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Timothy J. Forbes, Founder of Frontenac Media ~ Wrote & Produced 3 Indie Films ~ World Traveler (Boston, MA)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

BSO: Tell us about the inception of Frontenac Media.

TF:

This came about because I had done training in web page design, and wanted to get involved in online media. I created a Catwoman fan site, with the intention of displaying my online media skills, and created or helped to create other websites. Later on, I began working on video, which I am basically self taught.

 

BSO: There is no typical day in the life of a project leader and marketer. Share with us your a.m. to p.m.

TF:

When I am not working with Best Buy, I will spend time working on the web site using WordPress, or write story outlines that will be converted over to a working video script.

 

BSO: What are your ‘can’t live without’ apps?

TF:

WordPress, Microsoft Office, as well as Vegas Pro 17.0 for video editing.

 

BSO: What was the best advice you received when you started Frontenac Media?

TF:

I really didn’t get any advice, but I knew from experience working in print media that I had to make sure that whatever I wrote had to be accurate, and that spelling, punctuation and grammar were of top importance. Integrity is also of top importance.

 

BSO: What are your proudest achievements, professional & personal?

TF:

Professionally, getting my three fan films and two major websites launched; they gave me exposure to prominent people. My proudest personal achievement are my children.

 

BSO: What are your favorite news feeds?

TF:

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and other alternate news outlets.

 

BSO: What are your most rewarding charitable involvements?

TF:

All of them, really. All charitable involvements matter.

 

BSO: Who has influenced your career the most?

TF:

Chris Notarile and James Cawley, independent film makers who showed me that it was possible to come up with good ideas for stories, and then see them through to completion. Chris, in particular, was able to make fan films for almost next to nothing, while James showed he could network with people from the original Star Trek series to produce new film projects.

 

BSO: What is your advice for anyone interested in sharpening their marketing skills?

TF:

  • Be aware of the world around you ֩
  • Don’t fall into a rut; stay aware of the changing world around you, and stay up to date
  • Always be attentive to client needs

 

Timothy J. Forbes, MDiv Biography

Born in Troy, New York, Timothy Forbes’ life has been one long, strange trip to speak of. After spending his toddler years first in Albany, and then in the Rochester, NY area, he grew up in Apalachin, NY, a suburb of Binghamton.

His upbringing in Binghamton was memorable, in that he received exposure to different cultures in an ethnically-rich area, as well as intellectual stimulation from an academic environment that benefitted from both the ethnicities and from having high-tech employers such as IBM. However, Timothy tended to cut across the grain because of his maternal side’s artistic traits. By the time he was 7, he had both an interest in being a cartoonist and in being a road engineer because of his interest in stoplights. The interest in the latter came about because of his visits to Albany, NY, which had many old-style signals.

His interest in cartooning morphed into an interest in print journalism, which led to his first major phase of his career, work in newspapers.

Around this time, he began learning the Russian language; two years before graduation, he took a trip to the then-Soviet Union (now, Russia and Ukraine). His secondary school years started badly when his paternal grandmother was murdered, so it was not smooth sailing. However, Timothy was involved with such activities as the school newspaper.

Upon graduation from high school, Timothy attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He finished off his education there by spending his final semester at Syracuse’s facility in London. As in high school, he had involvement with the school newspaper.

Timothy worked as a regional editor for the Glens Falls, NY Post-Star before taking a detour to pursue theological studies. He ended up in Boston and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1990. By this time, he was married and had three children.

Religious plans did not work out, and his wife died.

In 1998, Timothy began a five-year working stint for desktop publishers (Gould Publications in Binghamton, New York, then Thompson-West in Rochester, New York). During this time, he began working in retail.  He would work there for a decade. During this time, his interest in the world continued with four trips to Latin America.

He began his work with Best Buy in 2015, where he currently works as an Inventory Specialist.

His work with Frontenac Media is what has stood out. Named after the county in Ontario, Canada which lies by Kingston, Frontenac Media started off as a web site company that played off of Timothy’s experience in news media. For a time, he administered web sites for a Twilight Zone tribute site, as well as for actor Alan Young (1919-2016) and for the owner of Batman/Green Hornet vehicles.

His involvement with a comic book message board led to his involvement in video. In 2007, he began work on his first fan film, Batman 1969, shot largely in Ontario, Canada. That first project took three years and was released in summer 2011. That film utilized sites in Toronto, Hamilton and Strathroy, with additional scenes filmed in Saratoga County and Albany, NY, with a cast containing Canadians and Americans.

During this time, Timothy’s involvement with the comic book industry and with comic cons led to his creating a number of “Cat Blogs.” His second fan film, Batman: Onset of Winter, was completed in 2013. More recently, Timothy released his third fan film, The Conquest of Batman, filmed in Boston as a way to launch a planned web series. In 2019, he revamped his two major web sites by converting them over to WordPress, since those sites are heavily content driven. Timothy’s interest in different cultures and world cultures continues in 2020 as well, as expressed by his concern for indigenous people and interest in Armenian culture.

No matter what happens today, Timothy Forbes is far from finished! He currently resides in Massachusetts.

Edith Moricz, Founder of FastTrack2YrDreamJob 🚀💼coaching program~LinkedIn’s #1 Career Coach 2017 (Boston, MA)

by Wayne Johnson, Sr. Virtual Project Manager & Intercultural Specialist

https://www.linkedin.com/in/waynekjohnson/

Wayne Johnson is Sr. Virtual Project Manager, Intercultural Specialist, and Curriculum Design Expert with Advanced Automation Corporation based in Barrington, Rhode Island.

He lived, conducted research and worked in Asia for 14 years

He studied and conducted research in Western Europe, in addition to working and conducting research in Eastern Europe before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

While Springtime is usually a time for hope, renewal, and strength, the Spring of 2020 has put those qualities to an extreme test as record numbers of Americans are losing their jobs. Today, we talk to Edith Moricz, an expert job coach, who shares her strategies for job searching in the Covid-19 landscape.

 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

WJ: When we met ten years ago, you were Director of Development and Marketing at a non-profit organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Since then, you have launched a successful career coaching company. With so many people struggling to manage the challenges brought on by this crisis, what are the top things you recommend to professionals to quickly adapt and thrive in this environment, and even land their dream job?

EM:

Successful job searching has a few core components, even more so in these recent weeks: branding, narrative, job search schedule, and positioning. I work with clients daily on these components.

Based on my career path, my ability to quickly redefine my schedule and focus on targeting core online and offline activities led to my own success story.

I share each of these immediately actionable strategies and customize them with every client, step-by-step, and they achieve tangible results. All of my strategies are designed to be implemented online first, in the interest of immediacy, so they can genuinely and positively leverage the silver linings in social distancing.

 

WJ: As a private career coach, you launched Fasttrack2YrDreamJob almost five years ago, providing coaching support to individuals, remotely, by phone and video. You were named #1 Career Coach in 2017 by LinkedIn.

How is Fasttrack2YrDreamJob assisting professionals with their job search within the current climate?

EM:

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, I’ve offered complimentary 15-minute phone coaching consultations with three actionable strategies that can be implemented immediately toward landing a dream job. My comprehensive coaching program is usually five weeks; however, I now offer an abbreviated coaching program for three weeks. This program entails a one-day, executive-level coaching session that provides supplementary coaching calls over the following three-week period. I offer flexible payment plans and special rates to accommodate the diverse needs of professionals in transition during these changing times.

 

WJ: What should professionals who are looking for new employment, be doing while in isolation?

EM:

I think professionals in job transition need to focus on three things:

  • Maximizing their online branding;
  • Designing their efficient, effective job search schedule, and;
  • Highlighting their impact on organizations.

 

WJ: How can your clients best work on their branding in these times?

EM:

LinkedIn needs to be a significant part of their branding and success story. My program addresses core beliefs and problem-solving skills in detail, along with immediate strategies for seeing results as quickly as is possible. It is essential for professionals in a job transition period to use this time to do two key activities proactively:

  1. Re-evaluate your core beliefs about your life and career path, as well as your most significant skill sets
  2. Focus on 3-5 ways that you see gaps and resolve problems, both as an organization and as an individual.

 

WJ: As many of us are transitioning from brick and mortar to working remotely from our homes, our performance is now the only aspect of work that is important. What questions should professionals be asking of themselves in this transition process when looking for a new job? 

EM:

First, I think of these essential three questions:

  • What productivity goals are we setting for ourselves daily?
  • Using SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely), are we maximizing our value added based on our skills and experience?
  • Are we balancing our creative thinking with our strategic planning?

My own approach is to equate my productivity to 3-5 deadline-driven deliverables per day. There is a big difference between task-oriented work and work that adds substantially toward a more significant—deadline-driven—l goal. Most professionals have deadlines for deliverables for an external or internal client. There are also deadlines for increasing or modifying efficiencies in our workflow. There is also a new benchmark, content creation, which is mostly online and can be almost entirely leveraged through LinkedIn—in addition to other social media sites, such as Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

The final component, and an essential one, is how we are maximizing our creative talent each day. I firmly believe that it feeds our productivity. In any given week, productivity is measured by how significantly quantitatively and qualitatively we are moving toward adding value as professionals to our organization and our community.

As an example, I define productivity as both working on my coaching program as well as in my program. On it means updating my processes, creating more efficiencies and enhancements to improve the work I do. It means providing support for my clients across the board. Essentially, each client is at a different stage of the program, so there are distinct deliverables each week. My basic rule of thumb, with few exceptions, is to divide my day and week into parts—morning and evening are a combination of physical, mental wellness, and creativity. These pieces help me maximize my value-added.

My productivity is measured by the quality of the deliverable that I provide each client each week. I then switch to either content creation /branding or industry research. Among my industry experts or tools for insightful knowledge are the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LinkedIn, Entrepreneur magazine, and Forbes, in addition to research that I follow on the critical topics of interest to me within the investment industry, philanthropy and coaching industries.

Second, how are we creating efficiencies and or opportunity, that, perhaps, didn’t exist before?

Brainstorming and creative thinking are more essential now than ever before. 

Sharing ideas, knowledge, and bouncing around ideas are among the many ways to consider what’s not working with existing processes or products or services and how improvements can be made by leveraging skills, talents that come naturally to our team members or us. In other words, what are a few skills or areas of expertise that can be applied to the existing problems, or problems that your clients or the community will be facing and how can you initially test your ideas/solutions out while being efficient in the process? It may start initially with a list of customer problems that you focus on or bottlenecks in the existing process. When we put our heads together and combine our passions, inspiration to do good, and skills that come quickly to us, making a difference AND an impact flow freely. It also taps into our creativity.

I used this same thinking process when I launched RocketYourNonProfit.co fundraising coaching program. I did the same with BeyondSuccessOnlinebyEdith.com blog that I created in 2009.

Third, how are we each sharing and highlighting our impact on our organization’s goals or our impact on our talents, skills, passion, and expertise?

LinkedIn is the critical online professional platform for showing the big picture. LinkedIn shows our 30k foot summary. In other words, if you summarize your expertise, experiences, it expresses the top 3-5 problems you have solved, over your career, for organizations or individuals. When concisely described, your LinkedIn profile should showcase your skills, expertise in a way that entices professionals to keep reading about your accomplishments.

For my LinkedIn profile, I highlight my recognition from LinkedIn, my career coaching brand, and distinct credentials that support my work. In the body of my LinkedIn summary, the About section, I focus on my relationship management/leadership experiences in the financial services, fundraising, and academic industries.

 

WJ: Switching gears in the current pandemic and following up more on the evolution from working in corporate locations to working out of an office environment, what do people need to learn about working remotely?

EM:

Remote working is a cultural shift in everyone’s mindset. In its purest form it is called a ResultsOnly Work Environment (ROWE) culture, gorowe.com. In a ROWE, both employers and employees need to realize that work is a VERB, not a noun. Work is what you do, and success is based on your results. Again, this is a paradigm shift about what is “work” and what is “success”. For many, it is a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions. The gossip in the office should never evaluate successful work within any organization with statements like “what time did Siena come in today” and “how long did she stay at the office”. Work is evaluated by results—period. This pandemic has shown many of us that irrefutable positive results are achieved while not actually in the office. These times have displayed that the old notion of you need to be in your office, to be working, are long gone. 

In a ROWE, if organizations and staff set up clear goals, timelines, and metrics, they can work wherever they want, whenever they want, if the work is getting done! ROWE results-based organizations give employees greater ownership, and in these situations, productivity increases—a lot! Again, ROWE is a cultural shift, and one of the only good things that has come out of the pandemic.

 

WJ: What has career coaching been like given social distancing, and given the remote nature of the process you’ve designed?

EM:

Basically, I zero in on how to position each individual’s talents, skills, passions, and career paths using only remote access technology. This has been an integral part of my custom program since day one in 2015. For that reason, how I coach each client through Fasttrack2YrDreamJob is to seamlessly dovetail the client’s job transition in light of the current environment. With my five years of invaluable experience in remote coaching processes, after success as a leader in other fields, I have been able to continue to leverage the platform of remote accessibility to continue maximizing the opportunities for clients that match their aspirations and talents.

 

WJ: Edith, you began your career as a financial advisor, then a fundraiser, then a turn in academia, followed by leading as Director of Development and Marketing at a non-profit organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts. How did this path prepare you to transition to Fasttrack2YrDreamJob and using your tools and techniques to aid others?

EM:

My 25-year career path—in several organizations and, now, privately—includes financial advising, charitable fundraising, academia, and coaching. My fundraising workshops led to my partnering with several non-profits in Massachusetts, leading workforce development workshops with diverse audiences throughout the year. Most notably, I’ve been partnering with the Professional Development Collaborative, Inc. pdcboston.org, where I have been leading fundraising workshops for seven consecutive years.

 

WJ: Great! You were named #1 Career Coach in 2017 by LinkedIn. How do you feel about your current situation?

EM:

I am immensely “inspired” by each of my clients’ life stories, and I am passionate about being a part of their journeys to achieve career and personal success and impact the community and organizations that value their talent and expertise. I’m very excited and humbled that my mission to help talented, motivated professionals has supported so many professionals nationwide and helped them land their dream job.

My primary goal is to ensure that those in job transition can avoid the enormous frustrations, disappointments, and stresses that I went through historically, in my own career searches. My greatest joy is receiving that phone call from my clients, and hearing:

I accepted the job offer for my dream job—I’m ecstatic.

 

WJ: Through our collaborations, you have consistently focused on believing in the full potential of each individual. Can you tell us about that and the influence it has had on your customized coaching programs?

EM:

Thank you for recognizing that, Wayne. My coaching program’s success is based heavily on the value each person puts on their individual work and life experiences. My clients need to accurately convey their belief in this value, verbally and in writing, before, during, and after interviews. I emphasize this philosophy throughout the program.

The most notable lesson I learned from my job transitions has been the critical ways that talented, motivated professionals impact organizations and the community as a whole. In fact, I can’t emphasize this concept enough with my clients. This is a central theme in my coaching program.

 

WJ: How can interested professionals contact you?

EM:

LinkedIn.com/in/edithmoriczmba or 617-755-1772 or info@rocketyournonprofit.co

 

Claibourn Hamilton, Design & Art Direction for ClaibournHamilton.com

Design & Art Direction ~ NEW YORK

L’Oreal USA | M A C Cosmetics | Le Metier de Beaute Luxury Cosmetics | LVMH Fragrance Brands, Givenchy + Kenzo | New Avon

 

Claibournhamilton.com

IN THE SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

BSO: Since our interview years ago, please share with us ways in which you’ve 1) challenged yourself and 2) grown, personally AND professionally.
CH:
Since our interview several years ago:
1) Professionally, my performance came to an all-time high as a Senior Designer at Givenchy Beauty in 2016-2017. I managed the retail promotional design needs for the brand’s North American region. The role required me to juggle multiple creative tasks with an even higher level of detail. Since juggling & multi-tasking has always been a challenge for me, I set up accountability measures to ensure success from day to day.
2) My personal growth was enhanced when I enrolled in Momentum Education’s series of personal development courses in 2018. Working in teams, as well as group exercises,  I learned how to resolve breakdowns in every aspect of life. This sort of life-coaching taught me how to be more authentic, aware and vulnerable with myself and others.
BSO: With what you’ve learned about yourself and all that you’ve achieved, what are 3 pieces of advice you’d give your younger self?
CH:
With all I have experienced and learned in my adult life, three pieces of advice I would give my younger self would be:
– Be yourself…own your magic
– Speak up…express yourself
– Be pragmatic when setting personal and professional goals
BSO: That never ending ‘balance’ question (wellness, career and family). What’s your typical day look like ? Or share with us a sample of 2 days.
CH:
My work life is quite demanding, so I have to be intentional to achieve that ‘balance’ in professional & personal life. Being a workaholic, has required me to implement a hard start & stop time in my work day. This also includes walking out of doors everyday during lunch to revive my senses. I also I set up at least two days per week for a morning or evening yoga practice at home, using the Asana Rebel app. All of this has helped me be aware of my weaknesses so that I may reserve my resources to build upon my strengths.
 
BSO: To function at our highest level and to continue tapping into our creativity, Weekends should be restorative, physically and mentally. What does yours look like ?

CH:

Excursions to Beacon, in upstate NY with my Husband. This is our time to reconnect with one another, and with nature. Taking long walks, or going on a hike is usually involved. Having the luxury of escaping NYC from time to time would help to enhance our minds, bodies and souls. If we can’t make it Beacon, then we usually find ourselves in Central Park bike riding, or simply at the beach on Fire Island during warmer Seasons.

 
BSO: Please share with us what we can look forward to in terms of projects you are working on or your next exciting venture. 

CH:

I’ve worked as a Graphic Designer, supporting the 2D creative needs of visual merchandising for beauty & fashion; this has become my creative niche. However, I have never learned the auto-cad, or 3D skill set associated with the development of visual merchandising display units and store design; that is, until now….I recently received a certification in Visual Merchandising Design this past Summer from Pratt Institute. Since I regularly liaise with visual merchandising teams, it was inevitable  I would make this pivot. Currently, I am a design consultant at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics ; I recently migrated to the 3D visual merchandising team. This new phase in my career will give me the opportunity to harness my expanded creative skill-set so that I can create new design concepts.

Angela Giles, Business Coach | Social Media & Marketing Expert | Speaker | Author (Boulder City, Nevada)

Angela Giles is a self-made businesswoman, author, speaker and consultant leading people to their path to success. She is one of the most sought-after business coaches for lead generation on the West Coast.

As co-founder of YES! MethodTM, Angela offers her clients a dynamic program that is based on simple secrets for BIG results. She is committed to helping independent entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals accelerate their business profits and increase their bottom line. Since launching YES! MethodTM, she has helped her clients to achieve 6-figure launches and go from making mediocre sales to effortlessly generating $32,000 within a 6-week period.

Angela has a solid 17-year background with proven performance in business coaching and marketing. She also holds a bachelor degree in political science. It is this combination that has helped to develop her entirely unique and highly successful approach to analyzing consumer behavior and staying on top of an ever-changing industry.

She is a regular speaker on the topic of influential communication and marketing and her book From Mind to Mouth walks readers through the essentials of communicating effectively with anybody, anywhere— as this is the key (and often missing) ingredient when it comes to closing a sale.

Angela offers private business coaching and consulting, as well as select advertising services to a limited number of clients per year. Her passion is helping people significantly increase their revenue through added traffic, subscribers, clients, affiliates, lucrative strategic alliances and targeted media attention. See some of her testimonials at https://angelagiles.com/testimonials.

You are welcome to get in touch with Angela at angela@angelagiles.com

Specialties: Marketing, Lead Generation, Social Media Marketing, Sales Strategy, Advertising, Media, Coaching, Consulting, Training, Speaking, Success, Entrepreneur, Public Relations

 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

 

BSO : Since our interview years ago, please share with us ways in which you’ve 1) challenged yourself and 2) grown, personally AND professionally.

 

AG:

I have started doing some more speaking and using a new time management system.  I use timer and set it for 25 mins. I then focus entirely on one task with no distractions for 25 mins!  I only do 8 of these a day! It has been super effective for me to get things done.

 

BSO : With what you’ve learned about yourself and all that you’ve achieved, what are 3 pieces of advice you’d give your younger self ?

AG: 

Dont take yourself so seriously.

Save money every month for retirement.

Spend time with people you love.

 

BSO : That never ending ‘balance’ question (wellness, career and family). What’s your typical day look like ? 

AG:

Really it goes back to the 25 minute segments I utilize.  I also make sure I get a good nights sleep. I also have really incorporated eating healthy organic foods.

 

BSO: To function at our highest level and to continue tapping into our creativity, Weekends should be restorative, physically and mentally. What does yours look like ?

AG:

To be quite frank, I spend Saturday doing all the little things that didn’t get done during the week.  My husband and I have a date night every weekend. We have been married 21 years and it has kept our relationship strong.  Sunday is family and worship day.

 

BSO: Please share with us what we can look forward to in terms of projects you are working on or your next exciting venture.

AG:

I am building out my blogging more and developing a new course on how to actually make a SHIZZ ton of money selling an info product on line.

Nancy Boucher, Founder of Elegant Impressions Gifts |Collaborative Leader in Business Analysis & Resource Planning (Boston, MA)

 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

 

http://linkedin.com/in/nancy-boucher-32697874

 

 

BSO:  Tell us about the inception of your business, Elegant Impressions Gifts.

NB:
When I started my gift basket business (15 years ago), I had twin toddlers at home.
I left a successful career in Merchandising for an apparel company to take care of my infant twins.  That was a full-time job in itself, but I yearned for something to satisfy my creative and analytical instincts at the same time.  I considered various ideas that would allow me to run a business from home on my own schedule, so I could balance the needs of the business and those of my children.  A gift basket business was the perfect solution.
BSO: What was your typical day when you ran your business while your twins (now teenagers !) were toddlers ? 
NB:
When I ran my business while raising my twins, no two days were the same
Some days I would create new designs, order inventory, work on my website, fulfill orders, and a myriad of other things, typically while the children napped or after they went to bed at night.  I was fortunate to have my parents nearby, and they would often help with the kids if I had a lot of work to do on a particular day.
BSO: What are your ‘can’t live without’ apps?
NB:
I used MS Excel for countless purposes in my business.
 In my current role as Purchasing Director for the Carpionato Group, I use Optimum Control to manage our inventory.
I’ve used several other inventory management systems in restaurant settings, and I find this program is the best of the bunch.  It is very flexible, allowing me to analyze data in numerous ways, and it is set up very logically.  It was easy to learn and is efficient to manage the database.
BSO: What’s the best advice you’ve received as an entrepreneur?
NB:
The best advice I’ve received in my business life, not necessarily when I ran my business, is to not give away my power.
There are several books written on this topic, but all have essentially the same message: do not allow others to get into your head and affect your thinking in a negative way.
By doing so, you are giving away your power.
BSO: What was your strategy for building awareness of your business ?
NB:
The best thing I did to build awareness of my business was to form a chapter of Business Network International (BNI).  It took a couple of years of hard work to get the new chapter off the ground, but it paid off.  We built a coalition of like-minded business owners who helped each other grow their businesses through networking and referrals.
 I got a lot of business through this group, and I gave a lot as well.
Additionally, I built friendships that will last a lifetime.
BSO: What are your proudest achievements ?
NB:
Professionally, I’m proud to have been promoted to Director of Merchandising and Planning at the age of 26.  I ran a successful department of talented individuals, and we accomplished great things with limited tools available.  For example, we had no enterprise planning system, so I built a system from scratch in Excel, modeling a planning and allocation system I had used at a prior company.  We used this custom solution for years, very successfully.
Personally, I’m most proud of my children, who have grown into smart, caring, successful teenagers.
I’m also proud of the things I achieved while I was raising my children: I ran a successful business, started a chapter of BNI, returned to college to earn a second degree,   and ran a large school fundraiser for 7 consecutive years.
BSO: What are you currently reading ?
NB:
Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People by William Ury
BSO: What are your most rewarding charitable involvements ?
NB:
My father-in-law died from ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
For five years after he passed, our family ran annual golf tournaments to raise money for ALS research.  It was a lot of work to put together a successful tournament year after year, but we always did, and we raised over $60,000.
BSO: Who has influenced you the most ?
NB:
I had a female boss many years ago when I first got into the apparel industry.  She was brilliant – she had such a mathematical mind, and she was really strong with computer systems.  She recognized my potential and took me under her wing. I learned so much from her, and she promoted me through the ranks as she progressed as well.  I have kept her in mind all these years, and use her example in whatever role I may be in at the time.
BSO: What’s your advice for starting a business ?
NB:
▪️Do you research.
▪️Have a plan.
▪️What are the realistic costs to get started?
▪️What is a realistic sales forecast?
▪️Assume your expenses will be higher than you think, and income lower than you think.
If you are prepared for that scenario, you will buy yourself time to get your business cranking.

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