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A taxing situation.

A taxing situation.

Every April my dad would lock himself up in our living room. My brothers and I were all told not to bother him under any circumstance, but I would occasionally sneak a peek through the louvered doors. Through a raised slat, I could see him hunched over an adding...

Cha-ching!!

Cha-ching!!

For me, the most exhausting part of running a business was the endless sales cycle. First off, I sucked at sales; still do. Second, I had a nasty habit – at least in the early days of being in business – of counting handshakes as actual sales. Whether we like it or...

On the 12th Day of Business…

On the 12th Day of Business…

It’s December already. Time to close out the year that's soon to be behind us and look to the year ahead. For me, the end of this particular year has been particularly nostalgic. As I was clearing cobwebbed path in my garage that leads to the holiday decor, I came...

Being your own boss.

Being your own boss.

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Month (GEM) here in Washington State. Time once again to tap into that latent entrepreneur hiding inside of you to explore the idea of starting and running your own business. From morning coffee with an entrepreneur to full-blown business...

Focus pocus.

Focus pocus.

Even though my doctor says it isn’t a “thing,” I am positive that I suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS). I’ve been a victim of it all my life. SOS was even responsible for my foray into entrepreneurship. As I noted in the August blog, I became an entrepreneur in...

It’s a disaster. But it doesn’t have to be.

It’s a disaster. But it doesn’t have to be.

In February 2001, I was working with my team on a client project with an impossibly tight deadline. We were all deep in thought, carving through the work before us. Suddenly, the ground began to shake. A little at first, then more and more. Our office was in the...

It’s like having your very own crystal ball.

It’s like having your very own crystal ball.

Starting a business is one of the most exciting and rewarding things a person can ever do.For many, the idea of being your own boss and calling your own shots is simply irresistible. It certainly was for me back in 1993. I was one of the many victims of an upheaval in...

And the award goes to…

And the award goes to…

I love July.  I love the warm weather, the weekend barbecues, watching the Seattle Mariners valiantly battle for last place, and because I celebrate another year of being born (it’s the 22nd, in case you’re wondering or are in a shopping mood). But, I really love this...

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s economic development!

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s economic development!

During my 26-year career in economic development, I got to dabble and later indulge in my secret desire to be a writer. Not a writer of pulp fiction about economic developers lurking in dank alleyways dealing in black market recruitments mind you, but a legitimate...

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