Encore Entrepreneurship – It’s Not How You Start It’s How You Finish


It was 1975, at the age of 14, when I landed my first job.  I was working with my DECA teachers at Caesar Rodney High School in Dover, and it was an exciting time.  However, I remember the first job was as a “Mother’s Helper” for the wife of an orthodontist who had a bad a$$ kid.

I won’t get into the many reasons why this job was one of the worse jobs I ever had, but it’s just a reminder that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

Being a Mother’s Helper -aka- maid to a rich woman gave me more of an incentive to do what I really wanted to do and that was to teach.  After more years of working various jobs including a fry cook at Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips, I finally landed the job of my dreams once receiving a BS Degree in Elementary Education from Delaware State College in 1983, and that was of becoming  a teacher!

I have always loved to teach, whether it was teaching young children how to read or now educating business leaders and entrepreneurs who want to learn about social media marketing and blogging.

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As the CEO of ABlake Enterprises, I truly believe that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish and there is one thing that never changes and that is learning.

With each job, I had to learn new skills and techniques and some were challenges, others not so much.  I was fortunate that training was provided by my employers to ensure success was inevitable.

In order for a business to grow and succeed employees need to be properly trained on any new technology.  The employer should bring in an expert that will not only motivate the employees, but also give them guidance on implementing the new technology in the workplace.

I have spoken to many organizations and groups, most recently to the Colonial Dover Rotary Club on Tips for a Facebook Business Page and in speaking to the members, many walked away with a better understanding of social media marketing.  They will use some of the tips that I presented to make their social media marketing campaigns more successful.



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