“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.” —Mark Twain What better time than the start of a new year to take a thorough look at your business and identify the changes and…

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Creative Genius Podcast - From Grit to Great

On today’s podcast, Gail Doby speaks with designer Corey Damen Jenkins about how he overcame adversity to become a successful interior designer, how he deals with racial prejudice, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the industry. He says that through his tenacity and hard work, and a bit of good luck, he has found the success he now has.

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Creative Genius Podcast - Give More to Get More

By Bob Burg Shifting your focus from getting to giving (providing immense value to others) is not only a more pleasant way of conducting business; it’s the most financially profitable way, as well. But isn’t that naïve? Not when you consider that your prospective client is not going to buy from you because you’d like…

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We’ve all heard the old saying, Nothing succeeds like success. When it comes to growing your business, though, success may be what’s preventing you from reaching the next level of success. Growth requires change, and a certain amount of success can prevent you from taking the steps needed to move forward. How might success keep…

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Creative Genius Podcast - Give More to Get More

On today’s podcast, Gail and Erin talk with Bob Burg, consultant, presenter, and author of a number of books on sales, marketing, and influence. The three discuss Bob Burg’s philosophy of always giving value to live a fulfilling life and to be more profitable in business. You’ll walk away from this episode with success tips for business and being a good influencer.

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Does your bottom line show that your business is profitable? Not the gross revenue but your net profit – what you take home after all your costs have been covered. If your answer was “no” – then you are not alone. Amex stats show that only 40% of businesses are considered profitable – and even…

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Creative Genius Podcast - What You Missed at Market

Were you not able to attend Fall Market 2020 at High Point? Neither were Gail and Erin, but they know some designers who did. In the first episode of Season Two, Gail and Erin let a panel of expert designers discuss their experiences at Fall Market, the insights and trends they noticed, and of course their absolute favorite products. You’ll find out the best trends in upcoming design, but also how the current state of the world has affected furniture shipping.

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When I ask designers what they think they need to run a successful business, they almost always say more clients or better projects. Rarely do they mention help managing their finances. Yet, eight out of ten small businesses run into trouble or fail because of poor cash flow management. That’s right; it’s not because they…

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As we reach the end of the year, the unforeseen challenges you faced in 2020 may have made your goals more difficult to obtain and you may have had to readjust and shuffle some objectives around. But before you allow the setbacks of 2020 to infect your thoughts with negativity, whether you lead a “team”…

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