January 9th: “Travel planning for the busy mom”

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Tami Riebel is a life-long resident of New Richmond, OH. She and her husband Rich have been married for 37 years and have two adult children, Erin (Derek) and Nathan (Cristin) along with two grandchildren, Levi and Samuel who are the “apple of their eye.”

Tami was 18 years old when she married Rich and 19 years old when she had Erin, so as a stay-at-home wife and mother, she went to the “School of Hard Knocks” where she received her diploma. She learned to make money with sales in Avon, Tupperware, and assisting her husband with his excavation contracting business. She also was a substitute secretary in the local schools, but none of this was her passion. Her passion was to teach the Bible, write and travel. So she was a women’s ministry leader in her church for over 20 years and learned even more about delegating responsibility, business and working with people, who by the way can be very challenging.

In 1997, her daughter was a senior in High School and moving onto college and her son was a freshman in High School. For the first time in life, she was able to think about “What do I want to do when I grow up” instead of “What can I do to assist my family in their dreams”. It’s ok to have your own dreams ladies and in due time, you will receive them if you don’t give up on them. There is a season and time for everything.

With her passion to travel and assist others in their planning of travel, she called a local Travel Agency to see if they needed a clerical assistant. The answer was no, but they would keep her in mind. A few months later, she received the call that they wanted her. She started part time at this travel agency and was trained on the job for sales. After three years of working at this agency and running their office at $7 an hour, she decided to get her own license and insurance and in 2001, started her own business, Bluewater Destinations was birthed.   Then 9 months later, 9/11 happened, which changed the travel industry forever.   A lot of agencies closed or went home based because of the lack of sales.   Tami & Bluewater Destinations survived the travel industry crash and the development of Online Travel Agencies and today she has 7 outside agents who share the same story as Tami, they have a passion for travel, sales and love their career.   Being a Travel Consultant isn’t a dead occupation; people have found out that they don’t have the time for all of the research it takes to plan a vacation, so they are calling the pro’s. And why not, when there is no service fee?

In recent days, her passion and time is divided between selling travel and writing. She just completed writing her first book on her experience with breast cancer in 2013 and is very excited to see this book get published. Not for her own gain, but to bring encouragement and hope to women who are navigating their own way thru this dark, life experience.  We are so thrilled that Tami is coming to talk to us about how to plan an awesome vacation with our families!

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Dec. 5th: Tips for party hosting!

We are so excited about this week’s topic: Tips for party hosting!  We’ve invited two local businesses to help teach us about some creative ways we can decorate and prepare to host our holiday parties this season!  Let me introduce you to Jolene Struewing from Daffodilly’s.

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Jolene was born and raised on a farm here in Batesville.  She has two older sisters, a twin and a younger sister. Creativity and thinking “outside of the box” has always been something she has been drawn to.  After an art class in high school, she got a part time job with a local florist which gave her the opportunity to learn this special art of floral design.

Jolene married an Oldenburg native, Randy Strewing and they have two sons.  They moved back onto the family farm where she grew up and she couldn’t be more happy to be surrounded by everything she loves!  In 2006 she took a leap of faith and opened up her very own flower shop, after being in the industry for 15 years.  Jolene is happy to say that this “leap” has flourished and in 2012 she moved her business to it’s current location downtown Batesville to better serve her great community!

Also, joining us, will be Kate Nobbe of Dotty’s Bulk Foods!

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Kate has always loved baking, some of her first memories were working in the kitchen with her mom. After ten years of taking baking and cake decorating projects to the local 4-H fair, she knew she wanted to make this a career. First,  Kate received a degree in Business Management from Ivy Tech. Then,  she started at Midwest Culinary Institute for a Pastry Arts Degree. After achieving her pastry degree, Kate took her certification for Certified Pastry Chef or C.P.C.. For the two years she was at MCI she worked at the full service bakery on campus in every capacity as well as leaving as the Assistant Manager of Operations. Next, Kate applied for a position in the pastry department at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Kate was the Head Pastry Chef at the Duke Energy Convention Center for the next two years. Towards the end of her two years as the Head Pastry Chef she found out she was pregnant with their daughter Elaina. With this news Kate and her husband knew they needed to make a change with the long drive and the long hours. It was time to then make her Kate’rd Cakes business a reality. Therefore, last September they bought Dotty’s Bulk Food Basket here in Batesville and opened Kate’rd Cakes inside. Kate now makes custom order cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.

Jolene and Kate will be sharing some practical ideas for us and I know we will be blessed by their expertise!