Mission of Professionals with Impact

Mission Statement

Professionals with Impact is a show about
professionals that don't just have a job or
business in the market place but a mission
in life to make the world better whether it be
just their own back yard or for international
impact. On a "need to know" basis, everyone needs to
know when an outstanding individual stretches
to create a resource that enhances their
environment or the lives of others.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Professionals with Impact Interviewee sends out Law of Attraction, "Peace" Message

From Beth Caldwell, PittsburghProfessionalWomen.com

Hi Everyone,I have just finished up a 3 day retreat and I noticed something. Inmany of the windows I was browsing I saw signs for PEACE.I remembered a quote used in The Secret about Mother Theresa saying she would never attend a war protest, but she would be happy to attend a rally for peace.

I have been thinking a lot about all of the families devastated andseparated by this war. We visited the cemetery last week, and I was humbled by the number of soldiers graves there. What would happen if we all began to think about peace instead of war? If you believe in the power of positive thought, then you know what I am talking about. If you don't believe in positive thinking, then what can this hurt?

I have created a PDF for PEACE. Please print it out and hang it in thewindows of your home and office. Every person that sees it will think"Peace" if only for a momentWhat may happen? Please download the attached PDF and hang it in your window at home and at the office.Pass it on to your families, friends, and all businesses that you knowof.

Wishing you Peaceful Holidays,

Beth Caldwellwww.PositiveMoms. com412-875-5336

Find "Peace" PDF at: http://www.mediafire.com/?1nqoxm0ddrd

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Janet W. Christy, Author of "Capitalizaing on Being Women Owned"

Listen to a “Steel Magnolia” talk about
“Capitalizing on Being Women Owned”
Entrepreneur, Author and Crusader for MWBE’s and WBE’s

Janet W Christy Bio

Janet W. Christy is the founder and President of Leverage & Development, LLC, a consulting firm that helps Women and Minority owned businesses use their status to their advantage. The firm’s services include marketing research and planning, certification assistance, sales guidance, and assistance in government bidding.

Janet also works with government entities and non-profits in the development of programs for entrepreneurs and W/MBEs (Woman/Minority Business Enterprises). The firm’s services include feasibility studies, marketing research, grant writing, and operational plan development.

Janet is the author of Capitalizing On Being Woman Owned, a marketing guide for Woman Owned Businesses. This book was released in September 2006. She also offers workshops for W/MBEs to help them leverage their ownership status for marketing advantage.

Janet W. Christy
Leverage & Development, LLC
507 Bluebird Lane
Greer, SC 29650

The Interview and Topics Covered

This is a great time to be a Woman Owned Business
Generally, why is this such a good time to be a Woman Owned Business
What is the Federal Government doing to promote the use of Woman Owned Businesses?
How do State Governments encourage the use of Woman Owned Businesses?
Why is the success of Woman Owned Businesses important to cities and counties?
How do commercial enterprises address the use of Woman Owned Businesses?
Should Woman Owned Businesses market themselves directly to prospects or is it better for them to be subcontractors?
Why should a Woman Owned Business consider partnering with other businesses?
Is there grant money for women to start or run businesses? (Also makes a good opening question)

Second Topic
What is certification?
What are the general requirements to be certified?
How does certification benefit Woman Owned Businesses?
Which certification is best for a Woman Owned Business?
Once a business is certified as Woman Owned, do they just wait for the phone to ring?

Janet Christy Bio

Janet Christy has spent the majority of her professional career in marketing, sales and public relations positions. She has also worked on several economic development and technology initiatives in the Southeast.

In 2003 Janet formed Leverage & Development, LLC, a consulting firm focused on helping Small and Woman/Minority Owned businesses and government/education entities. The firm has several service offerings that assist businesses and governments in evaluating their assets and then developing plans to improve them and/or use them to accomplish specific goals.

In 2006 Career Press (Franklin NJ) published Janet’s book Capitalizing On Being Woman Owned. Janet has also written articles for several magazines and blogs including “Home Business Magazine.” She has made more than 30 radio appearance to discuss the advantages and opportunities for woman owned businesses. Janet has been named as part of the “Brain Trust” for the Small Business Advocate (http://www.smallbusinessadvocate.com/) and has been appointed to the Board of Business Credit Success (http://www.businesscreditsuccess/). She continues to speak and conduct workshops related to Women and Minority Owned Businesses.

“One of my main goals in life is to help women understand that they have choices in life. Helping them be successful in their business choices is one of the ways I can do this,” says Janet. That is why she often speaks to women’s groups and mentors other women.

Janet has worked on both sides of the procurement process. Her experience includes both preparing RFPs (Request for Proposal) and RFIs (Request for Information) and responding to them. She currently works as a consultant for Small and Woman/Minority Owned Businesses to aid them in responding to RFPs. She also assists government and education entities in the development of RFPs and the evaluation of responses. Janet’s firm, Leverage & Development, LLC offers a workshop to help businesses understand the culture behind government purchasing, the workshop is titled “I Want A Government Contract – I Think.”

Before becoming a Consultant and Author, Janet spent more than 25 years in the telecommunications industry. In late 1999, Janet, along with several partners, formulated, raised angel and bank financing, and implemented the business plan for a telecommunications company specializing in back-office and consulting services for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Virtual ISPs and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs). The group launched the telecommunications company and within less than a year sold the ISP portion to a publicly traded company. Janet served as Executive Vice President for Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

PWI Interviewee, Beth Caldwell Offers Free Networking in Pittsburgh

PWI Guest, Beth Caldwell's Pittsburgh Professional Women Offers Mostly Free Networking
"Professionals with Impact." Beth is a single mom with great website to help home-based mom businesses: www.PositiveMoms.com; watch for Beth's new site: www.PittsburghProfessionalWomen.com

Beth is a former guest on "Positively Pittsburgh Live," "Techno Granny." and "Professionals with Impact". Listen to Beth's interview on PWI at:
You can listen to Beth's extensive community involvement and also hear about her current businesses and many wonderful words of wisdom for women entrepreneurs, home based mom businesses and professional women.

Beth has a passion for helping women entrepreneurs and business professionals and also a great on line networking site: pittsburghwomensnetworking@yahoo.com with over 400 women participants.

Below is a release on Beth's newest business venture, Pittsburgh Professional Women:

Pittsburgh Professional Women is an online resource for business women in Western PA. The mission is to educate and empower women in business. PPW events are held North, South, East and West, and most are free.

Here are our events for December, please attend the events of your choice, and feel free to share this with other business women. Watch for the new website announcement coming soon.

Beth Caldwell412-875-5336Oakmont,

Wednesday, December 5th at 6pm.Women and Wealth,

a free educational program for professional women, small business owners, executive women, retired and divorced women who wish to become financially empowered. Presented by Pittsburgh Professional Women. Speaker: Lori Brinker, CFP.
Topic: Your Investments Can Reflect Your Values.
Meeting begins at 6pm at the Oakmont Public Library, lower level in the Red Oak Room. 700 Allegheny River Blvd. Oakmont, PA 15139, followed by informal networking at a local restaurant.
Please RSVP to 724-339-5312.

Greentree, Thursday, December 6thHoliday Open House benefiting Dress For Success Pittsburgh. 4pm-6pm.

Presented by Pittsburgh Professional Women. Join us for an open house from at:

Regus Executive Suites, Foster Plaza 5, 651 Holiday Drive, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Food and meeting space compliments of Regus.
Admission is free as long as you bring a donation for Dress For Success.
For a wish list, please email bethcaldwell@comcast.net. RSVP to 412-928-3227.

Monroeville, Friday, December 14th at 11:30am Women in Leadership Luncheon Speaker Dr. Nancy Mramor.

This lunch is presented by the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce and Pittsburgh Professional Women.
Open to all businesswomen. Cost $20.
Location: Tolerico's Restaurant, 2525 Monroeville Blvd, behind Monroeville Mall. .
RSVP in advance to 856-0622. __._,_.___

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Two-fer: Rebecca Lamperski, author of "Full Bloom" and Shawne Duperon of Shawne TV

Rebecca Lamperski, Author of Full Bloom, recent interviewee on "Positively Pittsburgh Live" used lessons that she had learned at National Associaiton of Women Business Owners lst Annual NAWBO Day during Shawne Duperon's seminar on Media Relations to generate publicity for another of her organizations, National Speaker's Association.

Reprinted from "ShawneTV Guide," a free ezinethat generates amazing news stories andconversations. Subscribe at www.shawnetv.com.© Copyright 2007 by Shawne Duperon, ShawneTV Inc.ShawneTV29558 English WayNovi, MI48377US

Lessons Learned from an Association

Rebecca Lamperski of Full Bloom, is a growthexpert. She created some pretty amazing coveragefor her local National Speakers Association inPittsburgh, under the most unusual circumstances.She was a live guest on KDKA after pitching aspeak-a-thon for the radio. Yep, that's right,the radio! Rarely will you see TV coverage for aradio event.

Here's how she did it:"The success really came when I adjusted theannouncement into an external press release tosend to the local broadcast stations, radiostations and newspapers.""Taking what I had learned from Shawne, I neededa hook - a statistic or an interesting fact totie-into. With a simple search of the internet,I found a new study about how much women talkcompared to men. I added that tie-in to my pressrelease, and it was magic!""We received a call from the local broadcaststation for an interview on their morning show -and they specifically indicated they wanted me totalk about how much women and men talk. That'show I knew it was the press release that worked!"Great job, Rebecca.

Here's the link to her interview.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Professionals with Impact Interview 8/16/2007 Carol Carmichael of Carol's Restaurant; Historic West End

08/16/2007 Professionals with Impact Interview
Carol Carmichael of Carol's Restaurant
Historic West End, Temperanceville, Pittsburgh, Pa.

The historic West End also known as Temperanceville is revitalizing and at the core of that with many innovative ideas is Carol Carmichael of Carol’s Restaurant and Hometown Sports Deli. Carol is a die-hard Steeler’s Fan and her local color restaurant’s walls are decked with Sports Memorabilia from Steeler’s history. Walking in to Carol’s fifty occupancy restaurant is like walking in to grandma’s kitchen or your best friend’s sports den.

Energy, personality, a genuine concern for her guests automatically emanates from Carol. It’s so easy to discern that she has a love for the West End of Pittsburgh and all of the organizations that comprise it and she has a heart for those less fortunate who are right in her back yard. Carol is dedicated to the revitalization of the West End as a viable local community.

Keeping with the theme of the movie line, “If you build it they will come," Carol has invented the Man Sandwich and the West End Club. These sandwiches are literally two-fers. They are large enough to satisfy a quarter back or a line backer and average size eaters will take home half for the next day. Each sandwich has two to two and a half pounds of ingredient and takes up a large plate. Carol’s dream is for some of the Steeler’s to lumber in and sample her hearty fare.

A local Pittsburgh tour guide told me that it’s a rite of passage for locals to bring their out of town relatives and newbies to Carol’s for one of her famous ginormous sandwiches just so that they can see the look on the surprised novice at Carol’s Restaurant.

Carol is open from 7 AM to 3 PM but is always eager to offer her restaurant in the evenings to be used for fundraisers and parties for her local clients and community organizations. She has opened for spaghetti dinner and hoagie fundraisers for many local organizations.
You have not lived in Pittsburgh really until you have rode the incline, quacked like a duck on our local “Just Ducky” tour and eaten one of the famous man-size two pound sandwiches at Carol’s. You may also want to check out Carol’s homemade soup and her homemade meatloaf and chicken parmesan

Saturday, November 17, 2007

EPISODE 14 La Vette Smith, Volunteer and Voyager, November 13, 2007


Cherished Journeys is a Travel Concierge Service that serves all categories of travelers to destinations all over the world. We specialize in Family & Group Leisure Travel, Special Events & Charity Cruises with a special focus on tropical destinations. Our unique Concierge Service offers the perfect recommendations and makes all the necessary arrangements from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

LaVette Malloy Smith an early transplant to Pittsburgh from Camden New Jersey completed her Undergrad and Graduate Studies at Duquesne University.

LaVette’s extensive business background is diverse and includes: 11 years as the cofounder and President of A&L Rentals a real estate investment co, 5 years as the Executive Director of UMOJA African Arts Company, 5 years as the Manager of the Multimedia Dept. with ANSYS, Inc. and a lifetime of experience as an entrepreneur.

Passionate about children, LaVette has dedicated her time to organizations such as: Court Appointed Special Advocates and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. A graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, LaVette knows the importance of civic involvement and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

LaVette has been married for 13 years to Alvin Smith, and she is the mother to her three boys - Soleil, Amari and Landis.

On Professionals with Impact, we discussed La Vette’s work with non-profits to help them organize cruises and earn money. We also discussed La Vette’s niche specialization of group and family travel and her pod cast “Family Chatter.” La vette also is in planning phases for: The Burgh’s Family Cruise for June 2008
Wishing you Blissful Travels & Cherished Journeys,

Monday, November 12, 2007

Episode 6--Professionals with Impact Profile--Deborah Levine--American Diversity Report

Deborah Levine

Deborah Levine is Editor of the American Diversity Report, President of Communication Prose Ink and Founder of the Women’s Council on Diversity. Deborah is a facilitator, coach, and trainer specializing in communications, leadership development, and cross-cultural team building. Ms. Levine specializes in environments experiencing change; where cultural groups based on race, gender, generation, ethnicity, and company longevity are in flux. With more than 25 years experience, Ms. Levine has applied her expertise across a wide variety of industries.

Deborah is . . .

An award-winning author of books and articles in national publications including The American Journal of Community Psychology, The Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, The On-Line Facilitator and The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin. Her training strategies and collaborative style have been the topic of reports in The On-Line Wall Street Journal and The Chicago Tribune.

A product of Harvard and New York Universities (BS, Cultural Anthropology), the University of Illinois at Chicago (MA, Urban Planning & Policy) and the recipient of a UCLA post-doctoral research fellowship.

A management consultant providing an array of services including, board development, change management, networking, and fundraising planning. Often deployed by the United Way, her local clients include First Tennessee Bank, the Urban League, Siskin Hospital, Barking Legs Theater, and Community Impact of Chattanooga.

A diversity trainer and multicultural educator. Her Global Leadership Program is designed for decision makers. The training deals with issues in business, the workplace, the community, and social services. Her approach is applicable to management, civic leaders, nonprofit executives and trainers.

An executive coach providing troubleshooter expertise to workplace challenges. She has provided coaching expertise to corporate managers, nonprofit executives, and community leaders. The combination of communication skills, conflict management strategies and leadership development tutorials has proven to be both flexible and effective.

A curriculum consultant to the Institute of Ethical Leadership of the Business School of Southern Adventist University and adjunct faculty to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Elmhurst College. Ms. Levine is a frequent guest lecturer at numerous colleges, public and private high schools.

A popular speaker in the media and at conferences and for a wide-range of civic, religious and business associations including the Huntsville, Birmingham area, and North Chattanooga Chambers of Commerce, United Way, ASTD, International Women Executives Association, Kiwanis, Storytelling in Organizations Association.

The recipient of the 2004 “E” Award for Excellence by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. Nominee for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Athena Award. Ms. Levine has mentored more than 100 men and women of diverse cultural backgrounds and spearheaded numerous networking projects including Chicago’s Black-Jewish Dialogue, Oklahoma’s Say-No-to-Hate Coalition, and Chattanooga’s Diversity & Economics Think Tank/Women’s Council on Diversity.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Episode 4: Dan Friedman of Optimum Realty

EPISODE 4 - -Professionals with Impact--Dan Friedman of Optimum Realty Corporation

Daniel J. Friedman
236 Illinois Street
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
(630) 530-9728

Present Elmhurst, Illinois
 President
Optimum Realty Corporation manages an investment fund which specializes in tax-distressed real estate. Dan’s direct reports are as a portfolio manager and an accounting manager. Though he is responsible for portfolio management, banking relations and related treasury functions, he is also personally responsible for investor relations including presiding at stockholders meetings and making presentations to prospective investors, overseeing the legal and compliance functions, and interfacing with attorneys, investment bankers and broker/dealers. From 1996 to 1998 Dan was an adjunct professor of management at the Southern California campus of the University of Phoenix in addition to his responsibilities for Optimum.. From 1991 through 1996 he managed Optimum Realty Corporation’s predecessor companies. Dan was also formerly the Director of Credit and Treasury for KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURE, INC. in Glendale, California.

Dan is also a Member of the Board of Directors, Center for Speech & Language Disorders, Elmhurst, IL.

taxlien.com is the home page of Optimum Realty Corporation, a leader in tax-distressed real estate investing since 1991. We manage a private tax lien investment pool and we operate taxdeed.com®, America's leading online seller of tax foreclosure real estate. We also provide tax lien acquisition and servicing to hedge funds. Click on our Land Available page for information about prime investment real estate for sale. We are not a broker of tax liens and cannot help you find or buy tax liens. We are not an educational organization and do not offer books, tapes or seminars on tax lien investing. To connect with other sites where you can learn about tax lien investing, go to our links page. We are closed to new investors.

From E-Bay Advertisement;
Maintained by: taxdeeds.inc ( 405 )
We are the leading online seller of tax foreclosure real estate in the United States. Never a reserve. No "Bid for Down Payment" auctions. Low closing fees; fast deed processing. We are also a registered eBay Trading Assistant and can help you sell your real estate on eBay. www.taxlien.com.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Weston Lyon--King of the Functional Fitness Jungle

My very first guest was Weston Lyon whom I met when he was a guest speaker with the National Associaiton of Women Business Owners in Pittsburgh and created quite a stir on the front of our website swinging through the trees without his shirt on. Weston actually specializes in helping busy business women keep in shape.
This is Weston's profile in his own words.

Forget the Excuses! It’s Time for YOU to Achieve the Results You’re Looking for. It’s Time for YOU to Become Healthy, Fit, & Sexy! Weston Lyon’s Functional Fitness Programs Are the Answer.

On Weston's Website: you’ll find the answers you’ve been looking for to help you achieve the healthy, fit, & sexy body you’ve always dreamed of having.
As you look around my information filled website you’ll know why people call me the King of the Functional Fitness Jungle. However, unlike most KING’s I’m here to serve YOU. I’m not here for you to serve me. My goal is to help YOU achieve your health & fitness goals by giving you results oriented information that is simple, effective, and efficient.
There are several tools to help you on your journey to becoming healthy, fit, and sexy that I want you to know about.
1. I send out FREE Functional Fitness Tips several times a week. These tips are jam packed with valuable information (usually in storybook form so they’re easy to read). Information like how to burn fat fast, how to build functional muscle, and how to increase your strength, flexibility, & endurance simultaneously.
I encourage you to use this tool by signing up either at the TOP RIGHT part of this screen or the BOTTOM MIDDLE part of this screen. Yes, I’ve placed it in two different places. Why? Simply because it’s that important.
And to show you just how important it is if you sign up NOW I’ll even throw in my NEW Confidential Special Report 17 Mistakes to Avoid “Like the Plague” If You Want to Look Healthy, Fit, & Sexy Every Day of Your Life absolutely FREE. These Functional Fitness Tips will, without a doubt, change your life.
2. I also publish a BLOG called The Lyon’s Roar. This BLOG contains my uncensored opinions and like my fitness tips is filled with valuable information to help you on your journey to becoming healthy, fit, & sexy. You can take a sneak peek at this BLOG by scrolling down the page and looking for The Lyon’s Roar.
3. The last tool I have for you to take advantage of I’ve bundled together for simplicity. This tool consists of my products and services. If you’re interested in taking a deeper look into my services check out www.functionalfitnesscoach.com
For a list of my products scroll down to check them out or simply click on Products on the top bar and this will allow you to see The KING’s Treasure Room.
A couple of things I want you to know from my heart. I will not lie to you. I will tell you the facts as I see them. It’s easy for people who don’t care to soft serve you information or lie to you. I do care. I’m here to serve you. Are you up for the challenge? If so, welcome aboard. Also, make sure you bookmark this page because I will be constantly updating it with new material, new products, and new stories from successful clients.
I look forward to helping you and serving you in anyway I can…let's rock!
PS – If you want to change something in your life, you gotta change something in your life. Don’t delay or procrastinate – take MASSIVE ACTION NOW!!! Life is yours for the taking, don’t miss out.

The Lyon’s Roar
The Lyon’s Roar is the KING’s Uncensored BLOG, where Weston Lyon spills his guts to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Today there are a lot of people putting up BLOG’s, but none like this one. The Lyon’s Roar is a place where you can come to be touched, motivated, and inspired so you too can achieve a healthy, fit, & sexy body. Let the KING serve YOU…
Sneak Peek at the KING’s BLOG:

Scooby Doo and Dancing

This past Saturday I took my son, Haven, to see Scooby Doo Live at the Benedum (a Pittsburgh Theater). It was AWESOME! You should've seen his face when Scooby Doo came on stage riding a scooter (to give the gliding effect). It was priceless. And the rest of the kids in the audience went bonkers too. It was a mad house...but a lot of fun. The play lasted about 90 minutes with a break in the middle. And the actors/actresses were all over the place for the entire play. They were singing and dancing and running around. What a great workout! Do you like to sing and dance? ...click for more
(c) Weston Lyon, King of the Functional Fitness Jungle

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Are You Offended by Christmas Trees?

This article is atributed to Ben Stein. I am not sure if he wrote it, could just be an urban legend passed around on e-mail but it was sent to me by Jo Ann Forrester of SI Business Associates and I know she is a Professional with Impact. I don't know if Ben Stein wrote this article but I do know that whoever wrote it is also a "Professional with Impact."

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBSSunday Morning Commentary.My confession:I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it doesnot bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up,bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feeldiscriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don'tthink they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact,I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebratingthis happy time of year.

It doesn't bother me at all that there is a mangerscene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. Ifpeople want a cr裨e, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a fewhundred yards away.I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't thinkChristians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think peoplewho believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. Ihave no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat. Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old too. But thereare a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it'sintended to get you thinking. Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regardingKatrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her bodyfound recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said "OK." Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. (TheBible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.) And we said "OK." Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said, "OK." Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.

Ithink it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW." Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. Are you laughing? Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many ony our address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what theywill think of you for sending it.

Techno Granny addendum: I don't personally care what anyone thinks. This is my blog and as the obstinate "covered over" grey grandmother that I am, I believe that I can express my beliefs freely on "my Blog." This is America and we need to take it back from those who would steal it from us. We need to celebrate all of our ethnicities, all of our faiths and all of our differences. That is what has made this country great. I will never condemn an atheist for his or her beliefs or tell him he cannot express them. If he has a "higher power" he can worship that higher power. If the atheist depends on himself, that's okay, too. I think he or she is going to be pretty lonely, but that's his business.

Many of our ancestors came here for religious freedom. What I object to is "Bullying." I object to the kid who says, "I don't like your game so not only am I not playing but I am going to make sure you don't play either."

If you have a comment, I would welcome it, after all, THIS IS STILL A FREE COUNTRY.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Episode 2: 6/`8/2007 Jo Ann Forrester/SI Business Associates

JoAnn R. Forrester
S. I. Business Associates
Celebrate & Share
Price it Perfect
P. O. Box 472
Oakmont, PA 15139
E-mail: selfimagebz@aol.com

Jo Ann R. Forrester is founder, president and majority of S I Business Associates, a business growth management firm established in 1975. Over 70,000 hours of experience in teaching, consulting, human relations and business development classes, seminars and individual consultations have made her a prominent woman on the business scene in Western Pennsylvania. As a financial consultant and growth management specialist, Jo Ann has specialized in helping small businesses grow and prosper. A number of her clients have won local, regional and national recognition for their achievements as small business owners. In 1998 she co-developed the PRICE IT PERFECT(TM) cost management and cost analysis program for small business. This program is recommended by several organizations, including the SBA 8A program for helping business owners and contractors bid successfully in government projects.

Concentrating on small businesses, Jo Ann's experience includes developing over five hundred business plans and being the on-site consultant for the Women's Entrepreneurial Training Program for the City of Pittsburgh and the State of Pennsylvania. From 1991 to 1995 she served on a Pennsylvania Governor's Task Force for the development of a strategic growth plan for women business owners. As a member of the U. S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Advisory Council for the Western Pennsylvania District, Jo Ann was appointed the first woman in Chair of the Council in May of 1993.

Co-author of STEPS TO OWNING YOUR OWN SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS, a workbook that has been used at Community College of Allegheny County since 1984, Jo Ann has led hundreds of men and women into an understanding of the often confusing world of business. Jo Ann is a nationally certified trainer for the National Foundation of Women Business Owners. JoAnn has shared her expertise with many organizations and institutions, including Carlow College, Robert Morris University, and Community College of Allegheny county, National Association of Women Business Owners and Allegheny County M/W/D.B.E. Department. In 2004 she was appointed one of the Program Loan Coordinators of the M/W/D.B.E. Working Capital Loan Program of Allegheny County.

JoAnn has served 5 terms as President of the National Association of Women Business Owners, spanning the years from 1988 to 2001; she also served on the National Board of NAWBO for the 1990-91 year. She was actively involved in establishing WOMEN DIRECT, the largest directory of women business owners to be published in the United States. In 1995, Jo Ann served as the primary consultant in the study, FINANCIAL PORTRAIT OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS, an in-depth regional survey of women business owners and their economic strengths conducted by the SBD of Duquesne University.

In 2002, JoAnn Forrester and Bonnie DiCarlo, established Celebrate & Share. C & S is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the achievements of women, while raising funds for organizations that support the needs of women and children. They have conducted numerous events over the years and have raised significant funds for such organizations as Cribs for Kids, Vision of Hope, Women’s Independent Press, Tomorrow’s Future, Linda Cobb’s Transplant Fund and Dress for Success. For the past three years they have conducted the Women of Achievement Breakfasts honoring over 70 women in the Pittsburgh area.

The U. S. Small Business Administration awarded Jo Ann the U.S. Small Business Award for 1989 Woman Business Advocate for Western Pennsylvania. She has made numerous speeches and appearances on radio and television promoting the interests of women business owners as a specialist in business planning and development. In 1993, she received recognition from THE BUSINESS SHOW as the Women Business Owner of the Year. In March of 1996, Jo Ann was elected to the Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women sponsored by the PA Department of Commerce. She served as chair of the Global Partnership with Pennsylvania in 1997 and 98.

Jo Ann’s advocacy and support of small business has led her to be appointed to a number of board positions, including First commonwealth Bank, Community Development Corporation and the Loan Review Committee of the URA of the City of Pittsburgh. Previously she served on the Advisory Council of the Small Business Administration and The Women’s Enterprise Center. In 1999, Jo Ann received recognition as one of the Top 50 Women Business Owners in Pennsylvania. In May 2000 Jo Ann R. Forrester was awarded the SBA Women in Business Advocate Award for the state of Pennsylvania. In 2001 JoAnn was instated in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Law to Lipstick--Ann Martin

Episode 12

Anne Martin, Independent Senior Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Anne left a fifteen year legal year in 1991 to start a home based business with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Her dramatic career change “from law to lipstick” was motivated by a desire for a more balanced lifestyle and the desire to positively impact other women.
When Anne became an independent sales director in 1992, this offered her an even greater opportunity to mentor and coach other beauty consultants in starting their own businesses. She has mentored and coached hundreds of women in starting their own businesses. Her unit has been recognized nationally for their sales achievements for thirteen consecutive years. Her greatest joy is giving her job away by empowering other women to promote themselves to the position of sales director within the Mary Kay organization.

During her challenging transition from the legal profession to entrepreneurship, Anne enjoyed the wonderful support of her sister business owners in the Pittsburgh chapter of NAWBO.
She served on the board from 1993 until 1995.
When she re-joined NAWBO in 2003, she served as Chairman of the Program Committee for two years and has also been a co-chair of the Make the Connection Luncheon on two occasions.
Anne also served as a lector for several years at her church, Sacred Heart and on various parent committees in her son’s schools.

In seeking to inspire, encourage and empower other women in the community, Anne has volunteered as an image consultant with the Corporate Collection – an organization that assists women in making the transition into the work force. Anne has also reached out to a group of women who are often overlooked and stigmatized – women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.
She has served on the board of the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery (POWER) for two consecutive terms including three years as Chairman of the Development and Public Relations Committee.
She also served on the Executive Committee as well as on the Power/ZOAR Merger Committee. She is currently working with the Development Committee on several future fundraising ventures.

Anne’s mission is to inspire women to discover their life’s purpose and uncover their inner greatness. She is working on a book From Law To Lipstick and offers presentations on career change, life makeovers, and relationship marketing.

She can be reached at (412) 422 7818 or acmmk@hotmail.com

(c) Anne Martin, 2007