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Unknown-7.jpgThere is no better time than the start of a new year to take stock of life’s goals and to set new intentions. We spoke with Lee Weinstein, author of Write, Open, Act: An Intentional Life Planning Workbook about how to do just that! Owner of a PR firm, he talks applying business goals to personal life and vice versa.

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Lyon Porter, owner of Brookly's Urban Cowboy B&B, shares his thoughts on why being a small business owner is so rewarding.

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Jennie's reusable dry-cleaning bag, The Green Garmento, is used in over 1000 dry-cleaning chains and by hoteliers across 25 countries. Jennie and her products have been featured in the New York TimesThe Today Show and on Shark Tank, and have won awards from the hospitality and housewares industries. Most impressively, thanks to her reusable dry-cleaning bag that doubles as a duffle, Jennie aims to cut single-use plastic-bag waste by a whopping 300 million pounds per year! 

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What’s on your mind right now? We know folks who work for themselves have plenty to say about the business of doing business. That’s why we want to share your insights, ideas and best practices. Today we hear from Sherrie Bainer, Head of Sales for GRACEDBYGRIT, a multimillion-dollar women’s athletic apparel company with a dedication for giving back to women and the community.

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When Desiree Wood started training to become a professional truck driver, her goal was simple: The single mom of two grown kids (and grandma to six) wanted to work hard and make a solid, dependable living. Read on to learn more of her "Backing You" story.

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Jessica Bruno and her extended family know all about running a family business. In fact, the Bruno’s Organic Bread of Heaven bakery, based in Gary, IN, takes the concept of “family business” to a whole new level. In 2014, Jessica’s dad started the organic, vegan, Kosher, nut- and soy-free bakery with one goal in mind. He wanted to build an economically sound business to provide jobs for Jessica and her nine siblings, plus all their spouses and children – and help support their local ministry. 

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What’s on your mind right now? We know folks who work for themselves have plenty to say about the business of doing business. That’s why we want to share your insights, ideas and best practices. Today, we’re spending a few minutes with Kimberly Caccavo. Kimberly and Kate Nowlan are cofounders of GRACEDBYGRIT, a multimillion dollar company selling premium athletic wear for women. GRACEDBYGRIT has more than 50,000 loyal customers and a rock-solid reputation for giving back to local charities and national organizations, so it’s hard to believe Kimberly and Kate once had to rely on sheer grit -- along with an unwavering belief in their business -- to even get the company off the ground.

 

Here, Kimberly recalls those tough early days of pitching the business to a room of mostly male investors, all with very little interest in doling out dollars to a company led by women.  

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It's a new year, a new you and a new era for *your* business. What's it going to be this go around the sun? Are you looking to expand your market, increase supply, hire your first employee, bring in brand-new clients or take over the world?

 

Do some future tripping with us right here in the QB Community!

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If you’re pro-resolutions, tell us about your goals for 2018. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one!

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"Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It's hard work that makes things happen. It's hard work that creates change."

-- Shonda Rhimes 

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Maybe your greatest appreciation is for the folks who’ve helped you along the way. Who do you want to thank this holiday season?

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We’ve asked business owner and consultant Sarah Harrison to share some practical ideas for turning business dreams into reality. Sarah’s wisdom comes from experience: This former product-team manager left her full-time job feeling burned-out and exhausted. When she decided to start working for herself, Sarah applied the same systems she used successfully during her career to to create systems for her own goal-setting, planning and accountability. Here, Sarah explains her tried-and-tested strategies for setting and achieving goals in your business -- or even in your life. 

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Happy Friday, QB Community!

Welcome to our round-up of inspiring and thought-provoking conversations happening in our community this week. Click the links below to see what you may have missed. You just might find the information you’ve been looking for!

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What’s on your mind right now? We know folks who work for themselves have plenty to say about the business of doing business. That’s why we want to share your insights, ideas and best practices. Today, we’re spending a few minutes with Outlaw Soaps founder Danielle Vincent. Danielle has successfully launched and run three crowdsourcing campaigns through Kickstarter and Kiva, a community-based lending program.

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Julie Gordon White is an author and entrepreneur dedicated to helping small business owners reach new levels of success. Specifically, the acquisitions expert and founder of The WELL, a consulting and mentoring business for female entrepreneurs, aims to help business owners build companies that are simply irresistible to potential buyers.

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In this "Own it. Every day." video series, watch Icelantic Skis Founder and CEO Ben Anderson talk about building his outdoor equipment business in Boulder, Colorado.

 

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