Virginia Beach, VA (PressExposure) January 22, 2012 -- Local speaker, author, mindset coach, and 3-year Best of the Beach recipient, Lisa Smith, celebrated her 5-Year milestone of full-time business on December 6, 2011 with a party at the Blue Turtle in Virginia Beach.
A crowd of current and past clients of Life by Design, LLC--a wellness and business coaching company--were in attendance at the anniversary celebration, along with family, friends, and local business networking partners.
"It was so touching to celebrate this anniversary and my future plans for the business with those who I have helped and those who are in this unpredictable world of self-employment with me. When I first went out on my own 5 years ago, it was a scary time and I wasn't sure I was going to make it in business for myself."
According to Inc. Magazine, 80% of new businesses fail within 5 years.
"Knowing that I have made it this far in my business-which the majority of new businesses fail to ever experience-with another record year and in a difficult economy, has made it even more poignant."
Although Ms. Smith started her Virginia Beach practice part-time in 1998, Life by Design, LLC became a full-time business in December 2006. It has offered a variety of services such as coaching, hypnosis, NLP, EFT and other human performance methods to help people achieve quicker, easier and lasting change in personal and business issues.
Lisa announced at the party that she has created a new division of her company-Marketing, Mindset & Manifesting. This branch focuses specifically on local and national business coaching through the unique approach and methods that have allowed her to create such a successful business.
Since 2009, Life by Design, LLC has been voted Virginian Pilot's Reader's Choice "Best of Virginia Beach" Bronze or Silver in several categories, including best Weight Loss Center, Therapy Center & Training Center.
Ms. Smith maintains two websites and blogs-one for personal coaching and one for business--and has co-authored two e-books, "Ultimate Guide to Success" and "Top Coaches Share Their Personal Action Strategies," the latter of which is now available in paperback. She has been a contributor to Tidewater Women Magazine, has numerous nationally published articles, and is a popular speaker in the Hampton Roads area.
Aside from her business endeavors, Ms. Smith is active as a Membership Committee Member of the South Hampton Roads Geekettes Chapter (which helps train, support & fundraises for advancing women in technology and the fields of math & sciences). She is an Exhausted Life Member of the Oceanfront Jaycees, a member of the Corps of Virginia Gentleman, and a Life Member and past Chaplain of the Virginia Jaycees. Additionally, she holds the designation of Accomplished Toastmaster Bronze with Toastmasters International.