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Today Steve Gordon and Dana Reeves will be talking about a variety of topics, from the best cities to launch your startup, to whether or not you should drain your 401k to start your company, and if you’re having trouble figuring out what business to start, we’ll share 7 hot, but kind of wacky, ideas that entrepreneurs should consider.
They’ll also be talking with special guest, Lara Dolan, about the impact her volunteerism has had on her business and her family.
Currently a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Consultants, Lara specializes in residential and equestrian properties and lives here in Alpharetta with her husband and two daughters. She got her start in business with a number of sales and marketing positions with technology and consulting companies. After leaving the work force for a number of years while her daughters were young, she chose real estate as her marketplace re-entry point. Lara started her own company, Kismet Management, to help clients get through the real estate down-market by finding qualified tenants for their single-family homes, and managing those properties on behalf of her clients. In 2013, Lara sold Kismet Management and turned her focus toward traditional real estate, creating the Craft Dolan Team at Keller Williams.
In addition to work and family, Lara passionately supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, chairing several large fundraising events, and as a member of the Georgia CFF Volunteer Board. In 2006, family friends in New York lost their then 13-year-old daughter to cystic fibrosis. Suddenly it wasn’t enough to just write a check – and that’s when Lara’s commitment to raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was born.
Denise Lunsford began her legal career in 1990 after graduating from the Washington and Lee School of Law. In 1997, Denise opened her own firm, focusing almost exclusively on criminal defense. In addition to the practice of law, Denise spent several years as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Law in the Criminal Defense Clinic, teaching the court system and criminal defense to third year students. She continues the practice of fostering future leaders in the Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office through UVa’s Prosecution Clinic, and by hosting interns during the winter and summer breaks. During her career, Denise has practiced in both State and Federal courts, is a member of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar, and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Denise is proud to represent Albemarle County as a Board Member of important community organizations, including Drug Court, VASAP, and Crimestoppers. She has also volunteered her time with a federal initiative on Evidence-Based Sentencing Practices to help determine the effectiveness of our current sentencing guidelines and whether any changes can be made to improve the system.
Together with Richard Brewer, Denise is the proud parent of three children, and they live in a wonderful neighborhood in Albemarle County. Over the years, they have worked towards making the community a better place and prioritized teaching children the importance of family and volunteerism.
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Let’s Coach with Mark and Carolyn, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Noon EST
Award winning business man Terry John is a busy guy. Like many small business people, he believes in improving his local community. In addition to running his Mid-Atlantic Tire Pros in Easton, Maryland, sitting on non-profit boards, and raising a family - he helps kids. Over the last decade, Terry has taken a multi-pronged approach:
Provided over 2,000 soccer balls to his local sports program
Started the Koats for Kids program in memory of his late wife Arlene John – giving away over 4,000 coats
Established the K.ID child verification program in partnership this the Easton, Maryland, Police Department, providing fingerprint and photo records for parents
His latest endeavor is the Mid-Atlantic Tire Pro Automotive Technology Scholarship Fund at the local high school.
Join Mark and Carolyn, as we talk with Terry about his drive for helping kids, what drives small business owners to work so hard in their local communities, and the rewards of paying it forward.
Deloris Moton Quaranta
Founder and Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc
Deloris (Dee) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc. She retired from the US Air Force after 20 year of service and that career has taken her to places such as Italy, Philippines, Germany, Korea, Puerto Rico and several stateside bases. After retirement and returning home to Jacksonville to work for the state of Florida as a veterans’ representative, she was able to understand some of the challenges veterans face, especially women. Answering to the call from women veterans, she founded the Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc.
Currently, she is working to bring awareness to the needs of women veterans. She was able to convince the Mayor to sign a proclamation to declare the third week of March each year, “Women Veterans Recognition Week”, she spearheaded a week-long celebration that culminated in honoring WWII female veterans, and she is actively engaged in various events highlighting women veterans.. Dee earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Limestone College of Gaffney, South Carolina and her Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix.
Dee’s volunteer efforts resulted in her receiving the Commander’s Award for Public Service and the Air Force Angel Award for Volunteerism. Having provided direct support for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1996, she received the Humanitarian Service Medal. In addition to the Commendation and Meritorious Service medals, she recently received the 2014 Workforce Champion Award, 2015 HandsOn Jacksonville Celebrate Good Award- Military category, and Wealth Watcher’s Homes for our Heroes recognition. She has served at guest speaker on numerous occasions to bring awareness to the challenges of female veterans.
Taboo Talk, a Christian talk show featuring Lady Charmaine Day (Pastor, Publisher, Author and Radio Host www.ladycharmaineday.com). Taboo Talk helps individuals transform their mind, body, and spirit utilizing the principles of Jesus Christ! On this episode of Taboo Talk, Christopher Cathcart defines what personal branding is, discusses 5 key elements of successful personal branding, his recommendation for successfully managing your brand over social media and personal etiquette tips you can implement to manage your brand. This was a powerful show you don't want to miss. About Christopher Cathcart: Christopher Darren Cathcart is a published author; public relations, marketing and brand development expert; and a noted social entrepreneur. In 1995, Cathcart founded OneDiaspora Group, a Los Angeles and Washington, DC-based communications consulting firm whose clients have included Jaguar Cars, Hidden Beach Recordings, UniWorld Group, Inc., Heart & Soul magazine, among others. His first book, The Lost Art of Giving Back, a how-to guide to volunteerism, was published in 2007. His second book: HBCU Experience, The Book was published in 2014. A graduate of Howard University, Cathcart has more than 27 years of public relations experience in the entertainment, corporate, and political fields. Before starting OneDiaspora Group, the Plainfield, NJ, native was an executive at some of the world’s leading entertainment and media companies. Beyond the world of communications, Cathcart is also highly respected in the advocacy and service communities. And for more than a decade, Cathcart has served as a mentor with Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles. Cathcart is also a PR and marketing instructor at a leading film school in Los Angeles and has conducted marketing/branding workshops. Visit Chris at www.onediaspora.com and email@example.com.
Welcome to Happiness Index. Today we will continue to explore the ideas we hold about Hope, Faith & Service as a path to happiness. Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. Faith is a sense of knowing and a tapping into a deep belief of what will be. We will deepen our understanding of race, hope and service as implicated in our book Beyond Fear, we explored these issues personally, communally and in-depth. Vaclav Havel said it best that, Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. Service is the practice of bringing our hopes to life. It is an action – an art of being helpful to another. Join the conversation and share your wisdom on Hope, Faith & Service: A Path to Happiness by calling (347) 539-5818
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It’s amazing to see people of our community, country, give back to their fellow citizens. Oladipo Olafunmiloye who is also known as Lafa is one man who deserves more than this recognition. Oladipo is a well known in the business of remodeling and construction. He has been successful in his lane and has decided to give back to his community. At his Gambrills Mansion, Oladipo has hosted small numbers of friends, family, employees and spent time at least two Saturday’s each month, feeding the needy. Oladipo has taken it further, he recently had an exclusive viewing for a project he was working on. A program that helps families in the no income to low income bracket.
We were quite privileged to witness the great things that Oladipo has been set in this world to do. As we approached the Gambrills Mansion, we were directed and ushered in an orderly manner, given a small goodie bag & the opportunity to enjoy such a beautiful house.
His project, “This Is Your American Dream™” is a reality-based television series that promotes volunteerism and provides free and clear homes to economically disadvantaged families and/or families who have loved ones with life-threatening illnesses or disabilities. The program focuses on those families/individuals that have never had a chance to own their own piece of “The American Dream”, perhaps as a result of their circumstances such as Breast Cancer, Autism, HIV /AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, wounded veteran, homelessness etc.
This week, Cafe Inspiration with Bobby Dee, inspires with the Epitome of a GIVEr, DOer and SHAREr, Toiyan (TOI) M.Hendricks. Toi is a philanthropist and business developer, pianist, motivational speaker and Empowerment Coach. is also a newly established co-author. Her voice is one that has many tones: articulate and prophetic through spoken word, yet also musically inclined to collaborate a classical masterpiece with a rhythmic phrase of positive daily affirmations. Toi Hendricks, an inspirational, intuitive motivational speaker was publicly speaking at the early age of 14 and active politically for the City of Detroit. Leadership abilities were established quite early for Toiyan. Successfully completing high school by the age of 15 as valedictorian at Nancy Boykin Alternative Academy for Girls Class of 1993 with a 3.9 Gpa (Detroit, MI) was just the beginning of the "Real life" ahead. Her college experience began in Communications/Theater Arts at the early age of 16 at Wayne State University. She and her daughter Sha'Rae served and volunteered together in Wasthtenaw County." Various organizations such as Americorps, Americorps Vista, Washtenaw Family Support Network , SAFEHouse ( A Domestic Violence Project), Foster Care Services of Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor, Michigan), C.A.U.S.E. ( Consistent Autism Advocacy and Unconditional Support Environment), and Autism Speaks were all delightedly supported through volunteerism of over 3000 hours by not only Toi Hendricks but also accompanied by her daughter.
Listen to the LIVE interview with Toi Hendricks and Bobby Dee, via mobile at 718-766-4964 0r online.
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