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Business Publisher’s Column small OCTOBER 2015 EDITION HOUSTON MAGAZINE Chairman John Cruise President/Executive Publisher Steve Levine Vice President /Associate Publisher/ Creative Director/Editor Barbara Davis-Levine Business Development/PR Evelyn Pereira Roy Pereira Graphic Designer Lavinia Menchaca Photographers Gwen Juarez Contributing Writers Sonia Clayton Barbara Davis Mila Golovine Ruben Gonzalez Bruce Hurta Jeff Jones Sandy Lawrence Hank Moore Mike Muhney Colleen O’Brien Howard Partridge Christi Ruiz Rita Santamaria Kim Sawyer Gail Stolzenburg Pam Terry Holly Uverity Jeffrey D. Wallace Aimee Woodall Chief Advisor Hank Moore Publisher’s Advisory Board Denise Adjei Sonia Clayton Donna Cole John Cruise Dirk Cummins April Day Dr. John Demartini Maya Durnovo Kathie Edwards Mila Golovine Dory Gordon Greg Grant David Holt Richard Huebner Jeffrey Jones Darryl King Sandy Lawrence Craig Klein Wea Lee Bertrand McHenry Hank Moore Lisa M. Morton Mike Muhney Leisa Holland Nelson Tony Noun Mayor Annise Parker Page Parkes Howard Partridge Susan Repka Maria Rios Grant Sadler Rita Santamaria William Sherrill Gail Stolzenburg Pam Terry Linda Toyota Jack Warkenthien Carlecia D. Wright Aaron Young Phone: 832-419-2814 E-Mail: Or Write: Small Business Today 5380 West 34th Street, Ste 230 Houston, TX 77092 See us on the web at SMALL BUSINESS Today MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY LEGACY PUBLISHING GROUP, LLC. 5380 WEST 34TH ST., STE. 230 HOUSTON, TX 77092 EXECUTIVE PUBLISHER - STEVE LEVINE: 832-419-2814 CHAIRMAN - JOHN CRUISE: 832-460-2020 ADVERTISING RATES ON REQUEST. BULK THIRD CLASS MAIL PAID IN TUCSON, AZ. POSTMASTER: PLEASE SEND NOTICES ON FORM 3579 TO 5380 WEST 34TH ST., STE. 230 HOUSTON, TX 77092. ALTHOUGH EVERY PRECAUTION IS TAKEN TO ENSURE ACCURACY OF PUBLISHED MATERIALS, SMALL BUSINESS TODAY MAGAZINE CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR OPINIONS EXPRESSED OR FACTS SUPPLIED BY ITS AUTHORS. COPYRIGHT 2012, LEGACY PUBLISHING GROUP, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION IS PROHIBITED. Failing Does Not Mean That You Are a Failure D isappointment when one does not reach their goals is not uncommon. When we created our business plans and sales objectives for the year 2015, we could not have predicted the possible setbacks and roadblocks we would encounter this year. For Barbara and I, it was the Memorial Day flooding that destroyed our home, our possessions, our automobiles, and even more devastating, the entire contents of our home office and business. As a result, our sales and marketing came to a complete halt and we lost our hard copy files, clients, and our sales team! It would have been a good time to quit and move on to something else but we are staying true to our mission and once more moving forward. History is full of setbacks and disappointments that became successes once the subject decided that they would not quit. Sometimes that success is right around the corner. We have several excellent articles this month that deal with the “bouncing back” from setbacks and making plans for greater success! My friend Ruben Gonzalez (4time Olympian and National Luge Champion) returns with an article entitled “How to Bounce Back and Win!” Rita Santamaria (a Publisher’s Advisory Board member and regular columnist) has a terrific article entitled “Assessment of Your Business is Personal”. Lastly, I recommend you read Aimee Woodall’s article “Happy [Here Before You Know It] New Year”. One more success story, besides our terrific cover story of Patricia Vice/Texas Security Shredding who has known setbacks of her own, is that of Dr. Jim Wheeler and his lovely wife Janet of Candy Bouquet International. I truly believe that you will enjoy and benefit from these articles and stories in this issue. Make sure you check out the profile of the Houston Metropolitan Chamber that can be found in the centerfold of this month’s issue. Barbara and I have been very impressed with not only their leadership, their mission, and their events, but also their members! We highly recommend that you join the Chamber and take advantage of the opportunities they have to offer in growing your business. Barbara and I are! It’s the 4th Quarter; let’s make it count! Good Reading, Good Sales, & Success to You, Steve Levine President/Executive Publisher, Small Business Today Magazine