Friday, March 24, 2017 This Week's Paper

It’s Just Business: It’s never too late to learn money management

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

Have you ever thought to yourself about why you weren’t taught about money management in school? Not only do they not teach you this in school, money isn’t talked about much there either. Well, the time for blaming what we didn’t learn in school is over because author Cary Siegel has written the book “Why Didn’t They Teach Me This In School? – 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By.” The lessons in the book are practical and can be applied by anyone at any age – from youth who want to learn how to manage money to parents who want to teach their children about money management, and heck even to those of us who still don’t know how to manage money.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who simply wants… Read Full Story

What is your dream job?

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

What is your dream job? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I ask this question in all of the interviews for employment that I conduct. I do this because I truly want to know what the applicants at my companies want out of life. I do everything possible to make it a happy work environment and working toward career goals – the goal of finding your dream job.
There is a difference in employees who work for a paycheck and employees who work for his or her dreams. I truly believe all dreams can come true if… Read Full Story

Business Spotlight: Adorned Abode

With the gift-giving season approaching, many people are looking for gifts that are unique, that a person may not expect and with a craft-y charm. This is where Adorned Abode, a fresh new shop in Freighthouse Square, comes into play.
Adorned Abode is a shop that specializes in unique gifts for men, women and children, as well as unique sections such as gifts a bride can buy for bridesmaids.
The store features hand-crafted items from artists not just around the local area, but also state and country-wide. Among the more unique aspect… Read Full Story

More Business
What is your dream job?
By Willliam Manzanares IV

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney What is your dream job? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I ask this question in all of the interviews for employment that I conduct. I do this because I truly want to know what the applicants at my…

Deadline nears to enter VIBE’s first ever business plan competition
By William Manzanares

Things are moving along nicely for the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship’s (VIBE) first ever business plan competition. Open to all colleges and universities in the South Sound and members of the broader community as well, the competition is generally patterned after the popular…

It’s just business: Give the gift of a lifetime: Become a youth mentor
By William Manzanares

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey Can you think of that person who helped you believe in yourself? From teachers to preachers or maybe your idol? I would give much credit to the people I like to call my mentors. A mentor to me is someone I…

It’s Just Business: What type of worker are you?
By William Manzanares

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.” – George Carlin What type of worker are you? Do you just do the minimum to keep your job? Do you go above and beyond? I have discussed in previous articles about my three round system to hiring people…

It’s Just Business: UWT business plan competition reaches out to veterans
By William Manzanares

The Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) at University of Washington-Tacoma has launched its first ever business plan competition. With the goal to create future business leaders in Pierce County, and Tacoma in particular, the competition is open to all colleges and universities…

“The spirit behind using secret shoppers isn’t to bust your employees or to make for a “gotcha!” moment when the employee may not handle things correctly, but rather to see whether your own policies are being implemented and i
It’s just business: SECRET SHOPPERS
By William Manzanares

It’s pretty much a given that if you are an entrepreneur, you are a very busy person. For those who have families to tend to, multiple business locations to maintain or other areas in life that don’t allow for spending every working hour of the day on site, it can be difficult to keep an eye on…

Little trainees (from left) Isaiah, William, Dorian, Isabella and Amelliah now have had their first taste of the working world and loved it.
It’s Just Business
By Matt Nagle

As a lifelong entrepreneur, it is no secret that William Manzanares has a passion for business. This, of course, includes working for success for himself and his employees but there are others out in the broader community that he also wants to help succeed – the youth. “Mentoring our young people…

It’s Just Business: The Minimum Wage
By William Manzanares

Last year when Dan Price, founder and CEO of the Seattle-based credit card payment processing firm Gravity Payments, announced that he would raise the company's minimum salary to $70,000 a year, he was roundly praised by many – and roundly criticized by others, notably his own customers. It seems…

It’s Just Business: The cost of being cheap
By William Manzanares

 In a lot of ways, service industry businesses – restaurants, auto repair shops, beauty salons, etc. – are unique ventures with their own set of challenges and rewards, and number one among these is the people who walk through the door. Service industry businesses depend on the lifeblood…

KID POWER. Vanessa Manzanares (right) and dad William (left) talk a lot about her future and that of other kids her age, with self-employment being as viable an option as becoming a doctor or lawyer.
It’s just business
By William Manzanares

With fall having arrived and school now back in full swing, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get kids interested in business – how to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in young people starting at the earliest age possible. Myself, I was engaging in business transactions going back…