Do you send “Thank You” messages to those who connect with you on LinkedIn? I have found it to be a great relationship builder. You can add a recent article about your company, your blog and your compelling story.

Check out my latest version…I’ve been getting several phone, e-mail and LinkedIn message responses…


Here’s one that I sent to Dave Seamans, President,  Florida Fallen Heroes.  Check out Dave’s LinkedIn profile at


Hi Dave,
Thanks for connecting with me on LinkedIn.   
Extension Home Care is a private pay, companion and personal care agency serving the 7 counties in the 4th District. 
We are a free standing, non franchised senior and veteran service organization.   We discount our pricing to @ $18.00 for our veterans and also provide transportation. 
Personal to me is to find ways to give our seniors and veterans special treatment and notoriety.   
Case in point; my orchestration of the 9/11 Remembrance for our seniors at the Players Community Center, Here’s the article that appeared in a recent issue of the Ponte Vedra Recorder…,2047   
Additionally, this is what makes me tick when it comes to serving our seniors…   
If I can be of service to your efforts; please do not hesitate to contact me.   
Best regards,   
Al Bagocius 
Director of Care

Extension Home Care 





Do you know someone who is highly energetic, loves helping others and would appreciate working for a company that’s employee centric?


Extension Home Care is looking to fill immediate CNA positions for our patients.

You can now refer those kinds of “thumbs up” people you know to our office manager, Traci. Traci can be reached at or call 904.375.8267 for immediate consideration.

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        “A Day of Remembrance”

Very close to our hearts is 9/11. This year we are remembering the 15th anniversary of this savage act of terrorism that ended almost three thousand lives and injured over 6,000 others. 

Presentation of Colors. Mayport Naval Station Color Guard

Opening Remarks, Introduction of Jerry Guadagno, Guest of Honor. Jerry lost his son, Richard, on 9/11 on Flight 93. Al Bagocius, Director of Care, Extension Home Care

Opening Prayers. William Hesse, Chaplain

America: A land of Heroes on-call and the many untrained and unexpected heroes that rise from tragedy.  Joe Snowberger, Commodore of the USS Adams Museum

Perspectives of First Responders on the Home Front. Chief Robert Hardwick, Chief of Police of Saint Augustine Beach

Personal Reflections, Close to Home. Michael Dibella, Vitas Representative

Audience Questions and Comments

Closing Remarks. Al Bagocius

Benediction. William Hesse Chaplain

Lunch will follow; Special thanks to Michael DiBella and Vitas for underwriting our luncheon meal

A grateful and sincere appreciation to our speakers, the  Mayport Naval Station Color Guard and the staff of The Players Community Senior Center; Maria Ashton and Darlene Mahany



Al Bagocius

Cell: 904.553.9539

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Here in Clay and Duval Counties, there is a tremendous resource for small businesses. When considering that all businesses are people businesses; Marteal Lamb leads the charge in developing, growing and protecting your business.

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Marteal at her office, where I gained insights into how Marteal helps small businesses become more successful and better protected in the market place.

Here’s Marteal in her own words…

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I provide information and consultations about whether this is right for your business or personal needs. Business owners with 6 or more employees can qualify for a free online business listing as well.

Here are four links that define Marteal’s value to your small businesses and after reviewing them;  Marteal invites your inquiries. Marteal willbe delighted to offer you proven ways to grow and protect your business. Marteal can be reached at


Al Bagocius

Cell: 904.553.9539




Sgt Randall Hansen USMC, a veteran of two combat tours of duty in Fallujah, Iraq. He returned suffering from PTSD and succumbed to the demons that haunted him. Randall was a resident of Jacksonville. He was a graduate of Fletcher HS, became a student at UNF, before being deployed again to combat in Iraq.

Regarding our fallen heroes; memorializing those who fell on the battlefield of war and not those who post facto fought the good fight and lost their lives on the battlefield of  PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)…What say you? 

Consider this from Jarrod Smith;  Director of Operations, Irreverent Warriors of Jacksonville FL, “Statistics show veterans take their lives, at the rate of 20 per day, 6 of those lost, were in VA care for at least one year, prior to their death; the other 14 were not. The Veterans Affairs Department is ratcheting up efforts to address the high rate of suicide. They are bringing in mental health experts, affected families and advocates to help formulate a plan. Although this is a step in the right direction it is not enough. It is incumbent upon all Americans; veterans, families, friends, citizens – along with the agencies of government, to overcome all barriers and to bring the needed public attention to this tragedy. Many suicides are preventable…. One veteran suicide is one too many.” 


My guest blogger on this subject is Robert (Bob)  Adelhelm  LtCol USMC, retired. Here’s Bob in his own words…

“The below is from a Gold Star Mom…We need to deal with this issue right here in Jax; this is what the Sgt Hansen effort is all about.  Adding him to the wall/ bringing attention to this issue.  One would think Jacksonville as a Military and Veteran heavy community would be setting the example for others to follow.

A story has recently been published about a Marine who was stationed at Camp Pendleton and committed suicide due to the PTSD he endured after returning from his deployment in Afghanistan. After the Marines death, his mother attempted to get his name engraved on a local memorial for fallen soldiers. The memorial denied her request, explaining that it only engraves the names of soldiers that appear in the Department of Defenses official list of those who died in combat. Despite her best efforts of fighting to get her sons name on the wall, the grieving mother did not succeed in getting the memorial to look past this policy.

Unfortunately, many other military families share a similar story. Over the last year, more US service members were found to have taken their own lives than killed in combat. Yet, soldiers who die as a result of illness triggered by PTSD and/or suicide are not included on the memorial walls across this country that claim to honor all veterans. I find this issue incredibly troubling and something that needs to be addressed.

It is troubling and we need to address it. Sgt Hansen’s family is one of those families right here in Jacksonville. The system let their son down and one can only hope and pray  their community will not do the same.  

Unlike the mentioned memorial that only allows combat deaths to be engraved, Jacksonville allows anyone who died or was killed while on active duty regardless of whether in was combat related.  It also seems here in Jacksonville we have allowed active duty servicemen who did not have a home of record from Jacksonville to be engraved on our wall.  Maybe it is time we start including those from Jacksonville who served honorably and succumbed to PTSD to be engraved and remembered for their service. They should not be forgotten for there service; like Sgt Hansen many of them were combat Veterans with multiple combat tours as trigger pullers.

The city needs to add Sgt Hansen USMC to the wall and consider all those who have succumbed to the invisible wounds of war.  


Let our Mayor know these Veterans need to be recognized for their service and sacrifice on the Veterans Memorial Wall.”

Consider signing Jerrod’s petition to honor Sgt Randall Hansen…



Both Bob and Jerrod are members of Vets4Vets Jacksonville. Please like their Facebook page and offer your support at


Al Bagocius

Cell: 904.553.9539





Here’s a question I asked my fellow members in my LinkedIn Groups…”If customers are loyal to a brand or a business because they are emotionally attached to you, then…What would be your suggestions for building those emotional connections with your customers?”


Scott Schilbrack, the man from C.A.R.E. (Customers Are Really Everything) has a few suggestions…

“You have to put some feeling into it! And treat people like family. Customers can instinctively smell a phony. Find a few causes that you truly believe in and are inline with your brand, supporting local fire and police departments is a good one for an insurance agency, supporting efforts to do business with other locally owned businesses is especially good if you are one, and pour your heart into making a real difference to those organizations. When your values and charitable efforts are sincere and in-line with your clients they will feel it and appreciate it. Consistency in contributing is step 2. And spanning time is step 3. Each is easier said than done. They get progressively harder but bear greater fruit.”

Scott posted great “stuff” here! Treating customers like family!


I am reminded of one of my customers …Gartner- the world’s largest IT/CIO consultancy firm. I connected them with local schools and many non profit organizations. I helped them distribute their old office equipment & supplies to these organizations…They redid their employee gym and donated their old gym equipment to a local high school’s football team.

Making your customers look good in their community goes a long way in keeping yourself on your customer’s radar for future business!

Al Bagocius

Cell: 904.553.9539

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One of the greatest Pleasures I have using social media is sharing the successes as well as the needs of my friends.

One such person is my friend Randy Amos; not only a long time friend but a mentor…

Many of us have gone through career transitions and started new businesses and to that end…I am sharing my social media space with my friend Randy…


Here’s Randy in his own words…


I am excited to let you know I am now associated with EXIT REAL ESTATE GALLERY here in Northeast Florida. 
For many years I owned a very successful chain of auto parts warehouses that stretched from Coast to Coast.  As such, I was deeply involved with a great deal of  real estate transactions.  Bargaining and Negotiations were a staple of these transactions.  I learned how to work with people to secure the best deal for my company and a fair transaction for all involved. 

I now bring this skill set to my clients in the Real Estate business. 

Please visit my webpage www.AmosSellsHomes.Com and you will be able to explore almost 10,000 homes that are now listed in the Northeast Florida market. You can search the MLS site as if You Are A Realtor !

I am offering You a FREE Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) so you can have a good idea of the value of your home.  

Thanks for taking the time to read this message. The nature of a good real estate transaction is that EVERYBODY WINS, so please take a few minutes and browse my webpage. I hope it enhances your knowledge of our local Real Estate market.

Please contact me by email at: or my Direct Telephone Line 904-868-2579.



“Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly.  It comes as a by product of providing a useful service.” 
          Quote From Legendary Leader and Auto Maker- HENRY FORD

“Marketing Specialist &
Real Estate Counselor”
Direct: (904) 868-2579

Be sure to drop Randy a congratulatory line or two…Randy’s e-mail address is 


Al Bagocius

Cell: 904.553.9539