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posted Jeff Zarling on 1 May 2017
The 7 Habits – A Personal Reflection
Many of the entrepreneurs and business leaders I know feed themselves a steady diet of books and other information as a source of inspiration and continuous improvement to better themselves and their organizations. I myself am continuously reading, or listening to, business books, magazines, and other such sources.
posted Jeff Zarling on 20 April 2017
Little Muddy Gifts – A Journey to Retail
In May of 2015, Little Muddy Gifts opened its doors in the heart of downtown Williston on the corner of Main Street and Broadway. Owner Dana Johnson desired to meet what the community has long defined as a deep need for more retail options in the area.
posted Jeff Zarling on 10 April 2017
Lemonade Day – Early Entrepreneurial Exposure
Mayor Howard Klug recently signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, June 17, 2017 as Lemonade Day in Williston, North Dakota. The gesture highlights and reinforces the importance of entrepreneurship in the community.
posted Jeff Zarling on 27 March 2017
Palmer Bit – Six Decades of Manufacturing in Williston
Chances are you have seen the Palmer Bit sign sitting proudly atop a small shop in the southwest corner of 26th Street and 2nd Avenue West in Williston. Although it would be easy to assume they make or sell bits for the oil and gas industry, the company manufactures drill bits for the water well, geothermal and mining industries.
posted Jeff Zarling on 13 March 2017
Exploring Vision, Mission and Values
?When I think about mission statements, I recall with a chuckle the Mission Statement Generator that was available on the Dilbert website in the late 1990’s. Just enter your company name, click a button, and out popped what seemed like every other corporate mission statement at the time: “ABC Company enhances shareholder value through strategic business initiatives and synergistic partnerships empowered by employees working in new paradigms.”
posted Jeff Zarling on 27 February 2017
Simon Says – “Start with Why”
How Great Leaders Inspire Action is the third most popular TED talk of all time. The talk was presented by Simon Sinek in 2009 and based upon his book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action published in that same year.
posted Jeff Zarling on 13 February 2017
NextHome – Change and Transition at Fredricksen Real Estate
You have likely noticed the new real estate signs for NextHome – Fredricksen Real Estate. They’re a visible display of the change taking place in a business that has been in Williston for nearly forty years.
posted Jeff Zarling on 30 January 2017
Are Entrepreneurs Riskier People?
I recently spent time with someone I’ve known for over twenty years due to the passing of a mutual friend. During our reminiscing and catching up, he commented on my business. “I could not have done what you have done,” he expressed. “I couldn’t take those kinds of risks.” It’s a topic that comes up often as I visit with business owners, want-to-be business owners, and people who look at business development and wonder how some could take such risks. The idea of investing time and capital into buildings and equipment and managing people, production, accounting and customers with the need to keep it all financially liable can be overwhelming.