Author: Chris Murphy

SBR: Southern Provisions Company

Small Business on the Rise: Southern Provisions Company Every day she comes to work at Southern Provisions Company, owner Rebekah Moody said she has to remind herself it’s real. “I pinch myself every day I’m here, because I had no idea I would be here and that there was a need for what I do,” Moody said, adding, “All the time, people say, ‘Is it just your dream come true?’ I never, in a million years, dreamt this.” Southern Provisions opened in May 2016, an outgrowth of Southern Loom, which Moody operated at Boonsboro Shopping Center for two years....

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SBR: About 90 Marketing

Small Business on the Rise: About 90 Marketing It is safe to say that LaShonda Brown’s lucky number is 90. Her marketing company, About 90 Marketing, has enjoyed tremendous growth and success in its first year of operation and shows no signs of slowing down. Brown launched About 90 on Periscope, a live video streaming app, when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2016. “It was an incredible experience because I immediately got in the truck to drive to Pennsylvania to be with family after the broadcast,” Brown recalls. “While I was away, I received a new client...

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Leading Lady: Sara Elizabeth Timmins Feb/March 2017

Occupation / Formal Title: Producer/Creative Director at Life Out Loud Films Hometown: Warren, OH (Lynchburg has been home for 3 years) Tell us a little about your background. How did you get into film producing? I studied Organizational Communications and Theatre at Xavier with dreams of acting. After graduating, I volunteered on a film in Cincinnati with Lynda Carter, and the leader in me started getting super involved. Since I didn’t go to film school, my ideas were outside the box, but they were working. The producers asked what it would take for me to quit my job and...

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SBR: Custom Embroidery & Screenprinting

Small Business on the Rise:Custom Embroidery & Screenprinting When Melissa Stevens joined Custom Embroidery & Screenprinting in 2001, her job was to order supplies, pay bills, write invoices—typical duties of an office manager. Stevens said she had no experience at the time, but was a quick learner. She also was a quick worker and found herself finishing her tasks and then, as she puts it, “twiddling my thumbs.” So she started asking then-owner Stan Maschal to teach her more about the business. When Maschal retired in 2012, Stevens took over. Custom Embroidery & Screenprinting has been meeting the embroidery,...

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The Stress Test

How Successful Businesses Are Helping Employees Cope Stress is a powerful ailment. It can be directly responsible for maladies such as weight gain, high blood pressure, digestive problems, cardiovascular issues, sleep deprivation, depression, repetitive strain injuries, and/or a weakened immune system, which can lead to a variety of illnesses, including cancer. The more stressed we are, the more vulnerable our bodies are to sickness. For a business, this can spell disaster in terms of lost productivity from employees taking sick days. In fact, downtime from illnesses cost U.S. companies an estimated $300 billion each year. In addition, employers pay...

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