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Business success comes from a combination of vision, passion, and hard work.  All three are required or your business path will be rocky. If you eliminate any one of the three, you may as well close up your business now.

That train to success is waiting for you to climb on today. It’ll be chugging along as we share information to encourage you, to show you how-to, and to help you along the way.

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Gift Basket Business – What I Wish I Had Known

By Joyce | Jan 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Gift Basket Business – What I Wish I Had Known

In some ways, it seems like yesterday.  In others, it seems like an eternity. For me, the fall of 1992 was the beginning of a new business, a new lifestyle, and a whole new perception of operating a home-based business.  I thought I knew everything.  After all, as a SCORE small business counselor, I had … Read more

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Plan the Future of Your Business and Your Life Today

By Joyce | Jan 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Plan the Future of Your Business and Your Life Today

You are already doing it whether you realize it or not.  Every single day – every moment of every day, actually – we all do things, choose things, and experience things that impact what happens next in our life. When a new year begins, a lot of people – myself included – make promises to … Read more

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Business Spotlight- Mary Babiez-Thoughtful Presence

By Joyce | Nov 2, 2019 | 0 Comments
Mary Babiez - Thoughtful Presence

Mary Babiez – Owner of Thoughtful Presence For Mary Babiez , having her own business was a lifelong dream.  But she kept putting it off waiting until the time was right.  After working for Hyatt Hotels for five years and United Airlines for ten, she finally realized that the time would never be perfect.  If … Read more

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Are We “There” Yet? A business company’s journey

By Joyce | Jun 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many of you know that my husband is a retired forester – also known as a forest ranger.  When our daughters were in elementary school, we lived in a tiny isolated community along the Klamath River named Happy Camp. Steeped in history, fraught with lawlessness and haunted by the legend of Bigfoot, this settlement of less … Read more

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Creativity and Passion – A Vicious Circle

By Joyce | Jun 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may have started your business for many different reasons.  To stay home with the kids.  Because you heard that the gift basket industry was the place to be.  Where you could make lots of money with little investment and little effort. But that’s not most of us.  We started our business because we are … Read more

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Are you using excuses?

By Joyce | Apr 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Even I wasn’t around in 1912 when Jim Thorpe, an American Indian from Oklahoma, won the track meets for the U.S. in the Olympics. You can see in the photo that he is wearing different shoes and socks on each foot. On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen. Luckily, Jim ended up … Read more

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2019 Marketing Calendar Ideas

By Joyce | Feb 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

How are you marketing your business? Do you wait until October or November to begin marketing your business? If you think marketing begins in October and ends on January 1st, think again. Although the prime holiday season is the month of December, marketing for it should begin on January 1st and never stop until the … Read more

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Does Your Business Need a Website?

By Joyce | Feb 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

I’ve heard many business owners say they think they “should” get a website.  They’re not quite sure how to get one or what they will do with it, but they’ve been told that they should have one. Only you can determine if your company needs a website.  While making that decision, you need to consider … Read more

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Financial Steps for Starting Your Business

By Joyce | Feb 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Once you make the decision to start your business,  one of the most important next steps is getting your financial strategies in place. There are several things you should do — in no particular order.  Open a Bank Account You never want to mingle your personal money and your business money.  You need to keep … Read more

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The Zero Cost Business Startup Myth

By Joyce | Feb 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I talk at various small business events or tell others what I do, people are curious about how to make money working from home with a computer.  They seem to think that anyone can start a business for no money and little time. That vision is a myth. The reality is that it takes … Read more

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