PR Daily’s “20 Tips to Help You Proofread Like a Pro”

I love a great list.  I can’t help it.  Especially when it’s something completely useful.

Check out Ragan’s PR Daily’s “20 Tips to Help You Proofread Like a Pro” to be well on your way to error-free material.  I subscribe to their daily newsletter and always find something worthwhile and completely clickable!  (Another great “Rock the Grammar” e-newsletter I’ve blogged about: GrammerBook.com.)

If you’re still seeking that second set of eyes, feel free to contact me at Mara@TheLeoneCompany.com.

*Image taken from http://www.ckwop.me.uk, which was taken from http://www.yetiarts.com. 

BREAKING NEWS!

For those of you who have known me over the years, you know I have truly loved my position with the Florida Film Festival

However, after a career in the non-profit world, I’m excited to announce that I am making the decision to go out on my own, embracing the entrepreneurial spirit I have admired in others for so long. 

With this, I’ll  be picking up clients who need a number of services, including, but not limited to, marketing/communications, copywriting, proofreading, fundraising and project management. 

Does that seem like a strange combination?  Perhaps!  But one of the joys of a career in the non-profit world is that you learn to do more with less… and less is often less staffing.  This equates to my having worn more hats than most could have imagined over the years, and, in turn, gaining quite the skill set!

My boss, co-workers, family and friends couldn’t have been more understanding, supporting, and gracious if they tried, and have supported me every step of the way in this new adventure.  But now, it’s time to take the leap.

June 10 (next Friday) is my last day with Enzian and the Florida Film Festival, and I leave my favorite arthouse cinema with a smile, and hope to return with my MacBook Air, a glass of wine and future clients soon.

I would love your support in my efforts!  How? 

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4 Companies (and a Few Individuals) Inspiring Entrepreneurship

I’m always inspired when someone decides to stop doing what they “like”… in order to do what they LOVE.  Within the past few years, I’ve watched a few amazing people around me start companies that turn their passions into realities.  In the spirit of entrepreneurship, this post is for them.

  • Geben Communication. When Heather Whaling (@prtini) wanted to move back to Columbus, OH almost two years ago, she decided it was time to take nearly a decade of PR agency experience into her own hands.  Now, she rules the online (okay, and offline, too) PR scene. Mashable comes to her.
  • CageHero. Two MMA fanatics (who yes, are also best friends) Ian Parker and Mark Mastrandrea didn’t see a clothing line with a strong positive message.  What better solution than to start one?  Now, with approximately one dozen fighters wearing their gear, along with an extended women’s and baby line, this clothing line shows that yes, indeed, “The Hero Comes From Within.”
  • Centers for Animal Therapies. Originating from a vision by owner Jo Maldonado to offer the general public a complete program towards the  understanding of animals, preserving of natural and natural healing techniques, CAT now offers a variety of courses to Central Florida.  Topics include anything from animal business and behavioral classes to reiki and communication.  Essentially, if you can dream it up, there’s a class on it with CAT.
  • Sassy Sweet Treats.The most amazing cookie and brownie company.  Ever. Shipped all over the country from Jersey City, NJ, Chief Baking Officer Jennie Broderick turned her passion for a fabulous Chocolate Chunk cookie into a sustainable business nearly five years ago.  With product available online, as well as local delivery (hello, Whoopie Pies!) and farmers’ markets, this is perfect holiday/hostess/housewarming/just because gift.  And really, a Cookie of the Month Club to boot?!
  • Independent Writers and Editors (like Sarah Sekula and Ashley Cisneros). These ladies left their corporate careers with magazines and PR firms to freelance.  Now, they attend and cover fabulous events, take trips around the globe, and write intensely amazing human interest pieces.  Oh, and they get paid to do so.
Do you know someone who has left a job they “like” to do what they LOVE?  Leave a comment and share with the world!