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Site-Member Profile: Promoting Brilliance, Inc!

Organizational Name Promoting Brilliance, Inc. Lighting up your career and workplace.

Established: 1995

Organizational Owner & Leaders

Beth Wellesley Founder | Leadership, Career & Collaboration Consultant. As a career and communication consultant, Beth Wellesley has spent over 20 years in the role of career coach and cultural change agent.
Contact Info: beth@promotingbrilliance.com (612) 824-0454

Michael Peterson Board Member | Partner | SVP Client Services
Contact Info: michael@promotingbrilliance.com (612) 824-0098

Websites
Biz Site: www.promotingbrilliance.com
Blog: http://news.promotingbrilliance.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BethWellesley
Facebook: http://bit.ly/4hdwV6
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bethwellesley

Programs & Services Promoting Brilliance, Inc. is a consulting firm that provides services fundamental to change and innovation. Our mission is to support people in taking responsibility for their career and organizational brilliance. We work with organizations and individuals to create effective communication and collaboration as well as career development success. Our services and tools address the necessary connections that lead to sustainability and fulfillment at work.

Our service offerings include:

– Leadership consulting and training – Manager and performance coaching – Collaboration learning and off-sites – Communication development and training – Career transition consulting – Career development planning – Learning assessments – New work/life balance consulting programs – On-boarding strategic consulting – Business partnership consulting – Succession planning – Offsite design and facilitation – Customized workshops and seminars – Guest speaking

Unique Features We design our own programs, learning and development tools to address communication, collaboration, and career development. These include: Drama Busting™ Tools, Keyssential™ Communication Insights, Career & Life Blending™ programs, Team Brilliance™, Collaboration Pilots™, and Leadership Brilliance to increase your competency currency.

We support the vital connection between values-based decision making and leadership for your business and career growth.

Promoting Brilliance provides workshops, seminars and other Brilliant Connections events.

Upcoming events include:

June 28 | Aligning Your Professional Identity | Authenticity In The Real & Virtual Worlds

July 21 | Hit The Refresh Button For Your Career | Sustainable Progress & Continuous Innovation

August 18 | Sincere Connections | Utilizing Your Authentic Assets for Career Fulfillment

Check back soon for more events!

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Site-Member Profile: Tiger-Ox Painting, LLC

Date Established: 2001.

Business/Organization Name: TigerOx Painting, LLC

Owner/Executive Director Name:

TigerOx is a partnership between four equal partners, Anders Christensen, Ceridwen Christensen, Rachel Taylor and Jeremy Wikre.

When we first formed our company, we were very much four individual contractors. Each one of us was involved in every area of the business, because that is how we were used to doing business for ourselves. It took us a long while to differentiate our responsibilities.

Anders, with his much broader experience in the industry, naturally is much more involved in the public interactions: meeting clients, doing estimates, etc. Jeremy does production management. Ceridwen moved away from production when she was having her children, and took over the marketing and estimating aspects at that point. Rachel is currently on maternity leave.

Product/Service:

TigerOx Painting, LLC, is a residential painting contractor, but saying we are painters doesn’t capture the full scope of our work. We do both interior and exterior painting. The function of exterior paint is not purely aesthetic. Paint also should behave as an unbroken skin protecting your house from the elements, especially from the intrusion of water. We never paint damaged or unprepared surfaces, and a large portion of any project we undertake is spent in preparation for painting, not in painting itself. For our interior projects, the same standards apply. We paint only after the plaster has been patched, the stains sealed, the peeling paint scraped away.

The members of TigerOx have long histories with historic Minneapolis houses, especially Anders. Anders has been interested in historic restoration and the history of building styles in Minneapolis since he bought a Victorian house in the 70s. Because of that long association, TigerOx can rehab old fashioned double-hung windows, refinish old woodwork, hang wallpaper, remove wallpaper. Not only can we do this, this is the work we enjoy.

Unique Features/Competitive Advantage:

Our unique features are part of our skills. We have broad skills and long experience with older homes. We are happy to take on odd, small or complex projects, projects that might otherwise require several different people. We have a number of regular customers who have us come in every couple of years and perform a punch list: repair a doorknob, repaint a closet, refinish three window sills. We are not just tinkerers though, and have successfully completed large painting projects, from painting the entire interior for a couple in St Paul, room by room, or painting an exterior in Minneapolis which included more than sixty traditional storm and sash windows.

TigerOx Painting is very aware that when we work on your house, it may be our work place, but it continues to be your private space. We earnestly endeavor to minimize the disruption of the painting process, from putting away tools nightly, to cleaning up paint chips and debris as we work. With the passage of new EPA standards for dealing with the preparation of areas with lead paint in them, this isn’t just good sense, this is now the law. Lead paint is present in any home built before 1978, and that means that almost all of the houses we work on have lead paint in them. We are are a lead-safe certified firm.

Contact Information
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Web site: http://www.tigeroxpainting.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/TigerOx-Painting/107581559263214?ref=ts

Phone: (612) 827-2361

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Site-Member Profile: Promoting Brilliance, Inc.

Organizational Name Promoting Brilliance, Inc. Lighting up your career and workplace.

Established 1995

Organizational Owner & Leaders

Beth Wellesley Founder | Leadership, Career & Collaboration Consultant. As a career and communication consultant, Beth Wellesley has spent over 20 years in the role of career coach and cultural change agent.

Contact Info: beth@promotingbrilliance.com (612) 824-0454

Michael Peterson Board Member | Partner | SVP Client Services

Contact Info: michael@promotingbrilliance.com (612) 824-0098

Websites

Biz Site: http://www.promotingbrilliance.com

Blog: http://news.promotingbrilliance.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BethWellesley

Facebook: http://bit.ly/4hdwV6

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bethwellesley

Programs & Services Promoting Brilliance, Inc. is a consulting firm that provides services fundamental to change and innovation. Our mission is to support people in taking responsibility for their career and organizational brilliance. We work with organizations and individuals to create effective communication and collaboration as well as career development success. Our services and tools address the necessary connections that lead to sustainability and fulfillment at work.

Our service offerings include:

– Leadership consulting and training – Manager and performance coaching – Collaboration learning and off-sites – Communication development and training – Career transition consulting – Career development planning – Learning assessments – New work/life balance consulting programs – On-boarding strategic consulting – Business partnership consulting – Succession planning – Offsite design and facilitation – Customized workshops and seminars – Guest speaking

Unique Features We design our own programs, learning and development tools to address communication, collaboration, and career development. These include: Drama Busting™ Tools, Keyssential™ Communication Insights, Career & Life Blending™ programs, Team Brilliance™, Collaboration Pilots™, and Leadership Brilliance to increase your competency currency.

We support the vital connection between values-based decision making and leadership for your business and career growth.

Promoting Brilliance provides workshops, seminars and other Brilliant Connections events.

Upcoming events include:

Mar 10 | Career Redesign For Sustainability

Mar 15 | New Media & Your Professional Identity

Mar 29 | Sustainable Life By Design, Featuring: The Workplace

Check back soon for more events!

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Site-Member Profile: KJE Design LLC[ design that works ]™

Year established: 1987

Business name:KJE Design LLC[ design that works ]™

Owner/Executive Director name:Karen Engelbretson

Service:Graphic design. I help small businesses succeed with identity and brand design, direct marketing, advertising, promotions, website design and development. For large companies, I create engaging employee communications that help workers understand the value and complexities of their compensation and benefits. For local and state governments, I design and illustrate communications that encourage water quality protection and wildlife habitat restoration.

Unique features, competitive advantage:KJE Design is a collaboration of talented professionals working in design, content development, illustration, animation, photography, web development and printing. I match my clients and their projects with extraordinary talent and services. Together we consistently exceed expectations.

Contact information:Karen EngelbretsonKJE Design LLC651-602-9440karen@kje.comwww.kje.com

Notes:

Recent comment about a compensation brochure…”I thought this communication was extremely well done. You took a complex issue with a lot of moving parts and presented it in a very straight-forward manner. The design was very aesthetically pleasing… the charts, tables and graphs very helpful. We often underestimate the impact of a well designed document. Personally I know I am much more likely to read material that looks good.”

A local small business responds to their website…”Your design is crisp, very unique and fun. It well represents our company’s slogan and service. Ease of navigation, clear and readable – almost lyrical – text. You’ve captured our essence. You really know us, to be able to boil us down to the bare bones, and distill our flavor.”

During her conference, a client takes time to email…”Thank you so much for your hard work. We love you! Can’t tell you how much everyone thinks the booklet, banners, postcards are amazing. Yes, they are being hoarded.”

Following a branding and web development project, music to my ears…”What a classy job you did for us, Karen. Thank you!”

Karen’s *other* emerging business: KJE Felties! There is a Facebook page for that business as well, and here is the photo page from it:

http://www.facebook.com/kjefelties?v=photos

Special Bonus:

Native plant illustrations!

See the full collection here:

https://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=20845&id=1252340139&l=3704e8d25f

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Site-Member Profile: 3232 Design!

Year Established: I’ve been doing freelance web design on the side since 1996, and in 2007 I created 3232 Design and started treating it like a business. In January 2010 I quit my day job of nine years as a Creative Director to concentrate on my business full-time, and it’s been nothing but awesome.

Business/Organization Name: 3232 Design. ‘3232’ is my address, possibly the least imaginative business name but I currently dominate the market for people searching Google on ‘3232’. Take that, RFC 3232!

Owner/Executive Director Name: That’s me, Richard Mueller. No full-time employees yet, and I’ll always keep it small because that’s how I can deliver the highest quality design with the most minimal costs.

Product/Service: Graphic Design, specializing in web design but including brand identity, print, and advertising for small and medium-sized businesses. I love working with creative types.

Unique Features/Competitive Advantage: I’ve won design awards, yet at the same time I’m a great web coder. Finding both in one person is highly unusual, and it allows me to look ahead to take advantage of coding tricks in my designs that save tons of time and money for my clients while delivering agency-quality design.

Contact Information: http://www.3232design.com/

Notes/Misc other: Though my design is often envelope-pushing, my business is very conservative. It was getting obvious that I wasn’t going to get laid off and if I wanted to do 3232 full time I’d just have to quit. I’d spent two years saving everything I made on the side into a capital cushion so I wouldn’t have to take out a start-up loan. Still, it was one of the scariest decisions I’ve made. Would I lose the house? How would I feed my family? The net result is, I’ve been profitable from my first day, and the freedom is very rewarding.

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Site-Member Profile: Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP)

Organization Name: Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP)

Executive Director Name: Jason Pettus

Year Established: 2007

Contact Information: http://www.cclapcenter.com/

Product/Service: CURRENT: Electronic books, reviews and critical essays, social events, manuscript editing services, and an interview-based podcast. COMING: Paper books, performance events, classes and workshops, merchandise, eventual brick-and-mortar location.

Unique Features/Competitive Advantage: Nonprofit-oriented but with an underlying commercial business structure, CCLaP works much more directly with its fans and members than traditional non-profits do to determine not only the center’s agenda but which types of artists to most heavily feature; and by generating its revenue through commercial products and services instead of nonprofit grants, the center is free of influence from pressure campaigns by conservative watchdog groups, allowing it to fulfill its mission of supporting edgy and independent artists much more fully. By currently being a mostly electronic organization with only one paid employee, both overhead and production costs are nearly zero, allowing the center to try such press-friendly experiments as “pay what you want” electronic books and a Twitter-based story series, ironically generating a bigger audience than normal and a healthy financial profit, despite only 25 percent of the books’ readers being paying ones.

Biggest lesson learned in the last year: That success in the small-business world doesn’t gradually rise like a curving line on a graph, but rather in random starts and fits, which also doubles as “most surprising lesson learned in the last year.” Many times we can toil on a project for months without even the least external sign of success or recognition, the very reason that so many non-business people call entrepreneurs hopeless dreamers when times are tough; what I’ve come to learn is that these might very well be the times when you’re creating the long-term respect in the backs of the minds of random strangers who will eventually bring a big boost to your organization, like a high-profile journalist or venture capitalist, and that it’s this quiet time of simply getting the work done that precisely creates this long-term respect in the first place. It’s why overcoming self-doubt is such a hidden but important aspect of being a small-business owner.

Best advice for someone starting out: Dream big at first, and get a good mental picture of what you see your business looking like when running at full steam; then cut that dream down to a tenth of its former size, and first try getting that running smoothly before attempting anything else. As I’ve learned the hard way, by announcing small goals and then doing a little better than promised, you will gain an immense amount of respect and loyalty from your customers, no matter how modest those goals are; but by announcing an impressive goal and then not quite reaching it, you will garner almost nothing but ridicule.

Past activities: On November 29 Jason hosted a lively CCLaP event at Stage 773, with Nathan Rabin & Ben Tanzer. Author of the bestselling memoir The Big Rewind and now essay series My Year of Flops, Rabin and other “AV Club” staffers are regulars of the NPR and cable-talk-show circuit, as this former offshoot of the satirical publication The Onion has gained a life of its own in the past few years, and has become an outlet for some of the smartest and funniest critical essays currently being printed in this country. All of these subjects and more were discussed, first in a traditional one-hour sit-down interview in front of a live audience, then while taking those audience members’ questions for another half-hour. Cultishly loved local writer Ben Tanzer, whose four publications include the CCLaP books Repetition Patterns and 99 Problems, performed a brand-new 15-minute story on the subject of bad movies to open things up. After the event Rabin was available to sign his books, which were available for purchase in the lobby.

For information on the latest CCLaP events, check out:   http://www.cclapcenter.com/events/

http://www.cclapcenter.com

 

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Site-Member Profile: Nauen Mobile Accounting

Year Established: 1993 

Business Name: Nauen Mobile Accounting 

Owner: Lindsay Nauen, M.B.A. (Carlson School of Management), accounting concentration. 

Product/Service: A full range of accounting and bookkeeping services for small businesses and nonprofits.

Services include:

Weekly or Biweekly activities including data entry of bank deposits and other entries, running payables checks, payroll and invoicing customers.

Month-End activities including bank and loan reconciliations, financial report preparation, budget and cash flow updating, supplemental reports and journal entries as needed

Year-End activities including 1099 and 1096 production/distribution as well as the same for W-2’s and and W-3 form. Assistance/preparation of reports required by your CPA. Year-end journal entries and closing procedures as necessary.

Management advisory and Consulting services including projections, budgeting, cash flow reports. 

Additional services: Quickbooks, Peachtree & MYOB support (plus others), assistance for your CPA in producing your tax returns and other government reporting, and other business services as needed. 

Unique Features/Competitive Advantage: Nauen Mobile is so named because services are provided at *your* location, so you retain control and access to your records, and can easily discuss with the Nauen staff your business questions and financials at your convenience. Also Nauen has a range of staff to exactly meet the needs of your business, at the most optimal rate for you given your business requirements. 

Organizational Mission: To provide customized accounting and business services to small businesses and nonprofits who wish to outsource those services.

Organizational Vision: To be accountable to our community, clients, our firm and to each other. To form long-term relationships with our clients. To provide customized services, including on-site work when needed. 

Organizational Values: Integrity, Confidentiality, Long-Term relationships, Flexibility, Provide customized solutions, Reasonable prices.

Contact Information:

Website: http://www.nauenmobile.com/

Phone: 651/696-8913.

Address: 241 S. Cleveland Ave., A3; St. Paul, MN 55105. 

Email: lindsay@nauenmobile.com

Organizational Development:  Visit our recently launched website,  created by long-time client: NADA advertising!

 

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