During the first quarter of 2016, Cider Enterprises Business Coaching and Consulting will become a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Many proposed collaborations require our company to be bigger in scope, liability and opportunity options. As we transition, we intend to share our process with a discussion about some of the contracts, forms and agreements Cider Enterprises will utilize and the value reason for those choices.
You may recall, in the 2016 – The Year of Completion article, how much I looked forward to our expected 2016 growth. Well, the year has already begun successfully in terms of up-leveling my life: I have super friends, a much deeper connection with my network of partners, and my personal team is better deployed for the value they bring. I am also flushed with unexpected gifts and some clearly defined goals for my business.
In the Disciplined to Win – Part 1 article, I began the discussion regarding the discipline of planning. I conveyed Cider Enterprises’ multiple need to create a significant digital presence in my three-fold business plans. Participating in free courses, workshops, classes and webinars helped me identify the available platform options, costs and tech requirements; and I planned the production of a blog as my first platform.
In disciplining Cider Enterprises to win as a Coaching and Consulting Company dedicated to “helping entrepreneurs harness the energy of their ideas,” I have to consistently practice what I preach. Every part of my three-fold business plan requires administrative organization. In each area of the business, I needed to create a significant digital presence. Mind you, I was still thinking in terms of old forms of communication- letters, calls, and memos. Well, technology happened to me too and I discovered far more effective ways to get the word out!
Are you prepared for opportunity? Community Based and Micro Business Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to make the important and unique decisions that their businesses require. Opportunity is a key element to success and Webster’s Dictionary provides a good working definition for those of us who have chosen to create “the great cake of our own” – a business.
Op`por`tu´ni`ty – Fit or convenient time or situation; a time or place permitting or favorable for the execution of a purpose; a suitable combination of conditions; suitable occasion; chance.
Today, I offer a valuable way to organize your time for business because my clients frequently ask, “How can I make the best use of my available time for business?” My answer is simple and consists of three clear values in getting organized.
The answer is that you can make the best use of your time for business with a visual or calendar view of your activities. Having a calendar view of your business activities empowers you to:
After recently participating in the annual ‘Million Father March’ Back to School Parade that is organized by Phillip Jackson, Founder & Director of the Black Star Project, I am inspired to offer three reasons why your business should also participate in community parades. But first, a little about the Million Father March, a 365 day-a year initiative for Black men who want to educate and develop Black children. This particular parade focuses on men accompanying children for the first day of school. A great time was had by all attendees and we were able to support and promote a long-term committed community organization. I encourage more business owners to consider the intrinsic rewards a parade can provide and contact me at Cider Enterprises for a FREE consultation to discuss this and additional affordable promotion strategies… Read the rest of this entry »
Reflections about my business development process abound during this season of graduations. I am proud to be a graduate of the Sunshine Enterprises Community Business Academy. It confirmed my 2014 affirmation that “I AM more than enough!” and my conviction that “I deserve the best.” Completion dispelled the fears I had erected: I am too old to learn; I might have a hard time adjusting to a rigorous twelve weeks of study; would I be able to apply the information obtained to help myself and others too? And I can proudly declare, “Yes I can!” I practice and apply the things I learned about business for myself first and then with others. You see, I have to walk the talk and now feel fulfilled in getting my own house in order.
Yes, Yes, Yes – I am back in school! I love school. There are many reasons why I love school: I get excited by the thought of meeting a whole new group of people, who have come to learn and share their knowledge and selves with me. I get to discover their intelligence, their convictions, and to see their commitment to completing the course successfully. Many of the lasting relationships I already have began in school. Schools and structured learning situations activate a ‘heady’ feeling inside of me. For me, this is a dedicated time to explore a subject or topic with a group of people who are already ‘tuned into’ learning more, sharing their understanding, and adding another arsenal of information to my brain and thoughts. Yeah! And this time, learning has taken on a new dimension … I get to add ‘wisdom’ to what I absorb. I was initially reluctant and resistant to accepting this time as the described ‘Ascension’ phase in my life until I learned the true value of Ascension– a state of attraction and manifestation. In my original understanding, I saw it as a time of ‘being old.’
For those of us who are making plans and decisions for 2015, it is necessary to get back to basics in understanding the value of collaborative relationships in all aspects of our life, particularly our business partnerships. Webster defines Partnerships as: (noun) “the state of being partners; and … a relationship between partners.” Further research into the definition best sums it up as “the state of being related to a larger whole.” The concept of being part of a larger whole resonates with me and guides my involvement in community collaborations and business partnerships.
Cider Enterprises’ motto of “harnessing the energy of your ideas to help you reach your desired goals” is lived in real time commitment. The fulfillment of our claim “to help” is based upon the strength of our relationship with partners that are needed to coach and consult business owners. Partnerships are extremely important in helping organizations keep abreast of the latest practices and processes that entrepreneurs need to succeed.