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My Favorite Small Business Champion

Entrepreneur and personal friend Jack Nadel is my favorite small business champion — practical, gracious and generous in every way.

Jack’s award-winning book, The Evolution of an Entrepreneur, bottles the very best of his wisdom, experience and astounding success into nuggets you can apply immediately for noticeable results. Many Spark & Hustle alumni received a Kindle […]

Make Money Now on Instagram

Yes, you can make money on Instagram. No, it’s not just a platform for pretty pictures.

My 17-year-old daughter Emma is my in-house Instagram expert.   She uses the site as the primary platform to promote her business, Em John Jewelry, which sells bracelets, pouches and adorable totes.

I’m sharing very specific examples of what she’s doing on […]

One Attribute of a True Leader: Giving Back

I was recently introduced to the Athena Leadership Model, a model developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership.  The attributes are Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, Celebration and Joy.  In a series of posts, I’ll share […]

Helpful Tools for Executive Moms

In many families with children, both parents have careers. There is nothing wrong with it and our children’s lives are enriched by the quality time we spend with them. But for women especially, we sometimes feel guilty. We feel like precious moments are passing and will never to be recaptured.
Growing up, my family captured our […]

Spark & Hustle Sisterhood

Welcome to the sisterhood of Spark & Hustle.

Get a vicarious smile from this quick recap video of our Saturday fun — you can’t help but be happy when you watch…especially when you see all the vibrant color that our friends at Vistaprint added.

A huge thanks from Vistaprint to you.

Every vendor table looked phenomenal, but these […]

Seven Secrets to Go From Passion to Profit In Your Business

Today more and more people are starting a business while holding down a full time job or a few part time jobs. Entrepreneurship is on the rise and many people are learning is it not always the smartest idea to put all of your eggs in one basket — leverage in your life creates possibilities. […]

NO MORE HIDING: Let Your Best Shine

Emma loves surprising me with old family photos. It’s her way of reflecting on memories.

This particular picture brought back a flood of thoughts. Here I’m doing what always came naturally: HIDING.

My glass half-full head says, nah, I’m just letting my two adorable toddlers take front and center. But the real me knows a different truth: […]

Develop Meaningful Relationships to Get Ahead

In Vickie Elmer’s recent article, To get promoted, women need champions, not mentors, Elmer shares about the concept of sponsorship. This new concept is not to take away value from traditional professional mentoring, but instead, to enhance it. In the article, she shares two key qualities of a sponsor: someone who will endorse you in […]