If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.
- Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl
Happy 4th of July from your friends at Cfx!
We want to thank all of our military, veterans, first responders and allies for defending our freedom and committing to a continued fight for liberty for ALL. Have fun and be safe this holiday weekend!
The Best Options for Women to Get Unstuck
and Take Your Career to New Heights
Do you ever have the feeling that you just aren’t where you want to be in your career? Maybe you’re lacking motivation, bored at work, or stuck in a rut. This feeling is certainly uncomfortable, but you don’t have to stay stuck. When you realize you aren’t moving in the direction you’d like, you have the opportunity to switch gears and explore your options for improving your career prospects.
Start Your Own Business
According to Small Business Trends, women are now more likely than men to start a business, and they’re finding success as entrepreneurs. This isn’t surprising when you consider all the reasons why starting your own business can be the career change you need. For example, if you lack enthusiasm for the work you’re doing but have a hobby you love, you may be able to turn your passion into a business. Profitable hobbies could be ones that are artistic, like photography, or ones that provide a service, like dog walking.
If you love the work you do but can’t seem to find opportunities for advancement, this is another reason to go out on your own. Whichever type of business you land on, you’ll need to brush up on some basics for getting it off the ground. According to Entrepreneur, some of the most important steps for turning a hobby into a business include creating a plan, getting your first sale, and achieving growth by having a strong online presence.
This means that developing a website is one of the first things you should do. Along with design and function, don’t overlook the importance of choosing a company to host your website. SiteGround, for example, is often a good choice for small businesses because they offer a variety of web hosting features, including cloud and Wordpress, shared, VPS, and dedicated servers. They also offer a variety of hosting packages, which means you can find one that fits your budget and business needs.
Make the Right Connections
Whatever direction you take - whether that’s starting a business, switching careers, or reaching for a promotion - connecting with the right people is essential for moving forward. You probably already know that networking is important, but you also want to be intentional about who you meet. Forbes recommends connecting with people who inspire you, especially other women who are successful at what you do (or in the field you’re entering). When you’re branching out into a new arena, another strategy is to get your name out by being active online, including on social media and by contributing web content to established sources.
Another type of connection all women need in their careers is a mentor or coach. When you’re starting something new or laying the groundwork for a change, it’s especially helpful to find an external mentor. An external mentor can be someone who is outside your current company or even outside your field. Finding this person is especially important if you’re going in a different direction, because they can help you make that transition.
Create Your Own Opportunities
As women, many of us haven’t always been encouraged to take risks, but avoiding risks holds us back. Are there small gambles you can take at your current job that will help get you unstuck? Are there ways you can experiment with a new approach to business? In some situations, you don’t need a major change, but instead need to create your own opportunities for growth. You may even be able to do this from your current position as a way to move forward and reach for a promotion.
The reality is that we sometimes feel stuck because opportunities don’t seem to be coming our way. Unfortunately, women may have to be even more intentional than men about creating and finding those opportunities for ourselves. Whatever it is that’s holding you back, making a change to reach that next level in your career is always within your grasp. You may not see a drastic difference overnight, but you’re laying the groundwork for the success to come.
Representing the US and Cfx, Spike exceeds European expectations
Spike Kohlbecker, the rising US open wheel racing talent, after a strong showing in New Zealand has been recruited by the renowned European motorsport team, Cliff Dempsey Racing, for his debut circuit in the UK.
Since 2015 Cfx has been supporting this aspiring professional racing standout, Spike Kohlbecker from St. Louis MO. Recently we caught up with Spike to get an update on his newest racing challenge, The United Kingdom Formula 1600 National Championship.
Spike started the season off strong in England finishing in 2nd, 1st and 4th respectively in his first 3 races against a strong field of seasoned racers from all corners of Europe. As a result of his performance in his first weekend in the UK Spike also earned the prestigious Henry Rillet Trophy and would take the lead in the standings.
Spike is on his way back to the UK now to race in Wales. We’ll be watching him from the LOU. Take a look at Spike’s website for some of our handy work. Want to meet Spike? We can arrange for meeting in victory lane!
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy
Happy Memorial Day! This is a friendly reminder to thank and remember all of those who serve or have served on this holiday weekend. Enjoy your time with family and friends but be sure to express your gratitude toward our veterans, active duty, and public safety.
As a top St. Louis advertising agency, Cfx, Inc. values the work we get to do with our clients. This video highlights who we get to work with and why we love doing what we do. If you are looking for an agency partner check out our work and reach out. We would love to get to know you and your business!
How To Become The Most-Respected, Most In-Demand Personal Brand In Your Marketplace
In Part II of this interview with Personal Branding powerhouse Chris Frank, CEO and Co-Founder of Cfx, Chris reveals the blueprint he and his wife, Megan have used to help their clients become well-respected, in-demand brands.
Listen to both parts on itunes!
How To Become The Most-Respected, Most In-Demand Personal Brand In Your Marketplace with guest Chris Frank, CEO and Co-Founder of CFX
Be sure to tune into part II of this interview via itunes!
Cfx teamed up with long time client and friend Kodner Watkins to extend a corporate rebrand through their new office for an updated look. This signage update brings the logo throughout the space as an extension of the brand, featuring elements that are larger than life.
Hawkeye makes it simple to test your products, whether you’re a designer, marketer, or researcher.
This tool gives you the flexibility to test everything from prototypes to finished products. Best of all, you can get up and running in just a few minutes.
Being able to understand exactly how people use your products. Learn what’s eye catching, what’s confusing, and what could be improved.
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Cfx, Inc. is excited to announce Clone Spirits. The company behind a new and revolutionary product that will change the landscape of the alcohol and spirits industry in its entirety. Being a partner in the discovery and establishment of this new brand has truly been a delight for us. We’ve been given the chance to work closely with the talented individuals that are working hard to bring this product to market. A huge shoutout to the outstanding group of engineers and product development team who are working on this exciting project with us.
As a means of increasing exposure and awareness for Clone Spirits, Cfx, Inc. will be creating private events in key locations in the near future to kickoff this exciting new brand. Stay tuned for future updates and the highly anticipated public reveal of Clone Spirits.
Kohlbecker continues his 2019 tour after a wildly successful run in the 2018 Canadian F1600 Toyo Tires Championship where he finished on the podium in both the Ontario series and the Ontario/Quebec Super Series. Spike is continuing the podium trend in the first half of the season Down Under, finding himself in a podium spot in all but one event thus far. See if you can spot Cfx in some of Spike’s adventures.
JP Morgan Portfolio Company Partners with Blockchain Startup, Citizens Reserve, Run By Former Deloitte Boss, Eric Piscini.
Chris Frank and Cfx, Inc. are elated about Citizens Reserve’s recent partnership with Smartrac, a JP Morgan portfolio company dealing in the product digitization space. With Eric Piscini at the helm, Citizens Reserve will use its blockchain-powered SUKU supply chain platform to integrate with Smartrac.
Smartrac is one of the world's top players in the Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and Internet of Things (IoT) technology space. Smartrac's involvement spans many industries, such as food. According to a statement, "Smartrac is a JP Morgan major portfolio company and Alibaba recently took a minority stake to deploy enhanced brand protection solutions."
The partnership with Citizens Reserve looks to bridge Smartrac's technology into the blockchain ecosystem, connecting the digital and physical worlds. Adding blockchain to the supply chain also provides a new aspect of security and tracking. Blockchain has the potential to significantly cut down on tampering due to its immutable ledger.
The combination of Smartrac’s digital enablement capabilities along with Citizen’s Reserves’ SUKU platform will provide a unique identity for each physical product with a transparent and accessible supply chain solution.
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As the holiday preparations begin to get hairy, and we are putting on all the final trimmings, remember that the season is more than the buzz of gift giving. Enjoy this time of year with your family and friends.
The entire Frank Family celebrated 110 years of marriage on the rooftop of a gorgeous apartment located in Barcelona, Spain. The Franks spent several days in Barcelona before boarding a Mediterranean cruise: Jerroy and Dodie Frank of Glendale (60 years of marriage); Amy, Todd, and Spike Kohlbecker of Kirkwood (25 years of marriage); and Chris, Megan, Cloe, Lily Frank of Ladue (25 years of marriage). Pictured, from left: Front row - Chris Frank, Cloe Frank, Amy Kohlbecker, Dodie Frank; back row - Megan Frank, Lily Frank, Spike Kohlbecker, Todd Kohlbecker, Jerroy Frank.
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