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Meet Stacie Hoover, Owner at One Source Advisors, Inc.

Stacie HooverMy name is Stacie Hoover. I am involved with the Corporate Partners Committee and a participating member of a roundtable.

Tell us about your business.

One Source Advisors, Inc. is a boutique firm of employee benefit consultants focused on proactive and aggressive client advocacy through state of the art solutions with a customer-centric approach. We pride ourselves in delivering tailored solutions to each client – no one answer fits all. Our only goal is to ensure our clients have the competitive advantage for attracting new employees by the benefits they offer.

What inspired you to get into your business?

I had worked in the health insurance industry for many years including time spent with a large insurance company. I enjoyed my career, however, after I had my second child,  I started to feel torn about the balance necessary to work in corporate America while raising a family A former boss of mine and mentor, Cheri Gillfillan, approached me with the idea of launching an insurance agency of our own  The thought of continuing my career in the industry that I had  been so passionate about as well as a better chance to achieve a work-life balance was the inspiration to go into business with Cheri and start our own agency.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1.  Get Involved-whether it is in NAWBO or in your business industry. When you get involved, you can make a difference.

  2. Build Strong relationships with clients and vendors. People want to do business with people they know and trust!

  3. Be Organized! When you have to juggle a lot of hats, you need to make sure you know where you have to be, the status of projects or spreadsheets, and meeting timeframes and deadlines.

What does your future look like?

I want One Source Advisors, Inc to be the top women-owned, employee benefits brokerage agency in Central Ohio.

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My favorite is going out to dinner!

I exercise on a regular basis to stay “fit” and relieve stress-which is so important in life!

My oldest son, Brian, is a Freshman at Miami(OH) University and enjoying college life.  My younger son, Adam,  is a senior in high school. He plays hockey, which means we spend most of our weekends in ice rinks.  My family enjoys sports, so we attend a lot of the home Ohio State Football games and many of the Columbus Blue Jackets games.

My husband and I will soon be empty nesters so we are trying to find hobbies we can do together. He likes to golf and play tennis. I don’t know how to do either! I guess lessons are in my near future!

What is your company website?

My business website is  www.osadvise.com

Meet Anna Schott, LISW-S, Owner at Renew Wellness

Anna SchottMy name is Anna Schott, LISW-S, and I joined NAWBO about three years ago.  I am on the Membership Committee and am on a roundtable.

Tell us about your business.

Renew Wellness is a holistic counseling practice that specializes in working with individuals who would like to improve their emotional, physical, and spiritual health through counseling, somatic therapy, yoga, and other specialized wellness interventions. Our practitioners recognize how real change comes from connecting the mind, body, and spirit to improve clients’ overall functioning. We also help counselors build their own private practice under the umbrella of Renew Wellness by offering administrative services, business coaching, and consultation.

I have several roles at Renew Wellness. I run the business with my business partner Cassie Starinsky and coach our therapists in building their own private practice at Renew Wellness. I am a therapist (LISW-S) and specialize in trauma, addiction issues, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. I also teach yoga at Renew and encourage my clients to attend classes.

What inspired you to get into your business?

Before starting Renew Wellness, I worked for many years in a traditional mental health treatment system and found that traditional therapy was not enough. My partner and I wanted to offer a more holistic approach to working with clients that was notfeasible in our previous employment and decided to go out on our own. Through the years, we met many other like-minded therapists and counselors who showed interest in joining Renew Wellness. We contracted with them to grow our practice and provided business coaching and consultation to them to help them build their own private practice.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. You will fail, but that does not mean you are a failure. Learn from it and try again.
  2. Find your tribe. They are invaluable and indispensable.
  3. You can’t do it all yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s from professionals, i.e. lawyers, CPA’s, therapists (I had to put a plug in for therapy since I am a therapist – everyone can use some therapy!), or other individuals in business.

What does your future look like?

I love working with clients in therapy and continue to see myself doing so. I am very interested in professional training and consulting other therapists and am going to continue to grow this aspect of my business. I see Renew Wellness growing in size and possibly expanding past the two locations we have now.

I am married and have two elementary-age kids, and I see myself maintaining healthy work-life balance (I know, everyone loves that term). I find so much fulfillment from my work life and home life and do my best to give energy to both areas of my life.

Anna SchottWhat do you do in your free time?

In my free time, I practice yoga, read, hike, and glamp in my camper with my family.

What is your company website?

My business website is www.renew-wellness-center.com

Meet Michele Cook, Owner at Body Ache Escape Massage Center

 

Michele Cook

My name is Michele Cook. I'm involved with the communications committee and also a member of a roundtable.

Tell us about your business.

Body Ache Escape Massage Center is a massage and acupuncture center based in Pickerington, Ohio. We have 9 massage therapists and 1 acupuncturist who are all experts in pain relief. Our mission is to transform lives by enhancing the health and wellness of our clients through the power of healing touch.

Everyone should be able to live a pain free life. All too often conventional medicine doesn’t work for people. Medications tend to cover up the problem rather than fix it. We work with our clients to get to the root of the problem.

What inspired you to get into your business?

Growing up I was always interested in sports and exercise. I went to college for Sports & Fitness and while I was there the Massage Therapy program caught my eye. I thought it would be perfect to be able to make someone feel better with massage after torturing them with a tough workout. After a few years, massage and business became my passions.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

SRMC is in the professional services business and it is imperative that we commit to the following:

  1. Be a go-giver. I love how karma works. The more I give, the more I receive. It started with my "give to get" program. This is how I was able to open my own business. I gave free samples of massage which built my book of business to capacity. I now love to meet with other business owners to help them thrive.
  2. Never stop learning. Whenever I can I read, go to conferences and listen to podcasts.
  3. Hire a coach. I've accomplished much more when I have utilized a business coach.

What does your future look like?

Within the next 5 years our goal is to either buy our own building so that we can expand or open a second location.

 What do you do in your free time?

My husband and I recently learned that we are DINKS (dual income no kids). This allows us the freedom to travel. I love visiting new places! I also like to make wine, walk my dog and I'm an avid reader.

What is your company website?

My business website is www.BodyAcheEscape.com