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Legislative Luncheon June 26, 2013 11:45AM - 2:00PM Hilton Garden Inn, Temple

JUN•2013 EVENTS CALENDAR 12 Business Networking Breakfast - Precious Memories, 7am 12 Red Carpet Ambassador Committee Meeting, 12pm 18 Leadership Temple Board Meeting, 1pm 19 Education & Workforce Development Committee Meeting, 8am

W ill millennials choose t o live and work in T emple? W h a t i s t h e 21 s t c e n t u r y e m p l o y e e l o o k i n g f o r a n d h o w c a n 21 s t c e n t u r y b u s i n e s s e s r e c r u i t t h e m ? Employees have a choice and Temple needs to position itself to attract and retain the millennial workforce. What are the cultural offerings we need to foster, the referendums we need to support, the programs

Who is a millennial ? Also referred to as "Generation Y", a millennial is part of the generation born between the late 1970's and early 2000's.

we need to implement, the lifestyle choices we need to offer, the new businesses we need to create and the ideas we need to embrace to prevent leakage of the workforce that passes through our city on their way to "something better"? Come join in on the conversation as the Legislative Affairs Committee presents a panel of experts who understand the challenges of recruiting talented individuals to work and live in Temple.

20 Temple Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting, 8am 26 “Making Temple a Home for

RSVP by Friday, June 21 on the T emple Chamber of Commer ce event s page at w w w.T .

Who should at t end ? -City & country government -Event promoters -Historical, Cultural & Educational program directors -Economic development -Planning & Zoning -Service clubs or organizations -Business leaders

Millennials” Luncheon, 11:45am 27 Business Around Town, 5pm 28 Community Showcase, 5:30pm

Charter Real Estate: Discovering New Shores of Growth in Temple By: Elizabeth Carlton, Temple Economic Development Corporation With more than 70,000 people and a trade area of over Charter Real Estate is the largest locally owned full service 300,000 people national retailers are recognizing Temple real estate company in Central Texas and a leader in the real estate community. as a profitable regional marCurrently, Charter leases and ket. As the community continAncira Center - manages over one million ues to grow Temple’s success Temple square feet of retail space in in retail recruitment will the Central Texas area. One grow as well. Charter Real of Charter’s current redevelEstate has been successful in opment projects is major leasing, managing and rederedevelopment of Gateway veloping retail space in Center. (cont.) Temple for almost 30 years.


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Charter Real Estate: Discovering New Shores of Growth in Temple Gateway Center is the renamed, redevelopment of the Outdoor America Mall, strategically located along Interstate 35, just south of the intersection of I-35 and SW HK Dodgen Loop 363. The redevelop-

will reflect the key attributes that define a successful retail center: market-leading anchors, prime location and an enjoyable shopping environment.” Charter Real Estate continues to aggres-



sively recruitment new retail to Gateway Center and Central Texas. Market research and analysis indicate demands in the community as well as gaps in service to identify their targets. The continued growth of Central Texas and the healthy economy makes Temple a desirable community for new retail.

“Being one of the first centers on the interstate as people enter Temple, this will be an impressive transformation. Gateway Center will reflect the key attributes that define a successful retail center; market-leading anchors, prime location and an enjoyable shopping environment.” Early demolition of the Gateway Center, the renamed, redevelopment of the Outdoor America Mall in Temple.

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Bell County Exposition Center

ment of 29.5 acres is a $6 million investment including a total shopping center redevelopment as well as significant landscape and exterior façade improvements. The center will be anchored by leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, Cinemark, and bookend by the world’s leading authority on health and fitness, Gold’s Gym. When completed in late 2013 Gateway Center will include 262,400 square feet of retail space and two restaurant pad sites. “We’re excited for this redevelopment, with its location on I-35, it is literally the gateway to the community,” said Will Morris, president of Charter Real Estate. “Being one of the first centers on the interstate as people enter Temple, this will be an impressive transformation. Gateway Center

Temple / Belton Demographic Data for Retail: Sources: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. & U.S. Census Bureau • Population growth within the past ten years has surpassed expectations as Temple-Belton increased by 23% between 2003 and 2013. The projected population growth is also expected to increase significantly over the next few decades. According to Texas State Data Center, Bell County is expected to increase over 10% between 2010 and 2020, over 8% between 2020 and 2030 and another 8% between 2030 and 2040. Additionally, over 22,000 residents are currently enrolled in school in Temple-Belton. • The employment in Temple-Belton increased 19% between 2003 and 2013. It is estimated that employment will increase in TempleBelton by 13% between 2012 and 2022. • Average Earning Income $48,987 • Total Population 107,700

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Introducing Leadership Temple Class of 2013 By: Melissa Davis, Charter Real Estate Leadership Temple, a program of the Temple Chamber of Commerce designed to prepare future Temple leaders for community-oriented, decision-making positions, has completed another year of community involvement and leadership training. The 20122013 Class, like all previous classes, was tasked with implementing a project that benefits our community.


class. The class has not finished raising all the funds necessary to meet its goal. There are still opportunities for individuals and businesses to partner with them and help make this project a reality. More information about the program and how to donate can be obtained from their facebook page by searching Temple SNACK Packs or by contacting the Chamber. Congratulations to the Leadership Temple Class of 20122013 for making a lasting impact on our community.

June 12, 1:00PM – 4:00PM Scott & White Westfield Clinic (7556 Honeysuckle, Temple)

Jennifer Boudreault, Central TX Veterans HealthCare System

June 14, 2:00PM – 5:00PM Becon Construction Company (2892 Panda Drive, Temple) June 19, 4:00PM – 8:00PM Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints (3909 Ermine Trail, Temple) June 20, 11:00AM – 4:00PM Scott & White Center for Diagnostic Medicine (1605 South 31st Street, Temple) June 21, 10:00AM – 2:00PM Security Mini Storage (502 Industrial Blvd, Temple) June 26, 12:00PM – 4:00PM Scott & White Health Plan (1206 West Campus Drive, Temple) June 27, 9:00AM – 2:30PM Scott & White West Campus (5701 Airport Road, Temple) June 27, 10:00AM – 1:00PM City of Temple (2 North Main Street, Temple) To sign-up to donate blood or to find out how to host a blood drive, please contact the Scott & White Blood Center at (254) 724-6231.

Leadership Temple Class of 2013 along with President Christine Parks, Kennedy-Powell Elementary, and Curriculum Co-chairs Jackie Basile, BBVA Compass & Meghan McCaffrey Collins, Megg’s Café & Hamilton Bread Co.

The most recent graduates from the program developed a SNACK PACK program to provide area children in need non-perishable food items that can be taken home each weekend. This program will bring direct benefits to approximately 70 students from lowincome households each week. These students might not otherwise have a meal after leaving school on Friday. School counselors will identify children in need and work with Churches Touching Lives for Christ to distribute SNACK PACKS to the children each week. In addition to their efforts to raise funds and awareness for this cause, the class participated in monthly “class” days in which they were able to gain behind the scenes experience for areas important to our community like local government, education and economic development.

“Leadership Temple has been a great experience for me. It has given me new appreciation for what it takes for a successful city to operate and continue to excel on so many levels from daily operations to civil service to promoting and sustaining a healthy business environment,” said Tyler Johnson, BBVA Compass, of his experience in the


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Elizabeth Carlton, Temple Economic Development Corp. Stephen Clifton, Megg’s Café & Hamilton Bread Co. Elaine Ewing, My Credit Card Agent LLC Susan Hagen, Wellington Place Living & Rehab Center

H.B. Macey, IV, Perry Office Plus Tyson Murphy, Home Instead Senior Care Jeremy Schroeder, City of Temple Public Works Kirk Scopac, City of Temple Public Works Adam Soorholtz, Law Office of Adam J. Soorholtz, PLLC Amber Speer, Texell Credit Union

Ryan Holler, Cornerstone Gardens Healthcare & Rehabilitation

Russell Stenman, Protection One

Tyler Johnson, BBVA Compass

David Wesson, Acer Service Corporation


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Kiska House: Hance & Kimberly Smith build Kiska houses, which are profoundly unique and whimsical little houses that you will instantly fall in love with. From beautiful greenhouses to relaxing spa rooms, every Kiska house is unique and built by hand from antique materials. Capture your very own enchanted escape by contacting Hance & Kimberly Smith at, (512) 845-9339 or visit their web page They would love to build you your own little slice of paradise!

Vista Real Estate: Owned and managed by Jimmy Torres and Emilio Perales, Vista Real Estate celebrated the opening of their new location on May 7, 2013. Specializing in residential, commercial & land, Vista Real Estate is the premier resource throughout Central Texas for real estate information and services. Their new office is located at 7348 W. Adams #700 in Temple. For more information, contact Jimmy Torres at (254) 638-8670, e-mail or go online at

Thumbs Up Compliance: Located at 5 Meadowbrook Dr., Ste. C in Temple, Thumbs Up Compliance offers on-site medical services specializing in alcohol & drug testing. Co-owned by Amanda Reese and Jenny Reavis, all of the staff members are licensed medical professionals with a combined 65 years of experience, taking great pride in putting everyone they meet at ease. Their services include pre-employment, post-accident & first aid assessments, consortium services and D.O.T. physicals performed by Paul D. Bolton Jr., M.D., who is on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. For more information, call (254) 231-0023, e-mail or go online at

Texas Practical Firearms Training: Stephen Brown is the owner of Texas Practical Firearms Training, located in the Central Texas area. Texas Practical offers both NRA and custom courses designed to teach law abiding citizens the necessary knowledge, skill, and attitude needed to safely handle firearms for defense, sport, and recreation. Stephen will travel, host training in many locations and enjoys teaching first time pistol shooters. For more information, contact Stephen Brown at (806) 678-2346, e-mail or go online at

Stripes Convenience Stores: A full-Service Convenience Store, Stripes started with two service stations in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1938. On May 30, 2013, they broke ground to celebrate the first stores coming to Temple. Stripes is an active community partner focusing on helping children lead healthier and happier lives through in-store partnerships with various national charities. Since 2007, Stripes速 Convenience Stores have donated more than $8 million to hospitals, schools and other community programs. Today, with the help of more than 7,500 team members, they remain committed to making the communities they serve better while delivering the fast, fun and friendly service their customers love and expect. For more information, contact Sharon Yon at (361) 884-2463, e-mail or go online to

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May New Members Anthony Chiropractic & Massage Chris Price 1602 W. Avenue A Temple, TX 76504 (254) 899-2225 Chiropractors Azbell Electronics, Inc. Robert A. Parker Bldg 4926 80th and Santa Fe Fort Hood, TX 76544 (254) 824-0237 Audio/Video B Dell's Fire & Ice Grill Beulah Spragg 221 SW HK Dodgen Loop Temple, TX 76502 (254) 791-3473 Restaurants Lou Dusek Realtors Lou Dusek 14575 Rosanky Rd Holland, TX 76534 (254) 657-8186 Real Estate

Linda Mohlstrom PO Box 1241 Temple, TX 76503 (254) 791-3046 Real Estate

Vision Media Team Bethany Powell 503 Riverview Drive Georgetown, TX 78628 (512) 630-5513 Printers & Publishers

New Horizons Computer Learning Center Rob Scribner 3106 W.S. Young Drive Killeen, TX 76542 (254) 432-4755 Computer Services

Wellstone Health Partners Specialty Clinic Don McKay 1905 SW HK Dodgen Loop Temple, TX 76502 (254) 939-1844 Medical Services

Stripes Convenience Stores Sharon Yon PO Box 9036 Corpus Christi, TX 78469 (361) 884-2463 Convenience Stores

Zinda & Davis, PLLC John Zinda 319 South First St Temple, TX 76504 (254) 207-0300 Attorneys

Texas Practical Firearms Training Stephen Brown 4711 Stovehaven Dr Temple, TX 76502 (806) 678-2346 Firearms Instruction

Lou Dusek Realtors

May Renewing Members Accent Real Estate Services AFLAC Independent Agent/Carter May Aguilar Construction & Janitorial Services All Sports Trophy American Bank of Texas Brickwood Boutique, Gifts & Interiors CAPITAL Choice Financial Group/John King Central Prosthetics & Orthotics Century 21 Gail Roe & Associates Century 21 Gail Roe/Bruce Normand CommunityLink Cornerstone Gardens Healthcare & Rehabilitation Coufal Prater Equipment, Ltd Cure & Francis Law Office Davis Beevers Commercial Real

Estate/Mike Beevers Delta Centrifugal Corporation Edward Jones/Daryl Riegel Encore Landing Apartments The Entrepreneur Center of Central Texas Farm Bureau Insurance/Don Murphy First Finance & Furniture First State Bank Central Texas First United Methodist Church Temple Green's Sausage House Harper Talasek Funeral Home Heffner Bros. Building Corporation Holloway's Sports Center Homespec Immanuel Lutheran Church Jay's Shop, Inc. Johnnie's Office Systems, Inc.

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Kids Against Hunger Central TX Kwik Kopy Business Center Las Casas Restaurant & Patio Lochridge Priest, Inc. M&M Broadcasters, LTD Mac Haik Dodge Chrysler Jeep Omega Builders Photo by Skeebo Precious Pets Purifoy & Company RE/MAX Temple Belton/Margaret Pleasant Real Estate Source Regency Manor Rotary Club of Temple RW Lone Star Security, LLC. Security Mini Storage H.B. Sheppard Centex Properties

Smith Supply Company Spare Time Fun Center Stanley Steemer Sterling House Temple Subway Sandwiches (Birdcreek Crossing) Taco Cabana Teddy Bear Bakery Temple Founder Lions Club Temple Kidney Center Temple Mall Terrell Granite Works Texas A&M University Central Texas Troy's Auto Care & Motorcycle Shop Dennis Turk WebLink International, Inc. Westgate Park Apartments Worldclass Management, Inc.

The Funk Factory…………….……Party Music David Allen……………………....…Elvis Tribute Artist Gordon Collier Band…………...…Country Newsboyz Party Band……….……Variety Texas Lightning …………………..Classic Rock Grupo Zistema…………………......Tejano Pride and Joy…………………...…..Blues Detroit Steele…………………...…..80’s


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Learn, Discover & Have Fun at Your Local Museum By: Susan Howe, Friends of the Temple Public Library

Central Texans are lucky to have three outstanding museums which preserve our rich history: Bell County Museum, Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center and Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum. Plan a summer “staycation” to visit these museums and learn more about our heritage and history. This summer, all of the museums have special exhibits and activities planned for children as well as adults. Established in 1991, the Bell County Museum in Belton is a vital resource for the collection, interpretation and preservation of the historical heritage of Bell County. Located at 201 N. Main Street in downtown Belton, the museum has nine ongoing exhibits as well as special exhibitions throughout the year. This summer’s special exhibit is “Our Favorite Things: Staff Selections from the Collection” which will be open July 2 – Aug. 3. Museum staff members will select some of their favorite objects and write labels on why the piece was chosen. Visitors will have an opportunity to be the curator and write labels for the exhibit.

The Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center is dedicated to fostering educational, cultural, and genealogical opportunities, specifically as it pertains to people of Czech Heritage. It provides genealogical material, sponsors educational programs, and collects, preserves, and exhibits artifacts related to Czech history. The current exhibit “Czech Muzika: Texas Style” includes stories and photos of Czech bands, musical instruments, and phonographs. The opening reception on June 20 will feature a presentation by Patrick Sparks, President of the Texas Dance Hall “The Gault Site,” one of Preservation, Inc. and Alfred the permanent exhibits, Vrazel of the Vrazel Polka provides a look into the Band and radio host of the lifestyles of the earliest Vrazel Polka Show on KMIL peoples in the Americas, Cameron, TX. going back some 13,000 Czech Feszt for Kids, a sumyears. A special event mer day camp for youth ages this summer will be a 8-12 will provide an opportuGault Site tour on June nity for campers to experi15. Ongoing exhibits ence Czech culture through include a Chisholm Trail music, dance, food, crafts, lanMonument, restored guage and history. Campers 1850s log cabin, a sharewill make "kolaches", create croppers homestead, and Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center "kraslice" eggs, explore family historical structures crePhoto by Skeebo trees, learn traditional Czech ated in miniature. The museum’s summer program also will include a songs and dances, discover the Czech language, and walking tour of downtown Belton on July 11 and use crafts to learn about the Czech Republic. Czech two Time Travlers: The E. A. Limmer, Jr. Summer Feszt for Kids will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17Camps on July 9-12 for ages 9-12 and July 23 - 26 for 20. Tuition is $65 and includes lunch and snacks. The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum ages 6 - 8. was founded in 1973 to collect, preserve and

Bell County Museum 201 N. Main St. Belton, TX 6513 (254) 933-5243 Tuesday – Saturday noon – 5PM Free Admission Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center 119 W. French Temple, TX 76501 (254) 899-2935 Tuesday-Saturday 10AM – 4PM or by appointment $4 adults $2 students and seniors

exhibit the history of the railroads and local history of Central Texas. The original collection was housed in the 1907 Moody depot which had been moved to Temple. In 2000, the museum was moved to the

beautifully restored Temple Santa Fe depot which also houses a working Amtrak station. The museum depicts railroad history and local heritage. An actual steam engine and railroad cars are on static display. The lower floor of the depot is available for meetings, banquets and special events. This summer, the museum will sponsor a Back Yard Bash Family Day on June 22 at Santa Fe Garden and Fred Springer Park adjacent to the depot. The family event beginning at 11 a.m. will feature arts and crafts, games and more for Central Texas families. Cost is $5. Barrel train rides are available year-round from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, weather permitting. Cost is $2. This summer’s special exhibit on display July 5 August 31 is “Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas” produced by Humanities Texas. The exhibit focuses on the 27-year campaign fought by Texas women to gain the right to vote.

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum 318 W. Avenue B Temple, TX 76501 (254) 298-5172 Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday – Closed $4 (ages 13-59) $3 (ages 60+) $2 (ages 5-12) Free for active military and family with current ID

Leadership Temple at the Bell County Museum.

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Now Recruiting: 2013 Corporate Challenge Competitors! By: Ashley Bland, Bell County Exposition Center

Mark your calendar for September 7 - October 20 for the City of Temple’s 2013 Corporate Challenge. Featuring a series of thirteen events, the Corporate Challenge focuses on local companies competing against each other in a fun, friendly competition. At stake, the Corporate Challenge Cup!

PDI, who will be participating in 2013. Anderson adds, “PDI will come back to defend the title.”

including co-ed softball, horseshoes, co-ed volleyball, washers, tennis, men’s softball, basketball skills, bowling, co-ed kickball, golf, billiards, disc golf, and a 5K. Participating in the Corporate Challenge benefits your business and employees in several areas. Reinforcing teamwork and increasing community involvement are popular reasons companies participate in the Corporate Challenge. “Acer participates in Corporate Challenge to give our employees a chance to get involved in the community,” says Dorothy Granfor of Acer America. The Corporate Challenge also coordinates well with Acer on the Move, a company wellness program. “Having employees involved in physical activity is key for Acer,” Granfor adds,“The Corporate Challenge gets people up and moving and is exactly what we want to do.” Highlighting a competitive spirit and encouraging fellowship are also key benefits for your team members. “The Corporate Challenge is great for friendly competition and involvement in the community,” says Terry Anderson with

“The Challenge is a great way for employers to encourage physical fitness, increase name and brand recognition, build stronger teams within their organizations and have fun,” says Chuck Ramm, 2013 Corporate Challenge Co-Chair. Take advantage of employee teamwork, corporate wellness, company pride and much more through healthy competition of the 2013 Corporate Challenge.

Encouraging a healthier community through fitness opportunities and events, the Corporate Challenge fits in the Mayor’s Council of Physical Fitness community campaign. Offering a variety of events for your company to participate in, the six week competition challenges your employees with activities

Community. Competition. Wellness. Will you accept the Challenge? For more details contact, call (254)298-5588, or visit

Winners of Phonebook Recycling Contest Announced By: Tanya Gray, Keep Temple Beautiful Keep Temple Beautiful (KTB) is proud to announce the results of the 2013 Project Redirectory telephone phonebook recycling campaign. As part of KTB and Yellow Pages' (YP) Project ReDirectory recycling program, 8 schools competed to collect the most phone books over a 1 month period. The recycling of outdated phone books brought in cash for several Temple schools and prizes for many students.

Cater Elementary collected the most directories to capture top honors in the 20th annual Project ReDirectory recycling campaign with a total of 4942 phonebooks. Scott Elementary came in second place collecting 2198 and Jefferson Elementary School finished third with 572. Winning schools are determined by the maximum phonebooks collected per student enrolled. Each school was recognized in ceremonies that honored their achievements. Unlike in years past, this year middle school, high school and private school students were able to participate. Due to our new partners at Yellow Pages we were able to award individual prizes to this particular group of students. Grades 6-12th who collected

10 or more phone books were entered into a drawing to win headphones. Any student who collected 100 or more phone books received a "KTB Green Tote" and cool prizes from YP. James Equels the top winning student from Bonham Middle School won a "Skull Candy " headphone. Special recognition goes to elementary student Vivianna Hale from Scott Elementary who collected 736 phonebooks and Cater Elementary students who collect a record breaking number of phonebooks each year!

Keep Temple Beautiful thanks Yellow Pages for partnering with us to provide a valuable opportunity to protect the environment. Through Project ReDirectory we are showing students and their families how to make a life-long positive impact. These eight schools diverted 9,405 phone books which equates to over 31,000 pounds from Temple's landfill. Congratulations to all who participated in the 2013 recycling campaign!

Project ReDirectory is a combined effort of KTB, Yellow Pages and the City of Temple Solid Waste Division through our "Put It Here" initiative. For more information regarding Keep Temple Beautiful, contact us at (254) 493-4000 or "Like Us" on Facebook.


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The Entrepreneur Corner Building Your Mastermind Group By: Vane Hugo, The Entrepreneur Center of Central Texas

The Entrepreneur Center of Central Texas, located at 19 North Main St., Temple, TX 76501 Photo by Skeebo

to me over two hundred times. I believe that over half my net worth today can be attributed to things I learned and am still learning from the collective experience and expertise of these financial gurus. The same is true in business endeavors, those who will admit they don’t know it all, can find someone who does. Yet, your mentor doesn’t have to be just one person. If one mentor is valuable, multiple mentors are invaluable. Build a mentor group. Napoleon Hill, in his seminal book, Think and Grow Rich, wrote about the importance of a mastermind group. This was not a new idea. Ben Franklin went from being a printer’s apprentice, to owning a publishing company. He was one of America’s most influential founding fathers and the richest man in America. He didn’t do it alone. Ben found inspiration, guidance and nurturing from his mastermind group. Though each mentor can provide significant value, you can benefit more by coupling thoughts from several experts.

Been There! Done That!

When we hear those words, usually something has turned out badly. Wouldn’t it have been better if we could have known their story beforehand, so we could have avoided the poor results? Recall from the literature course, you had to take in school, the English poet John Donne wrote,“No man is an island.” Another great philosopher,Yogi Berra, said, "You can observe a lot by just watching." These sayings point to one overriding truth …

Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. Get a mentor! When I was younger I managed my investments in the traditional way, let somebody else do it. I did OK, though by the time I helped my kids through college, I was less than broke. Finally I saw the light and began working with a group of wealth building experts. First, through their newsletters. Their writings opened up the thought process behind specific investment opportunities, so I could learn from their expertise, rather than just take “tips”. My results improved dramatically. I soon arranged to meet the people behind the publications and get their experiences directly. The money I spent on this mentoring opportunity was returned

So, how do you build your mastermind group? Go to events that attract people who can help you in your business building.

“...those who will admit they don’t know it all, can find someone who does.

Identify potential mentors. Before you approach someone to invest their time in you, know where you want to go. Without high level goals and a roadmap, you’ll be wasting the mentor’s time and he

won’t work with you very long. To maximize your relationship with each mentor, define what you must learn that this person can best teach? Track your progress. Are you reaching your goals and learning what you need? Making progress is your responsibility not the mentor’s. Your mentor is your coach, not a player! You make the decisions, based on the mentor’s advice and what you’ve learned. Mentors hold the lantern so that others can see the path.

To have a lasting relationship with your mentor, provide reasons for him to continue. Usually, mentors value knowing they’ve helped more than an intrinsic reward. Show him you value his counsel. Tell him, specifically, what you learned. Thank him each time you meet. When you begin to achieve monetary results from mentoring, it is time to offer monetary compensation. When you bring it up, have an idea of how much continued support is worth. Don’t pay more. If the mentor believes that’s not sufficient, then you need to graciously end it. Here are some actionable steps for you: • Use Chamber networking functions to meet local business people • Be a guest at a Rotary, Kiwanis or Lions club meeting, to meet successful, influential people • Learn to think like an entrepreneur – take the Entrepreneurial Mindset Course, click events, scroll to The Entrepreneurial Mindset, register. Please send your feedback or questions to the author,

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