by Hasani James, Owner of Exclusive Window Cleaning
As business owners, we all wear it. We have to. That professional veil that projects our most competent, confident selves to the world. The thing that puts mandatory grins on our faces and keeps the high-fives coming despite dismal sales forecasts, sluggish growth, or near-empty bank accounts.
The perception that we have it all figured out is as crucial for our own sanity as it is for our clients’ tranquility and our employees’ motivation.
Continue reading “Why Keeping Up Appearances Is The Only Way Forward”
by George Thornton, owner of The Homebrewer
The idea of starting your own business can be infectious. In fact, I often joke that entrepreneurism is a disease.
And one of the symptoms of this disease is the rosey lens through which we view our entrepreneurial partnerships. Continue reading “When Marriage Isn’t Forever And Your Business Might Not Be, Either”
by Lauren Passero Brookes, Owner/Operator of Kensington Cafe, The Haven Pizzeria, DEL SUR Mexican Cantina
I’m a woman, a business owner and a mother. That’s all you need to know about me in no particular order. And my story’s punch line is really an exercise in circular logic: Pregnancy turned me into a better business owner; being a better business owner made me a better mother.
Now let’s mix in a few more stereotypes and judgmental factors about my business acumen:
- I opened a restaurant but I can’t cook.
- I launched it at the height of the Great Recession.
- I try to make everyone happy and dread upsetting anyone.
- I opened a second restaurant when I started my family.
- I opened a third restaurant with a toddler and newborn.
Continue reading “Raising Businesses and Children”
By: Vilavanh Sanginthirath, CEO of Innovations City
After 17 years, small business owners are working directly with the City to create the right kinds of supports to help us grow. Spoiler alert: it’s how the City can invest $57,000 in small businesses instead of a large grocery chain, so keep reading…
Engaged. Excited. Empowered.
Those were some of my emotions as I was listening to each speaker and waiting for my turn to make public comments at the last City Council meeting on this topic. Or, for the fact-checkers out there, the city council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations committee – ED&IR, for those in the know.
Continue reading “Figuring out Council Policy 900-12”
By: Natalie Gill, Owner of Native Poppy
In my line of work, vision boards are everything.
One quick search for “floral design” on Pinterest returns millions of inspiration boards, for everything from magical weddings to gorgeous editorial shoots to stunning interior design.
So, it’s probably unsurprising to learn that as a mid-20s, floral-obsessed creative, I too had a Pinterest vision board. I called it my “mood board,” as in, “I’m really in the mood to leave my current soul-sucking HR desk job and be a boss lady already.”
Continue reading “A Vision Board is Not a Business Plan”