A DECADE OF BEING IN MY OWN BUSINESS

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As I mentioned on my post on change so many things can happen in ten years.  You then look back and are amazed.  Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS for presenting us with this challenge of looking back. 

So let's roll the movie camera. 

2009

This is the year that I started my business in Leadership Development. I had over 30 years in corporate America mostly in HR.  That year I networked and joined BNI and the Business Council of Westchester.  I did seminar for nominal amounts to show my expertise.  I used the training Room of the Keller Williams office in White Plains. They charged me a reasonable fee.  I built a database, had a Constant Contact monthly newsletter, and got a few clients.  My wife was a busy director of human resources at the Mt. Kisco Medical Group.

2010

I saw growth from all of my networking.  I got a large client engagement that continued into 2011.  I became a Business Council Ambassador, President of my BNI, was chosen as a coach for the entrepreneurial development program in Westchester.

2011

I started doing monthly seminars.  Debbie Gartner , the Flooring Girl, was a member of my BNI chapter.  She did some work in our home and told me how she was getting great results from Active Rain.  I joined in August 2011 and Debbie helped me get started.

Through Debbie I got to meet Dagny Eason and all of these other great Active Rainers.

2012

This year I had my first out of town speaking invitation.  It is also the year my wife Phyllis had her knee replacement surgery.  And then in October, Super Storm Sandy left us with no power for almost a week as it was getting colder.  After that we had a Generac Whole House Generator installed but we have only had to use it for 4 hours since then.

2013

I had learned quite a good deal about blogging and SEO through Bob Stewart's webinars and had a new responsive web site built for my company.  I have been blogging on it ever since and passing to Facebook and Linked In. 

2014

This is the year that I started doing webinars as well as more out of town facilitations and presentations.  This is also the year the my wife, Phyllis retired as Director of Human Resources for the Mt. Kisco Medical Group.  She was having some mobility problems and her speech was getting softer.  We discussed having her work with me and she started accompanying me.

2015

Good business.  Through my website and my blog I got a very nice sized multi-unit restaurant group outside of New Orleans.  I made multiple trips and took Phyllis with me on one.  We made a mini vacation in New Orleans.  Phyllis also had her movement condition diagnosed as PSP at Columbia Center for Movement Disorder.  She has been seeing the doctor there ever since.

2016

This was a big year.  I began association with Fordham University to teach the SHRM HR Certification Course.  This has expanded my reach to HR professionals.

In November we had a big wedding celebration when our younger daughter Ashley got married to Tom Gang. 

And later that month, the day before Thanksgiving, we went to construction contract for a new 2nd home to be built in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  Gabe Sanders represented us in the purchase.

Ashley WeddingA very happy day for the Schneider and Gang families.

 2017

This year started off very busy.  I also had the opportunity to have a gig in healthcare.  I facilitated what is known as Motivational Inverviewing.  In May we found time to drive down to Florida full of clothing for the closing on our house.  We flew back and left the car there.

In August, when we came back we have the honor of attending Kathy Streib 's meetup in Delray Beach.

Delray Beach Meetup 2017We had the great honor of meeting Lou Ludwig in person!

 

 2018

I needed to modify my schedule and business to accomodate Phyllis.  I was now spending more time helping her.  I divided my day according to that.  We also divided our time between Armonk NY, for two months and then two weeks in Port St. Lucie, FL.  I picked up business in nearby Stuart, FL.

2019

Doing the same as in 2018.  My daughter and Son in Law are settling nicely in their beautiful home in Stamford, CT.  My older daughter is living in Danbury.  Looking back we are 10 years older, however, we no longer have debt which is a good thing.

This is my entry to Jeff's contest just a bit longer than 250 words.

 

 

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Grant Schneider
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - thanks, I appreciate that.

Jul 18, 2019 02:13 PM #29
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Sandi Gerrard
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Congratulations on your milestone anniversary! Ten years well spent. All the best for continued success.

Jul 18, 2019 02:16 PM #30
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George Souto
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Grant that is a lot of business change in ten years.  I hope the next ten allow for more time for you and Phyllis to enjoy the maturing years

Jul 18, 2019 03:31 PM #31
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Grant Schneider, thank you for letting us accompany you down the memory lane. Wishing you all the best in the next ten years.

Jul 18, 2019 05:05 PM #32
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Joan Cox
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Grant, thanks for sharing your decade of how your business has flourished.   You have had some very big events over the last several years.

Jul 18, 2019 05:39 PM #33
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Grant loved your post and more importantly loved the fact that we got to meet you and Phillis in Boston, Endre

Jul 18, 2019 11:22 PM #34
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Grant Schneider
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Sandi - yes, it has been a good run.  Thanks.

George - yes, it is.  I am glad you were there to see some of it. 

Beth - I really appreciate that you went along. 

Joan - thanks.  Looking back it has been more ups than downs. 

Endre - I really did enjoy the time in Boston with all of you. 

Jul 19, 2019 03:51 AM #35
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Anita Clark
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Grant: We never know where the road will take us but the journey is always interesting. Enjoyed reading about your personal/professional life over the last 10 years.

Jul 19, 2019 02:36 PM #37
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Aww, what a good story!  This is a great challenge, I need to contribute!   Liked the photo of your daughter's wedding...

Jul 19, 2019 03:44 PM #38
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Joe Pryor
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Looks like not only success in ten years but happiness and fulfillment. I missed meeting Lou by two days at the get together. i would have loved to meet him.

Jul 19, 2019 04:54 PM #39
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Grant Schneider
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Anita - that is true.  Life is a journey.

Mary - thank you, that was one of our highlights.

Joe - Lou was really just a much as warm a person when you met him.

Jul 20, 2019 06:33 AM #40
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Phil Ormsby
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Congratulations on the 10 year anniversary Grant.

As the old adage goes - we can only see how far we've come when we look back!  

I'd add - we can only see the path ahead when we take the time to look and plan for it.

Jul 20, 2019 08:02 AM #41
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Thank you for sharing your past decade. Good entry!

Happy Healthy Birthday.

Enjoy your special day!

Jul 21, 2019 10:27 AM #42
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Grant Schneider
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Phil - thank you.  I agree with you on vision going forward. 

Margaret - a double thank you.  Hope you had a great weekend. 

Jul 22, 2019 03:35 AM #43
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Grant, it is good to read and see how your business has flourished. You were so lucky to meet Lou Ludwig.

Jul 22, 2019 09:20 AM #44
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Grant Schneider
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Rebecca - that was just one great Active Rainer but there are many more.

Jul 23, 2019 06:03 AM #45
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Jan Green
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Wow - what a lot of going on!  Good for you - starting and running a successful business.  And meeting other rainers - how cool.  Much less having a rainer help you buy a second home.  Good for you!

Jul 23, 2019 10:36 PM #46
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Grant Schneider
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Jan Green - it has been a very good run.

Jul 24, 2019 05:56 AM #47
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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thanks for sharing with us - you always provide such useful information on managing a team and ourselves! here's to the next 10 years 

Jul 29, 2019 06:48 AM #48
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Grant, it is fun to have your own business, and you have done a splendid job! 

Aug 02, 2019 12:59 PM #49
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