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

One Step Ahead: Internships, Job Shadows, and Mentorships

One Step Ahead: Internships, Job Shadows, and Mentorships As a teenager, I was lucky enough to be hand selected for an internship at an international corporation headquartered in Western New York. Envisioning power suits and power lunches, hobnobbing with captains of industry, I was dismayed to be ushered into a windowless room with my humble brown bag lunch, where I … Read More

Entrepreneurship At All Ages

I have embraced entrepreneurship since I was a little girl. At age 10, I had a newspaper route in Alaska and won awards for top sales and great customer service. I learned early to fundraise by getting people to pledge money to non-profits for my bike-a-thons, skate-a-thons and beauty pageants. At 15, I was crowned Miss Hospitality for the state … Read More

What Factors Trigger Motivation for You?

Motivation is powerful and puzzling. It is defined simply as the desire to do things. Why can something so simple make life so complicated? At times, it can be a fleeting desire – difficult to recapture once it is lost. This is particularly true after a major setback or working toward a long-term goal. It happens to the best of … Read More

Water Cooler Talk: Be a Trusted Source for Your Employees

Did you know employers rank as the most credible source of information on political and public policy issues – more than political parties, labor unions and the news media? Polling from the nonpartisan group Business-Industry Political Action Committee, or BIPAC, indicates a 2-to-1 margin of employees want their employer to share important policy information with them. Perhaps most importantly, 65 … Read More