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This podcast is specifically designed for window treatment professionals. If you are interested in doing what you do better, whether you are a retailer, installer, workroom, sales rep or from our industry partner community, you have found your people. We are going to talk about sales, marketing, hiring, efficiency, productivity and of course, profitability.

Because why do any of it if you are not profitable, right?

My name is LuAnn Nigara and I have been in the window treatment industry for 4 decades. With my husband Vince and our cousin Bill Campesi we’ve built our business, Window Works, from start up to over 4 million dollars in annual sales and to a team of 15. Vin, Bill and myself are also part of the ownership team at Exciting Windows. Exciting Windows is the industry leader in mentoring, supporting and inspiring window treatment professionals to build a better business.

So I get you, I know what you do. I have spent my career doing it with you.
So how about we get started making your business better, shall we?

Window Treatments for Profit with LuAnn Nigara LuAnn Nigara

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This podcast is specifically designed for window treatment professionals. If you are interested in doing what you do better, whether you are a retailer, installer, workroom, sales rep or from our industry partner community, you have found your people. We are going to talk about sales, marketing, hiring, efficiency, productivity and of course, profitability.

Because why do any of it if you are not profitable, right?

My name is LuAnn Nigara and I have been in the window treatment industry for 4 decades. With my husband Vince and our cousin Bill Campesi we’ve built our business, Window Works, from start up to over 4 million dollars in annual sales and to a team of 15. Vin, Bill and myself are also part of the ownership team at Exciting Windows. Exciting Windows is the industry leader in mentoring, supporting and inspiring window treatment professionals to build a better business.

So I get you, I know what you do. I have spent my career doing it with you.
So how about we get started making your business better, shall we?

    Vita Vygovska: Working With Designers: Process vs Service

    Vita Vygovska: Working With Designers: Process vs Service

    Today With Vita Vygovska:
    Welcome to Window Treatments for Profit! In this episode, Vita Vygovska and me, we both discuss working with designers.
    More About Vita Vygovska

    Vitalia (Vita for short) Vygovska is an award-winning author, speaker, business coach, and window treatment specialist. Her company, Vitalia Inc Window Treatments, is a comprehensive fabrication, measurement, installation, and project management service. 
    Born and raised in Ukraine, Vita came to America via a Rotary Exchange program when she was 15 years old.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising from Albright College, and started her window treatment business in 2006 after 10 years in “corporate America” in pursuit of happiness and achievement as an Entrepreneur. 
    Professionalism, honesty, and integrity are the backbone of her business philosophy. While growing her endeavor, Vita’s goal was to make her clients’ lives easier, knowing that at least the window coverings part of the project was under control and the homeowner was taken care of. 
    Today, providing concierge-level, white-glove service exclusively to interior designers who are ready to fly first-class in the world of window treatments is what Vitalia Inc is renowned for. Interior Designers love working with Vitalia Inc because of the superb communication, tech-driven and meticulously detailed processes, and high-quality product.
    As a seasoned professional in the realm of custom window treatments, soft furnishings, upholstery, and beyond, Vita offers a wealth of knowledge and support for the interior design community. Education and outreach are a large focus of her business. She provides opportunities for interior designers and workrooms to take advantage of her vast library of resources which include classes, workshops, Window Treatment Friday podcast episodes and “Vita’s Tips in Ten” with LuAnn Nigara, and Window Treatment Friday Live episodes on Facebook & Instagram.
    Vita lives in Richboro, Bucks County with her husband and life-long friend Vitali, their son Anton and daughter Anna. You can also spot her on a ballroom floor dancing cha-cha or a Viennese Waltz, or in a weekly Insanity boot camp class.
    Connect with Vita Vygovska

    Vitalia Inc.
    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn University - Registration is now OPEN for the Winter 2024 semester!
    Watch the Docuseries!
    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob
    Get The Goodies!
    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!
    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:
    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Audiobook: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts
    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2
    Connect with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn’s Website
    LuAnn’s Blog
    Power Talk Friday
    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast
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     WTFP #234: What Would Lu Do?: Navigating Business Downturns with Wisdom

    • 38 min
    Jessica Harling: Firing a Family Member Part 2: 9 Tips to Make it as Painless as Possible

    Jessica Harling: Firing a Family Member Part 2: 9 Tips to Make it as Painless as Possible

    Today With Jessica Harling:
    Welcome to Window Treatments for Profit. We recently welcomed Jessica Harling to the show to discuss what happens when you have to fire a family member or someone near and dear to your heart.
    In part 1, our conversation centered around the emotional side—how to come to terms with the decision that often feels impossible to make. 
    Today, Jessica’s back with the more practical tips for what to do once you’ve made the decision to keep the process smooth and minimize discomfort for everyone.
    Pick It Apart
    [2:15] Jessica discusses the three phases of letting someone go—the preparation, the actual conversation, and the aftermath—and why all three matter.
    [5:06] Jessica shares her three tips for the first phase—preparing for letting a family member or friend go before you have the conversation.
    [13:27] LuAnn and Jessica talk about three ways to make the actual firing conversation as painless as possible.
    [27:57] Jessica shares three strategies for handling the aftermath of the firing in the best way for everyone involved.
    LuAnn and Jessica Harling's Ah-Ha Moments
    “When we’re having these conflicts, both sides are harboring stuff right? The one side feels oppressed—you’re asking too much of me. The other side feels like, you never do half the things we need done. Whatever the obstacle or object of the disagreement is, both people feel like they’re right, and they’re both usually aware of the tension.” -LuAnn
    “I’m hearing you say that we need to have the protocol for any person exiting our company established ahead of time. What you’re basically saying is we should all have an off-boarding process documented.” -LuAnn
    “It’s best to approach the conversation from a less emotional standpoint, because if it’s all bottled up inside of you, then it could pop in the conversation if you get a little bit of defensiveness. So do yourself a favor and get it out of your system first, before you even schedule the meeting.” -Jessica
    More About Jessica Harling

    With unwavering conviction, Jessica Harling can break down complex decisions to simplify an action plan. Her dynamic problem-solving can confront potential obstacles proactively and energize any team, making others feel valued to achieve their ambitious company goals. She is the founder of Behind the Design, a People Operations company that enthusiastically collaborates with leadership to build dream teams! From recruiting to training and process development, their intuition for creating strong emotional connections discovers and nurtures rockstar talent with established streamlined processes that impact the company’s bottom line.
    Connect with Jessica Harling
    Website
    Instagram 
    Facebook 
    LinkedIn
    A Big THANK YOU to Today’s Podcast Sponsor:
    This episode is sponsored by Exciting Windows!

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn University - Registration is now OPEN for the Winter 2024 semester!
    Watch the Docuseries!
    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob
    Get The Goodies!
    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!
    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:
    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Audiobook: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts
    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2
    Connect with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn’s Website
    LuAnn’s Blog
    Power Talk Friday
    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast
    Other Shows Mentioned:

    WTFP 254: Jessica Harling: Confronting or Firing Family Members in Your Business
     
    WTFP 182: Jessica Harling: Training with Purpose: Effective Strategies for Training New Employees
     
    AWDB 760: Jes

    • 50 min
    Tim Yurek: The Critical Difference Between Exit Strategy and Succession Strategy

    Tim Yurek: The Critical Difference Between Exit Strategy and Succession Strategy

    Today With Tim Yurek:
    Welcome to Window Treatments for Profit. Today I’m joined by Tim Yurek for a second episode! This time, Tim discusses the difference between exit strategy and succession strategy, and he will also explain the four steps to identify and stop inefficient financial practices, as well as how to save and borrow money in a way that keeps it in your possession.
    Tim is a highly accomplished financial consultant. As the founder and CEO of Tier 1 Capital, he has spent over 35 years helping thousands of people across the country achieve their financial goals.
    More About Tim Yurek

    Tim Yurek is a highly accomplished financial consultant, veteran, and thought leader in his industry. As the founder and CEO of Tier 1 Capital, he has spent over 35 years helping thousands of people across the country achieve their financial goals. His expertise includes growing businesses, attracting/retaining top talent, planning for business succession and converting business equity into cash.
    Tim’s success in the financial consulting field has been recognized on a global level, as evidenced by his seat at the Million Dollar Round Table - an independent association of the world’s leading life insurance and financial service professionals.
    He has also earned the distinguished honor of being designated as “Top of the Table” within the organization, which places him in the top 1% of professionals in his industry worldwide.
    With his extensive experience and impressive track record, Tim is well-positioned to offer valuable insights and strategies to his clients. He is committed to helping them achieve financial freedom by minimizing risk, increasing accessibility, and putting them in control of their money. His expertise and dedication have earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor and mentor to many, and his insights have been featured on major media outlets such as Bloomberg TV.
    Connect with Tim Yurek
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    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
    LinkedIn
    YouTube
    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn University - Registration is now OPEN for the Winter 2024 semester!
    Watch the Docuseries!
    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob
    Get The Goodies!
    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!
    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:
    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Audiobook: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts
    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2
    Connect with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn’s Website
    LuAnn’s Blog
    Power Talk Friday
    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast
    Other Shows Mentioned:
    WTFP #253 - Tim Yurek: Three Disturbing Trends That Put Small Businesses at Risk
    Other Resources Mentioned:
    Exciting Windows! 20th Annual Conference
     
    Get the Goodies!
     
    Schedule A Strategy Session With Tim
     
    6 Critical Considerations When Planning Succession & Executive Retirement In Your Family Business

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Jessica Harling: Confronting or Firing Family Members in Your Business

    Jessica Harling: Confronting or Firing Family Members in Your Business

    Today With Jessica Harling:
    Hi, welcome to Window Treatments for Profit. Firing someone is never easy. But when it’s a friend or family member, that situation becomes emotionally charged and even more difficult. 
    It’s never easy. How do you let someone know this is their last chance? How do you set up the expectations that need to be met? How do you decide enough is enough? And how do you have that ultimate hard conversation if you end up having to let them go? 
    Today, Jessica Harling is here to share her insights on how to navigate these tough situations.
    Pick It Apart
    [2:22] Jessica and LuAnn talk about how sticky situations arrive with family in business and the importance of clear expectations.
    [7:24] Jessica shares her advice on making the hard decision to let a family member go.
    [12:21] LuAnn and Jessica discuss why you can’t just put off the hard conversations.
    [21:51] Jessica and LuAnn reflect on the emotional side and the grief of fallout with family members.
    [31:39] LuAnn unpacks why these situations are always going to be hard, even when they’re necessary.
    LuAnn and Jessica Harling's Ah-Ha Moments
    “I once heard some great advice. When you know you need to fire a family member but you feel like you can’t, fire them in your heart. The biggest reason why you’re having this push and pull with them is because you do love then and you do have this emotional attachment to them. But if you fire them in your heart, it’s a little bit easier for your brain to act on what the heart doesn’t want to do.” -Jessica
    “It really is important to ask yourself if it’s a person problem or a process problem. Because if it’s a process problem, we may learn that we’ve got somebody in the wrong seat. That is automatically going to create friction for both of us, and if we're family or friends it’s going to manifest in ways that it wouldn’t just from employer to employee.” -LuAnn
    “At the end of the day, if you’re letting someone go that is close to you, there is a grieving process. It is not easy. If it was easy, you’d have a cold heart.” -Jessica
    More About Jessica Harling

    With unwavering conviction, Jessica Harling can break down complex decisions to simplify an action plan. Her dynamic problem-solving can confront potential obstacles proactively and energize any team, making others feel valued to achieve their ambitious company goals. She is the founder of Behind the Design, a People Operations company that enthusiastically collaborates with leadership to build dream teams! From recruiting to training and process development, their intuition for creating strong emotional connections discovers and nurtures rockstar talent with established streamlined processes that impact the company’s bottom line.
    Connect with Jessica Harling
    Website
    Instagram 
    Facebook 
    LinkedIn
    A Big THANK YOU to Today’s Podcast Sponsor:
    This episode is sponsored by Exciting Windows!

    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn University - Registration is now OPEN for the Winter 2024 semester!
    Watch the Docuseries!
    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob
    Get The Goodies!
    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!
    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:
    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Audiobook: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts
    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2
    Connect with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn’s Website
    LuAnn’s Blog
    Power Talk Friday
    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast
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    #871 Power Talk Friday: Desi Creswell: Out of Overwhelm: Why Time Management Begins With Your Mindset
     
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    • 55 min
    Tim Yurek: Three Disturbing Trends That Put Small Businesses at Risk

    Tim Yurek: Three Disturbing Trends That Put Small Businesses at Risk

    Today With Tim Yurek:
    Welcome to Window Treatments for Profit. Today, we’re talking about what we want from our business in the long-term—and more specifically, what we’re doing, or not doing, that threatens the long-term success and the next generation of our business. 
    Now, I know that when you’re in the weeds with your business, it’s easy to put off that long-term planning. But what if you could make some smart changes today to pave the way for whatever you want for the future of your business outside of yourself? 
    My guest today, Tim Yurek, is a highly accomplished financial consultant. As the founder and CEO of Tier 1 Capital, he has spent over 35 years helping thousands of people across the country achieve their financial goals. Tim is here for part 1 of a valuable conversation around succession planning, retaining key players for the next phase of the business, and protecting your retirement so you can move into that next phase.
    Pick It Apart
    [4:32] Tim breaks down the three disturbing trends threatening long-term business success (and shares some shocking statistics).
    [12:31] Tim and LuAnn discuss the cash flow issues business owners face (and the key to breaking out of them).
    [19:41] LuAnn and Tim talk about what it really takes to retain the future leaders of your business.
    [32:51] Tim discusses why business owners aren’t planning for retirement or succession and how they can free up the funds needed to do so.

    LuAnn and Tim Yurek's Ah-Ha Moments
    “It’s not the amount of money that you make—it’s how you’re using your money. We call that the financial golf swing. You could go out and buy the best golf clubs and think you’re going to be the best golfer. News flash—it doesn’t work that way. Or, you can improve your golf game by going down to the practice range and working on your swing.” -Tim
    “If I already know who those key employees are, why am I not having those conversations to understand what is important to them to encourage them to stay and take over?” -LuAnn
    “We don’t want to be fiscally irresponsible, but it’s fiscally irresponsible actually to not set ourselves up for the exit plan.” -LuAnn
    More About Tim Yurek

    Tim Yurek is a highly accomplished financial consultant, veteran, and thought leader in his industry. As the founder and CEO of Tier 1 Capital, he has spent over 35 years helping thousands of people across the country achieve their financial goals. His expertise includes growing businesses, attracting/retaining top talent, planning for business succession and converting business equity into cash.
    Tim’s success in the financial consulting field has been recognized on a global level, as evidenced by his seat at the Million Dollar Round Table - an independent association of the world’s leading life insurance and financial service professionals.
    He has also earned the distinguished honor of being designated as “Top of the Table” within the organization, which places him in the top 1% of professionals in his industry worldwide.
    With his extensive experience and impressive track record, Tim is well-positioned to offer valuable insights and strategies to his clients. He is committed to helping them achieve financial freedom by minimizing risk, increasing accessibility, and putting them in control of their money. His expertise and dedication have earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor and mentor to many, and his insights have been featured on major media outlets such as Bloomberg TV.
    Connect with Tim Yurek
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
    LinkedIn
    YouTube
    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn University - Registration is now OPEN for the Winter 2024 semester!
    Watch the Docuseries!
    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob
    Get The Goodies!
    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!
    Purchase LuAnn’s Books H

    • 55 min
    The Power Talk Friday Tour: An Unforgettable Day of Insights and Inspiration

    The Power Talk Friday Tour: An Unforgettable Day of Insights and Inspiration

    Today on Window Treatments for Profit
    Today on Window Treatments for Profit, LuAnn announces the return of the Power Talk Friday Tour! She makes some other announcements regarding LuAnn Live, and mentiones some of the dates for the PTF Tour: Dallas on Apr 5, 2024, NJ on Jun 7, 2024, Las Vegas on Aug 2, 2024 and finally, High Point on Oct 25, 2024.
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    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn University - Registration is now OPEN for the Winter 2024 semester!
    Watch the Docuseries!
    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob
    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:
    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Audiobook: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts
    Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2
    Connect with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn’s Website
    LuAnn’s Blog
    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast

    • 15 min

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I have been listening to LuAnn's podcasts for a few years - starting with A Well-Desgined Business. I love Window Treatments for Profit. No matter which one of LuAnn's podcasts I listen to, I ALWAYS learn something and am inspired! Thank you LuAnn for all that you do for the window treatment industry!

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