Michelle Cernak was an Air Force brat. Born with ambition. At the age of 13 she emancipated herself, got on a Greyhound and headed off to make her own way. She went to school, worked and started a small business. She was a numbers geek.
What comes to mind when you think of a great salon experience? Do you want to look like that magazine picture? Do you feel unpretty and want to feel more self confident? Do you need to rant and vent and you know you'll get a listening ear from your stylist?
As Larry and I get ready to leave for vacation, our friends ask, “Are you going to the island?” They know it is our escape, our little piece of paradise. We leave our home in Fort Smith and we are on the beach 4 to 5 hours later.
Much hand-wringing accompanies today’s discussions about education. Kids don’t learn enough reading, writing and arithmetic. Drop-out rates are too high. Colleges are turning out graduates who cannot find jobs. Companies cannot find qualified applicants.
Depression is common. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 16.1 million American adults and 3 million adolescents experienced depression in 2015, affecting 6.7% of adults and 12.5% of adolescents. Unfortunately, depression discourse must also include the topic of suicide.
Every single day in the Arkansas River Valley, people are faced with sexual assault and domestic violence. It’s not just scenes you see on television. And it’s not just happening in some faraway locale. It’s reality, and it’s here and now.
We are born with the seed of self-esteem already planted within us. It’s dormant at birth, but it will be awakened as the child discovers the world. Self-esteem begins to grow in the soil of experience, watered with feedback at every turn.
Are you standing in line waiting your turn? Are you waiting to be recognized for the good work you do in the office? Feeling unappreciated for the extra effort that goes unnoticed? Are you waiting for the “right time” to introduce a new idea to the boss? Are you wanting to start your own business but not sure the timing is right--or that you can afford to give up the security of a guaranteed paycheck?
A recent presentation by Fort Smith’s 64/6 Downtown organization updated the group on progress, including the Marshall’s Museum and the 64/6 revitalization program. Public school board member Talicia Richardson answered questions about the future of both, and she challenged everyone to look beyond the tasks at hand.
CHAFFEE CROSSING: A COMMUNITY ON THE RISE
In the late 1970s and early 1980s a man named Andres Duany and his architectural partners formulated the principles of new urbanism. These principles seek to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment by developing mixed-use, smart growth communities that encompass all aspects of life within walkable neighborhoods.
Business schools vs trade schools: Not mutually exclusive
Over the last few years the rising cost of college education and student debt has generated a lot of heated discussion. In this climate of anxiety, trade schools or vocational/technical (vo-tech) schools have emerged as alternatives to traditional colleges.
Downtown Business Association: New face promoting Fort Smith
A new organization of local businesses was born just after the first of this year. The Fort Smith Downtown Business Association LLC, or FSDBA, brings together the development and promotion of local services, shopping, entertaining, and dining, along with the history and values of the community’s traditions.
Shaping a Healthy Business through Healthy Employees
An important program for industry is preventive maintenance for facilities and machinery. Preventive maintenance programs accomplish more than the routine servicing of equipment.
3 Benefits of an Online Store
While a "No soup for you!" attitude might get laughs on the old Seinfeld shows, the real world is a different place. Berating customers won’t bring you more. Long lines of customers are more frequently due to good customer service, and this can lead to more sales.
Your Company PC: A Hacker’s Paradise
The Internet is a dangerous place. It is used by modern criminals to launch cyber-attacks on unprotected businesses. From ransomware to phishing to fraudulent transactions, hackers are looking to access your files and steal confidential data.