The Purple Iris on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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The Purple Iris Boutique is a resale boutique for women’s clothing. We carry everything from sneakers to ball gowns. We are very particular/ upscale and try to take only the best of what there is to offer.

They also carry jewelry that is locally crafted. They try to promote local artists – women that make items. When they opened the store, their mission was “Women helping women”. Their vision was to help women dress their best for less, at the same time helping women who are selling their clothing .

How long have you been in business?

We have been in business for 9 years.

What has been the evolution of you as a business owner/non-profit founder?

Georgann Oman: I have always loved clothes. I remember in texture and color what I was wearing on a certain day or what my mother was wearing. That’s how I think and remember special moments in life.

In the 1980’s, I opened the Children’s Shop in my home (when my girls were little). That was a resale boutique for children’s clothing. I did that for 12 years . LOVED IT! I decided to go back into the workforce to do something about my Social Security fund and went to work for a non -profit in Ithaca, for about 10 years, in a program that was similar to the  Dress For Success project.

I prepared to open The Purple Iris Boutique on the side and spoke with Irene on the phone about the puppy, Iris,I had just gotten and may plans  to take her to this shop I plan on opening”. She called me right back and said “Do you want a business partner”? I said “YES I DO”!  9 years have flown by quickly.

Irene Fitzpatrick: I first met Georgann at the age of 15, and we immediately became best friends. Through the years raising 3 children (including 15 foster) Georgann and I would often go weeks before we could even converse on the phone, we were always able to pick up where we left off. We really are more like sisters!

With no retail experience, I offered to jump in with both feet. What we found out is that we complement each other in the business world. I have been surrounded by boys my whole life, so for me, the shop has helped me reconnect with my female self.

I have enjoyed all my job experiences which include childcare, nutrition education & nursing, however these have been my favorite years sharing The Purple Iris with my sister/friend and all the Woman who support us, and have become like family.

We opened a little boutique at 703 S. Main St. in Horseheads, just down the way. We were in there 3 months. The business just boomed! Beyond our wildest dreams! Luckily this storefront was open and we moved in here.

Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?

Georgann: There are some people who will not wear used clothing. That’s ok, but there may be some misconceptions of what “used clothing” is. Many things are brand new with the tags still on.

Unfortunately we don’t sell everything that comes through our doors….items that do not sell we send on to charity.  Sometimes people are disappointed that everything does not sell.

Irene:Many people who stop in to our Boutique for the first time, are very surprised with the Quality & Variety we have to offer.

What have been your greatest achievements?

Georgann: Being a mom and a Grandmother. Having my own business has allowed me the opportunity and freedom to spend precious time with them. It is a little more flexible than if I worked for someone else.

Being successful in business 9 years later and having touched so many lives is also a pretty big achievement that I am very proud of.

Irene: I don’t feel like I have one great achievement, I always have tried my best with any endeavor I’ve pursued. Growing my circle of friends, and taking care of myself just might be my greatest achievement.

Talk about your Mission to help women.

Georgann: I believe that every day we achieve Women Helping Women. Women walk in this store and it is a one-to-one situation here. It is the old fashioned shopping. We get to know the women that come in so well. We know about their grandchildren, their husbands, their struggle with cancer. We know all about their lives. They come in here to talk and get support. The clothing is just the trappings. It’s really about the personal connection.

Irene: I don’t feel like I have one great achievement, I always have tried my best with any endeavor I’ve pursued. Growing my circle of friends, and taking care of myself

Just might be my greatest achievement.

Talk about your Mission to help women.

Georgann: I believe that every day we achieve Women Helping Women. Women walk in this store and it is a one-to-one situation here. It is the old fashioned shopping. We get to know the women that come in so well. We know about their grandchildren, their husbands or their personal struggle with cancer. We are honored to know all about their lives. They come in here to talk and get support. The clothing is just” the trappings”. It’s really about the personal connection.

Irene: Everyone who walks through our door, help us succeed in our mission, we are a place where old friends reconnect, strangers greet, and stories are shared. We aren’t just helping Women, we are all helping each other.

Have you had any stumbling blocks?

Georgann: Yes.

When we opened our second shop in Hanover Square, I knew it was too close. I would not do that again. We were doing so well at the time and wanted to expand. We thought about Watkins Glen and Owego. My mom was not well and I needed to be in town to take care of her so we decided to open in Hanover Square. I knew in my gut that was a mistake. We MUST listen to our guts.

She passed about a year and a half ago at 96. It was the same week we closed our second shop. Her advice to me was “Never stop working. Don’t sit down. Keep going”. So that is what I plan on doing.

Irene: The whole project was so new for me, I second guessed myself a lot in the early years .Fortunately Georgann has been a great Mentor, and I actually found I have more to offer than I realized!

If you could have a Do-Over in anything, what would that be (if anything)?

Georgann: Due to the physical aspect of this business, I would start this sooner when I was younger. I believe the community was ready for this type of business earlier

Irene: Actually I feel everything happens for a reason, and there is always a lesson to be gained. If I had Do-Overs, I wouldn’t be who I am or be where I am now. A very knowledgeable woman, stopped to see us in the early years ( a stranger at that time).

She spoke about how we were doing exactly what we should be doing, at that moment and together.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Georgann: I hope I am still standing here and still enjoying this business and my customers.  I do love it!

Irene: Enjoying life every day, sharing laughter and tears, and continued Good Health at The Purple Iris.

Barbie The Welder on WENY TV

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Barbie The Welder is a custom metal sculpture business owned by Barbie Parsons, artist and sculptor. My business is sharing knowledge and strength and hope for other artists and entrepreneurs. The address is 27 Shamrock Dr., Erin, NY 14838. Barbie may be reached at (607) 331-1528 and by email at BarbieTheWelder@yahoo.com. There is a strong presence on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook under Barbie The Welder.

 “This is one of a kind sculpture you can’t find anywhere else”.

I am living inside the dream that I had for myself 10 years ago. My life has changed so drastically and any way I can give back so that others can change their lives, I am happy to do that. I have been so blessed.

How long have you been in business?

I have been a full-time artist for 3 ½ years. 9 months before that I worked full time at Cameron Manufacturing and Design while I was working part-time at my studio. I was building up some sort of inventory of art to sell once I quit my job at Cameron.

What has been the evolution of you as a business owner?

Originally, I was working in Auto Mechanics and became disenchanted with the way women were being treated. I started working for myself. I was pulling parts off cars at Pick A Part and selling them on Ebay. I was also scrapping metal. I was doing anything I could do to pay the bills for a family of 4.

I saw a movie with Tom Hanks called Castaway in 2007. In the beginning of that movie there was a woman welding wings on an angel sculpture and I was inspired. I wanted to do THAT! It took me 9 months to save up the money to go to welding school at BOCES. It was a 6 month course (104 hours total). I learned how to weld.

I don’t know what I was thinking because I had no garage. I had no welders of my own. I had no way to weld afterward. My teacher, Jim Ostrum, was the perfect match for me. He saw my passion and poured his time in to me. He encouraged me. At the end of the program, I didn’t want to work for anyone else because of my experiences in the automotive industry. He forced me to talk to Ken Woods at Cameron Manufacturing and Design. We did a class tour and I fell in love with the shop. It was all the fabrication tools I was seeing on television shows.

Cameron Manufacturing took a risk with me. I was really inexperienced. I worked there for 5 years and earned my Journeyman in ironplate and sheet metal. (I worked for 9 months and got layed off for 10 months, then I was called back). The whole time I worked there it was to learn the skills and the fabrication and the welding so that I could do this art. I gave them my one month notice and never looked back. This has been my end game ever since I watched that movie.

The day before I quit my job, I went to my local bank to take out a personal loan. I cashed in my 401K. I thought that would be enough to get me through a whole year of creating art if I didn’t sell anything. 9 months later I had not sold one piece and had a total of $35 in the bank.

I did not know anything about marketing or sales. I knew I wanted to create art, but I knew nothing about this other stuff. I sat at my bench and cried. I knew Cameron would have welcomed me back with open arms, but I could not physically bring myself to go back.

What did you do?

I have never dug so deep in my life. I ended up doing a show I never wanted to do. That internal voice said “suck it up and GO” so I did. While I was there I met chainsaw sculptors. They are creating their art and people are surrounding them watching. It never dawned on me that this is what I needed to do.

I connected with the carvers and they took me under their wing. They entertain so they get paid for the shows (instead of paying the show to be there as a vendor). They get fed and given places to stay. They took me with them. I created a community again. After leaving Cameron, I spent 9 months in isolation creating my art. I lost the community of support that I had there. Now I had it back.

I also went to Coney Island for the July 4th weekend and made enough money to get me started. That was my turning point. I was convinced that I could really do this. People liked what I was doing and bought a lot of my pieces. I was almost out of inventory from those 9 months in the studio. I began doing lots of shows and working in the studio in between.

When did the custom business start?

Before I quit my job, Scott’s Guns in Horseheads asked me if I could make a secure gun cabinet. It was 8 feet long with a sloped face on it. Then they wanted window bars. The custom Art Pieces started about early 2016. My first one was a 5’ tall angel at Sullivan’s Funeral Home. That is a very special piece to me. I visit her often. If he had not put money down to buy her, I would have kept her. (My goal is to be able to afford my own art). It is art that makes you feel.

I have ZERO training in art. I didn’t know I was an artist for 6 months. I just knew I wanted to make that angel.

 You are tapping in to something.

It is mysterious. It is mystical. It is ethereal. The difficult thing for me is that I cannot draw. My clients have to take me at my word. They show me a picture. I know I can make this. I have been blessed that people have been willing to hand me money and take my word that I can do what they want, even when I don’t have anything close that I can show them.

Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?

Not in my experience. I am very blessed with the supporters I have in social media. Never in a million years would I have thought I would have such a huge group like this. They tell me they are inspired by me. I am just me in this garage in Erin, NY living my dream. They tell me that because I am doing this, they are living their dreams too.

I am blessed. All this has blessed my sons and my mom and dad. Before, my mom questioned my sanity in the choices I was making. Now she is my greatest advocate.

What have been your greatest achievements?

First of all, my greatest creation is being a mom.

My greatest achievement as a welder is creating my book and teaching other people to create sculpture.

Your book is: Barbie the Welder: Horseshoe Crafts. More than 30 easy projects to weld at home. Racehorse Publishing. Did you self-publish?

I did not. Skyhorse Publishers (a parent company to Racehorse Publishing) contacted me. I created a Horseshoe Wine Rack. I posted a picture to Pinterest that a photographer friend of mine had done. Through the miracle of social media and the internet, it went viral (12,000 LIKES).

From that I received an email that I originally thought was a joke. They asked, “Could you write a book”? I said “Absolutely, I could write a book”. They asked if I could do 20 projects and I said “No problem”. Then they asked if I could do 30 projects. I said, “No problem”. They said they would send a contract and I thought this was all a joke. The book came out in August of 2017.

How long did it take you to do this?

It took me 2 weeks to write the book. Included in that was creating 35 welding projects, writing the descriptions and instructions, and doing the photography myself. I spent one day creating the 35 projects and photographing them. The rest of the time I spent writing the book. 126 pages and 175 pictures.

What if someone wants to do these projects but does not have any welding equipment? What do you do?

You can rent equipment from the local welding supply store. You need a garage and the equipment I used runs on a 110 circuit with a 20 amp breaker. That is what you use at your home. You can borrow a welder or ask someone you know who welds to show you. These projects do not take a lot of experience. My youngest student was a 12 year old girl who designed and welded a flower for her mother.

Any other great achievements you can think of?

I have been sponsored by Miller Welders. I have been sponsored by a small worldwide company, Weiler Abrasives, cut-off wheels and sanding discs, from Cresco, PA. They provide me with products and I promote them through my social media. They found me through social media.

Also, I went to Phoenix, AZ for a month last year. I participated in welding on a 1957 Chevy pickup truck. I had never welded a vehicle. This was an all-women, frame up restoration. Only women were involved in this project (90). It was unveiled last year at SEMA, the world’s largest automobile show. This was me going back in to the automotive industry that I left on a very sour note. It was cathartic. It was an amazingly healing experience.

I want to teach and learn. I want to bring more women in to the welding industry. I want to represent hope and possibility to people. If I can do it, they can do it too. That is my goal.

Have you had any stumbling blocks?

There is no one out there that has done what I envision. There are no mentors that I can look to as a benchmark with a blueprint I can follow.

I have had to teach myself Sales and Marketing. I have learned through Youtube. I spend about 4 hours/day educating myself on the business aspect. My focus now is legal and financial anticipation. When I needed to get my name out, I focused on learning that. Instagram looked visual so I learned how to use that as a tool to gain followers organically.

I am not a salesman. I didn’t have a comfort with that so I learned how to ask Key Questions for information about a potential customer. I watched my son! He was 10 and I have no idea where it came from, but I learned from watching him.

If you could have a Do-Over in anything, what would that be (if anything)?

I have never been happier in my life. I would not change a thing. I needed every pitfall and struggle to get to where I am. I love who I am and where I am. I love giving back.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Doing the same ‘dang’ thing in a much bigger shop with a lot more toys. I am living inside my dream today. For now I can keep this small. It’s not really about the size of the shop, it’s what you do with it – setting it up right, organizing it, etc..

I took my mom to Rochester on an overnight. She was bragging to the woman at the hotel lobby counter about me. She told us her brother works at ARC & FLAME and that we HAVE to go!

Rochester ARC and Flame is a game changer for me. It is a Hot Arts Center that does blade smithing, black smithing, welding and glassblowing/creations. I now have a space where the dragon is going that sits in my front yard because it is too big to bring in here. I can leave it there and work on it until it is done.

I have been guided all my life and blessed with synchronistic happenings like this. We are creating a Barbie-The-Welder Scholarship as another way for me to give back. Low Income/High Passion. The owner of the welding supply business next to the ARC & FLAME Center tells me whatever you donate, I will match. We will talk to the American Welding Society people and see if they can double it. I cried in front of him.

AND bring yourself and your dragon. You can work on that here. AND would you like to teach classes? I had just cancelled my classes her in this very small shop for fear something would happen to jeopardize their safety and everything I had built. Now I have this offer to teach classes in Rochester if I want to – as often as I want for as little or as much as I want.

I am blessed.

Crow Calls-Chickadees Circle on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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CrowCalls, Inc. is an established 501(c) 3, Not-For-Profit, Public Charity. It is a place of Worship and a Center for Understanding and Inspiration. Their mission is “to help inspire and support people in searching for their own spiritual understanding through the promotion of health and wellness in the sanctuary of Nature”. The Place of Worship is a spiritual inspiration of the Revs. William and Martha Benedict, ordained Spiritualist Ministers, The Fellowships of the Spirit, in Lily Dale, NY. The Sanctuary includes:

The Chickadees Circle Labyrinth, The Windwalker Medicine Wheel, Forest Bathing Trails, The da Vinci Man in the Star meditation area, Secluded and individualized outdoor meditation areas and Drum Circles.

Celebrate With Your Soul is a for-profit business offering Spiritual Counseling, Readings and Prophecy, Energy Healings, and MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Instruments) Readings, Breath-Body-Mind practices, Ceremonies, Blessings, Family Events, Forest Bathing Classes and other sensory classes.

They are located at 48 Benedict Blvd., Elmira, NY  14903. They may be reached at (607) 425-8432 or by email at Blvdben48@yahoo.com. Their websites are www.CelebrateWithYourSoul.com (underconstruction) and www.CrowCalls-ChickadeesCircle.com. They are also on Facebook.

“Find peace, quiet and time for contemplation to come close to the God Source within your heart and in unison with Nature. God’s gifts to one and all”.

How long have you been in business?

We have been in business since 2013. We built the ChickadeesCircle Labyrinth in 2011 and really got going in 2012. We were ordained as Spiritual ministers in 2013 at The Fellowships of The Spirit ‘s School of Divinity, in Cassadaga, NY.  Reverend Elaine Thomas created The Fellowships of The Spirit Church and Divinity School 30 years ago.  The Fellowships of The Spirit first originated in Lily Dale, (a Spiritualist community created in 1848) and then moved to their current location, just outside Lily Dale’s gates.

What has been the evolution of you as a business owner?

Reverend William Benedict:

I was the director of the Elmira Psychiatric Center for 10 years. I was in various administrative positions before that. I was there for 31 years.

I graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School. As a Heights guy and an athlete I looked up one day and said “Where am I going? The answer was, “I don’t know”. I knew I didn’t want to be a diplomat so I went to Union College Schenectady, NY and took courses for 3 years. Still not knowing what I wanted to do I came home and then left for Vermont with my cousins. I stayed in Vermont for about a year but realized it was just too difficult to make any kind of a living. In the meantime, I had met Martha.

I made a decision to study business. Elmira College was planning to develop a business program and I began coursework that resulted in a degree. I also married Martha and we built our home. When the house was completed I was hired by the Elmira Psychiatric Center as Personnel Officer. Opportunities came along in the business office and I advanced. I completed my Master’s Degree in order to become Director. I have been active in the community with the Chamber of Commerce, The Park Church and The Ernie Davis Community Center. I retired from the Psychiatric Center in 2008.

I became an ordained spiritual minister as a result of the loss of our son in a car accident.

Reverend Martha Benedict:

I grew up on Lowville, NY (near Watertown) and in the 70’s there were only 3 professions you could go into as a woman – nurse, secretary or teacher. As I’ve have always loved working with kids, I decided to become a teacher.  When I graduated from High School, Elmira College was one of 2 private colleges who offered a Masters in Education. I chose Elmira as it was located within a community and appealed to what I was looking for in an education.

I met William while attending Elmira College. I finished my degree in Elementary Education and Reading, we married and for seven years, Bill and I owned the Wooly Bear, a wool yarn shop and cross-country ski shop, across from Pierce’s Restaurant in Elmira Heights.

During that same time, I taught at 5th grade at Cohen Elementary School as a long-term substitute.  Knowing that I would rather assist children in making decisions then telling them what to do, I entered the role as an at risk counselor for Bath Hope for Youth.  My role was to assist families in keeping their children at home instead of entering foster placement. After three years, I chose to find employment closer to home and became employed by Elmira Glove House, as an At-Risk-Counselor in the Elmira City School District.

Longing to further my degree and in keeping with the counseling, I enrolled at Alfred University and earned my Masters degree in School Counseling. I was hired by the Elmira City School District as a school counselor.  As my profession progressed, I found the at-risk children were in need of more guidance.

My Principal, Mr. Joe Madero, recommended that I earn a Masters degree in Administration.  I applied to Cortland, earned my administrative degree and was hired as an Assistant Principal for ECSD.  I retired in 2011 after 9 years as an administrator.

In 1997, our daughter, Maggie, was a freshman in college in Buffalo when our son, Seth, passed in a car accident. In search for answers in any form of healing from such a heavy loss, Maggie found Lily Dale. In 1998 we began traveling to Lily Dale, a Spiritual community to receive readings and answers.

When I retired in 2011, I decided that I wanted and needed more answers. I wanted to heal myself. The Fellowship of The Spirit offered 2 weekends where you could see if becoming a Spiritual Minister was something that you wanted to do. Bill came with me as an emotional support to start, but the growth was phenomenal.

In the first week of Divinity School, Sig Lonegren (Sacred Spaces) taught us how to create and build al labyrinth. We came home and began to develop the property by dowsed our property for earth energy and found the center of the labyrinth.

Are there misconceptions about you or your business?

Sure.

Bill noted….Unless you are involved in one of the more traditional religions, people think you are a quack. That didn’t bother me a bit. I met 3-4 different people who had near death experiences. After meeting them, I had no fear of dying. I have had a number of de ja vu experiences and have heard spirit talk to me. Before my son died, I had a repetitive dream about a crash. I thought it was about me. It turned out to be about him. But I have always known Spirit is with you.

The misconception is when people do not see things the way you do.

Everybody has their own path to walk. We are interested in building a place of worship to assist people in getting where they need to be on their terms. It is more of a place of worship than a church. We have meditation circles but we really want it to be a center where people will bring their own groups up to get out in nature.

We met Dr. Richard Brown and his wife, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, at The Fellowships of The Spirit. They taught us how reduce our levels of stress through their breathing practices entitled Breath-Body-Mind. We followed the Drs. to Kripalu, in Lenox, MA. and became certified Level III Instructors.  During a brain storming session, the Drs. inquired if anyone would be interested in starting a Community pilot program for research purposes.  We volunteered.

We returned home, discussed the possibilities with Mr. Brian Hart, Chemung County Commissioner of Mental Hygiene.  Mr. Hart was very supported, so as a team, we started the Chemung County Positive Breath Pilot.

Our first Breath-Body-Mind conference was held at RIT in Rochester, NY. The second year we moved the conference to Geneva, NY and half of the participants came from Chemung County so we brought the BBM conference to Chemung County. We now are in our 6th year of offering conference with participants traveling in from all over the country.

 When people come here, do they get what they are expecting or do they find something else?

They get more than they anticipate, as there is a special magic in the earth energy here on West Hill.

Last year, Robert Egby, noted author and professional dowser, dowsed the property.  Robert found one of the largest geo-spiral, a circle of positive earth energy, on the property.  A geo-spiral is created as ground water flows to the surface and forces its way through the layers of the earth creating a spiral of positive healing energy. Geo-spirals are in several different sizes.  The smallest has 7 rings.  The largest is 49 rings. The spirals increase in size by sets of 7 (7, 14, 21, as high as 49). We have a 49 ringed geo-spiral on the property.

We say, “Don’t take our word for it, take a walk through the labyrinth. First set your intention for an answer to a question you have, walk the labyrinth and see what you come out with”.

Greatest Achievements?

Reverend William: 6 years of helping kids and adults has been a real experience for me. I am grateful for that.

Reverend Martha:

Bringing Breath-Body-Mind to the Southern Tier has been an achievement. It gives people a great resource to do their own healing, just by changing the rhythm of their breath.

Have there been any stumbling blocks?

Being able to clearly express who we are and what we are offering.

We were given a challenge to receive a building permit to build a structure in the place of worship. However, when you work through all your challenges and succeed, that is when you get rewarded. It is part of your life contract.

If you could have a do-over, what would that be?

Reverend Martha: Naming the not-for-profit different than the original business. I had to re-create my website in order for people to realize the property is a place of worship.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Still here, welcoming people to come and find their own healing

Continuing to work with Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg and teaching Breath-Body-Mind practices.

 

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Mindi Beheydt is the owner of Seneca Sunrise Coffee at 806 Decatur St. Apt.2., Watkins Glen, NY 14891. “This is an apartment that I took over and turned into a certified kitchen. My business is organic, mostly fair-trade coffee. There are a few coffees that I purchase single-origins directly from farmers through a third party.” She may be reached at (607) 228-7930. Her email address is SenecaSunriseCoffee@gmail.com and her website is www.SenecaSunriseCoffee.com. Mindi is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

My business has evolved to more than coffee. I thought that when I started the business I would just be roasting coffee. I wasn’t even planning on selling cups of coffee. Things evolved through customer demand as well as me learning about my community. As I learned more about all the wonderful things the Finger Lakes area has to offer, my store evolved. However, I am primarily a roaster. I roast for several restaurants here in Watkins Glen as well as Burdett and Ithaca. I have 3 wineries and a brewery now that have their own distinct blend. We are working with Fingerlakes Distilling to create a bourbon infused coffee with their MacKenzie Bourbon.

When you say the wineries have their own blend of coffee in bags, do you mean they serve it?

Some do. Lakewood Winery gets 5 pound bags to make coffee for their employees. This helps our business too because they refer people to us. They also serve it to the Designated Drivers at their events and tastings. Working with other businesses has meant huge growth for us.

Originally we were just going to roast single origin coffee. After the first year I began to experiment on my own blending different coffees to discover they really tasted good. Wake Up Watkins was my first blend and we still have that one in our offerings. It’s a Mocha/Java blend. The next blend for myself was a dark blend named Glen Obscura, which is what the 2 falls in the park were called in the 1920’s. They have renamed it since then, but we liked the name. It means 2 dark waters coming together so we blended 2 dark coffees. I love creating the blends.

How did this shop come about? What is the evolution of this business?

When I began this business I had no idea how to roast coffee. I just loved organic coffee. I had been following a local roaster for years. Their machine came up for sale and the owner wanted it to stay here rather than transport it out of town. This roaster came with an aluminum table and a coffee grinder.

I had just lost my job and had no money. A family member loaned us the money and our current location became available at the same time. There are 3 apartments in this building besides this one. The owner did not want to rent this space to individuals any more. It seemed to have high turnover. He gave us 3 months free if we agreed to clean it. (It took us 3 ½ weeks of scrubbing and then we painted with KILZ and color). This all happened within one week. It seemed destined to happen.

I called the New York Ag & Market department to have someone inspect the space. We passed immediately. The inspector handed me our certificate and we fired up the roaster immediately. I learned how to roast from YouTube. I read about it online. I worked with a coffee bean supplier of Home Roasters in California. There was no person locally to help me.

About 9 months into roasting we decided to start serving coffee. Everyone would come in and ask for a cup of coffee and I would just give them one. I did that as an effort to get our name out there in the community. Our customers began telling us we needed to charge for the coffee. I said, “OK”. We applied for our tax ID # from the state of NY and began generating quite a following of people coming in and wanting coffee.

How long have you been in business?

Seneca Sunrise Coffee has been in business a little over 2.5 years. July 28th will be our 3rd anniversary. Our business has grown from 2016 to2017 by 50%. January 2018 shows 50% growth from January of 2017.

This business is primarily just me. My husband works a full-time job in Ithaca. However, he is literally the muscles behind it. I tore my rotor cup when we received the first bean delivery. My husband is the marketer for the business. He writes everything that goes out on the internet. He did our web design. He writes up a description to the pictures I take of our lunches with all the hashtags and sends it back to me. I cut and paste into Instagram with automatic links to Facebook and Twitter. I wouldn’t be where I am without him.

I open up at 7:00am and close at 5:30pm. I am here roasting, making lunches, serving and preparing for the farmer’s markets on Sundays. We do special events, farmer’s markets, cheese festivals, night markets on the waterfront. Our summer is completely booked already.

What is your background that brought you the skills that your success with Seneca Sunrise Coffee?

I obtained an Associate business administration degree from Corning Community College when I was a single mom. I had various jobs through temp services. I got a job at the veterinary hospital here in Watkins Glen. I worked for Dr. Peters for many years as a receptionist and doing whatever needed to be done.

After about 3 ½ years a position became available at Coastal Lumber Company, now Wagner Company in Cayuta. I was the Timber Clerk. As the company ownership changed, my role there changed. I was doing Quickbook entries; wrote checks that could be in the millions. I learned how to run my own tiny business within a business there. I had to account for all the transactions to the boss, the accountants, the plant managers, and the owners so I had to know how to balance the books. No one showed me how to do this. I had some inkling since I had been to school and I read a lot online about Quickbooks which is pretty self-explanatory. I was there for about 5 years.

I returned to Dr. Peter’s office after leaving the lumber company. The new owner asked me to manage the business. I did that for about 2 ½ years. The work was physically taxing for me, I was working 80 hours/week for someone else and I decided to simplify my life. That brought me to Ithaca. I worked at a chain veterinary office that soon closed. They wanted me to move to Binghamton. I opted to stay in the area at another job which I stayed at for about 2 years. When that ended, all of this became available to me within a week.

When you were going through all this, were you thinking about this business in the back of your mind?

I wanted my own ‘something’. I didn’t know what it was. If I was going to work this hard, put this much energy into something, I wanted it to be my own. I have become very passionate about something I do. I want that business to succeed and grow. Why would I put that kind of energy into something that isn’t mine?

May I ask you if you are breaking even with this business?

I have not taken a paycheck yet in the 2 ½ years we have had the business. However, everything that is on my shelves is paid for. I do not owe anyone anything, including my investor. Everything here is from small producers. When they deliver, they get a check. That’s where my paycheck goes. I want to keep expanding what I have to offer and what I am doing. We started off with a coffee roaster, a stainless steel table and a coffee grinder. We now have counters, cupboards, an espresso machine, supplies, a Vitamixer, an icemaker, a beautiful antique stand that holds product, etc..

We became passionate about local and organic products. We have 18 different local suppliers. We sell their products here. We have organic pork, beef and cheese products from Nichols. We have grape juice from Burdett. We have soap from Spencer. We have sunflower and butternut squash seed oils from Geneva. We have BBQ sauces and rubs from Watkins Glen. We have honey from Cayuta. We have Wide Awake Bakery’s pasta. We are a pick-up location for the Crust Fund and a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) on Wednesdays. The vegetable CSA begins in June. The Crust Fund is basically a bread CSA. People come here on Wednesdays and pick up their bread made with all local grains. It’s not just about us here. We are not just about coffee now.

Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?

Yes. People think we are just about coffee. People say they don’t drink coffee and I reply with “We are not just about coffee”. We have tea. We have local products and meats.

What are your greatest achievements?

Helping to support all these other small businesses. I believe I am helping to support all these other people and families. I am helping other businesses grow and be recognized. It’s about presenting what we have to offer in the area and representing as many people as I can.

Have you had any stumbling blocks?

Yes. Money. I want so much more here to offer people and our biggest holdback is money. I don’t want to go into debt and be that business that fails because we have a payment we cannot make in the winter time.

Space. We need to grow and expand.

If you could have a Do-Over, would you take one? What would that be?

I would not do a Do-Over. It is our growing pains and discoveries along the way that make us who we are. It makes us evolve into what we are and what we are going to become. It’s the struggles that makes things happen. You figure out a way.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Expansion. I see a processing room with a roaster and beans and workstation so we are not going back and forth from room to room. I see people sitting out here on the porch having coffee; eating food that I prepare with local ingredients. I see our retail place filled with everything local from salad greens to frozen corn – meats, cheeses, veggies, pastas, breads, oils, soap, shampoo, shrubs, apple cider vinegar, honeys, and anything else our area has to offer. I want to be able to sell it.

We are buying the building and expanding into the sideyard. The addition will be three stories high with an employee break room, office space, bathroom and storage. The 3 apartments will stay, because I want to be sure we have income paying the bills to get us through the winters.

In 5 years, I would like to have 3 full-time employees and 2 part-time. I would like to have a paycheck for me and my husband. He would help expand our wholesale business. We want to expand our website to offer non-perishable items and/or gift baskets.

I would like anyone in the US to have what we have here in the region.

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Marjorie Wilson is the owner of Fossil Rock Acres at a new location – 5234 West Wolf Run Extension in Campbell, NY 14821. She sells crystals, fossils, figurines and military items. Marjorie has a Master’s degree in Metaphysical Science and gives classes at her new location on meditation, the crystals and crystal grids. She may be reached at (607) 769-2729, by email at MarjorieAW@yahoo.com. The website is www.FossilRockAcres.com and she is also on Facebook.

How long have you been in business?

Fossil Rock Acres has been in business for 11 years. They opened for business the day after Thanksgiving in 2006.

How did you begin in this business? What has been the evolution?

I have always done some kind of craft. Years ago I did ceramics. I had over 400 molds and 2 kilns. I had classes on how to paint ceramics. Then I began to create beaded jewelry with the crystals. I went to craft shows and Native American Pow Wows. The weather is very unpredictable. I found it was much more relaxing and less stressful to have a store.

Were you a business owner before you had the ceramics and the beads?

No.  Ceramics was my first venture and I did that for about 10 years.

What did you do before that?

When I first came home from the Army, I sold advertising for the Bath Pennysaver. Then I worked at the VA. I was secretary for the Elmira/Corning Airport. Then I went to work for the Federal Government as an Administrative Maintenance Technician. After that I went to work for the Addison School District as the attendance/registration officer. My last 10 years there I was a teaching assistant.

I was very practiced in people skills but it also taught me how to deal with all the paperwork in owning a business – sales, inventory, cashflow, quarterly sales tax, etc..

Is there a specific software that you like to keep track of all this?

I do everything manually. I created a form using Microsoft WORD Tables that I use to keep track of things.

Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?

There are a few people who would come in the store and say, “We are praying for you”. They would think I was a witch and worshiping satan because I had the crystals. I am neither a wicka nor a witch but people thought you were that just because you had the crystals and that is a satan sort of thing.

Crystals come from the earth and God created the earth. I appreciate prayers anytime.

However, there are still some people out there who look at it the other way.

What are your greatest achievements?

I have stayed in business for 11 years. I do no business online. I once had it set up for the jewelry online and sold 2 or 3 things. The cost of having that website was so much I took it down. I have been considering trying it again with my own website since there is so much online shopping now.

Are there any stumbling blocks?

If I were to mention anything it is the issue of being a single person owner. If you have to do something else, if there is a death in the family or you are sick (unexpected things), you have to close the store. Planned things you can let people know ahead of time that the store will be closed on a certain date. Most of my customers understand that. But there are a few who complain a bit.

Bringing on someone part-time as a backup person is not affordable. The cost of the compensation insurances and the salary and other expenses is not economically reasonable to do something like that.

If you could have a do-Over, what would that be?

I don’t usually play the “Shoulds, Woulda, Coulda” game. I am just grateful for what I have.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself retiring from her. I will sell this business. I will draw Social Security and travel.

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Donna Burdick is the owner of Finger Lakes Nutrition. This is a business that offers Nutrition Response Testing as their primary modality for nutritional healing. She is also a classically trained, board certified, registered dietician with over 20 years’ experience in medical model nutrition.  Donna is located at 911 Pennsylvania Ave. in Elmira, NY  14903. She can be reached at (607) 229-6079 or by email at Donna.Burdick@FingerlakesNutrition.org. Her website is www.FingerlakesNutrition.org and she is on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 What is Medical Model Nutrition?

Medical Model is “after the fact”. It is not prescribing herbals; not looking for other answers. In my mind, I have been treating medical diagnoses with ineffective dietary prescription for the last 20 years.  Unfortunately, most people don’t understand how important nutrition is for overall well-being and disease prevention.  What I am seeing are patients that have become medical wreckage.  Which means people have several diagnoses and are being treated with too many medications that, in most cases, just mask the symptoms.  No real answers are provided as to why they are sick.  With my clinical background and my training in Nutrition Response Testing, I believe there is always something I can do to help a person feel better.  For example, I can help you relieve headaches, digestive issues and many other common symptoms of a poor diet.  I do that through teaching you what healthy foods are and planning menus so that you are eating more nutritious foods that will help your body heal.

Part of what I do, is to identify the underlying stressors that are making you NOT feel well.  These stressors may include heavy metals, chemicals, food sensitivities, immune challenges and scars.  With that information I then create an individualized nutrition and supplement program to implement at a pace you can live with.

How long have you been in business?

Finger Lakes Nutrition has been in business for about 6 years.

How did all this start for you?

It started with a chiropractor visit in Ithaca. I am a runner and I was experiencing pain while running. So, I went in to find out why it hurt to run. During the treatment visits I was muscle-tested for the first time ever. The doctor explained that what he was doing was muscle testing, Nutrition Response Testing. I left with helpful nutrition advice and a need to know more about Nutrition Response Testing.  Every time I went back, my chiropractor would tell me more and I would leave with my head spinning with excitement realizing this is what nutrition work is supposed to be.  That was February or March of 2010 and by August I was sitting in an introductory course on Nutrition Response Testing in Albany.

When I left that training, I realized I had found my purpose in my career. I didn’t know how I was going to make I happen but I could not rationalize how I would practice nutrition any other way.

What were you doing before that?

I had worked in food service for years; I worked as a nutrition clerk at a hospital in Oneonta while going to school in my late 20’s. This is where I got my introduction to food consistencies and practice talking with patients. While going to school, I volunteered at Upstate Home for Children and Adults and worked in the kitchen.

I currently practice as a Registered Dietician for NY State working with developmentally disabled individuals. I have 20 years of experience in this field and feel very fortunate to work with a clinical team that includes occupational therapists, speech pathologists, behavioral specialists, nurses, doctors and more.  Working with these disciplines over the years, I have learned to look at all of the influences in a person’s life and treat them as a whole person.

Where were you educated?

I have earned two Associates degrees from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3).  My first degree was in business/accounting, followed by a degree in math/science which lead me to a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from SUNY Oneonta. Following completion of my degree program I completed a 10-month internship at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, NY and then took the exam to be a Registered Dietitian.

Shortly thereafter, I started my position with NYS and returned to school at Ithaca College to earn a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology.  I wanted to be able to safely prescribe exercise programs in addition to the nutrition piece.

I do believe that when you find your purpose and decide to move in that direction it is as if someone hands you the tickets to get there.  Divine intervention I believe.  That’s how life has felt for the last 20 years.

Where did you get your training for Nutrition Response Testing?

ULAN Nutritional Services in Clearwater, FL. That has been a 6-year process since I work full-time. To complete the training, I flew to Clearwater, FL 4-5 times a year. The training is thorough and very intense including both practice management courses and clinical courses.  Each clinical module, a total of 9, was composed of three full days of training.  Before moving on to the next module we had both written and practical testing to ensure our competency in all the previous teaching.  Exhausting, but so worth it.

I graduated in September 2016.  My goal is to retire this year from New York State and focus on Nutrition Response Testing full-time.  Working full-time in addition to my practice has definitely limited my success.  It is hard to move forward when you are being pulled in different directions.

Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?

Communication is key in having patients understand what Nutrition Response Testing is.  My goal is to have patients understand that this is about lifestyle change and not a quick fix.  It is about getting at the root cause of illness or non-optimum health and not masking symptoms as with medication therapy.  There is no easy way out.  It takes time and commitment, often months or years to heal poor health.  There is hope.  The body will heal if given the right tools.

What are your greatest achievements?

Graduating the Nutrition Response Testing training and trusting the skills I have learned to help people.

After that, it’s all the success stories I have created with my patients. The healing is real

 Are there any stumbling blocks?

Me! I get in my own way. Not putting myself out there enough for fear I can’t handle it all physically and personally. I work full-time and there is some fear of letting go of secure income when you still have a child to help through college. However, when I do put the effort forth, the business does grow.

When I walk into this office after a day of stress, I become invigorated and clear minded almost immediately. So on-purpose. I just have to trust

If you could have a /do-Over, what would that be?

I would begin with Nutrition Response Testing 20 years ago.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Successful in healing with a steady patient flow.  Doing speaking events.  Expanding my practice to focus on detoxification which will help in the prevention and treatment of so many conditions including cancer and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Patients are an inspiration to me. Each patient, with their unique situation pushes me to learn more and to be more effective in helping others.

 

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Helene Chaika Faulsold is the owner of Chaika Unlimited, a consulting business that works with businesses, organizations and individuals to help them implement their plan. Helene works especially for businesses and business owners who can relate to the idea of having a business plan written out. I have worked with organizations that have spent a lot of time with strategic planning. I see individuals map out a plan and map out goals for what they want to achieve in a short or long term timeframe. Helene is located at 6171 Camp Meeting Pt., Hector, NY  14841. She may be reached at (607) 351-8024. Her email address is Helene@ChaikaUnlimited.com and the website is www.ChaikaUnlimited.com. She is also on Facebook and LinkedIn.

How long have you been in business?

Officially I have been doing this off and on for about 10 years in different ways doing workshops and consulting.

What has been the evolution of you as a business owner. How did you get from there to here?

I have a Master’s Degree in Human Development. I have worked in a variety of settings – research and academic settings working with organizations that support the development of children. In that time period I had also done some consulting with an emphasis in Strategic Planning. We have all been there where we have been in groups and spent a day or two or three mapping out a big strategic plan. A lot of time and effort goes in to ending up with a big document. What I found out was the steps in the document do not get effectively implemented. It dawned on me one day that it is not so much about the planning process but how it goes ahead to strategically implement the plan.

That led me to looking back at the topics I had focused on, particularly in the area of workshops on Establishing Your Vision, Leadership, Communication, Managing Change, Time Management and others. I realized that if everyone was paying attention to my list of 10 items perhaps they would be more able to successfully make their plan happen.

About 10 years ago and moving forward, I began writing individual white papers on each of the 10 items on my list. Once I developed this framework, it was always in the forefront of my mind. At the time, I was also working full-time at other jobs. I also volunteered and was on Boards of Directors. I knew people in the community who were developing businesses. I gained a lot of insight into what was working for people and organizations and what was not.

Some people were more receptive than others. You have to be open to input from other people. You have to observe. You have to listen.  Write it down. It does not mean someone is right or wrong, but take it a face value that someone else might have some insight. I have seen people taking a path with their business that breaks my heart. If they only did this, or changed that things would work out better.

Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?

I struggle with what to call myself. I believe that if I use the word ‘consultant’ people get very turned off. I believe they think I am going to try to sell them something that is going to cost them a lot of money and not have successful results. I find that being involved in the community so people can get to know me better gives people the idea that I am not out to charge them large sums of money for consulting.

I want to help people. I want to work with people and offer them support. I want to offer them my point of view and hope it makes at least some difference.

Has that been working for you?

I find it has. It is better than going out to do the hard sell of everything from advertising or pitches or the other heavy duty marketing strategies. The networking is working best for me.

I’m hearing you work business to business. Do you work with individuals?

Many small businesses are run by individuals. In some cases it may be individuals who are struggling with what they want to do or how they might do it. For example, someone might want to start a jewelry business but are not sure how to incorporate the many skills and talents they have. Also, the line between a business owner and their personal lives is becoming blurred. They might work from home and balancing running a business with operating a household. That may factor into how I might help them.

What has been your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is getting my book wrapped up. I felt it always got put on the back burner. We moved a couple years ago into the family home. That involved downsizing our current home at the time as well as clearing out the current home we are in along with renovations. My husband also very recently retired. All of this comes with disruptions and distractions.

I am looking forward to this year. It is going to be exciting. Finishing this book during all of that was a great achievement.

If you could have a Do-over in anything, what would that be?

There are some things I would do differently. I would not try to do everything myself. One of the biggest things I did was to bring somebody on who helped me with the formatting of the book. That would have been technically challenging for me. I am not up to speed with what seems to be the ever-changing world of technology. Investing in somebody to help me take care of some of that has moved things forward in a much faster way that puts me here now.

I would not take things personally. When you are doing things that are creative and different, that someone has not done before, not everyone thinks it is a brilliant idea! Some people balk at the idea. They might say “Oh, someone already did that”. I would not take that information personally and I deliberately would not surround myself with those people anymore.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would like to see the book and the workbook (this will be a download) get some recognition. I would want to have the workbook published in a hardcover format. I would like to have something nice for people to write in. A nice touch would be some traveling related to the business, although I don’t foresee that now.

There is also the potential that this book will evolve in a way I cannot predict. That is why I felt the urgency to get this done. Unless you get it done, it is difficult to move on to the next step. I don’t know what part 2 could be at this point.

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Annah Elizabeth recently completed her certification in Medical Reiki. Here is an update.

What is Medical Reiki™?

Medical Reiki is a modern-day approach to medical needs that incorporates the age-old energy therapy modality, Reiki. It is a program designed for Reiki Masters, one that prepares practitioners in how to safely support clients with Reiki during pre-and-post op procedures, in the operating room, during other medical procedures like chemotherapy and childbirth, and as assistance for the seriously ill or those under hospice care.

Dr. Mehmet Oz named Reiki “energy medicine” while a full-time surgeon at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. Medical Reiki is considered a form of Integrative medicine that treats the body, mind, spirit, and lifestyle aspects.

What is the history of Medical Reiki™?

Raven Keyes first began her foray into the operating room in 2000, when one of her Reiki clients obtained permission from Dr. Mehmet Oz to have Raven accompany her during open heart surgery. Following 9/11, Raven spent eight-and-a-half months offering volunteer Reiki services to the emergency personnel and crews who worked tirelessly to find survivors, remains, and to rebuild the broken city. Keyes later began working with renowned breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Sheldon Mark Feldman who is the current Director of Breast Cancer Services at Montefiore and Einstein. Though many benefits of the energy therapy during surgery were noted, one standout is a plastic surgeon’s discussion on how the tissue remained warm during the hours-long breast cancer surgery, thus making his work much more effective and efficient. Raven and Dr. Feldman are pioneering a research study of how Reiki therapy helps surgeries run more smoothly and patients to recover more fully and quickly.

How did you come to do this work?

As a Healing Specialist™, my goal is to provide academic and alternative based programs and services that will allow me to meet the unique needs of each of my clients and I always have my eyes and ears open for fresh programs I can bring to our area. While volunteering as an Integrated energy Therapy practitioner at the 2017 Compassionate Friends conference in Orlando, I met Reiki Master volunteer, Carolyn Fowler. An instant bond was formed over dinner. When Carolyn began talking about this class that she was hosting in Sarasota, FL, I knew this would be a great service to bring to the Southern Tier.

What’s next for you?

I am in the process of introducing this new service to our regional medical institutions and support programs. There are so many areas where our program can be of value, from those who have fears of going to a dentist to providing support to anyone suffering anxiety over any medically-related procedure. I’m excited about the potential of collaborating with local surgeons, doctors and nurses to bring this cutting edge support practice to our area. As one of the program’s certified Medical Reiki Masters™, I may also have the opportunity to participate in the Feldman-Keyes research project, currently based in Manhattan, in various ways.

As we speak I’m working on my second book and hope to begin the submission process next spring. I will continue to offer personal coaching, Reiki and IET energy therapy sessions and training certificate classes, and am increasing the specialized workshops for individuals, community organizations and corporations who want to bring conflict and grief management services to their people. I have recently located to a larger office in the Strathmont building, which will allow me to better serve my clients. I am now in suite 416.

Annah Elizabeth may be reached at (607) 288-3483, through email at thefivefacets@thefivefacets.com, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may also visit the website at www.TheFiveFacetsofhealing.com.

 

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Annah Elizabeth and The Five Facets of Healing was birthed in personal tragedy. It is the result of a calling by Annah Elizabeth to help people heal from grief and that grief may have many different faces – grief from the loss of a loved one, a dream, a personal injury. The Five Facets of Healing may be found at 100 N. Main St., Elmira, NY  14901. Annah Elizabeth may be reached at (607) 288-3483, through email at thefivefacets@thefivefacets.com, on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may also visit the website at www.TheFiveFacets.com.

How long have you been in business and what do you do?

I began by speaking around the country. I did a TedX event in Nacogdoches, Texas in 2014 and a North Carolina Social Work conference in 2015. I will be one of the featured speakers at the Navigating Through Grief conference in Albany in June. The Newly Bereaved Moms Retreat in August will feature me and the work I have been doing as a workshop presenter.

How has your business evolved?

In order to establish a foundation, it was necessary to do events at no charge in the beginning. However, as it grows and as I become more experienced, I have been able to ask for a fee.  As the business evolved, I had more and more ideas and needed more time to develop them.  I also realized if I truly wanted to make this my living, I needed to offer services.

One year ago, I became an energy practitioner. This is a local service and I needed a space to do this. I opened this office (100 N. Main St. Suite 313). I have also reached out to people on a global scale through social media platforms. I am able to provide energy work locally but also through distance work through an open phone line.

To summarize : my business has 2 aspects to it – The Five Facets of Healing work (workshops, books, talks) and  the energy work I do that is Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy. In my experience, most people need IET but Reiki has its purpose too in balancing

You have previous business experience. Has that given you any skills you use now?

I was an office manager for a local business for over 7 years. I gained a tremendous amount of skills doing that. I left that to open Apple A Day Farms with my husband. Also, I have always worked with children. Currently, I maintain a part-time position in the school district in order to provide an income and benefits for my family. In the beginning, my present job afforded me time during the day to launch this business and take care of a very active family at night. Also, experience in other businesses helps me with needed skills. I know what questions to ask to get up and running in this business (i.e. Tax questions).

You operate The Five Facets of healing under a different name. What was your reasoning for that?

I don’t want to be known as “the grief lady”.  I want to be able to do different types of literary work and the pseudonym affords me a better opportunity to do that.

Mark Twain is a model for having 2 personas. I spoke at the Clarity event 2 years ago. The first one had no one there I knew. The second event had people in the audience who knew me as a local personality. I was guided to managing this by using the Mark Twain example. People get that.

Do you have any certifications, licenses, degrees?

I used my personal experiences to begin this work with a tremendous amount of research. I also have the training from my past business management work and the skills acquired by anyone who owns a business like Apple A Day Farm. You could say I was self-taught for much of what I did to begin.

I earned my level 2 Reiki here in Elmira from Christy Forsyth and am in the process of completing my Reiki Master certification, which will be done by the end of summer. I obtained my Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced IET training here in Elmira from Joy Storch. I obtained my Master Instructor training in Philadelphia from an IET Trainer out of Florida. This past spring I had the privilege of training under the Integrated Energy Therapy founder, Steven Thayer, solidifying my mastery skills and instructor abilities even more.

I offer 2 approaches to my programming. One uses the Five Facets Philosophy on Healing model and the other incorporates alternative elements. I give the individual what they need based on where they are. Some people are open to energy work and some prefer to keep it academic based. You could call it Life Coaching and Life Coaching PLUS for those who are open to the intuitive element

What are your greatest achievements?

In bringing peace to people. One client came in a back brace for an IET session and left without it. They remained pain free for days afterward. And then there are those people who I’m able to help find peace and resolution in their grief. Those are the most profound experiences for me.

What have been your greatest stumbling blocks?

My lack of credentials. There have been opportunities that I have missed out on because some institutions require formal degrees in order to have you participate in their programs and/or events. I struggle with the idea of going back to school for the formal education. My research demonstrates many top people in this field are self-taught.

I am self-employed and work another job which provides insurance and income. This takes time away from me developing my business and slows the growth. I have to navigate around this. There are times when this is very challenging. One of my mottos is “Slow and steady wins the race,” so I embrace each challenge and accept that it brings its own gifts to the table.

Do people have misconceptions about you or your business?

Just me trying to figure out what I offer. The misconception by others is that I have been dealing with grief work.  In my mind I am focusing on healing. As I develop, this will sort itself out, but it’s in my mind and not the client.

If you could have a Do Over, is there anything you would want to change?

Nothing

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see programs offered on worldwide scale with me training and certifying others in The Five Facets of Healing.

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Lisa Rahilly is the owner of Mindful Inspirations. Lisa is a Psychic Medium. She also has a small retail space in Burdette with all your metaphysical needs: jewelry, crystals and essential oils.

How long have you been in business?

Mindful Inspirations is one year old.

What has been the evolution of you as a business owner?

I started out as a baker and created Dessert Shack, a custom order bakery business – cakes, cupcakes, bagels etc.. I was a “Baking Medium”. I recently closed that business to focus my attention on Mindful Inspirations.

I have always had spiritual experiences since I was a child but brushed them aside. Two years ago I was introduced to Reiki by a friend which triggered a deep opening of my gift. This ultimately led me to mediumship. It is a journey that involves a lot of education, self-reflection and fine tuning one’s spiritual side.

When you were introduced to Reiki, how did that come about?

The person who trained me in Reiki used to come in to my bakery in Montour Falls. We began talking and I was intrigued with the idea of Reiki. I worked with her to achieve the different levels of Reiki and obtain attunements. It has been one thing after the next from there.

Tell me more about being a Medium.

Being a medium is about validating that there is life after death. It is about bringing messages of hope; bringing peace and healing to those who have crossed over and to those that are here. Being a medium should always be about serving others for their greatest and highest good.

Do you go anywhere to develop your psychic mediumship abilities?

I have studied/certified under James Van Praague, a nationally known medium. I have had some local teachers and have been self-taught. I have taken classes at Omega Institute, Lillydale, Kripalu and various seminars. This is an ongoing, constant learning adventure. It is a huge commitment with a lot of responsibility. You are connecting with and affecting people’s emotions and their life.

What is your background?

I spent the last 22 years working with my husband. We built a construction business together. I have been self-employed almost my entire life. I love the challenge of it.

I am also an LPN. I love taking care of people and thought that was the direction I wanted to go once I left construction. After graduating, getting my license and working for a little bit, I realized that was not quite where I needed to be.

The baking led me to the mediumship. In that respect I get to feed the soul in both ways.

Are there any misconceptions about you or your business?

There are always misconceptions about anything having to do with the spiritual world. Without bringing religion in to it at all you always have misconceptions. I believe it is due to lack of education. It has to do with the belief systems people have been raised with and been ingrained with their whole entire lives.

However, in the last 20 years James Van Praague and John Edwards are my heroes in a sense they were the pioneers for opening this world up publicly with their TV shows. I believe people’s minds are much more open. They are looking for hope and to know that there is life after death. This is not the end. That is what mediumship is all about – validating that there is life after death.

What are your greatest achievements?

Bringing my 3 sons into this world.

My ability to develop a gift that allows me to serve humanity.

Have you had any stumbling blocks?

There are always stumbling blocks. I would say my biggest one is fear. Fear of failure – of putting yourself out there. Fear of judgement.

If you could have a ‘Do-Over’, what would it be?

I believe people have a time for things in their lives, but I would have liked to begin this work a lot sooner. I would be a medium at 20. Some mediums are meant to start at a young age and some are not. My time is now.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In the spring of 2018 I will be transforming Mindful Inspirations into a full service health and wellness shop – teaching and educating in a practical manner. I want people to walk out the door with practical tools they can use and work with every single day. I like to be spontaneous and go with whatever opens up.

Animal Communication on Midday Makeover WENY TV

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Hounds Horses and Hearts: Working Animals Tell Their Stories

UPDATE: Shari Koval has recently published a new book titled Hounds, Horses and Hearts: Working Animals Tell Their Stories. This book is a series of true stories about animals with jobs from the animal’s point of view, communicating through Shari. There are stories from service animals, therapy animals, police dogs, healer animals, and athletes. Shari came up with a list of questions asking what the animals think about being in the working world. The owners/handlers provided Shari with the background of the animals and she put their stories together. Each animal has very interesting advice for the world to live better lives.

What has been your process?

Lots of time sitting in my treatment room talking to animals from photos. I attempt to meet as many animals as I can. I received the names of the animals from a friend of a friend of a friend. A lot of the animals in the book are my clients. They have a therapy job or have made themselves a self-proclaimed protector. A friend would say “Oh, I know this type of animal”. That is how the big list began. For the police dogs, we went to the local police departments that my husband retired from. I was able to talk to those animals.

How many animals are there?

There are 21 chapters in the book and there are 18 different animals or groups of animals. There is a chapter about Tammy Marsh’s work that she does with Equine Assisted Learning. I interviewed each animal in that program and this group is one chapter in the book.

Your long list becomes you short list. You decide who you are going to use and you begin talking to them in person and through pictures?

Yes

How many did you actually meet in person?

I met about three quarter of the animals in person. A service dog and 2 therapy horses near Albany I have not met. There is one dog in Texas I have not met and then a service PTSD dog in the south I have not met.

Now that you have your interview, what is next?

I did all the interviews first and then I tackled writing each one of those chapters. Being from a scientific background, I had to decide whether to just give the facts. The more I talked to these animals, I realized they are more than just facts. They are scentient beings. I tried to do my best to tell their stories, represent the work they do, how they affect their people and what advice they have for the world.

As a former co-publisher, did you go back to that publisher and tell them you had something new?

I self-published this book and Tammy self-published the last book. I had my sister do my editing for me. She did a great job and it went pretty quickly once they had the manuscript. I work with Balboa Press, a division of Hay House.

If you self-publish, why do you need them?

Balboa does all the ‘real’ work. In reality, I have paid for my publishing. Once I make my money back that I have paid to publish, I will begin to receive royalties. I do the writing and Balboa distributes. When you publish through them, the book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Balboa Press, etc.. I can also sell them myself. You can opt for Balboa to set up book signings, and you can do that yourself. You can also buy marketing services from them too. They will do a video for you to use on YouTube and elsewhere. Each stage of the process, this company provides you with a different expert to help you. They offer a variety of packages. They are very versatile.

To see all this promotional material must be very exciting!

Yes.

Shari Koval has been part of the Wellness Arts Network for many years and is the owner of SKEnergy Healing LLC in Beaver Dams, NY. She can be reached at (607) 279-5749 and by email at SKenergyhealing@gmail.com. Her website is www.SKenergyhealing.com

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Natural Healthcare for Pets

Shari Koval has been part of the Wellness Arts Network for many years and is the owner of SK Energy Healing LLC in Beaver Dams, NY. She can be reached at (607) 279-5749 and by email at SKenergyhealing@gmail.com. Her website is www.SKEnergyHealing.com

How long have you been in business?

Since 2009, so 7 years.

How do you describe your business and what you do?

I do a lot of different modalities. I started out using Reiki. From there I became a Reiki Tibetan Usui Master (the basic Reiki) in 2009. I joined IARP (International Association of Reiki Professionals) and have been a member since then. In 2011, I became a Karuna™ Reiki Master. This is a bit higher vibration and includes adding 8 more symbols. In 2011, I became certified from Level One to Level 6 in Tuning Fork Therapy. In 2012, I became certified in Color and Crystal Therapy using the tuning forks. In 2014, I became certified in Natural Healthcare for Pets.

Where do you get all these certifications?

My Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master is in England. The Tuning Fork Therapy™ training was distance learning. It was an intense training program that involved many exams and practicums to be sent in and graded. Francine Milford from Florida developed Tuning Fork Therapy™ along with the color and crystal therapy that I work with. My Karuna™ Reiki Master is in the Ithaca area. The Natural Healthcare for Pets was distance learning as well through Penn Foster.  It was in intense program with many home work assignments and exams. I did all this while I was working full time.

What inspired you to begin all that?

I have always liked anything medical. If I had it to do all over again, I probably would have become a veterinarian. However, I wanted to go out and make money so I obtained an AAS degree in hatcheries Biology. I have had many surgeries and I never wanted to rely on Western Medicine. The Reiki interested me as a support system. The western and the eastern medicines work very well together.

Once you begin something, the other things usually come in. I have always been very musical so the tuning forks were a good fit for me. They are a more scientific approach to energy healing. Each of the body organs and each of our systems has its perfect vibration. If you get out of sync, you can use the forks to get it back in. From there I began playing with singing bowls.

I originally began the Reiki to work on animals, but then the people came. I continued to build up the animal work skills with the Natural Healthcare for Pets.

What have been your greatest stumbling blocks?

I believe it has been a matter of finding the time to focus on it. I worked full time, I have a household, I was building a business, I have a parent to care for. Now that I have retired, I have more time to dedicate to this.

Do people have any misconceptions about you or your business?

I think people wonder about what this Reiki thing is. (Is it a religion? Is it from the ‘devil’?). I tell people this is a gift from God. It is something everyone can do because we are just the conduits – it is not our energy. I teach my students that way too. If they are not comfortable with me saying this is a gift from God, they probably won’t be one of my students.

People will think I have certain mindsets because I do this work. Lots of people had a hard time believing I spent most of my time as a scientist. I got to use both halves of my brain.

What did you do for your work?

I worked at Corning Inc. for 31+ years. I retired as a Senior Scientist in Research, doing glass surface research.

If you could have a Do-Over, is there anything you would do differently?

I may have looked into this work sooner, because I really believe doing this kind of work is my calling. However, I believe everything is going to progress the way it is supposed to.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see this business continuing to grow. It has been a steady growth for 7 years. I have about half and half human to animal clients. I love that mix. I would like to do more distance work because I can do that wherever I go. I plan to have a book published.

I co-wrote a book called Talk To Me: Round Pen Work from the Horse’s Point of View. I was the Animal Communicator on the book and Tammy Marsh authored it. (Available online at Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobles, etc.). The next book will be Animals With Jobs From Their Point of View. I work with Therapy Animals, Police dogs and horses, Service Animals, and Athletes (and some animals who have given themselves jobs). I think this book will write itself. The animal owner will fill out a questionnaire and I have a list of questions I ask the animal – Why do you do the work? What makes you do this work every day? Do you LIKE to do this work?

I’m sure you get asked this all the time, but how do you know what the animal is telling you?

It’s just like dealing with a person. It is not an exact science. You can only pick up what you can pick up. You make a heart to heart connection with them. You telepathically ask them a question and then the answer will come in. When I first started, I’d get single words. I have been doing this long enough now that I can get full sentences, they can show me things through their eyes, they can let me join up with them to feel how they feel in their bodies. I do a lot of that for the diagnostic part of my work to see where their pain is. Then you have to trust it.

How do you verify what you are doing?

I will send the answers to the owner and ask if this makes sense to them. Sometimes yes and sometimes no. you can only pick up what the animal is willing to share. Like people, animals may not want to share with you and that is their prerogative. However, I always check with the animal first to see if they are willing to talk with me