Welcome & Introduction
Our April blog is ready for you to read! It features information on our waitlist, Kiani's virtual baby shower, Russia and Ukraine information continued, and gender equality in the workplace.
What’s going on with S4SB?
Currently, Solutions is at capacity. We are not taking on new clients, and we have a few people on a waitlist that we are hoping to get situated soon.
We are, however, taking on consulting projects. We can handle short-term projects, like cleaning up books that have been badly neglected, fixing mistakes, or setting up books for a new business. So, if you know of someone who needs this kind of short-term help, feel free to send them our way.
Kiani’s Virtual Baby Shower
With Kiani in Hawaii, we couldn’t very well have an in-person baby shower (although we would have loved to all go over there for a visit). So, we had a zoom shower. We sent our gifts and Kiani opened them during our zoom meeting. The pineapple hat was everyone’s favorite. Unfortunately, we learned the hard way that if you mail something to Hawaii, you should send it as priority. Otherwise, it gets there… eventually. So, Kiani’s still expecting a few things (including a baby) as of this writing, but we still had a good time. Here’s a picture of us all giggling over Kiani trying on the hat.
DEI Discussions & Community Opportunities
Russia attacks Ukraine (continued)
In our last blog, we brought up what was happening in Russia and Ukraine. However, we also decided that for this month’s ad in the Mad River Union, we should write a solidarity statement. We at Solutions for Small Businesses stand with the people of Ukraine, and all refugees fleeing war and terrorism in their homelands.
As this situation continues to unfold, I encourage you to stay up to date with the most recent updates. CNN provides live updates on what’s happening here: https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/ukraine-russia-putin-news-03-29-22/index.html.
Gender Equality in the Workplace
Today, as I post this, it is the last day at my job that I recently quit. I was (am for the rest of today?) working for a company that designs irrigation systems and sells the parts. I worked there for a little less than a year and started noticing small things relating to my gender that made me feel uncomfortable. Customers would call in with questions that I would know the answer to, hearing my voice was female they would ask things like: “Can I talk to someone more technical?” or “Can I talk to one of your guys?”. Little did they know, I know just as much as the guys, sometimes more! The company is predominantly male, with only 6/23 employees (including myself) identifying as female. The females of the company were generally given office-type roles, whereas the males are the irrigation designers, warehouse workers, etc.
Anywho, with all being said, I wanted to remind companies of the importance of gender equality in the workplace. There are many things that a business owner or any human can do. Keep in mind that when talking to someone, their gender does not play a role in their capability. This concept applies to business owners looking to hire employees, and humans every day. That’s all, thanks!
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