April 2011 - Domestic Violence and Drug Addiction

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND DRUG ADDICTION By Ester Nicholson Drug addiction was one of many addictions.  My first addiction was love.  No matter what the cost, if my attention fixated on one particular man, I would do anything to make him love me.  I look back now, and can’t believe the crap I a

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Hurry Up Already, What's Taking So Long?

March 2011 - Hurry Up Already, What’s Taking So Long?

  By Lisa Thomas, Hurry up already, What’s taking so long?!? When I'm standing in a room full of professional  and business women speaking on this subject, I often say, " you know..... "patience" .....my fellow leaders,      really is a virtue!!!" Read on! I’d gotten a

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March 2011 - Police Your Own Business! Three Things to Watch for That Could Get Your Business Issued a Warning Ticket.

Police Your Own Business! Three Things to Watch for That Could Get Your Business Issued a Warning Ticket By Chia-Li Chien It was a sunny, early spring day and we were on our way to the North Carolina Zoo. While traveling on Highway 49 and enjoying the scenery, we noticed a state trooper. Su

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March 2011 - From WIIFM to WIIFU. Effective communication to your end-users and stakeholders

By Chia-Li Chien From publicly traded large companies, to privately-held small businesses, thousands or even millions of dollars are spent annually on marketing. However, marketing is by far the most difficult business activity for which to measure return on investment (ROI). In today’s multi-m

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February 2011 - Too Much Lemon

Patience is not an entrepreneur’s virtue Chia-Li Chien | Dec. 8, 2010 Like most immigrants who come to the U.S., I continue to foster my own culture in my family, especially by way of Chinese food. When I first came to the U.S. at age 21, I did not have much cooking experience. Over the 22 y

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February 2011 - 10 Tips for Discovering What Comes Next!

By Jeannette Fitzwater So let me share a scenario with you. A woman is entering her “empty nest” period. She has been very accomplished and recognized in her area of expertise. However, for some reason, she increasingly feels a sense of unrest. With her new freedom comes a time to explore wha

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Twelve common mistakes to avoid when presenting to investors

February 2011 - Twelve common mistakes to avoid when presenting to investors

Chia-Li Chien | Nov. 16, 2010 I recently had the opportunity to be a mentor, deal screener and speaker for the 4th annual Angle Capital Summit.  Although there were specific things to look for as a deal screener on behalf of the investors, I couldn’t help but to reflect on an article I recent

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Featured P3 Pearl, Jeannette Fitzwater

December 2010 - Featured P3 Pearl, Jeannette Fitzwater

I had the pleasure of speaking with P3 Pearl, Jeannette Fitzwater on a cold wintry day. We both snuggled up to a candid conversation about her vision and passion for developing and leading others into their greatest potential. I was fascinated with Jeanette’s journey of success however what

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December 2010 - Where does the time go?

We all have the same 24-hour day. Chia-Li Chien | Nov. 10, 2010 Are you exhausted from working IN your business? Many business owners struggle to grow their businesses, but not because they did not have the right tools. Most in fact, have all the tools they need, but are not using them strateg

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December 2010 - An Observation on Leadership

An Observation on Leadership by Jeannette Fitzwater Do you visualize a typical leader as being clad in a suit and spending many hours in meetings? While I have to admit that I have shared some of these same impressions, I have had my eyes opened. As a participant of Leadership Maryland, I spent

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Food is Fuel So Fill Up with the Good Stuff!

December 2010 - Food is Fuel So Fill Up with the Good Stuff!

By Chef Shane Kelly I met with a friend of mine the other day and during that visit she drank a few diet sodas, and I asked her, “What grade of gas do you put in your fine car?”  She said, “supreme gasoline.”  “And, what would you think if I told you to put that diet soda in your tank

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The Last Time

December 2010 - The Last Time

By: Angela Harper I’ve always loved Christmas; something about the songs, the bright lights, and the overall spirit of happiness has always made December a joyous month. I was not one of those children who grew up believing in Santa. My father ruined the magic of St. Nick Christmas of 1989 when

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Market Updates: Watch Small Businesses Grow as Corporate Spending Increases.

November 2010 - Market Updates: Watch Small Businesses Grow as Corporate Spending Increases.

Market Updates by Chia-Li Chien Watch small businesses grow as corporate spending increases. I recently attended Financial Planning Associates (FPA) 2010 Annual Symposium & Sponsor Expo in Charlotte, NC. I attend the FPA Symposium each year simply to keep up with my continuing education cr

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November 2010 - Marking women’s progress

Despite widespread advancement since winning the right to vote 90 years ago, women can achieve more in the business world. Here’s how. Chia-Li Chien | August 27, 2010 On Aug. 26, 1920, after a 72-year struggle, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was finally ratified, granting w

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Thanksgiving Day Declaration

November 2010 - Thanksgiving Day Declaration

Thanksgiving Day Declaration By Rev. Diannia Baty For a few weeks now I have been struggling with getting my thoughts on Thanksgiving so I could get it down and bring it to life. For some reason that has escaped me until now I have been blocked and could not write about it. I am blessed as

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Revving Up for the Holidays!

November 2010 - Revving Up for the Holidays!

by Karyn L. Beach We are less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving. There is a lot to look forward to: big, yummy holiday dinners, parties, shopping for gifts, decorating, seasonal music and the list goes on. But for many people, the holidays bring just as much stress as they do satisfaction. So

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