Business Development & Conflict Resolution

We assist individuals with starting their own businesses because small business is key to economic independence and community sustainability.

How to Succeed, What Are You Willing to Trade? (Part I)

Philippians 3:8, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ.” In life, you must learn to be focused and tenacious. As a business owner, you must figure out what you are good at and find your niche. To have success as a business owner, you must learn to focus on one specialty. Learn to just focus on one expertise or specialty, and work to be good at it. You cannot do everything or have it all to be a successful business person. All the most successful business owners focused on one expertise or specialty, and were a success at it. Before start a business, need to figure out what you are good at and specialize in that. You should become an expert in your particular field.

Here are a few things one can trade for the other to become a successful business owner:

  • Trade approval for accomplishment. Should be at a point in your career and life where being good at what you do is more important than accolades; awards; or financial gain.
  • Trade security for significance. “Greatness” stands for what you give your life to accomplish. Whatever you do in your business, it should make a difference in someone’s life.
  • Trade exploration for expertise. Should not dabble into too many things regarding your business. Need to be very focused on what is the main goal of your business. Should find your niche and specialize in that.

Once you have discovered your God-given gift, just stick with that and do not try to do anything else.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information:;;;;



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