HerPOWer Self Defense Course: Level I

HerPOWer Self Defense, Empowerment, and Personal Safety Course teaching participants the philosophy for evaluating their environment, situational awareness, and defense strategies. Don’t be afraid to walk alone at night!

Self-Defense, Empowerment, and Personal Safety Course for females aged 13 and up.

– Protect yourself as a woman
– Reduce the fears of being attacked
– Empower your self-confidence and self-esteem
– Memorize fight skills with no thought

Presented by DNA Defense

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her POWer Self Defense Class

her POWer Self Defense Class

Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach has Sponsored this event Hosted By Little Black Book: Women in Business

herPOWer Self-Defense, Empowerment, and Personal Safety Course, presented by DNA Defense will empower women and their daughters to be aware of their surroundings, identify the environment, and react appropriately if there is an attack…create space and GET AWAY SAFELY!

The more prepared you are to defend yourself the less likely you will ever have to. Women who know how to recognize and then effectively respond to potentially dangerous situations and get out safely. They can enjoy a happier and more fulfilling life.

LEVEL I Training is the foundation for learning the mindset and skills necessary to be a Lion in Lamb’s Clothing. During this training, participants will learn the philosophy for evaluating their environment, situational awareness, and defense strategies. Further training will build upon the lessons and skills learned in LEVEL I Training.

– Protect yourself as a woman18010686_10212877878049605_396261907323961878_n
– Reduce the fears of being attacked
– Empower your self-confidence and self-esteem
– Memorize fight skills with no thought, it becomes part of your DNA

Every participant leaves with knowledge, confidence, and a herPOWer T-Shirt

This community event is perfect for women and their daughters aged 13 and up.

Workshop Tuition:
LBB Member $50

Non-Member $65
Girls aged 13-18 $35

Register Today

Ever have anyone look at you like you had 3 heads when you share your vision?!

Entrepreneur, Becky Jecha


by Becky Jecha
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If so, welcome to the life of an Entrepreneur! You are on the right track!

Having an entrepreneurial spirit is truly a blessing and a curse at times…but for those of us with a rebel heart…it is the only way! We just don’t do well in traditional settings-some might call us unemployable!

It is a passion that burns and you just can’t settle it down. You’ve been given a gift. Something to accomplish. A need to fill. Something only YOU can do. People only YOU can touch.

I knew at a very young age I would not be able to conform to the mindset of  home-to-work-work-to-home, 5 – 6 days, 40+ hours per week to build someone else’s dream and put their kids through college…Who created that anyway? OH YEAH! The employers!

Robert Kiyosaki spoke on his book tour for Rich Dad Poor Dad and the concept resonated with me. He explained 4 categories-employee, self employed (creating a job for yourself), business owner (leveraging time thru others), and investor (your money at work for you).

I quickly decided I HAD to get to the right side of the quadrant. Being self employed was certainly better than working for someone else, but I wanted time and freedom and this would require leverage.

For me, the journey to true Business Ownership has been a work in progress. Years of compiling experiences, learning from people who have done it, trial and error, self sabotage, sacrifice, and in some cases having to let go of things and people who somehow I have allowed to keep me from going for it 100%. I have talked myself out of so many things over the years…the only way to fail is to quit, so that was never an option.

Once I heard a speaker say “you just haven’t found the right people yet”. True. Sharing a vision or dream with the wrong ones can be deadly!  Still somehow no matter what happens, the spirit of the TRUE entrepreneur can not be broken!  It may not look like it did at conception, it may be a work in progress. It may transform over time. It just may be more than you ever dreamed possible!

Over the past 2 years, I have been kicking around ideas, sharing with the right people, people who “get” me. What a difference that makes. The time is right, and the “stars have aligned”!

And so, as I journey into new waters this year to bring my vision to life, I must be patient with the process and attach myself to the activity. I  choose to go ONLY where I am celebrated. Surrounding myself with like-minded people who have gifts and talents I do not possess. I choose to BELIEVE in all that is possible. I will ACHIEVE being the best version of me and that I might be a light for others to accomplish what they were born to do!

To everyone who shares my passion, make this the year that you jump! Take the limits off and believe in your dreams. You were born for greatness. And you have all that you need! Claim it!





Tips for Bookkeeping and Taxes

Holly-Murray-200x300by Holly Murray
Metro West Accounting & Associates

Every year the IRS does audits on innocent small business owners. More often than not, that innocent person fails the audit and ends up owning the IRS lots of money. These small business owners are not trying to scam anyone, they just don’t know what they need to be doing. So, I’m here to help them.

Keep business and personal separate

The IRS wants you to keep everything separate. Have business accounts and have personal accounts, I personally have mine at different banks so I can’t easily inner-mingle my funds. Most small businesses are set up as LLC’s (so that is what we will look at) where you can take a draw or add equity. If there is a great shoe sale and the personal account is looking a little low write a check from your business to yourself and deposit it into your personal account, this is called a member draw.

Now you can get those really cute shoes you’ve been drooling over. Next month, your faithful printer starts sounding like it will die with the next sheet of paper but you are waiting on some clients to send you their payment. You may not be able to wait for the check that they say is in the mail so go ahead and write a check from your personal account to your business and deposit it into the business, this is called member equity. Now go get that new wireless printer so you can work while on the couch watching ‘The Crown’ on Netflix. I know, I know what a pain but better to keep the taxman off your front step by taking the time to keep it separate.

Keep those business receipts

You are self-employed a small business owner and you want to deduct everything, right? That is great but make sure you can account for every deduction. You do this by keeping receipts. So, an Angel and a Jeanne walk into a Barr, they enjoy happy hour and talk about how to grow each other’s business. Yeah, this is a deduction! Use your business debit card to pay and jot a note with everyone’s names and a short description of what you discussed. Now you have a ton of receipts in your wallet, what now?

Get 12 envelopes and write each month and the year on each one and put a rubber band around them. Every few days, weeks, or whenever get the receipts out of your wallet and put them in the envelope for that month. I use an app on my phone that allows me to take a picture of the receipt, add a few details, and I have permanent proof of everything I deduct. Note: that shiny paper from the restaurant will fade and become unreadable over time, the IRS will not accept a faded receipt so we will have to start taking pictures or scanning our receipts. I know, I’m asking a lot but do you want to owe Uncle Sam more than your fair share? I didn’t think so.

Track your mileage

There are many ways to track your mileage, and this is how most people take their automobile deduction. I use a paid app that tracks all mileage whether in my car or not then once a week I go in and classify all of my drives.  Another way is to keep a mileage journal, every time you get in and out of the car write the odometer reading with a description of where you went and why. Be aware that every December the IRS adjusts the standard mileage rates for business, medical, and charity drives (for 2017 it’s 53.5 cents per mile for business, 17 cents per mile for medical/moving, and 14 cents per mile for charity). Again, you must have a record of your mileage and what it was for to be able to deduct it on your schedule C.

These are just a few tips to get started and to help you stay out of the Internal Revenue Service’s crosshairs. Please reach out to me at (636) 448-4005 or holly@metrowestaccounting.com if you have any questions.


​O’Fallon Chamber : Meet Shelley Barr with KSLQ 104.5 FM

​O’Fallon Chamber : Meet Shelley Barr with KSLQ 104.5 FM

Meet Shelley Barr with KSLQ 104.5 FM…

Tell us about yourself.

Tell you about me… hmmm, that is a toughie. There are so many layers and if you talk to me for more than 5 minutes, you know that I haven’t grown up yet. Haha! I am a proud St. Louis native with the exception of when I attended school in Springfield and at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. I have a degree in advanced electronics and certified air safety for the Federal Government.

Tell us about your organization.
KSLQ radio 104.5 FM is a lovely station to work for and to listen to.  We try to put out positive vibes.
Our format is Hot A/C (Adult/Contemporary) and we play songs from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s.  People that listen to us are aged 19-64, but our core demographic is Women, 25 to 49. You know, the decision makers. Why? Wait for it… because the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

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