Honoring the memories of our Servicemen and Servicewomen today and everyday

American Flag waving over Rockefeller Center, NY

On this Memorial Day 2018 may the legacies of the Men and Women who served the United States of America and lost their lives be memorialized forever.

May their souls rest in peace.

 

American Flags painted on trees in Battery Park to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks.

 

Photos: My own

 

St. Petersburg’s Open Air Post Office

My throwback Thursday is dedicated to one of my favorite landmarks in my hometown of St. Petersburg, FL:
the Open Air Post Office.

This fantastic Mediterranean revival building with a charming highly ornamental design is located at 400 First Avenue North in the heart of downtown St. Pete. It has been in continuous operation since being dedicated in 1916 and became listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

It is the nation’s first open-air post office and I fell in love with it as a kid. Interestingly, I worked summers and holidays at real estate, CPA and insurance offices downtown when I was in high school and college so I wound up spending A LOT of time waiting in line at this post office. Fortunately for me, it is a visual delight!

  

 

Photos: My own and Digital Commonwealth

Dishing warm wishes on Mother’s Day!!

 

Dishing warm wishes for happiness to the Moms and caregivers who nurture children across the world!

xo, The Candi Dish

Happy 1st Day of Spring!

The beginning of spring evokes emotion & action because it symbolizes the promise of renewal.  Do you have a spring “TO DO” list? Preparing for Easter? For Passover? Closet cleaning? Stepping up your workouts? Spending more time outdoors?

Well, if you are ready to move forward with a business project and need guidance, contact me. Through my advisory business, I work with people, across the country, who have product and services ideas as well as existing businesses that want to develop.  Stuck? Looking to connect the dots to progress? Not quite sure how to take the first (or next) step?

What I do is find out what your goals are, then I assess how I can help you (if I cannot, I will try to find someone who can) and then I come up with a customized plan for you to be enabled to accelerate.  Our interactions are confidential and based on mutual respect with a “no question is too small” theme.

I offer complimentary consultations so that we can chat to see if we should work together before we dive in to execute your plan.  Give yourself the gift of progress for the spring season of 2018!

Interested? Reach out to me on candi@candiobrentz.com
Do you want to find out more about me? Click HERE!
Curious about what I offer and how I work with people? Click HERE!

 

Happy Spring!

Dishing about what happens when Hoda Kotb brings strangers together…

In September 2016, my product invention RestoPresto was featured on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.  I was watching all of the action through the huge windows from the Today Show plaza and thought that my heart would explode out of my chest with excitement and pride!

After the segment there was a bunch of people congregating around Kathie Lee and Hoda and then a commotion ensued. I saw someone jump up and….well, to find out what the commotion was and why the hashtag #DerekGoBoom was created, you have to listen to Randy Jones and I tell the story during my interview on his Show Me MORE podcast on The Nice Guys on Business that aired last Saturday.

Randy and I met on The Today Show plaza that day so in addition to telling this serendipitous story, we will dish about relationships, business and how important it is to pay attention to the opportunities that are right in front of you AND all around you…particularly when National TV is involved!

Here is the hyperlink to the podcast – please take a listen:
Randy & Candi segment on Show Me More podcast

 

Dishing Chanukah Wishes!

Happy 1st Night of Chanukah to our friends who celebrate!

 

Dishing about deserving recipients for Giving Tuesday!

 

Giving Tuesday was yesterday however I think that we all agree that if we are able to do so, giving every day is a beautiful thing…a kind word, a financial contribution, emotional support….

If you need suggestions for deserving recipients of your hard-earned funds, please take a look at my list. Each recipient holds a special place in my heart because I know the Founders of the organizations or the recipients of the funds (or both). Each recipient is legitimate and each organization is a 501c3.

1. MAYA MACEY FOUNDATION – funds provide college scholarships to outstanding students who have overcome adversity in their young lives. www.mayamaceyfoundation.org

2. BRADY’S SMILE – funds help children (and their families), who are in the ICU at children’s hospitals. www.bradyssmile.org

3. Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy (“SMA”) funds the treatment and cure of SMA, which is the number one genetic killer of infants. www.curesma.org

4. SING FOR BLAIR – all funds go to the Sanfilippo Research Foundation (via Susan & Roger Chapin in memory of their beautiful daughter Blair) to find a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome. www.gofundme.com/Sing-for-Blair

5. BORN JUST RIGHT – the mission of this organization founded by Jen Lee Reeves is focused on building creative solutions that help kids with differences live a more enjoyable life. http://www.bornjustright.org

6. DIRECTLY & PERSONALLY help my lifelong friend, Niki Goodman Ricker who has stage IV Colorectal Cancer and is currently in the hospital. Funds will go to Niki’s medical care and well-being via a GoFundMe campaign. https://www.gofundme.com/lets-show-niki-goodman-ricker

 

Commemorating a Kickstarter launch & a product reveal at the same time!

RestoPresto was funded with Kickstarter!

This past week I celebrated the anniversary of the RestoPresto & Kickstarter launch! I actually set BOTH into motion on the same day since I had been keeping RestoPresto a secret until I went live with my crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the first production run in the U.S. It was a double whammy of excitement.

Since I managed my own successful Kickstarter campaign, many people have asked me how I did it. In a nutshell, it took strategic planning, brainstorming and input from my trusted advisor group to ensure that I was on track. Because of my experience, particularly knowing what worked and what I would have done differently, I am sharing my “been there done that” advise with my private clients on whether crowdfunding is the right way to go for their own projects and if so, how to properly prepare (and stay sane) for that rollercoaster ride.

Do you have an invention idea and are asking, “NOW WHAT”? Do you have a prototype and are not sure what to do with it? Is an idea for a product or service buzzing in your mind and you do not know how to take the first step? Contact me! I work one-on-one to help others progress their projects, at any stage.

Collaborate. Accelerate. Execute. Hop over to my new website: Work with Candi!

Here is a the celebratory post that I wrote on my advisory business blog to commemorate the day.
https://www.candiobrentz.com/kickstarter-launch-anniversary/

 

It has been rewarding and very special to take the knowledge gleaned from own creation process of bringing RestoPresto to market, being granted a patent and seeing it featured by Kathie Lee & Hoda on The Today Show to apply it to my clients to help them bring their own ideas to life. It’s a win-win!

Dishing about the THRILL of seeing your own product on The Today Show!


It was ONE year ago today that I was standing in Rockefeller Center watching my beloved product invention being featured on The Today Show! It was and remains an inventor and small business owner’s dream…NATIONAL TV EXPOSURE!

Click on the hyperlink to read all about my fab experience on the Work With Candi Obrentz BLOG and how I am working with people who have their OWN ideas for products and services.

I offer customized plans, guidance, connecting the dots, intros to specialists and just about everything in-between to guide people on their creation process. Bring your ideas to live with me! www.candiobrentz.com 

 

We rise by lifting others…

Asking for help can be difficult.
 
My lifelong friend, Niki Goodman Ricker, is a strong fighter, a Mom to 2 sons, a Wife, a Daughter and my childhood memory sharer from elementary school at Shorecrest in St. Petersburg, FL.
 
Niki is battling stage IV Colorectal Cancer every moment of every day…and it’s horrible. In order to focus on her treatment and healing, Niki does NOT need the added burden and constant concern about her mounting, overwhelming medical bills.
 
Fortunately, after a lot of convincing, Niki agreed to a mutual friend’s persuasion and gave her the green light to launch a GoFundMe campaign on her behalf. SO we now have an easy way to financially assist my friend.
 
Whether you know Niki or not, you can contribute to make life a bit easier for her and her family.

Here’s how:


2) SHARE this campaign with everyone who you know (there is POWER in numbers)!

3) Reach out to Niki with words of support (or a Duran Duran photo – she’s a huge fan) by messaging me and I will pass it onto her!
Thank you in advance for your consideration in supporting a wonderful woman with whom I have been friends for over 35 years! Niki will be grateful for the kind words and assistance given to her.
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