Heartfelt Catering – a Growth Story with Heart

Last December, I hosted a Holiday Party for GEARSHIFT. I experienced Cecelia’s excellent food before and I knew she was exactly who should cater it. I called her, we discussed it, and soon, thereafter, we began work on the details.

Nothing is too hard for Cecelia Hamilton, Founder and owner, Heartfelt Catering!

Decorations, sure! Add to the […]

The Inspiring Story of Jeltes Law founder, Jenny Jeltes

Jenny Jeltes is a talented jewelry designer, entertainer, stand-up comic AND founder of Jeltes Law, Ltd.

She also is a top-flight family law attorney who was recognized in 2015 and 2016 as one of Chicago’s Top 10 Attorneys in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. In 2017, she was named an “Emerging […]

Are you a Wonder Woman? Then Mastermind Your Continued Success!

According to an article in EntrepreneurFund.org:

“Mastermind Groups are a proven means of fostering next-level thinking. The purpose of the group is to be a  sounding board for women entrepreneurs to further their goals and achieve success in their business life. The facilitated peer group provides the opportunity to work on a business versus in the business […]

In A Rut? Read Dyana’s Inspiring Story

Dyana Flanigan, pictured above, is a successful entrepreneur and long-time business owner of  Flanigan Communications. I love this picture of her on the job working on a large campaign in Woodlawn for a long-time client and well-known retailer.

Late last year we both happened to attend the same networking meeting. Knowing of her success, I was […]

Women Business Owners – this is for YOU!

The Chicago Tribune declared 2018 the year of Wonder. The year of ‘Yes, And….. The year we open up our minds and hearts, to live each day in a state of curiosity, to believe there are unseen solutions to the problems that plague us, our business and our society ,and, 1 by 1, group by […]

YOU Deserve to be Successful!

In my first entry into the world of business I joined my father’s company, becoming partner and COO 3 years later. Business was in my blood and it became my path.

We franchised independent retail liquor stores. Here I learned why leadership is the make or break success factor. There was a huge range of difference […]

Why is Agility Important to Your Success?

Agility. If your industry is IT, for sure you deal with it every day.

Did you know that Agility is one of the 36 traits you want to possess if you are a success-driven entrepreneur? If you want to be an effective leader? If you hope to make the best decisions possible in the heat of […]

8 Questions Every Leader Must Ask Herself

It’s summer. It’s easy to be distracted. I’m leaving on 2 back to back trips. The first is both business and pleasure. The 2nd is all pleasure. It’s been on my bucket list for a long time to visit the land of my ancestors, so I’m taking off for Eastern Europe for 3 weeks. When […]

ThinkSales™ – a proven model for growth

ThinkSales™ is a company-wide program whose leaders fervently believe all employees provide value, regardless of position, power or influence in the company. These leaders follow the Pygmalion philosophy that models a predictable way of acting towards others. Taken a step further, ThinkSales extends to team behavior.

When employees view all their teammates as collaborators and seek […]

Why Planning Still Counts

There are so many things I want to accomplish this year but I know if I don’t lay out a careful plan, few of them will happen. My years in business have taught me that the goals I set today become realities tomorrow but only IF I plan the steps it takes to make it  […]