Can I call 9-1-1 too?

Public radio recently reported a nine year old called 911 because her parents were trying to make her clean the bedroom.  I couldn’t help understanding her frustration.  Sure this  is minor for adults, but it’s not minor for a child. She had a stressful situation. Why not call 9-1-1?

I wanted to call someone because of  our most recent small business problem.  We’ve been using WordPress for years.  WP Engine (our host) has been a Blessing. However, in order for the business to grow, the website must move to Big Commerce.  This is a huge problem because moving will take a lot of time and effort to accomplish.

 I didn’t want to do it. There are SO many things small business owners have to do. Why would I create more work for myself?

When I finished whining and complaining like a nine year old girl, I created an account in Big Commerce. I couldn’t find reasons to keep our WordPress site. 🙁

Big Commerce has Google Shopping, better drop shipping integrations, and other features like Printful.

Thanks to Printful, we will soon be launching our Eat Some, Wear Some collection.

                                                                                                        

I still want to keep the comfort of WordPress. Plus I’m sure the nine year old  wants  her room the way she likes it.

Nevertheless, we will both become better people by exercising  Self Control.  This will be the last post until our Big Commerce store is ready.

I guess it doesn’t matter if a person is nine or ninety. We only grow to the threshold of our discomfort.  It’s the True  way to experience the  Goodness in life.

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Sprint or Marathon

I was with a group of people when one mentioned trying the “new” Keto diet. The millennial described the diet and shared how he became severely hypoglycemic. He didn’t realize he was telling his experience to a genx age group. We couldn’t help smiling because it was clear he was clueless about  the Atkins diet.

Mini Key Lime Cups

It made me think of the myriad of trends and fads throughout history. For example:

 

Everyone still loves Elmo, but who remembers Alf? Do people play Trivial Pursuit as much as they still play Monopoly? Why are we still having tie dye parties but no one is wearing bell bottoms? What ever happened to Tang?

The latest trend is vegan food. It is heartbreaking animals sacrifice their lives for us. However,  wouldn’t eating RBH-Free dairy keep cows off of the dinner table?

Almost every attempt to create a tasty vegan dessert resulted in a split approval rating with our Research and Development team. I know there are plenty of vegan desserts out there, but unless you can fool people who prefer non vegan foods……they are not  culinary masterpieces.

FAIL!!

EPIC FAIL!!!

Feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, I was ready to quit. To add insult to injury, our current pastries are listed as cookies which currently has a low CAGR trend analysis. Plus all small businesses must now be GMP compliant.

After having a good cry, I decided to try to create a vegan dessert one more time.

 

Everyone loved them and didn’t realize they were vegan desserts. Vegan Cashew Cups will be ready for the holidays.

Plus the Florida Department of Agriculture officially issued the bakery a passing  GMP compliance inspection.

Vegan Cashew Cups Vegan Cashew Cups

Building a business to create jobs for others is a lot like life.  A Strong Stable Foundation is needed to sustain the good, bad, and the ugly. If you have The Foundation, every “marathon” will be successful.

Well this is unbelievable……

Five years ago we hired an intellectual property attorney for our recipes. A food industry can not patent ingredients, but it can patent how the recipe is created. 

They researched the patent office and did not find any recipe like ours. So we submitted our application.

Two years later we were patent published.

 

However, the examiner made us choose one of the four published recipes for the patent. We submitted our choice.

Chocolate Lovers Dream
A Chocolate Lovers Birthday Dream

Three months later, the examiner issued a patent published “rejection” notice. It was the same patent she published. It turns out there are different rejections for a patent publication. She classified ours as a level three.

To paraphrase….. level three means: If random people would’ve met and thought about making our pastrie-s, they could have made the same thing.

I know what you’re thinking. Now what…..right? We had to pay for a rebuttal case because abandoned patent publications become Prior Art.

I needed to find the reason for her irrational behavior. We found out patent examiners get bonuses for rebuttals.

For five years we’ve been submitting rebuttals to the same examiner. For five years, the examiner issued a level three “rejection.”

 

 

Housewarming Gift
Custom Housewarming Gifts

 I couldn’t help wondering why the examiner loved money more than helping people succeed.

Vanilla Nut

Eventually our attorney advised us to appeal the examiner’s “rejections.” We won our appeal, but our case went back to the same examiner to process the appeal decision. 

She decided to find a different reason to give it a level three “rejection.”

This time a bonus wasn’t involved.

Heavenly Chocolate

My frustration turned into sadness for this patent examiner. For five years she’s done everything in her power to hurt people she doesn’t know. She hates herself more than she loves money.  It’s clear the examiner doesn’t have True Joy in her life.

Patented published
Coming Soon: Groovy Bites! Vegan Friendly and Sugar Free 🙂

Thankfully we  have options to protect our patent publication and get our patent. 

More importantly, my heart has changed. I will not get angry at people who actively hurt others because their lives are full of darkness. I will choose to show Love and Kindness.

It’s the only way to help them heal.

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Why do you do it?

A friend and I were talking about her new business plan. I wanted to help with her brainstorming session and possibly get some business tips. She purchased property to create an outdoor eating area. Several independent food trailers will supply delicious lunches to customers.  

Party Favors

I was on board with the idea until she wanted to charge the small business owners an unreasonable monthly fee. I asked why would she  charge so much.

Her response was, “I’m in business to make money.”

Real Bananas

It made me wonder how many other businesses are taking advantage of their customers for the love of money.  

I know it takes money to run a successful business. Unfortunately It takes money to do almost everything. However, is it worth stepping on others for money?

I did some soul searching to find out why we have a small business. We know our business is FOR helping former inmates, disabled veterans, the homeless and others who need a second chance. However, it was necessary for me to find out WHY we started one.

Initially we had to use a contract manufacturer. It was difficult, but rewarding because we still call Fairlight Bakery (now Bake Works) our friends.

 When a commercial kitchen opened in our area we were finally able to make our own products. There were a lot of hard days at YourProKitchen in Panama City, but the bond we made with Jeff Lawrence was priceless.

Now we have our own private bakery. There are  countless stories of Loving, Kind, and Joyful moments with many people despite the difficulties of business.

 

I’ll admit there are many times we’ve considered giving up. Looking back, I now see giving up is not an option. There are too many people who do not realize Loving others is important. No one is perfect. If we would think about reasons why we do things, a simple random act of Kindness could brighten someone’s day. 

Blue Bell and Boo-Shaw

Sooner or later eventually we’ll need that Kindness too.  For us, it’s all about relationships.  I hope it is for you too.

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WHY???????

A few years ago we upgraded from a shared commercial kitchen with gas to our own bakery with electric. It took several months of failed attempts to make our products in our new electric convection ovens.  We went through the process of “getting to know your oven” with different pans, temperatures, times, and even a science engineer. For two years, our gourmet cookies were great. However, we still had to scrap some because they were too big or too small to package. 

I was frustrated, but I was told all bakeries have to throw away a percentage of their products. So we accepted the setbacks.

Our Kitchen
Always All Natural Ingredients

Guess what we learned several weeks ago? We’ve been using the wrong ovens. We were not using Imperial ovens which are designed specifically for baking.

Wouldn’t it be great if “Back to the Future” was possible?

Trying to stay positive, I experimented while waiting for our new oven to arrive.

Looks good right???

Yummy Dough

Wrong!!

Maybe we could start selling pancakes 🙁

Why do we have to fail in order to succeed? Life is short. Why is the 80/20 principle true?

Mr. Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Mr. Albert Einstein said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Mr. C.S. Lewis said, “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”

There are many other encouraging words about embracing failure. However, there’s one I didn’t see. We say, “Failures make you a humbled success and grateful for everyone who helped get you there.” Don’t give up my fellow small business owners. We’re cheering for you all…….even the gourmet gift shops  🙂

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