ImagiNation with Maggie Bailey

ImagiNation with Maggie Bailey

“Design has endless options. For example, a lampshade can be made in so many shapes, sizes, fabrics, styles, colors, etc. It is amazing to see each person's vision and help them create it. Don't stop imagining! Use what's around you to think of new ideas, new products, new services, or whatever it may be. If you have passion, which I do for our business, I believe your imagination continues to grow and grow.” - Maggie Bailey

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ImagiNation with Carrie Morey

ImagiNation with Carrie Morey

“Callie’s became a business because my mom, Callie, has always made the most incredible biscuits. After I had my first daughter, I had an ah-ha moment while watching her make my mom’s recipe. I knew we needed to share them with the world because they were too delicious just to keep within the family. I have wanted to be a mom all my life, so I knew I needed to center my career and business around family. After 14 years with an online, wholesale and three grab-and-go concepts, Callie's Biscuits and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit eateries, we still make every biscuit by hand.” - Carey Morey

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ImagiNation with Melissa Rudd

ImagiNation with Melissa Rudd

“I started as an Audiologist turned stay-at-home mom.  My husband was a corporate lawyer for 20 years. When we were deciding what to do next, I jokingly said “I would be happy making donuts for the rest of my life” and my husband said “OK”.  So we bought a machine and tested donuts from our garage in 2014. We now have 4 locations with 3 franchisees on the way.” - Melissa Rudd

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ImagiNation with Amanda Wilbanks

ImagiNation with Amanda Wilbanks

“Imagining more means constantly creating. If I had stopped with just one pie shop and never imagined I could handle more, I would be extremely bored right now. I imagined more when I said I would one day be a cookbook author. That’s a reality today because I imagined more for myself. Imagining more just feels good.” - Amanda Wilbanks

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ImagiNation with Becca Cunningham

ImagiNation with Becca Cunningham

“Imagining more to me means opening your mind to opportunities when they are put in your path and saying “yes” to the universe. I’m a planner and like to map out the future in advance, but by opening my eyes to what is in the moment has led to so many opportunities I could have never dreamed of.” - Becca Cunningham

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ImagiNation with Todd & Loren

ImagiNation with Todd & Loren

“When we've pushed ourselves to take something a step further than what we thought we could. People are naturally lazy, so sometimes it’s easier to think inside the box and make that commercial set in a living room with a mom and a dad and baby and blah blah blah - but it’s when we dream big + commit is where success lies. Even if you have zero idea how to make it happen - dreaming big is where it starts.” - Todd + Loren

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ImagiNation with Emily Armistead

ImagiNation with Emily Armistead

“Imagining more means taking a dream and making it become reality. It’s seeing the potential in yourself and an opportunity and making something out of it. For me it meant - taking something that I love to do as a hobby and making it into a business that can grow and become so much more than just Barb and I! Now we get to create wedding films for couples every weekend and amplify powerful love stories that can be watched forever.” - Emily Armistead

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ImagiNation with Morgan Bullard

ImagiNation with Morgan Bullard

“Imagining more means never settling and never losing site of the 'big picture.' In the grind of every day life it can get overwhelming at times, but when I step back, it's so amazing to see how far I've come. It also means continuing to grow and evolve - my blog and influence has changed a lot over the years, and I'm always thinking about what my next move is.” - Morgan Bullard

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ImagiNation with Tammy Huynh

ImagiNation with Tammy Huynh

“I think it means to be creative and ambitious. My time with TCF, we never stopped growing in both our company culture but also our ideas. We’re consistently imagining of new ideas and new ways we can do better. I think this helps keep us grounded even if we’re making small impacts here and there throughout the city, we’re still thinking on how to do better.” - Tammy Huynh

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ImagiNation with Briana Ali

ImagiNation with Briana Ali

“I believe that imagination is the essence of our soul. Everyone is born with a vivid imagination, some people just have exercised their imagination more than others from childhood into adulthood. Bohindie Stream represents a place where you can let your imagination soar and connect with others in doing so. I want to unite people through imagination and love.” - Briana Ali

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How To Prepare for A Panel Event

How To Prepare for A Panel Event

So you’ve been asked to speak on a panel… To some that may feel daunting or to others it may feel invigorating and flattering, but no matter how you feel, your participation will be directly influenced by how prepared you are. Speaking on a panel requires a different skill set than simply presenting to an audience solo, and putting in a bit of time will make you feel more confident when you walk onto the platform. Our team has some experience both participating in panels and moderating them, so we’ve rounded up some tips and tricks on how to put your best foot forward for your first panel speaking event.

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What My Boss Taught Me About Kindness

What My Boss Taught Me About Kindness

As an entrepreneur or person in a leadership role, it’s inevitable that some days you’ll have to play the “bad cop.” If a teammate is underperforming or made a critical error, it’s your job to correct these issues to protect your company culture. One way to balance these more challenging moments is by practicing kindness at every opportunity and demonstrating empathy when outside circumstances might be a factor. I’ve worked under a variety of leaders and the one quality that I have valued most is kindness. It sounds so simple, but from an employee’s perspective, to know that you’re cared for can go such a long way. Whether it’s going out of your way to make an employee feel valued, offering a water bottle to the mailman, or paying to fix a member of the janitorial staff’s car tire, small gestures add up and do not go unnoticed by a team.

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Essential Skills For A Client-Facing Role

Essential Skills For A Client-Facing Role

Assuming a client-facing role can lead to some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in your professional career. If you’re committed to fostering relationships with your clients that lead to long-term partnerships and achieving their company goals, we’ve rounded up some of the most essential skills that will contribute to that success.

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Working With A Peer Mentor

Working With A Peer Mentor

One way to intentionally design who you surround yourself with is to find a peer mentor. A peer mentor is someone who is working in a similar industry to you who has responsibilities and challenges that align closely with your own profession. You can find this person by doing your own research and reaching out to people in your community, or you can ask your leadership team who may have connections to other companies who have positions that parallels your own.

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Role Model Highlight: Richard Branson

Role Model Highlight: Richard Branson

As you mature in a role as an entrepreneur, it’s advantageous to look toward the greats who have forged the path as game changers in the world of startup businesses. I’m currently reading Richard Branson’s newest autobiography, Finding My Virginity, and it’s packed with inspiring anecdotes, life lessons, and quotes. From detailing how he made two new hires burn their business suits and ties on their first day, to retelling the night his home on Necker Island burned down with family and friends inside, this book covers everything that Branson has experienced fifty years after first starting his business.

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The Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

The Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

We're absolutely LOVING this infographic! It proves that the unifying factor of highly successful entrepreneurs is routine and/or commitment to a goal. Whether that goal be to exercise, keep to a strict schedule, or practice maintaining a strong positive mindset, these incredible self-starters show us how it's done.

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