The OWN has always been largely about permission, and ironically, it’s taken me more permission than I ever imagined it would to choose to stay home to be with my children. Older, wiser women kept giving me advice about this stage, about not letting it slip through my fingers. I kept nodding as though they were left out of a secret I knew: that things are “different now”. Women work now. It’s just how it is. And although I thought being home more was simply for women who were more crafty than me, or more naturally nurturing than me, I’m starting to see that the older wiser generation has proved so once again.

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Barari Writing, Marketing and Public Relations is the business you want by your side to lend a creative, fresh voice to your personal and professional writing. Molly's advanced degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing, along with years of experience teaching writing workshops, make her a great addition to your list of professional resources.

Molly's current focus is on teaching creative life writing workshops for older adults through Community Education of the Black Hills. She believes life stories are important heirlooms to be passed from generation to generation.Read more about Helen's work, and be sure to get in touch with her!

 

 

First tell us about your business--how and why did you start it?

I've been a writer and editor since the third grade when I developed my own newspaper for my class. My love for words continued through high school and college, where I earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. It's only natural that today I focus on helping clients with writing, editing, and public relations to help them convey messages in a concise and creative manner. I also love teaching creative writing, especially to older adults who wish to pen their life stories. This is a passion of mine, and I am trying to expand my business more into this area. I teach for Community Education of the Black Hills, for the Adult Day Center of the Black Hills, for local conventions, and for small groups. I started my Doctor of Education degree with the University of South Dakota this year to learn even more about the field of education and how I can help people learn to write their life stories. 

What services do you provide?

Writing, editing, and teaching are my focus areas. 

Who can benefit from your services?

I think anyone who needs help crafting their message or story can benefit from a consultation with me. I bring a diverse set of skills into the marketplace, and I look forward to meeting with clients with unique needs. 

What is a word of advice you can offer to other women in business?

Don't allow yourself to be boxed in to one idea of success. For me, success takes different forms every week. 

Why do you love The OWN?

The OWN has really helped me get the word out on my services, and it's a supportive atmosphere for any woman hoping to surround herself with like-minded career women.  

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This Christmas, we at The OWN have a special invitation for you.  It’s not fancy, it won’t cost anything, and there’s no rsvp to respond with. 

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Our invitation is that you take a little time to remind yourself and those around you that you and they are loved.

 

 

The astoundingly intelligent Fred Rogers (the Mr. Rogers) once said “I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now; appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.”  We think that’s true, and worth repeating.

For some of us, it might be easier to give this advice away rather than receive it ourselves.  It’s hard to be looked straight in the eye and told “you’re doing a good job”, or “you matter to me”, or sometimes even “I care for you”.  If you’re one of those people, know this: you’re doing a good job, you matter, and you’re cared for.

The holidays can be a time of great joy, and also a time of deep sadness.  Many times it’s everything in between.  This Christmas, please take time to reflect on the many ways you matter- how loved you are and what things you can and should be proud of.  Let yourself count your blessings, but also let yourself realize that you yourself are a blessing, too.  We know from all the things- the items- that one can give and receive this time of year, the best will always be love.  Let yourself soak that in this holiday season, and have a Merry Christmas.

With love,

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This Thanksgiving, if you’re up for it, consider starting a gratitude journal of your own! A sentence or a note every day- morning or night- where you take a breath, look around, and recognize what amazing things you already have in your life.  As this is the season of Thanks, it might be the best time of year to carry gratitude for the next 11 months!

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CEO, Dr. Helen Usera helps organizations and businesses identify goals and plans for implementation. As a John C. Maxwell certified coach, trainer, and speaker, Helen can help your business improve and grow through group training and individualized coaching. Dr. Usera focuses on her speaking and training on Strategic Leadership, Organizational Development, Leadership Development and Team Building. Helen is available for one to one consultations, as well as group sessions. Read more about Helen's work, and be sure to get in touch with her!

 

 

First tell us about your business--how and why did you start it?

I started my business because of a need to help schools. I provided technical support to schools during the No Child Left Behind era. From there, I began to expand into the nonprofit sector and for-proft companies. I enjoy having the ability to help people see their potential through strategic planning and leadership development.

What services do you provide?

I provide organizational support through strategic planning, personnel evaluations, grant/proposal writing, and leadership development. 

Who can benefit from your services?

Small businesses, volunteer boards of directors, nonprofits, and task forces.

What is a word of advice you can offer to other women in business?

Find a support system and make time for connecting to that system (one or more people). It helps to build perspective and keeps you from drowing in your own world.

Why do you love The OWN?

I know I have a group of people I can contact when I am needing help. It is a support mechanism.

 

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So- to those of us out there celebrating the changing seasons in weather as well as in our businesses, let’s remember to take time to be there for one another, to find the good as best we can, and to remember that no season lasts forever!

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Diane O'Connor purchased Dunn Bros in 2014 with the intention to create an artisan coffee experience. With the help of her staff, they've created a coffee shop with some serious appeal! Dunn Brothers has the friendliest baristas in town, and with fresh roasted beans, you're guaranteed to renew love for your go to drink, or find a new favorite! Be sure to get in touch with Diane & grab some coffee while you're at it!

 

First tell us about your business--how and why did you start it?

Dunn Brothers Coffee's focus is fresh coffee and good food.  We small batch roast each day to ensure our guests are receiving the freshest coffee possible.  My background is in business management/accounting/operations management, and I love coffee so when this opportunity became available it was a natural fit.

What services do you provide?

Full service coffee bar,teas, smoothies,  made to order breakfast sandwiches & omelets, fresh baked pastries, lunch sandwiches, salad & wraps.

Who can benefit from your services?

EVERYONE

What is a word of advice you can offer to other women in business?

Don't give up. Always be open to learning, surround yourself with positive go-getters who like to see those around them succeed.  Write down your ultimate goal. Go back to it often, on good days so you can feel the accomplishment of getting closer to it, and on bad days so you can calm down and refocus ;-)

Why do you love The OWN?

I love the OWN, as that's where I find these other amazing women to surround myself with.  They're all amazing and truly making the world a better place.

 

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