Archive for ‘Business Owners’

December 31, 2011

“The Gift of Presence” by Ellen Palmer

“This year I was given a present so valuable that I couldn’t possibly keep it all for myself.   So today, I am paying it forward.

It all started this summer when I had a simple accident at the shore that resulted in a serious concussion.  I tried blowing it off, but ended up with a CAT scan and the following advice from my doctors “no activity and absolutely no multitasking until the headaches subside in a few months.” A few months?!  They further explained that no activity meant no TV, no reading, no movies, no talking on the phone, no running, jumping or playing, no computer and no working.   Seriously, there wasn’t much left except staring at the wall, sleeping, and observing.   So that is what I did, I observed the following:

1)    We are bombarded with noise, images and multiple simultaneous tasks all day. It’s amazing that we can hear ourselves think let alone be present to truly listen to someone else.

2)    We are rushed and we are rushing.

3)    Because we live in this rushed, distracted world, it is very hard to stay focused on who we are with or what we are doing at the time.  We are not truly engaged in the moment.

4)    If we aren’t present in the moment, we aren’t really listening and connecting with those around us.  We are disconnected, separate and often at odds.

5)    If we are at odds, we aren’t usually feeling happiness or comfort, but we are too busy to know how to fix it.   Good news ~ I now know.

Because we couldn’t have any noise in the house this summer, I would sit with my family at night and we would talk or play cards together.  There weren’t any “screens” to distract us and we had some of the best conversations we’ve had as a family.   We truly engaged with each other because we weren’t rushed.   We were actually paying attention to what each of us had to say!   We were present in the moment.  We all felt loved and that time together was one of the most rewarding, unexpected gifts I have ever received.

Many of us are missing the truly joyful connections that come from being present in the moment. Perhaps like us, you didn’t intend to be distracted or disconnected from the ones you love.  It just happens.   When life returned to normal after the concussion for us, we crept back into a few bad habits, but we now know what to do.  We took the “day off” together yesterday, went out to lunch and went to the movies.    We made time to truly engage with one another.

The holidays are the perfect time to reconnect.   Perhaps the least expensive, yet most rewarding gift you can give this year is your presence.”

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Ellen Palmer is a People Biz client that attributes her recent positive changes and insights to her participation in the Leading Change Program.  Ellen Palmer is a Holistic Health Counselor, LIfestyle Change Coach and Public Speaker. She works with individuals to help them achieve optimal health through nutrition and lifestyle changes. She address digestive issues, symptoms from menopause, weight loss, Candida, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes and other chronic conditions. Ellen also hosts workshops and does public speaking on wellness topics such as: Hitting the Restart Button~ Integrating Healthy Habits In The New Year; Healthy Foods That Are Making You Sick, Sugar And The Mood Food Connection, Wellness In The Workplace and others.

August 25, 2011

Jamie Rohrbauck Gives Business Advice on WRAL News

Jamie Rohrbauck, People Biz client and owner of Dust and Mop, was interviewed about the ups and downs of owning a business last week on WRAL News in Raleigh.  (Watch her full interview here!)  Inspired by her parents who each owned their own businesses, she started her residential cleaning company in 2009.

As an awardee of the M3 1000 event, she says she enjoys motivating and inspiring people to do better for themselves.  She started her grassroots effort by tapping into the local community and talking to other local business owners about how they’re running their businesses. “You definitely have to push through it, and there is definitely times when you’re not sure if you’re making the right decisions, which is why the Make Mine a Million organization is so important to me.”  Jamie reaches out to her fellow awardees to get feedback on different aspects of her business, since she knows they’re going through the same process of running a business.

Jamie is currently a participant in the Blast! Count Me In Business Accelerator Program designed and led by business coach Alicia Marie Fruin at People Biz, Inc.

We’re so happy for you, Jamie!

August 25, 2011

Karen Lincoln Discusses Child Talent Industry on KUSA News

Karen Lincoln, People Biz client and owner of Marbles Kids Talent, was featured on KUSA news in Denver last week.  (Watch her interview here!)  Her long-time talent agency, best known for representing Zachary Ty Bryan of Home Improvement, has been around for over three decades, and Karen was asked to give advice to parents who are looking to make their kid a star.

“We get the call [from parents that say] they have spent $2,000 to $10,000 to get this coaching and, all along, the parents thought they were having representation when they were not,” Lincoln said. “There are five agencies in town and most of us have been here a very long time, and those are the people that you want to represent [your child].”

Karen explains that it’s not necessary to go to LA and New York to follow your dreams of becoming an actor or a model.  Denver’s market, although different, can offer options, too.

“Eighty percent of our work in the Denver market is going to be commercial work,” Lincoln said. “So the types of clients that are coming to us are ad agencies, department stores, casting companies, catalog houses, manufacturers of clothing lines, producers, directors and project managers.”

Lincoln says that even though acting or modeling may be fun, it is still a business and kids should be coached in the areas they want to work.

Marbles Kids Talent provides talent for advertising projects in and around the Denver area.  The agency was founded in 1984 and was purchased by Karen Lincoln in 2007, and offers guidance and coaching for both the parents and kids who work in the commercial advertising business.  Karen Lincoln is a recent awardee of the M3 1000 competition, and is currently participating in the Blast! Count Me In Business Accelerator Program designed and led by business coach Alicia Marie Fruin at People Biz, Inc.

We’re so proud of you, Karen!

February 10, 2011

The Coaching Clinic: Coaching Skills for Managers

Two Day Course

Next Public course is March 31st – April 1st in Bellevue, Washington. 

The Coaching Clinic Brochure | Training Registration Form  

Coaching is the quickest and most effective method for developing your employees. A fun, highly participative and practical course designed to provide you and your managers with the tools and skills needed to become an outstanding coach. HCRI Approved Hours: 11.5 hours! Course includes a coaching session with Trainer Alicia Marie as well as a DISC Assessment.

* Learn powerful and effective techniques that help you seize daily coaching situations.

* What coaching is about, why it is effective and how to implement it in the workplace.

* Learn how to make the traditional switch from “Command and Control” style management to collaborative and supportive coaching.

* The use of behavior assessments and how they apply when coaching.

* Identify goals and create action plans with employees.

* Promote learning and discovery in your business.

* Accountability – what it takes and how to infuse your company culture with it.

* Personal Foundation – modeling “Real Power” in the workplace.

I attended a Coaching Clinic that Alicia Marie presented and was amazed at the knowledge that I gained! I originally signed up for just the PHR credit, but left with a whole new awareness of myself, those that I work with and am surrounded by. On a conference call with my supervisor and a few Execs’, we were discussing another employee and it hit me what type of personality each member of the call was! With this newfound knowledge I was able to guide the conversation so everyone was on the same page and I left feeling I now knew exactly how to relate to those that I support daily. I would recommend Alicia’s Coaching Clinic to anyone. I promise you, you will come out of this clinic with a new perspective in everything you deal with!

– Michelle Lopez, PHR , HR Director

February 3, 2011

Ask an Expert: “How to Name Your Business”

Join Alicia Marie on Thursday, February 17th @ 3 CST as she interviews Wendy Phillips with Big Buzz Brands on how to name your business.  Wendy will discuss the three rules for naming a business, different categories of brand names, the most common mistakes business owners make when naming their business, and much more.  You won’t want to miss it!

Wendy O’Donovan Phillips, president of Big Buzz Brands, has provided clients with marketing consultation since 2000. Wendy joined a Denver brand agency in 2004 and was named Junior Partner in 2006. Today, Wendy and her team offer branding consultation, marketing planning and marketing execution. Wendy’s work has been published in The Hollywood ReporterThe WashingtonTimes, several Tribune Company newspapers and The Denver Business Journal, among other publications. She has worked on such brands as Warner Brothers, Disney, TheMetropolitan Opera, Ultimate Fighting Championship and The Rolling Stones.  She has been recognized by The American Marketing Association and The Colorado Association of Black Journalists for excellence in writing. She has spoken in front of various dental StudyClubs and will present a three-day course on online marketing in front of the Metro Denver Dental Society in Spring 2011. Big Buzz Brands perpetuates truth and offers opportunity through marketing delivery systems that are precise and easy to execute. The company specializes in marketing for the healthcare, natural resources and affordable housing industries.

To register, call (512) 989-2230 or email rsvp@peoplebizinc.com.    

No cost to attend.  Reserve your space today!

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January 24, 2011

The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Have you noticed that when you allow the entrepreneurial spirit in you to lead the way – with passion, authenticity, purpose and persistence – you naturally express thoughts and actions of abundance?  You just know that all things are possible.

Our recent economy has been built on entrepreneurialism; it’s rooted in the unwavering entrepreneurial spirit of creativity, ingenuity, determination and drive.  Entrepreneurs live in a perpetual state of opportunity and they produce a powerful ripple effect of abundance for all of us.  Why is that?

I’ve had the pleasure of working with entrepreneurs and business owners for more than a decade.  It’s been my personal experience that entrepreneurs are particularly generous people.  I was reminded of this when I read a recent study that reported that 89% percent of entrepreneurs donate money (both personally and through their companies) to support charitable causes, while 70% also donate their time.  The majority of those surveyed believe that being an entrepreneur makes them more inclined to give to charity.

Entrepreneurs value individual effort and know that greatness starts with a commitment to personal excellence.  When you strive for excellence in everything you do, it’s then reflected throughout your company.  Because you live it, your staff embraces it. They, too, enjoy seeing their best come through in the work they do.

We see this spirit in our clients all the time here at People Biz, Inc.

  • Every Valentine’s Day, Shelley Capretto with Village Maternity in Seattle gives 10% of their sales to charity.  They have been involved with “Shop to Make a Difference” for 6 years, and along with other Univeristy Village shops, they raised $51,000 for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in 2010.
  • Diane Dean of Epiphany! Counseling & Wellness Center in Pittsburgh mentors counseling students au gratis.  Using these students, Epiphany! provides free counseling services to those without insurance, or those receiving medical assistance and unable to find a counselor.
  • Dr. Martha Pyron, MD of Medicine in Motion in Austin provides medical care for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS each year, organizing 30 or more volunteers.  The ride generated 600,000 funds for AIDS services in Austin last year.
  • Doreen Zayer, owner of Relax on Cloud 9 in Staten Island, opens her doors the Monday after Mothers’ Day for an exclusive spa experience for mothers and their special needs daughters.  Staff volunteers their time to give the girls special spa treatments such as facials, massages, and foot scrubs.   
  • Pam O’Bryant’s Keller Williams Realty office in Arlington, VA donated over $40,000 to the Arlington Food Assistance Center in November from their gala and silent auction. They also donated over $8000 last year to the Keller Williams national charity, KW Cares, which helps KW agents in need.
  • Each year at Christmas, Ed and Charlene Hoey with Meyer and Associates Marketing & Communications in New York lets staff members pick several charities to which the company will donate, such as Unicef, World Hunger Year, and Habitat for Humanity.  They also sponsor NYU students in conjunction with the monthly HSMAI luncheons.
  • Representatives of Bluebonnet Electric in Bastrop, TX were honored at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas’ 25th Anniversary on October 25th.   The company is listed on the Wishing Wall, a permanent display at the Ronald McDonald House, which was built in appreciation of loyal supporters and was dedicated at the anniversary event.

And the list goes on.

We want to take a moment now, as the new year begins, to honor you and wish you the very best in the year to come.  At People Biz, Inc., we are very proud of who you are and what you do for your community!

December 17, 2010

Ask an Expert: “How to Build a Million Dollar Business: What Would Your Business Sell For?”

Join Alicia Marie on February 1st at 2 CST as she interviews Brian Walters on business valuations!  Brian will discuss several points related to performing business valuations, including what information is needed to perform a valuation; what factors impact the value of a business; and most importantly, what you as a business owner can do to make your business more valuable, and potentially worth much more on the open market.

Brian Walters is the co-founder and CEO of Brian Walters and Associates, a management consulting firm based in Austin, Tx.  Mr. Walters has successfully changed the operations and guided the financial performance of businesses all over North America.  The company’s commitment is to be an advocate and resource for small, privately held businesses in Central Texas and beyond; to this end, Brian Walters has been instrumental in assisting small businesses to improve their operations and profitability by implementing solutions to issues that typically plague entrepreneurs.

To register, call (512) 989-2230 or email rsvp@peoplebizinc.com.    

No cost to attend.  Reserve your space today!

October 15, 2010

“Valuing a Business” – Case Study by Brian Walters & Associates

Under what circumstances would it be necessary to need to know the value of a business? Well, there are myriad reasons why knowing what a company might command in the open market might be a critical piece of information.

A divorce; the opportunity to offer an attractive remuneration package to a potential executive; the dissolution of a business partnership; to obtain a second opinion on a previously performed business valuation- these are all valid reasons why one might need to know the value of a business.

Brian Walters and Associates has conducted several appraisals – read about one below.

Client Specifics

“John Doe” was part owner of two companies- one an established business grossing approximately $20 million annually, the other a startup company that saw revenues of almost $18 million in its first year, and was projected to do 2 times that much the following year, with projected increases for the foreseeable future of approximately 20% annually.

Mr. Doe owned 20% of one company, and 10% of the second.

Mr. Doe had fallen out of favor with his fellow business owners, and the business relationship was ending. In order for everyone to part on good terms, the other owners agreed to give Mr. Doe a check for his share of the value of the company. So the valuation project was initiated to accomplish a few objectives:

  • The overall value of each company needed to be determined (and Mr. Doe’s gross share calculated)
  • The other business owners had already performed a valuation of both businesses; we were tasked with comparing the previously performed valuation with the one to be done by us, and justifying any differences
  • Mr. Doe’s share eventually had to be adjusted to account for 2 common discounts applied when assessing the value of a minority share- Discount for Lack of Control (DLOC) and Discount for Lack of Marketability (DLOM). An opinion needed to be offered on what an appropriate percentage was for both these discounts.

The Project

Performing a business valuation is an intensive, exhaustive process that involves several key activities, all of which are interrelated, and each of which adds another piece of valuable information to the overall objective of providing an opinion of value to the business.

A few are highlighted here:

  • Interviewed key associates in both companies to obtain a sense of how each company was operated.
  • Interfaced regularly with the bookkeepers and CPAs of both companies in order to obtain all of the financial information needed to complete the valuation project.
  • Recast the financials as necessary, making the adjustments needed to view each firm in an appropriate light and to make decisions regarding the valuation independent of the particular idiosyncrasies commonly seen in privately run firms.
  • Performed an intense analysis of the industry in which both companies operated, taking note of all trends and including their effects in the final appraisal report.
  • Conducted research on previous court cases involving DLOC and DLOM for the industries in which the subject companies operated, and determined an appropriate value for each discount.         

 *Note:  Even though this project involved scrutinizing court cases, we are NOT attorneys, nor do we claim any expertise in the legal field*

  • Selected several methods of performing the appraisals for each company, then weighted each appropriately in order to determine the most appropriate method for assessing value to the projects.
  • After an appropriate level of scrutiny of the previously performed valuation, offered an opinion as to why it was not appropriately performed, and why our client was entitled to a higher share of the business than first calculated.

The End Result

Due to the work performed on this project, Mr. Doe was able to receive from his former business partners a check in an amount that more accurately reflected the value of his share of the companies. He has now successfully divested himself of the untenable position represented by his former business climate, and has other business interests that he is currently pursuing.

Being able to supply such a critical piece of information for the client to assist in his long-range planning is always a great pleasure for the consultants at BWA, as we realize the importance of this function to any of the processes that involve needing to know the value of a business.

 

Case Study provided by Brian Walters, CEO of 

Brian Walters & Associates.

 

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