Making an Impact — An Article by BBB Author Monica C. Smith

Big Bold Business Author Monica C. SmithThis is the beginning of a terrific article, first published on LinkedIn by Monica C. Smith, on June 10, 2016. We’re sharing it here because it’s definitely worth reading. Life is finite. You can make an impact if you prioritize. Read it and think about it.

Making an Impact

by Monica C. Smith
Founder and CEO, Marketsmith, Inc.

“In the great scheme of things, what matters is not how long you live, but why you live, and what you stand for.” – Paul Watson, Environmental Activist

Last month, I had the honor to be the keynote speaker at the 4th Annual National Conference for Women in Nonprofit Leadership, sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University and held at the Wyndham-Hamilton Park Hotel Conference Center.  This year’s conference focus was on “Making an Impact in a Changing World” – a challenging feat in the busy, frantic times we live in, but not an impossible one.

My speech focused on something I’m often asked about: finding the time and bandwidth to make an impact.  As I shared with conference attendees, my approach to achieving this is threefold: first and foremost, take a stand, as Watson states.  Second, understand that the world is fundamentally unfair and harsh – and approach every interaction with kindness.  Finally, change your priorities.  Understand that you cannot do it all, and do instead what you love.

To make an impact, you have to take a stand from a place of passion and compassion.  In practice, taking a stand means creating a framework for your life that starts with a mission statement.  For me, mine is that my life is my business, and my business is my life.  That is my Brand.  When you stand for something, you will make an impact.  It is that simple.

Next, recognize that the world is unfair, and it is therefore critical for all of us to come from a place of kindness…

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Joyce Restaino and Maria-Elena Grant Donate BBB Volume 2 to Local Library

Two-Time BBB Authors Donate Second Volume of the Big Bold Business
Book to the West Milford Township Library

This is a terrific way for authors to get free press and other PR exposure, and everyone wins. The library receives books for its collection at no cost, the authors get exposure in their town newspaper, and the BBB Book is now available to be read by the residents in their local library, which is great for the readers, the book, and all the other contributing authors as well.



7 BBB Authors to Speak at 2016 NJAWBO Spring Conference & Expo 4-20-16

Seven Big Bold Business Authors from Volumes 1 and 2 to Speak at

2016 NJAWBO Statewide Luncheon Conference and Expo

April 20, 2016  ||  10:30am to 2:00pm

The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) encourages and supports business ownership by women. This annual conference offers a panel discussion on traditional (print and TV) and social media, round-table presentations, an inspirational keynote presentation, exhibitor area, and buffet lunch. Attendees will learn about building relationships, fostering referrals, and growing revenue, with the added bonus of networking with business owners from around the great state of New Jersey.


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BBB Author Bonnie Jerbasi Launching Empowerment Workshop Series

BonnieJerbasiMontclair attorney, Bonnie Jerbasi, and two colleagues are launching Empower Your Evolution on April 19, 7-9 pm, at Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Empower Your Evolution (E.Y.E.) is a series of programs designed to help those who are seeking to achieve their dreams and live an authentic life.

To learn more, visit

April 19 EYE


BBB Vol. 2 Excerpt of Marwa Abdelbary’s Chapter on Turning $3K into a $3-Million/Year Company

Abdelbary_crMarwa Abdelbary

Owner of Tiny Tots Therapy Inc.
Scotch Plains, NJ
and East Brunswick, NJ

 Chapter 9
Turning a $3,000 Investment into a $3 Million-a-Year Business:
Not Easy But It Can Be Done”

 Excerpt: The thought of starting a business can be overwhelming. So much to consider: the type of business, a business plan, where the funding will come from, and more. I was in this position once, and it was daunting. Then I took a step back and asked myself, what if it can be simpler than that? Could I take the plunge slowly, start small, and take it one step at a time? Would that, eventually, get me where I wanted to go?

Turns out, I could, and it can…

And in seven years, we’ve transformed our initial investment of $3,000 into a company that grosses more than $3 million a year, without any debt.

Read Marwa’s chapter in Big Bold Business Advice from U.S. Business Owners: Practical Pointers, Solutions, and Strategies for Business Success to learn more.



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