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My wife, Erica, has been an Executive Virtual Assistant for the past 6 years. She’s had the pleasure of working with some really great clients from all over the country. She has handled things like:
 
InfusionSoft, WordPress, Dropbox, Microsoft Suite, Database Management, Kindful, Email Management, Calendar Management, Social Media Calendaring, Reconciling Receipts, Project Management, Task Management, and she has created countless systems and processes to help grow other people’s businesses. On top of all that, she’s always learning and growing so that she can best serve her clients.
 
She regularly gets inquiries, asking if she has any availability to take on a few hours here and there. Here’s the bad news, she doesn’t. She’s all booked up. She currently works with two clients, she also runs our Children’s Ministry at Two Cities Church and she’s a full-time mom of 3 and my wife. So, she’s pretty busy.
 
But… A couple of months ago, we decided to take those inquiries and match them up with some of the best Virtual Assistants we could find, people we actually know and have worked with.
Here’s the problem we’re trying to solve.
 
  • People have dreams.
  • People launch businesses to accomplish those dreams.
  • People get weighed down with the details of running those businesses and they lose sight of their dreams.

That’s where we come in, Dream Support.

 

Our mission is to get your head out of the weeds and back into the clouds, where dreamers thrive, by providing Virtual Assistant services.

 

Now there are plenty of Virtual Assistants out there and I’m sure you could find one that would do just fine for you. But you get something extra with us, you get a Virtual Assistant that has direct access to the working knowledge and expertise of Erica Foster. As I mentioned before, she is a highly sought after and valuable Executive Virtual Assistant. She’s here to help.

 

We have packages right now for as little as 5 hours a week and up to 30 hours a week. AND right now… we’re running a 10% off promotion.

 
If you have any questions, message me and we’ll set up a time to talk through what we can do to help get your head out of the weeds and back into the clouds. Let us support your dreams.
 
Cheering You On, Micah Foster, DreamSupport.Club
 

Introducing local entrepreneur, Greg Zuffelato, ibelieveweightloss.com.greg z

Greg is a local, Clovis, guy. He’s a teacher at Clovis High School, but his secret passion… ok, maybe not-so-secret passion, is helping people get into shape and more specifically, weight loss. He recently launched a new book, business and website and he’s helping to change people’s lives to become more healthy. From the first moment I met him, probably 7 years ago, he was always trying the newest food and fitness fad. So, I’m absolutely certain he’s figured out a thing or two in the process.

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What’s the problem you’re trying to solve? What’s your mission?
For 20 years I’ve been experimenting and researching within the nutrition arena. When it comes to weight loss I found it’s so confusing people don’t know what to do, so they don’t do anything or try something and fail.

That’s where my mission comes in. I’m committed to making the confusing and frustrating, simple and rewarding. The I Believe Weight Loss Program removes all the guess work out of dieting and weight loss. Everything a person needs to be successful is provided. My goal is to make is so simple that all the obstacles are removed and everyone experiences success.

Tell me the story of how you started your venture.
Last summer a good friend challenged me to do something more with the 20 years experience I have in the field of exercise and nutrition. As I wrestled with what to do I thought about the most often asked questions I get. It took very little time to realize that people come to me with weight loss questions most often.

A short time after I started writing my book “I Believe Weight Loss: The easy-to-follow how-to guide to amazing, sustainable weight loss in just 4 weeks.” While the book was being edited and finalized for Amazon I also started my website, ibelieveweightloss.com.

What’s the #1 struggle you’ve experience up to this point?
Time. I’m so passionate about helping people with their battle with weight I’d love to give more time to it. My time has been spread out in so many directions. I don’t sleep much.

What’s the #1 WIN you’ve experienced up to this point?
After the book release and website launch at the end of November the testimonials started rolling in soon after. By far my #1 WIN is having people contact me with their success stories. I’m in this to help people and when you get to see it happening it’s very rewarding.

Where do you see this venture going in the next year or two?
There are many phases of this venture. I’ve only scratched the surface. In about a month I’ll be launching a podcast focused on providing nutrition information for the person that doesn’t like nutrition. Simple and straight to the point ideas, explanations and tips to help the average person be more healthy so they can live a fuller life. I’m also starting a video series that will supplement the podcast, with the same approach as the podcast.

In the next year I’m also writing two more books. One will be focused on how to feed your family for optimal health, with an emphasis on children. I’ll be co-authoring that book with my wife, Kim. The other book with be focused on nutrition for the high school athlete. Both books with be like my first one, which is an easy-to-follow how-to guide.

I’m planning so many projects because I want to reach as many people as possible and be part of the solution to our countries obesity and Type II Diabetes epidemic.

What would you say to the person who has a vision for their life, but feels stuck not following it?
Pursue relationships that help you get unstuck and relationship where you can be the blessing. As you seek help and give it in return you will continue to move forward. 

Most importantly get out there and try something. No one that has ever had any kind of success hasn’t first encountered a multitude of failures.

Anything else?
Stay tuned for my podcast coming at the beginning of February. Information about it will be on my website, ibelieveweightloss.com.

One Last Question, because you’re local to our community. Why do you love Fresno and Clovis?
I’ve lived all over the country and the Fresno/Clovis area is hands down the best place to raise a family. Great people, great schools, great churches, and a large Christian influence. We chose here over Santa Barbara so it must be great.

For more information visit ibelieveweightloss.com
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Kelly Chandler, WhoseCraft.com

Introducing local blogger, Kelly Chandler, WhoseCraft.com, a new blog featuring local craft beer.
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I’ve known Kelly for a number of years. She was a student of mine in a local student ministry I used to lead here in town. She’s always had drive and now since she graduated, she’s building her own brand… WhoseCraft.com

What’s the problem you’re trying to solve? What’s your mission?
As of January 9 I launched my first-ever craft beer blog. The purpose of the website is to inform craft beer consumers about various varietals, events, trends, history in beer, and craft the content in a way that is interesting and unique in order to enhance the demand for craft beers locally, nationally and on the rare occasion internationally.

The problem is financial resources. In the meantime, I am a part-time waitress eager for my next big step.

Tell me the story of how you started your venture.
I graduated at Fresno State with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and I have been on the job hunt for 7 months. Within the last 4 months, I solely looked for positions within the beverage industry.

I launched Whose Craft because it’s an excellent networking utility, portfolio enhancer, free advertising for breweries and I am able to provide interesting content by blogging — which is essentially an untapped industry in the Central Valley.

What’s the #1 struggle you’ve experience up to this point?
Finding a full-time career that provides the necessary resources for me to have my own place yet mostly retain my sanity.

What’s the #1 WIN you’ve experienced up to this point?
I’m starting my own business! It’s exhilarating. It’s terrifying. It’s insane. It’s incredible and I’m looking forward to how it changes my life over the next six months alone.

Where do you see this venture going in the next year or two?
It will go either one of three ways:

  1. I will find an awesome career within a brewery I interview with and keep Whose Craft as a hobby. 
  2. I end up launching my full-time career within a different industry and use Whose Craft as a secondary source of income or hobby.
  3. Whose Craft expands massively and I make it a full-time career from advertisements and sponsored articles.

You could have been discouraged from not finding a job right out of college in your field, but you chose to start something instead of being discouraged and working at McDonalds. What would you say to the people who have a vision for their life, but feel stuck not pursuing it?

  1. Find your vision
  2. Make a reasonable plan
  3. Stick to the plan!

Our biggest weakness from greatness is ourselves. Every single one of us is awesome in different ways. If you believe in your greatness and stick to your goals amazing things will begin to happen.

Tell me about the blog itself.
As of right now, I post an article on Whose Craft every Thursday. My first company interview-based article is with Riley’s Brewing Company and will be published January 23.

One Last Question, because you’re local to our community. Why do you love Fresno and Clovis?

  1. It includes large-town features within a seemingly small community (at times). 
  2. It has more to it, than most locals give it credit.
  3. My closest family members are here.

For more information visit WhoseCraft.com
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Humble Beginnings

January 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

Most great things come from humble beginnings. Great companies. Great non-profits. Great endeavors. Great ideas. Many of them come from people you wouldn’t expect, working jobs that have nothing to do with their big ideas. But they see a problem in the world and they see their opportunity to make a big impact with their big idea. It’s the barista at your local Cup of Joy, the sixth grade teacher at Liberty Elementary, the loan processor at Resource Lenders, bank teller at EECU, the cashier at Food 4 Less, the sales associate at Clovis Glass, the seasonal life-guard at Wild Water Adventures and the woodworker who sells their work to Vintage on Fourth that might just have the next BIG idea. And that idea might change the world.

And I want to encourage him or her to pursue it.

Check out this short video from DELL all about humble beginnings.

These big ideas that grew into major game-changing companies were the ideas of people like you, like me. Everyday people. Make 2014 the year that everyday people changed the world, all over again. Make 2014 the year that humble beginnings comes back into style. It might be a non-profit, it might be a business, a product, a service, a relationship, a trip, a dream or a vision… but you’re going to change the world this year. Just make sure the way you change it, matters. Make sure it’s not just an idea for idea’s sake or an idea for money. Make sure it makes a difference in people’s lives. Make sure it counts.

I’m going to start a semi-regular spot on my blog about local people doing amazing things. It might be a leader at a non-profit, a entrepreneur just starting out, a successful business woman, a city official or church leader. It could be you. The point though, is to share just how amazing our community is here in Fresno and Clovis. The point is to celebrate what people in our communities are doing to change the world, and I sincerely hope you are one of them. Check back often to see who I feature.

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This is the year for humble beginnings.

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Set.
Go.