Boss Blueprint

How to Run a Successful Business. Plus tips on how to be a great boss.



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How to run a successful business. Plus tips on how to be a great boss.

Bill Sorochak

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Executive Director

You need to lead by example. I hope it is abundantly clear to everyone that the Ronald McDonald House is my life’s work. My commitment to success is less about me and very much about creating something unique, special and sustainable for the people who are investing their time and talent into our organization. Yes, I want to win. I believe I want to win more in the service of others than for what it means to me personally.

Simply put, successful businesses are about their people and how you help them. Show them a vision and make its success contagious. Be present with presence — put in the work, wherever it is needed. It’s not leading from the front, but side by side. Make it contagious. You need to care about the culture of the company. Always put your staff in positions to succeed — eliminate barriers. Make sure there is a sense of pride and belonging in your organization. Be invested in your people.

Successful businesses are always about the people — the people who provide the services, but more importantly, those we serve.

Corbin Parker

BowTie Barbecue Co., Owner

At the end of the day, you’re in the people business. It doesn’t matter where you work, that credo holds true. So for me, the key is to just be nice. Take care of your people. Whether that is someone on your team, a guest walking in your door for the first time, or as a guest walking in for their hundredth time. Take good care of them and listen. If I don’t know, I can’t grow! Always be willing to learn more. Pursuing growth is so important, no matter what industry you work in. Go out and learn: attend a seminar, read a book, listen to a podcast… however you do it, just educate yourself!

Most importantly, be there for your family. It’s a weird place we’ve created for ourselves. You work so you can take care of your family, but do you ever get to enjoy being with them? Make that time. And make sure your team has that time. In the end, we’re all a big family, and family is everything.

Lenon Page

Spa Bleu, Owner 

Every business is unique. Finding special things that work for you and being consistent is so important in this industry. Your business is only as good as your staff, so treat your staff well and your business will reflect that positivity. Be organized, be flexible, be honest, and most of all... be authentic. The phrase “rule with an iron fist” isn’t always good advice... we aren’t on “Game of Thrones,” after all. As a small business owner, I have learned that you are never “off work,” so work hard daily and do your best and your business will succeed. I strive to be honest,  hardworking and treat my staff with respect and deliver a truly unique experience to each client. 

Susan Renfroe

Roots Southern Salon, Owner

One of the most important parts of running a successful business is making time for each employee once a month for a “one-on-one” meeting discussing their career path guide, goal tracking system and continuing education. With every stylist we promote, every team goal we achieve and every assisting student who passes the board test, we celebrate. Celebrating, acknowledging and rewarding our employees is a huge priority in our company. We celebrate a win no matter the size of the accomplishment and we discuss losses by problem-solving and renaming them “new discoveries.”

Service, education and teamwork are required to be represented at all times by each of our employees and I chose these three core values based on what I am most passionate about. I spend a great deal of time training up new hires to know, understand and respect the vision I have for our company. Managing people isn’t easy and sometimes it can be very stressful and overwhelming. By identifying each individual’s strengths, I am able to name “Team Leaders,” each having a role of responsibility to the team so we can all work together to achieve our goals.  

Tersh Blissett

IceBound HVAC & Refrigeration, COO

When asked what it takes to run a successful business, the answer is pretty simple... surrounding myself with people who are smarter than I am, and harder working than myself. And let them do what they are there to do rather than micromanaging them. Everything does not have to be my idea... in fact, I like for things to be someone else on the team’s idea! That’s my goal... my teammates are hired for a reason, and I want them doing what they are hired to do. If I stand over them, then I may as well do the job myself, and that is no way to grow a successful business!  

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Events Calendar

  • Forsyth Farmer's Market

    Jun 29, 2019
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ South end of Forsyth Park

    The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese,...

  • SS Savannah (1819-2019)

    May 23, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Ships of the Sea Museum

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  • "Portrait of the Artist" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Aug 03, 2019
    12:00 PM - 12:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    This exhibition brings together several photographic portraits of recognizable creative individuals from Telfair’s permanent collection....

  • The Original Star Wars Trilogy Marathon

    Aug 17, 2019
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Lucas Theatre

    It's been 42 years since audiences were first introduced to the Force, Jedi, lightsabers, X-wings and the Death Star. Relive the most epic...

  • Jax Taco Fest 2019

    Aug 17, 2019
    1:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Hemming Park

    Get ready for an action-packed day filled with a variety of tacos, margaritas, delicious indulgences, live entertainment on the Main Stage, and...

  • Cruise In “On The Square”

    May 18, 2019
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Downtown on the Square

    Join the Blairsville Cruisers every 3rd Saturday of each month to enjoy cruiser contests like the best interior, best engine, best custom and more!...

  • MAGNUM OPUS - 2019 ARTS ON THE COAST ANNUAL EXHIBIT

    Jun 27, 2019
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Deep South Photopoint

    The Arts on the Coast (AOC) is proud to present its 2019 Annual Exhibit hosted by the Photopoint Gallery and Elmgren's Garden Center in...

  • Charleston Summer Wine Festival

    Aug 17, 2019
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Memminger Auditorium

      Charleston Wine Festivals hosts the 1st Charleston Summer Wine Festival at Memminger Auditorium Saturday, August 17,...

  • Tribute to Legendary Songwriters

    Aug 17, 2019
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

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  • French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950

    Jun 15, 2019
    All Day @ Consumer Museum of Art and Garden

    The biggest names in French art such as, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir will be showcased...

  • Georgia Bridal Show

    Aug 18, 2019
    12:30 PM - 5:00 PM @ Savannah Civic Center

    You’ve been online searching wedding ideas and trends. Now it’s time to see all of this come to life at the Georgia Bridal Show at...

  • Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince

    Aug 18, 2019
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts

    The Little Prince: A Magical Opera is in two acts based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. After being forced to land his plane in the...

  • Oak Island Farmers and Artisans' Market

    Jul 15, 2019
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Middleton Park, Oak Island

    At the Oak Island Farmers and Artisans’ Market,  discover fresh local produce, homemade jams, cakes and diverse homemade goods ranging...

  • ENCORE: Santiago Ballerini in Concert

    Aug 20, 2019
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Beloved VOICE alum and celebrated international tenor, Santiago Ballerini, is returning to the Festival to sing a special benefit concert...

  • Yappy Hour Event

    Aug 22, 2019
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Peacock Subaru

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  • Brews for a Cause

    Aug 22, 2019
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Husk Savannah

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  • Forgotten Victims Support Group

    Aug 22, 2019
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Demere Center for the Living

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  • Girls' Night Out: "Poms"

    Aug 22, 2019
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

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  • Chuck Courtenay at Coach's Corner

    Aug 23, 2019
    6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Coach's Corner

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  • Friday Concert Series

    May 03, 2019
    7:00 PM - 12:00 AM @ Historic Courthouse, Downtown Blairsville on the S

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Scenes of the South

Savannah Downtown Business Association Luncheon

The Savannah Downtown Business Association held its monthly luncheon on Aug. 14

Brews for a Cause in July at Churchill's

This Thursday, Churchill's was packed as we celebrated another successful Brews for a Cause ! We joined Southern Eagle and The Ronald McDonald House of The Coastal Empire. Southern Eagle provided great craft beer and the silent auction was a huge success. All the proceeds from the silent auction benefited The Ronald McDonald House of The Coastal Empire.

Bohemian Hotel 10th Anniversary

The Bohemian Hotel celebrated their 10th year in business with an incredible night of cocktails and appetizers. Guests ventured up to the stunning rooftop deck overlooking the Savannah River to celebrate the hotel's decennial anniversary — reveling in the scenery with a glass of champagne.

Stonewall50 - A Legendary Block Party

The Stonewall 50 block party, held on June 28th outside the LGBTQ Center on Bull Street, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Protest — one of the most important moments in LGBTQ history and the catalyst for the gay rights movement.

Pelindaba Lavender Savannah Grand Opening

Pelindaba Lavender Grand Opening was this past Thursday, June 28th! This fun night included ribbon cutting, product sampling, lavender refreshments and special prizes! During this festive evening 10% of sales benefitted the good work of Coastal Pet Rescue. Stop by the store at 112 E Broughton St, Savannah, Ga to see the many products they offer!

Sonja Griffin Evans Gullah Art Exhibit

The Sonja Griffin Evans Gullah Art Event in Hilton Head displayed several paintings featuring the culture and heritage of the African-American Lowcountry. Sonja Griffin Evans paints with bright vibrant colors — while also incorporating materials such as tin and wood — to emphasize the traditional Gullah style, evoking an emotional response by bringing to life historical and cultural events.

JCB MudRun 2019

Participants hit the ground running at this year's JCB Mud Fest, climbing through tough obstacles in either the 5k or the 5 mile run. At the end of the race was a long slide where, upon finishing, contestants found themselves in the Party Pit. Winners from various age groups were presented with trophies, and all the proceeds from the JCB Mud Fest benefited the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum's 200th Anniversary!

This past Wednesday, May 22, we celebrated with Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum for for the 200th anniversary of the SS Savannah's historic trans-Atlantic crossing — the WORLD'S FIRST oceanic voyage under steam! On this year's Maritime Day, Ships of the Sea celebrated the Savannah's 200th anniversary with a commemorative ceremony provided by the PROPELLER CLUB, where Robert Morris unveiled two eight-foot paintings. The evening also included an amazing performance by the Parris Island MARINE BAND, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and celebratory beverages!

Brews For A Cause at Top Deck

This past Tuesday, May 21 we celebrated another successful Brews for a Cause at Top Deck Bar! We joined up with Southern Eagle and a great group of like minded people to benefit Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire in their efforts to provide financial assistance to the surviving families of local law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. It was another memorable night in the South filled with great people and even greater crafted beer! This month's Featured Craft Beer: Island Coastal Lager Sponsors: Island Coastal Lager, Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, Southern Eagle, South Magazine

Brews for a Cause at Churchill's

This Thursday, Churchill's was pack as we celebrated another successful Brews for a Cause at Churchill's! We joined Southern Eagle and The Coastal Heritage Society. Southern Eagle provided great craft beer, Sista Rae Rae performed live, and the silent auction was a huge success. All the proceeds from the silent auction — including a diamond necklace from International Diamond — benefitted the Coastal Heritage Society.