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It’s Just Business: Starting a business is like raising a child

Running a business is tough. It really is probably one of the hardest jobs to deal with. And for you parents out there, and single mothers, you have the toughest job on the planet. So I guess the best advice for any potential business owner is to raise your business like a child.
When a child is first born, you must take all the time to nurture and take care of him or her. I can make the comparisons between business and child because I started my first business back when my daughter was a toddler. I have watched both grow up, and now my daughter and business are both teenagers. My daughter is now 14 years old, and though we spend a lot of time together, I am now more of an observer in her life and the thought that she doesn’t really “need me” to take care of her is kind of how I also think about my businesses – they don’t… Read Full Story

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‘Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood’ by Trevor Noah

Hands down one of the best books by Trevor Noah, host of the “Daily Show.” “Born a Crime” tells the stories of his younger life growing up in South Africa born of a white father and black mother, which was a crime in those days. I have to admit I listened to the book on Audible and that is my recommendation, to listen to the book. Trevor narrates his own book and he tells the story in such a captivating way. Let me know your thoughts on the book and any other books you would recommend to read: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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It’s Just Business: Looking for a chance
By William Manzanares

“I truly believe in positive synergy, that your positive mindset gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great.” – Russell Wilson In past articles I pretty much complained about find skilled workers. At the time I saw the articles…

Small business job creation continued in March 
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Small business owners continued to hire in March, and they are having to increase compensation to remain competitive in a tight labor market, according to the March Jobs Report released April 6 by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “The post-election optimism we’ve…

‘Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood’ by Trevor Noah
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Hands down one of the best books by Trevor Noah, host of the “Daily Show.” “Born a Crime” tells the stories of his younger life growing up in South Africa born of a white father and black mother, which was a crime in those days. I have to admit I listened to the book on Audible and that is…

It’s Just Business: Would you read a book to get a job?
By William Manzanares

“The average worker reads one book per year.” – Grant Cardone If you were interviewed for a job and in order to get the job you would have to read a book, would you read the book? In past articles I have talked about the multiple round system of interviews we developed to help us find the best…

It’s Just Business: Exciting opportunities in China
By William Manzanares

Some fresh, new opportunities are coming to light for local small businesses via World Trade Center Tacoma. Rising on the foundation of Tacoma’s longtime sister city relationship with Fuzhou, China, and thanks to changes in government policy in that country, doors are beginning to open in China…

It’s Just Business: It’s never too late to learn money management
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

“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 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…