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Podcast Session 08 – Finding Our Identity

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Who am I?

Have you ever asked yourself that question…..

Well, we have. And we went to figure out and now have partnered to offer a course that will help YOU find out who you are and why you put on this earth. This course is called Identity and Destiny.

Listen to this amazing podcast session with Executive Leadership from Binger Insurance & Financial Consulting, Roy and Catherine Binger, as well as moderating, our President & CEO Ana Maria Quintero Lowry. Both Ana Maria and Catherine have taken the course and they share their experience in going through that journey. Roy has just started the course and shares what he is looking forward to accomplishing and see his transformation from beginning to his mosaic upon completion of the course. This video is only about 23 minutes and maybe in that time you’ll find that you too would like to start this journey of Identity and Destiny. 

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For more information regarding Identity and Destiny, chat with us below and let us know. We would be more than happy to help you get ready for our upcoming classes.

Inspired by Roy and Catherine Binger and want to get connected with them, visit their website by clicking the link below.

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Podcast Session 07 – La Mujer Maravilla

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En español

Celebrando la mujer maravilla hoy en día, heroínas en el negocio y en la familia.

En esta sesión hablamos con nuestra invitada especial Edna Carbajal, de Nehemiah Project México. Ella nos habla sobre su camino en el negocio y cómo ser un ejemplo para sus hijos. Esta increíble sesión le puede abrir los ojos a ver una realidad en cómo nosotros podemos ser un ejemplo en los negocios y simultáneamente en nuestras familias. Uno no tiene que escoger entre uno y el otro. Como mujer o hombre, podemos ser líderes en nuestras familias y también ser inolvidables en nuestras empresas.

Escucha este podcast. Es una maravilla.

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Para más información sobre Edna Carbajal o del Nehemiah Project México, visita esta página web o encuéntralos en Facebook.

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Create a Sustainable Business | Go Green

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Sustainability sets the focus on the future. It means the item or action is generating environmental, social and economic benefits, while not using up too many resources or causing pollution. Think about the next generation.  

Here are a few reasons why this is so important:

  • Cultivates a positive public image. Newer generations evaluate the “green “efforts of organizations to consider where to invest. 

  • A company that is sustainable (both economically and environmentally) is viewed as part of the solution; not the problem. 

  • One can increase profits and shareholder value through a combination of energy cost cutting and the cultivation of a positive public image that directly and indirectly enhances product sales. 

  • Ultimately, it is the right thing to do for the planet. 

Community Involvement has the power to bring positive, measurable change to both the communities in which you operate and to your business. Do not be a part of the problem, be part of the solution. 

Here are some steps that we take to Go Green and be Sustainable.

Reduction of Disposable Material
Each employee has a ceramic mug with access to reusable plates and bowls. We replaced styrofoam cups with paper cups for clients. We have also implemented a water filter to drink less from bottled water.
RECYCLE
For the past year, we have begun recycling the plastics and flattened cardboard boxes used.
More Digital
Although we continue to print, we have reduced greatly the quantity of printing and have moved more digital. For what we do print, we strive to reduce the amount of paper and toner used by printing double-sided or by printing multiple items on the same page.
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We hope this past month, you took steps to be Sustainable. 

Any step to “going green” is a step forward in creating a better Earth!

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Salo Engineering

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SALO Engineering, LLC  is an innovative Civil Engineering and Architecture company, with more than 10 years of experience, that creates cost effective solutions for the benefit of the people and the clients. They help you succeed in any engineering or architecture project. Their customer loyalty, quality service  and professionalism are distinct traits of the overall delivery you will receive from Salo Engineering.

SALO also provides a Full-Service Delivery Project through its project management skills with its staff, its professionals’ network, and associates.  They are an experienced company formed by enthusiastic personnel, willing to deliver the extra effort to meet or exceed their clients’ expectations.  Their clients come from public (government) and private sectors, including commercial and industrial entities.

FÉLIX M. LÓPEZ

President

CRISTINA SALIB

Vice President

Félix and Cristina, together, have grown Salo Engineering as a well-recognized engineering and architecture company that resolves the needs of many people and organizations in Puerto Rico and soon in Central Florida through their office in Orlando, FL.

As a growing engineering firm, we can offer the careful, detailed and complete services that projects demand. All engineering and architecture services are provided by very well qualified professionals. Our quality control and quality assurance processes are the main guarantee of exceeding the client expectations. SALO Engineering’s approach takes complex problems and creates cost effective solutions for the benefit of the people and the clients. We Design Smart Solutions for Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Water Resources, Environmental Engineering.

A & P celebrates the growth and graduation of Salo Engineering’s Vice President, Cristina Salib from the Bank of America Training Scholarship program – where she gained knowledge and insights into leadership, sales, customer loyalty and more. Now, Cristina is a part of our Group Coaching program en español.

Learn more about SALO ENGINEERING and their services by clicking the button below to visit their website.

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Dreamie Cookies & Dreamie Foods

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Dreamie Foods, Inc. and Dreamie Cookies is a disabled diverse business enterprise and has been in operation since 2010.

The company uses all-natural ingredients and offers several unique varieties of gourmet baked goods. The menu includes New York style cheesecakes, a wide variety of freshly baked cookies, and gluten free products. Dreamie Cookies & Dreamie Foods’ prices are considered both reasonable and competitive and the company caters to both small and large functions in all Central Florida counties.

Jack Pinnock, President and CEO, and Cathy Pinnock, Vice President of Marketing, have many years of experience serving the food catering needs of Fortune 100 companies, and national non-profit organizations. Jack has a strong background in Finance and Operations and has enjoyed successful careers at Merrill Lynch and Cigna. Additionally, he is a 2019 graduate of the Wyndham Vacations Mentor Protégé program and Chairman of The Hope Center in Clermont, FL. Cathy has many years of corporate marketing experience with The Walt Disney World Company and The Mark Travel Corporation. The combination of their Entrepreneurial and Corporate experience, has enabled them to have a keen understanding of the importance of delivering high quality products and services to ensure customer satisfaction.

A & P celebrates the growth and success of Dreamie Cookies and Dreamie Foods, Inc. and has seen them continue to deliver quality products and service during the COVID pandemic.

Way to go Jack and Cathy!

Learn more about how Dreamie Foods & Dreamie Cookies can be your solution to a satisfied palate. 

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Re-Fresh Purification

If you live in Florida, air conditioning is not just a luxury, it is a necessity. 

The best way to keep your home or office cool is to ensure your air conditioner is running at maximum efficiency. Regular maintenance of your air conditioning system can actually save you money by avoiding major repairs or replacements down the road. And the best way to do this is by contact Re-Fresh Purification!

Ricardo DePalm

Re-Fresh Purifications is led by US Army veteran, Ricardo DePalm. He has honored his country through his careers as a veteran and as an entrepreneur. DePalm has 20 years of experience in HVAC installation and maintenance; serving as the repair government project lead for the US Army, Project Executive Office while assigned to the Regional Command (Southwest) in Kandahar, Afghanistan and now in Qatar. He now serves as the owner and leader of the veteran owned business enterprise, Re-Fresh Purification, serving government agencies and private residential and commercial clients.

A&P International, Inc. is humbled and honored to have DePalm and his business as a recipient of our package program for DBEs composed of business coaching and business development.

Ricardo does not believe in maintaining an entitlement attitude when serving as a Certified Veteran DBE! He believes in delivering excellence in all his services. His common mantra is to “Protect the Nation; Protect our Client Systems!” Some of his technician certifications include NATE certification and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification. His clientele base includes: the Florida Department of Management Services, OCPS, and Universal Studios, to mention a few.

Congratulations to Re-Fresh Purification!

Learn more about how Re-Fresh can be your solution to air purification and much more by clicking the link below.

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Why Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneur

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Did you know that a business owner of one in ten of every ten businesses are veterans? In this article you will learn what qualities are being transferred from battlefields to the frontlines of the marketplace that make veterans successful in business. The purpose is to provide readers a mindset and appreciation of the skills and successes of veteran entrepreneurship.

THEIR SKILLS

We can start with discipline and hard work. The military instills accuracy, planning, and follow-through as necessary elements of life; in all aspects of life. That is why for them establishing a business venture is no different. They bring these engrained principles of discipline and hard work to their business ethics.

They also bring dedication and focus to reaching their set goals. Their passion to serve others goes beyond the desire for a reward. Combined, they focus on providing a solution and value to their client(s); creating a successful environment for continual growth and satisfaction.

Teamwork and the ability to work under pressure are characteristics that military and veterans learn to develop and master.  They depend on the collaboration of their peers; creating trust and areas of responsibility to get the job done. These traits are primary reasons that 45% of them are more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans.

Click Here: Why Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneur

Source:

Rios, L. J. (2020). Why Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur. Retrieved from: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/355164

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The Difference Between the Terms Latino and Hispanic, and How They Overlap | The Oprah Magazine

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Believe it or not, there is a difference between the words  Latino and Hispanic, according to the Associate Pres (AP) Stylebook. Not only do the words have their own definition, but each word can be used in a different way. According to the AP’s distinction, when it comes to the Hispanic culture in particular, to debate Latino vs Hispanic is to barely skim the surface of the centuries that led up on how we have come to define these terms today.

David Bowles, a writer, translator, and professor at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, tells us that the definitions are primarily concerned with geography/location. To be considered Latino/Latina/Latinx, you must have come from a Latin American country.

On the other hand, “Latinx is an ethnic and cultural category whereas Hispanic is a linguistic division,” according to Dr. Luisa Ortiz Pérez, Executive Director of Vita-Activa.org. People who live in or are descended from a Spanish-speaking culture can define themselves as Hispanic. For example, Spanish people (people from Spain) could be described as Hispanic, but not Latino/Latina/Latinx.

So, how do you identify? Latino or Hispanic? Both?    

Click Here: The Difference Between The Terms Latino and Hispanic, and How They Overlap by The Oprah Magazine

 

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Vincenty, S. (2020, August 4). The Difference Between the Terms Latino and Hispanic, and How They Overlap. Retrieved from The Oprah Magazine: https://www.oprahmag.com/life/a33395013/latino-vs-hispanic-meaning/

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FastSigns of Downtown Orlando Southside

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FASTSIGNS of Orlando Downtown Southside provides comprehensive signs to help businesses and organizations – including manufacturers, schools and universities, retailers, construction companies, healthcare facilities and many other industries – extend their brand’s reach and communicate messages to their audiences.

Their vision is to empower the hardworking business owners around the South Orlando district that want & deserve the one-on-one attention they need to further expand their business. They focus on delivering exceptional service, providing unmatched consultation, and delivering quality products each and every time. When their clients grow, they grow!

See below examples of signs they can supply you.

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FastSigns has been a crucial element is supporting businesses maintain safe, social distancing in their offices and stores. They work side-by-side business owners to facilitate the design, creation, and installation of these signs; completely removing the headaches and concerns of business owners and executives to properly create the safe working environments for their businesses. Thank you FastSigns for being part of the solution to keep our communities safe!

A&P is proud to have FastSigns of Downtown Orlando Southside as one our clients and participants in our Group Coaching model, who has already benefited from networking with other participants in the group.  The Group Coaching model has proven to develop participants through mutual business opportunities.

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Fastsigns of Downtown Orlando Southside is led by El Salvador natives and international printing and packaging experts, Constance and Francisco Giammattei. Together they lead the company towards their mission to create a socially responsible company that has a positive impact on their community, while providing a great working environment for all of their employees. They state that, “With 30 years in the international marketing business, we know how to help our clients give their customers better visual experiences through signs, graphics, banners, and so much more. Do you want to attract more business? We are your go to experts in all things marketing. Our business is focused on having long-term relationships. We pride ourselves on being a part of the community!”

Congratulations to FASTSIGNS!

Learn more about how FastSigns can be your solution to signage and much more by clicking the link below.

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How To Make Work Fun, Develop Creativity

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Work culture is an intangible ecosystem that makes some places wonderful or toxic to work. The essence of an organization is what constitutes its work culture. Entrepreneur informs us that it affects or defines the ability of the leadership and employees to relate to each other for the common good of the organization. It operates within a mutually agreed and acceptable boundary of cultural values and emotional interface. It is widely understood that a positive ambience can make or break your performance in the workplace. No matter how talented or smart your employees are, they can only work to the best of their capabilities and creative skills when they are surrounded by an encouraging environment that values its personnel. This is why work culture is so important in bringing out the best from your employees even in adverse circumstances. Negativity not only kills creativity and will to perform but also does not allow an employee to develop a sense of affection and ownership with the organization.

How can you encourage your staff to develop camaraderie, friendship, and team building? First, it’s important to understand that you can’t force it. This is a matter of building a culture, so it needs to happen organically. Your organization culture is built and developed by the people within the organization. It is initiated by leaders but formed and developed by all the employees of a business. LifeSpeak affirms that leaders can plant the seeds by demonstrating interactive behavior. Employees are more likely to embrace the chance to bond with their colleagues if they see that it’s accepted and encouraged by their leadership.

While most people, generally, would rather spend time with their friends and family than be at work, there’s no need for workdays to be miserable. Investing time and effort into making your workplace a more enjoyable place to be can have tangible positive benefits for employees, teams, and your wider organization.  Here are seven reasons, from CIPHR, why fun should be part of your HR strategy.

  • HAPPY EMPLOYEES ARE HEALTHIER – Content employees who have fun at work are more likely to avoid the negative effects of stress and anxiety that have even been shown to lower heart rate variability (the time interval between beats).
  • HAVING FUN IMPROVES COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION – Nearly two-thirds (65%) of knowledge workers collaborate multiple times a day with their colleagues, so encouraging an effective way to improve cohesion within your organization should be a priority.
  • FUN GENERATES CREATIVITY – Individuals’ ability to learn improves when the task at hand is enjoyable and they’re in a relaxed mood. Play can also stimulate imagination, helping people adapt and problem solve. Creative environments have a natural and green atmosphere and activity that is easily distinguishable. There’s a buzz in the air, colleagues are enthusiastic and energetic, and there are lots of conversations happening. Leaders, make the work environment fun and creative.
  • HAVING FUN ENCOURAGES ADVOCACY – Advocates act as a powerful force in shaping the public perception of an organization. Employees that have fun, enjoy what they do, and are engaged will naturally share stories and act as advocates for your brand – on and offline. If every one of your employees shared news and updates about your brand to their own social groups, then your audience will increase exponentially – and for free.
  • HAVING FUN MAKES EMPLOYEES MORE PRODUCTIVE – A 2015 study by the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy found that happier employees are more productive by an average of 12% and, in some cases, up to 20% more than a control group.
  • PROMOTING FUN ATTRACTS AN AUDIENCE – The opportunity that having fun at work provides an organization is substantial. Sharing stories about enjoyable atmosphere in your workplace can be a crucial part of a compelling employer branding story and can help to garner attention on social media. Providing a window for people to find out about daily life at your organization increases familiarity and trust. Whether a potential customer or passive talent, if that individual feels that they ‘know’ your company and can see your ‘human’, fun side then they’ll be more likely to engage with you.

It is crucial to incorporate creativity, greenery, interaction, etc. into the workplace to make it exciting for employees and clients to desire to come to the workplace.

August is Family Fun Month. While you spend time having fun with your family at home, remember the importance of developing your work family by creating a corporate culture that is exciting, engaging, and generating creativity!

The following sources were used to compile the information and hints to create this article on the importance of developing fun in a work culture:

Bhardwaj, R. (2016, February 03). Why it’s Important to Build a Good Work Culture. Retrieved from Entrepreneur: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/270338

Chignell, B. (2018, May 22nd). Six reasons why fun in the office is the future of work. Retrieved from CIPHR: https://www.ciphr.com/advice/fun-in-the-office/

LifeSpeak. (n.d.). The importance of having fun at work. Retrieved from LifeSpeak: https://lifespeak.com/the-importance-of-having-fun-at-work/

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