The Edge: Network Your Way to Success

By Jennifer Sugarman (This Column Ran on FloridaToday.com 11/12/2007) Oh no, it’s another one of “those” articles – about how networking is important. I can hear your collective sighs and visualize your eye rolls from here! But what if I told you that your business could experience an increase in revenue without spending a dime? OK, maybe a few dimes … Read More

Board Games: Access, Activity, Advocacy

By Anne Conroy-Baiter (This Column Ran on FloridaToday.com 11/5/2017) Fun Fact: There are more than 2,100 nonprofits in Brevard County. 2,100! (https://cpkb.s3.amazonaws.com/4297/55bb9ba6d5c3f.pdf) Given those numbers, the odds are fairly high that many Brevardians will have the opportunity to serve on a nonprofit board at some point. Board service can be one of the most rewarding things a person can do—helping … Read More

Exasperating Tenacity, Constant Learning and 21st Century Leadership

(This column was published on FloridaToday.com 10/21/17) By Beth Gitlin “If you aren’t actively trying to learn, no one can help you. If you make it central to your professional life, no one can stop you.” – Ann Dwane, Co-founder and Partner, Village Global. When I was a global sourcing director at Wal-Mart 20 years ago, I was THAT associate … Read More

The Importance of Shopping Small, Shopping Local

By Bobbi Whitmore From FLORIDA TODAY – October 15, 2017 Growing up in a small town in South Dakota, we had a vibrant Main Street. The community took pride in supporting the local small businesses (they were all mom and pop shops), I know because I worked at one of the handful of boutiques on that main street. Things are … Read More

Stop, and Step Away from the Business!

Stop, and Step Away from the Business! By Laura Chiesman (Ran 10/9/2017 on floridatoday.com) Business owners, and other Type A leaders, tend to accumulate multiple areas of responsibility leading to high levels of activity. We are busy! I think this springs from our focus on growth, and vision of sharing our solutions and passions with more and more people. There’s … Read More

The EDGE: Work Life Balance – Myth or Attainable?

By Tracy Stroderd (The following column ran in FloridaToday.com on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.) Work-life balance is different for all of us and can seem impossible at times. The lines between work time and personal time are often blurred. In an age where flexible work schedules, self-employment and contracting positions are more the norm, the distinction between the two is … Read More

In Business: Get Out of Your Own Way!

In business, part of what keeps us from achieving all that we are capable of is a cycle of negative self talk that I think we learn from going through various challenges in life. When we feel like we haven’t reached a goal fast enough, or succeeded in the way that we define “success” for ourselves, our minds start telling … Read More

Success: It Looks Different for Everyone

Success. It’s such a small word with big consequences. An Internet search on Dictionary.com defined success as, “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” Success can also mean accomplishing one’s goals, or attaining wealth, position or honors you have striven to attain. Success looks different for everyone. Of course being successful is what everyone strives for, but not the outcome … Read More

Find the Best ‘Work-Life’ Balance

The first time I really paid attention to the term “work-life balance” was during interviews as I was about to graduate from business school. Coming out in a strong economy when companies were actively recruiting from top business schools, I heard many spiels on work-life balance and corporate programs centered around the concept. The whole idea was to make us … Read More