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Notable Business Quotes Pt: II

business-quotesHello everyone and welcome back for the second installment of Notable Business Quotes. The purpose of this series of articles is to inspire business professionals no matter the age or industry. All of the people who spoke patented these quotes have made millions and even billions of dollars doing what they love, inspiring passion and innovation, and above all changing the landscape of business forever.

These quotes have definitely meant something to me and have given me the drive and push to better myself as a professional working in New York City. If you haven’t seen the previous version you can view it here. Enjoy the list and please share!

Steve Jobs – CEO, Apple Inc.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

Les Brown – International Motivational Speaker and Author

“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts  will take you places that will amaze you.”

Richard Branson – CEO & Founder of Virgin Group

“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”

Andrew Carnegie – Founder of Carnegie Corporation

“The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

Larry Ellison – CEO, Oracle Corporation

“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.”

John D. Rockefeller – Founder of Standard Oil Company

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”

David Packard -Co-founder of Hewlett Packard

“Take risks. Ask big questions. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; if you don’t make mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.”

Thank you for reading!

Nona Black

Notable Business Quotes Pt: 1

business-quotesThere are so many powerful business men and women out there that have years and years of experience and knowledge that have allowed them to ascend the corporate ladder. This knowledge and experience is able to be passed on to young professionals, entrepreneurs, and really just about everyone. There are millions of quotes out there from top executives, A-list celebrities, and more on how to acquire wealth, how to influence people, how to make friends, and how to put your best foot forward. One of my passions is to read these quotes, really think about the meaning of it and see how what someone else says affects me personally. The following list is part of a series that will showcase some of the more notable and inspirational quotes that I have absorbed and try to incorporate into my daily life. Enjoy and please share!

1. Warren Buffett – Business Mogul and Investor Extraordinaire:

“Time is the friend of the wonderful business, the enemy of the mediocre”


2. Albert Einstein – Theoretical Physicist and Brilliant Mind:

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value”


3. Henry Ford – Innovator and Founder of Ford Motor Company:

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business”


4. John Quincy Adams – Sixth President of the United States:

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”


5. B.C. Forbes – Journalistic Icon and Founder of Forbes Magazine:

“When you delve deep enough, you find that practically every great fortune and great enterprise in America has sprung from the courage enterprise of some individuals. It was Commodore Vanderbilt’s enterprise in switching first from running a ferryboat to running other ships, and then, when he was well along in years, his enterprise in switching into railroading that created what was to become one of the most notable fortunes in the history of the world”


6. Andrew W. Houston – Founder and CEO of Dropbox:

“No one is born a CEO, but no one tells you that. The magazine stories make it sound like Mark Zuckerberg woke up one day and wanted to redefine how the world communicates [by creating] a billion-dollar company. He didn’t.”


7. Biz Stone – Co-Founder of Twitter:

“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success”

I hope you will all join me again soon for the second installment of notable business quotes. It is one of my passions and may become one of yours

Thank you for viewing!

Nona Black

Seven Things You Need to Know About Management

Hello everyone and welcome back to my site! I would love to share this video I found on 7 things you need to know about management when you start a new job. It is so essential to the success of your position and career path that you understand how managers work and their responsibility.

This video comes from MaRS Discovery District and it showcase a strong speech from Charles Plant. Mr. Plant has years and years of experience with working directly with managers, studying them, understanding management techniques, and more. Mr. Plant is an entrepreneur who founded the Market Intelligence Team at MaRS, the entrepreneurs toolkit, and the entrepreneur’s toolkit workshop. As Mr. Plant has been an integral member of the MaRS team, and has a lot of success in managing managers of big organizations as well as managing over entrepreneurial ventures I felt it would be a great fit for the beginnings of video posts to help provide more corporate and professional information and guidance.

Over his professional experience Charles Plant has coached over 1,000 managers, held numerous chief executive office roles, provided guidance and aid to over 2,000 technology startups, and much more. With out further adieu, I would like to share the video and would love to hear what you think.

Thank you for reading and watching!

Nona Black

Tips for Today’s Entrepreneur


Welcome back for another entrepreneurial and business based article. If you’ve taken a look at my other articles, presentations, and websites you probably have seen that I think of myself as being quite business savvy. I love to read up on new ways to increase productivity, remain focused even at 3:00pm, and generally excel each day work. The post you will read below is another helpful, quick read on how to be the best entrepreneur you can be, because the more you know, the more you can accomplish. Enjoy and please feel free to share!

Take Risks:

When you decided to pursue your dreams, quitting your job, and striking out on your own, you took a risk. Most people don’t have that strength and fortitude, so in a sense you’ve already completed the hardest step. Don’t be afraid of making calculated risks over the course of your business because they will give you help you learn even more and could prove to be extremely beneficial for you and your business.

Use Quora:

If you’ve never heard of Quora, you should definitely look into creating an account like yesterday. This social platform allows you to follow blogs, topics, profiles, and questions on specific niche topics. You can ask questions on anything and even share your own answers to other people’s questions. Answering questions helps solidify your authority on different topics and aids you in building a following. Social networking and user interaction on social profiles is a big factor in growing your business. You can find my profile on Quora by clicking here.

Cold Email:

Don’t be afraid to cold email anyone and everyone. Sending out emails on news stories and updates with your business to loyal or new customers will help grow your company and solidify your brand name in the customer’s mind. You will become their first and last provider for whatever goods/services you are providing.

Use a Journal:

Some of the greatest minds in history have been known to write down all their thoughts in a journal so they never forgot a great idea. It didn’t matter if it was during the middle of the day or middle of the night, these brilliant people would always have a pen and paper near by so they could cement their ideas in ink to come back to later. Yes, some of the ideas were probably a little out there, but where would we be without some of the mind-bending books, movies, and other entertainment we currently consume so much of. Check out this article from Supercompressor on brilliant people and their thought journals: http://www.supercompressor.com/tech/9-creativity-hacks-geniuses-use.

Network Like a Boss:

Stay connected and be up-to-date on networking events that you can attend. Be sure to stay in touch with alumni and professors from your college or university, join LinkedIn, and look up local meet-ups in your home city. Networking allows you to share valuable information on your business with others, meet new people, seek out investors, and more. Make sure you have your elevator pitch nailed down.


Thank you for reading!

Nona Black

Starting a Small Business Pt: II

businessWelcome back for the second installment of starting a small business. If you’re reading this then you must have read the first piece on starting a small business and the important factors that must be considered and enacted early on. In the first section of this two part series I highlighted the importance of multiple factors like setting team expectations, managing your employees without an ego, having a clear set of processes, creating a solid foundation, and getting open and honest feedback from your team or employees. In this new installment we will discuss some more variables to keep in the forefront of your mind and lock down immediately to ensure the success and growth of your new business.

Transparency is Key:

You want to be as open and honest with the people working with you and for you as possible. Your small business shouldn’t be hiding anything from the people that are dedicating their time and efforts to growing your company. The more your employees know the better because they will be more involved and committed to the cause rather than being in the dark.

Document Progress:

Start documenting your company’s progress and recording all your milestones. Knowing where you started and where you are at any point in time will give you a realistic point of view as to how your company is performing. It can also be extremely useful to share with potential investors when they ask about your progress from the beginning. Documenting your progress will also show you real time numbers and data so that you can accurately map out the future of your business and the potential ability to scale.

3 P’s:

There are 3 P’s that exist in each and every business that are extremely important to your business. The first P is “Process” which alludes to knowing and understanding all of the processes your company uses on a daily basis. The second P is “People” which is related to filling your company with good, hard working individuals that are going to propel your business to the next level. The last P stands for “Product” which is the main point of your business when it comes down to it. Product is what you sell and what makes your money, so knowing the ins and outs of the product(s) you are selling is vital.

Supreme Customer Service:

A rock solid customer service team can be the difference between a sale, a continuing customer, or a good review online. Your customer service team must be well-versed in all aspects of the company and be able to handle tough situations or questions with potentially upset individuals. Your customer service team will help lay the groundwork for your company’s reputation and growth from the very beginning.

Data-Driven Decisions:

This is your business, this is not a gamble at the casino, so make sure all decisions you make are rooted in numbers based information. Before making any decision with your small business make sure it makes sense from a numbers point of view because in the end numbers don’t lie and if it doesn’t make sense on paper, it most likely won’t off paper either.

I hope you enjoyed all the tips I had for owning a operating a small business. It was my pleasure to provide you and young entrepreneurs with some helpfuls ideas on how to ensure the growth and prosperity of their businesses. Be sure to check back again soon for more helpful information.

Thank you for reading!

Nona Black

Growing a Successful Business

nona-black-business-growthIf you own your own business or have the power to change the company you are a part of, this article is for you. I have been a working in corporate environments across the world, most notably in Japan, Paris, and the United States, and in each and every position I was in, I thought about the tips you will read about below every day. Growing a business is extremely important and there are great ways to help and great tips to keep you on track. Take a look at the list below and be sure to constantly discovering new ways to grow and help your business.


Staying organized might be the most important tip on this list. Starting out organized and staying organized allows a company to run faster and more efficiently with all their processes. The company is only as strong as its weakest link and if the weakest link isn’t organized like the rest of the company that can tie others up and cause a slowdown in workflow efficiency.

Detailed Record Keeping:

Having all your ducks in a row when it comes to your record is extremely important for many reasons. Every successful company keeps detailed records of everything in case for whatever reason they need to look something up from 4 years ago, it will be no problem to find it because they’re organized. Keeping organized records allows you to look things up quick, known how your company stands financially, and look ahead for future challenges.

Analyze Competition:

Knowing your competition is one thing, analyzing them is completely different. Understanding their business model and how they remain relevant in lieu of your business efforts tows the line between an art and a science. Closely monitoring their moves will allow you to learn more and see if their doing something you aren’t, and should be doing.

Risk Vs. Reward:

Knowing how the risks stack up against the rewards should always be in the forefront of your mine. Knowing how to calculate risk and what the possible reward is can mean the difference success and failure of the company. You should always be considering the downside and the upside of every major decision. Knowing the proper balance between the two will allow you to make very informed decisions and create great rewards for your company


Having a creative staff in your organization is critical to the success of the company. Coming up with new ideas, projects, and plans doesn’t just happen, it comes from hard working creative and imaginative people. Having a creative atmosphere in your busienss allows you to be innovative, come up with new ideas, and become a leader in your industry because no one else thought of what your company is going to do.

Good luck growing your business and be sure to check back here again soon for more updates and helpful professional information.


Thank you for reading!

-Nona Black

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