Monthly Archives: February 2013


Tuesday Tidbits showcases Inspirational Women in Business – Recognizing Local Success

GRACE BROOKE – Your Efficiency Specialist
About 2 years ago, I had the privelege of meeting Grace Brooke at a Big Event here in Sacramento.  She was one of the featured speakers and had a great story about her life and how she reached for and achieved her goals.  I connected with Grace Brooke in social media shortly thereafter and have been a huge fan of her Efficiency Specialist information.  She organized an online accountability group that I was a part of where people from all over help each other become more efficient and organized.  It was very effective and helped me clear up a cluttered area in my home office.  Her Facebook posts of organizational ideas are fabulous and I highly recommend you get to know Grace Brooke.

If you haven’t heard of Ava Lemert, you really don’t know what you’re missing.

Known as the “Singing Saxtress of Soul”, Ava Lemert is a many-faceted talent, blessed with an immense, soulful voice to deliver her own lyrics and compositions. As an arranger and producer, Ava is also able to create music for film, TV and commercials. What’s so rare and intriguing about Ava as an artist is that she is also an accomplished saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, who enjoys bringing her music right into the audience. There’s so much more to this ‘5-foot 1-derwoman’ of song. That might be why Ava Lemert is also known as ‘Tiny DynaMite.’

The glimmer of Ava’s many talents has caught the eye of some impressive names in the music business. “Working on a Groovy Thing,” the only cover on Ava’s latest album 12welve, was produced and arranged by Tower of Power keyboardist, Roger Smith. With a fresh arrangement, luscious strings, vocal harmonies and Ava’s sizzling sax, the song is reborn with Ava’s unique, signature sound. In 2012 alone, Ava garnered many regional and national awards and nominations and the industry is starting to take note and jump on-board with spin requests, appearances and much more for Ava in 2013 as a result.
Shooting began in August and resumed again in late November, 2012 for Ava’s first music video production. A beautiful, emotional, visual feast put to the music of her single “When the Night Falls.”  The video was recently released along with an all new look and promotional images and campaign and plans are being made for regional tours to support the single, video and Ava’s albums to date. With a busy schedule, Ava has found time to craft even more unique signature songs during her recent performances, and will be also announcing her first bi-lingual (English/Spanish) original latin funk boogaloo tune “Te Quiero, Mi Amor” which should be released in 2013. and

We look forward to bringing you weekly stories of local and national women business owners who are a shining example of hard work and dedication to make their business dreams come true. If you know someone who should be featured here, please send their information to and we will contact them.


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Inspirational Women in Business – Recognizing Local Success

Local Real Estate specialist Linette Gill (Lyon Realty, Elk Grove) has been helping families in the greater Sacramento area achieve their dreams of home ownership.  In addition to being a successful realtor, wife and mother of 3, Linette is an Autism Awareness spokesperson.   For your real estate needs, visit Linette’s website at

Truly Priceless Photography specializes in creating story-telling images of your life. Margo doesn’t just take photos, she creates priceless moments.  She has been a professional photographer for over 5 years and uses an inter-active and collaborative process to assist her clients in coming up with photo shoot settings based on how she perceives the subject and what her client’s needs are.  From sports to events to family to boudoir, her style is relaxed and candid while always remaining professional.  Margo’s work can be viewed at

On a National Level …

If you don’t know what Spanx are, ask the woman next to you. Fashion-savvy women and even image-conscious men who sport Spanx for Men undershirts are familiar with the shape wear sensation once named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things and created by former door-to-door saleswoman Sara Blakely. When she cut off the feet from a pair of pantyhose to look more shapely in a pair of white pants, she didn’t realize she was creating a multimillion dollar game-changer from scratch.  Click below to read the whole story…


We look forward to bringing you weekly stories of local and national women business owners who are a shining example of hard work and dedication to make their business dreams come true.  If you know someone who should be featured here, please send their information to and we will contact them.


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Entrepreneurship 101 … DAILY ROUTINE (Day 21)

We have reached the end of my 21-day journey to create new habits for myself and my business.  I’d like to thank those of you who joined me on my journey and gave me feedback and advice, both of which I’m very grateful for.  As I bring this series to an end, there is just one more thing that I want to add to our list of things to do for a successful business ….

~ Review, Evaluate and Make Corrections ~

Remember that your business is a fluid, living and breathing thing.  I see many people write a business plan and consider it “done”.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Your business plan should be reviewed monthly to see if short term goals have been achieved and to see if long term goals are still on target.  If they’re not, evaluate where things are not going according to plan and make corrections to the plan in order to turn things in the right direction.

I hope you’ve had as much fun as I had.  Again, let me thank those of you who followed my journey and implemented some of my strategies for your own businesses.  I wish you much success.   Starting today, I will post links to great information all of us can use in our daily home and business lives.  I hope you’ll come back often and enjoy my selections.

That’s all for this series ….. Now to out there and be AMAZING!

Previous Posts:

Post 1 – Get Up, Get Out and Get Going
Post 2 – Set your business hours
Post 3 – Scheduling your daily tasks
Post 4 – Avoiding and managing distractions
Post 5 – Focus, Focus, Focus
Post 6 – Never Stop Learning
Post 7 – Networking
Post 8 – Build a Strong Support System
Post 9 – Accountability Partners
Post 10– Making Slow or Down Times Productive
Post 11- Keeping Balance
Post 12- Lunch & Learn
Post 13 -Your 30-second Commercial
Post 14-Creating your Business Tagline
Post 15 -Rave About Your Associates
Post 16-Check Your Checklist
Post 17- Organization is Key
Post 18- Strive for Perfection
Post 19- Keep your business Page Professional
Post 20- Get out of your comfort zone

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