Taking a “Wholelistic” Approach to Chronic Diseases With Fine Feather Health Featuring Kristy Dalechek on #WorkingWomenWednesday!

This segment featured another edition of #WorkingWomenWednesday on #ThatBusinessShow where we highlight members of the networking group founded by Jessica Rivelli and now home to over 800 members across Tampa Bay!  Learn more about their organization at www.workingwomenoftampabay.com and more about this program at www.tampabayradio.com!

In the 2nd half of the program, we spoke with Kristy Dalechek, Founder of Fine Feather Health.  She was a recipient of a $300 seed money prize from the Working Women Foundation and speaks on how she put it to use on the open of this segment which was to purchase a copy of QuickBooks.  This foundation, Founded by Jessica Rivelli, works to empower female entrepreneurism through grants and networking opportunities as well as help grow their businesses.

Her interest in health and wellness began with her first official job in high school where she worked the front desk at a health club and learned to teach group fitness classes.   After completing her Bachelors of Science in Finance, she worked as a financial advisor for a bank.  After her third child, she decided that she no longer wanted to rule the financial world and wanted to save some small part. She obtained another Bachelor of Science degree, this time in nursing, and started working in the NICU at a St. Louis children’s hospital. From there she transitioned to the hospital’s critical care flight team and when her family relocated to Tampa, Florida, she began working for an insurance company as a Business Development Executive where her focus was a supplemental health insurance product that focused on employee wellness. She learned a lot about insurance and even more about the medical system.  It was then that she saw the need to address chronic disease on a personal level and developed and launched Fine Feather Health. She is passionate about helping people discover their healthiest self and believes the key to success is in personal relationships and shared plans. Even the smallest action is a step in the right direction. As she states, “You can’t reach your goal unless you take the first step.”

Kristy talks about how her program takes a holistic approach to medical care which involves not only the treatment medically but also learning about the person “as a whole”.  Much of her practice incorporates consulting/coaching to identify risk factors for their health and working to eliminate them.  The business’s target markets are companies, insurance carriers and medical practices and they do not advertise directly to individuals, but can certainly work with individuals.  Learn more about this business at www.finefeatherhealth.com and find the complete interview at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni or www.thatbusinessshow.com!  To get on the program, please visit www.tbsinterview.com!


Express Yourself With Starfish Expressions on #WorkingWomenWednesday Featuring Kim Washington!

This segment featured another edition of #WorkingWomenWednesday on #ThatBusinessShow where we highlight members of the networking group founded by Jessica Rivelli and now home to over 800 members across Tampa Bay!  Learn more about their organization at www.workingwomenoftampabay.com and more about this program at www.tampabayradio.com!

After a chat with Jessica, we spoke with Kim Washington, Founder of Starfish Expressions, a t-shirt company she has recently launched.  Kim brings over 16 years in the direct sales business to her new role and has a background in Human Resources prior to that.  Currently the brand is sold online and the first line of apparel is out centering on the message, I am You!  She wore one of her t-shirts to the studio and dotted the I with a Starfish to enhance the brand!

Kim shares with the audience a great story about a young boy on the beach who was seen by a gentleman one morning.  When the guy approached him and asked him what he was doing, the boy replied he was saving the starfish.  With so many around the beach, the gentlemen replied there was no way you could possibly save them all, to which the boy picked up a starfish and threw it back to sea – I saved that one!  The story embodies the mission of her new business, to have an impact on people one by one!  Her passion is evident throughout the #MorningDiscussion and she speaks with us on some of the challenges of developing a t-shirt business which is in a crowded environment of providers.

Please help Kim develop the brand by liking her Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/starfishexpressions as well as to follow her entrepreneurial journey!  Catch the full interview at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni as well as via podcast at www.thatbusinessshow.com and if you would like to request an appearance on the program, please visit http://www.tbsinterview.com!


The Sound of Music on #ThatBusinessShow Featuring Allison Wilkins!!

Music unites people of all ages, races and identities.  The sounds of the melody and tones of the artist invoke common emotional components amongst all of us and many of us identify with different times in our lives by music and look to it to define the season or event.  Our guest in this segment was Allison Wilkins, Owner of Allisongs For Tots.  With multiple locations across the Tampa Bay area, Allison uses music to educate and enhance the bond between children and their parents, oftentimes starting at childbirth!

Allison states that all children are musically talented and shares with the audience her own experience as a youth and her experience with music.  She is the granddaughter to the late James Bridges (conductor and founder of the James Bridges School of Music in Pittsburgh), and recalls her fondest childhood memories were centered around “music making”.  She also shares with the audience her dedication to helping bring an end to childhood Cancer, aka Neuroblastoma, and talks about the impact one of her youth had on her prior to her passing as a result of this disease.

Allison’s new sing along story book, “Monsters are Afraid of Music”, is now available for purchase and her second book “Angels Watching Over Me” is scheduled for release  in December of 2016 and 3 additional books to launch in 2017.  Allison’s passion for music can be summarized in her philosophy that music empowers and is “the stuff of the soul”, to be produced by the child within all of us.

They are celebrating 5 years in Hyde Park Village with a huge event on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Music Together’ s Uncle Gerry Dignan, will be live in concert and they will have the Grand Opening of our their new, larger studio in Hyde Park Village and will be collecting items for Alpha House of Tampa. There will be cake, giveaways and more! Click here for all the details! and learn more at www.allisongsfortots.com or via phone at 727-289-9845.  Find the full interview at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and please subscribe to our YouTube channel to help support the Entrepreneurial Spirit!!


The Importance of Early Childhood Education Featuring Dr. Steve Knobl

Early childhood education is critical to proper educational development of our youth.  Many generations of past are used to starting public education at age 5 but today’s generation and culture encourages children to enter the educational system shortly after being born.  Today’s guest was Dr. Steve Knobl, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition with Hillsborough County.  Steve, along with his wife, are life long educators and Steve is in this new role which focuses on getting children educated at a younger age.

According to Dr. Knobl, businesses in Hillsborough County have a clear economic stake in the future of our children and the Early Learning Coalition is looking for local businesses to be active partners in promoting policies that help young children succeed.  Quality prekindergarten is an important early childhood education and development issue, but it is also a critical workforce issue.  That is why the Florida Chamber supports these investments.  For every dollar invested in early learning education, our community receives a return of $17.  Early involvement pays off now and far into the future.  It’s a basic tenant of business really, investing early in our workforce pipeline ensures better long-term outcomes.  Business support of and involvement in the programs and services of the Early Learning Coalition ensures that our community will grow students that can meet the demands of the 21st century job market.

In addition, Dr. Knobl states that Hillsborough County, specifically Tampa, is experiencing tremendous growth.  In the next decade, our community is slated to create thousands of new jobs, many of them rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.).  However, there are troubling reports that suggest a projected shortage of qualified workers.  If Tampa/Hillsborough wishes to remain an appealing, long-term hub for growth and STEM related jobs, it is our communal responsibility to ensure that our children are learning, understanding and fully engaged in top-notch, quality early learning programs.  Investing in our children today will not only ensure Tampa’s continued economic growth, but will help our most innovative industries continue to thrive well-into the future.

In closing, Dr. Knobl reminds us that while employers depend on schools and universities to produce young men and women prepared for the demands of the work world they must understand that the conversation must include the preschool age years.  Early childhood education directly supports the development and preparation for students’ future success, and that includes workplace success. Early childhood programs support young children through their discovery process, helping them develop skills and knowledge of numeracy, literacy, social connectedness and moral character.  This time in their lives is essential to enabling them to build lifelong success academically and in life.  Ensuring positive outcomes for all members of our community contributes to our shared prosperity – both now and into the future.  When we promote economic stability for families, we all benefit from better outcomes in education, health, and more.  When we invest wisely in children, the next generation pays it back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship

While some of the funding for the organization comes from the State, Dr. Knobl encourages donations and volunteers to help with the organization.  You can learn how to get involved at their site www.elchc.org and learn more about our program at www.tampabayradio.com and how to get on the show at www.tbsinterview.com!