The Twinkie Takedown

Denny’s, Papa John’s, Hostess Twinkie…These companies highlight concerns about government regulation, intervention, and growing fears about the impact of healthcare costs. As Hostess employees look for new jobs, let’s start a conversation about what this mean to YOU?

Let’s start with healthcare… […]

By |November 19th, 2012|Employees, Politics, The Economy|6 Comments

5 Easy Ways to Rekindle the Passion for Your Business

Daylight Savings Time just ended. It’s 5 pm and dark outside.  All you want to do is go home and watch reruns of Modern Family.  I get it.  It takes energy and fizz and a sense of purpose to get up off the couch. It takes a passion for something bigger than eating mac ‘n cheese and searching for cat videos on YouTube.

Sometimes business sucks the life out of you.  You started a business because you have a passion for something.  Maybe its the day-to-day craft.  Maybe its the lifestyle that having your own business creates.  Regardless, life happens and your business may lose the luster it once had.  The passion that once drove you fades.  So how do you rekindle the fire?  STOP. Take a deep breath and try these 5 easy ways to re-energize your passion for your business. […]

By |November 6th, 2012|Making Sure, Running|6 Comments

How to Look Discouragement in the Eye

In business, you will have days where the plan, well, just takes too long. Or you have unexpected road blocks. No worries! That’s where the good stories come from. And, that’s when you count on your success skills to help you overcome disappointment and bounce back fast. Need some solid strategies for surviving the tough times?

We all face it. Superstar […]

By |September 19th, 2012|Human Resources, Making Sure, Webinar|0 Comments

5 Financial Survival Tips for the Suddenly Single

Perhaps you’ve opted for the stay-at-home lifestyle. You can get by on one person working and you are prioritizing children and family. Very cool! However, are you putting yourself at risk financially? Stuff happens. What if you were suddenly single? Would you be just fine? Or would you have to dig yourself out of a hole? Here are some tips for making sure you don’t leave your money outside when you choose to stay at home.

The Five D’s… Death, Disaster, Divorce, Disability and Debt are the big life changers. Be willing to have the conversation with the other breadwinner about what to do should one of the Five D’s strike. Now, the key is…don’t get all wound up about it. Just have the conversation. Too much energy around disaster leads to disaster if you subscribe to the Law of Attraction. Just consider, what would each of you do if you were suddenly single? Here are a few tips for getting through it. […]

By |July 23rd, 2012|Business Planning, Debt, Family, Making a Business Plan|1 Comment

Why Go Green?

See these handsome fellows to the left?  No, it’s not a poster for the film Benjamin Buttons.  It’s Max and Hot Rod, my son and husband.  These two are the “green-est” guys I know.  They love to save energy.  They love the technology.  They love to tread lightly on the earth.

Me?  I like all that and I love to make money!  So, is there any green in green?  Listen in and find out!   They share… […]

By |July 18th, 2012|Clean Energy, The Challenge, Webinar|0 Comments

The Solyndra Shame

In 2011, a solar panel manufacturer in California named Solyndra filed for bankruptcy and left 1,000 workers jobless. Solyndra would have been just been the story of a company that tried to develop a unique non-silicone photovoltaic panel and hit a ditch when silicone prices plummeted. The scandal that followed was because Solyndra received over 500 million dollars in a rushed, guaranteed federal loan. Some point out that this funding project originated in 2005 with bipartisan support during the Bush administration. Regardless of the start of this funding, the Obama administration took the torch and ran with it. They heralded Solyndra as a prime example of future of green collar jobs in America, made speeches, and stood for photo ops at the factory.

It is apparent that the Obama administration and the Department of Energy (DOE) put too many eggs in one basket with Solyndra. Critics show this as a prime example of Chicago-style cronyism and bad business sense at the taxpayer’s expense. At the very least, it was a hasty selection of a company to be a poster child for a larger energy agenda. […]

By |July 9th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Power of Gratitude!

Watch this free business building webinar as special guest, Lori Saitz and I discuss “The Power of Gratitude.” Lori lives and breathes this classic business strategy: Be thankful. Let your customers know how much you love them. I know I fall down on this one. I often end up spending time on the biggest problems and challenges and neglect […]

By |June 11th, 2012|Webinar|0 Comments

The Secret Power of Gratitude for Business Today

How a simple “thank you” can increase your revenue
Economic times being what they are, business people are leaving no stone unturned in search of revenue generating ideas. While the days of lavish parties and expensive junkets may be over, there is one very simple, inexpensive way to increase revenue. It’s a tactic that’s been around since the beginning of time, but only the smartest of businesses have used it to its full advantage.

Would you believe me if I said it’s the power of a simple “thank you”? Not kidding! Gratitude is THE key to success. Whether you’re showing appreciation to the clients you already have in the roster or pursuing new projects, the simple act of saying “hey, we’re happy to work with you and are grateful for your business,” has always been extremely powerful. […]

By |June 11th, 2012|Marketing, Sales, Women in Business|1 Comment

Do Business Owners Know What Their Customers Want?

Research Shows 90% Do Not…
What customers value most changes constantly, and the pace of change has increased exponentially with the economic recession. The businesses who become relevant by addressing what customers really value at any given time will be the first ones out of the recession.  That’s is what is discussed in my latest book, Relevant Selling, now available here.

One year ago, people were looking for financial stability in companies they were purchasing from because of all of the business closings. Now, on-time delivery outranks that because so many businesses cut back their inventory during the worst of the recession. With demand increasing, customers have more difficulty getting what they want on time. […]

By |May 8th, 2012|Marketing, Sales, The Economy, Women in Business|1 Comment

Be Making Money by Monday

Figure out how to sell something – a product or service – for more than it costs to create it, and you manufacture money out of nothing. Sells stuff for more than it costs. Create profits. Collect the cash. Pass GO and play the game of LIFE. A business of […]

By |January 17th, 2012|Getting it Sold, Sales, Women in Business|0 Comments