Create a Dynamic Network

You’ve heard the term “self-made,” right? While I understand the spirit of this description, in my experience I don’t believe any successful person is 100 percent self-made.

Successful people surround themselves with other successful people, and they lean on their networks when they need support, investment or just another set of eyes and ears. Professional athletes train with other professional athletes. Top entrepreneurs join networks and invest in masterminds so they can share ideas with people on a similar path. Wealthy people tend to invest in retreats to network with other wealthy people.
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Get R.E.A.L in 2017

Get R.E.A.L in 2017

Hello 2017. It’s that time of year where you can wipe the slate clean and start fresh without punishing yourself for all the things you didn’t get done in 2016. This is the zero-guilt zone.

Like most people, you start off the year with so much motivation, so much hope, so much certainty that this is going to be the year when you lose weight, get organized, get your business off the ground, or fill-in-the-blank with your own.

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Terrie Burns is Our Thriving Woman of the Week!

Terrie Burns is Our Thriving Woman of the Week!

How long have you been in business?  I’ve been reading energy since I was a child but have been in business for 25 years.

Why did you begin your business? I’ve been reading energy all my life. People sought me out for my unique perspective because it moved energy. My business grew from client demand.

What is your mission for your business? My mission is to move clients from self-doubt to self-confidence, validate their spiritual journey, and help you feel connected, even in our ever-shifting world

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? I wish that I had completely understood that a simple change of perspective could change your life. I now know that the perspective that I offer does truly change people’s lives.

What is a guiding principle that you use in your business?   Awareness is the catalyst for movement. Period!            

What makes you a thriving woman in business? I have a passion to hold and radiate the resonance of cooperation, collaboration, self sustainability and love, and I do this through by business.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business? I love that the information and perspectives that I share with clients are uplifting. It is a win-win for everyone!

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? My next big step is to help other women open to their already existing intuition, which will allow them to make their own decisions quickly and with confidence.

How can our readers connect with you? I can be contacted through my website (, by email (, by text (415-250-7781)or by phone (415-464-0366).


Be a Great Guest at Holiday Parties

Be a Great Guest at Holiday Parties

celebrate-1786189_960_720During this holiday season, you may be attending many business and social gatherings; and if so, being a great guest is a sure way to demonstrate your professionalism and express your respect for others.  

Here are 9 top tips to help you avoid any missteps:

  1. R.S.V.P. on an invitation requires action.  It stands for the French words respondez s’il vous plait that means “respond, if you please.”  Why French?  Because in early American history, the manners of the French were considered the highest standard of graciousness.  When receiving an invitation with an R.S.V.P. on it, you are obliged to reply as promptly as possible, certainly before the requested response date.  Try to reply within 5 days, as a rule of thumb, and please don’t wait to be prompted by a reminder.  Your timely response to the invitation is more than a formality.  Your hostess is trying to determine how many guests will be attending in order to plan the food and program.  Check your calendar and if the date is available, accept the invitation and mark your calendar.  Once you have made the commitment to attend, you should put it ahead of any later or a more exciting invitation that may come your way.
  2. Dress for the occasion.  The event and location gives you a clue.  However, if you’re unsure, it’s perfectly acceptable to call your host and ask.  Select attire that reflects and flatters your age, your position in the company, your industry, the shape of your body and your style personality.  And, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.  Be aware of the image you be projecting. Don’t fall into the trap of using the holidays as an excuse to wear tight, revealing clothing.  Be remembered for who you are, not what your wear.
  3. Be prompt.  This is one of your most important responsibilities as a guest.  When an invitation specifies a time, arrive at that time.  You should not arrive later than 30 minutes after the scheduled start of the party, unless you have spoken with the hostess and s/he has agreed.  And, never under any circumstances, arrive a minute early or bring an uninvited guest with you.
  4. Mix and mingle.  A host likes nothing better than a self-sufficient guest—one who makes introductions with other guests and mixes into conversations easily.  The more guests engage with one another, the more enjoyable the occasion will be.  Don’t sit in the corner and be a wallflower!   Introduce yourself to newcomers, and introduce newcomers to your friends.  Listen, listen, and listen to what is being said.  Ask questions and really care about the answers you receive.  Subjects to avoid:  your personal life, income, sex, politics and religion…all controversial.
  5. Toasting.  It’s a way to bring a festive air to a gathering, and has a way of bringing together those that are present.  A toast is a compliment and acknowledgement of the event and guests.  The host should propose the first toast to begin the event—a welcoming toast, keeping it short, simple and sincere.  If you are being toasted as a special guest, do not sip.  As the honored guest, you will nod your head in thanks of the acknowledgement.  Never drink to your own toast; it would be as though you were patting yourself on the back.  If you are toasting another guest, you will sip after the toast.
  6. Drinking.  Heavy drinking is out of style.  It can undermine your reputation and professionalism in business as well as in social situations.  Don’t lose control, instead exercise moderation.  If you choose not to drink alcohol, simply order mineral water or a beverage of your choice.  Don’t make a “big deal” of it.  Request a glass for water, soda, or beer, never drink from the bottle or can, except in the most casual of events.
  7. Eating.  Don’t overload your plate.  Remember, a cocktail party is an opportunity to meet new people, make new contacts, and socialize with those you haven’t seen in a while.  The purpose is not to have dinner.  Never eat directly from the hors d’oeuvres tray or the buffet table.  Put your food selection on a plate or napkin before bringing the item to your mouth.  If you need to dispose of a toothpick, don’t put a used one back on the platter.  Look for a container in which to dispose.  Or, put your toothpicks in your cocktail napkin and leave in a wastebasket…not in the plant, flower vase, handbag or other inappropriate places.
  8. Know when to leave.  If an end time is indicated on the invitation, plan to leave then, and certainly no more than 15 minutes after the published time.  A few clues to watch for are the closing of the bar, the disappearance of the service staff, and turning off the music.  If you must leave early, be discreet and exit quietly without disrupting the other guests or calling attention to your departure.
  9. A thank you.  Whether social or business related, a thank you note acknowledges the host and the good time you shared at their event.  Your host put a lot of time and energy into preparing and will appreciate your acknowledgement and thanks for their efforts.  When a party is a social one, a thank you note should be written to your host and his or her spouse and sent to their home.  Social thank you notes are handwritten on personal stationery.  Business-occasion thank you notes vary depending on the situation.  However, a written thank you is always appropriate.  Sometimes a phone call or email is acceptable.

Now you’re all set to enjoy the holiday party season.  Have lots of fun!  Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

How to Look Festive without Breaking the Bank

How to Look Festive without Breaking the Bank

Creating looks for holiday affairs doesn’t have to be expensive if you know what to look for. Start by looking in your closet for items that give off a festive vibe. Next, take a look at your classic, quality pieces. These are necessary basics to blend with the festive ingredients. When mixed together in different combinations, you’ll find the perfect outfits to wear for your holiday parties. Continue reading “How to Look Festive without Breaking the Bank”





1.Write it down!

This sounds obvious, but you can avoid lots of disputes and misunderstandings by writing down the terms and conditions of your agreement and including it in your document.  If you have a letter of intent from the landlord and agree to all of those terms, make sure they are all in the lease.  Otherwise, they will most likely not be enforceable.

2.Read it or have someone explain it to you … and make sure to negotiate

When presented with a “standard contract” or “standard lease,” you need to read and understand it, including the “fine print.”  You are legally bound by this agreement.

3.Rent (Base Rent & Additional Rent)

When do you have to start paying?  What is included in the rent, and what additional charges can Landlord pass-through to Tenant (utilities, taxes, janitorial services, base building improvements, common area maintenance, operating expenses)?  If rent is based on square feet, make sure you and Landlord agree on size of the space.  Does rent increase by fixed amount every year?  Do you have to pay rent even if you can’t occupy?

4.Term and Option to Extend

The term sets the length of time you’re entitled to occupy the space.  You can often negotiate for “options” to extend the term.  You need to understand when you can exercise the option (usually a window of time well before expiration of initial term).  You also need to understand how the rent you pay during extension term will be determined.

5.Condition of Premises

In what condition will the Premises be upon delivery?  Make sure heating and air conditioning are in good working order and the premises is up to code, including upgrades that may be triggered by Tenant improvement work (ADA bathrooms, for example).  Beware “as-is” provision.

6.Landlord/Tenant Improvements

Who is responsible for improving the space to suit your needs?  Who is responsible for paying for improvements (be specific)?  Will Landlord give a “tenant improvement allowance” to offset the cost?  Can you defray paying rent until tenant improvements are done?

7.Maintenance and Repairs

Who is responsible for fixing what?  Usually Landlord maintains the “base building” such as outside stucco, building trim (beware the pass-through costs!), and Tenant maintains fixtures and equipment and walls within the premises.


Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance.  Get it.  Don’t let it lapse.  List the Landlord as additional insured.  Require the Landlord to carry property insurance that includes a “waiver of subrogation” so Landlord’s insurance carrier can’t sue you to collect an otherwise insured claim.  Put this in the Lease.

9.Assignments and Subletting

If you sell the business, can you assign the Lease to the new buyer?  If your business shrinks, can you sublease a portion of the space to defray costs?  Most landlords will allow this, with their prior approval “not to be unreasonably withheld.”  This is an important way to give your business flexibility if you are new and/or growing.

10.Default/Notices and Right to Cure

There are two basic kinds of default:  economic (failure to pay rent) and non-economic (failure to perform an obligation under the Lease).  Make sure the lease includes a “notice and cure period” – you are only in default after notice from Landlord and default continues for a period of time after notice (usually 10 days for non-payment of rent, 30 days for failure to perform non-economic obligation, etc.).


Need help with drafting, review or negotiation of a commercial lease? Nancy Lewellen can help you do this with ease.  Contact her today at or 415-399-0993 for a free 15-minute consultation.

Learn How to Go From Unknown to Newsworthy

jill-lublinWith 200+ speaking engagements each year, master publicity strategist and consultant, and bestselling author, Jill Lublin, consistently wows audiences worldwide with her entertaining and interactive keynotes, seminars, and training programs on publicity, networking, and influence marketing. If you want to be the #1 Influencer in your industry, you’ve got to get bigger media visibility. Based on her international bestseller, Guerrilla Publicity, Jill shares simple strategies to help you go from unknown to newsworthy.

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The IRS Tests New Installment Agreement Rules

The IRS Tests New Installment Agreement Rules


The Internal Revenue Service is testing a new program to allow people to more easily set up payment plans for their tax debt. An installment agreement is setting up a specific monthly amount to pay back to reduce prior tax debts. Failing to set up an installment agreement means that all past taxes are due immediately, including penalties and interest. Continue reading “The IRS Tests New Installment Agreement Rules”

How to Avoid an Increase in your Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate

How to Avoid an Increase in your Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate

1657641The UI tax was established as part of a national program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Social Security Act which provides temporary payments to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own.

This tax is paid by the employer and is a percentage of income up to the maximum wage limit which is determined by each state. In California, the rate is a maximum of 6.2% on the first $7,000 of wages whereas in New York, the maximum is 9.5% up to the wage limit of $10,700. Continue reading “How to Avoid an Increase in your Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate”

<strong>Blaze Lazarony </strong><br/>is our Thriving Woman of the Week!

Blaze Lazarony
is our Thriving Woman of the Week!

Blaze Lazarony

How long have you been in business?  I have been in business as a Transformational Business Strategist for five years, a Coach for twelve years, and prior to that I had a twenty-year high-level retail management career.

Why did you begin your business?  I started my business when I stepped away from my corporate career. I knew that I wanted to give back and share all that I had learned by leading, coaching, and mentoring others to build profitable and successful business.

What is your mission for your business?  I believe that every woman can create a strategic and custom-fit business that is a true reflection of who she is, make all the money she wants to, and live a soul-based life that lights her up! Continue reading Blaze Lazarony
is our Thriving Woman of the Week!”