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HOW COOL IS THIS LEMONADE BUSINESS FLORIDA USA

September 7th, 2014

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Sour Lemons: T.J. Guerrero, 12, set up a time-honored American tradition: a lemonade stand in front of his family home in Dunedin, Fla. Then a neighbor replied with a newer American tradition regarding innocent youthful pastimes: he reported the stand to authorities. “Please help me regain my quiet home and neighborhood,” complained Doug Wilkey, 61, in a letter to city hall. The stand is an “illegal business” that increases traffic and parking problems in the neighborhood, and “I am very worried about the value of my home, which is why I built in a residential area, not a business area.” The city wasn’t concerned, especially after finding all of the other neighbors support T.J. “We’re not in the business of trying to regulate kids like that,” said city planning and development director Greg Rice. “We are not out there trying to put lemonade stands out of business.” Publicity over the fight has business booming for T.J., but the city is investigating Wilkey because of a tip that he allegedly runs a financial services company out of his home, and doesn’t have the license required to do so. He faces a $250 per day fine. (RC/Tampa Bay Times) …That would buy a lot of lemonade.

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SO YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS, THEN CHECK THIS INFO OUT BEFORE YOU DO

November 29th, 2013

Should You Start Your Own Business
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THE DOZEN OR SO THINGS THAT STRONG MINDED PEOPLE AVOID

November 24th, 2013

THE ALPHA MALES & FEMALES LEAD THE PACK AS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE

FOR all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more.

Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength-tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”

However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. Over the weekend, I was impressed by this list compiled by Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker, that she shared in LifeHack. It impressed me enough I’d also like to share her list here along with my thoughts on how each of these items is particularly applicable to entrepreneurs.

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1. Waste time feeling sorry for themselves. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”

2. Give away their power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.

3. Shy away from change. Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear,” if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energise a mentally strong person and bring out their best.

4. Waste energy on things they can’t control. Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognise that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognise that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.

5. Worry about pleasing others. Know any people pleasers? Or, conversely, people who go out of their way to dis-please others as a way of reinforcing an image of strength? Neither position is a good one. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someone will get upset and will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace.

6. Fear taking calculated risks. A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.

7. Dwell on the past. There is strength in acknowledging the past and especially in acknowledging the things learned from past experiences-but a mentally strong person is able to avoid miring their mental energy in past disappointments or in fantasies of the “glory days” gone by. They invest the majority of their energy in creating an optimal present and future.

8. Make the same mistakes over and over. We all know the definition of insanity, right? It’s when we take the same actions again and again while hoping for a different and better outcome than we’ve gotten before. A mentally strong person accepts full responsibility for past behaviour and is willing to learn from mistakes. Research shows that the ability to be self-reflective in an accurate and productive way is one of the greatest strengths of spectacularly successful executives and entrepreneurs.

9. Resent other people’s success. It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people’s success. Mentally strong people have this ability. They don’t become jealous or resentful when others succeed (although they may take close notes on what the individual did well). They are willing to work hard for their own chances at success, without relying on shortcuts.

10. Give up after failure. Every failure is a chance to improve. Even the greatest entrepreneurs are willing to admit that their early efforts invariably brought many failures. Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again, if necessary, as long as the learning experience from every “failure” can bring them closer to their ultimate goals.

11. Fear alone time. Mentally strong people enjoy and even treasure the time they spend alone. They use their downtime to reflect, to plan, and to be productive. Most importantly, they don’t depend on others to shore up their happiness and moods. They can be happy with others, and they can also be happy alone.

12. Feel the world owes them anything. Particularly in the current economy, executives and employees at every level are gaining the realisation that the world does not owe them a salary, a benefits package and a comfortable life, regardless of their preparation and schooling. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits, at every stage of the game.

13. Expect immediate results. Whether it’s a workout plan, a nutritional regimen, or starting a business, mentally strong people are “in it for the long haul”. They know better than to expect immediate results. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way. They have “staying power.” And they understand that genuine changes take time.

Cheryl Snapp Conner is a frequent speaker and author on reputation and thought leadership topics. You can subscribe to her team’s bi-weekly newsletter

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NURTURE YOUR STAFF TO BECOME LEADERS NOT FOLLOWERS

November 24th, 2013

WHAT TO DO TO GET YOUR STAFF TO BECOME LEADERS & NOT FOLLOWERS

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How do you bring out leadership in your staff? Try these approaches for nurturing leaders, not followers.

Let’s face it, not every member of your staff is destined for high leadership positions. Most of them aren’t. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t all leaders in their own right, or at least capable of it. The trick is to not fall into the trap of seeing people as either leaders or followers.

Leadership isn’t just about ‘who’s in charge’ – that’s authority. True leadership is about who is taking responsibility for making things happen. When you look at the workplace in that way you open up the possibility that everyone can, and should, be a leader. So how do you bring out the leadership in your staff? Try these approaches.

Find their unique gifts

We often make the mistake of fitting the person to the role, instead of fitting the role to the person. Every staff member will have strengths and weaknesses. If we design our teams around those and give responsibilities to the people who are best able to fulfil them, we end up with a team of specialist leaders who work together to fill in the gaps. These teams love their work because they are being set up to succeed, feel recognised for their contributions and feel supported by the other members. Most importantly, they feel important, and that encourages people to take responsibility.

Encourage creativity, not compliance

Having a quality framework is vital to ensuring a minimum standard of product or service, but we need to be careful to make sure it doesn’t condemn us to a minimum standard of product or service. When we make compliance the king, there is no room for exceeding expectations or discovering new ways to achieve better results. If we allow our staff to be creative, without punishing them for the mistakes that are an inevitable part of that process, they can take our business to the next level.

Reward results, not time

Anyone can work hard, and if hard work is what we reward then our staff will do that without necessarily producing great results. However, when we ask our staff to be results focused and relax around how they achieve that, everyone wins. If things aren’t going well then the whole team pitches in to get over the line, but if things are moving faster or better than we need them to, the team can relax and enjoy things a bit more. It’s like any sport – we measure our success by the number of goals scored not by the amount of time on the field. Reward winning, not playing – that way everyone becomes a leader.

If you redefine leadership as the willingness to take responsibility, everyone can be a leader.

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WHY HAS THE FRASER COAST REGION GOT IT SO WRONG CAN BE SEEN BY THIS EXAMPLE IN THE NORTH OF BRISBANE QLD

November 8th, 2013

WE AT THE FRASER COAST NEED DEVELOPMENT & JOBS. EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW

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THE upcoming boom of jobs in the North Lakes region will have an impact so big it will directly affect the unemployment rate.

That’s the assessment of Sarina Russo Strathpine Manager Matt Perry, who said interest in projects like Costco was at an highest high among local job seekers.

The North Lakes Times can reveal almost 9500 jobs are up for grabs in the next two years in the trade, management and retail sectors.

The bulk will come from the Moreton Bay Rail Link (8000), but will also include Costco (410), Bunnings North Lakes (160), Bunnings Brendale (420) and Super Retail Group’s Distribution Centre at Brendale (620).

“That’s huge. We’re talking large international organisations.” Mr Perry said.

“I haven’t seen this kind of growth this quickly before.”

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Small Area Labour Market figures for the quarter from December 2012 to March 2013 have the unemployment rate in Mango Hill/Griffin at 4.8 per cent, below the national average of 5.7 per cent.

“We’ll see it (local unemployment rate) come down,” he said.

Mr Perry said the of the roughly 1000 clients served by Sarina Russo Strathpine, close to 90 per cent were interested in retail or warehouse work.

But he said there would be another side to the story, with the impact on small “mum and dad” businesses yet to be seen.

American retail giant Costco did not put a date on when applications for retail are set to open when contacted by the North Lakes Times.

But construction on the $35 million project began earlier this month.

The $38 million Bunnings North Lakes will open it’s doors in late October.

Recruitment for the project is almost completed, with 160 positions once complete, with more than 230 jobs were created during construction.

It will be the biggest Bunnings in Queensland, at a size of store size of more than 19,000 square metres and parking for 490 cars

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Henry Sapiecha the editor,was directly instrumental in achieving developments in the Mango Hill, Strathpine, Brendale, Kallangur, Bray Park, Petrie areas of Brisbane Qld.He had a business there called Queensland House & Land as well as Compac Realty Pty Ltd. Owned and operated the Northside Home Display centre, Greyhound training facility in Kallangur and & land developments in that area with over 20 persons employed by him. Sold development property to the then Pine Rivers Shire Council for their new works depot & to the shires head solicitor a land parcel designated for subdivision that was designed by Henry Sapiecha. He and his company Compac Realty Pty Ltd were appointed project managers for a new shopping centre development in the shire attracting many large players in the commercial & retail world. Once the project got off the ground major players were clamoring for positions in the development in case they missed out.He was given the project management above the Hookers, Ray Whites, Professionals etc because he was able to demonstrate how best his services could be utilized to the benefit of the property owners. There is a lot more to the story. Interested & qualified persons can contact Henry Sapiecha on a need to know basis for a consultation.

Henry Sapiecha settled a sale of a large industrial acreage of land for AMCOR paper mill for their new multimillion dollar factory complex at Brendale

He was a consultant to the the then Pine Rivers council on commercial & industrial matters.

Property & business valuers were constantly contacting the offices of Henry Sapiecha to determine values of properties in the Pine Rivers Shire as he specialized in that field and had the biggest real estate offices in the north of Brisbane

The area of what is known as the Fraser Coast has got so much of it wrong due to self serving lobbying groups centering their efforts on land that is of little interest to the major players in industry.

The council in their well meaning intent has listened to people who know very little about nothing as to how best serve this area to promote growth and employment.

I have seen so many groups & individuals engaged by the local council & other government departments over the last several years with very little to show for it. The commercial developments currently proposed to be built have had nothing or very little to do with any efforts by council or consultants in getting the developments here

The so called talk fest groups sit around & talk rubbish in the main part with a misguided view of what big business wants & needs

The reality is that the major players in commerce & industry are already aware of what they want to make something work & just need these things presented to them to see if they meet their criteria.

The entire Fraser Coast/Wide Bay Region needs to be assessed on a ‘big picture’ & ‘long term’ level and by anybody’s understanding to date all efforts to do so have been cosmetic, placatory or politically driven at best.

Yes we have an extremely high unemployment rate here

**If you have some input into this argument please comment as it would contribute to the possible growth of this region of how we should be looking at development in the Fraser Coast Region

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SIGNS ON PREMISES MUST BE HEEDED WHEN CANVASING DOOR TO DOOR SAYS JUDGE AGAINST ENERGY PROVIDER AGL

October 11th, 2013

DOOR TO DOOR CANVASING IS FINE BUT BEWARE THE SIGNS

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AGL could face a fine of $50,000, after one of its door-to-door sales people ignored a Do Not Knock sign.

The Federal Court in Melbourne found the energy retailer and its agent CPM Australia breached Australian consumer law by ignoring the sign.

The breach occurred in 2011 when an uninvited salesman contracted by CPM knocked on the front door of a South Australian home to sell energy on behalf of AGL.

Despite a Do Not Knock sign on the front door, he remained on the premises and knocked.

Justice John Middleton found the message on the door was clear and sufficient to communicate a request to leave.

‘‘The message was an unambiguous request to leave the premises, without knocking,’’ he said in his judgement today.

Justice Middleton said the sign could constitute a request for the salesperson to leave.

The salesman’s actions breached section 75 of the Australian Consumer Law, which says a dealer who calls on a person to negotiate an unsolicited consumer agreement must leave immediately on their request.

Justice Middleton said it did not matter if a consumer did not request the salesman to leave verbally.

‘‘The whole idea of the Do Not Knock Sign was to avoid confronting a salesperson, and being caught in discussion.

‘‘Consumers may be vulnerable, or too polite to tell people to leave.

‘‘Putting an appropriate sign on the door may be the best, or only way, to communicate the request to leave the premises.’’

Consumer Action Law Centre chief executive Gerard Brody said the decision sends a clear message to door-to-door salespeople across the country.

‘‘Australians have a right to enjoy their personal time without the unwanted distraction of salespeople,’’ he said.

A further hearing to determine the penalty will be held at a date to be fixed.

The ACCC said the court’s decision confirms that consumers can use a sign to request uninvited salespeople to leave their premises and do not need to meet the salesperson face-to-face to ask them to leave.

‘‘Businesses must respect people’s wishes in their homes,’’ ACCC commissioner Sarah Court said in a statement.

‘‘The ACCC will not hesitate to take action to protect consumers in their homes and enforce compliance with the laws.’’

The ACCC will now seek penalties for AGL and CPM’s failure to leave the consumer’s premises when requested. Comment is being sought from AGL and CPM.

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ON A LIGHTER NOTE A JOKE ABOUT A DOOR TO DOOR SITUATION

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Knock Knock (Who’s There?): John Lee Baldwin, 35, apparently didn’t like having proselytizers knock at his Centerton, Ark., door — he told three Jehovah’s Witnesses to leave, complaining “I moved out here to get away from people like you.” As they headed back to their car, they say, they heard Baldwin turn to someone in the house and say, “Get me my 9” — apparently referring to a 9mm pistol. As they drove away, Baldwin allegedly started shooting at them. Police say Baldwin admits he fired “about” 19 rounds; he was charged with felony aggravated assault. (RC/Hot Springs Daily) …Police have figured out his motive: “He didn’t want to leave any Witnesses.”

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QUEENSLANDS MINING BOOM END DRIVES RENT PRICES DOWN IN QUEENSLAND

October 8th, 2013

Average rent in a number of Queensland, Australia mining towns is coming down quickly as the country’s 10-year mining boom fades.

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Queensland’s Residential Tenancies Authority said that average weekly rent in Gladstone, Mackay and Roma has dropped significantly – as much as 15% in some areas, in its annual report.

Mount Isa however, which is Glencore Xstrata territory, was one area that did not see decline, with average weekly prices rising from A$540 to $580.

The cheapest place to rent in Queensland currently is Maryborough, coming in at $255 per week, while Mt Isa was by far the most expensive averaging $580 per week,” according to the Queensland Mining and Energy Bulletin, citing the report.

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FRASER COAST & AUSTRALIA SOMETIMES NEED TO LOOK AT OTHER COUNTRIES TO SEE HOW THEY DO THINGS-HOLLAND FOR ONE.

September 29th, 2013

THE NEDERLANDS DOES THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE FRASER COAST

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  • School finishes at midday on Wednesdays. This is so parents can spend more time with their kids, and many employers allow parents to go home at midday on Wednesdays.
  • Amsterdam really could not be less about prostitution and marijuana. They are small parts of the city that some tourists (and few locals) enjoy, but there’s so much more to Amsterdam than that!
  • Riding a bike is the primary means of transport for most people in cities, regardless of the “event” – going to a wedding (bride included!), dressed up, dressed down, wearing a suit, going to the beach, taking kids to school, moving house, going to work, shopping, having breakfast, talking on the phone, putting on makeup at the lights. Any time a person in LA might consider using a car, Dutchies will ride a bike. No one wears helmets.
  • On warm summer evenings, many people will eat on the street (or on their front steps), cos most homes do not have air-con, and the streets are generally lovely.
  • Parties often happen on open boats that motor around the canals (as opposed to, at someone’s home). They stop near public toilets every so often (and at bottle-shops, to stock up). I find it very weird seeing parties motor past our house, just like a party in someone’s living room… but on the water.
  • Many people leave their curtains open, so people walking down the street can see right into their home. It’s not uncommon to see people going about their lives, including moments that others might consider private, when looking thru windows. It’s considered impolite to look thru windows at these times, however.

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Henry Sapiecha

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EDUCATION VIEW IN SWITZERLAND RADICALLY DIFFERENT TO US IN AUSTRALIA

September 29th, 2013

SWITZERLAND’S VIEW ON APPRENTICESHIPS & UNIVERSITY

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  • Universities in Switzerland are heavily subsidized. The tution fees would range between 1000 to 2000 USD per year. However, as Makiko Itoh writes correctly above, many people in Switzerland chose to do an apprenticeship rather than going to university. An apprenticeship consist of a 3 years professional education with 2-3 days per week of work and training on the job, and the remaining week by attending a professional school that provides job-specific but also general education (learning languages, math etc.). Interestingly many people favor professional over academic education as it is considered more safe to learn a “proper” profession first. After an apprenticeship one has still many options to advance his career. There are professional masters (e.g. master in bricklaying), but many also chose to attend a university after apprenticeship and therefore still go onto an academic career path. An apprenticeship is in no way a hinderance to advance your career in Switzerland, some of the country’s biggest firms have CEOs who started their career with an apprenticeship. Given that people usually start an apprenticeship by the age of 16 they still have enough time to chose among many options either professional or academic later on in life. However, a downside of doing an apprenticeship is that it is incompatible if you wish to do an international career and might not be recognized in other countries than Switzerland.
  • Switzerland has a very anti-elitist attitude and culture that stems from its protestant history and that has manifested in politics, education and society as a whole. This explains why many people do an apprenticeship instead of an academic education, in fact you almost have to feel guilty for taking an academic path and not having done a “proper” professional education in Switzerland. In politics the people do have direct control over most changes of the law (see Makiko Itoh‘s answer above) and government spending by voting on specific drafts and proposals. So the politicians themselves are really not that important (as they mostly just execute the people’s will) and people expect even ministers and the president (which is just a one year tenure with only symbolic duties) to be very modest in their behavior and appearance. Correspondingly, the ministers do not need bodyguards, they can mostly use the train instead of riding in fancy limousines. In fact I just saw one former minister and president of Switzerland at Zurich’s main railway station a few days ago. Similarly, a lot of Swiss people do not show very overtly if they are wealthy or not. You cannot tell if someone is wealthy by the way he dresses or what car he was driving. It would even be considered a bit frivolous to show that you are wealthy. This is actually where the Swiss banking secret  originally came from, though it is certainly used as a tax-evading opportunity in today’s times.

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Henry Sapiecha

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UPDATED FRASER COAST COUNCILLORS CONTACT DETAILS SEPT 2013

September 27th, 2013

COUNCILLOR CONTACT DETAILS FOR THE FRASER COAST COUNCIL

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Mayor
Cr Gerard O’Connell
Economic Development
Ph: 0438 231 868
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Cr James Hansen
Primary Production & Rural Infrastructure
Ph: 0448 074 310
James.hansen@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Division 2
Cr Phil Truscott
Cultural & Performing Arts
Ph: 0448 051 462
Phil.truscott@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Division 3
Cr Christ Loft
Small Business, Manufacturing & Service Industry
Ph: 0418 227 142
Chris.loft@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Division 4
Cr Daniel Sanderson
City & Town Centre Development
Ph: 0448 073 355
Daniel.sanderson@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Division 5
Cr Rolf Light
Water and Wastewater
Ph: 0448 038 891
Rolf.light@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Division 6
Cr Trevor McDonald
Infrastructure Planning
Ph: 0448 075 332
Trevor.mcdonald@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Division 7
Cr Darren Everard
Events, Sport & Recreation Open Space
Ph: 0448 045 041
Darren.everard@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Division 8
Cr Robert Garland
Community Health, Education & Training
Ph: 0448 038 831
Robert.garland@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Division 9
Cr Stuart Taylor
Tourism and Regional Marketing
Ph: 0421 602 480
Stuart.taylor@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

Division 10
Cr George Seymour (Deputy Mayor)
Community, Heritage & Family Services
Ph: 0448 183 372
George.seymour@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

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