Play In Peoria - About Me The Publisher

A one stop Web Shopper site for merchandise of all sorts. 

This About Home Biz site is also a resource - referral - and reference guide for those consumer minded shoppers who also are seeking info on the development of home based business ventures

About Home Biz
Does "Play In Peoria"

The About Home Biz website originated out of a passion I have for doing business out of my home, and as a former print and visual news media person who has the need to gather information and pass it on to others.

I’m a lifelong Greater Peoria Midwest Metropolis area resident. This area encompasses the 4 Peoria’s of Illinois:  The City Peoria, Peoria Heights, East Peoria, and West Peoria.  This area has a diverse population of around 114,000.


I’m Ken Bradley, online publisher of the About Home Biz website, The Sentinel News published on this website and proprietor of B/Crescent Services my online Amway home, health, and beauty product store.


Not only did I grow up here, but my entire working career was spent in these 4 Peoria Cities that are connected either by crossing a few streets or 3 bridges.

About Me


This About Me – “Play in Peoria” section will allow me to introduce myself in a little more detail as online publisher of the About Home Biz website.


I want you to get to know me since I am asking you to shop at my online store, B/Crescent Services which include the Web Shopper Section, and the Online Department Stores Section.

As this website is considered to be an information site, I'm also asking you to accept the information I am giving you on how to start, develop, and market a work from home business that you might be interested in starting up.


Knowing my background, work history, and home business experience gives more meaning when I present this information to you.


With more than 45 years of working in various categories of career path employment, my work background is quite diverse.


I’ve been involved with news media production - print, audio, visual, newspaper publishing, photojournalism, education, training, sales, marketing, quality inspection, and customer service to name a few.


My work is varied, not because I couldn’t keep a job, but while some of the moves were internal and external advancements, the “Play in Peoria” city went thru a series of economic turmoil and I happened to be one of thousands that was affected by it.


In most cases I was fortunate enough to have a network of friends as well as the skills to always find employment.  Be it working for someone else or for myself with home based employment.


Some of the work from home businesses I’ve started and ran during that same period of time include a community newspaper, a home photography business, a resume service, an insurance agency, a product and merchandise direct sale business and Ebay.


There was a time or two when I had to stop some or all of my home base ventures due to full time job workloads and/or contractual agreements on some of the full time jobs I had.


I’m just a regular type of guy who is officially retired now.  So there are no more contracts, restrictions, stress, worry or deadlines.   I was going to add hard work to that, but in later years I learned to avoid the physical labor stuff.  I smile when I say that, because I have paid my dues.


With time on my hands I still want to be productive.


I’m a continuous work in progress person and operating a business from home is my passion.  My B/Crescent Services Amway product business is one that I run from home.

Having been in the news media reporting field - I decided to use those skills to help in the marketing of this About Home Biz website, The Sentinel News and my Amway home, health, and beauty product business.

By combining these two work experiences - it seems only fitting that I pass on information that I’ve gathered or experienced for the growth I am seeking as an independent sole proprietor business person.


The brick and mortar thing was a losing proposition for me (several times).  Simply put, I was never able to produce enough cash flow to cover overhead expenses and show a profit.


That is exactly what prompted me to start working from home with my Amway product business venture.

While I maintain a revolving one on one base of about 40 to 50 local loyal customers a month, they are elderly like myself and require and want that special type of personal nurturing.

Most have access to my distributor website that they can order from but they still want that personal service that I give.  It has  taken up my time for business growth, and once I explained that in a manner that would benefit them most are now using the website store to order from.

I try to keep up with business and marketing trends and thus I publish this About Home Biz website with the hope of gaining new online customers.

Ink In My Blood

If you've ever worked in the old hot metal print shops, there is an old saying we printers have said for years - and that is ''Ink Is In Your Blood Forever.''

And so it is with the About Home Biz website and The Sentinel News  I’ll be presenting this information to you from a reporter’s perspective. 

As this is an informational site as well as a shopping site, a lot of what I say or present will be in the first person, simply because I have experienced many of the things I’ll be talking about.


This site will be also be used to help recruit and sponsor some of my customers who might be interested in looking into starting their own online business.

As you go thru About Home Biz and The Sentinel News look at them as periodicals. Updated content could change weekly, monthly and/or remain the same.

I won’t take you down any dead end paths, or waste your time.  I  won’t let you get loss or discouraged.


What was that?  Nope, I’m not going to run through this.  I’m at 70  and I don’t get in a hurry any more.  There’s no need to.


Why don’t you get yourself a notepad, or recorder, if you read out loud.  You might  also get  a snack or two and something to drink.

There is a lot of business building information here and you will not be able to get the benefit out of it if you just take a quick glance at all of the content.


Because of the “ink in my blood” as a journeyman printer and the multi media journalism reporting background that I have; you can look at the publishing of this website as a periodical.

If it was going to be any type of publishing done it would carry the same flair that I had in the print media field.

Two of my greatest passions were about to combine. My love for doing business out of my home and my lifelong dream of being a successful publisher.

Publishing About Home Biz and The Sentinel News is what I've wanted for a long time and that is what I will attempt to do here and now.


When one starts to do real research, and a lot of it was online, and attending community business classes or day seminars you come to realize that just because you have an idea that you like, it is not always feasible to pursue it or maybe take a look at it from a different angle.


I talked to various people at different business seminars I attended.  I wanted to learn how to market my Amway business online.  As I did more and more research  I started formulating new ideas from the online information regarding becoming an information publisher.


I came to a quick realization that this area of information publishing would fit my niche perfectly. I was a one man operation, without the assistance of other staff people.

I had a wealth of knowledge on the subject of news publishing, work at home knowledge and could work at my leisure.

I could do this and it will "Play in Peoria".


The title  About Home Biz,  is pretty self explanatory. I truly believe I can help others succeed in this field of start up and home based businesses.


With that I will also be giving my viewers another reference by publishing the The Sentinel News from this About Home Biz site.

The Sentinel News will give you helpful businesss headline news links from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, The Small Business Administration, and other pertinent sources that you can benefit from.

The Sentinel News will be your connect for news coming out of Washington D.C.  It is a continually work in process online publication. 

As publisher I will frequently update information and keep you informed about new business ideas, trends and topics that may be of benefit to you.

As an online media business, this site will exist like any other media. The Sentinel News will publish pertinent content from government business agencies for my audience and will do merchandising, affiliate marketing, and offer advertisement space in order to operate a profitable business.

It can be accessed through this link and from other nav bar sections on this site: The Sentinel News.  It is active now.


The results of what I've found through research and partially what I already knew is what I’ll talk about in this website.  That includes the sources that I discovered, the workshops I’ve attended and the how to processes.

Many of the home businesses I’ve operated were started during the pre - internet days.  Can you honestly believe there once was a time when there were no computers in your home or purse or pocket?


I remember note cards, library books, dial telephones, and typewriters.  Trust me there is update and modern techniques in my makeup now. So not to worry, I’m not behind in time.


This site is up to date on how to make a business work for you today.


With computers, internet, and wi-fi in full swing, it has made working from home quite simple.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that businesses and individuals both are actually gearing themselves in that direction.


In life I’ve learned that sharing and teaching is a rewarding and learning experience in itself. With a 45-year work history, I’ve absorbed a lot from others.  At this point in life I want to give back.


I’m hoping to pass on some of what I know from four decades of various types of employment and my work from home business experience, and research

My Business Does “Play In Peoria”

And It Has Been Rewarding


My business “Play in Peoria” has been quite rewarding in more ways then just from a business standpoint.  The meeting of people and them accepting me as an extended family member - all the while being their personal sales person.


What helped me to develop home based customers was that I had my own small, home based life and health debit insurance agency.

The debit business is where you sell small face value burial policies and go back each month to collect the premium in person.


Having already had my Life and Health insurance license I started this small agency when I got laid off from my factory production job.


After seeing me on such a regular basis I became a trusted friend and in many cases I became an extended member of the families that had insurance with me.


As a sales person l had a trusting, built in one on one audience when I introduced my Amway home, health, and beauty products, sales and distribution business,


It did “Play in Peoria” quite well for me.


You’ll notice l use this slogan quite often.  It only comes natural being a lifelong resident of Peoria, Illinois.


If it will “Play in Peoria” it will play anywhere.  That is the slogan used on the old riverfront vaudeville circuit towns as Peoria was one of the hard cities to perform at.  

So if the audience liked you and/or you got good reviews that was the gauge entertainers used as they played the vaudeville circuit.


Thus, if it will “Play in Peoria” it will play anywhere.


As with any sales business your lifeline is recommendations and referrals - both of which I got for my insurance sales and my home product business.


Eventually the insurance business went by the wayside as the result of me being recalled back to my factory production job.

The hours I worked made it almost impossible to go out and sell and collect premiums anymore.  Both businesses suffered.


I was able to salvage a good part of both businesses by having my insurance clients pay directly to the insurance home office.  Some of course did lapse because they didn’t have the interaction with me.


Fortunately my home product business had a website that my customers could order from. 

While I loss some clients, I'm just now starting to get some of my face to face, one on one customers to start purchasing their products from the from the Web Shopper and Online Department Stores sections of this  About Home Biz site.


This seems to “Play in Peoria” well for me.


Being retired now from any 40 hour type job, my concentration is on growing my Amway home product business and market the other affiliate businesses that this website is in partnership with.

This way I can help others who are interested in starting their own online business - by sharing information that I’ve gathered or experienced over a 45 year work career.


As much as I enjoy the friendly one on one type of communication in selling, I hope this About Home Biz site will convey that same feeling with my online customers.


Do to medium to large customer base I simply cannot do phone calls, but to stay in one on one contact with my customers I am available at the following e-mail address, and it will be me who responds to your inquiries:

For those who are interested and who may seriously be thinking about getting into their own online publishing business you have come to the right place.

As a shortcut to getting you started, I will say that one of the best online resources that allowed me to "Play in Peoria" and enabled me to get started was from a company called SiteSell,  Solo Build It, or SBI out of Canada.


There is an entire section about this company and what they offer under the heading and link entitled:  Website Course

I personally built this entire website using this Website Course and system.


To help you better understand where I originated from. If interested I am linking you to the four "Play In Peoria" cities that I grew up and gained my life experience  and knowledge in.


I’m proud of the area and just want you to know a little about it.  Where I came from just might help you to understand where I’m going.


Good Sections To Link Back To In Conjunction With This Section

Home Page - Section Two
Develop Profitable Home Based Business
Or  Easy Business Startup  

If Interested In Looking At

The Four Peoria's Of Illinois

The Links Are Below

1. Peoria, Illinois: 


2. Peoria Heights, Illinois


3. East Peoria, Illinois


4. West Peoria, Illinois


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