Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Year to Date Review

I’m excited to say that readership of my blog has increased significantly the past few months.  For this reason I’d like to take today’s Teacher Entrepreneur Profile to provide a summary of the Teacher Owned Businesses that have been featured over the past six months.  Below you will find the name, website (if applicable) and contact info for each Teacher Entrepreneur as well as a link to their original Profile.  Please support these businesses whenever possible and please let me know of other Teacher Entrepreneurs that I can support through my blog.

 Teacher Entrepreneur: Joe Santa
Business: TCP – Awards, Apparel, Signage  http://trophycenterplus.com/
Location: [...]

TE Tips: Choose To Be Great!

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” James C. Collins, Good to Great.

This is one of my favorite quotes.  It gives me hope that I am in control of my destiny.  I can choose to be great if I have the discipline to work toward my goals.  I can choose to be great and so can you.

I know it can be hard to deal with:

Overwhelming workloads
Challenging parents
Difficult evaluation tools

Today I want to encourage you to choose to be great.  You work hard, serve your students, your community, and your family [...]

Join the Movement!

This week we are talking about relationships.  Earlier this week I encouraged you to be a giver, not a taker.  Today is my opportunity to be a giver.  With the help of Teacher Entrepreneurs across the country I’m leading the development of a National Directory of Teacher Owned Businesses.  We currently have over 30 businesses representing 10 different states in the Directory.  Please join us and help us to create a network that will connect Teachers and Teacher Entrepreneurs in local communities and across the country.

Some Teacher Owned Businesses offer services that require you to be in proximity to the [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Greg Glancy of Glancy Painting

Today’s Teacher Entrepreneur Profile is Greg Glancy of Glancy Painting.  I met Greg almost 20 years when I logged some observation hours for a college a course by visiting his class.  Greg is retiring in a couple weeks after teaching for 31 years.  He is a legend at Huntington North High School and the school won’t be the same after he leaves.

CS:       What is the name of your business and where is it located?

GG:      My business is called Glancy Painting and I’m located in Huntington but I paint in all the surrounding counties.  I’ve painted in Wabash, Warsaw, Columbia City, [...]

TE Tips: Creating Great Relationships

As a Teacher, you are probably a master at creating great relationships because you are used to caring about and serving others.  That same mentality of caring and service will go a long way toward the development of great business relationships.  People do business with those they like.

Last fall when I interviewed Brady Smekens of Smekens Education Solutions http://www.smekenseducation.com/  for his Teacher Entrepreneur Profile he summed up their relationship philosophy very succinctly.  He said “The world is made up of two kinds of people, givers and takers.  We want to be givers.”  This philosophy has fueled their growth and allowed [...]

Planning and Budgeting Your Way To A Successful Business

Our Theme for this month is Transferable Skills.  Today I will be talking about Planning and Budgeting.  These are both concepts that I have covered in depth in the last 6 months through TE Tips.  I felt they were important enough to mention here today because they are used extensively in education and in business.  I don’t have the time or space to cover them extensively in this post, but if you want more information I have included links below to the TE Tips series on each.
There are a lot of different angles that we could approach planning from.  Today [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Crawford “Chill” Hill of Chill Expeditions

This week’s Teacher Entrepreneur profile is Crawford “Chill” Hill of Chill Expeditions www.chillexpeditions.com.  Chill has been guiding students and adults on wilderness adventures since 1974, when he started a business in college, guiding climbing and backpacking expeditions in the Alps.  Now, after 35 years of teaching biology, coaching wrestling and rock climbing, wilderness exploration and travel, he is leading the way in the educational expeditions industry.

CS:       What is the name of your business and where is it located?

CH:      The name of my business is Chill Expeditions.  We are located just outside of Philadelphia, PA.  We have offices in Costa Rica, [...]

TE Tips: Is That Data Worth Analyzing?

Is That Data Worth Analyzing?
Living in an information society, we are constantly bombarded by data.  It is easy to become overwhelmed with data and to become paralyzed by the thought of having to analyze it all.  One important item to remember when considering data, is that it is not all useful.  Just because data is kept on a particular item, does not mean that it is worthy of your time or attention.

Step one in data analysis is to determine which data is useful.  Once you have determined your key data sources, it is important to focus on them, and to [...]

Life Changing Teachers

Today I’d like to take a moment to thank some of the Life Changing Teachers that have touched my life.  I would not be where I am today without the contribution and influence of each of these amazing people.

John and Bonnie Cook  

I was never a student in your classrooms, I was more, I was a member of your family.  From my childhood through my college years you were my second set of parents.  Always encouraging, always inspiring and always engaged in service to others.  Thank you for your love, your support and for allowing me to be a part [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Denise White of Inspire and Engage Consulting Services

This week's Teacher Entrepreneur Profile is Denise White of Inspire and Engage Consulting Services http://www.inspireandengage.com/.  I was introduced to Denise by Adam Drummond, Principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Huntington, Indiana.  Thanks Adam, and congratulations on being named District 3 Principal of the Year!  Denise has a great story.  She is a long time educator who turned her passion for helping teachers into her career.

CS:       What is the name of your business and where is it located?

DW:     My business is called Inspire and Engage Consulting Services.  I am located in Tulsa, OK and my partner is in Florence, SC.  We contract [...]