Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

Hot Networking – The National Business Experts!!!

TNBE

Where Networking Gets Hot!

I interviewed with Gia Heller and her networking group, at that time known as Arizona Women (AWN) & Arizona Men (AMN) Networking, more than 16 months ago.  I’ve watched it blossom in to something that is absolutely the best of the best; not just in Arizona, but quickly evolving in to The National Business Experts (TNBE) with groups starting in several states, rapidly becoming a nationwide force.

As exciting as that is, we are now helping women & men all over the world starting with “Empowering the Women of Pakistan” to stand and be counted among the independent business people of the world.  When a business woman in Pakistan looks on the Internet and finds Gia Heller and The National Business Experts, you know you’ve put your kite in to the right wind!

There are so many networking groups to choose from in every city.  We all need the feeling of connection and validation that comes from long-term real world relationships found only in being a part of something bigger than ourselves.

TNBE is the catalyst that has allowed those of us who are serious about our passions, like Becky Feola owner ofAssisted Living Advantage who helps people transition in to an assisted care home, Cynthia Knight, the East Phoenix Valley realty expert for “first time home buyers” and Christina Wagner, Marketing Director for KFNX 1100 Newstalk Radio , grow.

That is just a small sample of the varied group members & businesses that have learned how to shine through social media, like FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn under the careful tutelage of Gia & her social media team of experts Social Media Masters, including Heather Dopson & Patti Knoles.  It is all a part of making yourself over from a small business, to one that people seek out and follow on a daily basis.

One of our newest members, Kimberley & Brett Noe of AngryBadger Studios w/Brett Noe Productions, researched all the networking options in the Phoenix area and landed with Gia & TNBE.  Listening to her and following all the instructions she gave them, they have been able to gain 35 new customers in less than 45 days.  That is absolutely incredible for a video/film company.  But they did listen – they did learn – they did grow.

You owe it to yourself & your business to check out at The National Business Experts!

My Husband – My Hero – My Teacher

Sonoran Desert N of Phoenix AZ 40968

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I married my husband almost 17 years ago and when we met he was just starting his teaching profession.  He was working day & night to prove to himself and those kids in his class that he was worthy to be their teacher and that he had something for them to learn every day and 17 years later he is still doing exactly the same thing.

Our school in South Phoenix, AZ, is a very small private school in a very low-income part of the city.  Although we have seen our neighborhood grow and in many ways prosper, the truth of the matter is that when it comes to education here it is still sadly lacking.  We have about 50-60 students each year and we work on the old school-house principle.  We have K4-1st grade in 1 class and 2nd-4th grade in another, and my husband teaches 5th-8th grade all subjects. (Yup – he’s very smart! – all our teachers are very gifted.)

I love to see his kids come in to his class from the public school system at 5th, 7th or even 8th grade who can’t read or write their own names and leave with purpose, discipline, motivation and the ability to learn and become more than they ever thought they could be. Not every child who comes in to the school goes on to achieve “greatness” – that would be me telling more than a “tall tale”.  But I have seen children learn to read and how to socialize with kids & adults – re-purpose their goals and ultimately their futures with tools that have been gladly given to them.

Yes, we charge a tuition – a free education can be had at the public school, and the Arizona Charter School system leaves so much to be desired that we decided years ago that if the parents cared enough to pay even the lowest of tuitions they would care enough to back their children in all they wanted to do with their lives.  We’ve seen children come out of our neighborhood (27 years in the love of educating children) and go on to full scholarships: become doctors, lawyers, international baccalaureate members, scientists and excel in film as well as many other realms of creative and caring avenues.

So, when I say that my husband is my hero and my teacher – I really mean that – He teaches me every day how to open my heart to one more person – to see beyond what that person is wearing, the color of their skin, or the accent in their voice. He shows me that even in a little neighborhood in South Phoenix, AZ, our little school, in love, compassion and education can make a HUGE difference!

My Old Man…That’s what he calls himself…

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That is not what I call him. I call him my friend, my confidant, my lover, my help-mate, my soul-mate, and he has now been gone for almost 3 weeks hunting in the mountains with several other people from our church. Big annual deer & elk hunt…spread across half the state of Arizona.

I miss him…so much…and him being gone always reminds me of how much he means to me. I think it’s sad that he has to be gone from my life for me to remember how much I love him…It shouldn’t be that way at all. He will tell me that I have hundreds of brothers & sisters at the church to encourage me and keep me going when the way looks hard…and as much as I love them and they love me –  they’re still not him.

He’s coming home this weekend (God-willing) and I am picking up 2 of my 4 grandbabies to come stay with me until he gets home.  They miss him horribly when he’s gone – He’s the Principal & 5th-8th grade teacher at the private school at Pleasantview and so 3 of my grandbabies see him 5-6 times a week.  Heck – they see him more than I do…

But, tonight after work I am heading over to Pleasantview and hopefully have dinner with my babies and hug them and love them and tell them how much I miss them when I don’t see them.  To let them know too that Papa will be home in just a few more days and he’ll be all dirty and stinky when he walks in.  But that we’ll hold our noses and throw our arms around him and hug him and kiss him like he was the prodigal son coming home.

Then we will DEMAND he take a minimum of a 1 hour shower and come out and kiss us and hug us all over again!!!

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