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Overwhelmed in life & work? 5 mission-critical mindsets

October 31st, 2019|

When I get requests for one-on-one consults with clients, it’s often because they are struggling in their business---driving hard, but not getting the results they want and expect. Extreme stress levels are a common underlying theme. Besides helping them identify key issues, I remind these clients that they alone have [...]

“Your systems are perfectly designed to get the results you’re getting” (ouch)

September 27th, 2019|

Our Black Dress Circle (BDC) roundtable sessions delve into practical topics that members use to optimize their business operations; last month’s discussions were no exception. We had lively conversations and shared best practices for operationalizing and organizing our businesses.  Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash Please don’t think [...]

Ohhhh the controversy: Calling BS on Work-Life Balance

July 10th, 2019|

There are many business and life axioms I subscribe to, but a common one I have a love-hate relationship with is “work-life balance” or WLB.  It’s certainly an important indicator of well-being and can have a profound influence on business success. So what’s to hate about WLB?  The word ‘balance’ [...]

Keep your friends close & keep your competitors closer

June 13th, 2019|

Business strategy is a widely misunderstood topic, but one that I absolutely LOVE. Ask 100 business leaders to define strategy and you’ll be likely get 100 different answers...but, in its simplest form, your business strategy is your plan for getting from where you are today to where you want to [...]

The subject I spent 25 hours on last month…

May 16th, 2019|

The quarterly business review is critical to keeping your business on track. How critical? Critical enough that I spent spent 25 HOURS last month discussing this subject with Black Dress Circle roundtable members. It’s so, so important that as business owners, we check-in at key points throughout the year to [...]

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– Nancy Cripe, President/Auctioneer at GRS Auctions

“Black Dress Circle provides the time, resources, and structure to be forward-thinking about my business.”

– Kathy Jordan, CEO and Founder, Jordan Search Consultants

“I learned how to build the processes to support my intentions.”

– Jackie Hoyt, CEO, Hillsboro Title Company

“Erin does a masterful job of putting these groups together. The energy from all of the women in the group—and their varying perspectives—has helped me make some key decisions.”

– Suzanne Woodard, Owner, The Refind Room

“No matter how you feel when you walk into that room, you are going to leave feeling energized, positive, and motivated.”

– Angela Sandler, Co-Founder, xplor

“Black Dress Circle has given me the confidence and perspective necessary to do what needs to be done. It has helped me commit to and believe in my decisions, systems, strategies, and processes.”

– Kim Sagartz, CEO, Seventh Wave Laboratories

“As a result of my involvement in Black Dress Circle, I am better equipped to handle a wide variety of issues with my business. It has expanded my capabilities and my capacity.”

– Emily Castle, Managing Principal, Castle Design

“Erin has assisted me tremendously with identifying systems to incorporate into my daily practices to increase my efficiency and grow my business. She has also provided referrals to strategic business partners to assist me in these endeavors.”

– Joanne Johnson, Owner and Principal Broker, Insurance Solutions Plus

“Working with Erin and Andrea is like being in a branding/strategy lightening storm!!! Their ability to quickly grab hold of my message and how I offer that through my business is nothing less than remarkable, based on years of experience, intuition and astute listening. In one hour I had a clear strategy to move forward, including a new name and languaging for the services I offer, as well as pricing. Needless to say, I am impressed AND grateful.”



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