Monday, July 30, 2018

Dear Women Entrepreneurs, (yes, you)

How many opportunities come your way to learn from and connect with other women who have a serious desire to hear straight from the pros, the ones who are experiencing high levels of business growth and learn from them? What did they do to ascend to the next level? What was the tipping point in public relations? Was there one thing in marketing that taught them a valuable lesson you'll also want to know about?

Here's your opportunity. I imagine, like me, you're used to seeing conference registration prices that exceed what you feel is a reasonable investment for your business. That's one reason to check out She Creates Business 2018.

We intentionally kept ticket prices at a level you can easily afford. If you missed the early bird discounted prices, tickets are still under $100. Yes, you heard me correctly, and until August 8th, they're under $95!

What do you get for that price? You'll hear from The Zimmerman Agency, the PR and advertising firm that ranks #1 in Florida and ranks in the top 5 in the US. Then, there's the rising star in video marketing, Montina Portis, who is traveling the country making video marketing hotter than hot! But, that's not all, folks. Wait 'til you hear from marketing and PR experts in 8 different businesses and editors-in-chief from two regional magazines. Who knows? Maybe they'll decide to feature your business before the day is over. 

Want me to share how we'll wind up the day? Ever heard of Julie Bryan Moran, former ESPN broadcaster, current Lifetime TV Balance co-host, and a long list of other broadcasting roles? Yep, that's her! She'll be here too. Julie has a great story, being from a small, south Georgia hometown  going on to Pro-Sports and award show broadcasting. She's a hit everywhere she goes.

I'll be so disappointed if you don't join us! It's our passion to help other women entrepreneurs design their businesses to grow. We feel so blessed to have ticket sales going so well, and we want you to have a ticket too. It's now 24 days 'til She Creates Business swings open the doors to inspiration, growth, and connecting! You're welcome there, and we look forward to seeing you. 

So, you think the economy is all about those people in D.C.? Guess what?

I have an idea! Instead of depending only on the national news media to find out about the economy at home, how would you like to learn a lot about your LOCAL economy? It all fits together like a puzzle. Or, perhaps it's more of a maze! How and when does the national and international economy affect Thomasville, and in what ways?

I'm proud of the Thomasville-Thomas County, GA Chamber for putting together Economic Impact 2018 for the community. What a lot of work is put into this!

Six panelists, each local experts in their field are preparing current information about the local economy to share at this event.

The panelists are Julie Bryan, real estate; Ty Turner, banking; Brian Wiebler, hunting and conservation; Bonnie Hayes, tourism, April Norton, Main Street; and Shelley Zorn, local professional economic developer. I'll be facilitating the panel, throwing some questions to them to get the answers that are bound to give you some AHA!'s. 

The Chamber feels certain that citizens will find great value in this event, so they're already thinking ahead to next year when they will feature expert panelists from other industries such as healthcare, education, or manufacturing.

Here's a clip from WPAX local radio with some insight to the event:
WPAX - Economic Impact 2018

Register now to attend! Here's the link for information and registration:

 Register here!
See you there!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Vacant House

I’ve believed for a long time that whatever we focus on is what we bring to life.
In 1990 I was living in a very small house and wishing I could afford to buy a home. As a single/ divorced mom of two, I sometimes felt like all I did was work and count pennies! But, at the same time, I didn’t realize that my circumstances were different from anyone else. It was just what it was.

Every day on my drive to work I passed a house that appealed to me. It seemed to be vacant. The house was not real special except it had a large yard. It was a ranch house with very little landscaping. I don’t know why I liked that house. Maybe it looked like something I might afford! So, every single day I looked at that house on the way to work and on the way home, wondering what the circumstances were about it. This went on for months.

One day there was a sign in the yard giving notice that it was bank owned. I contacted the bank right away to find out the details. It was 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, dining room, and a couple of acres. Long story short, I bought that house for $53,000. I lived on one income, but I had good credit and a good history with my job. It was still a long shot.

I am pretty sure I actually prayed about that house, although I can’t remember when or how many times I turned that longing and curiosity into a prayer. What I do know is this:
1) God heard me and knew what my heart longed for..a home.
2) When we focus on something there is a much greater chance the “thing” will come to be.
And, if God is in it, well, it’s gotta be a good thing. 😉