Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Morning Memo

Hot tips and news to start your business day

        Today's Number: 1.3 billion - Size of the bond issue Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest automaker by market vaule, started Wednesday.

        Today's Mover: Steve Penman has been appointed vice president of marketing at Aurora Casket Co.

        Mr. Penman joined the company in 1999 as director of marketing. He graduated from Lake Forest College, Illinois, and from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania.

        Today's Money Tip: “Seller financing” means you can pay the seller directly over a period of time, rather than borrow money and pay at once.

        Today's Career Advice: Speaking about a workplace experience can galvanize the experience for everybody. In the Army, according to author Alex Hiam in his book Making Horses Drink: How to Lead and Succeed in Business, it is customary for officers to debrief groups after training sessions with a simple question: What did you learn? “A few minutes thinking about the experience can lead to a lot of insights into how to avoid mistakes the next time.”

        Today's Company: Victorious Living

        MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE: This home-based business, founded a year ago by a former P&G senior manager, provides personal coaching as well as consulting services in interior decorating, menu planning and home organization. Owner Kelly Wilson also offers training events on leadership, cultural diversity, goal setting and creating balance for corporate women's groups. Her web-based company is at www.victory4me.com.

        CREATING A REAL HOME BASE: The West Chester-based company selected the name Victorious Living because its goal is to help clients overcome challenges and focus on things that give them joy.

        MANAGE THE CHAOS, INCREASE THE JOY: Ms. Wilson assures clients that there's no need to be embarrassed about chaotic surroundings. She believes that chaos affects everyone occasionally, and teaches people how to manage and reduce it.

        COMING SOON TO A SMALL SCREEN: Ms. Wilson will host the pilot episode of WCET's Home-Life program, a 30-minute magazine style show that will provide practical tips for time-starved working women. The program is scheduled to air on Channel 48 Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

        Send tips and questions to Bill Ferguson at bferguson@enquirer.com


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