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7 not-so-obvious ways to be bold in business

7 not-so-obvious ways to be bold in business

  BOLD:  Showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.  That’s according to the New Oxford American Dictionary. Being bold in life and in business is something I aspire to on a daily basis.  In fact, I uphold it so much that in order to remind myself to be bold, many years ago ...
How to face fear by starting with “what if?”

How to face fear by starting with “what if?”

When I was a little girl, I was a worrywart!  I was famous for all of my “what if” questions What if I get sick?  What if the other kids pick on me?  What if I don’t do well on the test?  My Mom had her work cut out for her because she would constantly ...
5 tips to embrace change in a fast-paced world

5 tips to embrace change in a fast-paced world

When it comes to owning a business, learning to embrace change is a necessary skill.  Especially in retail when dealing with the public — just when you think you’ve seen it all — someone will throw you for a huge loop. I used to stress about it — or lose my temper — but over ...
How Focus leads to progress

How Focus leads to progress

Happy New Year!  2020 is going to be Epic.  I’ve said that several times and it’s true.  How do I know?   Because we all have the power to make of things what we will.  Regardless of our circumstances and hardships, we can always choose how to respond.  We can always decide where and how ...
It’s all a matter of perspective

It’s all a matter of perspective

This is a personal story — from my perspective.  It was a cold, clear night after work, and we finally made it downtown for the outdoor holiday market.  Detroit was all aglow with colorful lights, a huge tree, and people ice skating in Campus Martius.  It was beautiful and festive!  But ...
Why are we so obsessed with scaling in business?

Why are we so obsessed with scaling in business?

In case you don’t hang out in corporate boardrooms or watch episodes of Shark Tank, ‘scaling’ in business is a trending topic! Merriam Webster says: ’Scale’ is increasingly being used as shorthand for ‘scale up’ (“to grow or expand in a proportional and usually ...
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 ...

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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. 

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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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