Tee’s Nuggets of Survival Part 2

From the desk of Tee Marie Hanible, U.S. Marine, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, National Speaker – Activist, Co-Star of FOX’S “American Grit” and our 2019 Bold in Business Speaker.

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Last week, Tee Marie shared that her first nugget of survival is communication now we shift a focus on her second: individual accountability.

“Now this may mean many different things to different people but for me, it simply means knowing when it’s time to make the hard decisions and having the intestinal fortitude to make those hard decisions. One of the hardest things to do is making a decision to go in a different direction or to start over. 

However, sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where you may have to implement a plan b) or a plan c) hell sometimes even a plan d).   No plan is 100% foolproof and that’s ok, knowing when to say, “this isn’t working, let me try something else” is what a true leader does – it’s what a Warrior does!”

There’s still time to register to attend Bold in Business on Friday, October 4th. Now is your chance to sign up HERE!

6 Steps to Turn Your Side Hustle Into a Small Business

There are many side perks to having a side hustle on top of your regular job: flexible hours, making money, etc., but now it has become common to turn your hobby into a career.

According to Entrepreneur, “A ‘gig economy,’ which encompasses more than one-third of U.S. workers according to a Gallup report, has, however, helped mainstream this concept of embracing the unknown and pursuing one’s passion on the side while continuing to be gainfully employed full time.”

Whether your side business is selling a product or providing a service you may be able to take it to the next level if you follow these six steps to potential success.

Read the article here.

Tee’s Nuggets of Survival


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You should know when you need to be the listener and when you need to be the communicator or problem solver.   Communication goes both ways.

As a communicator, you (the leader) need to be able to convey the intent of what the mission, project, or task is without worry of being critiqued or not getting the immediate buy-in you’d like from your team.  However, communication is also about understanding when to be a listener. Sometimes, your team members just want to be heard.  Don’t stifle their initiative by not giving them an outlet to display their talents or voice their opinions.

As a listener, you need to be open to input from others whether it’s your team at work or your team at home! Don’t just listen to respond, but be an emphatic listener where you concentrate on what’s being said and why instead of just waiting because it’s someone else’s turn to speak. As a listener, we need to always be listening to understand!

How many times have you had to sit through a meeting where one person pretty much monopolized the meeting with no input from anyone else…no input from the “team”.

I can not tell you how many times I’ve had newly promoted commanders who instead of listening to their subject matter experts chose to dictate what was going on in the field…..and we all know how much we love those backseat drivers; especially those that have never been behind the wheel.

Sometimes, the secret to having a greater impact on your team is giving others the opportunity to not just be heard but understood.

Live Life Better

This is a podcast/blog from Virgin.Com and in January the content was a guest blog by Eleanor Ross which focused on “How Certain Scents can Make You More Productive.”



Does coffee brewing or baking bread or cookies evoke a memory or feeling for you?  That is thought behind aromatherapy. Certain smells can produce Dopamine which generally releases endorphins making us happier.

Read Eleanor’s post to find out which scents should be used to relax or be more productive and then pack them up for the workplace.

“As well as boosting our moods, smells may also be able to keep staff well at work. Beverley Hawkins who runs the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy told Entrepreneur magazine that: ‘Essential oils have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and using them in an environment where there are a lot of people can help to keep germs at bay. A simple inhalation of an aroma can cause many changes in the body, which can include activating the immune system and helping digestion.”

Live Life Better.




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Friday, October 4 (8 – 10 a.m.)
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Register Now for Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Do you have a business idea that you think will take off? In the Entrepreneur Boot Camp, you will develop a business plan and present it to a panel of judges.  The winners will receive many benefits to help them succeed in business.  See the perks below.

Sign-up to participate in the Entrepreneur Boot Camp here.


Here are the details and perks of winning this competition.

Participants develop a business plan, and toward the end of the course present the plan to a panel of judges. The winners of the business plan competition receive a $2,500 cash grant from Sunmark Federal Credit Union, a $1,000 cash grant from Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, a one-year Chamber membership, office equipment from Repeat Business Systems, an education package from Schenectady County Community College and two computer training courses from MicroKnowledge.

ShopRite is sponsoring scholarships for veterans to receive 50% off the tuition cost.

SUNY Schenectady County Community College and the Capital Region Chamber have a unique agreement that allows students enrolled in their Business Administration A.A.S. Program or the Entrepreneurship Certificate to take the Chamber’s Entrepreneur Boot Camp for college credit, listed as Business Plan Development (BUS 252).

Registration is currently open for the Fall 2019 class. Register below or contact Laura Mann, Vice President, Business Growth for more information.