Giving Thanks

By this time, I know everyone is turkey-filled and stuffing-stuffed.  And if you aren’t elbowing folks in the face for half off Christmas gifts during Black Friday’s pre-sales, night sales, day sales, midnight sales and what have you, then you’re comfortably safe on your couch or lounge chair waiting for your food coma to wear off.  So, I’ll keep this short and sweet.

THANK YOU.

You’ll probably hear me say this again towards the end of the year, but I thank everyone who stopped by IntelBoutiqueBlog.com and read a little sumthin’-sumthin’ — whether you read it via LinkedIn, Tumblr, Google+, Twitter, WordPress, Facebook or through some random search link, thanks for stopping by.

And I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent in the great company and merriment!

Defining Gratitude

Gratitude

It’s what keep’s customers and clients coming back.

It’s what keeps the doors open and the foot traffic moving.

It’s what ships out the inventory and keeps the orders coming in.

It’s what keeps relationships between suppliers, vendors, colleagues and connections going.

It’s not a sign of weakness to be grateful and it doesn’t make you less capable of achieving bigger and better things.

There’s nothing wrong with showing a little humility and gratitude for the things you have…

and the rewards that are coming your way.

Often it’s shown to us inside of a tip jar, a suggestions box, in an email or a thank you note.

It’s not fancy or well endowed.

It’s not flashy or gaudy.

It is GRATITUDE.

For the business given, the business you have and the business to come.

It’s not expected but it’s always welcomed.

Take Your Cue From The Girl Scouts

It's Girl Scout Season!

It’s Girl Scout Season!

It’s Girl Scout season for Los Angeles locals! And it’s not every day I get overly excited about cookies.  But there are two things I absolutely LOVE about Girl Scout cookies.  One: their infamous taste (and if you’ve never had a Girl Scout cookie, you’ve been missing out).  Two: embedding business skills for young ladies. Women entrepreneurs in the making, if you will.  On every box of Girl Scout cookies you’ll see the 5 skills they instill in every girl that’s a member.  If you don’t have a box just yet, look at the picture above and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  Goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.  These are the same elements adult business owners and entrepreneurs work with every day in their business operations.   Now, the Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout cookies aren’t anything new, they’ve been around for quite some time.  But how often to we stop to recognized the teaching of proper business building in our youth?  We talk about from time to time.  Organizations are created to acknowledge certain age groups of business owners, but here, we have some of the youngest members of our society learning valuable business sense.   When you go to buy your cookies, (because I know many of you have already logged to their website to find where they’re selling Girl Scout cookies near you), you’ll see young girls learning how to make transactions, providing customer service (even if all they do is say hi and smile — a smile can go a long way) and showing gratitude for every person who participated in making a sale.    Too often, as adults, we forget about setting goals, making better decisions and managing our budgets more wisely.  And if only once a year, we have to Girl Scouts to remind us.

So whenever you get the chance this week or weekend, find a local Girl Scout selling cookies and show your support.  Us older folks know it takes a lot to run a successful company, namely courage.  Courage to start and courage to see it through.  And we don’t always have the courage we need throughout the life of our business.   If we were to take a cue from the little Brownies selling cookies, we’d realize sometimes all it takes willingness and a smile.

 

A Very Happy And Prosperous New Year’s To All!

2013 New Year's

 

Just wanted to take this time to thank everyone who contributed to the ongoing success of Intel Boutique this year.  Thank you to all the Entrepreneurs who were willing to share their stories in the monthly Entrepreneur Spotlights.  A debt of gratitude to my support team, the wonderful heads of Bold Magazine (Ms. eLLe) and The Barra’s Just Homemade Foundation (Ms. Barra)  as well as Bry Delicia of Photography Bry Delicia, Carlos Mayorquin of Atlas Iron Gym, Marlene Myrie of FlavaCooks, Booker of BookerVision and Cheryl and Harris of Kelly’s Hot Sauce.  I wish you immense success in your various ventures and upcoming projects.

I would also like to thank everyone who stopped by Intel Boutique’s blog (this very one!) and read a posts, liked posts and commented.  Your feedback and interest helped fuel the fire.  I look forward to seeing all of you in 20-13 turning everything you touch to gold (without killing anybody).

Have yourselves a Happy and Prosperous 2013!  See you in the New Year!