Grants for Gals – Inaugural Year

The Firm Business Brokerage is looking for our 2015 Leading Lady!

Application Process

To apply please provide the following information:

  • The Firm Business Brokerage’s Grants for Gals Application
  • Current Resume
  • 500-750 Word Cover Letter
  • Short Video (maximum 5 minutes) presenting your business plan and the reason why you should receive the award.

Selection criteria will include:

  • Entrepreneurial Drive
  • Innovation
  • Demonstrated Leadership
  • Community Involvement
  • Lend-ability


  • Award must be applied towards the ownership of a successful, profitable business in The Firm Business Brokerage’s portfolio.
  • Although the focus is cultivating female business entrepreneurship, the business being acquired need not be currently owned by a woman.
  • We are looking for individuals who wish to employ and empower others within the community. So, the award may only be used for a business which employs a minimum of two employees.
  • The expectation is that the recipient will “pay forward” the benefit they have received by giving back to the community as a whole through responsible and ethical business ownership.

Important Dates

  • Applications may be submitted beginning April 27, 2015.
  • All applications must be received by June 15, 2015.
  • One $5,000 award will be given on June 30, 2015. It is within the discretion of the Steering Committee to make additional awards, with a maximum of three permissible.

About The Firm Business Brokerage

The Firm is a Midwest-based business brokerage with expertise in the sale and purchase of existing businesses. At The Firm, we pride ourselves on confidentiality and delivering a result that satisfies both Buyer and Seller at the closing table. In fact, with 22 completed transactions in 2013 and 24 completed transactions in 2014, it is accurate to say The Firm successfully closes more deals than any other Nebraska brokerage. To learn more about The Firm or view our current Listings, visit

Career Management – Part IV

Designing Your Career Path

A few years ago I volunteered at a community Career Center. Many of the clients had been in their positions, or at least with the same company, for 15-20 years or more. Then something changed and they found themselves unemployed or laid off, dazed and confused in a land they hadn’t prepared for. There were office workers who didn’t keep up with automated office technologies, computer programmers who didn’t see the end of the mainframe coming, and laborers who didn’t see their skills becoming obsolete before their eyes. They were devastated, which is an understandable response to job loss, but unable to wrap their minds around the changes their new reality would require. Those who learn to proactively design their careers will have a much easier time adapting when change happens.

Another interesting thing I noticed as I counselled Career Center clients is that it is really difficult for most of us to define our vocations apart from job descriptions. Try it. When someone asks you what you do, is your immediate response to give your current job title? I’m a blah-blah-blah for so-and-so. So what!? What does that tell me about who you are and what you do? In order to have agility amid rapid change, we need to rethink the way we define who we are. That way, if our current position goes away or morphs into something else, we are prepared to adapt.

Most of us won’t land in our dream job by going with the flow. We have to take control of the rudder as we navigate the seas of the marketplace or we’ll end up on a shore we didn’t really want to be on. To have fulfillment & significance, we must create the future we desire using what we learned about ourselves in our Discovery and Dream exercises.

In Design we move from “What” to “How,” putting our career strategy together and identifying what training, formal education, network connections and vocational stepping stones will get us from here to there.  While the Dream phase allows us to have our head in the clouds, the Design phase keeps our feet planted on the ground of reality. Not that we discount our dreams, but we realize dreams don’t become reality overnight and they require a lot of work to make them real.

One activity that’s part of Cooperrider’s AI Design model is writing provocative propositions. As you identify the themes and strengths that make you who you are, write out what is most important to you. What are the key ingredients to your desired future and what process will pull everything together? Paraphrasing Cooperrider’s idea of what provocative propositions look like, they should

…stretch, challenge and interrupt the status quo

…be grounded in reality – have possibility

…be stated in affirmative and bold terms

…be confirmed by those closest to you

As you work on the Design of your career plan, be positive and courageous. You’ve come this far – don’t give up. Yes, it’s hard and possibly overwhelming if you have decided to take a new direction. But embrace a long-term perspective and see the months or years of preparation as brief as you move toward greater satisfaction and purpose in your work. Have fun with it!


Make Decisions! Take Action! Grow!

Entrepreneurs and business owners, are you challenged to keep up with the daily routines in your business, knowing you need to do more to focus on growth, but uncertain what to do? Well now you can get answers at these weekly virtual coaching workshops.

How will these virtual coaching workshops, help your business?

  • Using the GrowthWheel we provide you with a visual toolkit for dialogue, focus, agenda setting, decision-making and taking action.
  • Helps your company determine which areas to focus on to strengthen and grow your business.
  • Create a simple action oriented process to help you grow.
  • Supports the decision-making that you do every day.
  • Stay true to the way you think and work.

Each webinar is an hour and half where you will review materials, set goals and ask questions. You are provided article(s), worksheet(s) and an action plan, so you can meet your objectives

Planning on taking more then one seminar? Check out our membership pricing>