June Spotlight Sponsor – Ellen Sanders, ES Consulting

SPECIAL OFFER TO ALL SYNERGY participants during the month of June from our Spotlight Sponsor!

ES Consulting Solutions, LLC
Ellen Sanders
ellensanders@Esconsultingsolutions.com
www.esconsultingsolutions.com

Offer Expires: August 31, 2011
Free two to three hour safety and recordkeeping audit.

Audit is designed to review the follow:
*OSHA 300 logs
*Worker’s Compensation evalution
*Training Requirements
*Safety Handbook
*Facility walkthrough

WFIR interview with Ellen Sanders by Lynda McNutt Foster:

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What is the biggest mistake you see small business owners make when it comes to meeting OSHA requirements?

Owners may be aware of regulations but aren’t sure how to go about or even identify safety issues and apply them to their own business. This can greatly affect the company’s profitability, worker retention and engagement.

What types of fines can a business owner get a result of not complying with OSHA rules and regulations?

The actions of the employer determine the level of fines. Employee exposure, the hazard present, and the employer actions in making the company a safe place to work are key. Not complying can bring penalties ranging from $5 000 up to $70000 per violation.

What should a small business owner do to comply with OSHA requirements?

Perform a safety and health audit. This provides a mechanism in identifying, and evaluating what needs to be done. The audit program should include review of applicable documentation such as illness and injury reports, OSHA 300 logs, workers’ compensation files, hazard analysis, exposure data, past OSHA inspections, health and safety manuals, and training records. The audit should also include a walkthrough to indentify hazards in the workplace which also helps provide the person conducting the audit a better understanding of the business.

SUPER SYNERGY – 2011

Save the date for Super Synergy event in Roanoke, VirginiaSuper Synergy 2011!

May Spotlight Sponsor – Robyn Goodpasture, FitStudio365

Synergy participant special! (Certificate good through June 30, 2011.  Contact synergizemybusiness at gmail.com to redeem)

Robyn Goodpasture, FitStudio365

Robyn Goodpasture, Exec Weightloss Coach

Sign up now for your FREE, one-hour, private laser focused weight loss coaching session with Robyn. During the session you will discover what’s blocking you from reaching you your highest level health and wellness goals and you’ll leave with a plan to reach them!

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More of Lynda Foster’s  WFIR interview with Robyn:

What are some things that business owners should avoid when it comes to food and managing stress?
Do NOT have unhealthy “comfort food” or emotional trigger food easily accessible. It is critical to eat healthy, balanced, low starch carb meals through out the day. This will make it a lot less likely to derail and start on a carb binge.

What are some quick tips for busy business owners to stay healthy?
Determine that you are your best resource and your best client. Treat your workout time and eating time as VALUABLE.  Honor your commitment to you!  Sleep, even when you feel overwhelmed.   Rest helps up function and think better.
Hydrate. drink water for every non – water drink you consume.
Pack food and always have HEALTHY, protein based snacks on hand. This will solve a ton of issues.

What advice would you give someone who has very little time but wants to be as healthy as possible?
If you HAVE no time to take care of yourself, then you need to have a heart to heart with YOU.   Three to four hour per week, for self care is simply NOT too much to ask.   Ask yourself what nonproductive, nonhealthy time stealers, you are engaging in, then go to BATTLE.  You are in control of your scehdule. Tell people you have an appointment – you do not have to tell them with who or why! 5 minutes COUNTS.  Rethink what you “THINK” is meaningful exercise. Park FARTHER AWAY. If you don’t have to get out of your car to get your food, do NOT get that food.
Remember “Motivation is an ACTION not A FEELING”

Professional Coaches of the Blue Ridge – Friday, May 13, 2011

Professional Coaches of the Blue Ridge

Lynda McNutt Foster

Lynda McNutt Foster, Small Business Advocate

Friday, May 13, 2011
Noon – 1:30p
Facilitator:  Lynda McNutt Foster
Topic:  This mastermind session will take you through techniques that will fine tune your marketing message, elevator speech, and public relations strategy to attract more coaching clients.

Synergy Select – Tuesday, May 17, 2011 – Courtyard Marriott!

Lynda McNutt Foster

Lynda McNutt Foster, Small Business Advocate

Synergy Select
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
8:30a-10:30a
Back to our old stomping grounds at COURTYARD MARRIOTT for the rest of the season!  (right off of Herschberger next to Burlington Coat Factory)
Facilitator:  Lynda McNutt Foster
Mastermind Session – Excuses Be Gone
Learn the 12 excuses we use as our barriors to success and how to break through them!

Synergy Spotlight Sponsor – March 2011

Charlotte Mason, Advantage Resource Group

Charlotte Mason, Advantage Resource Group

Charlotte Mason with Advantage Resource Group is the March Synergy Spotlight Sponsor!

What’s the biggest mistake you see small business owners making in relation to their employee company policy?

They don’t have one.  They often don’t have an employee handbook or other policies in place.

And why is that a problem?

Employees are then not clear on what is expected of them and company guidelines they need to follow so that business and the employee can be successful.

What’s another mistake you see small business owners make in regard to management of their employees?

Lack of employee of motivation and retention policies.  Employees need feedback to know that they are appreciated and are doing their job in a satisfactory manner.  They need to be recognized for their achievements and they need to feel that they are an integral part of the organization.

What is the impact on a business if their employees aren’t continually trained?

Work may not be done in a consistent manner in relation to company policy and procedures and the result of that is potentially poor customer service, customer retention, low efficiency, and slower growth in a competitive marketplace.

Business owners are very busy juggling many different priorities, so they tend to not document things in regard to their employees as well as they should.  What is the potential impact of poor documentation and not keeping up to date on legal requirements?

If business owners don’t comply with State and Federal regulations this can result in fines, some very significant.  I read somewhere recently that since January of 2009, more than 3,200 employers suspected of hiring illegal aliens have been audited for I-9 compliance. This has resulted in $50 million in fines for employers.

Fines can range from $500 with the record being $16,000 for a violation.  I think some small business owners think these types of forms and regulations apply to big business only, but that’s not correct.  All businesses that have employees are subject to many regulations that can carry substantial fines if the company is found in violation.

Synergy Participants can receive:

Free Human Resource Audit.  This audit includes a review of your compliance with state and federal regulations and other HR practices such as hiring, orientation, training, performance evaluation and termination.  Time will be spent onsite reviewing these areas, and a report will be prepared and delivered that summarizes the audit and provides recommendations for improvements, if needed.

Learn more about Charlotte and Advantage Resource Group at each of the sessions this month, listening to WFIR, or contacting her at cmason@advantageresgroup.com , www.advantageresgroup.com. or call
(540) 774-9705

Synergy Social Open House on March 29th

Join us for the Synergy Social Open House on Tuesday, March 29, 2011! It’s a drop in event from 4p-7p
to celebrate the new headquarters located in the Entreprenuer Center in the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce building at 210 South Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011.

Enjoy great networking and tour the new Entrepreneur Center while you enjoy great good and wine tastings
courtesy of Kimberly Eakin with Wine Gourmet.

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March 11 – Prof Coaches of the Blue Ridge – Taming Your Gremlin

March 11, 2011
Time: Noon – 1:30pm

Facilitator: Ken Redick, CEAP, ILCT

Ken Redick soon to be PCC will be presenting in March. Ken is parlaying his coach training with his experience in the substance abuse treatment and employee assistance fields to assist professionals in realizing their goals. He has put together a unique, educational and guaranteed thought-provoking and fun presentation for March titled:

Understanding the ‘Gremlin’: Using REBT Practices to Coach the Self-Sabotaging Client

All clients get ‘stuck’ from time to time. In this presentation, the ability to move the action forward by listening and asking powerful questions of the client will be explored. Using Rick Carson’s Taming Your Gremlin concepts and Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) as tools to uncover the mindsets that sabotage client progress. This is a transformational model that permits the client to challenge their attitudes, mindsets and choice behaviors by permitting self-awareness and creativity to the coaching process.

1. Discover the self-sabotaging behaviors: what they look like in a client and how to coach through them to mindfulness
2. Learn how to determine when your thoughts and beliefs (and your client’s) can be your greatest or worst enemies.
3. Learn the differences and similarities between Carlson Model and the REBT Model.
4. Practice concepts with Gremlin/BEBT worksheets

March 9 – Business Builders One – Internet Marketing That Works

Brian Duvall, Duvall Media

Brian Duvall, Duvall Media

Wednesday, March 9, 2011  8:30a-10:30a
Best Western – Valley View
Facilitator:  Brian Duvall, Duvall Media

Navigating the fast moving waters of internet marketing can be confusing and difficult to decode.
You’ll learn the fastest way to lead generation success on the internet.  Get ready to learn the
techniques you can’t find anywhere else!

2010 Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards

We conducted interviews with the nominees who are all outstanding business leaders in their category here in the region.

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