Category: From Jane’s Desk

Explore Valley Gardens shout out blog

Let’s Go Outside!

Sun’s out. Not triple digits yet. Leaves are green and fruit trees are blooming. (Plus no mask mandates!) This is what my friend Doug Collins

2021 Year in Review

2021 year in review

It’s a Wrap! What better way to celebrate the end of this wild ride we called 2021 than with a song? Won’t you join us


The Blah Epidemic.

I’ve always despised the exchange that goes like this: “Hi, how are you doing?” “I’m fine, you?” The words literally mean nothing and likely fine


Confessions of a Trypanophobic.

Trypanophobia is an irrational fear of needles. I have this, but I have no idea why. My mom swears I had no weird traumatic incident


JP’s DNA Measured in Years

As I reflect on JP’s 26th Anniversary, I think about the 9,497 days of sweat and satisfaction in doing what I personally love to do.

3 women smiling while learning at work

Open Workspaces Are What You Make Them

I can’t lie. I hate office cubicles. The thought of sitting in a closed-off, gray-walled space with little-to-no natural light seems like the best way

marketing budget

It’s Budget Season!

Did I hear a groan? If you operate on a calendar year, you know that the minute Starbucks starts selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes that’s your

retaining talent

Retaining Talent

“You’re amazing… Now please don’t leave me!” It’s happened to all of us. You hire a really great person, you invest in them, you train


What’s the Why of Your Company?

Sit down, grab something to drink and let’s have an existentialist conversation. If you really read this, it’s gonna get deep. And then I might

Do Family Businesses Have An Edge in Today’s Competitive Environment?

Do Family Businesses Have An Edge in Today’s Competitive Environment? – Part 1

If you know me, you already know that my answer is going to be yes. But your next question should be, “why?” Well, I’m going