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The Most Successful Business Trip is Not a Business Trip

Uber-successful entrepreneurs know one of the keys to building a highly profitable business is to not to spend all your time working. They know the value of taking time to relax, have fun, and to re-charge. Putting off vacations or refusing to take down time is a creativity killer. And a relationship buster. My recent…

Advice on How to Really Do Business with Fortune 500 Companies

I’m especially pleased to share this post about doing business with Fortune 500 companies and my winning strategy. The truth is it’s not easy to get contracts once you’re certified as a woman-owned (WBE) or minority-owned business (MBE). In fact, corporations prioritizing increasing the number of diverse suppliers in their supply chain don’t consider the…

Top Class Operational Service

During a lunch meeting recently, the waiter at the Cast & Plow restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton came to the table to tell me “I have wonderful news for you Ms. Ruiz – our chef has an amazing beef burger today he wants to prepare for you.” With a bright smile and respectful demeanor he went…

Find Yourself a Business Mentor

You may have heard Jim Rohn’s quote – “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I believe this to be true not only in our personal lives but in our business lives as well. Which is why I purposefully look for business mentors to learn from. One of…

One Key Strategy to Financing a Business

A recent conversation about financing with one my of business advisors helped me think through how to finance our immediate growth strategies. Kathleen McGahran, my finance and accounting advisor who I met through the spectacular Tuck-WBENC Executive Program started by talking through our revenue sources. Our company, Ruiz Strategies, is a communications firm and our…

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