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Master Crystal Restorer
GROWING NETWORK OF OPOG'S
A Tail Away, Inc.
2670 Hickory Rd. - Canton, GA 30115
Phone; (770) 375-9682 Web: firstname.lastname@example.org
August/September 2018 - Profiling oPOG's
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The Science of Beauty - Samantha Dickey
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You have heard of YPOW (Young Professionals of Woodstock ) YPM ( Young Professionals of Milwaukee) and so on. This month we are profiling an OPOG (Older Professional Of Georgia). Meet Mary Brightwell. A savvy, entrepreneur who has mastered the art of restoring crystal. She has grown her client base is located in some of the most influential neighborhoods of Georgia. Babyboomers are a growing number of OPOG's who are choosing to take their passions and crafts and turn them into growing businesses.
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OPOG Successfully Growing and Perfecting Her Talent
Mary Brightwell is in a field that requires a highly specialized talent. She has years of experience and can ensure her clientèle that she will provide them with the best results possible to restore their glass and crystal almost to perfection. I sat down with Mary and asked a series of questions.
Mary is one of many Older Professionals who are taking their passions and crafts and growing starting and growing a business. There are many YPO (Young Professionals Of) groups. One that comes to mind is YPOW (Young Professional of Woodstock) or YPM (Young Professional of Milwaukee). However these groups do not take into consider the growing population of Baby Boomers who are also looking for ways to learn from other like minded entrepreneurs, network and grow their business via valued connections and resources. Mary is an excellent example of a OPOG (Older Professionals in Georgia) a growing population who are adding to the growing business population in the state of Georgia. So, read on and find out why Mary is August 2018 GA|BIZ profile.
Mary, how did you being interested in the business of restoring glass and crystal?
I began my career more than 25 years ago in Atlanta under the direction of Fred Austin, a master in the field of crystal restoration, at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. After graduating from the Women’s College of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education I expanded my professional opportunities and interest in combining creativity and craft. I literally broke thru the “glass ceiling” by becoming an apprentice to the man who is often referred to as the “father of crystal restoration”. Fred did not want to teach me at first because this was a male dominated craft. I just jumped in and helped him with customers one busy apprentice with Fred for over a year - working on hundreds of crystal repairs.
As a “OPOG entrepreneur,” do you feel that you are just beginning your career or have extended your career?
I have enjoyed several artistic careers over the years but, I always come back to the crystal repair. I feel I'm helping customers keep family memories alive and can pass them on down to new generations.
What is your advice for other OPOG's?
Make sure you have the passion for the business you want to build. Besides hard work, it will take the desire to get through the peaks and valleys of your start up. Be sure to seek out people and resources who will encourage you to take " that jump", instead of the naysayers. For example, check out BabyBoomerBusinessOwner.com for advice.
Any push back from family, friends regarding you being in a semi dangerous profession?
No, most people do not realize the hazards of working with delicate crystal. Safety is important and I wear protective glasses and special gloves while working with leaded crystal, in a well-ventilated room.
What are your goals for the future of your business?
I hope my good health lets me keep working for several more years. Maybe one day someone will invent a liquid crystal and then I can really retire.
"I just spent my entire weekend binge watching that show!"
"I just couldn't put that book down! "
"The characters really came alive."
"I felt like I was there."
The entirety of our society and history is about the stories that people have lived or dreamed. Stories bring us closer together when they show us humanity. They motivate us when they show bravery. They improve us when they show us our dark side.
Stories can be as mundane as the one about the time I dropped my toast and it landed buttered-side-up, or as exciting as the time I rushed headlong into a fire to save my sisters cat!
In all stories lies a common theme: empathy. "I can see myself in this." "If I had been there, I would have stood up to the bully." I remember when my first child was born too. It was such a beautiful moment." "I could never be that brave." "I’m going to start a business too!"
Stories draw people together. They help us to identify the things we have in common with others and give us something to build on. Commonalities that we find in our mutual stories help us identify new products, companies, and individuals that we identify with. The partnerships that we form in business develop because of shared visions. Trust in client relationships comes, not because you have the best price or product, but because our clients can see a little bit of themselves in the story of your product or service.
People crave connection with each other. For this reason, growing companies must find ways to tell their stories in compelling ways to connect their audience to the things that connect them. Storytelling should be at the heart of all marketing content.
Connecting people is at the heart of what I do. I believe that every company has a compelling story, a strong "WHY" behind their business that, if they tell it right, can change the way their customers find them, interact with them and refer them.
That's why we at Exponential Evolution are putting together communities of companies to share their stories, engage a new audience, and work together to make their communities better. We're focused on storytelling.
We are helping companies find what makes them different, creating stories through short videos, and sharing those stories through social media through to new audiences.
We take groups of 3 to 7 companies that all share the same interests, spend an hour with them to share their take on a subject, and then share that content for each company across all of the Facebook pages of the participating companies.
This solves several problems for growing businesses. First, they are producing custom, authentic, and relevant content, rather than relying on finding a new promotion to post on social media. Second, they are reducing the time it takes to put together great content because they are sharing with others in creating content. Third, they are finding new audiences through other companies that share their interests, immediately improving their visibility.
I want to tell your story. What are you interested in? What makes you come alive? If you will focus on these stories, you'll find that new partnerships, customers, and opportunities will begin to present themselves as people start identifying more and more with the people that make up your business.
Let's create something great together. ~Josh
Breathes LIfe into
For The Love Of Sugar
Glucose (also known as dextrose) is the most basic sugar molecule and is a body’s preferred energy source. It starts out as a carbohydrate, a small amount, approximately 20%, is stored as glycogen in your muscles and liver which is used for short term energy needs and 80% goes to the blood stream to be used by any and all cells of the body. When we eat carbohydrates our blood sugars rise, and insulin is released. This sets up a chain of events that puts our bodies into fat storage mode. When insulin is raised, even slightly, it activates an hormone, LSL (leptin serum level), which tells glucose and fatty acids to enter fat cells where they are joined together to form triglycerides.
Fructose is another simple sugar that is naturally found in fruits. But, despite the name, whole fruit actually has a relatively low concentration of fructose compared to processed foods like agave syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, or cane sugar. It is metabolized through the liver. After eating sugar, approximately 20% of the glucose from the sugar is being processed by the liver. Now the liver has to deal with 100% of the fructose. The liver will convert a small amount into glycogen, while the rest gets processed into a byproduct. This byproduct is mainly made of VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein) which is mainly made of triglyceride and is bound to the VLDL. The VLDL molecule is small enough to get into the artery walls which thickens the artery walls and constricts blood flow.
How Sugar Effects the Body
Eating sugar gives your brain a huge surge of a feel-good chemical called dopamine, the neurotransmitter that makes us like something and want it more. Your brain starts to need more and more sugar to get that same feeling of pleasure.
Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners
One of the reasons why artificial sweeteners do not help with weight lose relates to the fact that your body is not fooled by sweet taste without accompanying calories.
When you eat something sweet, your brain releases dopamine, which activates your brain’s reward center. The appetite-regulating hormone leptin is also released, which eventually informs your brain that you are “full” once a certain number of calories have been ingested.
However, when you consume something that tastes sweet but doesn’t contain any calories, your brain’s pleasure pathway still gets activated by the sweet taste, but there’s nothing to deactivate it, since the calories never arrive. In other words, it doesn’t curb cravings or “satisfy”.
Safer Sweetener Options
As for safer sweetener options, you can use Stevia or LuoHan (Monk Fruit), both of which are safe natural sweeteners. But be careful to read the ingredient list, most products have added sugars.
Artificial and natural sweeteners can cause a dangerous addition to overly sweet foods. They retrain your taste buds to need more and more, sweeter and sweeter foods Healthy foods that are naturally sweet taste bland in comparison to sweeteners that are hundreds (and even thousands) times sweeter than table sugar.
Natural Sugar Options
Natural sugar options include coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup and molasses. While these natural sweeteners may contain a few more nutrients than regular sugar, your body still metabolizes them the same way.
The Bottom Line
The American Heart Association recommends 25g of sugar daily for heart health. Eating too much sugar and artificial sweeteners have been linked to several deadly diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Stevia and Monk Fruit are the best option for natural sweeteners but with most things in nutrition, moderation is key.
How Sugar is Metabolized in the Body
Sugar contains no protein, essential fats, vitamins or minerals. It is metabolized in your body both as a carbohydrate and as a fat. Once in your digestive tract, sugar hydrolyzes into fructose and glucose.
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Is the Window Through Which We View and Do Business with the World Being Shaded?
A view on Net Neutrality
The Internet is the window through which we view the world. We look through it to see the latest happenings in the world, do our job and form our opinion of the evolution of society. We expect the Internet to “...be there and be fair”. The expectation of Internet connectivity has become identical to that of a utility such as water, sewage, or electricity. No matter where one goes, whether at home, in a restaurant, or simply sitting in traffic, we expect to be connected. What we see is what we get, right?.
What would happen if you were only able to look out of a single window to get your view of your world? Well, with the recent reversal of previous regulations that protect what is known as NET NEUTRALITY, some fear that their access to the outside world will be forever changed. Making matters more interesting, there hyperbole, and F.U.D. (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) about what you as a user or business owner can expect as a result of the roll-back of the same regulations.
First off, let’s start by reviewing what is NET NEUTRALITY? Net Neutrality is the expectation that Internet traffic will have equal access for all content. Put another way, this means that Comcast or AT&T would be expected to provide the same speed and performance to HULU (a company in which both have a financial interest) and Netflix (arguably one of their largest competitors and network bandwidth consumers.)
With the rollback of these regulations, some speculate that the mega-internet companies will begin to limit network bandwidth for certain sites/ content while providing prioritized (or faster) bandwidth for sites that pay for it or that the carriers deem worthy. What could this mean for you, the consumer/ business owner?
Probably not a whole lot. At publication date, the major carriers have all issued statements that they will not be limiting nor prioritizing content through their networks. Although it is my opinion that this will at sometime change, the market will likely decide how much filtering or prioritizing carriers will be able to get away with. Those carriers that simply prioritize their own services over others will find themselves creating walled gardens that risk losing those consumers that prefer choice and autonomy on the net.
For those companies that wish to be the next Netflix, and leverage the robust infrastructure available on-line, carry on! Be mindful that the barrier to enter and compete on the net may see hurdles that have not been in place with Net Neutrality.
Do your best to disregard the hype and the noise about the end of the Internet as we know it with the end of Net Neutrality. Market forces and customer demand will help to keep the internet an attractive enabler of innovation.. The internet as you know it is NOT coming to an end...it is rather, evolving.
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Samantha 's Secrets
What we learned in middle school science class that can help us have more beautiful skin
My name is Samantha Dickey, and I am thrilled to be sharing beauty secrets based on science with you in GA BIZ!
In our makeup lab, we formulate skincare and cosmetics that help skin look smooth, radiant & healthy.
We love plants, flowers, herbs & farmer’s markets. Our parents own an organic farm in Burke County Georgia so we harvest many of the natural herbal ingredients from there.
We create beauty based on scientific principles that just about guarantee the specific results you want.
Here are 3 science facts that make our complexions the best they can be.
LIKE DISSOLVES LIKE
The scientific principle of ‘like dissolves like’ means that polar substances dissolve polar substances & non-polar substance dissolve non-polar substances (i.e. oil & water DON’T dissolve each other because water is polar & oil is non-polar).
This fact makes Oil Cleansing a possible and beneficial first step for gorgeous skin.
Oil accumulates on our skin from sebum, pollution, makeup, lotions, hair products & more.
Our skin needs oil to remove excess oils from our skin’s surface.
Cleansing first with a properly formulated oil-based wash prepares the skin for deeper cleaning and exfoliation.
ABRASIVE MATERIALS POLISH
Abrasive materials have a hardness that is greater than the surface they are polishing.
Skin loving face exfoliants use the mechanics of abrasion to gently whisk away dry flaky skin.
This action helps keep skin fresh & clear looking and absolutely radiant.
OIL & WATER DON’T MIX
This is one chemistry fact that most all of us remember from science class!
Skin pampering face oils rely on this universal fact.
After cleansing, exfoliating & rinsing, Face Oil formulations seal in moisture allowing skin to look and feel plump, healthy & smooth.
A light face oil barrier minimizes the evaporation of water from the surface of our skin.
There are many more science truths involved with beautiful skin including enjoying vitamin A & vitamin C rich foods and getting the proper amount or rest & water.
We are looking forward to exploring science + beauty connections with you for the best complexions we can get!
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Copan Coffee Roasters
Copan Coffee Roasters are unique, as they are both farmers and roasters of specialty coffees. Their passion and pride is in knowing and understanding the farms they source from. Always taking pride in the selection of seedlings, managing the trees, and striving to continuously improve crop quality, not only in on their farms, but neighboring farms as well.
They are passionate about the coffee we source. As both farmers and roasters, we take into consideration the variety, altitude, micro-climates, and harvesting & processing methods. With this knowledge, we roast in small batches and cup profiles until we have found the perfect roast. By understanding the journey the coffee has taken from seed to cup, we are able to craft the perfect cup of coffee.
Copan Coffee Roasters
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