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Is it all about making money?  What every entrepreneur needs to know.

Is it all about making money? What every entrepreneur needs to know.

Students in my Leadership class often ask if business is — or should be — all about making money.  My response has always been an emphatic “of course not!”  If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know I believe strongly in passion and purpose.  My coffee shop was definitely fueled by a ...
Square up for your $8 latte?

Square up for your $8 latte?

An $8 latte may be coming to a local independent coffeehouse near you — perhaps it already exists in some places.  If you’re a retailer grappling with the Square fee increase, I have some tips here that may help you think through the quandary you are in.  In the process, I’m also going to ...
5 simple pleasures for the last days of Summer

5 simple pleasures for the last days of Summer

Cut yourself some slack from work today and savor the last days of Summer with a few simple pleasures. Yes, maybe school starts next week.  Additionally, you probably have a big project coming up.  Fall is Oh So Busy, and it’s right around the corner.  BUT, the time is 👏right 👏NOW to enjoy. Check ...
Poke life and make a dent

Poke life and make a dent

  “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you.”  Steve Jobs Man!  Does that quote hit you like a ton of bricks as it does for me?  For those of us with a passion for business and the drive to make a dent, there is ...
How to spread love in business by serving

How to spread love in business by serving

Is it enough to love what you do when you’re starting a business?  You love baking pies.  Designing pretty spaces.  Taking photos.  Creating logos. It’s a start!  You have a passion and love your craft so you turn it into a business so you can do more of that and earn a living at the ...
How to muster creative courage

How to muster creative courage

Creativity isn’t only the domain of painters, writers, musicians, and dancers.  There’s also a lot of imagination and artistic expression in business. One of the best parts of starting a business is the thrill of a blank slate and building something out of nothing, but how do you muster creative ...
5 Tips to Side Hustle Like a Pro

5 Tips to Side Hustle Like a Pro

Do you remember simpler times when people would go to work all day at only ONE job then come home and spend time with family?  I sure do!  When I was a kid growing up in Detroit, I remember neighbors returning home and sitting together on their front porches during the long, warm summer nights.  ...
Taking action on your idea & dream

Taking action on your idea & dream

It’s so easy to look at a thriving business that has been at it for 5, 10, 20 or more years and think that it always was that way.  You see a well-oiled machine with a great product, staff that knows how to do their jobs, and customers lining up out the door.  Strip all ...
Doing business on purpose

Doing business on purpose

When I started my business, I spent a crazy amount of time writing —and rewriting—  my statement of Mission, Vision, Purpose & Values.  It was time well spent!  At first, it was just for me, so I could clearly wrap my head around what my business was all about.  Then it became a tool ...
Why Pride Month matters to local business

Why Pride Month matters to local business

June is Pride Month, first declared official by President Bill Clinton in 1999.  “So what? Doesn’t apply to me.” you might say if you’re not part of the LGBTQ community or know someone who is.  But au contraire, Pride Month matters to local business — or it should!  I’ll give you 3 good reasons. ...
Choose yourself

Choose yourself

Remember middle school gym class? If your experience was anything like mine, we often picked teams for the sport of the day.  The teacher would assign team captains and they would take turns choosing teammates one by one.  There was nothing worse than waiting to get picked and fearing that you ...
Do you have good intentions?

Do you have good intentions?

I’ve long since stopped obsessing over what everyone else thinks of me.  If getting older doesn’t naturally break you of this silly habit, then owning a business should!  Every entrepreneur realizes sooner or later that you simply can’t please everyone, but it still is important to make it clear ...

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I wanted to take a moment to Thank You for your thoughtful talk; and for the opportunity to be in the company of so many successful and knowledgeable women. I am hopeful that you'll be invited back to Pastel in the near future to give more presentations, as I would love to hear more of what you have to say. Thank you again for all your support and willingness to educate women in business. 

Heather Helms, Gym America

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I wanted to take a moment to Thank You for your thoughtful talk; and for the opportunity to be in the company of so many successful and knowledgeable women. I am hopeful that you'll be invited back to Pastel in the near future to give more presentations, as I would love to hear more of what you have to say. Thank you again for all your support and willingness to educate women in business. 

Heather Helms, Gym America

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