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Sandy Abrams

Breath Is The New Kale

Sandy Abrams | Posted 09.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Sandy Abrams

Taking three deep, long breaths has been my go-to quickie mental health tool for 25+ years, ever since I started taking yoga. It's so darn simple yet ...

A New App Turns Facebook Likes Into Donations

Sandy Abrams | Posted 09.20.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

Today, many consumers feel a real sense of accountability to address global issues and they look to brands to be their partners in social good. There's a new app for that!

My Ongoing Battle: Achieving Balance in Tech and Life

Sandy Abrams | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

It's such an exciting time to be alive in this evolutionary stage of technology as it infiltrates every aspect of our lives. But along with the amazin...

Small Crowdfunding Donations Have Large Economic Impact

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.09.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

Kickstarter has made an indelible mark on our culture. Those average $30 donations have added up to tremendous economic benefits that have enhanced our lives and will continue to do so every single day with the accessibility of crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter. All it takes now is a dream, a plan, a camera, a laptop...and some generous strangers.

Breath Is the Most Underutilized Tool for Success

Sandy Abrams | Posted 07.19.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

What's the one thing that we all have 24 hour access to, is free, we can use as much as we'd like and is a powerful natural way to help us find clarity, focus and be present? You guessed it... breath!

The Value of Brand Storytelling

Sandy Abrams | Posted 06.07.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

Storytelling is the new...well, it's everything today for small businesses and big brands too. It's how brands can differentiate themselves in this ve...

5 Things Wounded Warriors Taught Me About Entrepreneurship

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.16.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

Although the points mentioned below are not new ideas for entrepreneurs perhaps looking at them from a different perspective may help entrepreneurs take their efforts to a higher level.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Technology

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.03.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

This week is National Small Business Week (May 1-7) and much of the digital conversation celebrating our 53rd annual #NSBW focuses on how technology ...

Women's History Month: Interview With Construction Industry Maverick Barbara Armand

Sandy Abrams | Posted 03.18.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

I recently spoke to Barbara Armand about her now 25-year-long entrepreneurial journey. Armand has received many construction industry honors and serves as a mentor and inspirational figure for many women.

5 Financial Tech Insights for Small Business Owners

Sandy Abrams | Posted 11.23.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

Small business owners wear a lot of hats while learning to build a solid business foundation. One that may not fit so comfortably is the financial technology hat. Learning how to get all systems in place for successful eCommerce can be complicated and there is not a 'one size fits all' solution.

5 Financial Tech Insights for Small Biz Owners

Sandy Abrams | Posted 11.17.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

Small business owners wear a lot of hats while learning to build a solid business foundation. One that may not fit so comfortably is the financial technology hat. Learning how to get all systems in place for successful eCommerce can be complicated and there is not a 'one size fits all' solution

6 Ways First-Time Entrepreneurs Can Turn a 'No' into Momentum

Sandy Abrams | Posted 09.08.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

Entrepreneurs are usually known for the ability to persist until they've found a way to make their idea happen. An optimistic mindset has no space in it for a negative word like 'no.'

Telecom Engineer Becomes Biodegradable Shoe Designer

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.27.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

In the very back of one of the halls of the fashion trade show called MAGIC, I came across an entrepreneur in the footwear section whose enthusiasm made me stop in my tracks. He couldn't have been more happy to share information on how his shoe line was completely different from all of the other exhibitors.

Hurricane Katrina 10 Year Anniversary: 2 New Orleans Family Business Updates

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.28.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

"Our story is just one. Add those of a hundred people I know and then multiply that by ten thousand and you will be getting close to getting the picture of the more than a million people with dramatic stories from this massive disaster."

Tech 101: Interview With 'Tech Catalyst' Lori H. Schwartz

Sandy Abrams | Posted 07.17.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

Lori Schwartz has carved out a niche as a self proclaimed 'Tech Catalyst' or what I would say is a 'tech translator' for people who are outside the tech world but want to learn how to integrate tech in a manageable way into both biz and life.

Calling All First Time Entrepreneurs! The Time Is Now

Sandy Abrams | Posted 06.25.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) niche used to refer mainly to home renovations or arts and crafts projects. Today, it applies to creating and building your own career as well. Thanks to technology, 'CYO' (Creating Your Opportunities) is the new DIY.

Indie Filmmakers Build Business to Finally Disrupt the Industry

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.31.2016 | Business
Sandy Abrams

The job of most indie filmmakers is truly a labor of love, devoted to creating and producing films that very few people ever see. But the industry is finally seeing some push back from indie filmmakers Emily Best and Erica Anderson.

JP Labrosse: Former iPod Engineer's Newest Innovation & Future Vision

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.17.2016 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

From his earliest days, JP Labrosse says, "I've been interested in doing work that has the potential for positive impact." Labrosse was the engineering team lead for two of the early Apple iPod products.

Have You Taken Control of Your Online Reputation?

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.31.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Online reputation management isn't just for big companies any longer. For many years, the cost was prohibitive unless you had the deep pockets of a corporation. Today, in our social media driven world, we all need to know what an online search of our name brings up.

How a Shark Turned Lobster into Big Money

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.08.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis turned their fond childhood memories into a business called Cousins Maine Lobster. It started with a simple conversation, reminiscing about idyllic afternoons spent in their backyards boiling lobster and enjoying the local delicacy surrounded by family.

Reality TV Can Be Secret Ingredient for Chef's Success

Sandy Abrams | Posted 04.10.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Start with a food competition show, add a talented cook, stir in some drama and charm and you've cooked up a new celebrity chef. Is that enough for success in the highly competitive restaurant business?

Today's Business Power Couple: Social Good and Social Media

Sandy Abrams | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

The best way for a business to stand out in a crowded space is to be seen as a valuable part of the community. In Newport Beach, California where there are many health and fitness options, one business doing it right with both social good and social media is GRIT Cycle.

Yeardley Smith Launches Shoe Line

Sandy Abrams | Posted 03.01.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Yeardley is proud about the progress of the brand in just four years. She's thrilled that she took the leap of faith, created her own company and landed with her feet firmly planted on a solid business foundation... in beautiful shoes.

The Journey of a Juicing Entrepreneur

Sandy Abrams | Posted 01.24.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

People are making their post school drop off, post exercise, late afternoon energy stop at the local juice bar instead of the usual coffee spot. Going 'green' doesn't just mean being eco-friendly anymore, it's all about the juice.

How Entrepreneurship Made Me a Better Parent

Sandy Abrams | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Sandy Abrams

The business has taught me so much about life and parenting and it was always a step ahead of my kids so I could apply these business lessons to parenting.