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Security is heart of Halres’ highly successful organization

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Phrantceena Halres

By Phrantceena Halres
Special to Inside The Pew

Phrantceena Halres is owner and CEO of Total Protection Services Global, is a full-service, privately held company headquartered inPhrantceena Halres Charlotte, N.C. The company provides a comprehensive scope of high-threat/close proximity safety and security services for the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure including nuclear power, coal and other energy generating plants, new plant construction sites and certain government facilities.

According to Halres, “We’ve been in business for 11 years, and we understand the importance of each component of the security shield – from screening and recruiting to training and deployment. Each component demands thorough understanding, excellent planning and flawless execution by smart people. That’s why we’ve chosen to acquire the skill sets within our organization to match the needs of every aspect of the security equation.

“We do much more than just furnish security personnel – we also train them. The only way to penetrate that business is to hire security professionals.  Many of our specialists are from the ranks of the United States military, various law enforcement agencies, the nuclear security industry and government security services.”

Why did you create your business?

“I created TPS because I wanted the freedom to create what my father understood and honored during his life, and that is to help protect this country and our people.  I suppose you could say, I am serving my father through this life purpose, and teaching as many people as I can touch the importance of national security and those that work for it and are protected by it.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“Deuteronomy 28 (entire chapter): ‘If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.  All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God. You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock – the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out …

“Psalm 91 (entire chapter): ‘Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”

“My gifts will make room for me and bring me before high priest (this one is my daily mantra).”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“Know who you are!”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“It’s really a challenge for me to talk about my person.  I view myself as a server, and my life as service. Interesting about the business, though, is that I’m the first and only African American woman CEO ever in the world that leads a highly specialized nuclear safety and protection services company.”

Learn more about Total Protection Services Global at http://total-protections.com/.

Smith on entrepreneurship: Crawl, walk, and then run

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Paula Smith, author of “Easy Steps Learning Series,” participates in the agape Christian Center Back To School Bash in Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 10. East Steps gave away school supplies, calculators, and ITUNES gift cards to visitors.

By Paula Smith
Special to Inside The Pew

Paula Smith is founder of Providing Leading Solutions, LLC — a company that specializes in Microsoft© technology solutions,Paula Smith, author of “Easy Steps Learning Series,” participates in the agape Christian Center Back To School Bash in Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 10. East Steps gave away school supplies, calculators, and ITUNES gift cards to visitors. leadership and professional training, and curriculum development for Microsoft products for a global society. PLS is a Microsoft© Partner. Smith is the author of “Easy Steps Learning Series,” a series of books that provides Microsoft training in Outlook 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.

Why did you create your business?

“I created my business to help and train others in the area of technology.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 (KJV).

Share the best advice you can with an entrepreneur.

“The best advice I can share with an entrepreneur is you have to set goals or reset your goals even when you miss them and do not get discourage but lessons learn and build upon it to strengthen you. Sometimes you have to crawl, walk, and then start running with an unstoppable mind.

“When challenges happen, do not get discourage. Just change your focus into positive energies and divine strategies to get through them. You may have to re-position yourself geographically, but never fear the unknown and never fear to be successful! Great leaders endure. Be empowered, encouraged and enlighten!”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“I am an ordained minister, and I enjoy working in the ministry, the arts, cooking, song writing, geek gadgets, and technology.”

Connect with Smith at http://www.easystepslearningseries.com. Both training manuals are available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. E-reader versions are also available. She is also on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Know a Christian business owner we should feature in  the Pew Business Spotlight? Email suggestions to pewnews@aol.com.



Gerard to fellow entrepreneurs: Trust Him, great things will occur

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Jennifer Gerard, founder of Whitening Lightning

By Jennifer Gerard
Special to Inside The Pew

Why did you create your business?

“After getting saved in 2009, it became increasingly difficult to be around all the negativity, cursing and substance abuse of my previous career as a sales manager for a carJennifer Gerard, founder of Whitening Lightning dealership. I prayed and asked God to help me. Several months later, a friend suggested I start a teeth whitening service and I did. The products I created for the service were a huge success and Whitening Lightning was born.”

What is the one scripture (or two) that you draw strength from?

“Philippians 4:13 is such a simple reminder that there is nothing too tough for our almighty God. I am reminded to put my trust in Him. I can and will accomplish ANYTHING He needs me to.

“I also love Isaiah 45: 6-7 which reminds me that every single action and event in my life is guided by the Lord Jesus. Therefore, no consequence or reaction is unintended. It is my reminder to look for what I am to learn from every situation and not spend time worrying about the future or being disappointed when I encounter an unwanted outcome.  It is all part of His plan.”

Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?

“I have 3 pieces of advice for any entrepreneur:

  • Trust your instincts. The Holy Ghost is always there to guide us if we will only listen.
  • Believe in yourself. God made us all perfect in His image.
  • Respect yourself in business if you expect others to do the same. Others will only value us and our products or services if we value ourselves first.”

Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?

“God can truly do ANYTHING. I started this business with $3,000 and in our first year we sold over $1.2 million. Trusting Him can lead to GREAT things!”

Jennifer Gerard is founder of Whitening Lightning Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of innovative and easy-to-use teeth whitening products and other beauty products. Want to have your business featured on our Pew Business spotlight? Send us an email expressing interest to pewnews@aol.com.

Ten things debt-free people do

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By Ahmad Davis
Special to Inside The Pew

People who are debt-free got that way because they operate a littledebt-free different from everyone else. If you want to be debt free, this is a road map for you. “Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another;…” Romans 13:8 (AMP)

1. They get help being organized

Paying off debt means knowing what you owe, developing a budget and sticking to it. Debt-free people keep track of their bills, how much they earn, how much they save and how much they invest. They learn from experts and have systems in place to help them tell their money what to do, whether it’s an Excel file or another program.

2. They have a lot less stress

Debt creates stress. I did (a long time ago), and most people around me go into debt to relieve stress, whether it is buying a new car to replace an older one, buy some new electronic, go on a vacation or going back to school to increase your earning potential. No matter the reason, the bill on the other end causes stress. So us “debt-free” people do not create a bill to relieve stress, they pay for it with cash, solve the same problem, but do not have a bill at the end.

3. They use a budgeting system

A budget is simply a way to tell your money what to do instead of just wondering where it went. Debt-Free people use their budget as a system to make sure the most important things always get taken care of first and they invest, save, and have fun on purpose.

4. They pay cash

When you are getting out of debt, you learn how to use cash to manage your impulse areas. After you get out of debt, you use cash to fund your impulse areas.

5. They understand credit

Credit is not evil. It is a short-cut. It is the “Hare” in the tortoise and the Hare story. The person who uses credit is trying to get to the end fast. The problem is that the tortoise won the race every time.

6. They maximize value

I was talking to a relative of mine this weekend and she was wondering if we could find cheaper cuts of steaks in Texas (that is where I live) because of the cattle industry being so close. My response was that we should definitely be able to find a better quality.

Debt-free people are not looking for cheaper products, they are looking for high quality at a better price.

7. They’re more patient

The patience produces higher quality purchases, the higher quality purchases mean less maintenance and upkeep costs, the lower upkeep costs frees up more money to make more high quality purchases.

8. They compare before they buy

The general rule of thumb is that they do not pay full retail. This applies to small things like shoes all the way up to high ticket purchases such as boats, ATV’s, and homes. They will let the high impulse consumers test the market and measure their reviews of products and services to measure value and quality.

9. They’re not materialistic

Debt-free people might like nice, shiny toys but they don’t define themselves by their possessions.

10. They are loyal

Because of the time that is put into finding high quality products and services, once they find a service that meets their standards, they become very loyal patrons. Over time, the debt-free individual starts to occupy their time using high quality products, receiving high quality services at average prices.

Ahmad Davis is a coach with Victory By Design, a firm based in Beaumont, Texas, serving clients locally, nationally and internationally. Ahmad provides solutions for individuals, couples, and businesses who are overwhelmed and stressed financially. Ahmad’s typical clients’ are pastors, single parents, lawyers, couples, doctors, business executives, newlyweds, business owners, and others who want a simple solution with remarkable measurable results. For more information, visit http://www.thebiblicalblueprint.com. To get your questions answered on the Inside The Pew Forum, email Ahmad at coach@thebiblicalblueprint.com.

Rawles: Eliminating annual performance reviews isn’t answer

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By David Rawles
Special to Inside The Pew

Performance Reviews – Are they good for you or bad for you? Are they a complete waste of time?

According to an article I recently read, the author flatly stated the traditional annual performance appraisal needs to be replaced because it doesn’t improve performance. David RawlesThat seems akin to saying that if a car you own proves to be a lemon, you ought not drive cars anymore, rather get a moped, or take the bus.

We don’t need to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Rather, we need to fix the appraisal process when it is broken. We think it right for teachers to correct a student’s poor performance. We coach members of athletic teams when outcomes are unsuccessful. It seems successful behavior modification is based the quality of the appraisal process, not because an appraisal is or isn’t used.

A successful appraisal process includes several critical elements:

  • Equal participation by both the supervisor and the supervised.
  • Clear understanding up front, of the expected behaviors and results.
  • Regular communication discussing progress during the year.
  • Time & privacy is allotted to fully discuss the metrics, results and expectations.
  • Agreement on what changes will be expected in the future.

Equal participation simply provides for the supervisor to fully understand what the subordinates believe they have done well and not so well. When I had a large staff, I often reminded each member that they were far better informed about many of their behaviors and results than I was, being they were with themselves constantly. By allowing subordinate participation, supervisors becomes better informed, enable themselves confirmation of their beliefs, and learn better what future corrections may be necessary.

The beginning of the appraisal period should be marked by the establishment of goals and expected outcomes and results. These need to be agreed upon by both parties. Experience has taught me that when subordinates take the lead in this process, and understand the supervisors own goals, most subordinates will set aggressive, supportive objectives.

If the subordinate is surprised at the end of the appraisal period by the views of the supervisor, it is the fault of the supervisor. Performance should be regularly discussed. Disappointments should be shared. And if goals need to be revised, up or down, both parties should not wait until year-end. That never helps the performance or the relationship.

At the end of the performance period the appraisal discussion should be scheduled allowing plenty of time to talk through all issues, in a location without interruptions. Cutting corners on this meeting can have a negative effect on the following year’s performance. And if the allotted time is not enough, the flexibility to schedule a second follow-on session is very helpful.

Finally, once both parties can then agree what needs to be changed, what goals are to be achieved during the next performance period, and what improvements, if any, are expected, it is much more likely performance will be improved and both parties will be pleased.

David Rawles is an HR Executive devoting his life to helping others achieve significance. He is the founder and president of CareerSolutions, a Christian non-profit organization devoted to helping people locate, land, and succeed in their careers. More info at www.careersolutionsworkshop.org.

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