I don’t believe in luck- I believe that the sum of my experiences brought me to the #inc5000 conference. I snuck in the back door by writing an essay to win a Mercedes Sprinter van. 20,000 other people wrote essays, but I got my undergrad degree in creative writing and it finally paid off. Everyone in my family is an entrepreneur- going back several generations. My great great great aunt was the first woman to have a business license in the state of Missouri. My grandfather is an inventor with dozens of patents. My father went to Central Europe in the early 90s and invested in crystal, textile, and knitwear factories. I got a great education in furniture and work ethic at @quinnsauctiongalleries. In 2016, I joined @sgwoodrva as a partner, we changed the model, increased the revenue by a factor of 12 and started a free apprenticeship program. Tonight, at the closing gala, I’ll find out if my essay and your votes won a new Sprinter van. I’ve been asking you all to vote, share, and vote again. I want to win, for sure, but I already won because I got to be in this room with the best of the best. I got to watch and listen to Brene Brown, Bert Jacobs, Cindy Eckert, Kendra Scott, Ben Chestnut, and Scott Harrison. And I will absolutely be back to Inc5000, with a company that makes the list.
Unexpected things in life happen all the time. Having emergency funds set aside will make the stress of handling those events much easier to swallow. While easy enough to understand, emergency funds can be tricky. You need to know how much to save, how best to save it, and when to turn to that money. Here are a few quick ground rules to follow:
• Work toward setting aside six months worth of income. To get started, decide on a reasonable amount of money to put aside each month. Then, set up an automatic withdrawal from your checking account to your savings. Start small, be consistent, and soon you'll have that money ready and waiting when you need it.
• Everyone's situation is different. Take your personal situation into account. How much money you need depends on where you stand in life. If you have a lot of bills each month, you need to save a larger chunk in case of an emergency. If you live more frugally, that may not be as necessary. Having a financial plan makes figuring all this out a lot easier.
• Use your emergency funds for...emergencies only! An emergency is a situation that meets two criteria. It's something that has to be taken care of right now, and it's an absolute necessity. If both of these parameters are met, go ahead and tap into your emergency funds to get it taken care of. If not, hold off until you've saved up enough separately.
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It doesn’t look like much here but it’s heady and honeyed. After fourteen months in the barrel, @gardengrovebrewing’s Tawny Port is blooming beautifully. Brewer and winemaker Mike is thinking about serving the first Port made in the city of Richmond on nitro, what do you think?