highlight page”. This is a webpage that contains basic information about your business. This information will be provided by you but formatted for the Internet by me. Or...
- A link to your current business website.
4. An article published on the front page of this website. I would prefer to come to your business, interview you, take some video and pictures and then write up a story.
5. After 1 month, the ad will end but can be republished each month at $55.
6. This is an all cash offer only to defray the costs maintaining this website for the last 4 years.

The Banner You Get

Example
Sample Banner Ad on the BondyWeb for Boise and Mountain Home

(size 220 px by 120 px)

Why Would You Do This?
I really don't know why you would do this. In reality you should already have a business website and be marketing it to its fullest. But if you would like to give this a try, I believe your business will gain some benefits from advertising on the BondyWeb. I make no promises or guarantees other than your advertisement will be there 24 hours a day 7 days a week for 30 straight days.

Who Visits the BondyWeb website?
A fair number of people visit this website each day. During the 1st 19 days of January 2012, I had over 1,400 unique visitors and almost 3,000 total readers. Google tells me about 80% of my visitors come from the Boise and Mountain Home, Idaho area.

The Truth is Out There
So, there you have it. I don't have a huge number of visitors but the people who would see your ad are pretty local and have an interest in the local area. You could probably do better at the Mountain Home News website but I offer a loyal following of people interested in outdoor activities and to a lesser extent political issues.

Get Your Exclusive Ad
Just contact me using my Contact Us form. I will get back to you and will start the whole process of getting you noticed on the Internet.

Thanks,


Tim and Toni Bondy
Owner/Operator of the BondyWeb


Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2012 22:13

Business Success Story

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Frank T is an old friend and a successful small business owner. But until 2007 he wasn't quite as successful. It was suggested by Frank, that I reach outside of the "Idaho Only" posts on this website and tell his story. So I bow to his expertise and present his story. I hope you learn something from Frank...

Just like old times with Tim Bondy and Frank T

Long Time Friendship
I've know Frank since we were little hoodlums back in 1968. We went to the same elementary school but then lost contact with each other after my family moved away before high school. As luck would have it we reestablished contact in the early 1980's and have been in contact ever since. We took different paths though life. I joined the United States Air Force and Frank muddled through life working various jobs in many different places.

New Life, New Career, New City
Frank moved to Colorado in the mid-1990's with the seed of an business idea and high hopes. With only a high school diploma, tons of street smarts and a new bride, Frank decided it was time to settle down and make a real life for his new family. It took a lot of hard work, scrimping and some luck but he finally opened his new business. The type of business Frank opened isn't important to this story so we'll just say he built a better "widget" as he liked to tell me in the early days.

By 2001-2002, Frank had one office and 5 employees. The money wasn't rolling in but it was enough to live on. He ruled his company with an iron fist overseeing the entire operation from customer service to product production and quality control. Working 7 days a week doing everything he could to build his company took a toll on his family life and health.

New Blood Meets Rock Bottom
Competition in the "better widget" business started heating up just as his family life started its decline. A couple employees jumped ship and started working for competing companies in Denver. By 2004, things were not looking good for Frank. Then around Thanksgiving 2004, a young at heart 63 year old guy answered a "help wanted ad" Frank put in the newspaper. Frank decided that he should give "Old guy Jimmy" an interview. With his personal life in shambles, Frank didn't realize he set up the interview for Thanksgiving Day 2004.

"Old guy Jimmy" needed the job and sat down with Frank. The 1st interview didn't go as expected. The interview turned into a most of the day learning experience for Frank. Frank told me it was more like Jimmy was interviewing him. Long story short? "Old guy Jimmy" accepted a job at Frank's crumbling and declining company. By Christmas 2004, there were only 3 employees including Frank.

Franks business declines with no creativity

By April 2005, the books for Franks company were "still bleeding red" and he was still working 15-18 hours a day. "Old guy Jimmy" accepted the job with Franks company on the condition he would have some input on how business would be run. But Franks, as always, could not and would not listen to anyone. That was until Jimmy threatened to quit. Frank and Jimmy had a "throw down, knock out fight in the middle of the office".

Big Changes in "The Philosophy"
Old guy Jimmy still works "with" Frank to this day. Frank's company experienced a complete turn-around in just 3 years. By the time the "Great Recession" began Frank's company had grown to 8 employees. Three of his new employees came from companies in direct competition to his. More importantly customers and money started rolling in. On March 25th 2010, Frank opened his 2nd shop in Colorado Springs and hired 5 more employees.

Grand Opening March 25 2010

As of February 5th 2011, Frank tells me his small business is "THE" company to work for and business continues to grow "almost" faster than his employee can handle. He now works a regular 40-50 hours a week, has a new child on the way and his family life is quite good.

What Changed in Frank's Business?
Frank gives "Old guy Jimmy" all the credit for turning his company and his life around. But it really wasn't until February 3rd that Frank understood exactly what happened. This was the day he read an article that explained Old guy Jimmy's business philosophy.

This is the link to the article Frank thought was his key to success:  http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/4256/biggest-killer-of-innovation-in-business/

Here is a semi-direct quote from Frank:
"15 years ago I created a better widget because I believed in taking chances and thinking outside the box. Then I built a box so big, with so many rules that I couldn't think outside the box and I certainly wasn't going to let my employees outside that box. Jimmy discovered what was wrong with my small business during that Thanksgiving 2004 interview and saw something in me and my company. Thankfully he kicked my ass way back in April 2005. I lost my creativity and in the process almost lost my family and faith in myself."

Leave Me a Comment
Me thinks Jimmy doesn't get paid enough to put up with my old friend Frank. Both Jimmy and Frank thought it best to remain semi-anonymous...at least for now. What are your thoughts about this article?


tim-bondy-idaho-blogger

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 February 2011 10:56

Dillon Montana Restaurant Review – The Lions Den

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On May 31st, 2010 we pulled in Dillon Montana.  We found our hotel...the Best Western Paradise Inn (see my review) and headed out for dinner.  I talked one of the locals on the street and she pointed us to the Lions Den.  

Lions Den Restaurant in Dillon Montana

We arrived at the Lions Den at about 5:15PM and found the restaurant uncrowded, clean looking and nicely decorated.  There was a rodeo in town on this day so the people already eating were dressed the part.  Actually is seemed like just stepped into a time warp back to the “Wild West”.  Most the of men and some of women wore cowboy hats and western clothing.  Or maybe this is just the normal Dillon Montana dress code?

The Food and Service
The Lions Den is a steakhouse, plain and simple.  But they also serve many other items so we decided to try their specialty hamburgers.  They were hot, fresh and tasted good and the sides were pretty good too.  Overall, the food would have resulted in a 3.5 star rating, but.  But the service was just not very good.  Maybe the waitress was new?  Maybe she was overworked?  Who knows, but it was way slow and there weren't a whole lot of customers in the section we were seated in.  I personally felt like an outsider crashing a personal party.  :-(

Address
Lion's Den
725 North Montana Street
Dillon, MT 59725-8814
(406) 683-2051‎
Click here for a link to more info

In short, if you want good food, the Lions Den restaurant is a place you might want to try if you are ever in Dillon, Montana.  Hopefully you'll get better service than we did.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this business article.


Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 June 2010 05:39

Restaurant Review – Wah Hing in Kellogg Idaho

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While on vacation is Kellogg, Idaho we had dinner at the Wah Hing Chinese Restaurant on June 3rd, 2010.  We didn't really think the billing it got in the local phone book stating “Authentic Chinese Cuisine” could live up to that claim.  But it did!

Wah Hing Restaurant in Kellogg Idaho
This is an old building across the street from Wah Hing's in Kellogg Idaho  

I'm not a gourmet or even a lover of Chinese food but Wah Hing's certainly served some excellent tasting food.  My wife, a lover of Chinese food and who recently spent two weeks in China, has the expertise to rate true Chinese cuisine.  She gave it 4 of 5 stars.  The only things that she/we rated down was the chicken wings and one other chicken dish.  The wings were a little too crunchy and the chicken dish had too much plum sauce.  

If you are in the Kellogg area and want some excellent Chinese food, stop in at Wah Hing's.

Link to more reviews and a map of Wah Hing Restaurant in historic downtown Kellogg, Idaho.

Address:
Wah Hing Restaurant
215 McKinley Avenue, Kellogg, ID 83837-2503
(208) 783-3181‎

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this business article.


Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 21:13

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