What I’m Listening To: My Favorite Podcasts for Business Owners

What I’m Listening To: My Favorite Podcasts for Business Owners

So when I’m in my car or when I have a rainy day to relax, my go-to option has been listening to podcasts. It gives me time to optimize my time and listen in on how other businesses and makers run their businesses or how they balance work and life! Many reasons why I started but first and foremost it was for inspiration. Everyone’s business needs to have a leader that inspires every day (I was not inspiring but smothering). We need help to refocus, get passionate and expand our horizons. I’ll list some of the most recent ones that I have been listening to and these are my personal recommendations and not an advertisement for any of them.

The Only Decision Harder Than The Seating Chart Is The Wedding Invitations – Part I

The Only Decision Harder Than The Seating Chart Is The Wedding Invitations – Part I

First & foremost, congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!  This will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting times in your life.  I want to start out by giving you one piece of advice….and that is to RELAX.  Picking your wedding stationery can just as easily be as nerve racking as picking your dress. It makes a statement about you and your tastes and is the first chance you have to set the tone of your most special day.  I’m going to offer you some key advice including scheduling, design advice, choosing a stock and finishing options which will take all of the guesswork out of preparing your wedding suite.

My Journey Into Print: How I Became A #WOMANINBUSINESS

My Journey Into Print: How I Became A #WOMANINBUSINESS

In my recent #BMOREcakeNwhiskey50 meet ups with women in business, they have all asked me how I got in the business of printing. Well, here it goes!  In 2006 I was working at the Maryland General Assembly as a Legislative Administrator.  At the time, I was recently married, and one day my husband came to me with an interesting proposition.  He suggested the idea of this company, Alpha Graphics, as my venture into entrepreneurship (he was their attorney).  The then owner, wanted to retire but didn’t want to let go of her long-time employees, most of whom she’d worked with for the past 25 years.  She conferred with her attorney, my husband, who nudged it my way, encouraging me that this was a “solid company with long time, loyal employees.”  I called it my “leap of faith” as it was the biggest leap I ever made in myself.  I presented an offer and she accepted, gladly.

Wedding Invitation Wording & Etiquette

Wedding Invitation Wording & Etiquette

Good news!  Wedding invitation etiquette rules aren’t horribly  complicated and this article may help you choose the proper words for your wedding suite!  The graphic above does a good job of illustrating the "traditional rules" of invitation wording and etiquette, but I'd like to share some other tips that may help serve as guidelines for the perfect wedding suite. However, the most important rule is that you create a beautiful invitation that represents you and your fiancé. Here are some rules broken down a bit.

The Lost Art of Conversation: My 2018 Resolution To Get Coffee with 50 Women From Cake & Whiskey

The Lost Art of Conversation: My 2018 Resolution To Get Coffee with 50 Women From Cake & Whiskey

One of my goals in bringing Cake & Whiskey to Baltimore was to get women in business together and make personal connections—real, genuine connections and not the impersonal exchange of business cards over rubbery chicken which we have all suffered through.

Avoiding Blurry Print Images: The Difference Between Raster & Vector Images

Avoiding Blurry Print Images: The Difference Between Raster & Vector Images

We often work with clients who are in the process of submitting their designs for print, only to find out that their artwork is saved as the wrong type of file for their project. If you are not a professional graphic designer, you may have never heard of vector art or raster art files and you certainly don’t know the difference between the two.  While there are several different types of images, we’re going to focus on the 2 major image types, vector and raster, and identify the best file type for your project.