Turn a Layoff Into an Opportunity By Turning Your Passion Into a Profession

Early Retirement…Resource Action…Downsized…Laid Off…or Fired, it doesn’t matter the term you use, when you leave a full time job on somebody elses’s terms after many years of hard work and dedication it’s always a time of anxiety and uncertainty. 

However, if you turn that OBSTACLE into your next OPPORTUNITY, make that STUMBLING BLOCK a BUILDING BLOCK and turn that TEST into your next TESTIMONY everything will be okay. 

Last week’s Podcast, Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger, my guest, Shamma Casson and I talked about the next phase after our layoffs from Corporate America.




According to Monster.com there are also several things that you should do before you leave the office for the last time and I will list the first two below, however, I ask that you click this link to hear the entire Podcast and then leave a comment as to any suggestions you have for others facing a layoff or a resource action.


5 Steps to Take When Your Are Being Laid Off according to Monster.com


Then, follow these five steps to make sure you’re leaving the building with your dignity — and everything you need to land on your feet.

Don’t Leave Without Your Contacts

If you don’t have a backup of your contacts at home, the very first thing to do is to get your contacts, says Ryan. “If you’re in the conference room and being seen out the door, you obviously can’t,” she says. “But if they let you go back to your desk and sit down — and most companies will let you do that today — save your contacts. If there’s someone hovering, just say, ‘Look, I’m just downloading my Outlook contacts.'”

Your contacts are paramount to jump-starting your new job search. “You want to write to each of your contacts and let them know that you’ve been laid off and give them a paragraph about what you’re looking for,” Ryan says. Your network will immediately start looking for work for you — while you’re distracted dealing with other tasks.


Don’t Leave Without a Layoff Letter

“Get something in writing about this termination before you leave the premises,” says Ryan, a former human resources executive. Unemployment is not retroactive, so you should go to your local unemployment office within 48 hours, and having such a letter will help.

“If you walk in with something in writing from your former employer saying that you were laid off and you worked there from this date to that date, it will speed up the processing of your check,” she says. And because most unemployment checks aren’t as much as regular wages, it’s important to bring in as much money as possible as quickly as possible. 



Let’s Chat: Have you ever been laid off?

Social Media Marketing for Business Presentation for NAWBODE



Can you believe that it’s March already?  Time sure flies when you are having fun or if you have a million things on your plate and that seems to be the case for me lately.  Trust and believe, I am not complaining as it’s something that I’ve wanted for a long time and am accepting of the blessings. 

Requests for Social Media Marketing for Business speaking engagements have really been increasing, as a matter of fact, this month alone I am scheduled for four – two are on the same day!


Anywho, last month, I spoke at the 3rd Monday Networking Event for NAWBODE at the Brandywine Executive Center in Wilmington.  I was invited by Dinette Rivera and it was an honor and pleasure to accept. 


If you don’t know about NAWBO, here’s an excerpt from their website.

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries and with chapters across the country. With far-reaching clout and impact, NAWBO is a one-stop resource for propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

Respected with elected officials in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country, recognized in the media as a thought leader on women’s business issues, and joined with corporate partners and other non-profit organizations who share our mission and expand our influence, NAWBO is the country’s premier women’s business organization. 

NAWBO’s many milestones and awards over the decades exemplify the rich history of success the organization and its thousands of members have enjoyed.




Social Media is ever changing oftentimes literally overnight and many business owners get confused as to what to do next.  As the owner of ABlake Enterprises, Social Media Management, and Consulting, it is imperative that not only do I stay on top of it, but that I am able to teach and train others to do the same.




The evening kicked off with networking, wine, and appetizers and I had an opportunity to meet a few NAWBO members as well as members-to-be including Adrienne owner of Expecting MiraclesDelaware’s First Elective Imaging Center. 

If you can’t tell by the picture, we had met before but hadn’t seen each other since a New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Networking event last summer.


Delaware Blogger and Adrienne


The presentation went off without a hitch…well perhaps a little glitch with the LCD projector, but thanks to Hudson, the only male attendee and our host at The Brandywine Executive Center it was quickly resolved – check out the video below to hear the beginning of the Social Media Marketing for Business presentation.



Oh and speaking of images, I contracted the services of Willy Vargas, owner of Willy Vargas Photography and he captured these amazing photos.




NAWBO-President- Chantal Towles








During my allotted time, which I almost exceeded…hey, if you know me, then you know I love to talk, I covered the social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and how each can be used to engage with their target market audience. 




The presentation was well received and I even learned something new from a few attendees which is why no one should ever label themselves a “Social Media Expert”.




I want to once again thank Dinette and Chantal for inviting me and look forward to presenting again at other NAWBODE events in the future, and if you are a woman business owner who wishes to join this great organization, click this link for membership information. 


Also, if you are a member of a group or organization that is looking for a presenter of Social Media or Blogging, please head over to my website for more information or send an email to info@ablakeenterprises.com 




Don’t forget to listen in every Sunday at 6 PM for my Podcast,

Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger.




Sara Speaks – “A Signature Pigment” @ TEDx Wilmington

I had an opportunity to interview Sara Crawford-Jones, a woman that I am honored to call, “friend” and who is also a speaker at today’s TEDxWilmington Conference being held at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, DE.


TEDxWilmington Speaker


I met Sara several years ago at a few events sponsored by the Women’s Business Center, an organization that helped me with my Business Plan when I started A.Blake Enterprises.  


We have since collaborated on other events including two Workshops that I conducted for the WBC in June; she and her mom both attended my Blogging and Beauty Mixer and we have another event scheduled for September.


presenting at Women's Business Center



Sara is more than a TEDx Wilmington speaker, she is also a Fashion Designer, an Author, a Blogger, Vlogger and a dedicated woman who works with numerous non-profits including the Division for the Visually Impaired and The National Diabetes Association.  


Sara Jones, author


During our interview, she talked about her childhood dreams, obstacles that she faced, her support system, the death of her dad and what motivates her to push through it all.  Sara is such a positive and supportive woman and our interview was fun and entertaining for which I am glad to have had the opportunity to do so.  


The Delaware Blogger


Check out the interview below, then come back and leave a comment as to what motivates you when life throws you a curve ball.



Sara was also one of my first guests on Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger and I appreciated her support as I launched.  Click the link to listen to the interview with her –Podcast Interview 


This compelling story shares how Sara’s Albinism (lack of color) galvanized not only her career but her greatest passion…one built in a world FULL of color – FASHION! ❤️

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Franchising: From Food Trucks to Funding Fuel

Podcast Guest, Pedro Moore


Franchising, “In business for yourself, but not by yourself” is a common adage used to describe the advantages of franchise ownership. The franchise model investment can help a wannabe business owners become very successful, however, for many young African Americans and Latinos, there is more reluctance in which to do so.

There are a lot of options when it comes to investing your money. You will want to pick something with a good return rate and that is steady.  It is better to put your money into something that will keep generating an income for future use.  This is why franchising is so popular.


As a business structure, a franchise can be an appealing option. With a number of advantages, it is a great choice for those looking to start a new business without the risks associated with going out on their own.  A franchise has the advantage of operating under the banner of an already established business. the brand and the operating techniques are already tried and tested.

As with starting any business, there are advantages and disadvantages; so do your homework, research and take everything into consideration before starting a franchise or any new business.


Podcast Guest, Pedro Moore


My special Podcast guest was Pedro Moore, is the founder of FundingFuel, an online equity crowdfunding platform whose aim is to provide funding opportunities for everyday people by allowing them to invest in franchises.  


Learn why investing in a franchise provides opportunities for multiple streams of incomes as well as residual income for millennials.


Let’s Chat:  What type of franchise would you be willing to invest in?



Blogging and Mental Health Podcast

Mental stress caused by our job, family, friends, finances or faith can oftentimes cause anxiety which can be released in negative ways. Fear of the future or trying to push back the past can be overwhelming.

If you have been looking for a low-cost nonmedicinal way in which to improve your outlook on life or release some of this stress blogging might just be the answer. Sometimes writing out your feelings, both positive and negative, can contribute a great deal to your mental health.

Tune in to listen to the Podcast at 6 PM EST as I speak with my special guest Regina McDowell, blogger of got2bgina, on how blogging can be good for the brain

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