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Work in Isolation

By Jennifer Mazzola | April 3, 2020

  A core part of ABBA’s mission is our drive to help you avoid a lifetime of work without meaning and faith in isolation. On almost every piece of literature we offer, or video we create, you will see or hear the words, “connect with purpose;” followed by “avoid work and faith in isolation.”  …

Melanie Jacobs Deep Roots ATX

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Melanie Jacobs

By Amanda Gallagher | April 2, 2020

“We need small businesses to succeed for our country, for our economy.” – ABBA Executive Director, Dr. Rich Carney Catching a glimpse of what many small business owners are experiencing, join us for this conversation with Melanic Jacobs, CEO of Deep Roots ATX.  Managing a staff of nearly 50 employees across two salons, Melanie is…

ATX Leader Chris Meroff

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Chris Meroff

By Amanda Gallagher | March 31, 2020

As things shifted and unfolded quickly for most all businesses these past few months, Chris Meroff, CEO & Owner of MSB Ventures, found himself having to pivot within all levels and facets of his organization. Having one of his company branches directly linked to K-12, you can imagine the change as they continue to support…

How to Thrive During a Pandemic Part II: Attitude of Gratitude

By Rich Carney | March 30, 2020

What makes you anxious?  I got off a Zoom call with a small business employer who had to lay off 49 employees this past week because of the shelter in place order.  Her business is not considered essential but for 49 employees it certainly is and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.…

ATX Leader Vlog Mark Westerfield

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Mark Westerfield

By Amanda Gallagher | March 27, 2020

They say it takes several weeks to form a new habit.  How will the “new habits” we form as we journey through this unprecedented time shape the future of the Church? Mark Westerfield, Pastor of Round Rock Central Baptist Church, shares his commitment to care for his own congregation while also issuing a challenge to…

ATX Leader Josh Hares

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Josh Hares

By Amanda Gallagher | March 26, 2020

Misinformation causes fear. That is why people are looking for clarification from trusting voices. “Fear can cause great things and bad things so we have to be vigilant.” Josh Hares, Chief Revenue Officer for Austin Better Business Bureau. Josh shares about what posture we as leaders should take during difficult times as the Austin BBB…

Conversations with Pete Hayes

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Pete Hayes

By Amanda Gallagher | March 25, 2020

As as markets shift, people reposition, and companies pivot during this time the challenge is not just clarity, but keeping information relevant.  Speaking to what is happening in the crisis as it is happening will be how many organizations survive what feels like a total shut down. Pete Hayes, Principal & CMO of Chief Outsiders,…

How to Thrive in Pandemic

How to Thrive During a Pandemic: Take the Next Step Forward

By Amanda Gallagher | March 24, 2020

  How to thrive during a pandemic: take the next step forward   It’s true what they say, you remember where you were when a national or world catastrophe occurs is so true.  I was at work, actually in a meeting when my wife who never calls me at work called: “get to a TV,…

Conversations with ATX Leaders Mark McClain

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Mark McClain

By Amanda Gallagher | March 24, 2020

In a few short weeks, the world has certainly changed; yet, our Lord is timeless and changeless.  He sets the times and seasons.  In a time when fear, frustration and stress are rampant, even the simple act of extending a smile to others or reaching out to your neighbor, friends and/or family can make all…