Friday, May 30, 2014

Small Biz Saturday Showcase 05-17-14 - Small Biz,BabyBlankets, Health Training, Language

Positively Pittsburgh Live
Small Biz Saturday Showcase 05-17-14
Small Biz,BabyBlankets, Health Training, Language
Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
Listen to the show online HERE

Today's Guests:
Nathanial H. Duck
Christian Certified Physical Fitness Instructor, Business
Zineb Outnouna
CEO and Founder, Atlas Dreams Languages, LLC
Angel Hoffman
Principal, Advanced Partners in Health Care Compliance, LLC
Valerie Price
Founder, Inventor, CEO and President, Blazer's Blankets

Nathanial H. Duck
Christian Certified Physical Fitness Instructor, Dstar Productions
Mr. Duck was born and raised in the Homewood area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Some years ago Mr. Duck was well known for his outstanding abilities in playing basketball, but would now prefer being recognized for his Health and Fitness Ministry. I quote Mr. Duck as saying, “This is my ministry. The lord gave me a vision as a young man that, I would have a family, be involved in community leadership and play a role in neighborhood outreach ministries at church.”

In pursuit of these goals, Mr. Duck received an Associates Degree in LCCC Junior College for Physical Education and Communications. He then started his Health and Fitness ministry as a Youth Fitness Program Director in 1977.

Mr. Duck’s career evolved through time and diligence. He is presently an Expert Personal Trainer at Fitness 19, an Athletic Director for Hosanna House, a Physical Education Fitness Coach for Healthy Black Families Project and a Fitness Instructor for Silver Sneakers. He also volunteers his time in shelters several days a week in the Allegheny area of Pittsburgh. Though he possess a very rigorous schedule, he still finds time to be a committed husband and father to his children of four.

I quote Mr. Duck as saying, “there is no secret to good health; there is a process.”

Start with the following fundamentals:
  • Physical Fitness 3 or 4 days per week, which involves stretching, aerobics and body toning.
  • Hydrate your body with water and alter your eating habits by incorporating nutritional fundamentals.
  • Get plenty of rest, to regenerate your body.
There is no age limit, some health conditions, may exclude physical exertion.

In conclusion, Mr. Duck is an inspiration to both, young and old, male and female alike. His wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with his words of encouragement, wisdom and love for God, has proven him to be a positive role model for the African American community and to anyone who comes in contact with him. Mr. Duck is committed to helping others to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is conveyed through his training.

Talking Points:
  • Professional Personal Fitness Trainer- Since 1991 my involvement and impact to the fitness field started with my son and 3 daughters. Developing them as young athletes allowed me to reflect on my own athletic history. Directing them through their athletic growth from grade school to college introduced me to several different training opportunities. Along the way, I have been certified to
    Nathaniel at Golden Warriors
    provide physical education direction for children from age 3 to seniors age 103. 
  • Golden Warriors Chair Aerobics Program - In 2000 the program was created to help circulate, stimulate, and mentally challenge clients who have restrictions such as wheelchair, walker, and cane dependency. With my instruction, our clients experience physical exertion on the lowest level, rhythmic calisthenics, stretching with strong emphasis on developing better range of motion. The exercise session is 60 minutes long, broken down into 15 minute segments to include warm up, rhythmic calisthenics, rehydration break, mental stimulation tests (muscle enlightenment), nutritional development, cool down. This program has been well received in the retirement community. 
  • Fitness Explosion Exercise Sessions - The history of this program dates back to 1995, and was created for Grandmothers & Granddaughters, Uncles & Nephews, Mothers & Daughters, Fathers and sons to bridge the gap between the generations using fitness as our vehicle. Currently running 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, this program is an hour long for neighborhood family interaction. Churches and recreation centers have had great success with this physical education development program. Stretching, hand weights, tubal exercise bands with handles, rhythmic calisthenics, and aerobics are all components of this particular athletic fitness program. 
  • Heatwave Fitness Program - Developed in 2005, this exercise program has been designed to fight childhood obesity. The curriculum is a group training coed project ages 3 to 7 and 8 to 13. Music is used as our vehicle to attract and keep the youth engaged in these sessions. The primary purpose of this project is to educate and interact with the family unit by providing direction and activities related to weight loss and better nutrition. Daycares, after school programs, summer vacation bible schools are having increased enrollment because of this physical education project.
  • Dstar Productions - Founded in 1991, the original concept of Dstar Productions was for my 4 children to develop the reality of the balance between hard work and the value of a dollar, Athletic clinics were used as our vehicle, such as basketball, track & field, flag football to name a few. My children were my staff, as a father, I wanted them to earn money to buy what they wanted and to appreciate what they have. In the name Dstar Productions are the initials of my 4 children's names, Dominique, my youngest, Sophia, my oldest, Tamika, the Mother of my two wonderful grandchildren, and Robert my son. The A is because they were achievers throughout their scholastic years. And none of this would have been achievable without the nurturing of their mother Collette.
Entrepreneur Tip:
Stay committed to yourself and your product/service, believe in what first directed you to this path. Allow your spirituality to guide you towards your goals and aspirations.

Consumer Tip:
Please understand that there's a balance between exercise and nutritional development.  In order to raise your physical fitness level, you must develop both.

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Dstar Productions
(412) 609-6787 |

Zineb Outnouna
CEO and Founder, Atlas Dreams Languages, LLC
Zineb Outnouna plays a dual role within Atlas Dreams Languages, LLC; In addition to being the C.E.O of the company, she teaches French, Arabic Modern Standard, Moroccan and Egyptian.
Born and raised in Morocco, Zineb grew up exposed to many languages. Before even reaching a school age, Zineb spoke “Darija” the most common dialect throughout Morocco, and ‘Tashlheet” a dialect that is particular to her Berber Southern region. By the time she graduated High School, Zineb was fluent in three major languages: Arabic, French and English.

Her contributions to the global community have been recently recognized by the Women and Girls Foundation, who nominated her for their "Celebrating Women! Having A Global Impact Award", Pittsburgh Magazine/PUMP’s 40 Under 40, CORO’s nomination for the Martin King Leadership Award, and being named the Keynote Speaker for French Immersion Institute 2012.

When I saw an opportunity to blend my passion for language, making strong cultural and professional connections, and community outreach, I enthusiastically seized it. From this combination of interests, Atlas Dreams Languages, LLC (ADL) was launched. I am a Moroccan born entrepreneur epitomizing the new
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face of the immigrant businesswoman who creates her own opportunities and is not bound by traditional typecasting.

I come from the Berber Southern region of Morocco and attended post-secondary school in Tangier. I emigrated from my home country over a decade ago and now call Pittsburgh and its vibrant people home and friends. Earning U.S. citizenship and starting my business in 2010 marked two defining moments where I could blend my love of language to help others prepare for success in the increasingly global markets.

I work closely with students from the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and various non-profit educational agencies. I extend my purposeful work to include community outreach and involvement to foster my reach and influence. A business owner, I find time to support causes for which I have a strong commitment, among them Springdale Free Public Library, the Refugee Career Mentoring Program, a program of Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, and the 2012 Nellie Leadership Awards Gala organized by Three Rivers Youth.

My contributions to the global community have been recently recognized by the Women and Girls Foundation, who nominated me for their "Celebrating Women! Having A Global Impact Award", Pittsburgh Magazine/PUMP’s 40 Under 40, CORO’s nomination for the Martin King Leadership Award, and being named the Keynote Speaker for French Immersion Institute 2012.

Talking Points:
  • I started the business as on a part time basis in 2010. I was the sole instructor teaching four languages. in 2012 I resigned from my full-time job to pursue my passion.
  • Our youngest client is 6 years old and the oldest is 67 years old. We work with individuals and businesses 
  • Atlas Dreams Languages is successful because of the quality of its instructors as well as its approach to learning. 
  • There are many benefits to being bilingual, whether it is on a professional or personal level 
  • Despite the benefits of learning another language, many people are still reluctant to do so. 
Atlas Dreams Languages, LLC
(412) 537-1525 |

Angel Hoffman
Principal, Advanced Partners in Health Care Compliance, LLC
Ms. Hoffman is a Compliance and Ethics Consultant and a national speaker on HIPAA and Regulatory Compliance topics. She is also the Principal of Advanced Partners in Health Care Compliance, LLC which provides health care advisory services (e.g. regulatory compliance, HIPAA Privacy, Security and EDI, and business ethics) for compliance officers and their Management teams, to meet the challenges in the health care industry.

Ms. Hoffman began her career as a Registered Nurse and has expertise in: health care compliance, risk management, nurse legal consulting, development of education and training programs (including online training) and multiple clinical specialties.

Experience includes: Regulatory Compliance, HIPAA (Privacy, Information Security, EDI), Business Ethics, Conflict of Interest, Risk Management, Long Term Care, Project Management and Health Care Operations

Services include: Compliance, Privacy and Information Security Program Assessments; Compliance and Ethics Program Development; Compliance and HIPAA Training Programs; and Compliance and Ethics in Skilled Nursing and Nursing facilities as required by government programs.

Specialties: Planning Board of AMC Security and Privacy Conferences sponsored by NCHICA; Member of the PA e-Hi BAT Committee; member IAPP Educational Advisory Board

Talking Points:
  • Angel holds an MSN and 30 years of excellence in neurosurgical care and critical care. For the past 12 years, Angel has used this experience to create innovations and effectiveness in Compliance and Risk Management, specializing in Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics, consulting and program development for organizations nation-wide. This includes acute care hospital and physician compliance, laboratory compliance, DMEs and long term care facilities.
  • Angel with Les Brown at Conference in San Diego
  • Deputy Director: Corporate Quality/Compliance and Ethics Officer for Allegheny County Kane Regional Centers; created Mission/Vision/Values and implemented a Compliance and Ethics Program; developed the Code of Conduct and Ethics and associated training; also serve as Privacy Officer and Internal Auditor.
  • Principal, Advanced Partners in Health Care Compliance, LLC which provides health care advisory services (e.g. regulatory compliance, HIPAA Privacy, Security and EDI, and business ethics) for compliance officers to meet the challenges in the health care industry. Designed and conducts privacy and security risk assessments for meaningful use.
  • Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer and Privacy Officer for national physician billing company to establish Compliance and Ethics and Internal Audit Programs. 
  • Responsible for the development, implementation and management for the HIPAA Privacy and HIPAA EDI programs at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Developed the HIPAA Security program with the Information Security and Information Technology teams; revised Compliance and Ethics Program. Developed education for twenty hospitals and over 50,000 employees and physicians.
  • Nationally known for speaking on Compliance and HIPAA topics. Director of Compliance for UPMC and HIPAA Program Office.
  • Compliance and Ethics Programs are developed for acute care and long term care facilties, along with conducting privacy and security risk assessments for meaningful use.
  • The goal is to provide quality and cost-effective Compliance Advisory Services to the Health Care Industry, including hospitals, physician groups, long term care facilities, business associates and other health care contractors.
Entrepreneur Tip:
Stay positive! Your positive energy attracts others to you!  No matter where you find yourself and in what situation, be honest and truthful! Anything you try to suppress will just come back to haunt you later and may be very costly.

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Advanced Partners in Health Care Compliance, LLC
Angel Hoffman, Principal
(412) 559-6703 |

Valerie Price
Founder, Inventor, CEO and President, Blazer's Blankets
Valerie L. Davis, was raised in Stowe Township, Pennsylvania. She is known throughout her community for her multiple talents and love spread on the streets for youth of all age groups. She has become a role model and has mentored young women, young men, teens and children with her sense of fashion and style and brought her creativity to them to encourage, uplift and build their esteem, to teach them how to dress in a modest manner. She has even purchased clothing and accessories for those in need. Not only does she have a gift in the area of fashion for all ages, but she also spreads her fashion towards the breastfeeding mother.

Her new sense of style for the breastfeeding mother began in 1999 when her nephew was born.   He, of course, was a breastfed baby. Seeing the struggles she had to endure to find the intimacy desired for me and my baby during feedings, Valerie, my sister, wanted to come up with something to encourage mothers to have a desire to breastfeed and not give up on the embarrassing moments that could happen in public while attempting to breastfeed a baby! Finally, an answer all mothers have been waiting for, a breastfeeding blanket designed to give us peace!

Valerie’s idea was presented to her family in a meeting held in her home. She created a Board of Directors for her soon-to-be exploding company which she called “Balzer’s Blankets.” Another nephew could not pronounce her name “Valerie” so he called her “Balzer.” Therefore, her company acquired the name from this unforgettable moment of her bond with a nephew. With the multiple talents in our family, and God the center of our lives, we believed all things are possible with God on our side! We knew some day it would be a success Valerie started gathering materials and sowing her blankets. One special blanket was sold to a church member whose son was nicknamed “Bonky.” He embraced the blanket long after breastfeeding and the idea for the name of the blanket was discovered! “Balzer’s Blankets” made “My Bonky.” Her company name and her blanket were named and created from her bond with those children.

In 2008, “My Bonky” received a patent. Our family-owned business and dream was closer than ever. As a sister and executive writer on the Board of Directors for “Balzer’s Blanket,” I am honored to share Valerie’s story with you. Not only is she talented in the fashion sense, from 1998-2003, she demonstrated her athletic ability as a coach for the Sto-Rox Girls’ Basketball team. She has also served in the church in the area of Ministry of Helps. She loves working with children and is an inspiration to her own nieces and nephews.

Talking Points:
  • My Bonky Breastfeeing Blanket provides privacy, security and comfort for the breastfeeding mother and infant.
  • My bonky presents a durable dual patent pending garment to fill a niche by providing a useful made in America breastfeeding blanket. This antimicrobial breastfeeding blanket will provides privacy, security and comfort during the breastfeeding process to the mother and infant. The blankets unique, original design is aimed at insuring personal intimacy while eliminating any obstacles during the breastfeeding process. My bonky can also be used as a burping cloth, it's large enough to use as a protective layer between infant and any surface and to wrap the baby in for warmth.
  • The blankets are made out of quality durable antimicrobial material which will last far beyond the tender years. This useful dual blanket is machine washable and can be easily stored in the bonky carry along bag and/or rolled and tied for travel. Moreover, the blankets come in a variety of light weight/quilted cloths and colors that will help stimulate the infants sight; which makes the bonky the perfect companion for breastfeeding mother’s year round.
  • I accepted a request from my sister in law asking to come up with something to enable her to perform all the task of nursing while in public/work. I came up with the MULTI functional, hands free My Bonky nursing blanket/Daddy Bag. I never though of it as a business. I made them and gave them out to people who requested them in churches and to friends for shower gifts. Someone suggested to me to sell them and start my own business. I got it patented and I received alot of assistance from local small business centers in Pgh. My nephew couldn't say my name when he was little so he called me Balzer. Hence the name "Balzer's Blanket". We are a growing company that has the concern of supporting the natural method of infant feeding and encouraging infants first immunization to be from a natural source. We will continue to create efficient tools for aiding with the healthy growth of children. 
  • I first started this as a helpful niche and then got into the significant health need, benefits to mom and baby and the financial side of nursing. I started to promote nursing/benefits to help make it easier for moms with Mid Wives Center for Birth and Health, LeLeche League, Brenda Upsher's Family Daycare. We also give back to the Strong Start program for under privileged moms with The Midwives Center. I noticed that moms need items that serve more than one purpose so its not a use it for a week or two and give it away/throw it away. 
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Balzers Blanket
(412) 773-1296 |  |  Twitter: @Bazlers
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Hosted By:
Joanne Quinn-Smith
Joanne Quinn-Smith is the Creative Energy Officer of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a full service marketing company specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding™. Known as the Techno Granny she offers her clients unique, creative and energetic marketing and management plans. Joanne’s expertise is in creating online platforms that create perpetual buzz. 

Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster with over 800 shows. She has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. Her flagship website, garners 220,000 hits per month, 62,000 unique page views per week and in 1 year had 2.25 million visitors. 

Joanne Quinn-Smith has been designated nationally, 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using New Media. Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.  

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