Ways for Business Owners to Cope with Stress

  • By creekmoremarketing
  • 14 Mar, 2016
Written By: Paul Dalton,  The Offices of Paul Dalton

Your entrepreneurial nature led you to tackle the world of small business. Your innovative thoughts, determination to succeed and seemingly endless energy converged to take on a myriad of challenges to begin this journey. And, while you are focused on things like growing your customer base, revenue, and reputation, who focuses on you and the associated fatigue and stress that happens when you are trying to accomplish so much? Starting your own business will challenge you on a number of levels, but learning to effectively deal with the stresses of change and growth will have a positive influence on you and ultimately your business.

Stress is your body’s reaction to a change in your environment. Our bodies are equipped to handle certain levels of stress, however, when you start to experience the physical and emotional effects of too much stress, your behavior can change as well. Using destructive strategies to deal with stress can be harmful not only to yourself, but potentially to your business. In order to better prepare you for this exciting adventure of new opportunities, it is important to understand the impact of stress and how to best manage it.

There are various mechanisms that can serve as stress relievers. Over time, we tend to develop our own coping strategies. However, it is important to understand that what we feel is the right strategy for us, may not be the most beneficial and can even be harmful to ourselves or those around us. The following strategies are examples of destructive or unhealthy coping mechanisms.

  • High-risk alcohol use
  • Drug use
  • Eating disorders
  • Excessive spending
  • Isolation

Unfortunately, at best these coping mechanisms may serve as temporary stress relievers, but ultimately leave us feeling more stressed.

A more constructive way to deal with stress is through healthy coping stills that prepare and provide long-term reliefs. This can be accomplished through emotional, cognitive and behavioral tactics that we can implement when faced with stressful situations. Constructive coping skills can range from:

  • Reading
  • Being outdoors
  • Exercising
  • Listening to music
  • Spending time with loved ones
  • Cooking
  • Or, even just deep breathing

Practicing and implementing healthy coping skills will allow you to better adapt to your ever-changing environment and maintain a positive perspective in stressful situations. With any skill we acquire, it takes practice to fully develop it. The more you practice the healthy coping skills the better equipped you will be. "Positivity and stress management have been my keys to success in business.", says Dr. Pelphrey of Pelphrey Chiropractic in Lexington.

 As a small business owner, you are in charge of making essential decisions, alone. At times, the responsibility of these decisions can feel overwhelming. Sharing your concerns and daily stresses with professionals can help provide perspective and relief. Whether you are already practicing constructive coping skills and need help honing them or need help moving to more positive adaptive behavior, talking with a professional can help you achieve your personal goals.

To learn more about managing stress, visit The Offices of Paul Dalton on Google , Yelp  or their website .

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By Robbi Meisel 14 Jun, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In anticipation of the many business opportunities that could stem from the construction of a new federal prison in Roxana, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, in partnership with Letcher County Fiscal Court, is sponsoring When Opportunity Knocks, a luncheon and resource fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT June 22 at the Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg.

During lunch, local business owners will share how they answered the knock of opportunity and found success. The event is free and seating is limited; preregistration is required. Reservations can be made online at http://tinyurl.com/j9rdjtf .

At the event, organizers will discuss a three-part series of training events. Series topics will include general business and government contracting. The first event will take place 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 at the Whitesburg campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Training will also take place at 6 p.m. July 26 and August 9. Prior to each training event, a resource fair will begin at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.ksbdc.org/moving-forward-letcher-county or email Shawn Rogers at movingforwardletcher@ksbdc.org .

KSBDC, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .

Other partners include: Kentucky Small Business Development Centers at Pikeville and Ashland, Southeast Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Kentucky Innovation Network – Pikeville , Kentucky River Area Development District, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises Inc. and Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet – Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification.

By Robbi Meisel 06 May, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 3, 2016) - Kentucky’s finest small businesses and the small-business community were celebrated in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort during Kentucky Celebrates Small Business, an awards ceremony presented by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Kentucky District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration May 3.

Gov. Matt Bevin opened the awards ceremony by signing a proclamation recognizing National Small Business Week in the state.

"The vibrant entrepreneurial spirit in the commonwealth is a fundamental force driving Kentucky's economy and creating valuable jobs for our communities," Bevin said. "I understand, from personal experience, the sacrifice it takes for small business owners to survive. Every day they strive anew to secure a better life for their customers, their employees, their families and themselves. I am grateful to these men and women across Kentucky for taking the risk necessary to succeed."

WLEX-18 chief meteorologist Bill Meck served as emcee, along with his wife, Connie, whose small business, Sign Language Network of Kentucky, provided sign language interpretation for the event.

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center presented Kentucky Pacesetter awards to six businesses. Winners were chosen based on how they are changing Kentucky’s economic landscape by introducing innovative products, increasing sales and/or production, boosting employment and serving their communities.

This year’s outstanding Kentucky Pacesetters are D&D Shoe Company, Mayfield; Ingram Brothers, LLC, Morgantown; JSB Industrial Solutions, Inc., Tollesboro; Maynard Studios, Inc., Lawrenceburg; Trunnell’s Farm Market & Family Fun Acre, Utica; Flavorman and Distilled Spirits Epicenter, Louisville.

“We owe so much to the small businesses across the commonwealth that make our economy strong and diverse. It is a pleasure to recognize them and say thank you,” said Becky Naugle, KSBDC state director.

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes outstanding small businesses and entrepreneurs with awards across the country. The Small Business Person of the Year winner from each state will be acknowledged at both regional and national levels.

The 2016 Kentucky Small Business Administration award winners are:

Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year: David Dafoe, founder and CEO of Flavorman and Distilled Spirits Epicenter, Louisville

Kentucky Southeast Region 8(a) Graduate of the Year: Kathy Mills, president and CEO of Strategic Communications, Louisville

Kentucky Financial Services Advocate of the Year: Bill Fensterer, president and CEO of Capital Access Corporation, Louisville

Kentucky Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Harsha Wijesiri, president of Integrated Engineering, LLC, Lexington

Kentucky Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Scott Matheny, president of Semper Tek, Lexington

Kentucky Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Desiree Sloan Harmon, founder and owner of Club Fit Studio, LLC, Paintsville

“The creative genius that drives our commonwealth forward lives in the minds of our entrepreneurs. This year we are honoring entrepreneurs from the far corners of Kentucky. We are deeply grateful for what they have done to sustain the economic vitality of large and small communities,” said Ralph Ross, district director of the Kentucky office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “We are also grateful for our local, state and federal partners who work with us to help these entrepreneurs along their way.”

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. More information on KSBDC services can be found on their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .


Writer: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-0104


UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.




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