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Small Business Lessons

I had the opportunity this month to hear Peter Beaugard, Head of Brand Strategy at Dooney & Bourke speak at our local Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce 2024 Small Business Awards Breakfast. He spoke highly of Peter Dooney, his inspiration, and described him as more of a mentor. He then shared three business lessons he …

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Don’t Overlook Business Fundamentals

Don't Overlook Business Fundamentals

The first step of business fundamentals is asking yourself, are you creating and building a sustainable business? A sustainable business is one that can operate without you being part of the day-to-day. This is a business that becomes manageable and sellable. A sustainable business is what many business owners hope for, but hope is not …

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Culture: Your Competitive Advantage

Culture: Your Competitive Advantage

Most owners and leaders are so busy with the day to day of their business, it leaves little time to work on their business. I get it because it happened to Tony and me in the early years of owning our transmission shop. No words of wisdom suddenly made us see the light. We were …

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Leadership in Times of V.U.C.A.

Leadership in Times of V.U.C.A.

When business and life are good, leadership seems easy. When business or life is challenging leadership is more vital than ever. We are living in a time of VUCA, a concept that originated decades ago with students at the U.S. Army War College. It has been recently used in business management and leadership training. This …

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Women In Auto Care – February 2020

Women in Auto Care

This year’s theme is Performance Driven. I found my tribe. Women who are building leadership skills that help them grow both personally and professionally. There is a vibe at this event I enjoy. Women from all areas of the auto care industry in one room who are making a difference in the industry. Getting different …

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Leadership and Your Word

Leadership and Your Word

Keep It Simple Small business owner have a lot to focus on. Here’s a way to keep it simple. Each year I choose a word that represents what I will focus on that year. This year it’s “Self-Care.” I’m not big on resolutions defined as (To start or stop doing something) Understand, I thrive on …

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