April 2016
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A Bright Outlook  

Paul Gomez, Jr., had worked for the same window cleaning company for 25 years when it abruptly closed its doors. Newly unemployed, he figured he had two options. He could find another job, or start his own company. He chose the riskier option, says Gomez, and it's given him a bright outlook for the future.

Gomez launched Streak Free Window Cleaning Services, LLC, in March 2014. Two years later, his business is going strong. He has two full-time employees and many large clients including Mercy St. Vincent Health Center in Toledo and Cooper Tire and Rubber Company in Findlay. "I bankrolled the business with my own money," says Gomez. "After I landed that first customer, it just steamrolled from there."
Dress For Success 
Your physical appearance and your brand as a small business owner or entrepreneur are closely linked, says Robin Reeves, owner of Reeves Etiquette & Image Consulting, LLC. She offers concrete tips on how to create the best impression.
Reeves has been coaching executives and employees on etiquette, manners and personal style for many years. Here are her top strategies for dressing for success: 
  1. Respect others. Your ultimate goal, says Reeves, is to respect others by presenting yourself in a way that makes them feel comfortable. Appropriate attire will vary from situation to situation and from company to company. You wouldn't wear a three piece suit to meet with construction works on a job site. Likewise, you wouldn't wear a flannel shirt and jeans to an executive board meeting if the persons you are meeting with would likely be wearing suits.  

MBAC Welcomes New Director 
Jay Black, Jr. brings a wealth of experience in business, banking, finance and government to the director position at MBAC. He hopes to make Toledo's MBAC a top performer in the state of Ohio. "I have a real passion for working with small and disadvantaged businesses," he says. "I am sensitive to all the things entrepreneurs have to go through because I've been an entrepreneur."

A veteran of the Ohio Air National Guard, Black served in active duty for many years. His military service taught him about teamwork, commitment and staying mission focused. "I had the opportunity to work with people of all different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life," he said. "Many times I may not have understood them, agreed with them, or even liked them. But I learned to focus on our common interests rather than our differences."
After his National Guard service, Black worked in the banking industry for over 20 years. He held management level positions specializing in consumer lending, residential mortgage, small business lending, wholesale finance and commercial lending. His last position was working as a private banking relationship manager for wealthy individuals.  

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