Mitche Graf has owned a lot of businesses—a cribbage board company, for example. And a hot tub rental business. And a photography studio. Most were successful while some were not. It's both his successes and his failures that have made him uniquely qualified to help other business owners forge their own career paths. With Power Marketing 101, one of his three current companies, Mitche instills entrepreneurs with sales, marketing, and other business skills through educational seminars, webinars, and podcasts. In all mediums, he touches on a range of topics, from the importance of branding to the art of balancing your personal and professional life without having to marry your copy machine.
Maid to Perfection dispatches crisply uniformed dirt banishers to usher in housewide cleanliness on both the micro and macro level, offering general tidying services as well as focused spot-cleaning. Housekeepers can be scheduled for single sessions or on a weekly or monthly basis and heed each homeowner's instructions to the letter by following a detailed service checklist and a helpful trail of bread crumbs as they dust, vacuum, and scour their way from room to room. Specialized cleaners are also on call to rejuvenate downtrodden carpets, clean windows inside and out, or wax and polish hardwood floors.
Getting one's foot in the proverbial door of a business is a daunting task, especially when it comes to crafting the résumé that can get you there. Fortunately, ResumeStarr is ready and willing to polish résumés and cover letters for all lines of work. During one-on-one sessions in person or over the phone, a knowledgeable consultant helps job seekers highlight their most hirable characteristics, while deftly eliminating such application pitfalls as listing one's dog as a reference. Potential interviewees benefit from coaching, and workshops employ writing exercises to equip students with the ability to produce their own refined products.
Growing up on a farm granted Ryan and Shane Stonemetz a firsthand look at the injustices of the industrial-food market. The brothers watched their father and grandfather toil daily to make ends meet and subsequently swore off entering the family business. However, as the pair established their adult lives in Portland and Seattle, they realized that injustices live forever unless someone puts up a fight.
And so began ProFarm Produce, a small farm-to-customer enterprise that lowers prices for shoppers and increases wages for farmers by eliminating the middleman. The company started with nothing more than a 12-foot truck and a bed full of organic cherries, but it has since grown to a fleet of trucks thanks to an extra-potent fertilizer that's safe for automobiles' digestion. The expanding staff transports ProFarm's bounty to 20 area farmers' markets and various wholesale clients. ProFarm also participates in a CSA program that provides weekly boxes of fresh, local produce to participants in surrounding communities.