Melanie Rembrandt

Since our initial launch date, Melanie Rembrandt has been an integral part of the StartupNation team.

As the founder of Rembrandt Communications®, LLC,, Melanie is one of the country's top, public-relations consultants, an SEO copywriter and a published writer with over 20 years of extensive experience and an excellent track-record for success.

She specializes in helping entrepreneurs get the attention and credibility they need via targeted public-relations and SEO copywriting efforts (including Web site copy that sells, newsletters, eReports, social media, blogs, SEO press releases, e-mail auto responders, direct marketing, and more!).

Melanie offers tips and insights via her blogs and monthly newsletter, "Rembrandt Writes Insights®." And she provides in-depth training presentations to various businesses and organizations nationwide.

Melanie is also the author of "Secrets of Becoming a Publicist," published by American Writers & Artists, Inc., "Simple Publicity," published by 1WinPress, StartupNation's "7 Steps to Successful Public Relations," and the host of the SmallBiz America Radio Channel, "PR and SEO Quick Tips with Melanie Rembrandt."

A magna cum laude graduate of the prestigious UCLA School of Theater,Film and Television, Melanie is the official small-business PR expert for StartupNation and Pink Magazine Online. She’s open to your questions, comments and suggestions at and @rembrandtwrites on Twitter.

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Shy Figaro on the red carpetRecently, I received some interesting information from a small business owner who is pursuing his passion, and thought I would share his tips with you. Meet Shy Figaro, a successful, high-end fashion designer and entrepreneur.

Tell us about your business and why you started it.

I’m fascinated about beauty and elegance, and believe that fashion is a form or art that does come from within. My very first piece of SHY FIGARO ( was first worn by Coco, the wife of actor/legend artist Ice-T.  I recently designed an upscale casual line named TRIVIA (

I started designing after I saw how much money my girlfriend then spent on clothes with un-hip styles… so I thought I could design better. And I did as a joke, but I never thought I would become a fashion designer. I competed and won the state and national competition in fashion design in Anaheim, California with a jean that I designed called, “The Naughty Pants”.

But I started taking fashion designing more seriously and utilized it as a path to success to where people would see my true talents and knowledge as oppose to my skin color – after I got infuriated at my acting agents for always casting me in parts for a pimp, gangster, homeless, or a drug dealer.

How long have you had your business and what do you think is the main secret to your success?

I established my business in 2001. The main secret for my success is believing and being passionate about my products. �
What have been your most successful PR and marketing activities to increase sales and why?

I used many Internet network community sites to talk about my product, and I did a major fashion show to increase the buzz. But most of all, I advertise my own line by wearing it out in the public where people can see and feel my product and ask questions.

What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs just starting out?
Just apply my PCP rule!

1. Passionate about what you do.
2. Learn to take Criticism but don’t let it break you.
3. Use the negative to a Positive to improve.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes, be yourself…


Thanks for your great insights Shy! For more information about Shy’s clothing line, visit

And if you’d like some free tips and advice on how to build buzz for your business, please write to me here or at I’d love to hear from you!

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