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Upcoming Events:
ActionClub - Starts July 7, 2021
GrowthClub - September 24, 2021

Chris Wood with First Interstate Bank (Part 2)

Ryan Tate with Field Responder
Alec Wilson with Edward Jones

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Useful Business Thought of the Week - Give yourself a break
Quote of the week:
"There are no secrets to success it is the result of preparation hard work and learning from failure"
-Colin Powell
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Spotlight! Part 2
Spotlighting individuals that work with and alongside us!
Chris Wolf with
First Interstate Bank

Why did you choose your industry?
I enjoy businesses, community, relationships, and results and as a commercial banker, this gives me the ability to touch and impact all of these areas.

What is your style of leadership?
Servant Leadership is probably the best description of my style, typically focusing on the needs of employees and customers with an emphasis on learning and growth.

What is your favorite quote?
"If winning were easy everyone would do it, never quit!"

(For part 1 of this spotlight check out issue 38)
Interview Ryan Tate with Field Responder

Field Responder is an early-stage startup, recently founded in October 2020. Their mission to reduce backcountry incidents and response times, and to improve the safety of recreational public lands. Field Responder provides hardware and software solutions enabling enhanced monitoring of recreational lands and is launching a backcountry insurance product to help sustain volunteer search and rescue operations. Communications networks in backcountry recreational lands are limited, negatively impacting search and rescue efforts.
Field Responder has three main target customers: recreational landowners, recreational land users, and wilderness first responders.
COVID 19 accelerated the number of people engaging in recreational activities. Despite the pandemic, recreational land use and recreational equipment sales increased. To escape from the monotony of quarantining, many sought refuge in our wild places. However, with the increasing amount of people adventuring outdoors, comes the increased risk of emergency incidents. To mitigate these risks, Field Responder sees an opportunity to help recreational land operators improve their ability to monitor recreational land usage, ideally helping to prevent accidents before they happen.
As an early-stage startup, the most important action they took was to network with the local community in Puget Sound and the larger Pacific Northwest. Networking with our community has provided us with many great opportunities and insights.
Ryan Tate's advice to entrepreneurs is to be mission-driven. Your products and services will likely change as your business grows; however, your mission will serve as your North Star and help customers better identify with the vision of your company.
What is inspiring Ryan Tate: "I’m inspired by entrepreneurs taking the leap and launching a startup. The culture in the U.S. lends itself to the endeavoring spirit and it helps drive innovation forward. The world needs more problem solvers, willing to tackle both the big and small challenges facing society."
Ryan Tate
Interview Alec Wilson with Edward Jones

You know how some folks have visions of being financially secure and free? Edward Jones provides knowledge and options so that clients can live the life they want to live with comfort and confidence. The goal to understand what is most important to his clients, and then use an established process to build personalized strategies to help reach their goals. Helping with things like retirement planning, small business retirement plans, saving for education, retirement income strategies, estate and inheritance considerations, preparing for the unexpected, and more.
Wilson's ideal clients are individuals, families, and small business owners who are motivated to partner with a professional who understands what matters to them, and who is willing to work together to come up with and stick to a plan to reach their goals.
COVID-19 has impacted many of us, Wilson shared that his greatest impact has been the lack of getting to meet face to face with people in his office. " It is my goal to build relationships with my clients and it's not always the easiest over the phone or on zoom. Especially when I'm dealing with people's hard-earned money, it's important my clients feel confident and secure in the decisions we are making, and I believe being in person for some of those decisions can be impactful."
There are different actions that individuals can take to make a change. Getting involved in the community. Wilson shared "I've been a part of the Spokane Valley YMCA Advisory Board since August of 2020. I chose to pursue a position on the YMCA advisory board because I believe what they do for the community is vital. I am a big fan of recreation and leisure activities and the effect they have on people's overall well-being."
It is important to learn and grow from our mistakes. Wilson shared that there was a time in the beginning where he convinced himself that success was possible without getting outside of one's comfort zone, and that was far from reality. One must do things they don't want to do to separate from everyone else. One must constantly adapt, learn, and improve your practice.
We asked Alec Wilson what inspires him: My family. My wife, 3-year-old daughter, and 5-month-old son. They keep me going. Being a small business owner requires long hours and working weekends. Having my wife there to encourage and support me even in times where I don't want to do the work is a reminder that they have my back. They're the best.

Alec Wilson
(509) 927-1655

A Book recommendation from your Coach:
Predictably Irrational
Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational
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Useful Business Thought of the Week