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Mini Series: Be Brave Enough To Tell Your Story. Part 3

(Here is the final segment to this series on being brave enough to tell your story. If you missed any of the others, catch part 1 and part 2 before reading!) For days after that, I felt a bit lost. Were we doing the right thing? Was this the place for us? Were we strong enough to be a leader in this environment? Were we really prepared? After a few days, it clicked. Yes. We were all of those things and we could do this. We stood up to the firing squad. We asked for feedback and were willing to…

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Mini Series: Be Brave Enough To Tell Your Story. Part 2

(Thanks for reading! This is part 2 of a quick mini series on one of the most humbling “storytelling” sessions I ever had to do. If you did not catch Part 1, go read that here!) And here we go… Thanks for continuing to follow me through this! While I wasn’t intending to give a huge backstory of the Bozeman Mill District or the Northeast Neighborhood Association, it seemed necessary before getting into the meat of what I really want to talk about: being brave enough to tell your story. If you remember, we left off with this idea that…

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Mini Series: Be Brave Enough To Tell Your Story. Part 1

(Entertain me for a few days with this one. As I began writing, I realized that this was WAY to much for 1 post and it needed quite a bit of back story and history to get the point across! So, mini series time!) When we were living in Bozeman, Montana trying to open EVOKE in the early years, 2005ish, we found ourselves eyeing a part of town that was somewhat a fighting grounds between the long term residence, the City of Bozeman, and new businesses and developers like us. The city was growing rapidly, even then, and the boundaries…

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Social Capital: We Need It Now More Than Ever

Right now, we are hearing it all over the place. Where do businesses find capital to keep going. To pay employees. To keep vendors relationships right. To sustain. But something I barely hear about is how to retain our social capital in times like these. For those of us that are wading through hard times with small businesses, the social capital account will end up playing as much of a role as our bank account and the cost of it entering the negative are just as high. Social Capital: the networks of relationships among people who live and work in…

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A Crazy Side Effect of Sheltering In Place

We have taken all this COVID-19 stuff pretty seriously and pretty much stayed home. I know there are lots of folks out there that don’t seem to think it is as bad as it is out there but, either way, we are staying in as much as possible. We have been working from home (we own / lead a real estate team called the Duncan Group with Engel & Volkers in Edmond) but that has been mostly content writing, doing live streams, and helping clients we have already been working with. So, it has left us with a bit more…

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Strong Communities: It’s More Than Just A Commute

Mobility is the ability to move or be moved freely and easily. Freely and easily (maybe even safely). Let’s think about that for a minute. I came across this post tonight as I was scrolling through Twitter. It almost got buried in the mess of all the back and forth on leadership and pandemics and medical research and expertise. (Wow, more on leadership coming soon I think.). Isn’t it great? Mobility is more than just “time spent” getting from A to B. It has sensory, emotional, and social qualities we seldom consider or discuss. @Modacity It hit me. It came…

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What Is This Whole Entrepreneurship Thing Really About, Anyway?

In 2005, I walked across the stage as the first ever graduate in Entrepreneurship at Belmont University. I was lucky enough to fall into a program that Dr. Jeff Cornwall had designed AND to be a part of it on the ground floor. He had built a program not about case studies and faux business plans but real life. Real business. MY business. Each student was working on their own plans. Everyday. Each class designed to teach us principles needed to best “fail on paper” as we sifted through all the information and research it takes to incubate our dreams.…

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Rally For Coffee

#rallyforcoffee – happening on April 11th, 2020 The coffee industry is in the middle of a crisis and they need our help. Coffee shops and their employees have been devastated by the effects of COVID-19 and social distancing measures. That’s why we’re asking everyone to #RallyforCoffee on Saturday, April 11th by making a purchase online or for takeout at your local coffee shop. www.rallyforcoffee.org Today, I saw another really cool initiative launch called Rally For Coffee. Backed by a great group of people, Created Co, this movement is all about creating action on a single day to show the coffee…

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Before We Get To Far Along

Hey friends. I wanted to do a little housekeeping before we get to far along in all of this together! First, I’d love be a part of your social circles! Here is my info. We all communicate on different platforms so hopefully we are both on at least one of the following! Twitter: Man – can’t believe this is still as big of a deal as it was YEARS ago when I first joined. Well, I’m back on Twitter and would love to be on your list! You can get my updates be following @poursandpedals. I’ll look for you, too.…

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