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posted Jeff Zarling on 2 June 2017
1MC - Grow Together over a Cup of Coffee
Looking for opportunities to improve in your business? Then you should attend 1 Million Cups, whether you drink coffee or not. 1 Million Cups, 1MC, was developed by the Kauffman foundation to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. The program is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.
posted Jeff Zarling on 19 May 2017
KLE Construction – Woman-Owned Heavy Civil Contractor
KLE Construction is a heavy civil contractor focused on site work and underground construction such as utilities and pipelines that was founded in 2010 by Kari Everett. To understand how a woman started and grew a successful business in the male-dominated heavy civil construction industry, you have to look back at her formidable years.
posted Jeff Zarling on 1 May 2017
The 7 Habits – A Personal Reflection
Many of the entrepreneurs and business leaders I know feed themselves a steady diet of books and other information as a source of inspiration and continuous improvement to better themselves and their organizations. I myself am continuously reading, or listening to, business books, magazines, and other such sources.
posted Jeff Zarling on 20 April 2017
Little Muddy Gifts – A Journey to Retail
In May of 2015, Little Muddy Gifts opened its doors in the heart of downtown Williston on the corner of Main Street and Broadway. Owner Dana Johnson desired to meet what the community has long defined as a deep need for more retail options in the area.
posted Jeff Zarling on 10 April 2017
Lemonade Day – Early Entrepreneurial Exposure
Mayor Howard Klug recently signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, June 17, 2017 as Lemonade Day in Williston, North Dakota. The gesture highlights and reinforces the importance of entrepreneurship in the community.
posted Jeff Zarling on 27 March 2017
Palmer Bit – Six Decades of Manufacturing in Williston
Chances are you have seen the Palmer Bit sign sitting proudly atop a small shop in the southwest corner of 26th Street and 2nd Avenue West in Williston. Although it would be easy to assume they make or sell bits for the oil and gas industry, the company manufactures drill bits for the water well, geothermal and mining industries.
posted Jeff Zarling on 13 March 2017
Exploring Vision, Mission and Values
?When I think about mission statements, I recall with a chuckle the Mission Statement Generator that was available on the Dilbert website in the late 1990’s. Just enter your company name, click a button, and out popped what seemed like every other corporate mission statement at the time: “ABC Company enhances shareholder value through strategic business initiatives and synergistic partnerships empowered by employees working in new paradigms.”
posted Jeff Zarling on 27 February 2017
Simon Says – “Start with Why”
How Great Leaders Inspire Action is the third most popular TED talk of all time. The talk was presented by Simon Sinek in 2009 and based upon his book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action published in that same year.