The Business that PR Built

Although today’s tight economy makes it harder to outsource PR, entrepreneurs of all sizes and stripes will still need to launch their own outreach.  People who are not experienced in marketing spend too much time on one facet of PR. They think they only have to do one thing well to break through the clutter. It is a colossal blunder to focus on one area and neglect the other things that you need to do. 


Entrepreneurship: A Non-Profit Reality

In 2010, I moved to Florida where I had become a trained family court mediator several years before. My belief in 2010 was that I could construct a non agency providing affordable family mediation services with fees based on sliding scale. In this manner, I believed that I would “corner the market” with effective, lower cost mediation compared to the ongoing fees charged by attorney mediators that range between $300 and $400 per hour.


Thrival: Look Up and Away We Go!

Every so often a new company comes along and the only way we can respond is by saying: Wow! Thrival is about to change the way you see the world! Are you prepared?


Gender Bias In Startup Funding: How To Fight It And Win

​Gender bias in startup funding is pervasive and persistent. For a lot of budding female entrepreneurs looking to establish their own businesses or launch a startup, securing capital or funding is a challenging and sometimes very unfair activity as there is still a lot of gender bias from investors. Many investors view women as new to business and entrepreneurship as women were only able to get access to business credit beginning in the early 1970’s. After nearly 50 years, you might think that things have changed but, sadly, they’ve changed much. Today, as we move well into the 21st century, gender bias in startup funding is alive and well.


In the Persian Tradition All that Glitters is Truly Gold

As Owner and Creative Director of Shirin Chic Design, Shirin Barekatein is the only designer in the Northwest area who brings gilded beauty to the table, where her every design is steeped in the opulence of the Persian tradition.


AbsMap: Putting Good Contractors On Your Map

Who are you going to call when the garbage disposal backs-up on Thanksgiving or the electricity goes off over the weekend? Needing affordable help quickly is something we all experience. An emergency call to a plumber or an electrician could cost you that chunk of the money you have been budgeting to go away on vacation. Contractors might be everywhere, and yet…Are they dependable? Are they affordable? Can they get to your home quickly? Miami-based Abylay Ospan has come up with a solution. His new company, AbsMap features a mobile app that allows end users and contractors to connect with one another in real time. 


The “Self-Made Man”: The Model for Our Future is Us!

The debate about whether our species is in peril is over.  We must honor our ancestors by emulating their survival strategy, and their success.


Garland County Library

On my trip across America, one of my favorite stops was in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Coming fresh from the streets of New York City, I think I used to say R-Can-Zas, like Kansas with an R in front. Rocks and boulders lay strewn all over the sides of the road. Every so often a huge gaping canyon had been dug into the earth to excavate limestone, sandstone, granite or marble. There was a lot of rock quarrying going on. Some canyons were full of fresh, clear water, looked like small lakes, and were tempting enough to invite summer frolicking under the hot sun. The air is so dry that it will rob the moisture from your skin. Arkansas may be rock country, but it’s not barren of books.