Holiday Recipe

Darrell’s Key Lime Pie

That time of the season is rapidly approaching. So you have company coming over and need something quick, easy and delicious for dessert.  Well here it is…Darrell’s Key Lime Pie.

First heat your oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl mix at low speed (for 2-3 minutes) one can of sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup key lime juice and four egg yolks.  Pour the mixture into a pre-made graham cracker pie crust and bake for 15 minutes.  Cool for an hour.  THAT’S IT !!!  This recipe is so simple and easy.  I like to top it with real whipped cream, and I highly suggest pairing it with a nice high quality margarita…….

Best,

Darrell

Standing on shoulders — how great is your business?

Learning experiences

My best business lessons come from my clients. Central among these lessons is that good businesses make money, but great businesses build communities that make good business possible. “Great businesses” doesn’t mean only big public corporations. Private businesses are not only the foundation of our economy – they are essential to civic infrastructure. No other group of community leaders brings to bear the skills and entrepreneurial drive of the man or woman who owns a business.

A company that invests in its community not just money, but the talent and passion of its people, especially its owners, positions itself to move from being a success to being significant. “Being a good corporate citizen is good for business. Companies that give by donating money, products and services or volunteer time gain recognition by supporting their communities. Corporate giving can increase your company’s visibility, reputation for goodwill and employees’ sense of purpose.” — The Denver Office of Strategic Partnership’s Business Good Citizenship Kit.

Green up your lawn

I am a credit and business finance adviser.  Many people consider me an expert.  Hell, I’ve secured over $250,000,000 in financing for small business owners in the last 3.5 years.  I must be doing something right.  This blog is all about credit and money.  Building and maintaining your credit–and how to leverage it for the purpose of growing a business.  Yet, sometimes I come across things that have nothing to do with credit or money.  Things that make a difference in my life and I think I owe it to you to pay it forward.  Here’s one I found a month ago and the results have been amazing.

I’ve got a beautiful back yard.  Go to my Facebook page and you’ll see pics everywhere.  It’s where I work (yup I write this stuff on my laptop on the patio).  It’s where I play.  It truly is my most prized possession.  Now having a nice yard doesn’t come cheap and quite frankly, that’s how this started.  I was spending in excess of $500 annually on fertilizers, plant food and the like.  So I started searching the internet on home remedies for fertilization.  I found many but this one was explained the best and made the most sense.

A Southern Recipe Rooted in Friendship

Hello there.  I am so incredibly happy to have you here today.  It is a sincere honor that you’re willing to take some of your valuable time and spend it with me.  I’ve thought about what to write for my inaugural blog for awhile.  I’ve settled on a feel good story and a recipe.  I promise it will be worth it.  We’ll talk biz and loan and credit stuff next.

In 1983 I lived in Birmingham, Alabama.  Having grown up in Michigan I had never been south of the Mason Dixon line in my life save a trip to Florida.  The south was simply a “place to drive through” to get to those glorious beaches.  I was married with a baby and another on the way.  My job was that of a traveling salesman.  My territory encompassed all of Alabama and Mississippi, parts of Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana and the Florida panhandle.  I was typically gone at least three nights a week.