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Business 101 according to coffee

Business 101 according to coffee

Did you know that there are some very interesting parallels and connections between preparing coffee for consumption and running a successful business?  I’ll bet you never thought about coffee that way.  But I sure did!  Coffee speaks to me in a special way because I am a coffee lover.  And I own ...
Top 6 sensory experiences in Traverse City

Top 6 sensory experiences in Traverse City

There’s nothing like Northern Michigan – Traverse City in particular!  More than just a lovely place for a quick get-away, Traverse is a place that enlivens the senses.  If you are a food & coffee lover, cook, imbiber, and/or outdoor enthusiast, engaging your senses is more than just a ...
Practical coffee cupping for real folks

Practical coffee cupping for real folks

Today I cupped a new coffee!  If you’re a coffee fan, but not an industry insider, you might be wondering what the heck is cupping?  Well, “cupping” is the way coffee pros prefer to evaluate roasted coffee.  It involves several steps and although it’s good, nerdy fun, it also can be cumbersome and ...
Get creative with cold brew

Get creative with cold brew

I’m one of those types of people that can — and does — drink hot coffee even when it’s 90 degrees outside.  For me, there’s nothing like the whole, wonderful aromatic ritual of doing a pour-over in the morning!  First comes the fragrance from the dry coffee grounds.  Then the enticing aroma that ...
Essential change in our post-COVID future

Essential change in our post-COVID future

Cataclysmic world events like COVID-19 make you reevaluate a bit!  You reconsider what’s important and what’s not.  What and who really matters in your life, or doesn’t.  How you want to spend your time; what feels like a waste of time.  Inevitably, life changes, and sometimes all we get to do is ...
The ONE thing small business must do in times of Covid

The ONE thing small business must do in times of Covid

I’ve been conspicuously absent from social media and blogging; trying to inform myself and process everything that’s going on in life to the best of my ability just like everyone.  My heart goes out to everyone struggling during this time; especially to other owners dealing with questions about ...
Best customer service tips from 3 experts

Best customer service tips from 3 experts

Serving others whether in business, health care, food service or everyday life is very noble, important, and difficult work.  Although it’s easy to lay claim to great customer service, the truth is it takes a lot of skill to properly care for, communicate with, and serve a variety of.  ...
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 ...

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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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