“F” is for Fostering

I was excited to finish “E”. I was finally to the “F” words. “F” words are AWESOME! “F” was supposed to be for Factoring. I mean, really, that was one of the main points of this exercise… to talk about Factoring. And then this week happened. This week of zero sleep, frantic, nervous energy and a little crazy thrown in. “F”, my friends, is … [Read more...]

Entrepreneur…the other “E”

"An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little bit more than (s)he can chew hoping (s)he'll quickly learn how to chew it." – Roy Ash When the LDI opportunity was presented in late 2006, we had been telecommuting for over a year. The conversation with my now ex- husband went something like this… “I have two choices. I can get a j-o-b. I can work … [Read more...]

E is for Erkel

Keeping it real…this blogging thing is tough. I have a spreadsheet of words for each letter of the alphabet. My goal is to write about two words for each letter – one about dogs and the other about business. My “E” words related only to business. Crap, I am only on “E” and my system is falling apart. Oh wait…Erkel. Yes. Erkel. Steve … [Read more...]

Due Diligence…the other “D’s”

Biztaxlaw.about.com defines Due Diligence as: The process of evaluating a prospective business decision by getting information about the financial, legal, and other material (important) to the state of the other party. The term “Due Diligence” is imposing. This definition sounds imposing. Imposing and scientific. It should not be … [Read more...]

D is for Dogs…

In the immortal words of The Rolling Stones: You can't always get what you want But if you try sometimes you just might find You get what you need… I wasn’t a dog person. Before 2002, I was a cat lady. My ex-husband was the dog person. He started working on me to get a dog in the early 90’s. In 2000, we bought our house and the dog … [Read more...]

Cheerleaders…the Bonus “C”

I believe I was hired at the first factoring company I worked for because I was the only person they interviewed who had any idea what factoring was. When the headhunter asked me what it was, I said “Um, it has something to do with invoices, right?” The irony is that I had no clue about even that until two weeks prior. Toward the end of my … [Read more...]

Competition…the other “C”

I am competitive - a blessing and a curse. The compulsion to compete - to win – to be right - to be the best is so ingrained in me that sometimes I lose sight of what winning, being right and being the best actually means. When I got my first Cane Corso, Gandhi, I wanted the best of the best – a breedable show dog. He was going to win every … [Read more...]

“C” is for the 5C’s of Credit

Investorwords.com defines the 5C’s of Credit as: The five key elements a borrower should have to obtain credit: character (integrity), capacity (sufficient cash flow to service the obligation), capital (net worth), collateral (assets to secure the debt), and conditions (of the borrower and the overall economy). Makes sense, right? No one … [Read more...]

Balance, Blending and other “B’s”

In 2012, my attorney, Cathy Robertson (www.Pahl-mccay.com), invited me to the 10th Annual Women in Leadership dinner sponsored by the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Dinners like this are not my thing. I really like my attorney though – she and I have gotten to be good friends. Not only are dinners like this not my thing, key-note … [Read more...]

“B” is for BNI

I never wanted to be in sales – or network, or do anything that required me to play nice with others for extended periods of time. My whole career had been “back of the house” – first in collections and then in factoring. The networking thing was a fluke. I was working for a failing company that didn’t know if was failing when I was hired. I … [Read more...]