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Want a strong business? Hire a coach!
It’s still early in the year, so if you’re like most people, you’ve probably just about given up on that exercise and diet plan you resolved to on Jan. 1!  It happens to SO many of us every year, but why?  We have the best of intentions – we can actually see our new physique, and we love it!  We knew it would be work, but the payoff would be worth it.

Plus, we all know the basics: cut the fat, cut the sugars, pick up the weights. But as everyday people, what would make us think we really KNOW how to diet and exercise to maximum performance for our bodies?  Maybe you do know how to work out and eat well, but you just can’t seem to find the right combination of what foods to eat, and what exercises to do, to give you the results you want.  

More likely than any of these reasons for abandoning your well-intended health plan is that it’s difficult and much easier to NOT get up and get to the gym. And there’s nobody there with you to hold you accountable, so missing today turns into this week, turns into next week. . . turns into you’re done.  See you again next January.


That’s why there’s an entire industry of fitness professionals called personal trainers to help us with this dilemma.  These fitness coaches teach people what programs would be best for reaching particular goals. Then a good personal trainer shows how to perform and implement these exercises so they’re done properly, with good form, and to maximum performance. 

Lastly, these people actually SHOW UP at the gym – on time, excited, ready to work their clients out. They hold them accountable in the very way the clients themselves never seem to be able to do. The result? People learn about their options, set goals, learn what it takes and how to perform the essential tasks – and stay on course! 

This is how a healthy body is made and maintained. For the few who can do it themselves, great. But for the rest of us, these fitness coaches are the difference between healthy and unhealthy.

This is exactly what a business coach does for the health of a small business owner’s company. 

A great business coach helps the small business owner set the goals that make sense for his or her business, and shows them what actions it takes to reach and exceed these goals. The business coach then teaches the small business owner the all-important “how to” for whatever essential tasks must be undertaken. Remember, form is important to results! 

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, a good business coach is there with small business owners to hold them accountable for getting their work done! Just like a personal trainer, the business coach attends to the health of small business owners by empowering them with options, knowledge and a gentle push. And like our bodies, we can then have a business that operates consistently, and be business owners who can take command of what our business does, rather than just reacting to what it faces.

This lesson is a good one for other areas of expertise that your business might require. Want great advertising? Hire a marketing coach. Want your pro formas to be powerful? Hire a strong CPA. Be the business owner who is not afraid to reach out for help, but who’s afraid to wake up and find your business is unhealthy!  

Options, learning and accountability – these are the values that business coaching can bring to any small business owner who wants a healthy, strong, flexible business.

Bill Keeler is a certified professional business coach, as well as a certified professional behavioral analyst and radio marketing master. He’s been helping small business owners improve their operations since 1994. Contact him at (804) 332-6486 or at http://www.richmondcoach.com or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Community

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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